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Erys Moongem

Erys inhales, raising her hand to his door. It wasn't especially different than any other of their meetings. In fact, hadn't their first night together – her oathtaking – began as an argument? And over the same thing. The memory of tea time and cakes with Dagger and the way her sister had smiled, she steeled herself. This wasn't going to be easy. She knocked three times without announcing herself. He knew damn well.

Edric Serall

For Edric, today had been a whirlwind. Yes, he had been blown up, and yes they had uncovered the house of horrors and lost the man they were after. Valorn had been heartbroken and Erys…he couldn't imagine what she was going through right now. He had tried to approach her earlier, only to be rebuffed in the most complete and total way, so he figured that he needed to give her some space. For him, he had accomplished two things he had dreamed of since he was a little kid, which was to meet two of his biggest heroes, and to become an officer of the law…the latter wasn't really an aspiration anymore, but still, it was very exciting. Thumbing through Finale's spellbook, he was disappointed to find it had been an older copy, without the Spell he had used to escape. He would find him, however, the scroll of Scrying sitting patiently on his desk. As he heard the knocks, he headed to the door, opening it to see Erys as a small smile crossed his face. "…hey. Are you alright?"

Erys Moongem

"No." Once again, though it had been a while, her hand moved to his chest. She didn't force him backwards like the last time, however she did move against him. "There are several things we need to discuss with some urgency. And before we begin, I should be clear, I am having… quite a bit of trouble not being irritated with you. I'm sorry. I may be curt, or short, or frustrated. I will do my best. I didn't bring a knife this time, though. So. There's that."

Edric Serall

He blinked as he felt her hand on his chest, sensing the seriousness of the situation. He tried to go back over the events of the night in his head quickly, as he came to a conclusion, his hand moving to hold hers. "I was acting like a fool, in a time that deserved mourning, wasn't I. I knew what happened in that house as well as you did, in that room upstairs, and yet I acted like a school child in front of the Open Lord." Stepping out of the way, he continued to hold her hand as he lead her into his room closing the door behind her.

Erys Moongem

"You were quite delighted to have discovered the body of the woman and, I guess, been a big hero. I felt personally responsible. And… I mean, Lady knows she was beautiful, so I feel guilty even for blaming you, but Hells, Ivaric. You were so happy." She frowned.

Edric Serall

Sighing, he took a seat on the bed. "I wasn't happy to have found her…I was happy to have found conclusive evidence to bring him down. I know just as well as you who that likely was, and I didn't identify her for that reason. I didn't know her, and I didn't have the same feelings towards her as you did, but I know how…this whole thing must weigh on you" He looked at the spellbook, suddenly feeling a bit strange to be benefiting from that man's work. Magic was magic, but still. "I lost my cool, I…never thought someone like me would ever even cross paths with someone like Lady Silverhand and the Blackstaff, much less…" His eyes cast down, thinking how only recently he would have thought that he wasn't even close to deserving of such an honor. A whoreson being treated by the Chosen of Mystra herself? He imagined the look on everyone's faces, back at the Academy, at home.

Erys Moongem

Erys swallowed hard, not exactly expecting this reaction. She crossed her arms over her chest, narrowed her eyes, but ultimately tried to ease some of her personal feeling of tension. "…You also didn't tell Dagger you'd slept with me. And now it appears she believes we've entered into a romantic and contextually monogamous relationship? You need to fix that. Gently. And also to give her more space." She threw in, not really crazy committed to the last element, but picturing their tea time all the same. "Right now, Dagger needs to concentrate on finding herself for who she is, not on rebuffing your desires no matter how… understandable they are. She's beautiful, you've known her longer than I have, I understand. But she's just not ready."

Edric Serall

His eyes still glared at the floor, harder now as he realized more of his callous mistakes coming to light as he nodded solemnly. Only recently he had finally started to move past his feelings of hatred towards his own self and he could feel them starting to creep back. "I…I don't know what I'm doing, Alvaroda. I keep thinking I have a grasp of things, that I can think my way around any issue, and all I've done is hurt you, hurt Dagger. I'm still just as selfish as I was when I began this journey, aren't I?" He looked at the scar on his hand…how could he have mislead her so critically? How could he have thought he was prepared to be like her, like Erys, capable of spreading Her love. Maybe he wasn't ready. "I've failed her, I've failed you, and I've failed the Lady herself in my wrongheadedness."

Erys Moongem

She scoffs. "Don't talk to me tonight about failures. I almost got all of us killed today. We needed you. And you were there. But then… then… where were you when I was chasing that fucking asshole? Don't you have some kind of… couldn't you have… Gods." She looks away, not having any explanation whatsoever for whether or not he was truly capable. "You keep pulling new tricks out of your, uh…" She blushes, not at all impressed with the stupidity of her comment. "Hat."

Edric Serall

Tears were starting to well up, but he did his best to kill that emotion. He wasn't going to cry again, he didn't deserve to. He wasn't the one hurt by any of this, he was the one who caused this pain. "I…I tried, I just wasn't able to keep up. If I had just been braver, I could have tried and stopped him, but I…I don't have anything that could have prevented his escape. I was stuck outside, still…still scared after almost dying from that dwarf's suicide attack. That's all it was, Alvaroda, fear. I was afraid." He felt ashamed in her presence, the woman he had failed most, the woman who had given him access to her heart only to betray it. Was that all he was good for, bringing pain to the women he cared most about? Even his mother, he had been nothing but a burden. Even as he sat there holding back tears, he could feel himself slipping away quickly from the small bit of self-confidence he had developed.

Erys Moongem

Erys rolled her shoulder, still in a fair amount of discomfort even after all the healing potion and light had been poured into her. The explosion. Hadrin's boy. "That explosion was my fault, Ivaric. As I understand it, Duenor Greenhammer attacked me, which ultimately meant us, entirely because of a horrendous misunderstanding decades ago. Said he wanted to restore honor to the entire clan, which means…" Erys sighed, the unwanted responsibilities of nobility continuing to weigh heavily on her. "Listen, I need to know why you moved behind me while I was trying to save Duenor from himself. Were you going to kill him?"

Edric Serall

"I thought about it. I thought about it a lot, thinking that you were being foolish with trying to negotiate with a man who was trying to kill you so fervently, but…I realized you were being brave. You could have attacked him far sooner and maybe he wouldn't have been able to set off his necklace, and yet you continued to try to end things without bloodshed. I don't think I could have killed him." His voice was low and had that painful tone that had been there the first time she had confronted him like this, the same night she had taken her Oath.

Erys Moongem

"I'm responsible, now, for the way his father died, for whatever circumstances he apparently experienced with Valorn, and for his death. And he didn't even achieve his aim. The wench what seduced his dad lives, walks, breathes. Mourns his loss. I'm of two minds. My body flew into yours when the blast hit us both, and I remember thinking to myself that if this was going to be it, at least I was going to pass so close to a lover. And then I started thinking, right? You were doing such a good job distracting and scaring off the archers, the assassin seemed to run from you as much as from Ona, and… and then you moved behind me." She moved to kneel, to make sure she had eye contact with him. "I need you to be perfectly honest with me. Were you going to kill him even though I was begging everyone not to?"

Edric Serall

His fists clenched in his lap as he looked up at her to meet her gaze, eyes dewy as he did so. "N-no. I was so angry, I thought he was going to kill you…I thought I should be trying to protect you, the person I loved, from meeting a gruesome end…but I realized if I did, I wouldn't be respecting you, and what you truly wanted." He'd been ashamed that he had even considered it, yet also so that he didn't fight to protect her faster. She was right, he had been focusing on the other assailants, trying to protect the whole group, instead of just her.

Erys Moongem

Erys stares at his eyes for a very long while. "I can't believe I'm even going to ask this question. That I even want to try to understand the fucking answer. Before the… uh, fuck. I'm sure you told me what it was fucking called. The big demon thing. Motherfucker looking for Rowan. Whatever. You had a trick that you played on one of the bounty hunters. As I was running past him, he ordered their crossbows off you and onto Dagger and Valorn. I saw your spell hit him. What was that?"

Edric Serall

He seemed a little bit surprised she asked that, having seemed like such a non-sequitor to their discussion. "It was…a basic charm spell. I'd seen myself convincing him in a portent, and so I used it on him, trying to get him to tell his men to stop attacking. It worked…eventually, but at first it just made him want to avoid attacking me, because it made him see me as a friendly aquaintance."

Erys Moongem

She exhaled, focusing on keeping the tedious magical information straight just for a few minutes. "Charm spell. Makes him see you as a friend. Okay. Okay. That's… sorta what I'd figured. I've seen spells like that before. But you'd foreseen it. Did you have to foresee the event for a charm spell to work? Did you foresee our encounter with Hadrin's b—- I mean, the Greenhammer boy? Or the explosion that followed? Or anything at all?"

Edric Serall

He nodded. "I did, but I didn't know who he was when I saw it. I only saw Rowan as a wolf pulling him to the ground. If I'd known who he was, or what he wanted…I'd have tried to stop it before it ever happened." He looked frustrated, his nails digging into his leg. "It only lets me see glimpses…lets me know when things are going to happen, but not why or how, or how to possibly stop them. I can just influence the event a little, but not enough to really make a difference."

Erys Moongem

"And what about the charm spell, then?" She just let the visions of the future go, not important? Not important. Glimpses? Fine.

Edric Serall

"It's the same thing. I saw a man who was attacking us decide to cease his assault. I didn't know who he was either, but I saw all the crossbows being fired at us." He looked at her still, trying to discern what she was trying to get at. "I…I don't understand, Alvaroda, what are you trying to learn from me? I didn't see anything involving Finale…if I had, I might have stopped him."

Erys Moongem

Erys stood, paced, considered. "I mean… I mean… we did… we did chase him off. Right?" Tears welling in her eyes, her breathing quickening, she tried to fight through the consolations of the day. "We checked every room, between the lot of us. We saw to the whole… we got the documents to the Magistrate, I saw to that… and… and.. and… the, uh, the women. Ona said they were… from far away. But. We still saved their lives. Fifteen lives saved." She sniffles, running her hand through her hair in frustration. "My fault. My fault. In the name of gold, three bounty hunters met their ends at my hand. The Greenhammer boy, my fault. And finally, the Lady Farah, I… I just…" She leans against the wall, utterly defeated. "…I can't blame any of it on you no matter how hard I try. It all comes back to me, Ivaric. I even could have told Dagger outright that we were sleeping together rather than simply that I loved you, as I brewed her some nararoot tea." Her eyes darted to him. "Incidentally, I think we should both focus on being better friends to Dagger. She took me on something of a date today, and it was lovely. Very cathartic. But she was clearly… still afflicted. And I don't think she's shaking that any time soon." 'And there's only one woman I trust to break that afflication. Two rabbits, one lasso.”

Edric Serall

As he saw her suffering under the same affliction as himself, he started to understand something. This woman he had begun to idolize in her confidence and outgoing charm was just as vulnerable as he was. Even one so obviously loved by Her was still capable of faltering. He watched her pace, and crumble, and watched her eyes, filled with self-examination, as he began to better understand her. Standing up, he started to understand why he loved her so much, as he crossed the room towards her, putting his arms around her as he looked into those eyes of hers, those eyes that shone golden as she channeled the great love of her patron. "You're right…it's why I've resolved to stay by her side, rather than attempt to pursue her heart…" He pulled her into a kiss, closing his eyes as he tried to express the empathy of their situations. They had both acted rashly, both pursued their own desires to the detriment of others…he believed that it was all for a reason, that the same fate that drove his portents brought him to this moment, to her. "…and instead, to pursue yours, as I believe She has sent me to do."

Erys Moongem

Erys reacts with surprise, at first not understanding the gesture but then just taking the comfort as it comes. She brought her hand to his shoulder and when the kiss reached its natural end, she held him firmly to prevent him from leaning in for a second. "If that's the case, Ivaric, you've chosen one Hell of a hill to climb. But you're welcome to do your best." She wilts a little. "I invite your efforts and absolutely encourage them, if you think you can win my affections above and beyond simply sharing my bed. But… not tonight. Tonight, I need to mourn. At least five are dead because of choices I made. All the other bounty hunters we killed, too. That bounty wasn't because of our failed job… it was because that asshole believed I was onto him. He didn't realize I was fucking oblivious." She pulls away then, moving to his bedroom door. "Sorry I was cross with you, Ivaric. Thank you for understanding."

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