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Erys Moongem

Erys tried to focus on the conversation around her, or even to take a passing glance at the bar. Maybe. Somebody? But no, Dagger had agreed to stay with her for her safety so… another night alone. She sighed, but then recognized the opportunity she was waiting for. It was her chance at last. She rose from her seat, took the three steps required to cross over to him, and tapped Edric three times on the shoulder. "Can I get you alone a minute?" Erys' facial expression, unusual in the extreme for her, made clear that this was, for once, not a come-on.

Edric Crestrun

Midway through his second drink, Edric looked up and, noting her expression, did something out of his usual character and answered wordlessly with a nod. He looked to the other two, and gave an excuse as he got up, and headed towards his room. As soon as they were halfway up the stairs, he glanced back. "You're gonna have to explain why everyone's lookin' at me funny all of a sudden."

Erys Moongem

"We'll talk in private. I can trust Valorn to watch over Dagger while we talk." Erys glanced down to ensure that the two were still drinking, still talking to each other. What a fucking day it had already been. There was a child talking happily to Rowan. Just yesterday they'd all been happy with one another. It was obvious they'd rescue Roxie and stick together. Now… now, she just followed Edric up to his room.

Edric Crestrun

Unlocking the door, he stepped in and dropped the two scrolls Quin had given him onto the desk, before locking the door behind Erys as she entered. He wasn't going to have this chat sitting down, he imagined. Something had happened that had everyone on edge, including the usually jovial Erys. Onys's dirty looks were nothing new to him at this point, even if he had hoped they'd squashed some of that anger. Turning to Erys, he looked serious as he ever had been. "Erys…what the fuck happened back there? Val filled me in on what I missed at the compound, but something else happened while we were gone, didn't it?"

Erys Moongem

Erys took the room in. Typical close quarters. She'd have the advantage. She could pin him against the wall. The dagger against his throat, his hair in her hands. She closed her eyes, letting out the frustration and the anger. Praying quietly under her breath, "Truelove, guide me." She sat on his bed and looked up at him, all of the admiration and lust of the last few days having completely drained from the expression. "Ona is convinced that this Adonis fellow… who is somehow attached to Dagger… captured us with your and Dagger's help, explicitly. I happen to be reasonably certain that Dagger is blameless. That was not love. She fired on him. So," Erys tensed, ready to strike if he moved a muscle. "My sister drew steel on Dagger."

Edric Crestrun

He could sense the danger in the air, barely needing his gift to tell him that this had become less of a friendly chat between friends, and more of a potential battle to the death. His mind raced, the dimensions of the room, it's escape routes, and the words he would need to subdue or destroy her if he needed. He couldn't show it, or at best, he didn't need to let her know he knew. He would try and be as honest as he could be, hoping that truth would diffuse this situation. Oh god, she thinks this is his fault, he realized far too late. "Yeah, I remember her mentioning the name a couple of times. Not surprised she did, always got a weird vibe about his mentions, y'know?" As she mentioned Onys's actions, his mind turned from his own survival to anger. "She…what?! That coward…that liar, how could she crow on about her honor!" If he wasn't in this situation, he might have considered something far more drastic.

Erys Moongem

Erys watched the anger pour over him very carefully, and it actually calmed her. Either Edric was playing a very long con, the two of them had been working together after all and she was way off base, or… or she had done the right thing. Even against her beloved sister. "That's enough." She stood again. Remembering just how recently she'd fantasized of this man overpowering her, pushing her against walls like the one she stared at, and now she could only wonder… this sailor… this wizard…. Ona had foretold on their first night together that he was the dangerous one. "I was wary of your plan from the start. Magic holes, secret ladders. Apparently there was a horse in there. A living being. Okay, sure. But I saw Rowan and Dagger drop when the trap was sprung. I saw my sister reach for me. I saw Valorn staring on in horror as I lost consciousness myself." She swallowed hard. "You weren't there with us. And you got there, eventually, sure. But you came from the wrong direction, Edric."

Edric Crestrun

He looked at her a bit dumbfounded, but his mind was already putting together the facts. Facts would protect him. Facts were solid and hard and could not be destroyed by suspicion or misconception. "Let's just…go over this real quick. A pit, a horse, and a ladder, you're saying this was all part of a plan in collaboration with this Adonis guy? Erys, you saw where this robe came from, an ancient fuckin' crypt in some dude's basement. Are ya sayin' Yannock was part of this long ass con?" He was frustrated, but he had to dispell it all. Quickly. "Let's also go over the fact that y'all passed the fuck out in a dark hole where I can't see because I ain't got special god damned eyes. I did what I thought I had to do, and because of that, I was able to get help as soon as possible, even if they didn't show up until fuckin' too late. You gonna say fuckin' SILDAR is in cahoots too?!"

Erys Moongem

Erys let her sadness show. "Please don't speak to me like that, Edric. I saw where the robe came from. I am… not at all sure what the limits of your abilities are. Over the last few days I have felt pure love pour out of my hands and soothe wounds. I have seen a beautiful woman transform into a direwolf and hold the line against a collection of skeletons. I myself am due… am due…" Her sadness deepened, and she made no attempt to hide it. Their Oaths.

Edric Crestrun

At this display of emotion, Edric relented. His anger, at the man who had blinded him, at the threat to Quin, at being accused of…such a thing, it wasn't helping. He sat down, his hand glowing with an arcane power as he looked it over as if it was something new and strange. "I'm…sorry. Not used to bein' in the middle of stuff like this. To be frank, I don't even know what my limits are anymore." It used to take him months to be inspired enough to scribe a new spell, now they were coming to him fast, between the scrolls he found and could immediately comprehend, to the ones he invented of his own accord and simply wrote down. "But I was honest with ya, Erys. I got feelings for her, why would I do somethin' so heartless?"

Erys Moongem

She pulled her eyes up to make solid contact with him. "I know better than most how easy it is to fake feelings for someone, Edric. And, and if your aim had been to hurt her… and we were hurt in the process? It would have been a masterstroke. And you missed what happened, because you rode off, but when Ona drew steel on Dagger, I put my body between them. I fought her to keep Dagger safe. My sister, Edric. Because you weren't there to back up her up." She took a step closer to him, wanting to reconnect somehow with the intimacy she'd felt with him just the night before.

Edric Crestrun

At that, he felt a sinking in his stomach, standing up as if it try and steel his resolve, but his posture showing a deeper pain as he considered exactly the consequences of his actions. "I…I didn't know. If I had known…if I knew what had happened there, I wouldn't have left so quickly. Doesn't matter, does it? I failed her, didn't I?" As she drew closer, he didn't move, as if he was too lost in his own failure to consider her danger anymore…but then his hand moved to her shoulder. "I…didn't know anything. I thought I cared about her, but I don't know a single thing about her, do I?"

Erys Moongem

Finally, the softness returned to Erys' gaze, and the faintest sign of blush on her cheeks. She was letting this building tension in her spirit distract her. She let her hand drift upward to his shoulder, making clear that the gesture of care was worth returning. "None of us do. Except for one thing: she has a powerful, capable ex-boyfriend with the ability to command a force large enough to overtake us. But I am to figure her out. Tonight. She'll be bunking with me. We'll talk. And then we'll have the bigger conversation of what happens next. Whether we continue onward to rescue Roxie together or… whether some of us leave." Just pull me in. Just kiss me. Just apologize and tell me it'll be fine and that I was so wonderful and that I did the right thing for standing up for Dagger, standing up to my sister. Just do it. No… she broke the contact between them, taking a step back. "Please, Edric. Tell me what happened between the three of you – Dagger, Adonis, and yourself – while I was tending to Ilarno."

Edric Crestrun

Bridging the gap with their mutual contact, and mutual lack of understanding of their friend, Edric felt a bit less down, but still his mind would dwell on what he could do to make things right. "I…thanks for protecting her. Now and before. You did what I couldn't, and I'm in your debt, as weird as it sounds for me to be sayin' that." He sat back down, this time onto the bed as he started replaying all the events in his head. "I came back after I told Sildar y'all were in trouble. While I was lookin' for all of you, I ran into Adonis, who didn't know who I was. Son of a bitch color sprayed me blind, and so I thought I'd repay him by turnin' him to a fuckin' cinder. I almost had 'em, until Quin god damned grabbed me to stop me from chasing him. Told her I'd stop, and I ain't gonna betray her, so even when she let me go, I dropped it."

Erys Moongem

Erys closed her eyes and exhaled slowly. "She chased after you, in pursuit yourself, and she stopped you from killing him." She could almost visualize the scene, Edric, power swirling about him, fire burning in his hands, ready to strike the killing blow… and Dagger grabbing him to protect Adonis. "…did she say why?"

Edric Crestrun

He sighed, laying back onto the bed as he stared at the ceiling, still feeling the heat in his hands from the bolts he cast again and again, the anger in his heart at potentially being bested by another mage. "…no. I don't know what this Adonis guy really meant to her, but who shoots a guy and then stops someone from finishin' him off?"

Erys Moongem

"They were clearly lovers. Former. At least according to how he taunted her. But he won't let go. And apparently… neither will some part of her. But in the end, she chose to protect us. That's what matters." Erys can't quite make the joke, but tries anyway. "Hey, I guess that's why she turned me down, heh… heh." Sigh. "Needless to say, incidentally." She turned to the door to make her way out and back to her vigil over Dagger. "My offer is off the table." She let most of her body get through the frame before leaning back into the room for just a moment, just one last smile, to try to reassure him. "Tonight."

Edric Crestrun

"Yeah…I guess I don't really compete with a guy like that for her, huh?" Part of this was his feelings for her, but a larger part was feeling defeated by him. He was caught unaware, and he knew in truth even his best attempts had hardly harmed the superior mage. Why would she want someone who was the weaker man? He sat up as she was leaving, trying his best to force a grin at her final response, but mostly failing. "I'll see ya later…I think I'm just gonna sit here for a while."

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