s6 - Onys & Quinys

Onys Kiirnodel
Still several days out of the city, the forests and mountains open up to reveal the High Road's fully coastal run, the sea visible in the distance from the crest of each hill. The sea breezes help to invigorate the party, worn down by the travel, but as the sun sinks beneath the waves and camp is made for the night, Onys sits with her back to a large rock atop a sandy hill draped in long grass, watching the tide. About a hundred yards away, the waves wash in, lit orange-red in the light of sunset.

Quinys
About fifty feet away stood a different tree, and Quinys sat on one of the beaches watching the sunset herself. She had enjoyed watching it with Edric, but now…she didn't quite know how to feel. He was…with Erys? And why hadn't he told her. She began to use mage hand to pick up rocks and toss them into the water as it rolled in and out.

Onys Kiirnodel
The tiny plunk and plonk of stones beneath the roll the waves is enough to rouse Onys from her reverie, and she rises, following Quinys down the beach, a gust of ocean wind dragging her dress around her legs and lifting her braid from her shoulder. She comes up alongside the other elf, picking her way carefully down the rocky shoreline. She takes up a palm-sized stone, worn smooth by the tide and tests its weight in her hand. "Mind if I join you?" she asks, keeping her tone light, vocabulary casual.

Quinys
"Of course not, some calming company may be just what I need." Quin smiled and tossed another stone, looking over at Onys and feeling somewhat comforted by her less emotional atmosphere. "How have you been on the trip so far?"

Onys Kiirnodel
Onys takes aim and sidearms the stone at the sea in a high, flat arc. "It has given me time to reflect, which…is preferable to the alternative, to be honest. I must admit I had not wished to try my arm in combat again so soon after such a failure as we had."

Quinys
"Sometimes you learn the best after failures, and a quick success can be needed so that you don't feel like a failure for too long." She shrugged and twisted her braid into a bun, the wind having annoyed her enough with it whipping around.

Onys Kiirnodel
Onys nods. "Luck ebbs and flows, and the break has been useful. I'm prepared for what lies ahead." She crouches, hunting another stone of the right size. "You seem pensive." It's not a question.

Quinys
"Pensive? That's a good way of putting it I guess. I would have said silently lost in a world of my own, but I like pensive more." Quin nodded, her mage hand offering Onys a rock to toss as Quin sat down and just watched. "Things are suddenly different than before, but at the same time are completely the same."

Onys Kiirnodel
Onys frowns, letting the rock drop into her hand and winding up for another throw. "That…is so incredibly vague that you could be talking about any day in history. What's wrong?"

Quinys
Quin sighs and tilts her head from side to side, not sure how to respond without sounding petty. "I don't know if I'd say wrong, but…Edric and Erys are in love. And are being intimate. But he didn't tell me. I mean, I don't expect details, or like he owes me an explanation, but I didn't expect to hear this from any partner of his, let alone Erys. I thought when he found someone he'd tell me, but I guess we're not as close as I had assumed."

Onys Kiirnodel
Onys sighs as well. Well, now doesn't all this sound familiar? Another day in House Kiirnodel, it would appear. "I'm shocked, frankly, but not wholly. On the one hand, my sister is…driven. She sails on emotional tides, giving and receiving love where she finds it, and cannot help but give in. The fact that she waited as long as she did before falling in with Edric is of itself surprising. The other hand, even though I assumed you and Edric were lovers when we met, Edric seems not to entirely have his wits about him concerning matters of the heart—-this certainly being the case when you consider how quickly he fell into my sister's arms after you rebuffed his advances." Is Onys making some assumptions? Definitely. Is she wrong? Probably not entirely.

Quinys
"Edric and I? That's pretty funny, the two virgins being lovers." Quin smiled, thinking about how many times she and Edric had flirted with becoming more than what they were, and how things almost reached a peak before everything crashed down around her after talking to Erys. She didn't understand how to proceed from here. "I don't even know what to think anymore. He is enjoying your sister's company while professing feelings for me, and I don't understand how he could truly care that deeply for both of us at the same time. I mean, I get that you can love more than one person, but can you be truly in love with more than one? Doesn't being in love require you to want to put that person first?"

Onys Kiirnodel
Onys blanches slightly. Era wasn't kidding about Edric being a virgin? No <u>wonder</u> things were so screwy with these two. "Love is a precious thing, and lives in the heart in many forms. Some will bind their heart with another and the pair of them will be all the other needs. Some find bonds with two or three or more, and they each share in the love each brings to the others. It is…difficult when one finds oneself outside of love when the thought was they might in some way be included. It is also difficult when one, who finds they can love more than one, bears affection for one who prefers to have only one." She flips a stone upward with the toe of her boot and tries to catch it. She misses, however, and it clatters away, sending her to lift another and cast it to the sea. "You've obviously seen that I've not gotten along all that well with Edric during our time together, but I am willing to give him the benefit of doubt. New love, especially when one leaves virginity behind, can be perilous. It is so, so simple to be caught up in the tempest of emotion and sensation that one's decision-making leaves much to be desired. I would presume that this is his poorly-thought-out, clumsy, human way of trying to express that he's always loved you. I think him stupid occasionally, but I doubt he would be so cruel as to lie to you about his feelings for you."

Quinys
"He's not stupid, he just doesn't think before he acts or speaks. I'm sure he has a reason for not telling me, and I'm not entirely sure it's my business who he decides to couple with, but knowing that he's hiding it from me while trying to begin a relationship with me makes me afraid. How can he tell me he's being honest when he so obviously is keeping things from me? How can I trust him enough to open myself to him?" Quin hugged her legs close to her chest, feeling it start to ache at the thought that she may just be alone forever. For a moment she had thought that maybe things with Edric would be the wonderful dream she had waited for, but now…who knew?

Onys Kiirnodel
Onys frowns at the rapidly-vanishing sun. She may need to have words with her sister if this is going on wholly unbeknownst to her. She'll definitely need to have words with her if it isn't. Slowly taking a seat next to Quinys, she lays (what she hopes is) a comforting arm over the other woman's shoulders. "If anything, if he is thinking about it at all, I suspect he has tried to keep his affairs with Erys secret because he fears it will make you upset, as if it weren't obvious to any other one of us. He feels he's protecting you at the same time he causes you pain." She shakes her head, sighing again and squeezing Quinys' far shoulder. "I wish love were as easy a thing to live in as my sister makes it seem, but it isn't. It takes a lot of work, a lot of communication, and the strength of will to polish out flaws and make it truly shine. If you want to be with him, you can find a way, but both he and you will need to labor for it to work."

Quinys
"That's the thing, I don't know if I want to be with him. I don't know if I want to be with anyone, ever. That kind of closeness, it's…it's so much more than I may be able to handle. The longest relationship of any kind that I've had is with Adonis, and he was ripped away one night and suddenly I was alone for decades, and now I'm with you guys. I want Edric by my side far into the future, but he's human, we'd never get to grow old together, even if we all somehow make it to old age." She thought about how eventually everyone would either drift apart or die and it would be all staggered and at different times unless they died in battle together. This was starting to spiral into a crisis, and she needed to take a deep breath and relax.

Onys Kiirnodel
Onys realizes a moment too late she may have taken the wrong tack on this particular issue. Delicately, she tries to rein things in. "I think this all might be wearing a bit heavily on you—-more than you think. My advice would be to not worry about what the future might bring. It is one thing to plan for an eventuality, but to panic about the eventual outcome of things that may not even happen, it does you no favors. Perhaps not tonight, but soon: go to him. Tell him the things you've told me. If you want him to understand what he's doing to you, he needs to know your heart. And, if you need to be apart from him, come to me. I will stay with you. I owe you that much at least."

Quinys
"Thanks Onys, you really do help me when I feel like I'm drowning the most." Quin put her head on Onys's shoulder and closed her eyes for a moment, just listening to the calm breathing of the ever strong elf beside her. Something about just being in the presence of Onys made her feel calmer, maybe it was the air of confidence and detachment that she exuded.

Onys Kiirnodel
Onys holds Quinys to her as the sky goes violet and blue, the night coming on, the elf thinking just one thing: Lady Goldheart, please help me and keep me from failing them. "I try," she replies, quietly.

s6 - Onys & Quinys

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