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Homecoming.

"Oh look, they're back again," one gargoyle remarks.
"Yeah," the second chimed in. "First you scurry out, now you scurry back in... what was so important?"
Renee takes the few steps all at once, keen to get back in the door. A turn of the key and the door swings open.
"Doesn't even stop to say hello, how rude..."

She's preoccupied by that time, her sword dripping blood as she's had to fight her way back home. Each step of the way it was like she was wearing a neon sign proclaiming: 'Please attack me, I have somewhere more important to be.' Fur, feathers, scales or rough hide, the Powers of the Nightside weren't too picky. Anything to hold her up, it felt like.

With a quick stop to her room to throw off her coat and boots, she's back to being barefoot, practically running back to the library where she'd left Etienne last. He'd been quiet ever since she stepped into the bar and she couldn't disguise the fact that she was worried. Even Annie had difficulty maintaining her widening gait.

She finally reaches the library, dropping her sword to the floor with a clatter and sits down on the couch beside Etienne, her head falling upon the backrest. She's turned towards him, a tiny smile on her lips. She's relieved he's alright, but doesn't say anything.

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anniedaae
Mar. 22nd, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Etienne had been drowsing a little, but he knew the second Renee and Annie had returned, with anawareness that was partly from his bond with Renee, partly his connection to the house.

He sits up slowly. "Hey." He murmurs.
anniedaae
Mar. 22nd, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Annie follows Renee's crazy pace without protest, but she's really wondering where all the monsters keep coming from.

By the time they get back to the mansion, she's a couple feet behind Renee, mostly because, with all the sudden monster attacks, she feels the need to make sure nothing sneaks up on Renee, who seems mostly focussed on her destination as she nonchalantly takes down everything in her path.

She scolds the gargoyles a bit about their poor manners, but they seem more amused than anything else by her words, and she finally gives up and starts heading to the library again.

"Boulder-brained morons." She mutters under her breath as she enters the library, actually the tail-end of a fairly long muttered rant.
singlemaltfor1
Mar. 22nd, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Her eyes immediately soften, her fingers feather-light over his head and through his hair. "Hey," she offers back just as softly. She hears Annie come in and turns to address her. "If you take a look at that shelf there, a few in from the right, thick black spine, gold lettering. If memory serves, there are lots of defence spells in that particular tome." She's not stopped running her fingers through his hair as she's been speaking.
anniedaae
Mar. 22nd, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
Etienne frowns a little bit. "I'm.. not doubting her capability, but I think she should wait until she's got her own powers under better control before she starts into magic." He says softly. "As volatile as what she has naturally is already, it could be dangerous to compound the two at this point."

He remembers his own problems, rushing into magic as he had because of his natural ability towards it. The power just seemed to bend towards him, and he went too far too fast. He directs a few of these memories toward Renee to emphasize his point. We haven't gotten quite to the point where she can consciously choose to use her abilities. He lets her know.

"How about the ones on theory in the first one to the left?" He suggests lightly. His voice is still soft as he's careful not to overtax himself.
anniedaae
Mar. 22nd, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Annie's first instinct is to protest this, but she sees his point. She'd almost lost control today, and it hurt a little when things settled down. Right now it had the sort of dull ache you'd normally feel if you overdid it exercising. "Alright." She agrees.
singlemaltfor1
Mar. 22nd, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
It was more for research purposes, for peace of mind. I wouldn't have her working magic yet, Etienne... The memories he's sent to her fill her with an overwhelming power, like he himself was untapped source of ability and potential... and he'd been working magic for so long already. Could it really be that he'd not yet reached his limit? You'll have to tell me about those memories one day...

"Theory might help, actually. It would assist in our refining the spells we decide to use after all. You seem to have a natural knack for what's going to work..."
anniedaae
Mar. 22nd, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Annie nods. "It's kind of neat to link it all together."
anniedaae
Mar. 22nd, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
I will He promises, Just not right now... I can't afford to dwell on it presently.
singlemaltfor1
Mar. 22nd, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
"It is. I will start looking myself, but just not right now. You know..." She chews on her bottom lip while holding Annie's gaze.

And in your current condition, I couldn't dream of asking you to. She puts her arm around the back of the couch, behind his head, drawing one leg up underneath her as she turns towards him. Is there anything I can do? she utters quietly in the back of her mind.
anniedaae
Mar. 22nd, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
Etienne snuggles against Renee, Just stay with me.
anniedaae
Mar. 22nd, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
Annie grins teasingly and winks at the two of them. "Yeah, I know." She replies flippantly, heading for the theory books.
singlemaltfor1
Mar. 22nd, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
She chuckles goodnaturedly, resting her head upon Etienne's. Always... she replies, threading the fingers of one of her hands through his. She looks at their hands, clasped together, smiling to herself.
anniedaae
Mar. 22nd, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Annie lugs back a massive book that's about half as long, and twice as wide as she is, and looks to be about a foot thick. "Why are athey all so huge?" she grumbles.
singlemaltfor1
Mar. 22nd, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
"Alot to learn, I suppose?" Renee really doesn't know; maybe the people who read them couldn't read small print?
anniedaae
Mar. 22nd, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
"Maybe." Annie conceded. "Where did you get all of these, anyway, Uncle Etienne?"
anniedaae
Mar. 22nd, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Etienne thinks a moment, "A lot came from ebay, but some were from places in the nightside, and some were even from the original De Chagny library. And some were from when I used to travel." He shrugs. "You wouldn't believe the things some people will sell."
singlemaltfor1
Mar. 22nd, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Renee unfurls her legs and puts them over Etienne's lap. Her free hand takes a fistful of his shirt which lies over his heart. She's feeling vulnerable and fragile, needing to feel safe again. It hit her hard, the invasion they'd had in the house. Their home. Etienne was conversing with Annie about the benefits of eBay and all she could think about was the need to feel secure again.
anniedaae
Mar. 22nd, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Etienne leans over to kiss Renee's forehead reassuringly. He pulls her into his lap, against his chest, though it's a bit of a strain to do so, even as light as she is. He doesn't say anything, because if she wanted to talk about it, she'd say so, but maybe it'll help if he can just hold her.
singlemaltfor1
Mar. 22nd, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
She exhales the breath she was unknowingly holding onto and relaxes into his embrace, letting herself fall. She feels protected and her eyes flutter closed, which spring back open again as she looks up at him. "I'm not hurting you, am I?" she asks, her tone betraying her worry.
anniedaae
Mar. 22nd, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
Etienne shakes his head. "Never." He replies with a small smile.

Annie gives him a knowing look and he shakes his head. "Brat." He mutters.
singlemaltfor1
Mar. 22nd, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
She sighs, relaxing again. I'm sorry, I just... I can't deal with feeling so frightened... She'll never say it out loud. God no, never. The Bond allows her to admit such things to him without her ever having to speak... what a luxury. To think: it would only grow in strength the longer they were together.
anniedaae
Mar. 22nd, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
It's ok. He strokes her cheek lightly, both physically and psychically.
singlemaltfor1
Mar. 22nd, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
She draws her legs up, curling up into a tiny ball against his chest, feeling the increasing warmth returning to him, emanating from him. He would recover, he was now safe... but would it last? How she hated to dwell on such a thing. Especially after she'd said for Etienne not to think anymore on it, and what was she doing?

Her eyelids flutter at the touch of his hand, allowing her to feel somewhat peaceful once more.
anniedaae
Mar. 23rd, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)
Annie looks puzzled at something in the book. "Exactly what do they mean by that?" She mutters.
anniedaae
Mar. 23rd, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
"Which page?" Etienne asks easily, very familiar with that particular book.
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