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Postby Kura Wolfsdotter » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:36 pm

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Kura knew giving up her animals would be incredibly painful for Ela, and she hoped it was possible to avoid it, but if not, they could at least make sure her animals were safe. Still, that was for later, first there was the matter of healing Ela. So they went to Faith's. When her friend came to the door, Kura smiled warmly at her friend, but there was a note of sadness to it. What was about to happen would not be easy for her sister, but it was needed, and had been needed for years. "Hello, lass." she said, before looking around the house as they walked towards a lounge. "So did this house come with a dungeon? And if so, what do you do with it?" she asked, genuinely curious as they sat down.

Then the time came for the discussion about why they were here. "It's...not hard to explain, exactly, just hard to say." she said, before taking a deep breath. "When Ela was little her father...he was killed. Their house it was far away from any towns, and she was too young to make it anywhere. It...she did what was needed to survive, but that's...hard to heal from. I was hoping you could help her talk to her father. I don't know if he passed on or if he lingers, but...they need to talk. More than Cally and I did, even." she said, her tone gentle as she spoke before she looked at her sister.

"I know you've been busy, and we probably interrupted your relaxation time with the twins, but..." she said, before spreading her empty hand helplessly. "There's no one else who can help her heal." she said, her tone gentle.
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Postby Faith » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:18 pm

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There was obviously something concerning Ela and impacting her quite badly, just judging by the way that she needed to maintain proximity to Kura. Faith didn't know Kura's sister at all, but there was a simple and fundamental bottom line for the former slave and that meant that Ela was welcome here. Not by virtue of being a mortalborn, nor of anything else. As Faith had told Karem - Kura's family were welcome here because they were Kura's family.

She shot a grin at Kura when she asked about a dungeon. "It has three levels underground, if that's what you mean. We've taken the attic as our bedroom and the very bottom floor is ours, too." The other two underground levels, she said, they were using as a future playroom and a storage area. Faith, of course, was entirely serious and solemn when she said that, looking at Kura with silver and ruby eyes which were, as so often was the case, earnest.

But her glance went to just to the left of Ela and then she listened to Kura speak. Ela had been young and her father had died. The man next to her had arcs of sadness etched onto his face and Faith looked at him and smiled a soft smile. He did a double take, "You can see me?" Faith nodded slightly. "I can see him. Hear him. He's right here." Faith breathed in and looked at Kura with an almost steely expression, although she never managed it with her friend. "You are family. That means that your sister is family. Therefore, it is impossible for you to interrupt. You are always welcome here." Faith then spoke to Ela, softly and calmly. Somehow, she managed to not be patronising, just clear and calm.

"There is a man here. His soul has remained here, with you. You are his anchor - what keeps him here." She looked at the soul and listened as he spoke to her. Faith's face smiled, a slight and rather sad smile. "He couldn't leave his . He needs to know that you are alright, and he needs you to know that .." Faith stopped speaking, looking back at the place where she saw Ela's father. "I can do better than tell you. It is better if he does. I understand that this must be difficult," Looking at Ela, she was entirely genuine. "And it must seem that I am utterly mad. He says that you shouldn't worry so, Bella-bean. I have.. well, Padraig has something which will allow you to speak to him directly." Standing up, Faith glanced at the two of them and smiled. A few moments alone together would be no bad thing for the sisters.

To the father, she made eye contact and then, when she was sure that they were alright, she left the room. Coming back just a few moments later, giving the sisters time to come to terms with it, Faith held in her hand what looked to be a tooth, made from ice. "This is the tooth of an ice tiger. It allows you to see and talk to spirits. Be clear, Ela, it lets you see them all and there are always a lot." There were, indeed. If Ela took the tooth from Faith, she would immediately see the half dozen or so souls in the room.

Including, of course, the soul of her father who stood next to her and smiled.

Faith simply glanced at Kura and took her lead from her friend. Would they leave Ela alone? Should Faith leave? What happened now was very much up to the two daughters of Karem in the room.
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Postby Ela Wolfsdotter » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:26 pm

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As Ela and Kura sat down, the pup listened to Kura's words - and her eyes widened. Speak to her father? It was impossible, he'd died. She saw him die, watched as he was killed and then eaten his body. There was no way, was there? Even if it was possible, what would she say to the man? What would the man say to her? Visibly, her body started shaking at the thought of it, Faith confirming that her father was there. Normally she wouldn't believe it, but neither of the women in the room with her would lie about this. Ela's Father, Alrur, was right there with them.
But what confirmed it for Ela was the name. Bella-bean. It had been forever since she had been called it, since the day she had fallen ill and slept for what felt like an arc, when he had kissed her head lightly and his mouth had uttered the words to her. 'I love you, Bella-bean.' he had said, every day for her entire life - or for his. Faith would never know of it, Kura had never heard it before. None of them would know it but Alrur. It had to be him.

"W-wait" she muttered to Kura when Faith left the room, her hands trembling lightly on her sister. "She can't mean it. I saw him...Please, she can't mean it. How long has he been here?" she asked, her voice filled with desperation before Faith came back in to the room, holding a sharp tooth in her hands. Fitting, in an ironic sense, the pup thought. Her feral, yet somehow fragile eyes fell to Faith as she explained the spirits in the room. Then, with some level of hesitation, Ela took the tooth.
Despite the room suddenly seeming full, with spirits everywhere to be seen, but the girls eyes only fell to one - her father. A small smile, one of pain, spread across the mans face. Freezing, the girl watched him, unable to bring herself to move. Until the mans voice brought her home, filled her with a cold chill yet a comforting warmth.

"I suppose hello wouldn't be a good start, now would it, sweet Ela?" he spoke, chuckling at his own jokes as he always would. Tears ran down the girls cheeks as she tried to reach her hand out for the man, but hesitated. A pained look spread across his face, saddened at the pain in his daughters eyes. Wiping his own eyes, the man sighed and turned his expression somewhat serious.
"Listen, I know this will be hard for you girl, but please listen" he started, eyes never once breaking away from the Mortalborn before him. "I've seen everything, Ela. Everything you've seen, everything you've done - and I couldn't be more proud of you. But you...silly girl. You blame yourself, and you hide in fear from the world, and it hurts you. It hurts you so much because you are such a kind, loving girl, and when you put so much of that negativity in yourself..."

At his words, Ela burst in to tears, clutching the ice tooth to her chest. Without hesitation the man ran over, before kneeling in front of the girl. "I'm so sorry" she cried, loud enough that even standing outside the room someone could hear it. Loud sobs left her as the girl lost it, crying in a way she hadn't done since many, many arcs ago - over the same man she cried over now. "I was so afraid, so scared that after what I did to you...I thought they would hate me. Some of them did hate me. And I was so afraid of all of them because of what I did, and because of what I can do."
Before the girl could carry on, her eyes looked up to her father, seeing the streams of tears pour down his cheeks. Yet his warm smile never once faded. "And that, my dear, is why you are a silly girl. My sweet, sweet Bella-bean. Some of the world will not love you, because the world will not love you like I do, and if they did you could do whatever you wanted without care. But they won't. However, the ones worth listening to - they will. Kura, Rynata, Tio. Your mother...all of them, Ela. They cared. They loved you, and they will continue to love you for who you are. Even if you hurt them sometimes, or make mistakes."

With a kiss to her forehead, one that the girl couldn't feel, the man looked the girl in the eyes. "Show them the same girl they fell in love with. Not Bloodclaw, and not a girl that hides in the woods. Show them Ela, and I promise you that even if the whole world does not love you - some of us always will."
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Postby Kura Wolfsdotter » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:09 am

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Kura listened quietly as Faith explained that, yes, Alrur was still following Ela around, picked up a nickname that Kura had never heard for Ela in her life, then left to get a thing for Ela to help her see her father. When Ela asked how long Alrur had been there, Kura sighed slightly. "Since he died, it's how ghosts work. Knowing Alrur, he couldn't leave while he knew that you left all alone, or until you'd started to recover from what happened after." she said, her tone gentle. When Faith came back, Kura stepped away as Ela took the fang and started to talk to her father.

Looking at Faith, Kura smiled then stepped out of the room, letting Ela have this time with her father. When Faith joined her, Kura smiled. "Thank you. I...we aren't sure when Alrur died, but when mum found her, it had been trials and she'd been alone all that time. Mum brought her home, and we both raised her after that, tryin' to help her recover. But there's only so much we could do, and I wasn't in a place to be able to help her as much as I should have. It's part of the reason I was so angry with Rahmet, is that I was too continuously exhausted to be able to help Ela the way she needed." she said, shaking her head.

"So how're the kids doin'? I imagine they've already gotten some quirks thanks to them wolves they're bonded with." she said, laughing slightly. Frankly though, the truth was that she needed to talk about pretty much else in order to keep her mind off her sister. Ela and Alrur did not need constant commentary from Kura, so she was keepin' herself distracted. However, she was also extremely reluctant to move that far away from the room. "Did Katie and Cyrus move in with you and Pad, or they still livin' separate?" she asked, her tone curious.
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Postby Faith » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:58 pm

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She handed Ela the tooth and she gently squeezed the Mortalborn woman's hand as she did so. But then, she and Kura left the room and left them to it. When Kura's first words were to thank her, Faith shook her head. "No thanks needed. See previous comment regarding family," she said, softly. There was a small bench in an alcove opposite the room Ela was in and Faith gestured over to it, for the pair of them to sit. She knew, or she began to understand, just how hard this was for Kura. Looking at her friend with a serious expression in her ruby and silver eyes, Faith spoke softly. "My sister, Rey'na. Half sister, my father's daughter, she's here. She.. I can't describe it, Kura. It's like my blood knows her." She shrugged slightly. "I can only begin to imagine how I would feel were she in such pain, and I am very aware that we do not know each other." She sat, hands folded in her lap and an almost serene expression on her face. Except, of course, Kura knew her better, but Faith was doing a good job of seeming to be what she needed to be. Or, what she thought she needed to be.

At the mention of the children, though, Faith's face lit up. "Oh, they are quite the most intelligent and beautiful children in the whole of Idalos. And yes, they're very much developing their own personalities. Madison is an explorer, she wants to try everything, do everything, discover everything. Noah, though, he's more prone to watching, then trying it in his own time." On the wolf pups, she admitted to her friend that they had simply slotted in to the family like everyone else. She nodded, when Kura asked about Cyrus and Katie "Yes, Cyrus, Katie and Luna live here too." She smiled and gestured around slightly. "It's a quirky place. Padraig went out to get some eggs and came back having bought it." Faith told Kura this, partly because she thought that Karem's daughter would find it funny, but also to distract. "He didn't look in here before he bought. Just... think of the stargazing," there was obviously no issue as far as Faith was concerned. She loved it here, in fairness.

And there she would sit with her friend and chatter, until it seemed that the right amount of time had passed. At which point, she asked quite seriously. "Do you think you should go in on your own, first? I can wait here and read until I'm needed."
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Postby Ela Wolfsdotter » Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:27 pm

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'Show them'

Those words ran through the girl like nothing she'd ever felt before, pacing through her mind. Show herself to the world, not hide from it. Love people instead of fearing them, and letting the world see who she was. Who she wanted to be. Showing the world Ela Wolfsdotter instead of Bloodclaw. While it sounded like a dream to the girl, she asked herself if that world could exist. One where she was free to live among other people. After all, she was still Bloodclaw, had still killed all of those people and committed those crimes. Could she ever live among those same families after that?
"I never wanted to hurt you. If I hadn't gotten hurt, if I hadn't been asleep..." she muttered, streaming tears pouring down her face. But Alrur quieted her with a small shush, putting his ghostly hand in to hers, wishing he could feel her grip - feel her touch. Wishing that he could comfort his daughter. Yet he couldn't, and nothing would change that. No matter what he did, nothing could take her pain away. Not forever. All he could do was ease it to the best of his ability, and then...then he'd find peace.

"What happened to me was not your fault, pup. None of it was your fault. You were a small, helpless girl that just wanted to explore and adventure" he told her firmly, yet a smile spread across his cheeks as he remembered her running across the garden bare foot, the grass soft under her feet as she climbed and jumped and tumbled. "You did what you had to, you survived. You saved yourself, and that was all I wanted to do. Save you. When that man came in I begged for your life, and I am so glad you defended it girl. Because you...you are my world. For as long as you live, everything I stood for lives with you."
Alrur gently wiped his own tears. "That, my beautiful daughter, is why I want you to show them. Because you are the biggest blessing this world has ever seen, and you should never have to hide that from anyone. No matter what, never hide who you are from anyone. Be Ela Wolfsdotter, the girl who, despite everything she has been through continues to fight. Be the girl that, no matter what the world threw in her face, kept her head high and her dreams higher. Be the daughter that saw love in everything."

"I will, father. I promise I will" Ela sobbed, her eyes looking at him with a gentle expression, every ounce of hatred seeping out of her. Whatever she had done, whenever she had done it, none of it was meant to hurt him. None of it was meant to bring her father to tears. Thinking that she had done that, forced him to stay as a ghost because he could not rest, tore the girl apart. "I promise I won't hurt you again, and I promise I won't hide anymore. Never again. Never. I promise you."

Then, the man began to fade, his eyes meeting Ela's one last time.

"I'm so proud of you, girl. I always will be, you hear me. I promise. I am so, so proud..."" he sobbed, before the man finally faded away, leaving the girl in the room alone. Dropping to her knees off the sofa, Ela buried her head in her hands - and she cried.
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