[identity profile] scionoflorelei.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] abyssianmelody
Who: Luke fon Fabre, Tear Grants
Where: Aboard the ferry on the way to Baticul Port.
When: After Choral Castle, before Baticul.

The force of the breeze caused Luke's long red locks to flutter about, and the ocean hair certainly wasn't doing wonders for his hair. Still, it was hard for him to care when this would be the first time he was on a boat... or, at least what he could remember of it. Guy was seasick and everybody else seemed busy. Plus, being around everybody all of the time was a real drag; Luke enjoyed this moment to himself. Jade was an ass, Guy's seasick, Anise seemed only interested in money, Natalia needed some space, Tear... well, Tear was with him the entire time so far, aside from the time Arietta kidnapped him.

Half-closing his eyes, he looked out at the vast horizon beyond the sea. Out there, somewhere, Baticul lay. His home. It was about time.

Date: 2009-05-01 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melonichymn.livejournal.com
If there was one thing Tear hadn't been able to experience much in the Qliphoth, it was a breeze. Now, it was time to enjoy the trip as much as was possible - a difficult prospect, knowing that Van was there. Now was not the time for such things, of course; returning Luke took priority in this case. When that situation was dealt with, then she could resume her true mission. It was a rare moment to indulge herself and relax... in a fashion. Staying alert was necessary, especially after that last encounter with Van at Choral Castle. She sat down, focusing on the waves, but still keeping herself alert to her surroundings in case anyone should approach.

Date: 2009-05-01 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melonichymn.livejournal.com
She was aware of footsteps on the wooden deck, and a hand carefully reached down to grasp at her daggers before she relaxed - it was Luke's familiar gait. While initially somewhat difficult to deal with, the long journey had mellowed the originally clueless young man - especially their encounters on the Tartarus, where he had learned a thing or two about the nature of survival. It was difficult to believe that soon things would be over... somewhere over the horizon Baticul would slowly drift into view, and after that stop everyone would go their separate ways.

Then again, if Luke stayed at Van's side, they would most likely meet again. But those circumstances would be different. Now, there was time for pleasantries, and underneath the former arrogance and ignorance one could glimpse a rather nice person. For the time being, they could be acquaintances, if not comrades in a loose sense.

"Luke." She nodded in greeting.

Date: 2009-05-01 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melonichymn.livejournal.com
"Travelling is a nice way to see the world, even if you're on duty," she replied, reaching up to idly smooth back her bangs. Then again, this was the most she had seen of the Outer Lands, and while it was far from her original intent, the trip had been interesting.

... ah. Rather than get into a pointless argument about her brother, she opted for the other option - which was also her mission. Never mind it was the mission she had taken simply because it gave her freedom for her more pressing side mission... "I'm on a mission for the Order of Lorelei. This was mainly a detour. After you're back home, I'll carry on with my orders again."

Date: 2009-05-10 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melonichymn.livejournal.com
The blank expression on his face told her that once again she hadn't been clear enough. She was definitely getting used to the noble's mannerisms and behaviour. She wasn't sure if he was trying to get rid of her, which hurt in an odd way - but it seemed to just be another misunderstanding, which was always the order of the day. "Even after I finish escorting you back to Baticul, I've agreed to assist with the peace treaty. My original orders allow for a good deal of travel, and weren't so strict that I can't do other things at the same time." Which was true enough. There was no telling where the Seventh Fonstone could even be, after all - or her brother, for that matter. Being in Baticul meant she could search in those areas when she had time. These other matters would come first.

Date: 2009-05-10 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melonichymn.livejournal.com
"I'd prefer to see everything through before I do anything else," she explained. "When you start something, you should always make sure you finish it." She closed her eyes for a moment, but couldn't shake the encounter with Van at Choral Castle from her mind. Unfinished business indeed...

It had been a remarkable coincidence, certainly... if she had known about the "mystery Seventh Fonist" she would have definitely planned things in a different fashion. None of this would have happened, and the peace treaty would have most likely been halted before it could have even started. It seemed to be a tangled web of concidence and pattern that might have been better left to just say that perhaps the Score had a hand in it in some fashion. "Perhaps it was a good thing, then. This peace treaty will pave the way for the two nations to finally come to terms..."

Why do you make me lie to you Luke :<

Date: 2009-05-10 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melonichymn.livejournal.com
"Y-yes, that's where I had my Order of Lorelei training..." well, it wasn't an outright lie as she did grow up quite a bit there... in a manner of speaking. Still, the subject was getting close to territory that she wasn't sure she wanted to handle. It didn't seem right to lie to Luke, to take advantage of his ignorance to gloss over it.

She simply stared back out over the waves again. "Without this peace, the two nations will go to war... " There had been enough bloodshed as it was. While a peace treaty couldn't fix the past, it could help heal the wounds left behind.

Date: 2009-05-10 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melonichymn.livejournal.com
"I'd wanted to be in the Order for a very long time. Being trained was what I had wanted most..." It was truthful enough, with leaving out the necessary parts. Thinking back to those times made her want to shake her head - she had been foolishly blindsided, devoted to things that could never be. That things could change so quickly had given her the insight to tolerate Luke. She herself had been foolishly ignorant once as well...

"I wouldn't be who I am if I hadn't received Order training. It teaches you a lot about yourself, strengths and weaknesses," she finished, cocking her head to look back at him.

Date: 2009-05-11 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melonichymn.livejournal.com
And if she'd followed Teodoro's wishes and hadn't followed Van, she might very well have never left Yulia City. It was strange to think about how there were little parallels like that. And just like how her experiences had changed her, hopefully his experiences here would help shape him.

"In a way, the hyperresonance was a good thing. Not only did it give us the opportunity to assist with the peace treaty, it allowed you a little bit of freedom."

Date: 2009-05-13 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melonichymn.livejournal.com
That Luke wasn't a soldier was still something that Tear had to consciously think about. She was so used to dealing with others who had military training, it was sometimes all too easy to forget that the red-head was a civilian. Now that the action had ceased, he must have been thinking about what had happened. "Perhaps it's a good thing that killing doesn't come so easily to you," she paused for a moment. "But, you should have time to rest and put your mind at ease before we get to Baticul."

"I said that I'd get you back to your manor," she gave him a small smile.

Date: 2009-05-13 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melonichymn.livejournal.com
That was that, she felt, rather pleased that the conversation had turned in that direction. It had more or less run its course, and Luke was rarely one to speak too long on most things. There was still a discomfort between them, especially regarding Van. She studied him for a moment, but left his silence as it was. She could no longer feel the way he did about killing, and he would come to terms with what happened in his own way.

She turned back to the water once more, before getting to her feet. "When we approach the city, it'll come into view over the water. It's something you should see."

Date: 2009-05-13 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melonichymn.livejournal.com
"It should be about an hour or so. There's still plenty of time," she responded, a bit distracted. The return to the City of Light was sooner than expected, and there were some things she wasn't ready for... the prolonged proximity to Van included. "I some things to take care of. Enjoy the view."

With that, she turned to leave.


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