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The Banes of Atreus: The Avenger
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The Banes of Atreus: The Avenger
Dec 4, 2016
12 Mins Read
No Plagiarism!DYJFy8qINAntkl9DvNDLposted on PENANA

As I stealthily creep through the home, I feel an unfamiliar dread & guilt. I feel the cool breeze wafting through the open windows, & my body starts to shiver. Or was I, perchance, only shivering from the cold enclosed in myself? I feel so cold, cold as frozen steam in a winter storm, the cold, cloudily swirl-making in me, forming me, threatening to freeze over & never crack. copyright protection111PENANAh2hAKcZzno

I glance down. My hands are slender, thin, & paler than usual for my dusky, olive skin. Suddenly, I notice the dagger concealed in the palm of my left hand, radiantly gleam-making in the dead of the darkness of everything, & gradually start to panic. copyright protection111PENANAl1n4GVd6E0

The anxiety rises, & I grow faint, the world growing hazy around me, as I struggle to keep a grasp on this strange world. My cogwheels slowing with the sudden, entrapping strain of the horror induced by... Induced by what, indeed?copyright protection111PENANAH2u1oDFUri

Looking around, my face relaxes - peaceful-looking - almost childlike again, as it should be. Colourful swirls surround me, engulfing me, but one colour is clearer than the rest.copyright protection111PENANAFIkXj59iFx

I look around in awe, my IEMP suddenly, exceedingly clear, frozen again as I feel the gears start to function, normal-doing again. I clearly see the unmistakable colour of blood. Crimson, dripping, languid-making, down the walls, swirl-making in the fog inside the home, puddle-making on the floor. copyright protection111PENANAH0y44f0imF

I look behind me, & behold! There are people, begging me, the terror plain-showing in their bodily postures, their facial expressions. I cannot recognize them, try as hard as I may. I attempt to run to them, but hopelessly fail, as they flinch away from me. The cold set in my frozen heart forbids me to move forward for that purpose, push-doing me towards them for quite another reason. Seeing their gazes, I turn around in the hopes that it is not truly me they are afraid of, perchance the monster is another. copyright protection111PENANAi3HN56qK0R

I veer, despairing-feeling, knowing in my heart that the only fiend here is myself. Seeing no one, I clench my hands feel-doing in my left the weight that persists. I look down & see the blade, but this time, something is exceedingly different. copyright protection111PENANA2GAmDTrNc6

No longer is the dagger flawlessly brilliant. Oh, it still lustrously glimmers in the dark, but it is no longer perfect. Now, it is marred by the scarlet ribbons weaving down the blade, the specks of cruor spatter-making across my hand. copyright protection111PENANAkT7TYb8Yuu

My heart clenches at the gore saturate-doing my hand & I endeavour to drop the burden, but the weight does not leave my grip. copyright protection111PENANADMxkACr0mr

Instead, I advance towards the terrified people, the weapon raised precariously, as they back into a corner, whimper-making, wail-making, & beg-doing. copyright protection111PENANARo7sLKmcyz

My body is no longer expressly mine to control. It moves of its own will, or - perchance - that of another. My hand descends upon the desperate-sounding, howl-making people, &.. copyright protection111PENANAjSsqLrCUp6

I awoke to the sound of yet another shindy. I carefully wiped my right hand against my right eye, which was quite steamed up this morning. I finished, being able to see slightly clearer through that eye, & listened to the din coming from downstairs.copyright protection111PENANAo2TWntzOuW

"I say! This must be the fourth time this week, & it is yet Monday!" I thought aloud to myself.copyright protection111PENANAgmloO69ajH

Mama & my elder sister, Elle, had been quarrel-making almost continually since Mama brought the strange man hence.copyright protection111PENANAJDzc3lDGg2

I was not sure why. Why, he seemed a bit queer, I supposed, but aren't all adults somewhat queer towards children of my age?copyright protection111PENANANF5GCsabhE

"How peculiar." I said aloud.copyright protection111PENANA8y1uWPB50U

Margaret had not yet come with my breakfast, to help me out of bed, & get me dressed. I was not sure I wanted Margaret to come & help me out of bed. I was quite comfortable hence, in the fluffy pillows & mattresses & such. No doubt the din was even louder outside.copyright protection111PENANANKymWCIAiZ

After all, how could she possibly have heard my bell through that deafening ruckus?copyright protection111PENANAD5EJMgcXst

Margaret had also been acting quite unlike herself as of late, now that I began to think about it. Shuffle-making about, with her head bowed. She had usually been one of the more outspoken & independent servants. As Mama put it, she was "insolent." I was not quite sure what that word meant, but mama always used it when Margaret was talking to her, so I supposed it meant somewhat what I thought it did. She also sometimes said that if it was up to her, poor Margaret would be neutralised.copyright protection111PENANACA1D4YtF3t

I  heard two bumping sounds & afterwards heard more thumping sounds, this time coming towards my bedchamber.copyright protection111PENANAAQd9daLWL3

"Oh! I dare-say someone is marching up the stairs in this direction! Perchance I have been remembered after all!" I said excitedly, to no one in particular.copyright protection111PENANAVp9A8WQkUi

I snuggled into the sheets a bit, to show that I had been left disregarded, & I hadn't been properly taken care of.copyright protection111PENANAOwTPaYODER

The door smashed open with a resounding crack, & in walked - no - stormed, a considerably flustered-looking Elle. copyright protection111PENANA6eIknWv9Tg

I  looked at her, taking in her usually delicate-looking beautiful features, contorted in fury. Her long, elegant-looking sloping nose, now scrunched up to create wrinkles in her brow. Somehow, her clothes also looked particularly bunchy today. Her dark eyes burned with the complete ire contained inside of her. Sometimes I wondered how she hadn't exploded like an overfilled Steam Energies Processor yet. As I took in her features, she turned to me & found me on the bed.copyright protection111PENANAcPGmpOjf9d

Her eyes widened - even more - which I had not previously considered possible, & as she strode over to me, she exclaimed, " Gadaranine! You are still abed? Come, come, we must make haste!"copyright protection111PENANAyXJsNTqBw4

She grabbed me out of bed & rifled through my closet, stuffing various items in a knapsack that seemed to appear out of the aether. As she continued her rummaging through my wardrobe. I noticed the state she was leaving the wardrobe in & gasped.copyright protection111PENANAtDjbYH8tQ2

"Elle! Margaret is going to be mighty displeased when she sees the state of the wardrobe!" I said, worried-feeling.copyright protection111PENANAK3RrqgfJwo

She turned to me & her eyes softened. She knelt down & grasped my hands, flinching slightly as she felt my queer finger - the one mama hated - against hers, but quickly hiding it. She looked into my eyes with a sort of pleading look.copyright protection111PENANAW5mGx9AYK6

"Ara, darling, do not fret about that now. I need you to be as grown-up as you can be right now, alright? Please just listen to what I say & obey, do you understand?" She stated, quite plain-making.copyright protection111PENANA3dKmpJ4xdU

Not waiting for my response, which was, of course, to ask why, she got up & tightened the knapsack - which was quite full indeed.copyright protection111PENANAzYYrppIF8f

She grabbed a pair of black kid gloves &, rather careless-doing, slipped them onto my hands. As she slipped on the left glove, the pointer finger's tip ripped a hole in the gloves. She gasped & swore, something I had not ever heard her do, because it was impolite & exceedingly unladylike. I - in turn - gasped, blushed, & was about to reproach her. I noticed the fire was back in her eyes & carefully decided not to do so for my own well being.copyright protection111PENANA45lqLTzlRj

She seized another glove & took a bit more care in sliding it on this time. She then grasped two of my petticoats & slipped them on me after a pair of stockings. I was a bit confused, as I never wore two petticoats at the same time, but I kept silent because of her earlier words to me. She also grabbed three dresses & somehow managed to put them on me. After that, she grabbed one of my pinafores & a thick coat, slipped them over my dresses, & patted everything down.copyright protection111PENANAsUwdhVWlta

Just then, I noticed she was also wearing quite a lot of clothes. I was getting curiouser & curiouser. Why all this fuss? copyright protection111PENANAg38fuxEddN

Then, as if satisfied, she looked me up & down, & then grabbed my forearm & dragged me out of my bedchambres.copyright protection111PENANAshSNHEHg0y

I stopped her & explained that I had to use the water closet.copyright protection111PENANAAtt6GK2D6v

She sighed, led me to the water closet, & when I was finished, she grabbed my forearm again & pulled me downstairs.copyright protection111PENANANmyWB3tghH

The scene down there was truly frightful!copyright protection111PENANA3JYVxFAeWA

My mouth gaped open as I took in my poor mama & the strange man, lying on the floor, seeming-looking, asleep. Now this was just too curious indeed!copyright protection111PENANANw3gCJ1Fn7

" Elle? Elle? Why are mama & - & -" I paused, for I could not recall his name.copyright protection111PENANAabtJ75NBl4

" Baron Hamish Thyson. I shall explain when we are situated in the float. No time to waste." she stated, cold-looking, casting a frigid glance at both of the people lie-doing on the floor.copyright protection111PENANAioOgkmWUBS

" Float?" I queried, rather confused-feeling.copyright protection111PENANAvppyF2iHHF

" Aye, now come along, Ara."copyright protection111PENANAORRhBYnpzJ

She grabbed my forearm & once again, off we went, towards the outside. Yet again, I stopped.copyright protection111PENANAuS8i9sF5nh

" Elle! What about Margaret?" I asked, apprehensive-feeling.copyright protection111PENANAYSGnrmpJ36

We never went anywhere without my Margaret!copyright protection111PENANApRYg9AewZO

Elle sighed, scooped me up in her arms, & carried me out of our abode. She walked up to the float & commanded it to open. By what seemed like magick to me, it opened. She dropped me inside, & then she climbed in herself. She commanded the float to sail to Bushy House, Teddington, South-west London.copyright protection111PENANAgtGoMPRrVe

That was the living place of Uncle Sylvester & Auntie Anadora! I, calm-showing, or as calm-showing as I could, waited for my sister to explain.copyright protection111PENANAIT7pgyLFiO

" Margaret is gone, Ara. Duchess Clementine put her out of commission." she began.copyright protection111PENANALHGKXPkcmj

I gasped, but soon noticed the box filled with poor Margaret's remains.copyright protection111PENANA0CMH1yxS0s

" But Elle, she's in there!" I exclaimed pointedly.copyright protection111PENANA7Jmf8COUi6

" She has been deactivated. There is no steam in her, & she has been disassembled. I brought her in hopes that you might one day restore her, even if you do manage to contrive such a thing, there is always the chance that she will no longer have any steam-data of you retained." she explained.copyright protection111PENANAI3OpOLf8YC

" She won't remember me?" I contemplated the idea.copyright protection111PENANArZfeGgNe8O

" It is quite likely she won't." she calmly replied.copyright protection111PENANAHgx3vGFjAX

" Oh dear. I rather don't like that idea, let's leave it be. The rest, Elle? Why were mama &- &-" I paused again.copyright protection111PENANApj1dIPZXYX

" Baron Thyson, Ara." she supplemented.copyright protection111PENANAzqWOED4sRd

" Yes! Thy-Ty-Thyson." I stumbled over the name.copyright protection111PENANAgztOCYuii5

" I knocked them out so we could leave peacefully." she replied plaintively.copyright protection111PENANAgHohV67V46

" Why?" I queried.copyright protection111PENANATEwQsbtxEl

" Would you have liked mother & the Baron pulling us back while we were leaving?" she asked.copyright protection111PENANALVUeJxdePv

" I suppose not. That would have hurt more than you pulling my forearm." I stated.copyright protection111PENANAj5dHn9Ov4S

She apologised & sat silent-doing after that for a while. Then, my IEMP rumbled quite loudly.copyright protection111PENANABYx7OZjhxX

" Oh dear. I'm afraid I completely neglected to eat breakfast, Elle!" I said, sorrowful-feeling.copyright protection111PENANADiSyxC5LQV

" Quite. I'm afraid I completely neglected to bring you something to eat." she said apologetic-looking.copyright protection111PENANAg90uRnEGTJ

I sighed, sad-feeling. There is absolutely nothing worse than forgetting one's meals.copyright protection111PENANAzuH6Cv5VND

Suddenly, something clicked & I bounded up from the float-seat.copyright protection111PENANASqVLZtn5ed

" Elle! Elle! We are going to Auntie & Uncle's house, are we not?" I asked, excited-feeling.copyright protection111PENANA0vn10foEVh

She arched her eyebrow, " Yes, yes we are, Ara."copyright protection111PENANAnuM4AoAGjn

" Does that mean I get to see Pippin?" I squeaked.copyright protection111PENANAkcOgYNJlTY

Elle laughed, " Yeah, you shall see quite a bit of him presently."copyright protection111PENANAzTtWUtcj87

I squealed & jumped around.copyright protection111PENANABvCnAdMaU5

" It's been so long since we have been to see Pippin, Elle!" I remarked.copyright protection111PENANAyeinugbeB4

She smiled & patted her lap, where I then sat.copyright protection111PENANAcbXF8S9kbh

I smiled up at her, waiting. copyright protection111PENANArMN4anhWyb

" We are almost there, Ara. However, I have some requests of you before we get there." she said, more serious-looking.copyright protection111PENANA27pkuUBF8d

My smile slowly straightened out & I looked up, listening for the next words.copyright protection111PENANAJkoG0wz9RK

" Ara, you are going to have to be an exceedingly good little girl from now on. Imagine something. Can you do that?" she asked, & I nodded.copyright protection111PENANAqjxdnIBEE9

" Imagine father is away, & mother does not care. Imagine I would now have to take care of you. Imagine I asked aunty & uncle to help me. Imagine we are now going to live with them. Got it?" she asked.copyright protection111PENANAQHhg2LaDqj

I nodded. I could perfectly imagine that.copyright protection111PENANAR9DgQEMpNE

" Alright, now be a good little girl, & keep imagining it. Do what you would do if it were true. Act it out, alright?"copyright protection111PENANAadXHrkq3Z5

I slowly nodded, exceedingly confused, but willing.copyright protection111PENANAdPMu6PfhsF

In a few minutes, the float stopped in front of Uncle & Auntie's home.copyright protection111PENANAAkPeAFSn4G

The doors opened with a sudden burst & out ran a boy.copyright protection111PENANA1fUYWljmpi

He tripped on the stairs as we climbed out.copyright protection111PENANAsC8e6e3lvw

I started laugh-making & ran to help him up.copyright protection111PENANA16RQlrvdPA

I bent down & lent him my hand & pulled as hard as I could.copyright protection111PENANATQPNPM989y

He smirked & acted like he was attempting to get up, but actually did not get up in the least. I groaned & pulled even harder. Eventually, I let go, exhausted.copyright protection111PENANAqBbzQhNTDj

" Pippin, you cad! Help me a little, in the least. I can-not completely pull you up on my own." I complained, exasperated-feeling.copyright protection111PENANAqEphvKJ1Yy

Pippin winked & asked, " Why-ever not, dear Ollie?"copyright protection111PENANABSprGfeQnn

I sighed, waved my hand about, & explained the matter-of-fact, " You are Elle's age, & much larger than her, you blubbery stengine!"copyright protection111PENANApOZAnPRbJv

He sprang up with a bound, startling me, " Blubbery?! Who do you think you are calling blubbery, Miss Elephant?"copyright protection111PENANAu9aTqFEaGD

At this, Elle, Aunt & Uncle walked over, so we had to behave.copyright protection111PENANAIiv7KcnY2K

" Gadaranine." Uncle said, stern-looking.copyright protection111PENANAlrzk1XaT8T

I remembered what Elle had told me to act out.copyright protection111PENANApD2zxtfbDW

" Yes, uncle?" I replied.copyright protection111PENANAPlektZxQXz

" I have discussed the matters with your elder sister Ellectra over the Remote Steam Cloud Communication Device beforehand. I hope you understand what a grave matter we are discussing, & as thus, I expect you to behave accordingly." At this, he turned & gave a stern look to Pippin.copyright protection111PENANABj1bD39OWh

" I will accept you & your sister into my house, but I expect you to act as though you are indeed in the position that you are in. I will not tolerate anything or any behaviour that will bring further dishonour upon my family or myself. Do I leave this clear, Duchess Gadaranine O. Eberneus & Duke Peregrin D. Strophson?" He commanded, more than queried.copyright protection111PENANAHmVJVscbEQ

" Understood." Pippin & I said in unison.copyright protection111PENANA7tcmOFllwi

I caught the underhanded wink Pippin sent at me, though, & had to fight to keep myself from giggling.copyright protection111PENANAV8BWkfZt3W

Uncle, not catching the wink, finally looked satisfied & strode back inside the house.copyright protection111PENANALKiGue9HqN

Auntie smiled with her pleasant rosy cheeks, walked over & knelt down, despite her shortness. I supposed people just had a knack for kneel-doing when they talked to me. I surely had no idea.copyright protection111PENANAxxhJU5pfrW

" Ara, I know Sylvester seems a bit harsh sometimes, but I'm sure that he shall soon come to accept you as one of the family. Do not fret about it. I am quite sure my son hence has already done so, right my dear Peregrin?" she smiled with that pleasant-looking round face & tilted her head towards Pippin.copyright protection111PENANAyn5ajpqjSu

Pippin looked at me, grinned, & said, " Of course not!"copyright protection111PENANAfDfykJNtre

His smile, however, told me otherwise.copyright protection111PENANAhYLyIGE8W6

So, I smiled back, & then my sister smiled.copyright protection111PENANA5utaFMz56s

Thus, in that one incredibly innocent & cheer-full moment, everyone around me was smiling.  115Please respect copyright.PENANAVQm74meJV4
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Soooo... Prologue, eh? Tell me what you think about it in the comments! (Down there, yeah, that sorta yellowish button with comments on it...) Did you think it was a dream? Did you like how I sort of clued you in on it with the italics? Like the language use? Maybe it'd be worth it to hit that like button so more people can enjoy it, yeah? copyright protection111PENANAuUPX5vKEBQ

Also, don't forget to bookmark it so you won't lose the book, that wouldn't be good, aye?115Please respect copyright.PENANAixPhD9lee4
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See you laters, alligators! copyright protection111PENANAyMKwvueUS4

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