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The Banes of Atreus: The Avenger
Co-Writer Legolass+*
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The Banes of Atreus: The Avenger
Dec 4, 2016
12 Mins Read
No Plagiarism!sehKA08olMfVrojv8bbLposted 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 protection163PENANAImP5P0HYPk

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 protection163PENANAliyD28DaxZ

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 protection163PENANAXMUpaeUjp5

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 protection163PENANA58rUdhUVgJ

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 protection163PENANAfB1Ne4WRft

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 protection163PENANAQcgLBrZvKp

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 protection163PENANABQx2KKkFGA

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 protection163PENANAoVcqJqvGiL

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 protection163PENANA99XpUzQU5B

Instead, I advance towards the terrified people, the weapon raised precariously, as they back into a corner, whimper-making, wail-making, & beg-doing. copyright protection163PENANAjGsQJcB4Sh

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 protection163PENANAFhdRIXhdDA

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 protection163PENANAYMJWcEw3yB

"I say! This must be the fourth time this week, & it is yet Monday!" I thought aloud to myself.copyright protection163PENANAFSi7I2kk6c

Mama & my elder sister, Elle, had been quarrel-making almost continually since Mama brought the strange man hence.copyright protection163PENANABLtOCbMUpp

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 protection163PENANAvocekoTQss

"How peculiar." I said aloud.copyright protection163PENANAs8kLg3NAnU

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 protection163PENANANZFhNitAdT

After all, how could she possibly have heard my bell through that deafening ruckus?copyright protection163PENANAZIhbWCAQs3

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 protection163PENANAiVbDGrGu24

I  heard two bumping sounds & afterwards heard more thumping sounds, this time coming towards my bedchamber.copyright protection163PENANAoP347RmBrz

"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 protection163PENANAuqhLCenc4Q

I snuggled into the sheets a bit, to show that I had been left disregarded, & I hadn't been properly taken care of.copyright protection163PENANAfnMr0tSHXU

The door smashed open with a resounding crack, & in walked - no - stormed, a considerably flustered-looking Elle. copyright protection163PENANALlKOpSFMt7

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 protection163PENANAlYxDKaR8mW

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 protection163PENANAYCjL3jeW0b

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 protection163PENANARMxCAXugJY

"Elle! Margaret is going to be mighty displeased when she sees the state of the wardrobe!" I said, worried-feeling.copyright protection163PENANAo5XWIH6APt

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 protection163PENANAwO5Qz9aN6a

"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 protection163PENANAZYXxAxv5Oe

Not waiting for my response, which was, of course, to ask why, she got up & tightened the knapsack - which was quite full indeed.copyright protection163PENANA4ck183IfDx

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 protection163PENANAIalO0VYaJ4

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 protection163PENANAlJ2jgDQLIF

Just then, I noticed she was also wearing quite a lot of clothes. I was getting curiouser & curiouser. Why all this fuss? copyright protection163PENANA0MSlN1owg2

Then, as if satisfied, she looked me up & down, & then grabbed my forearm & dragged me out of my bedchambres.copyright protection163PENANA3YdpNelLp4

I stopped her & explained that I had to use the water closet.copyright protection163PENANAQLOT44wVQf

She sighed, led me to the water closet, & when I was finished, she grabbed my forearm again & pulled me downstairs.copyright protection163PENANAAR1tcPuBlL

The scene down there was truly frightful!copyright protection163PENANADpKRPx5aju

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 protection163PENANAf9g32k7yfY

" Elle? Elle? Why are mama & - & -" I paused, for I could not recall his name.copyright protection163PENANANQPPj2EOD0

" 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 protection163PENANAAgpk7eRdpa

" Float?" I queried, rather confused-feeling.copyright protection163PENANAIEkYHmiPVy

" Aye, now come along, Ara."copyright protection163PENANANJoDyIFdxi

She grabbed my forearm & once again, off we went, towards the outside. Yet again, I stopped.copyright protection163PENANAd7zDrHSjUh

" Elle! What about Margaret?" I asked, apprehensive-feeling.copyright protection163PENANAuCVOBCbTs6

We never went anywhere without my Margaret!copyright protection163PENANArfPQSoyyC5

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 protection163PENANAQQdptE6mY1

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 protection163PENANADsEzhfcs9E

" Margaret is gone, Ara. Duchess Clementine put her out of commission." she began.copyright protection163PENANAzBTprMNZkp

I gasped, but soon noticed the box filled with poor Margaret's remains.copyright protection163PENANA5bfiBJXI5V

" But Elle, she's in there!" I exclaimed pointedly.copyright protection163PENANAJIooiFDu8N

" 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 protection163PENANA8Ho26PPTP9

" She won't remember me?" I contemplated the idea.copyright protection163PENANAjUlzdWiaEn

" It is quite likely she won't." she calmly replied.copyright protection163PENANA6o6uMoaqTi

" Oh dear. I rather don't like that idea, let's leave it be. The rest, Elle? Why were mama &- &-" I paused again.copyright protection163PENANAd1ZB35rSZg

" Baron Thyson, Ara." she supplemented.copyright protection163PENANA2jboSpkbAZ

" Yes! Thy-Ty-Thyson." I stumbled over the name.copyright protection163PENANAzGnFba4lAY

" I knocked them out so we could leave peacefully." she replied plaintively.copyright protection163PENANADOZCp3IRWI

" Why?" I queried.copyright protection163PENANA7Z1jnTII4i

" Would you have liked mother & the Baron pulling us back while we were leaving?" she asked.copyright protection163PENANAHEZ4jaeovP

" I suppose not. That would have hurt more than you pulling my forearm." I stated.copyright protection163PENANAm8DmL3ptUl

She apologised & sat silent-doing after that for a while. Then, my IEMP rumbled quite loudly.copyright protection163PENANAc2ldmI75qc

" Oh dear. I'm afraid I completely neglected to eat breakfast, Elle!" I said, sorrowful-feeling.copyright protection163PENANAo8Qncayrz3

" Quite. I'm afraid I completely neglected to bring you something to eat." she said apologetic-looking.copyright protection163PENANAhVcUiYYHsT

I sighed, sad-feeling. There is absolutely nothing worse than forgetting one's meals.copyright protection163PENANA3EWoRi7Znx

Suddenly, something clicked & I bounded up from the float-seat.copyright protection163PENANAbLF19SbHkK

" Elle! Elle! We are going to Auntie & Uncle's house, are we not?" I asked, excited-feeling.copyright protection163PENANALCGXxYWvGo

She arched her eyebrow, " Yes, yes we are, Ara."copyright protection163PENANApK2l9UDgT1

" Does that mean I get to see Pippin?" I squeaked.copyright protection163PENANAO5Nu6WniDI

Elle laughed, " Yeah, you shall see quite a bit of him presently."copyright protection163PENANA3pkKnRJjnq

I squealed & jumped around.copyright protection163PENANAIMaK7kFLAz

" It's been so long since we have been to see Pippin, Elle!" I remarked.copyright protection163PENANAMpEAULwh3a

She smiled & patted her lap, where I then sat.copyright protection163PENANAZ7zkRWcBfA

I smiled up at her, waiting. copyright protection163PENANA1XmcIuwog7

" We are almost there, Ara. However, I have some requests of you before we get there." she said, more serious-looking.copyright protection163PENANAX3xCDrnaIr

My smile slowly straightened out & I looked up, listening for the next words.copyright protection163PENANAkIyT3qQf16

" 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 protection163PENANAP33cfMHLbX

" 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 protection163PENANAT80qLER8OA

I nodded. I could perfectly imagine that.copyright protection163PENANAz8j82mySBA

" Alright, now be a good little girl, & keep imagining it. Do what you would do if it were true. Act it out, alright?"copyright protection163PENANAYrD2DSPkE0

I slowly nodded, exceedingly confused, but willing.copyright protection163PENANAhx9iYUWQ2K

In a few minutes, the float stopped in front of Uncle & Auntie's home.copyright protection163PENANArCTKKV6jOI

The doors opened with a sudden burst & out ran a boy.copyright protection163PENANATM9wPNoE72

He tripped on the stairs as we climbed out.copyright protection163PENANAFpAOIzJFqM

I started laugh-making & ran to help him up.copyright protection163PENANApRpjC9eIs3

I bent down & lent him my hand & pulled as hard as I could.copyright protection163PENANArlQBRFogkw

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 protection163PENANAj0WTOEtykT

" 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 protection163PENANAlJKK3nTi6m

Pippin winked & asked, " Why-ever not, dear Ollie?"copyright protection163PENANAlxIb9zQyPb

I sighed, waved my hand about, & explained the matter-of-fact, " You are Elle's age, & much larger than her, you blubbery stengine!"copyright protection163PENANA49b120Gwy0

He sprang up with a bound, startling me, " Blubbery?! Who do you think you are calling blubbery, Miss Elephant?"copyright protection163PENANApUKaENxx5D

At this, Elle, Aunt & Uncle walked over, so we had to behave.copyright protection163PENANAUrbCCkbtS1

" Gadaranine." Uncle said, stern-looking.copyright protection163PENANAFXaQYdQFJp

I remembered what Elle had told me to act out.copyright protection163PENANAG9jqkYeRvk

" Yes, uncle?" I replied.copyright protection163PENANAvpLG2n1dRT

" 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 protection163PENANAfwRqnQEevo

" 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 protection163PENANAEbyXCSWQKr

" Understood." Pippin & I said in unison.copyright protection163PENANAafRWWTkY7b

I caught the underhanded wink Pippin sent at me, though, & had to fight to keep myself from giggling.copyright protection163PENANARnIJO5zsj5

Uncle, not catching the wink, finally looked satisfied & strode back inside the house.copyright protection163PENANARXhpVThRK1

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 protection163PENANAjVhaRe4bcc

" 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 protection163PENANAn4A5NoanQt

Pippin looked at me, grinned, & said, " Of course not!"copyright protection163PENANAsHrK7mDodo

His smile, however, told me otherwise.copyright protection163PENANAqwkHHbVMn7

So, I smiled back, & then my sister smiled.copyright protection163PENANAZKbzQZX0mO

Thus, in that one incredibly innocent & cheer-full moment, everyone around me was smiling.  167Please respect copyright.PENANAtfs1DZ8FPs
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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 protection163PENANAcwfo55n36J

Also, don't forget to bookmark it so you won't lose the book, that wouldn't be good, aye?167Please respect copyright.PENANArCAFjWZ5Fn
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See you laters, alligators! copyright protection163PENANAlVvoQF9XKH

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