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A Glimpse
Sep 30, 2017
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The night passed and the next day Jack was the first to wake, and he found himself savoring the feeling of her body pressed up against his. Luna was still asleep and he pushed one of her curls away from her face, drawing a stir from the woman.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡsnpakNKMpI

“Mmm?” She mumbled lightly, her eyes blinking heavily as she looked up at him tiredly.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡBr7ZDHD8dA

Her eyes widened slightly, like she was remembering the previous night and he pulled her back against his body in response, her breasts pressing against his side. She relaxed her stiff position against him after a moment, and he blew out a long breath.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡu9KBJRoUyH

“I’m sorry,” He said and she looked at with confusion in her eyes.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡI157cpUWcj

He didn’t continue, merely blowing out another breath and squeezing her once before he released her, sitting up against the headboard. She leaned on her arm and stared up at him, clearly waiting for him to speak.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ21QMDAE1vd

He sighed, but quickly smiled down at her.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡJdeOkqefnr

They stayed like that for a few minutes but eventually got up and quickly realized that they needed to shower. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡbF9puuQJJe

He laughed and picked her up, swooping her into his arms and gaining a yelp from her in surprise.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡaihpD5smoW

He laughed again and pulled the door to the bathroom open and set her down inside the shower with him. It was almost cramped with both of them inside, but he didn’t really care and threw on the water, groaning when cold water crashed against his back. It took a few minutes, but the water began to warm up, but they were both distracted as Jack had busied himself with her lips.50Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ0pD4UQPUPV

He pulled back, “Why do you taste so sweet? Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing, but why?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡpOiGeWMGia

She shook her head, “I don’t know. It doesn’t feel any different than before.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡCUz5OOQDuz

It’s called the kiss of death for a reason, Williams. It’s naturally sweet and grants peaceful death, like I’ve already said. It is supposed to be almost addicting, for the longer the kiss, the quicker the kisser dies. It is another way to drain someone of their life force. By the way, I need to talk to you both for that matter.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡp7uQTOL9Zp

Luna looked at him blankly when he faded out for a moment.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ9oes5soR9G

“Is he talking to you?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2MBBRqqI4U

It is in regard to food. She will have no real need of it anymore. Her hunger will be spiked by something else, specifically death. She has gained a piece of my essence and she will be bound by some of my own bonds. Feeding, is one of them.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡvdYJF4c4Wm

As a part of my domain, I gain power by the deaths that I collect.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡKZ8mAZN0HR

Yes.  And since I gain power from deaths, she will gain power from them as well. Any other food sources would just be needless and gratuitous. You are both also going to be more energized by the night as another consequence of being under my hold. Last night the exception due to the stress both of you had been put under. For her, her return, and for you, my settling into your body as my host.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡWf9VZPZcTW

Jack regaled Luna with the god’s words and she nodded.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡyEVG0wFOxn

“That explains why I have this weird craving for something. I didn’t know what it was. I assumed it was food.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡFsm1q8Giur

Jack nodded, slightly unnerved by how she would have to dine from now on.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡeqGnmGdmS6

Wait, how do we accommodate her?copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡiqKd7LJMzh

She will be able to get some from the dying soldiers in the infirmary, but the main feeding will have to come from the missions you two get sent on. My sister will need time to recover anyhow, so Luna can do it herself for the time being.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡafJwgaEXs9

Luna doesn’t know how to fight. It’s probably why she was killed.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡoGA54WLhiD

No, she was killed because her body was left weak from a collection of errors on both her and my sister’s parts. Her body was too weak from the lack of food and the stress my sister’s shifting forces her to undergo. My sister was left weak because she was constantly healing her host body and hadn’t had opportunity to sustain herself recently.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡnA48ObTyYt

What does Sverila sustain herself on?copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡP8IzFZJkWc

My sister feeds off of death to a certain degree, but she also feeds off of the moon’s light and primarily in the past she fed off of the humans sacrificed in her honor. Alas, not many are willing to do that anymore for their God, let alone for her.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡtkS4pX0bej

Jack nodded and relayed the information back to Luna, who he had shielded from the shower’s spray unintentionally. He squeezed his way past her so she could wash up and she got her hair wet and began to scrub clean with the soap on the shower shelf. She bent over and accidentally ground her backside into his front drawing a groan from him. He grabbed her hips and rubbed her further against him.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡPCUTLI4Fh3

“Jack…” She moaned softly, “We need to get washed up. You wanted to get something to eat, remember?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ87bQGRQqbM

He groaned in irritation, “Can’t we just put that off for a little while?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡCF7vJxsJIH

She laughed, “I’m pretty sure we can’t as by the light that came in through the window, I’m guessing it’s past lunch. Someone will miss us soon if we’re not careful.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2xkXr5FwKX

She stood up straight and finished rinsing her hair while he stared at the water trailing down her back.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡzS4LJLCzcO

He never wanted to be water more.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡmOtukc1NWK

You’ve wanted to be water before?copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡuZiPWJVCfF

I’ve picked poorly in hosts it seems. Surely the good doctor would not have been so idiotic.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ1fquJKHKyD

Jack narrowed his eyes at the showerhead, which Luna noticed as she turned around to face him.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡv3CNSywNaM

“He is questioning whether he wants me as a host. Somehow I think he has missed the opportunity to reverse the situation.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡgrbTf3rMRC

Why did you pick me anyway? Because it was convenient? Because you knew she cared about me?copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡUYbmN7ynKv

A combination of sorts. I found it convenient both due to your ‘handler’ situation, her feelings for you, and of course, you’re proximity at the time. But I would not have picked you if I did not find you suitable to my other specifications as well. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡv1XGUcKlYB

Other specifications? What other specifications?copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡYwWlGi720G

The god sighed and Jack flinched with how the god’s cold snapped at him. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡMUEYhs6PPQ

“Here, I’ll finish up. Go get dressed, I’ll be out in a few minutes.” Jack smiled at her and she smiled back at himcopyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡllSi2MuM8t

“Sure, don’t take too long. I’m sure I’m under watch.” copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡo60ksHDAJD

She stepped out of the shower and closed the door. He could spot her hazy silhouette towel off as she left the bathroom. He finished up quickly after that, dropping the turn of conversation with the god in favor of getting toweled off so he could go search for food. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡgwyVvPoBFd

He exited the bathroom and spotted Luna pulling on her stockings and fumbling with her bra. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡs0ykiA6Nne

It’s too big for her. Tell her I’ll fix that situation for her tonight.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡhMlh6OZKoI

She jumped when he spoke up, alerting her to his presence. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡoFeWBJMZlr

She turned around and smiled softly at him.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡtPwO7DC6n1

She walked over to the closet and pulled out another dress, one he had barely seen her in. It was a black dress that tied at the waist with an open collar that revealed a red button up below it, ending in pleats at her knees. It fit her better than anything else did, well beside the dress from yesterday, but it was supposed to be loose, or so he’d thought. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡWtWof49BjI

He was hit again by that wave of angry feeling that pointed out what an asshole he was. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡlMyRBGveNS

Nevermind that, get dressed. You’re staring into empty space.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡfCFWGoeuTv

She had moved onto putting her shoes on, having not noticed his zoned out expression. He quickly finished drying off and put on his clothes while Luna skimmed a book that she kept in the bedside table. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡDQYzfeEpPX

“The Golden Bough, it’s interesting, just a bit long.” Luna stated, showing him the book from off her lap. It was large, longer than he would have guessed her to read (and if he was honest, himself and everyone else on this base). But then again, he didn’t really know what she did in her off time. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡrPM6Msv0Xo

“Hey, Luna? I was wondering what you do when you’re not here?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡL2JvINQ5lq

She looked up at him, startled at the question.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡfNg1U2up3r

“I work in the infirmary primarily, or I spend time with Beatrice and some of the other men who’ve been in the infirmary and have gotten better.” copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡkKv4feR6jd

“What did you do before this?” His question made her frown, her brows furrowing. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡwy0NAUP4jT

“Do you mean before the war?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡw7rxbuJJgI

He nodded and she appeared to force her frown to go away. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡcAtIEJWwPg

“I… don’t remember anything I did before I got here. I remember walking on the road to get into the base with the heart in my hand and the broken idol in my other. Sverila growing accustomed to my mind. Everything before then is like a bright white hole in my memory.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡJmPJapE0uX

He frowned, turning around to pull on his jacket and sitting down on his cot to tie his shoes. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡT05kygPiZ6

She didn’t know anything about where she came from? Didn’t that bother her? Maybe she had set those feelings aside in favor of staying in the present, but still, it couldn’t have been good for her. He had his family to think of when he got out of this, but she didn’t have anything. It made him frustrated that she would just be tossed aside after the war, of course, he had no way of saying that she would, but what else would they do with her?copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ1cHuUleQR4

He heard her sit her book back down on the table and walk over to him and he surprised her by picking her up and putting her back down on top of his lap. She laughed and smiled at him. Jack smiled back and kissed her and she responded back softly. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ7BqWlBlZBQ

She pulled away, “Why do you want to know everything?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡXuQ2PpjFHj

Jack blushed, “I just figured out I didn’t really know that much about you is all.” copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡLIvsdqOrhG

Luna smiled at him, “There’s not really a lot to know, but I’ll answer all of your questions if I can.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡvohWkCyGC9

He smiled at her and kissed her once more before pulling away, “So, what’s your favorite food? Don’t tell me, let me guess, apples.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡwzDnBtMU8u

“No, actually.” She teased, “My favorite food is steak.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡdTdJmq9bSq

He gaped at her, “A woman after my own heart.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡRoP9l9MTQo

She laughed and climbed off of his lap as a knock came at the door.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2nXGKz9xuh

Luna opened the door and three men came falling onto the ground in a pile. One of them was Henry, the other two being David and Richard Charleston, a pair of brothers that had been lucky enough to be stationed together. The brothers were some of a few of Jack’s friends, and they had welcomed Luna too, with only the missing Robert Hodges having a problem with her presence. He was never impolite, but it was clear he would much rather she not go out with them. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2AXRJi1wcS

David was the first to pop to his feet and beamed at Luna. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡUefRVZr4xV

Groans came from Richard and Henry, Richard tumbling off Henry onto his back on the floor as they both gained their bearings. Richard was the first to get up and smiled bashfully at Luna. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ3Jo1A8jCEv

“Whoops,” he stated, sliding out of the doorway and giving his brother room to enter as Henry dragged himself out of the door and kicked it closed after a moment. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡuyKJqFJRKg

“Hey Luna.” Henry greeted, standing up. He glanced at Jack who was being talked to by David and Richard. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡN6PrEEwJ9d

Henry and Luna were silent for a moment, but Henry turned to her after a couple minutes and rubbed the back of his neck as he spoke. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡydWWex4yaJ

“Are you-are you okay? I’m sorry I didn’t see what was going on. I was being a bad friend. I should’ve tried to put an end to the relationship between Sverila and Jack, but I was… I was afraid of her.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ4EiOoIu7Af

Luna smiled softly, “It’s fine, Henry. I know, I’ve known for a while. And I never blamed you for anything. If you want I’ll tell you some more about it later, but you don’t need to worry yourself about it. I’d hate it if I came between you and Jack, you’re his best friend and he was just as confused as I was, maybe even more so due to Sverila.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡoomeP0SlK2

Luna patted his shoulder with a smile and stepped to the side to let the men talk to each other. She watched them quietly for a while as Henry drifted into their conversation over the ‘English dame’ that Robert had developed feelings for.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡyifvft2k2c

“To think, Robert “ScreatcherCreature” Hodges, is interested in a woman!” David joked and they all laughed. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ36RlUf4pnF

“Come on, I think it’s time these two ate, since they clearly missed out on Peggy Mae’s delicious lunch!” Richard chortled and Jack laughed and they headed towards the door, Jack guiding her with his hand on the small of her back as they continued to chat merrily about the events around the base. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡEL300S1TdL

“I’ll be honest, Diviny. When I heard Ann blew her cap I thought you’d be seriously hurt, Ann isn’t exactly known for going gentle on the people who get on her bad side.” Richard teased and Jack and Luna stilled. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡVM4aijEkDG

Luna let out a nervous laugh, “My healing has sped up, I assure you.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡxHNp2HF773

Jack turned to Henry with a raised brow, “You didn’t tell them?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡMMPPNPHOIV

Henry smirked, “I was planning to leave that to you two, well, you, because I planned on pulling Luna away to see Marissa. Marissa finally got back into camp yesterday night, and she’s excited to see ‘Lunacy’ and work with her. She heard that Luna’s the best nurse beside the always reliable Beatrice.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡADIFO0YtlC

Jack frowned, but relaxed toward the end of his friend’s statement and they continued to the mess hall where barely anyone was. Jack grabbed a tray and handed a bottle of water to Luna. She shook her head when he pulled a second tray for her with a frown. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡaTjXimFYtM

Henry, who had come to the short line with them, blinked at her, “Aren’t you hungry?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ1fzQ5mFMbn

Luna laughed with a blush, “I’m actually good. I think I’d get sick if I ate something. Must be another side effect of the ‘stunt’ I pulled yesterday or so.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡIL1rrQrpjN

Henry nodded. “You should probably tell Thomas, he’d want to know, I’m sure.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2uGlrZI7Xc

After Jack had gotten some food they made their way over to the table where the two brothers sat, the elder, Richard, sitting on the opposite side from his younger brother. David grinned at them and patted the seat next to him for Luna. She sat down with a grin at the young man and Jack sat at the head of the table while Henry sat across from Luna. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡUZrtPxQvj1

She sipped her bottle of water and Jack began to eat. Richard frowned at Luna, “Shouldn’t you be eating?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡT2NUteKVE4

She laughed, “I’m not hungry, I think it has something to do with the coming back from the dead situation.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡIGyp20oK7m

Richard spat out his water...right into his younger brother’s face. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡX1mpubWkGg

David was aghast and pulled a towel out of the dispenser with an appalled look on his face, wiping his face off. He stilled after a moment as if he suddenly caught onto what she had said.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡmzi9uMnfH2

“Wait, yo-you died?!” he turned to Henry, “Asshat! Was that what you were keeping from us! God, who else knew before us?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡjpISPKSev0

He turned to Luna, “Doll, I thought we were special!”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡAs1WRw8ORP

She laughed, “I don’t think anyone outside the infirmary knew. Morgan had a good laugh about it. Well, after he came down from his shock.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ4dpmnT9L8Q

David laughed and Richard turned to Jack, “So how did she die?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡNsgvk5gdjM

“I can’t really remember, to be honest. I get flashes of being in a town, in an alley, but after that it gets hazy. I remember getting back to Jack-” Luna stated,  getting Jack off the hook for now,copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡPZQeme8vZg

“With that god’s help, right?” Henry cut in and she nodded. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡmMICi3Izg2

“The god, Anryien, and I talked for a while, and then I died.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡltWBJOIuOE

Richard turned his gaze on Jack, “Where were you when this happened? copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ8EDYS0d0wc

Jack frowned and stared down at his food for a moment. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡhSZ0vi3dRj

He looked up and then at Luna, “I didn’t really see her until she was already dead.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡb9uP8mQmnm

Luna looked up at him and then away, nodding to herself as if she expected his answer, or at the very least acknowledged it as a wiser one than the truth. She understood why he would step around the truth like that, his friends would not have remained by his side if they knew the truth, or at least all except for a few. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡyFeyFJQIXH

Overall, she agreed with his answer, deciding that it was best if they kept the truth between his passenger, the doctor, and themselves. They were quiet for a while as Jack ate, and the brothers and Henry kept looking between the two of them alternatingly. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2cVQpJnqho

“Wait, so the god, this Anryien, brought you back for what? Shits and giggles?” Richard asked, his voice disbelieving. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡgsyKiH784v

Jack bleated out a nervous laugh, “You’re not the only one wondering. I think it must have been something about how Sverila was in Luna. Sverila is his sister.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡuCaIbPs1yp

David’s eyes widened, “Is it really a good idea to let him run loose if that’s true? I mean, won’t he come for his sister?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡJACEq1nNsE

As if they could truly capture me.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡcI7LtptByx

Should I remind you that you’re kept in my body, very much captured?copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ62ahLl7enF

Regardless, I could always leave. But it would also kill you to do so, so you better not alert anyone else to your problem. I’d hate to have to ‘quit’ you so soon.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡD6ffKGh8tJ

So soon? So you’re planning to eventually?copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡNGsUsWkVxS

The god did not answer him and dropped the subject, both of them moving their attention back to the conversation.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡtEVDVHZ3Vm

Luna patted David’s arm, “I’m sure it will be fine.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡIysXOcE6l8

Jack finished up and the conversation dissolved into laughter and jokes that forced both Luna and Jack to relax. After a while, Henry stood and walked around the table and held out his hand to Luna. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡQ8Oj3gfncN

“Come on, I want to introduce you to Marissa. She’s Doc’s sister, she’s also about to start working in the infirmary again since she left a year ago. I figured you’d want to meet her.” Henry smiled at her and Luna smiled back, taking his hand and standing up. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡgFscioTirO

Jack nodded at the both of them, disregarding the annoyed god in his head. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡE9n67cjLiE

What are you? Jealous? Of Henry? Christ, he’s always stayed away from her, why would he become a ‘threat’ now?copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡT8MIsPYHdb

I am a jealous creature, mortal. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡvuQXH9lArM

The god’s cold snapped at him, lashing his mind and shocking his system. David and Richard looked up at him, David staring deep into Jack’s eyes. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡaIqXrTNqA1

Jack gave a tight nod and tried to divert the conversation back to lighter topics, but it was difficult for the soldier, with the god’s cutting chill only slowly receding. He made do with the situation and the brothers took to the change merrily, seeming to forget all about the result of his error with his irritated passenger, the one that no one but Luna could know about. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡcc78ZjcZP1

Luna gripped Henry’s arm tight, anxious about meeting the younger Thomas twin that the elder had told her so much about when she began working in the infirmary. Silver had always spoken fondly about his younger sister and spoke well of her skill as a nurse, and what Silver did not allude to, Beatrice certainly filled her in on. It surprised Luna that she would actually meet the famous sister; she thought the twins had decided to stay apart for two years while Marissa worked in Scotland on something or another. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡgZKHWbAJBb

Henry patted her arm reassuringly, “Don’t worry, she’s not intimidating, only overwhelming. She doesn’t ever seem to stop talking, trying to escape a conversation with her is about as difficult as trying to hunt a hummingbird.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡKcigElteLh

Luna let out a laugh and forced herself to relax. Apparently Marissa had been here for some time before Luna had arrived in the spring of this year. Henry informed her about Marissa some more as they walked and told her about some of the eccentricities of the younger Thomas, joking about a few of them. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡgYun6tGisv

They entered the infirmary and Morgan greeted them with a yell from his cot, where he was sitting up while Beatrice checked his bandages. The middle-aged brunette woman looked up from her work and beamed at the two of them. Henry dropped his arm, which Luna released, and walked past Beatrice toward the back of the infirmary where a door led to the doctor’s office and tiny living quarters for the doctor and a shared room for two nurses. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡkJv4rrg2bR

Luna followed him and Beatrice winked at her as she passed, confusing the dark haired woman a bit. But still, she pressed on and followed Henry to the back and through the door to the doctor’s office where Silver was chuckling at something his sister said. He looked up, and his sister turned to look over her shoulder at him. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡeW4wdIRGXD

She was smartly dressed, but not in a nurses’ uniform, probably still recovering from her travel before she got back to work. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡXdBrBIVh1o

Marissa was a very fair woman, similar to her brother with her white-blonde hair and bright eyes- hers an icy blue. She was tall, like her brother, and pale, like her brother, with strong aristocratic features, like her brother. If they were both the same gender, they would be identical in everything except the shade of blue in their eyes. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡNl8iqAKGCV

Marissa’s hair was braided back into a french bun at the back of her head with a navy cap sitting atop. She stood as she realized that Henry and Luna had entered, revealing her expensive looking black and white coat, which was unbuttoned to show her fine navy colored dress, that was surely as expensive as her coat. Her hands were covered by white gloves and she held out her hand to shake Luna’s. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡyQSDm5meMk

Luna smiled at her and the woman’s eyes widened a bit. Luna shook her hand and Marissa began to talk to her, looking briefly at her brother. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡSKytc9c7rd

“My. my, darling are you hypothermic? Your lips are blue! Your hand is also freezing, do you need my coat? I’m sure you must be uncomfortable! Silver! What have you been doing? No- don’t you dare laugh at me Silver Xander Thomas!  Grandmother would be rolling in her grave if she knew you let a woman under your care get sick!”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡwezFxZfiGS

Silver was full on laughing at his sister and Marissa frowned at him before turning back to Luna. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡefJ6S6bfkY

“Oh, dear. I’m sorry, I forgot to introduce myself. I’m Marissa Thomas, Silver’s sister-”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡzdI7HUgT2I

“Younger sister.” Silver interrupted and Marissa narrowed her eyes on him. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ6zXFeuFuMl

He frowned at her tone and quickly looked anywhere but at his sister, unease radiating from him in response to her irritated voice. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡhiKZpsTGlV

Henry choked and let out a stream of laughter, garnering a wounded look from the doctor, who in Luna’s opinion, looked much younger that how he usually did, making him appear his age for once. He was twenty-three, she believed. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡosul7JQNdC

Silver had mentioned something about originally volunteering as a doctor, even when he had been passed up for the draft due to his pacifistic lifestyle. He had said something about how easy it was to do, too, and Morgan had mentioned that it was because the Thomas’ were a prominent wealthy family in the States. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ8BDJHKdU3V

Luna smiled at Marissa when the blonde looked back at her, “I’m Luna Diviny. It’s nice to meet you.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡrleckDEdj0

Henry took a deep breath to calm himself, “You don’t have to lie, Luna.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ9HsE3AnTnB

Marissa glared at him and he broke out into more laughter, Silver letting out his own. The blonde woman glared at the two men and Luna smiled at the scene. Marissa patted the chair next to her and Luna sat as they waited for the two men to regain their composure. Which they didn’t, for quite some time. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡwvc9fUUsOY

It was probably a relief to laugh well and good for a while for them, Silver was always stressed by the work and Henry tended to take on everyone’s darker emotions as his own. But that was just Luna’s opinion, and regardless, both the men were clearly enjoying themselves. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡogjCsEg7RA

Marissa turned to her and smiled warmly, a glint of happiness in her blue eyes. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ71hzFl93ex

The two women talked for a while, the men joining in after they had calmed. They conversed for an hour or so and Luna came to really like the younger Thomas, her liking of the elder growing as well as she began to see another side to him, a happier side. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡFK3SUiNOLB

Beatrice peeked her brown head in the door, “I’m heading out now, I won’t be back till tomorrow afternoon, so goodnight. I already cleared the room in the back for you, Marissa.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡNaR6MkK3rC

Marissa smiled at her, “Thanks Beatrice, have a goodnight.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡDzEV8kginu

She waved to them and closed the door. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡP3eSW8bJXW

Silver turned to Luna, “Do you think you could take care of the second shift while Marissa gets unpacked?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡkK6cRTxCWY

Luna nodded and stood, grabbing the apron that she kept in the doctor’s office and with a smile, left the room. She tied the apron and set herself to ordering the medicines and chatting with some of the soldiers who were awake. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡfAyTvHdLZB

A few minutes later, the door at the front opened, releasing a cold breeze into the infirmary and waking up some of the sleeping patients. A woman stepped into a room, a man stepping in behind her. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡgPFvIBDTkB

Morgan was the first to spot her in full. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡQFmXSdQpQN

“You sure are a sight for sore eyes, ma’am. Luna! You have competition for my affections, doll!”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡo5oWYTDcFD

Luna let out a laugh and stood up from her kneel, walking over to Morgan with a smile. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡOVstqb444p

Morgan chuckled after coming out of a pout before pointing with his good arm at the woman, “We have a guest!”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡxKbVHaOkmt

The woman stepped forward into the room and stuttered in her step as she made eye contact with Luna, the woman blinking her eyes blankly for a moment or two. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡYaorEPCITH

The woman was pretty with long blonde hair braided away from her face and light green eyes that Luna thought were a bit sad, despite the woman’s blank expression. She was tall for a woman, with only an inch being given to  her from her shoes. Her features were strong and sturdy, though her skin showed no strong wear from stress. She bore no deep lines in her face- and Luna could guess that she didn’t smile very often, giving her a melancholic air about her. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ8zCdBuaRew

She wore a fine dress shirt and flattering skirt- both more expensive than most of the women’s clothes of the women that Luna had met. Her coat was thrown over a leather bag that the woman held in both of her hands in front of her body, which was stock still as she appeared to come down from whatever daze she had been in. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡXLh8GZjvjG

Luna smiled at the woman in welcome, “I’m Luna and this-”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡYiQnJvdld6

She pointed at the chuckling patient, “- is Morgan.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2lGEzi9J9n

Morgan smiled broadly at the woman from his cot with a wave, “Morgan James! Nice to meet ya ma’am!”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡg78ygPxzkR

The woman smiled and walked further into the room, the man stepping fully out of the shadows of the door. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡfj96GSBTdP

The man was an older gentlemen, with a large warm smile and a full head of white hair that went onto his jaw in a full santa-like beard. He wore a butler’s uniform- but one more suited for the coming winter and military lifestyle. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ0gbHVKZ4t9

“Why, hello there!” The man grinned. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡsKgBiwqP6L

The woman approached Luna and took the dark haired woman’s hand, shaking it and introducing herself. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡGl4QsLI3EW

“Dorothea Blackburn. But just call me Dorothy, Dorothea was my grandmother.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡTFd4m8Pldj

The man she was accompanied by walked over to Morgan’s cot and shook hands with the wounded soldier. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡuF3LhlhIbo

Luna blinked as she glanced at some of the surrounding soldiers who had begun to murmur when the woman had introduced herself. Odd. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡtSJxIcjrgX

“I’ve actually come because Marissa invited me to help out. Is she here?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡo9DBe0J3lX

Luna looked back at the blonde woman, “Oh, yes. She’s just with her brother catching up, I just met her a few minutes ago. Are you two friends?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡmQDqCUMUCX

Dorothy smiled warmly with closed lips, “Her parents were friends with mine. She’s like a cousin.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡi6Q2EzeX0u

Luna nodded, “I’ll go get her, I’m sure Morgan wouldn’t mind talking your ears off while I’m gone, right Morgan?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡVpEy0SyKWU

Morgan grinned, “You’re not wrong, doll.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡHjLkJofwiR

Luna smiled and turned her back on the woman and the old man, walking to the back door where she quickly slid inside and knocked on the office door before sticking her head in. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡuAYkCCTRAU

They all looked up at her. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡmvj04kSD4P

“Marissa, a friend of yours is here, she said to help out.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡyL8k6SIlo0

Marissa beamed and stood up, “Oh, yes. I didn’t expect her to get here so fast, though! Silver, come! Henry, you too! I can’t wait to introduce her to you, Henry. You’ll love her!”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡdSBcceO65o

Henry shook his head with a laugh and both men stood and accompanied Marissa out the room, following behind Luna as they came out of the back. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ1rUkrYEkBJ

Silver smiled widely when he caught sight of Dorothy, while Henry froze up like a deer caught in the path of a predator. Marissa walked up to the other blonde woman and embraced her. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ99vitBacXy

“Dorothy! Thank you for coming so fast! How was England? I have missed the city dearly! You must tell me everything about it!”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡcbqNnD1cK7

Dorothy smiled softly at the talkative woman before turning her eyes on Silver. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡALyu60tLl4

“Silver, I haven’t seen you since the party at the Wycroft’s estate! It’s been too long.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡvue0MICWUz

Silver smiled and approached her, grabbing her hand and kissing the back of it with a smile. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡv7LWV8zXkk

“Dorothy, you are not wrong about that. You never told me about how your art show went, and I’m sure I’ve missed quite a lot since it’s been two years.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ4V6DqcETYZ

Dorothy smiled and turned her gaze on the stock still Henry, blinking her eyes blankly before smiling warmly at him. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡYtuctgV6dQ

Henry just blinked at her as if he had never met her. He rubbed the back of his neck in a nervous gesture and swallowed. Luna grabbed his arm and pulled him over to the group of standing people. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡzVPFzfSd9R

Henry smiled absently, as if he was struggling to come up with anything to say. Dorothy was still focused on him, but Marissa had begun to prattle into her ear about some party or something- Luna wasn’t quite sure. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡc7lHjPYfVb

Luna leaned into his ear, “Do you not remember her, Henry? She said her name was Dorothea Blackburn if that helps.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ5BV22AVCPM

Henry pulled back from her and looked at her with wide eyes as realization dawned. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡwpIm4hCXuL

He blinked a few times again before turning back to look at Dorothy, who hadn’t taken her eyes from him. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡOHS9ocYnrU

“Dorothy,” he stated and Marissa quieted and the twins both turned to look at him as well. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡyxvuzx4v9U

Dorothy for her part quirked her head to the side, waiting for him to continue. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡiGj02ohElM

The door at the front opened and Jack came walking in, frowning at Henry when he spotted his friend at a loss for words, he glanced at Luna for help figuring out the situation and she left Henry’s side to walk over to Jack’s. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡqaujkTvjgX

Jack’s eyes trailed over the back of Dorothy, the old man, and Marissa, easily recognizing Silver as the doctor was facing toward him. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡdPuJj4goAq

Luna stood by his side and explained the situation to him quietly. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡiS6BS90aNl

“Dorothy,” Henry stated flatly again, still at a loss. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡWewrxRk3bA

“Dorothy?” Jack frowned and the woman in question turned to glance at him over her shoulder. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ0oqv8JAo7a

“Williams? Of course you’d be here if Henry was.” Dorothy stated objectively as she glanced at him briefly. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡPp3W1W516T

“Blackburn, I thought for sure you would have gotten married to someone as pretentious as yourself.” Jack replied with a narrowed gaze. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡn37UuELPHW

Dorothy merely rose a brow in response, disregarding him after a moment. She turned to Marissa. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡqIlQetAPSH

“Anyway, I’ve come to help like you asked. Terry was just dropping me off before he went back stateside to see his grandchildren.” copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ0I73E90Jb7

Marissa smiled, “Of course, right this way. You’ll be rooming with me in the back.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡCybJsGoev6

Marissa escorted Dorothy and Terry past the struggling Henry and through the back door, leaving Henry gaping, an irritated Jack, and an amused Silver. Silver turned and followed the pair to the back after a moment.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡbVPwM40mTT

Luna looked up at Jack curiously, wanting to know where his aggression toward the blonde came from. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ4TBbXflYZw

After a moment, Jack relaxed and Henry regained his bearings as well, walking over to the two of them. Jack patted Henry on the shoulder before glancing at Luna with a soft gaze. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ5B5hlyXKMs

“Are you working for the third shift?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡQYoGvbLvxE

Luna shook her head, “I’m working until Marissa gets unpacked. I’ll meet you back when I’m done.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡpCy1Nwg9uf

Jack nodded and the two men left the infirmary. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡFARLRcjOW6

Morgan scoffed, “Wonder what their problems were.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡhN4GuzRf5p

Barrett and some of the other men nodded. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡUu1svPZMZu

Oliver blew out a low whistle, “Didn’t know the doc was rich. He and his sister must be if their friends with the Blackburn heiress.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2F5TqW6KL3

Luna frowned at them, “Heiress?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡQ3RUKluCBz

Barrett nodded, “Yeah, Dorothy Blackburn is the princess of the Blackburn family. Her family made most of their money in the gold rush, railroads, and steel industry. They have several universities that share their name, too. One of the richest families in the States, if not the world.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2v34YzTXmT

Another man nodded, “Yeah, but most of them died off over the past five years- isn’t she the only one still alive? Her siblings are all gone, along with her father, grandparents, and most recently her mother, right? Wasn’t that in the papers for weeks?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡsoyxiYuoIg

Oliver nodded, “Right before the war broke out, she must have been an older teenager then. She can’t be more than twenty three now, by the looks of her at least.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡrzkit4EXHf

Morgan whistled, “Sure is a pretty thing, though. Williams is right, it’s a wonder that she isn’t married, especially with her fortune.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡxJLBNJaHHx

Luna shook her head, “If she’s as rich as you say, she probably doesn’t want to get married for a while at least. She’d probably be taken advantage of, if she did.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡA9V9Hd8bCQ

Luna focused on caring for the most recent arrivals, who had come back to the base in the middle of last night. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡhpi206MbNu

One of them, Andrew, was so cooked up on drugs that he couldn’t stop giggling in hysterical bursts of laughter, drawing glares from the soldiers beside him that were trying to sleep. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡIoEEylSGxu

Luna smiled at him and he burst out again. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡxZxXMURDVJ

“Somebody knock him out, we gotta have something for that, right?” Jackson mumbled, his voice thick with exhaustion. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡcd8vf9B2kp

“What even happened to him? I mean, I want what he’s on.” Oliver drawled and Luna sighed, lifting up Andrew’s blanket and checking out his wound. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡw3NaHmvz23

She cringed and Morgan sat up by the door, “That bad?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ4z2BwPwots

Luna nodded and swallowed, “I think he has an infection in his leg, it looks like it’s spreading.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ7GFgbUpMWK

Andrew was giggling quieter now, starting to come down from his high. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡbsNZDvl85o

He looked at her by his side, “Hey, Luuunnnnaaaacccccyyy! You cold? You can come cuddle with me!”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡb9XeLu3hSx

Luna smiled and shook her head. She placed her hand on his forehead and he released a sigh, and she kept her hand on his head until he nodded off. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡK0dpgokFbh

Luna sighed and stood, “I’ll be right back.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ7HZ4WLy03r

The ones that were awake nodded and Luna walked to the back and brought the doctor back out. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡxNrKcH9wnl

They went back to Andrew’s bedside and Silver kneeled down and peeked beneath the blanket, before removing it. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡNOIx25UMOq

“ Dear God,” Silver breathed and Morgan hopped off his cot and approached as well, cringing when he spotted the inflamed wound. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡBV7B03mz3p

“God is right! I didn’t even know- ehhhhh.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ0BcsmpawVx

Morgan gagged when the doctor stripped the bandages from the limb and Luna frowned at him. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡRJlzgoFbat

“Back in bed!” Luna snapped and he quickly trotted back to bed with his tail between his legs, garnering laughter from Oliver and Barrett. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡBMpJnpNKZR

“It can’t be that ba-” Oliver began. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡaZsnrPMClI

“It is.” Silver breathed and the rest of them settled down. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ9crvMIUrU4

Luna sighed and whispered to Silver. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡVwQkfeK3ZJ

Luna frowned and Silver nodded. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡsSCidSxYWx

“We just need to make him comfortable.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡIRHrfeDryr

Luna nodded and stood up, pulling a ramshackle chair to the cot where she sat down and kept her hand to Andrew’s forehead, garnering a soft sigh.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡZAoK3Sggfd

Everyone in the infirmary quieted down after that and nodded off except for the staff. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡnH6Z0kSyiO

Marissa came out an hour later with an apron on with plain clothes beneath. The blonde came to Luna and patted her shoulder. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ51GMtV16nz

“Silver told me. I’ll take it from here, you’re not even supposed to be working till we figure out your new condition. Silver told me about that too.” Marissa sighed, and Luna stood, giving the other nurse room to sit. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡxn9W7dOnt4

Luna nodded absently and walked over to the freezer and prepared an ice pack for the other nurse to keep to the patient’s forehead. Marissa accepted the pack and shooed her out quietly and Luna stripped off the apron and quickly left to go back to her room, her mind absent. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡBQLIQM2Jkl

She came into the room to see Jack just coming out of the bathroom. He frowned when he spotted the look on her face. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡyqmedP9eWx

She nodded, “Andrew has a really bad infection. We don’t think he’s going to make it, it’s spread too far. “copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡj0v5ImRK6c

He nodded and approached her, wrapping his arms around her and pulling her to his chest. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ5ECsTQh35e

She sighed softly and gripped his shirt tightly. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡATIuR8v2nU

Jack released a slow breath. He had never seen her upset about any of the men, but then again he probably didn’t notice. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡHHUdMCzDnG

Luna pulled back after a moment and began to pull off her clothes, dropping them in her hamper and her shoes in her half of the closet. When she was left in her shift she turned back to look at him with a soft smile before heading into the bathroom.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡQsktVejdhp

He was left alone in the room and walked over to sit on the bed, laying back to stare up at the ceiling.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡrRj9laiRdG

The shower flicked on in the other room and his eyes fell closed.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡMUnG79jHNG

A moment passed and he felt himself relax.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡnE9I74Wrhd

When he opened his eyes again, he was not in his room.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡQJ59Srjaix

A scream rang out, piercing the air and startling him fully awake.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡR5reLzo5gc

Luna! I have to get to her! What is she doing to her?!copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡLEQUmXZjoh

Jack yelled out in frustration.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡwf0CoS3I3m

“Anryien! Where are you?! You can’t let Sverila hurt her! You fucking promised!”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡfUrH9dgxix

His skin was slick with sweat and his limbs were quaking with adrenaline as he tried to shake off the shackles that kept him against the wall.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡK3cAYzyXSX

His breathing came out harsh and laboured and he glanced over at Henry.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡfpcf1B75kb

His hair was as filthy as Jack’s and he was a bit older. His clothes stuck to him like wet rags, his green eyes blinking hazily.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡrA6Thf6yNo

All of a sudden Luna’s screaming cut off and a new screech was heard. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡDDaQSbr0hM

A murmuring of voices followed from down the hall outside his prison before Luna broke out once more into screams.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡcImiBExIck

He fucking promised to make sure she was safe. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡej1oaUACUR

Minutes passed, maybe hours, her screams never stopped till the cell was ensconced in darkness from the passing of dusk. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡo6zLobpWTB

Another screech was heard and she went silent once more.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡh0U9yw9x0P

His shaking never stopped and he was strung tight with anxiety.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡVe9WCjQcVL

Where was she? How could he get to her? Where was Anryien? What was going on? copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ4kSD5hPudI

Spectres made of shadows manifested in front of the pair of shackled friends and Jack itched to fight them but thought better of it. With a touch they were suddenly in a different room, a cavernous room filled with lingering moonlight dancing in the air, hailing down upon their heads. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ6uI1EhyNPy

They were re-shackled to the floor just off a large dais in the center of the room, Henry collapsing onto his side as the last of the drugs were wiped from his system. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡCKNLHq5yD0

Jack kept silent, his jaws clenched as three figures entered the room, the first with a pair bundles wrapped up in her arms. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡkHkckqtaUH

“Hush, child.” Sverila cooed to the first and just over her shoulder he could spot Anryien carry a slack Luna in his cut obsidian arms. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡT1cB2QTAEI

She was deathly pale, sweat sticking to her features, those very features contorted in pain as Anryien placed her gently upon the floor directly across from Jack and Henry on the other side of the dais. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ9gtW2bm7KZ

Her clothes were not her own but a short thin red dress of some sort of skin. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ74Gsh1SLcN

She did not stir and for a moment he thought he saw Anryien look at him with pity.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡjBrNytZVAJ

Sverila looked at him with disdain.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡHxB8kaBk5c

“You are not the brother I once knew. She has made you weak.” copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ40USC5Yg8Q

She sighed and with a flick of her wrist Jack was pushed down face first into the stone floors, his bones creaking with the stress impressed upon them. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ7Zb2FbFcIT

A cry broke out and Sverila shrugged it off, “Hush!”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡcpqOyLY953

Anryien approached the first cradle and rocked it gently, whispering into the shadows with a small piece of his domains. The babe was quieted. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡl94g2Hl1Yu

“Now,” Sverila said, “You know what it is that I require of you.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡR5t289eNmW

“I will have your word that you will not harm her or the children.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡGzm7nUSl4Y

She sneered, “You think I would be so low as to hurt a child? Nonetheless you have my word.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡpq8tGbb1c9

Jack began to shake once more, his skin breaking out into more sweat and he closed his eyes.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡv4eZ7m9lav

Jack shot up in bed to see Luna sitting above him, her legs on either side of his as she tried to shake him awake.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡhQ4EYsyROC

He seized her hands and drew her tight against his chest.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡPd3YHJ9SLm

“Luna,” He muttered, “I think I saw something. Something I wasn’t meant to see.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ1hqghxCqTM

She ran a hand through his hair to comfort him, her other hand playing along his shoulder. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡWaD1PCtnth

“Whatever it was, we’ll figure it out, Jack.” She comforted and Jack ran shaky hands over her naked back. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ0jv3hcNq5y

The realization knocked him back to his senses and he forced himself to relax. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡMtOqvD3Y1w

What did you see, mortal?copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡg1PL56YSx3

What did she do? What will she do?copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡXkpMLVqOTr

Jack played the vision through in his head over and over again for the god, who was silent for the whole of it. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡkataWyhUrP

For once they weren’t arguing. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡtZwTLiOb6I

We will solve this. I will teach you how to use your newfound gift and we will prepare for whatever my sister has planned. First though, we must discover if she is yet cognizant.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡHHZRP8zvGB

“Luna?” Jack asked and she glanced up at him from his chest. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡH9Ae2lwRxD

Her brows scrunched up and her eyes went glazed for a few moments.50Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ0EtDJouyij

“I can hear her, “ She began, her eyes still glazed, “I don’t know what she’s saying. She’s quiet. I don’t know.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡgL3Q06cxXK

She shook her head and her eyes regained their natural appearance.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡawVeZdUgbr

“She… is better at blocking me out than I am for her.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡhgG0lLzyrC

Jack nodded and he felt the god begin to rise up. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡsHovypBLWy

We will need to shift tonight. I will take on the pain because you must remain aware, mortal. We are going on a… field trip.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡv75rm4EglQ

He stilled his hands on her back and felt the god rise higher. He receded back and gratefully felt nothing as their consciousnesses shifted, their body shifting slowly as well.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡQtifYREzCB

Luna kept her head pressed against his chest and only looked up as Anryien took to his own form- a lesser form than his true self, but it would do for the night.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ88Idz4ielE

She sat up, to lean back on her heels between his legs on the mattress as he sat up and took in the room. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ53hcrWFB9G

“Anryien?” She whispered softly and he nodded as he scoured the small room with his eyes. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡc09uf8mTHY

He sent her a wry grin, “It is a very different thing to see with one’s own eyes.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡuP7c3HhmWD

Her lips fell open silently and he moved to place his legs off the bed and on the cool cement floors. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ01Hie8eTKo

She stared up at him as he began to stand and pace the room a bit, adjusting to his first actual shift. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡAWoJrDRNxz

He looked back at her after a few moments and she blushed at having been caught staring.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡM1pUesBwPx

“Hmmm… I suppose I should check to see what I look like.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ9PzQ8NZmHJ

She smiled softly and nodded, standing up to show him the bathroom, opening the room and flitting in to show him the mirror.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡLhF917NTUk

He took in his features for a few moments. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡtHmSBAlc6a

Much like his sister he gave off cold shadows that obscured much of his form, but he could easily spot the harder edges of his frame. He was the same height as his host- a foot taller than Luna. His face was made up of carved obsidian angles and curves, but his facade was cracked with silver markings- similar to that of a tattoo. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡKg0j7877vP

His features took after the mortal’s in terms of shape, but his eyes held that same silver plated glow that his sister’s did when she shifted. His clothes were kept similar to the mortal’s with a pair of pants and a shirt, but they were made in the patchwork skins that were familiar to him, well-worn and comfortable. The only thing he was shocked to see was peeking over his shoulders at him in the mirror. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡQg6wq8De2y

He ran his hand over his shoulder and latched onto the handle of his welcome surprise. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡyvfUnRvJ4C

He glanced at Luna, “I have not seen these in some time. I thought I had lost them…”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ5YOcvek8sn

He re-sheathed the first short sword and kept his eyes trained on her.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡH1SXVgOrZS

You gonna tell her? copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ3THWNQXP64

Anryien grabbed hold of her hand and ran his own over it. Her skin seemed to leech off the darkness he emitted and he smiled at her. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡnb3boypIHS

She blushed back when he pulled her close and bent over to kiss her.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ6oTYmPfbge

He pulled back after a moment, “We will continue later… I have something to show you. Well… somewhere, I suppose.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡ4j8LgWBdLH

He smirked down at her, “But you will probably need clothes to go out, yes?”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡi8TlkhUJ0B

She glanced down at herself, then up at him, then back down at herself again before her jaw dropped into an ‘o’. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡC60v5nkkyB

She laughed, “Yes, I will probably need clothes.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡzCUHnbEZop

Anryien encompassed her in a wave of shadows, pulling back after a moment to reveal her form once more. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡHGyB2TSWCT

He nodded down at her in approval.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡyf0zK5W5pu

She glanced at the mirror and he followed her gaze for a moment as she took herself in. copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡGZ6BHuMlua

Her hair was braided back into pleats, gold clips framing her face while her dress was a thin gold slip that fell two inches above her knees, her arms bare of the golden silk, her right upper arm wearing a golden snake circlet.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡKbRjNTcFQP

He took her hand once more.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡzo4zXPETU4

“I hope we are not going anywhere anyone will see us. Or anywhere cold.”copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡoB3vcKZZ5u

“We are not.” He replied back with a grin.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡaQG1atVn9L

And then he enfolded her in shadow and they were gone from the base as the lights briefly flickered at their exit.copyright protection46ＰＥＮＡＮＡdIaih87W12

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