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 Posted: Feb 9 2018, 08:42 PM
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Lilith was commonly up with the birds, but it commonly wasn't these kinds of birds. She was much more familiar with the sounds of the lark or the pewee – those that sang at sunrise, and whenever it struck their fancy whilst the sun was above the horizon. Though she didn't go to bed when they did – dusk came a little too early for her liking – she was still only very rarely awake when the owls and whippoorwills came out to play. The night had started off as normal – Lilith had banked her fire after her evening meal, made a vague (and vain) effort to brush through her curls, changed into her bed clothes, and burrowed under a ridiculously large pile of blankets. She could still hear some people around the village; most were just turning the corner to being full-on bawdy, which in her opinion was the perfect time to be going to sleep – before they got any louder. Lilith was soundly asleep within ten minutes, and her intention (and the usual routine) was that she would remain so for a solid and respectable amount of time (read: until the sun came up).

Lilith rarely dreamed – or if she did, they were just as ephemeral as the bloodroot plant, which only bloomed in a certain type of soil when it had just the right amount of water. This time when she woke, though, two things were different. First, aside from the blanket clenched in her left fist, Lilith had also managed to keep hold of the vague impression of a dream. But even as she woke, the details slipped away from her like sand through her fingers. She struggled out of her coverings, trying to put her hands on some kind of writing utensil before everything was lost. After a few seconds, a stick of charcoal and the corner of her table that had had the misfortune to be closest to her had relieved her of most of her anxiety. Three words were scrawled there, dark and harsh against the pearly white surface of the silver fir that had bent its boughs to become her table: NEW, MOON and DANGER. While she doubted it meant anything in the slightest prophetic, she was hoping that perhaps seeing the words in a different light may help her to remember the rest of the dream.

And speaking of light – Lilith looked up sharply and stared out of the window. Instead of the pink and orange sky she had come to expect when she rose, it was still black as pitch outside. From the noise levels, Lilith assumed that she had slept at least three hours – long enough for the majority of the revellers to retire to their beds or pass out where they lay. The only other sounds were the slight crackling and shifting of the embers in the fireplace, her own breathing, and the far away call of a bird that she suspected was a nighthawk. She frowned as she dropped onto the stool that sat in the corner of her living space. Though it shouldn't have been difficult to put the three words out of her head, she couldn't stop puzzling over them, and she felt far too awake to even consider lying down. A good job really, as barely two minutes passed before she realised that the call of the nighthawk was far louder than it had been, and though she wasn't very familiar with its particular dialect, she managed to pick up enough words to jump to her feet and quickly don a topcoat and a pair of shoes. ”Wolfman. New. Close. Closer.” Trying to soothe the creature with a few hesitant notes in reply, Lilith stepped out of her hut, casting her eyes over the land, though she didn't expect to see much.

A few moments passed before her eyes adjusted well enough to see anything beyond varying degrees of shadows. By this time, a few other birds had taken up the call, and Lilith rubbed at her temples, then her eyes. It was either too early or too late for this, and she didn't have the capacity to work out which. A lilting tune silenced many of the voices, but Lilith only had a couple of seconds to be relieved before her eyes picked up a shape that didn't quite fit. She watched it, making sure that it wasn't just her eyesight playing tricks on her, and her eyes flickered over to the alarm bell. She should ring it. That was the rule. Anything – or anyone – unknown approaches camp, sound the alarm. Everyone had had that drilled into them for years. But it was so loud and it was so late, Lilith couldn't bring herself to do it. Instead, she clambered over the fence that ringed the outer edge of the village, and started walking towards the form. Brave? No. Stupid? Probably. Nerve-wracking? Definitely.

When she was sure her voice would be heard, Lilith called out, her tone fiercer than she felt, despite the soft volume. ”Who are you, and what do you want?”
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Kai wandered through the darkness, enjoying the rare wander alone. It wasn’t that he didn’t miss the sea already, or the feel of wind ripping past him and filling the sails, it was merely that now and then the calming scents of the forest were nice. So he walked along without really caring where he was for now, though he knew that he was in the general area of the village Miador. The sounds of the night birds were interesting. He hadn’t thought there were any that made noise this late. But for the most part, the walk was quiet, and night calm. Peaceful. It was a nice break. He would probably enjoy it for all of about ten more minutes before he grew bored.

Luckily for him, he didn’t even have to wait that long. He made out the shapes of the dark village, and turned to go around it, not wanting to cause trouble where people would band against him this late. But even with that, it appeared somebody else was seeking out trouble. Her voice cracked through the silence fiercely.

”Who are you and what do you want?”

Kai grinned lightly in the darkness. A firecracker is what she sounded like. His own voice came through, showing his smile as he pulled up a small ball of electricity to spark in his hand and cast light upon them both. ”Well, hello there,” Amber eyes glowed lightly with his use of his element, and he looked over Lilith briefly. ”I’m just wandering the nighttime, miss. Name’s Kai.” He bowed with a flourish and a grin, hair falling over his shoulders as he did so.
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Lilith Faldane
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It was possible that this had been a bad idea. Firstly because she was outside the boundaries of the town now, and the rules weren't as clearly defined on this land – even if she could still see her own home. Secondly, she appeared to have had some sort of brain malfunction, and was entirely unarmed. She slipped her hands into her pockets, but all she could come up with were a couple of offcuts of linen. Fat lot of use they'd be in a pinch. Despite her unpreparedness, Lilith couldn't back down from a fight (though she hadn't really been in all that many), and she certainly didn't back down from confrontations that she had started herself – even verbal ones.

Lilith flinched at the flare of light, immediately trying to disguise her fear as the light being too bright for her eyes. Her right hand flew up to shield her eyes from the worst of the glare, though they were already narrowed as she tried to look past it. Her heart thumped in her chest – she had no defensive or offensive abilities to speak of, and if he decided to hurl that crackling ball of what she assumed was lightning at her, she could do nothing to stop it. In a word, she was screwed. The only thing for it was to bluff. At the moment, he seemed pleasant enough, but Lilith was still wary. People one knew could turn on a whim, and strangers were just that much worse – you didn't know what they were really like in the first place. Though she lowered her hand after a moment, her defensive stance didn't move an inch.

Now that her eyes were more used to the surprise change in lighting, she could see that the almost-intruder was tall and well-muscled – no doubt several times stronger than herself. Perhaps speed was her only advantage here. If needs be, she could run and ring the bell, and later rip seven shades of hell out of Yoren for being asleep on his watch. His skin was tanned, and his hair was dark, and the wind blew across a strong scent of salt and sea. She surprised herself by admitting that he was handsome, her eyes widening slightly at the knowledge, then narrowing again as she frowned at herself. Not the time, or the place. Lilith pursed her lips at the excuse, and though she knew that it was an impotent gesture, she crossed her arms over her chest. ”There are plenty of places to wander without encroaching on other people's land.” Her tone held more than a hint of warning. ”Are you lost?” Though the words may have indicated caring or helpfulness, her expression and general standoffishness were more than enough to nullify those ideas.

He may have offered his name, but it was just as likely that he had offered someone else's, and Lilith was in no mood to play games. Plus, she wasn't a particularly polite person as a general rule anyway. In her opinion, their current circumstances meant that she was in no way obligated to complete the introduction, if that was what he had intended it to be. The bow seemed almost mocking, though Lilith freely admitted that the conclusion came entirely from her first impression of the stranger – none of which were very good. Instead of responding in kind, Lilith's lips pursed a little tighter, and her brow drew down a little more. She offered one more warning, though it was more softly worded. ”Walking around at night is an invitation for trouble.”
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 Posted: Feb 12 2018, 06:44 PM
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Kai couldn't stop the grin that continued to only grow broader as the small woman deigned it proper to tell him off, her voice filled with warning. But he caught the moment, of her eyes widening and looking over him before they narrowed once again in anger. And she overall looked as though she had chosen to disapprove of him overall. Her last warning though, that walking at night was an invitation for trouble, made his eyes gleam with mischief.

"My dear lady, if I wished for trouble, I know exactly where to find it. And that is certainly not in the area surrounding Miador. As for wandering someone else's land... I do not believe that the general area around a village belongs to any one person... Perhaps, if I stepped into somebody's garden, I would be far more concerned. But I believe I am still among the well traveled paths." His voice was smooth, charming, and his grin the sort that, upon normal people, would be infectious. "I assure you, that I merely enjoy the night."

He paused for a brief moment, letting the lightning in his hand dim slightly, though it remained enough to help both of them see. "Might I know who is so alert and defensive of Miador? I have given you my name, isn't it polite to return the favor?" The tone was a little flippant, almost as if he didn't expect her to respond at all. Maybe she'd storm away in a huff, and he'd get to watch her walk....

Without shame, he reached out gently with his mind, matching it to hers until he could skim off any surface thoughts that became 'loud'.
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Lilith Faldane
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Though Lilith appeared to disapprove of many things, she was actually a fairly tolerant person. That was, if you left out the seemingly unnecessary flashes of temper. Those aside, she couldn't hold a grudge to save her life, so oddly, it was almost in this stranger's best interests to make her angry. Once her temper was on an even keel, she was likely to make a rational and informed decision on the merits of a particular person, as opposed to the snap judgements she made on first sight. Truthfully, she disliked everyone at first – they had to give her a reason to like them, and Lilith didn't have many criteria that qualified. Smiling while she was trying to intimidate them was not one of those criteria. Though one wouldn't think it possible looking at her, somehow Lilith's lips managed to tighten in disapproval a smidgen more.

That almost sounded like an insult. Lilith's head cocked to the side as she considered the words. Had he meant that Miador was peaceful? It was, to a certain extent, but if that had been his meaning, Lilith wanted to disabuse him of the notion. He seemed the type to stir up trouble purely to alleviate a moment of boredom. Or had he meant that the people of Miador weren't worthy of being classed as troublesome? Because Lilith would dispute that too. She wasn't quite sure how, but she would argue the toss at any rate. But first – clarification. Her hands moved to her hips as she shot the question at him. ”What exactly do you mean by that?”

Her brow smoothed as her eyebrows stopped their descent, and rose towards her hairline instead. Huffing a breath of laughter out of her lungs, Lilith pointedly met his gaze. ”I believe the word I used was 'encroaching', not trespassing. And there are better times than the middle of the night to be wandering near a town's borders.” All this talk was essentially pointless – if he decided that he wanted to enter Miador, Lilith could do very little to stop him. She could only hope that he was indeed passing by... And that her interruption hadn't changed his plans. His reassurance didn't reassure her at all. Instead, she simply frowned, barely keeping the words she was thinking from coming out of her mouth.

Well go and enjoy it elsewhere.

The light faded a little, and Lilith blinked a few times, trying to get her eyes to adjust to the change. Her muscles had immediately tensed, thinking the action was an indicator that something else were about to happen. And then he spoke. From the exact same place he had been stood for the entirety of their conversation. That in itself made Lilith feel idiotic, and she hated that feeling. But instead of blowing up at him, Lilith took the petty route instead. ”You might, but I don't believe we have met before.” Maybe she was being childish... No, she was definitely being childish, but she was tired and cranky, and a little bit scared, though she would deny the latter. ”Perhaps.” She could have said more, but leaving it at that simple word somehow made her feel better. She clenched her teeth against the rest of the words, telling herself not to cave. ”He doesn't need to know your name. He doesn't need to know anything about you. Just keep your eyes open for any tricks, Lilith, he's bound to have something up his sleeve.”
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Kai smiled pleasantly at her, even as he listened in on her silent conversation with herself. Despite the childish response, he was still in quite a good mood. And despite her thoughts, he didn't actually have any tricks up his sleeve currently. He had, for once, told the truth. The man really was just enjoying a night-time wander. That his route had taken him so close to Miador was in fact a coincidence. But it wouldn't go amiss to pick up supplies, while he was in the area. Feeling like he'd found the candy jar, Kai hummed softly.

"Well, this just won't do. I don't recall meeting you, but I've always been a fair hand with names." The light brightened once again as he tried to get a clearer look at her, his eyes narrowing as he focused upon her. "You don't look like an Ariel or Evangeline. Mary is definitely out. I've yet to meet a red-headed Mary. Mary always seems to belong to dark-haired women. Serious enough for a Laura, but not kind enough... Lily, perhaps?" He eyed her, watching for her response before he continued on.

Her flinch gave it away. It was not precisely Lilith, but Lily was a common nickname for such a thing, and he refused to admit that he had read her mind to see about gathering that precise information. "Lily is it. Perfect. So, Lily. Why are you not abed, like every other sane person in Miador?"
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Lilith Faldane
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Distrustful to a fault, Lilith couldn't even believe the expression on this stranger's face. After all, what had he to smile about? If he was telling the truth, then his solitary jaunt and the introspective reflection that most likely went along with it had been interrupted – personally, she would have been rather angry were that the case. His lack of ire therefore only indicated to Lilith that he was lying about his reasons for being near Miador. She hated being lied to. Though she had known of the existence of this man for mere minutes, he already had a black mark against his name. If, indeed, the name he had told her was true. With all this possibility of deceit, was it really any surprise that she preferred animals over humans?

The light brightened again, but instead of rising to shield her eyes, her hands stayed by her sides, consciously held open so it looked as though she at least had some form of attack or defence that she could call on. Her eyes squeezed almost shut, but she tried to keep them focused on the man behind the light. For all she knew, he was readying an attack right in front of her eyes, and she was literally too blinded to see it. Through almost clenched teeth, she growled out a question that she expected no answer to. ”Do you mind?” The three simple words were intended to make the man dim his weird portable power source, but Lilith had her doubts about the effectiveness of them even as they left her mouth.

The plan was to let him wear himself out trying to guess names. There were hundreds of names in Eudocia, if not more. There was no way he would somehow just happen to land on hers. If she had been interacting, she would have scoffed at the first two names. They sounded like names that belonged to those airy fairy types that sat around gabbing all day, singing and dancing through life instead of doing something productive. His discourse on Marys made her roll her eyes, but he may not have been far wrong – by all accounts, her mother's mother had been called Mary, and portraits of her in her youth had shown her with dark hair. One was hardly enough proof, though. She was on her way to being offended about his assessment of her kindness when the fifth name brought her up short. Lily. No-one had called her that for years, and in all honesty, she had hoped to never hear it again.

She forced herself to take two long, deep breaths before she answered, trying to control her voice so that it sounded nonchalant, slightly amused, rather than angry and a little bit hurt. She wasn't a great actress, so her efforts probably fell short, but they may have masked at least some of her true feelings. ”My name is not Lily.” That was true, though somewhat pedantic. And though she would not allow him to call her by an incorrect name, she still did not offer her own. ”I was asleep.” And so she had been. Though it couldn't have been more than thirty minutes previous, Lilith frowned as she tried to remember what had woken her. She recalled the bird, and the warning, but with the arrival of this stranger, the dream had almost pushed itself out of her mind. The three words came back to her then, and she chanced a glance at the sky. The moon was almost full. She huffed a short laugh through her nose. Dreams didn't mean anything. ”I... Had an odd dream.” She admitted, without quite knowing why she was telling him. As if she felt embarrassed by the information, Lilith tried to distract him with an effort at humour. ”And who told you that everyone in Miador was sane?”
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Oh, how his guess wrankled her. It was delightful. She denied that it was her name instantly, and she wasn't lying, he supposed. However, Lily was a nickname that he liked the sound of. She had been asleep, and woke because of a dream, but what had drawn her out here? He chuckled, letting his light dim slightly as she attempted humor to redirect him. But there was no need for that... He played a game she didn't realize yet.

The lightning in his hand flashed brightly and then disappeared, leaving both of them half blinded. But he knew exactly where she was, and he stepped forward, sweeping her into his grasp, his arm circling around her waist. His voice was soft and husky as he murmured "Perhaps you should go back to sleep then, sweet Lily." He couldn't quite resist himself, one hand sweeping over her cheek and his lips descending to claim a kiss from her. It was brief, but intense before he released her suddenly. "Sweet dreams." With that, he bolted from her, trying to put as much distance as he could before she possibly decided to throw something of her element after him.

It didn't take him more than a few steps to disappear into the darkness and underbrush.

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It was two days later, still not far from Miador, that he stood in the middle of a small meadow, his creamy white and silver-grey fur shining the light. In his jaws sat a dead rabbit, blood dripping into his jawsand making him salivate. He was about to set it down and eat when the approach of a slightly familiar mind caught his attention, and he looked around, searching for the presence of another.
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His laughter still lingered in her ears as the light dimmed, then flashed for a brief moment. Lilith's pupils had contracted almost painfully as they had tried to adapt to the sudden influx of light, so even as the ball of energy disappeared, her eyes squeezed closed. Fuzzy white spots danced on the backs of her eyelids, and she let out a growl of frustration and irritation. Even if she opened her eyes now, she wouldn't be able to see anything past the large floating specks swirling in her vision. She didn't have time to think about the reasons for his actions before he claimed her attention beyond one simple accusatory thought. ”I knew it!”

Lilith knew he was planning something. She had known, and yet she still hadn't managed to formulate one of her own. What she had imagined, though, didn't quite match up to reality. He rushed at her, and she felt his approach more than she heard it. But instead of attacking her, or storming the admittedly poorly held borders of Miador, he had grabbed her. Not roughly either, which only served to puzzle her further. Still, Lilith had to object, both to that, and to the words that he spoke. She tried to slip her hands between them, to push him away despite (or perhaps to spite) the little voice in her head that told her to stay right there. Her lips, so commonly clamped tightly in some sort of frown, were slightly parted to again renounce the name he was trying to pin on her when he kissed her. She forgot herself then, forgot what she was supposed to be doing, and how she was supposed to act. She was halfway to doing just the opposite when he vanished.

It took longer than she'd care to admit for her to return to her senses, and by then Lilith would have had more luck telling the difference between silk and satin than finding him in the blackness. ”Damned fool.” She muttered, and one could flip a coin to answer just who the epithet was aimed at.

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Sometimes it was nice to just get out of the house and stretch one's legs. Especially when the legs in question only got an outing once every few weeks. Lilith had planned for her patients to be cared for by another healer while she was gone – following her highly detailed instructions, of course – for a full week. Seven days and nights with no responsibilities other than caring for herself. Nothing to do but revel in nature and hunt the occasional meal.

She had set off with nothing but the fur on her back, and was no more than three miles outside of Miador when something niggled at her. For a short while, she tried to figure it out while she ran. Then she chose to ignore it. Then somehow, impossibly, she ran straight into it. Literally. Lilith rebounded off the flank of a white and silver wolf who, when she managed to orient herself, appeared to be in the middle of a meal. Tentatively, she extended her apologetic thoughts, unsure of just how well they'd be received. After such a long stretch of disuse, she wasn't yet fully in tune with her wolf, but there was something... Something that caused her to tilt her head to one side and regard her peer curiously. Perhaps it couldn't hurt to ask. ”Don't I know you?”
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He felt the blood begin seeping again as his jaws squeezed it from the rabbit, and mere moments after, a ball of reddish-brown fur flew out of the forest, into the meadow and right into his side. As he turned, rabbit hanging from his jaws limply, his amber eyes focused upon an attractive fae, and he unashamedly reached out to skim her surface thoughts. Apology came first, and then curiosity and suspicion. It was when she spoke that he recognized her as the woman from the forest a few days before.

Kai's jaw opened, dropping in a lupine grin, the rabbit still hanging upon his teeth. "Ah, hello, Lily." His ears flicked in amusement as his tail wagged a brief greeting, dropping the rabbit upon the ground. "I didn't expect to see you out this far from Miador." He chuckled softly. "Care to join me for lunch?"
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