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- Posted: Fri, 09 Dec 2011 09:34:02 +0000
As Akira continued to weep, Ciaran got control again without missing a stride, "Akira, why are you acting like you insist on being punished? Is it your fault that they knew we are here? No it isn't. Did you provoke him? I severely doubt it, that's not in your nature, Hunters are taught we're evil by default, and if they spot one of us, they will stop at nothing to try and kill their perceived target. That's why I erased the memory of our faces from that boy that got your shoulder. That mindset is not your fault either. Not to mention you probably did as I told you and used the pendent, the leap of strength between a fledgling and a mature vampire is like comparing the SATs to a university degree. Your probable mindset at the time was such that you didn't think about it that way." he said, sighing when she asked if he wasn't going to reward him anymore. "Actually, the way I see it, my promise is still valid. No matter which way I look at it, between you and him, he would only let one of you walk away. It's unfortunate, sure, but I can't fault you. But if it cheers you up, I'll leave some flowers when they bury him." he said, he'd get the name when the obituaries came up in a day or two. "As for the festival, I think it would be wise to keep a low profile for a while running up to it, but if we stay in the crowds, we should be able to attend safely." he stated evenly, before looking at her with a gentle smile. He pulled her into a hug, careful not to touch the burns on her shoulders, "When you shouted, I thought you were actually in danger, right now, more than anything else, I'm just glad you're safe." he said softly. It would kill him to lose Akira, his sweet and gentle sister, on top of his parents.
Sighing he added, "I'm going to warn you, Nexas is in a foul mood. She tried to challenge me for the family headship, but in truth, her behaviour of late is actually in violation of laws that are above even my position, so I couldn't accept it even if I wanted to." he said with a sigh, deciding against mentioning that it was her fault Hunters were even around town. Things were going to be hard, "But Akira, you have the best track record of all of us, Quinne was like Nexas once, and I had a stint that was far from perfect too. We overcame that." he explained, smiling to her, "So while I'm happy that you're remorseful, don't let it consume you, ok?" he asked, smiling gently.
Inside, however, Ciaran was already running through Nexas's mindset, planning his counters.
"Looks like I'll be showing her what this role is really about."