B is for BabiesI am twelve years old when the twins are born. Father couldn't be happier. Mother of course was exhausted with the renewed hardships of children.
I was Fathers apprentice; we trained every morning and night in the ways of magic. Simple forms such as ice, wind, even some very careful fire spells. Father did not believe I was ready to wield the outright force of fire, and I had to agree.
I train in the vast wheat fields, calling forth powers as I waited for father. With the twins, well, I didn't expect much help anymore. I was strong; I could do anything as long as I set my mind to it.
Father was a master at fire, I should be as well.
My Dearest Detective 16"I didn't think you'd come," Syn smirked as I walked over to him. He was stood right by the edge, throwing down blood red roses.My Dearest Detective 161 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I didn't think he'd do that," I replied, looking over the edge of the cliff. "Terrified me though,"
"Of course, that's why you can't sleep," He replied. "You still get nightmares from it,"
"I didn't recognized you, Brian," I mumbled. "You've changed so much,"
"Hmm.. I knew it was you... your eyes gave it away," He replied, before throwing down the roses.
"You blame me don't you?"
"You told the police who to look for," He growled.
"Brian, your dad was a criminal," I stated, looking at him.
"He was a good man
On The Road: Chp. 1On The Road: Chp. 11 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Get in the fucking car." My car had been idling in front of Issac's house while Ted, a rather tall slender nerd who had been Issac's neighbor since childhood, froze at the door. "Am I speaking German?" I shook my head and gave Brandi an eye roll as I was scolded for being mean.
Soon enough, the car was almost loaded. Scott, another friend of Issac's, leaned on the front passenger side window and pleaded with Brandi for her seat. "I don't need to be sitting all on Issac's junk."
"Oh, Scott, we know you love the dick." I added a devious smile before rushing them along. With a nod the petite passenger traded spots with our slightl
Chiaroscuro Chapter 31Chiaroscuro Chapter 316 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was pointless, utterly futile.
Try as he might, Sebastian could not disengage Andromalius from his waist. In all honesty, he hadn't expected such resilience from the flamboyant Serpent Demon, and yet…
Cadencia blinked, eyes wide, and completely uncertain of how to even react to the bizarre situation. Of the people you'd expect to be 'glomped' by another person, Sebastian was certainly not high on the list. For lack of a better word, Sebastian was the type of person you could perceive generally as 'Un-Glompable.'
"Andy…what bring you here today?" Cadencia asked.
"Ah, little miss, you're so endearing! Just as always! Dea
Chiaroscuro Chapter 29Chiaroscuro Chapter 298 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"Strike! The Mysterious Wanderer"~
"Really now, Sebastian .why are you wearing a tailcoat .?" Cadencia asked, after looking up from her book.
"It is the proper attire for a butler, is it not, Milady?"
"I don't like that! Don't restrict yourself to a uniform, Sebastian. Wear whatever you want! I already said I hate the idea of servitude, anyways. In fact, I'm sure I've said it many times "
Sebastian gave an amused chuckle. "I suppose I should have expected your usual level of resistance ."
She shrugged. "It couldn't have hurt."
"That reminds me, Milady "
"Are you really not curious as to how my wounds
Chiaroscuro Chapter 28Chiaroscuro Chapter 288 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Cadencia's eyes snapped open abruptly, and the first thing she saw was the endless purple sky hanging heavily above. Where was she? What was this place? Very obviously, she was not in Paris anymore. It didn't look like earth at all. The ground, for as far as she could see, was tiled in alternating light and dark colors, and all around her appeared to be the gigantic stone effigies of chess pieces. It looked like a game board. The sudden screech of metal drove her gaze back to reality, and she could see blatantly that Claude and Sebastian were in the midst of a duel.
"To think you would stoop so low as to use a weapon like tha
Chiaroscuro Chapter 25Chiaroscuro Chapter 259 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"The Tangled Web"~
A white gloved hand gently touched Cadencia's forehead, tenderly stroking her bangs out of her closed eyes as she slept. The warmth rose her from her slumber, bringing her back to consciousness.
"Sebastian ." She smiled, opening her eyes. The smile dropped instantly upon the realization that it was not Sebastian who was touching her, but Luceille's butler, Claude.
She sat up quickly, alarmed, and pushed his hand away. "You " She glanced around, finding herself in her own bedroom, rather than the tree she'd fallen asleep under, with Sebastian by her side. "What are you doing?" She asked tensely.
"I am simply w
Chiaroscuro Chapter 21Chiaroscuro Chapter 2110 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"Of A Different Feather"~
She was a noble. She was an heiress, an aristocrat, an important person, but she was not beautiful. She had all the riches and wealth she could possible ever want, every whim and necessity attended to, but for all of her wealth, she wasn't beautiful. It irked her, she had so much money. She could buy anything, save for the one thing she genuinely desired.
She hated her red, frizzy hair; dull and riddled with split ends. She hated her stocky body and the way it was splotched with blemishes and unbecoming freckles. She hated her thick arms and legs, her big feet. Most of all, she hated her round face which always
Chiaroscuro Chapter 19Chiaroscuro Chapter 1910 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"That Mistress, Up In Flames"~
Night. The endless black that stretched far and wide across the heavens had always been alluring to Sebastian. Always, he'd admired that pure black. In the Void, there was no such thing as "night," or even "day." It was always simply gray. Time was nonexistent and completely irrelevant. But, much to Sebastian's annoyance, that perfect black was smudged and ruined by a bright red illumination in the distance. He sighed and re-entered the mansion, deciding that it would be best to wake Cadencia and leave before it got dangerous.
Gently and dutifully, Sebastian touched the sleeping young woman's shoulder. "Mila
Chiaroscuro Chapter 18Chiaroscuro Chapter 1811 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"Soon, You'll Know How"~
Before Andromalius could even blink, the unsuspecting serpent demon found himself pinned against the door he'd entered through by his throat, held fast by one hell of a furious butler.
Cadencia blinked, left momentarily speechless by the suddenness of it all.
"Ma--Malphas ! You you're killing me ." Andromalius struggled for an intake of air.
"You'll live." Sebastian snarled, in a tone which Cadencia did not recognize.
He sounded .dangerous and it gave her amazing sensation she'd never felt before. What was it .oh, yes. Pleasure. The young Marchioness shook her head. No, no! Marchione
Chiaroscuro Chapter 17Chiaroscuro Chapter 1711 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"Don't Let It Drop"~
What if he was wrong? What if Andromalius had made a severe misjudgment? What if Sebastian was not simply angry, but seething with fury? Was it a terrible mistake to re- enter the house in an attempt at reconcilement?
Cadencia wasn't at all sure. All she was able to do was wander through the house, searching for her demonic butler, pondering what might be the result of the aforementioned searching.
She began to grow worried after a few minutes. What if he'd left? A terrible guilt knotted itself nicely in her stomach at the thought of his leaving whilst thinking that she hated him, especially given what she'd only rece
Chiaroscuro Chapter 16Chiaroscuro Chapter 1611 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"Sympathy For The Devil"~
Cadencia ate her breakfast without a word. Sebastian had made it, and for once, she didn't argue to do it herself. No, she didn't want to chance upsetting the demon further. She kept her eyes down, and tried hard not to look at the butler, stoic as ever, beside her. He had tried to ask her how she was doing; if her wrist was all right. Her responses were monosyllabic, if she voiced a response at all. Be there no doubt, in this moment, she was frightened, and he was not ignorant of it.
Humans were afraid of demons, and likewise, demons weren't fond of humans either. At the very most, demons considered them an amusi
Chiaroscuro Chapter 15Chiaroscuro Chapter 1511 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"The Prowess Of The Mistress"~
"Miss Francois! Miss Francois, please stop screaming!" The Royal Guard Commissioner shook the Marquess by her shoulders.
"But a man has just fallen dead to the floor! Is that not reason to scream?!" She protested.
Adrien rose to his feet. "There's a doctor here, right?"
The older man in the corner looked slightly shaken. "Yes, I'm right here."
"Well, check his vitals, man! Hurry! He might not be dead yet!"
"Not dead yet?" Cadencia tugged on Adrien's sleeve.
"Well, he might just be unconscious, or something ."
"Oh, I see."
The doctor grabbed his shoulder bag from against the far wall, and hurried o
Chiaroscuro Chapter 13Chiaroscuro Chapter 131 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"That Butler, Tutoring"~
"So, then," Cadencia said, sitting down at her white lacquered, carved vanity. "What was it you said we were doing today, Sebastian?" She ran a comb of ivory through her dark tresses.
"I think it prudent to determine what needs the most work. As a noble, you must excel at dancing, philosophy, foreign languages and of course, you must be able to play at least the violin."
Cadencia shrunk sheepishly. "I've never done anything of those things before "
Sebastian arched a brow, and stared at her laconically. "None of them?"
"No..?" She gave him an awkward, nervous grin. "None of that's really relevant, or import
Chiaroscuro Chapter 12Chiaroscuro Chapter 121 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sebastian stared at the evergreen landscape jadedly. A lush green meadow and rolling hills stretched out before him, clashing with the endless blue sky above.
"Milady what was this 'crucial' thing you were talking about?"
"Well, you said you've never had fun before."
"Yes, but I don't see what that has to do with our current location. What are we doing here?"
"You're going to have some fun."
"And how is that, exactly?"
"See this hill?"
"Oh, not at all." Sebastian replied, bitingly sarcastic.
"Really? You really don't see it? Perhaps some glasses are in order, then." Cadencia joked, and laughed lightly.
Chiaroscuro Chapter 11Chiaroscuro Chapter 111 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"That Which Is Inferior"~
Cadencia stared strangely at Sebastian. "The .Void?" She shook her head, unable to make any sense of what he'd said. "What's the Void?"
Sebastian sighed heavily. You should sit down, Milady."
The butler took her hand and led her over to the armchair she'd earlier been thrown into, without asking permission. The sudden lack of restraint alarmed Cadencia. This must have been urgent, for Sebastian to suddenly be so presumptuous, when he'd always been the one to make a big deal out of it.
Without protest, she let him to sit her down in the armchair. Expectantly, she stared up at him. "Well? What is the Voi
Chiaroscuro Chapter 9Chiaroscuro Chapter 91 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"Courtesy Of The Mad Hatter"~
"Well, goodness me! I do believe this mansion is even larger than your own is, Milady." Sebastian remarked with a smirk.
"Indeed, Sebastian." Cadencia replied, unfazed by his attempt at antagonizing her. He wasn't ready to give up just yet, however.
"Does it make you frustrated? Jealous? Perhaps you'd like a mansion even grander than Monsieur Suilamordna's?"
"I have no idea what you're going on about, Sebastian. As it is, it's too big."
Sebastian frowned, having not expected her response. "Too big?"
"Well .it is only the two of us living there, after all. So many unused rooms, and such, it's real
Chiaroscuro Chapter 8Chiaroscuro Chapter 81 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"Symptoms Of Divine"~
Cadencia stared at the opened letter in her hands, confused. "Sebastian?"
"Yes, Milady?" He answered, while pouring a cup of tea for his mistress. He placed it on the desk at which she sat.
"It appears as though we've been invited to someone's mansion for the weekend."
"Well I don't know this person. Or at least, the name doesn't look familiar to me. See here?" She held the letter out. "Monsieur Suilamordna ..what sort of name is that, exactly? Do you know this person?"
Sebastian frowned. "I don't believe so, Milady. Indeed, it is a strange name. Exactly what was his request?"
Chiaroscuro Chapter 6Chiaroscuro Chapter 61 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"The Storm Called 'My Lady'"~
Cadencia watched in anticipation through the large, framed window as the white carriage, drawn by white horses pulled up to the mansion. Everything was prepared, but she was still quite nervous. Cadencia was certain that her difficult sister would find something to pick at. Sebastian was prompt, however. Before the approaching white gloved hand of their visitor could reach up to knock at the door, Sebastian had opened and answered dutifully, "We have been expecting you, Lady Annette."
Inwardly, Sebastian couldn't help but think that Annette was a strange human, indeed. With her long black hair in glossy spira
Chiaroscuro Chapter 5Chiaroscuro Chapter 51 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"The Devil's Teacher"~
"Young Miss?" Sebastian addressed Cadencia, who at the moment, was stretched out on a cushioned lounge chair in the sun of the greenhouse.
"Yes, Sebastian? What is it?"
"It was a telephone call for you, from a Miss Annette. Do you know this woman?"
Cadencia's complexion turned a rather noticeable shade of blue. " .A Annette?"
"Goodness, that's an impressive hue, Milady. May I presume that you do know this woman, as she claimed?"
Shivering ever so slightly, she nodded. "Yes .Annette is my older sister. What, uh what did she want?"
"She requested a visit to the mansion. She said it would be all
Chiaroscuro Chapter 4Chiaroscuro Chapter 41 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"The Crest Of LaFontaine"~
A gloved hand pulled back the long, gossamer window curtains, letting warm sunlight stream into the room and onto the sleeping girl. Her long black hair had faded and become a dark sepia.
"Young Miss, it is time to wake up."
"Mmm no." She mumbled into her pillow.
"No? Young Miss, I'm afraid there isn't much choice."
"If you can get me out of bed, I'll get up." She opened an eye. Like her hair, the loss of part of her soul had caused her eye color to fade as well, to a far lighter blue.
"Oh, is that a challenge?" Pale lips formed a smirk.
"Yes. Go ahead and try, if you think you can." Cadencia challenged
Chiaroscuro Chapter 20Chiaroscuro Chapter 2010 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"That Mistress, Full Of Purpose"~
Sebastian stared at his mistress, presently unconscious in one of the infirmary's many beds. The nurses, the doctors and Sebastian himself were without a valid explanation. How had she been unmarred by the flames? Her clothes were slightly burnt, but Cadencia herself was without a single smudge of ash. Even Sebastian had not escaped completely unscathed. The wounds had healed, certainly, but
Cadencia stirred lightly. "Sebastian ?"
"You're awake " There was the slightest touch of relief in his tone.
"Where are we? Is this the infirmary?"
She sat up quickly, alarmed. "Sebastia
Chiaroscuro Chapter 33Chiaroscuro Chapter 334 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"That Mistress, Gracious"~
The red haired wanderer heaved a sigh upon drawing in his line from the river, once again discovering that he had no luck.
"The fish don't appear to be biting, that they don't…."
Deciding there was no harm, nor nothing to lose, he cast his line out once again. The wanderer allowed his thoughts to meander off to the city he had recently become acquainted with. Paris was a far cry from humble Kyoto. Never had he seen such unnecessary luxuries….or such haughty attitudes. What in the world was a "Bourgeoisie," anyways? He hadn't understood what the woman had said then, and he still didn't now.
Quite honestly, he wa
Chiaroscuro Chapter 30Chiaroscuro Chapter 308 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"That Butler, Uncertain"~
Cadencia reasonably had tried to tell herself that it would be explaining the situation to Sebastian that would be the worst, and assumed that all would be roses once she'd done that. Cadencia never did have much luck with assumptions, however.
His irritated expression was the only answer she required to know that she had been wrong.
"Why are you upset? Kenshin saved me!"
In all honesty, he wasn't sure why he was upset about it himself. The feeling was there, but he had no explanation for it. Cadencia was alive and was kept safe, he was extremely relieved, of course, but
"I understand this, Milady-"
Chiaroscuro Chapter 26Chiaroscuro Chapter 269 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"My Highness, it is time to wake up." A gentle voice spoke, drawing back the windows' long, white curtains.
Cadencia's eyes snapped open. Highness .?
She sat up quickly, and stared at the spider butler strangely. Why did he call her .?
"I'm not anything like that." She said, trying to shake the weirdness out of the air.
"How modest ." He said in his usual passive tone. "But I would dare to say that anyone with a soul such as yours is worthy of being called 'Highness.'" Claude explained. "Mostly because no other person has such a soul. It's the rarity of such a perfectly balanced, bold and noble soul that makes it