Elle and Mias: Chapter 38"ACHOO!" Abernos sneezed and promptly wiped his finger under his nose as he and Viola followed a frost covered trail without the assistance of Leadbury's nose to guide them. "Gah that Leadbury..."Elle and Mias: Chapter 38 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"It can't be helped. He doesn't have fur to insulate his body," Viola said calmly as she marched on ahead of him. "How can you complain of the cold? I'm having no difficulty."
"You're clearly not a normal woman," Abernos sniffled and rubbed his mitten covered hands together for warmth. "How are we supposed to pinpoint Elle without Leadbury's nose anyway? All he told us was to continue heading north."
"Weren't you supposed to be optimistic Mr. Abernos?"
"Not when it's this cold out," he trotted to catch up with her. "Speaking of optimism, you have an interestingly high degree of confidence Miss Viola."
"Because it's all a little too coincidental. We believe Elias was heading to Noric and based on Leadbury's tracking that appears to be where Elle is as well. I'm willing to bet their paths
Elle and Mias: Chapter 55All Elle could do was wait. The halls of Kaldberg castle, which once made her feel welcomed, now made her feel isolated and alone. The cloud of death hung low around all the inhabitants of the castle, reminding everyone of their own mortality and words that are best said when happiness, not sorrow, can still blossom from them.Elle and Mias: Chapter 55 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Daddy " Hilda whimpered as she buried her head into Alu's chest. It didn't take her long at all to accept the Runeskeeper as her father and she had every intention of continuing their relationship as child and parent.
Alu simply smiled and stroked his daughter's short hair tenderly.
"He's not a handkerchief, Hilda," Helga reminded her. "I don't understand how you can cry for an evil man "
"Someone has to!" Hilda sniffled. "He might have done a lot of bad things, but he was still human If we don't value his life, we're no better than he was and I don't think it's possible for anyone to be truly evil "
"How stupid " Helga mutt
Elle and Mias: Chapter 19"Oh, wow " Elle's mouth stood agape as she poked her head out the carriage window as they approached the city by the sea.Elle and Mias: Chapter 19 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A breath of healthy wind blew past her face and Elle found her heart nostalgic for her homeland, for only a moment. The air was crisper, cleaner than the polluted clouds that too often hung over England and brought only gray weather. Here the sky was bright blue with hardly any clouds reflecting in the crystal clear water.
It seemed almost mysterious for a place to hold such beauty while supporting a populous Elle would guess numbered in the tens of thousands. Wooden docks outlined most of the shore line as Ares trotted into the city along the coastal road. Facing the docks were several two and three story buildings whose ground floors all seemed to be devoted to business. Elle could smell the pungent stink of a fish stand, the gentle aroma of a bakery, and of course the merry scent of a pub and its happy patrons.
"The main thoroughfare is primarily filled with
Elle and Mias: Elle's PrequelIt started with a phone call.Elle and Mias: Elle's Prequel in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I returned home on holiday to the midlands on the border of Warwickshire and Oxfordshire. My life pursuits London became increasingly difficult as the economy declined into a widely unfavorable state. I was balancing a waitressing job at a café along with bookkeeping work. They paid enough to keep me housed, fed, and clothed, but consequently I neither had the time nor the energy to focus on what I really wanted to do with my life, only... I wasn't quite sure what that was. I suppose I would have liked to attend a university, but I didn't have the funds and neither did my parents. Loans would only us into debt that we likely wouldn't be able to pay off readily.
But my situation wasn't unlike any one else's. At least I had a job and could take care of myself. Sure I felt trapped and lost at the same time, confused, and at the end of the day very lonely. Maintaining a social life became another challenge. Here I was, a month away from my twentieth birth
Elle and Mias: Chapter 25"I'm so sorry please forgive me I'm so sorry " Abernos repeated over and over as he drove himself through the thick brush and out onto an animal path. Elle's scream from her broken wrist nearly caused him to stumble from the weight it put in his chest, but he knew there was nothing he could do at this point other than to locate Mias.Elle and Mias: Chapter 25 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He wasn't far from reaching the rescue party. Beyond a few groves of trees, the gang of one sorcerer, one stag, one ghoul and two horses crouched along the thicket lining as they drew nearer Elias' camp.
"I smell someone approaching," Leadbury announced.
Mias and Berenos directed their attention to where Leadbury indicated and readied themselves for an attack.
Abernos emerged from the brush and tears came to his eyes at the sight of his brother. "B-Berenos !"
Berenos rushed to his brother's side without speaking a single word. He caught him in his arms as Abernos finally allowed himself to break down.
"He still has her! Elias ! W
Elle and Mias: Chapter 37Elias was being oddly cooperative when the party returned to the castle and Hilda informed her elder sister about their new 'guest'. Helga wasted no time throwing him into a prison cell; she didn't even bother to interrogate him. And Elias didn't fight or even object. He might have been fatigued, but that didn't explain his sudden mellow demeanor.Elle and Mias: Chapter 37 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I don't know what you're up to," Elle said to him from beyond the prison bars. "But I'm sure it's nothing good."
"Heh," his lips curved into a smile. "I just thought I'd pay my long lost sister a visit. I didn't expect you to be here, ruining my good name."
"Your name is as filthy as you are," Elle said bravely. "Your sister's better off not knowing she has a man like you for a brother."
"I'm well aware of Elias," a deep female voice spoke up and Elle turned to see Helga escorting Ia into the cell ward.
Now that Elle got a clear look at the woman, it was obvious she was a Dormaeus what with her dark hair and custom eye markings. She carried
Elle and Mias: Chapter 57Elle turned her nose to the autumn wind and let a current of wheat scented air waft into her tiny nostrils. After sighing happily, she pointed the stalks out to Berenos. "This section is ripe!"Elle and Mias: Chapter 57 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Alright!" Berenos called back to her.
Elle smiled and brushed a bit of dirt off her cheek.
Four months had passed since their return from the northland and life overall had been uneventful. Mias was busy enjoying the prospects of being an undergarment conglomerate and taking the Dormaeus family in a new direction. Mias' ties with his sister in Noric also put him in position to represent his region when the embassy got together to discuss politics. He was becoming quite a powerful man without needing to use his magic.
The Stag brothers busied themselves fostering Fionos. Elle saw the three frequently enough and often stayed with them when Mias had business errands he had to tend too. Today was one of those days. She was busying herself helping them with the harvest of their crops.
"I never thoug
Elle and Mias: Chapter 40"You summoned me?" Elias asked as he entered a large study where his younger sister sat scribbling notes at a desk.Elle and Mias: Chapter 40 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Yes, kindly take a seat," Ia said without looking up from her work.
Elias casually approached the table and sat opposite of her.
"How are you enjoying your stay?" She asked, her eyes and hand still concentrated on writing.
"In all honesty I wish you would have kept me in prison," Elias groaned.
Ia chuckled, "Is that so?"
"What is this about? Surely you didn't summon me simply to exchange pleasantries."
"And why not? I've been so preoccupied with my duties that I haven't been able to visit you. Is it so rare for you to be suspect of your family?"
"When it's the Dormaeus family, yes," he responded coldly. "If this is just frivolous conversation, I shall take my leave."
As he stood to leave Ia smacked him back into his seat with her quill. "Sit. You have no matters here that acquire your attention so you will remain in my presence until I dismiss you. Or are you eager to re
Elle and Mias: Chapter 73A knock on a cottage door awoke the inhabitant from his sleep. Grumbling, he slumped out of bed and adjusted his night shirt before wearily approaching the door. "Yes, yes, who is it?"Elle and Mias: Chapter 73 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Open the door Malcolm," the voice said from beyond the wooden panels.
Malcolm's eyes widened and he ran his fingers through his hair before opening the door.
The figure standing before him remained obscure in the night's shadows as well as his own cloak that conveniently hid his features in any light.
"Oh, it's you," Malcolm said with some disappointment before yawning. "I haven't seen you since you brought word of my cousin's death. What brings you here at the devil's hour? I have class in the morning you know."
"Business," he said. "I need information on Nicodemus and inconveniently, all Headmaster Methuselah's records are missing."
"Hmpf, and you assume I have them?"
"Indeed I do," Malcolm sighed and opened the door. "Come in. I'll get some tea."
"Thank you," the man stepped into the cottag