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How To Anger Your Woman 101 (Dante)


15th of Tempris, Autumn, Era XVIII Post Fractum

The entire Asunder clan had been back living in Jaedaxia for no more then a few brightenings, but Niven had seen to it that the routine stay more or less the same as it had been back in Diana. There was no use making a difficult situation more so. The children seemed happy to be back in a city they hadn't been allowed in for quite some time. That fact probably made everything that was happening a bit easier on them. Niven still had her doubts about the safety of Jaedaxia, but there was no doubt in her mind that it was better here then Diana. At that thought, the elf let out a heavy sigh. The whole of Telath had gone topsy turvy on her in the matter of a cycle and a half. It was a bit overwhelming.

Niven turned back to her tidying up of the common room. Each of the children had left at least one or two items the darkening before. Maya, her stone for sharpening her dagger, Jar, a piece of chainmail he'd mysteriously aquired. Kel had left some sheets of music, Nelly, one of her books. Nikki had been a dear and coloured with Chariras and both had left their crayons scattered about. Normally Niven would have required the children to clean up after themselves, most likely Dante would too, but with all the chaos that they'd all been through Niven was keeping herself distracted by doing thorough cleans daily and she wasn't annoyed at the extra work. Whatever it took to keep her mind off things.

As she worked, Niven forced herself to think of positives that were coming out of the Church of Faith's banishing of the dracons. It was kind-of nice for her and the children to have Dante around more. Especially has he'd just spent such a long time away from all of them. The relief Niven had felt when he'd returned was immeasurable. She'd been afraid for his life every moment he'd been gone. Now he was back and, by the looks of things staying for quite some time. Niven never stood in the way of Dante's allegiance to Diana. She'd called him to her service and Niven respected that. Especially as she'd been done the same, except by Carmelya.

At that thought, Niven's jade eyes drifted towards the window. Outside she could make out the little silver shape of Ilianthe, the treant placed in her care. The little treant seemed happy swaying in the autumn breeze, her now golden leaves flapping and a few releasing. The elf inside smiled. Niven could imagine that all the moving around wasn't easy on her either, but she seemed to cope better then any of them. It would be a lie to say that she wouldn't miss her little ward when it was time to return her home.

A crayon clattered to the ground, startling the elf and bringing her out of her thoughts. Sighing, Niven gracefully bent to pick it back up and then readjusted her load before grabbing more. Niven's thoughts turned to Dante. At the beginning he'd seemed almost in denial that anything had happened. But once the Church banished them, the reality of his lost deity seemed to hit home more. She felt for him. Dante had devoted his life to Diana. Now he'd lost her. Niven could only imagine the sense of loss and confusion that must produce. He hadn't really wanted to talk about it, so she was leaving him to his thoughts. Perhaps this was something he needed to sort out on his own and Niven was going to give him the space to do so. However, at the same time it was good for the children that Dante would be home for a while. They were reeling as well, unsure what to think or do. Niven had never formally committed to the goddess and so was of little help to them. Niven couldn't even imagine what they were feeling. And, to their credit, they were all dealing with it pretty well. "Sort-of," Niven thought. The kids weren't sure what to think and Dante had been so preoccupied with what was going on with the church that he hadn't had the time yet to really sit down with them. That was something Niven was going to have to talk to Dante about. He might not have all the answers either, but he needed to give their kids something.

Niven headed to the kids rooms, putting back their respective items into their rooms. Once that was done, Niven headed back into the common room to straighten up the blankets and throw pillows. There was much to do before the children needed to be gotten from Schola and Grammaticus...
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Telath continued spinning. What were the problems of one lone dracon in the grander scheme of things. He'd risked his life for the church, no for Ovan who'd told him that the world needed him to go on a mission for Diana, only to be betrayed by him. But Telath kept turning.

It had been only cycles, brightenings, it all seemed like such a blur, since the eclipse had revealed the death of his deity. At first he didn't want to believe what the world had been shown. Why would he? The image could have been a powerful mystic playing games with his mind, perhaps even with the whole city; Ovan's announcement had changed that though. If she were alive there were no way Diana would have tolerated such an act. A betrayal of that magnitude by the head of the church of 'her' country? And Telath kept turning.

Dante had also proposed to the most beautiful woman on Telath. His beloved, his light, the Avatar of his Heart, Niven Soliel was still with him. Even after, like a fool, he'd advised her to leave him so that she could be safe. In essence it was like trying to commit suicide telling her to go, but she wouldn't let him die right there. Instead she got angry, bless her, and made him realize how he truly felt. He'd proposed right there on the spot and she'd said yes. And Telath kept turning.

Now they were in Jaedaxia, not their final destination, but a momentary safe harbor. He knew the church would be after him. He was a dracon in the service of Diana and he knew a great deal about their organization. He'd known Ovan personally and it wouldn't do for a personal dracon 'associate' of the Heirarch to be in open defiance of him. The dracon would have to take steps along those lines and perhaps do the unthinkable, assassinate the Heirarch himself. He had been contacted by Mixie Shadowmuffin, an inquisitor here in Jaedaxia and a long time friend. The Inquisitor had proposed a very interesting idea 'slaying Rak' the planetar of power. Dante's rage hadn't even been that hot toward the being that had murdered his deity, mostly because he'd had too much on his mind to process said emotion at the time, but now that things had calmed down enough for him to take a breath he was again angry. The dracon now had the unfortunate task of bringing up this effort to his fiance. And Telath kept turning.

The dracon entered the Asunder estate with an air of defensiveness. He knew he was going to get a fight on this. With everything else that was going on to anger a planetar to the point of drawing him to you so you can try to kill him with an unproven method? Yeah. It even sounded crazy to him, but then again if he were successful perhaps even the Church of Faith wouldn't be foolish enough to bother him further. He looked about the home's ground floor for Niven, and not finding her there headed upstairs. "Niven?" he queried after hearing someone's footfalls coming from the bedrooms.
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The sound of the front door opening and closing had registered, but Niven hadn't been thinking overly too much about it. She assumed it was Dante and figured he'd go to his study and she'd see him and say hi when she went back downstairs. However he seemed to be seeking her out. Either that or he was concerned that someone was in the house that shouldn't be. His voice didn't sound cautious or agitated, so she didn't think it was the latter option.

Niven came out of the girls room and saw Dante coming up the stairs towards her. She flashed her fiancÚ a warm smile. "Serale! You're back early. I didn't expect you for candlemarks yet. Is something wrong?"
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