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Shadow's Refuge 23- shop-talkThe next morning found him quite disoriented. He opened his eyes to the thin streams of light filtering past the drawn curtains and for a moment, he had no idea where he was, apart from the fact he felt unusually comfortable. Yet he felt no need for alarm and it took him but a moment to remember why. Right. He was in Safe Haven. He was... home. The thought made him both giddy and nervous, as if one of the Deep's eels was slithering inside his stomach. He threw an arm over his eyes with a faint groan and let his mind recount the events of the day before. The gathering, the crowd's grudging acceptance... and the newly found truce. He and Kellian ended that evening with a companionable drinking of their tea and sporadic, casual talk of healing. The conversation was timid on his part and hesitant on both, but it was sincere. He found true joy in it. It was... peaceful. Before long, Kellian sent him to bed under strict orders to get a good night's sleep. Well, apparently he slept well enoug
Shadow's Refuge 22- part 2- Truce"I met the Drow the first day he came here. I was among the ones to go and greet the Kaiannae when she came back. She specifically told me that the Drow was a new member, that he should be protected and that she vouched for him. I did not believe her. I believed he had somehow fooled her into accepting him. Worse, I did not believe Aro when she said she has a good feeling about him. So I watched him from afar, keeping an eye on him, waiting for an opportune moment, for something that would prove to me that he is not who he claims he is. When I found nothing, I decided to take action. Yesterday, I lured him into the forest and attacked him. I would have killed him, if I could. But I was not ready. I became too sued to facing off elves and humans. He bested me. It cost me my sword arm and it could have cost me my life. I told no one what I was doing. He could have killed me and feigned ignorance. But- he didn't. He could have claimed assault to the Kaiannae and I would have been fo
Shadow's Refuge 22-part 1- TruceLunch went by too quickly. He felt as if he was in a dream, one that moved in jerks and leaps. One moment he was in Kat's rooms, readying to go, Aro skipping around and beaming at the fact Kat chose to dine with them and the next he was sitting at a table, with little memory of how he got there. Next Darin's face came into view, the cook trying to ease his tension with a joke and some sugar, but it seemed the candy only heightened his nervousness. Then suddenly, lunch was over, and he didn't even remember what he ate. Kat was watching him with worry, her lips drawn into a tight line, and for a moment all he wanted was to bury his face in her cloak and just- be. Let go, let her take care of everything and disappear into the darkness. But he could not. Not if he wanted to stay. He needed to walk in the light, to present himself, to show the members of the clan that he was trustworthy. Not just a Drow. Not a monster.
"Let's go,” said Kat, a new, sober gravity to her voice.
Shadow's Refuge 21-UncertaintyAlkorin looked surprised. He rose from his seat and started pacing, a troubled expression on his face.
"A meeting of the clan? Today? Why?” he asked. Aro rolled her eyes.
"Ther, did you thump him on the head while you broke his wrist? He's slow this morning,” she quipped. “To talk about the tiny matter of having a Drow as our newest resident, of course!” she spread her hands “It appears to be important, what with half the population trying to do away with him. Kat is NOT happy with us. Cant say I blame her,” she shrugged. Therazin winced at the thought. He had caused so much trouble for the Kaiannae already.
"Oh...” said Alkorin, looking more and more distraught. “This is bad. Really bad. If I go in public like this- there will be trouble,” he mused. Aro shrugged.
"That's your mess to solve, Kor. You got yourself into it. I suggest you go and talk to your patrol, though, before your pack mates deduce their own version of what happen
Shadow's Refuge 18 - retaliation"This is a bad idea," said Therazin, his ears flinching as he looked around nervously. They have been ambushed in these deserted corridors not a day before. He did NOT want to spend another day recovering, especially since Kellian was at odds with him, at least for the moment. Aro waved her hand dismissively.
"Don't worry so much! They are so afraid Kell would tell on them, they wouldn't dare show up again. Besides, you have Kat's sword, Ther. Next time, just use it. Hit them a few times with the flat of the blade and they'll remember another pressing matter they have to attend," she said, skipping further down the hallway. He quickened his pace, knowing that should he stay behind, there was a good chance he would be lost in this vast place. His ears, however, never stopped twitching, waiting for the faintest out-of-place noise, and his eyes darted through the shadows, searching for lurkers that would think they are hidden from his sight.
But, to his surprise, they reached the library
Shadow's Refuge 17-slip of tongueTherazin woke to the sound of angry voices.
He jumped from his bed, bleary eyed, thinking something was amiss, before he recognized Kellian and Aro's voices. The door to his room was closed, so they probably didn't realize they had woken him, nor did they mean for him to hear their argument, and he fully intended to turn back and go back to bed before he heard Kat's name spoken in anger. He stopped, then walked to the door and opened it just a crack.
"...Do the math, Kell! At LEAST four days before she got here, now another three- well four, if you consider- and the time before that, when he said she was irritable. She's late, Kell!! she was supposed to come back already! What if-"
"Aro! Will you stop fretting and listen for a moment! Kat is well capable of taking care of herself, has been doing so before she met us and will do so after we're gone. She knows we are waiting, and she will be back when she deems it safe to come back!"
"But Kell! She's injured! What if something happ