[MH] Into the veil... again. (Te S2:4.6 Ho S2:4.11)

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  • edited January 2015
  • It's Myrii who grabs hold of you Teddy, from behind her slender arms come around your waist, trying to restrain you. She is very strong. Her voice is in your ear.

    "No... my love, please. Please listen! They cannot take me from you. Not unless you give me up. Don't do this."

    Not that it means much at this late date, but she'll spend her string to persuade you.


    Renna stands. "She is right, child. We cannot take her. You can have her. I can even give you the means to join her, if you wish, your own fairy heart. But I need the athame and a body to do it."

    Holly, the King's voice rings in your ears... your head. *"I would do it... take the young one as the queen. But she can only be such with the power of the queen. It's not an office... it's a state of being. A state of power. But if you can make it come about, I will win."

    Then you hear your mother say as she stands up next to you. "Take my body, my Queen. Leave my daughter to her life... you know I will suit you just as well."
  • edited January 2015
    Are you offering Holly an XP to not interfere? Or are you saying she has to Hold Steady to do it?
  • Renna shakes her head.

    "Your blood has power, coming from him, but you are not fae. Not yet. If you wish to join with her in our way, in the way she needs, you must be fae. Otherwise your lover is bound without hope."

    Myrii whispers in your ear.

    "You need not do it, Love."
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  • Holly
    "Do you want to be the Fairy Queen, Dora?" Holly asks, seeing what Teddy is considering. "Your mommy would be so sad. I-I would miss you. Myrii could be the queen. Right now. She would still love you. She could help Ashley."
  • Teddy,

    You're asking him then? Because so far it doesn't quite sound like it.

    "For a heart, my dear? It is simple. I must be restored." Renna says. "The athame" she points to the knife. "The pelydryn." She looks at you, Holly. "And a body." She turns back to you Teddy. "The pelydryn must be attached to the athame, and the athame must be driven into the heart of the body. I will then gain embodiment once again, the magic will be controlled, and you shall have your heart."
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  • Holly
    Holly listens to Teddy the words shocking to her core. It's as if she'd spent all this time trying to work the puzzle "just so", only to have Teddy sweep all the jigsaw pieces off into the floor and tell her, "You don't have to play this game, dummy!"

    A soft breath escapes her lips, followed by a barely audible, "Hunh." She blinks, looking at Renna and her imperious expression. At Ivy, ready to die for her sake. At Gwynn, lying there in his own blood. Then finally Teddy, her sister by choice, not by blood.

    She looks to Renna. "You were my best good friend, Renna." She says this with complete sincerity. "But sometimes, friends... they, uhm, they stop being friends. And. I don't want to die. I don't want my mommy to die. Or Dora. Or any of my sisters. I... I want to go home now. So, uhm, goodbye. And good luck with," she waves her hand at Gwynn, her ghostly image, "all of this. I'm going now." She looks to Ivy, "Mommy, please come with me."

    As she reaches for Ivy's hand, Holly takes the marble out of her pocket, and lets it drop to the soft earth.

    Holly will take that XP, thanks.
  • edited January 2015
    "NO!" Renna all but screams.

    All through Teddy's speech and then yours her expressions shifted from one of calm superiority, to anger to fear... now? Now it's rage.

    "IT'S NOT FAIR! I WON THE GAME!"

    She stomps furiously to face you, Holly.

    "YOU are MINE! That woman gave you to me to be my vessel. I shaped you, molded you to withstand any misery. I made you strong! You think those people would have made you strong if I had not encouraged the darkness in their hearts? Do you think that you would have learned to kill, if I had not encouraged that boy's ridiculous fantasies? If you think you can just leave here... well..." She folds her arms petulantly. "The magic will get worse. It will drive them all mad. Winter. Ashley" She stares daggers at Ivy. "Your mother." She lifts her chin. "And I am still inside you. If you thought your life was terrible before, you have seen but a small example of what I can do."

    Her expression changes completely. She smiles. It's almost beatific.

    "But it doesn't have to be like that. Become part of me, and you will have power and whatever you desire. And your loved ones will be safe."
  • Holly
    The Queen's outburst unleashes something in Holly. What was a choice to walk away denied. She sees her foster sister leaning on Myrii, sees her mother's eyes, Renna's unearthly smile.

    "There is no other way... is there?" Holly says, dropping her hand, the one she'd offered to her mommy. She stoops to pick up the pelydryn. "I must complete the ritual, or it will haunt everyone I love." Her tone is even, almost detached as she pads over to pick up the knife Teddy discarded "The only path is to use the athame to drive into the heart of the chosen, to use the pelydryn to give you a new home. Yes?"

    Holly grips the knife in her right hand, the marble in her left. "Renna, you took my happiness. You took my mommy. You made people hurt me. Made them hate me. You want me to die now. That's... really shitty." She walks towards Gwynn. "I think you deserve better than me, Renna. I think you deserve someone as strong as you. And if you two can't make up and love each other. Then.... well, it's your fucking problem." She drops to a knee, taking Gwyn's beautiful hair in her hand, holding his head like a farmer might hold a sheep's. Then, with all her might, she drives the knife's point for the Fairy King's heart.
  • You're plunging for the heart when your momentum stops, the point of the black gleaming blade barely scratching Gwyns heaving chest. He's looking at you with a helpless horror, but you're busy, fighting for control of the knife. It's blade is turning... turning towards you. Time slows to a crawl around you. The sounds... screaming maybe...singing... have faded into distant echoes as you feel the will of the Queen, a juggernaught, willing the knife into your heart instead of Gwynns. If she wins, Holly...

    You must hold steady to push the blade into him. To push her out of you.
  • Holly
    Holding Steady:
    #DiceRoller( 2d6+2 )

    (+1 XP for rolling Cold)
  • Holly
    I'll choose to have Holly hold steady.
  • edited January 2015
    You push with everything inside of you. You push afraid that you can't hold on.

    Then something happens in that moment, Holly... what is it, what do you think of?

    The opposing force collapses, the polished black blade of the knife slides into Gwyn's chest like a whisper. Fresh blood begins to flow from the wound. His body shudders once... twice, then lies still. Finally a golden wispy mist starts to trail up out of his mouth... coalescing into a golden cloud above his face.

    The veil itself collapses around you... the primordial trees fade into the normal trees of the Islands woods, near the pond. Gwyn's body is replaced by a new fallen tree.

    You can feel it though, like fresh air that you didn't know wasn't fresh until you smelled it. You are free. The magic in you is no longer poisonous. Your mother embraces you fiercely. She's crying in happiness. In relief.

    It fades for you too, Teddy. And you feel it too, don't you? Your dark power is gone. The weight is no longer there, but there is a hole of sorts. While Myrii gasped when you watched Holly drive the knife into the king's heart, and new tears flowed from her, after the veil fades away she embraces you. At once relieved and terribly sad.
  • One post tie up if you want it, then eplilogues?
  • edited January 2015
    Holly
    "Mommy," Holly says as she pulls back from Ivy's hug. "We're free." A genuine, heartfelt, hard-won smile crosses her face. "Let's go home. I want to see Winnie."

    A few steps later, her arm around her birthmother, Holly looks to Myrii and Teddy. "I love you both. Thank you for helping me. Especially you, Dora. I... I was ready to die, and you showed me, uhm, how to live. Thank you."
  • edited January 2015
  • **End Scene**

    Epilogues? Maybe writing from a few weeks or months? Up to you guys.
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