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the ascendants — kuiper corporal — tags
[ retro a little bit to just before luna is returned / aka like the day after hazel joined oof ]

Bastille felt vaguely guilty. He didn't usually care about others, and cared even less about what they thought of him; Bast could not give less of a fuck, actually. But he was not a mean-spirited person. He wasn't interested in scaring those who didn't deserve it, and he wasn't one to target those who he knew could not handle it. He teased friends, those who could withstand teasing, and people he did not like. He didn't tease someone who clearly did not realize he was teasing, or didn't have the disposition for it. Just as he hadn't actually intended to upset Hazel, or startled her, or give her poor impressions of Ascendants. He'd realized very quickly that there was something very timid about the girl, something that constricted that radiant aura. And he couldn't shake this guilty feeling that kept convincing him to apologize.

Gods, it was almost as if Frenchpaw was still with him, instructing him in that straight-forward fashion on how to be a gentleman and polite and how to walk properly and this and that. Perhaps his mother was haunting him somehow, shaming him into acting like a respectable person and going to try to be nice to Hazel. Whatever. He would just... try that. Or something.

It seemed that she had a habit of leaving her door open, so by the time he reached her room he could already sense her proximity and had the dreadful realization that there was no going back now. Swallowing back a sigh, he took an idle step into the doorway, glancing about with vague curiosity to see what she had done so far before saying awkwardly, "Uh, hi." Smooth. Eloquent. So suave, Bast.

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2018, 09:18:00 PM »
  WHEN MY HEART IS MADE FROM GOLD AND FORGIVENESS SEEMS TOO BOLD
ooc: okay note to myself so i don’t forget: this is a human au
Also oh my god again im so sorry this is so terrible, i would have written more but i’m falling asleep for some reason smh

Here’s the thing: for the first fourteen years of Hazel’s life, she had spent most of her days behind a closed door. She could still remember exactly what it looked like, too. It had a brass knob that was corroded but smooth, its once-shiny surface littered with dark splotches. It rattled in its embedding, and squeaked when turned. There was a hole in the center of the knob where the lock used to be, but had somehow been dismantled so it could only be bolted from the outside.

It was a simple lock; Hazel could have picked it if she wanted to. She wasn’t short on learning time, and there were no other locks or bolts holding the door shut. She could remember sitting in her room on her small twin bed, bed sheet wrapped around her ankles as she cradled her knees in her chest, thinking of all the ways she could break it down.

Hazel used to think about breaking that door for hours - would spend hours staring at blank wooden panels, thinking, imagining. Countless times she would find herself unconsciously inching towards the old slab of oak, the sting of impact already sparking in her heel.

But she never did it.

Because it wasn’t really the lock keeping her in her room. It was the knowledge that whatever was waiting for her on the other side wasn’t nearly as safe as what she had on her side. All she faced was punishment, and that wasn’t worth it. She still received three meals a day and when it rained, she was dry. That was ten times better than facing Mother’s wrath for the satisfaction of opening her door.

So...yes, doors had a very significant role in her life. Closed doors made her feel isolated and lonely and gave her horrible flashbacks to the first few times Mother had caught her trying to open the door as a little girl. Because of this, Hazel kept her new bedroom door open.

Today she was getting around to moving some of the bigger things in her room, like the filing cabinets that had somehow managed to shift halfway across the floor. She wasn’t looking forward to it, but it would be worth it once she finished. There would finally be even floorspace!

The soon to be sixteen year old hummed to herself as she slapped her hands over and across the back pockets of her faded overall shorts, wiping off the dirt she might’ve picked up from chasing Arion around barefoot. That colt was going to sleep like the dead, hopefully. Hazel couldn’t stand another night of his insistent clopping every two hours.

Hazel had just set her hands against the filing cabinet, prepared to scoot the seemingly four hundred pound object eight feet to the nearest wall, when a short, deep voice startled her out of her wits. A mortifying squeak slipped off her lips as she jumped, whirling around to face the boy in the doorway.

Angry Boy? What was he doing here? “Oh...hi,” Hazel managed after a moment. Angry Boy was sort of the last person she expected to see, but a surprise was always a little more fun, she supposed. Besides, a destructive sense of curiosity ate away at her every time she saw him. Hazel wanted to know everything about him: what made him tick, what made him come apart, what made him happy, what broke him down in tears. But at the moment? She didn't even know his name.
— hazel — "speech" — six months — the ascendants — tags
c) miithers
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Re: if i'm lucky i'll meet ya, flipside of the graveyard | p
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2018, 11:49:50 PM »
BASTILLEPAW AURELIUS  ✧
the ascendants — kuiper corporal — tags
Every time he looked at her, he was struck once more by the brilliance of her aura. There was something other-worldly about it, hinting at divinity, and he tended to forget just how bright it was until he looked at her head-on once more. Hell, even when he was awkwardly avoiding her, he could see it shining at the edges of his vision, demanding his attention. It was... strange. Yeah. Bastille didn't know how else to describe it, and he frankly didn't want to put too much thought into it.

She was so... quiet, though. No, that wasn't quite right -- she was bright and bubbly at times, just as cheerful and happy as her aura, and he wouldn't consider her quiet, not exactly. There was just a hesitance there, a slight timidity overshadowing her actions. It was maddening, how curious it made him -- how could she filter through such extremes? Why did she silence herself like she did? It made him suspicious, really, if only because her behavior seemed... telling. As if her past held dark secrets, and something about that made him uncomfortable just thinking about it.

He watched her for a moment as she seemed prepared to shove something several times her weight, and felt almost bad when she startled. He hadn't meant to surprise her, but there wasn't really any way to announce himself without doing just that, he was pretty sure. He looked back at her for a moment before he propped his shoulder up against the doorframe, saying slowly, "Uh, I figured I'd see how you... settled, and shit. Has anyone, uh, shown you around yet?" He didn't really like tours, but he felt obligated to show her some form of kindness after spooking her on the border.
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2018, 04:55:09 PM »
  WHEN MY HEART IS MADE FROM GOLD AND FORGIVENESS SEEMS TOO BOLD
Though her time in The Ascendants had been short, Hazel felt she had met a fair amount of its inhabitants. It wasn’t a very large clan, but it was growing. At the moment, it’s size of population was...cozy. Comfortable. There wasn’t such an overcrowding that she had no privacy, and at the same time, she didn’t have to walk too terribly far to find someone.

As for the people themselves, it was clear that some of them put on a performance for the sake of sparing others their personal demons. Hazel definitely did - even if she was a terrible actress. She appreciated the polite concern and careful questions some (Margaery) asked. It was never so intrusive that Hazel felt completely vulnerable.

That being said, she was aware that people weren’t always upfront at first. And honestly? That was fine with her. She could handle decent conversation with people’s external persona. It wasn’t as if she had any room for hypocrisy, anyway.

However, some characters were simply puzzles. Bastille happened to be one of those. He didn’t have a “happy face” that he wore when presented with something new. He didn’t tiptoe around things, either. He was vague but straightforward, angry but quiet about it. He seemed like the strong leader archetype, but reluctant to actually take up the role unless it was forced upon him. He acted like he wanted to be friendly, but...there was something there. Some sort of apathy in his eyes that said he was protecting something soft inside. It peaked Hazel’s ultimate interest: she wanted to know what that soft thing was.

It was a stupid curiosity that resembled wanting to touch and hold a live flame. This boy radiated quiet danger that wasn’t quite burning, but simmering. The world and its colors wavered around him like asphalt on a summer day. The danger simmered low, waiting, like a predator waiting to pounce, like the breath of silence after a trigger pull but before the bullet struck. And Deus, Hazel wanted to lay her fingers over the simmering heat so badly.

The girl watched him with vibrant golden eyes, the barest movement pulling her eyebrow into an arch at his words. “Uh, no, not...really.“ Hazel stuck her thumbs into the belt loops on the front of her overalls. She opened her mouth, wanting to say that she’d been in her room trying to move things around so she had a proper space to sleep, but the more she thought about it, the more it sounded like she was bitter about being shoved in a cluttered room. Which, she wasn’t - not by any means.

“All I’ve seen of the territory is what was visible from the fields, so...there was a flower patch, a lake, and...” Hazel paused, teeth grazing over her lower lip and gaze falling to the floor as she thought. “Oh!” She looked up, eyes glittering with intrigue. “And a dark, uh, something, just through the trees over the flowers.” She had wanted to go see what the strange shapes through the trees were, but had been stuck cleaning her room. They were ruins, though she had yet to figure that out.
— hazel — "speech" — six months — the ascendants — tags
c) miithers
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Re: if i'm lucky i'll meet ya, flipside of the graveyard | p
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2018, 07:08:28 PM »
BASTILLEPAW AURELIUS  ✧
the ascendants — kuiper corporal — tags
Bastille didn't really like her gaze on him. He honestly wasn't even sure what it was about it exactly that made him so uneasy, but it was... there. Every time she looked straight at him, he felt this weird pressure to be good, to be kinder. It was almost as if the molten gold of her aura, her soul, and her eyes had a compelling effect, demanding the utmost best behavior in their presence. He knew there were the faintest traces of divinity clinging to her, and not for the first time he wondered if that was it. He knew there wasn't exactly a goddess of good behavior, but maybe there were forces out there that liked to shame rotten souls like his own into behaving, and maybe they were somehow connected to Hazel.

Unlikely. Bast watched her as she spoke, gaze only wondering occasionally to study the changes she was making to her room, and he noticed when she went to speak and then didn't. He wondered what made her stop, what she had wanted to say, but he swallowed his questions. She was already speaking again anyway, her voice tinged with that same honey-warm-sunshine. He realized what she was talking about almost immediately: the ruins, one of his favorite places to stop and train or rest or just hide from the rest of the Ascendants when his head was killing him.

"The ruins," he supplied, well aware that there was nothing else she could be talking about. He wondered if she would still be interested in a bunch of crumbling buildings or not; he liked them and their history, and he got the impressions that she might, too, but who knows. "I can, um, show you them and around a bit, if you want."

He looked a little awkward offering it. As a general rule, if there was someone else there who could do it, Bast did not offer tours. When they were smaller and it was just him and Starry, he'd done it for lack of anyone else to take it up; now that they were larger and had plenty of happy, nice people to greet newcomers, he'd managed to avoid playing host. Hazel was unlikely to pick up on the fact that this was a rare gesture, however, and somehow her not knowing made him feel a little less awkward about it. Only slightly, though.
« Last Edit: May 06, 2018, 11:56:04 AM by BASTILLEPAW »
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2018, 11:11:03 AM »
  WHEN MY HEART IS MADE FROM GOLD AND FORGIVENESS SEEMS TOO BOLD
Hazel could just about reach out and touch Bastille’s social awkwardness. In fact, she could almost see where it collided with hers: icy blue and molten gold fizzing in the space between them, confused and unsure of where to go next.

It was clear that he wasn’t leaping at the chance to show her around the territory, which led Hazel to believe that he either really, really hated social contact, or he just flat out never gave tours. Maybe it was both…? Nevertheless, Hazel wouldn’t mind if he didn’t want to. She could always go explore it on her own. At least that way, nobody would be around to see her trip over her own two feet and fall flat on her face.

“Ruins?” Hazel echoed, her tongue rolling over the word carefully. It wasn’t so much a gesture of discovering an unfamiliar word, but instead a show of her brain sifting through the possibilities of what the ruins might be of. A modern city, or an ancient one? Hazel hoped it was ancient.

She’d always had a flair for the mythic - especially Roman mythology. It tugged at a different part of her soul; lit up a hidden, secret part of her mind that was undiscovered and unexplored. Hazel could talk for hours about Roman mythology if someone actually let her. Mother always found her quirk unhealthy and borderline obsessive, but it wasn’t Hazel’s fault for being born with an odd amount of knowledge of the gods.

At the offer, Hazel’s expression lit up once more - and wow, her cheeks were going to start hurting if she kept smiling as often as she was. “Really?” She asked. “Yes, please! Only if you’re okay with doing it, of course.” Hazel practically glowed, her eyes sparking just a bit brighter and her aura pulsing a intense, fascinated hue.
— hazel — "speech" — six months — the ascendants — tags
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2018, 01:48:56 PM »
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There it was again -- the flare of giddiness, the happiness that literally made her aura shine. Bastille wasn't really sure that he deserved such a smile, but he offered her a vaguely amused half-smile in response. "Yes, really. I wouldn't offer if I wasn't willing," he drawled, that uncomfortable awkwardness disappearing briefly in the face of his usual sarcasm. He pushed off the doorframe, glanced around her room one more time, before taking a step back into the hall. He wondered idly if she left her door open even when she wasn't around, and for some reason he assumed that she did. There was something... light and airy about her, as if she liked to have her room open to everyone whenever. Bast couldn't fathom letting anyone he didn't trust in his room, let alone anywhere near his books.

Speaking of. "I'll grab my bag on the way out," he added idly as he turned towards his room once she joined him, as opposed to the exit. They were going to be out for a while, so may as well bring the patrol supplies. Bastille tended to be reckless with his own health, but he at least seemed to respect the process when it came to patrolling duties. He pushed his door open with one hand, motioned vaguely to send her inside, and then followed a step after her as went to track down his pack. There were, of course, books everywhere -- stacked under his bed and filling every shelf, ranging from classics to history to folklore. He payed them no mind, however, kneeling down to check his supplies before he shouldered the backpack and stood up. "Ready?"
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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2018, 08:14:39 PM »
  WHEN MY HEART IS MADE FROM GOLD AND FORGIVENESS SEEMS TOO BOLD
At his lopsided smirk of amusement, Hazel’s grin only grew a bit wider, peaking the corners of her eyes with sincerity. She was sure it was the first time she’d seen him smile, and it was something of a comfort to know that she wasn’t so much a burden here. She was capable of amusing a brooding boy, and that was plenty enough for her.

His sarcasm went unacknowledged with the exception of a deepening twinkle in her eyes and the subtle shift of giddy-ness to a small roll of her eyes in her expression. When he stood from the door frame, she took notice of his own chilling gaze sweeping across her room. Suddenly just the slightest bit anxious that he might judge her for how little she had accomplished over the course of the day, Hazel’s playful expression faltered, and her chest rose with a breath that she might have used to defend herself had he not taken it upon himself to lead the way out the door.

She followed him with her thumbs hooked in the straps of her overalls, eyes wide and wandering as she studied the blandly colored observatory. Goosebumps crawled up her legs from the heat transfer occurring between the bottom of her bare feet and the floor. Quickly, she found that the observatory was indeed like living in a basement: gray walls with gray floors and gray railings; old clutter stuffed in corners and papers with scribbled nonsense that were probably older than Hazel herself. Absently, she wondered if Starry would let her paint a mural along some of the walls - maybe even use some glow in the dark paint to paint constellations on the floor. Then they would be like night lights, and -

Oh, they were here. Hazel waited, falling back into a state of hesitation until he gestured for her to enter. Surprise frosted her expression, as she had only just met this boy - and yet, here he was, inviting her into his room. There was a strangeness to steppng into someone elses’s personal space; like she didn’t belong here, or she was intruding. Mostly, it felt invasive and rude, and she was about to turn around and wait outside the door when suddenly - books.

Hazel froze in a fascinated, transfixed sort of way, because this boy who seemed so angry and brooding all the time kept books. Real books that she could touch and open and feel and that told stories of far off places and mankind’s history. Deus, what she would give to have a personal library like this.

“You have books,” Hazel stated, her voice dreamy and full of wonderlust.

Mother never let her keep books. She said they were a reward when Hazel was supposed to serve a punishment. Many times, she had snuck out at night to find the old library, where she would read ancient Latin until the early hours of the morning and someone found her, curled up in a pile of poems and novels. In fact, that was part of the reason Mother started locking Hazel’s door in the first place.

Her eyes snagged on a particular spine, it’s gold lettering seeming to rattle and glow in the leather until she noticed it. It was Latin, she knew that much (Latin was the only thing she could read), and wanted so deseparately to touch it. But Bastille’s voice startled her out of whatever fixation she held, making her shoulders jump.

Ear tips burning with embarrassment, Hazel nodded. “I’m ready whenever you are.” She managed, taking a step towards the door with only a slightly forlorn look at the books.
— hazel — "speech" — six months — the ascendants — tags
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2018, 01:16:16 AM »
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Bastille stopped short at her words, and glanced over his shoulder at her. He found that he was free to look at her, for she was staring into the shelves, drinking them in with a sort of reverence that he rarely saw in others. Even the way she said it was soft and cherishing, and Bast felt almost... wrong, watching her look around. There was something soft and genuine about her delight, the soft flares of her aura, something that seemed out of place in his space, his room. He felt guilty just for looking at her, and yet at the same time, he had a high appreciation for someone who seemed to love books just as much as he did. (Not that Bastille ever admitted it to others, frankly -- Rad knew because she liked to steal from his library, and Suite had seen them all at one point, but otherwise Bast seemed to slip by under the radar. When he did read in public, it was in quieter areas, and no one ever seemed to notice that his titles changed every day.)

"Yeah," he finally agreed, at a loss of what to say, "I have books." His gaze flickered away from her face, her golden eyes, towards the shelves that she was staring at. Most of the things he had there were in foreign languages, and after a beat he recalled the quiet slips of Latin she said something -- Dues, he'd heard her say before, and he could swear he'd noticed her mumbling quiet phrases to herself before. "You read Latin," he guessed aloud, his gaze back on her as she startled slightly and looked to him. Christ, she seemed embarrassed about looking, but Bast didn't have it in him to be annoyed that she knew his secret. Besides, it's not like he could blame her -- he hoarded them for a reason.

"You can borrow them whenever, if you want," he said without thinking, and for a second had to ask himself why he felt such a willingness to share with her. Sure, he'd accepted the arrangement with Rad readily enough, but that was mostly just so he could get his damn books back from her (otherwise she would just keep all of the ones she stole). Hazel, though, looked so sad to be leaving them that the words just came out before he even considered it. After a pause, he cleared his throat, and followed her to the door with a light, "Uh, right. Yeah, I'm ready."
« Last Edit: May 08, 2018, 01:16:51 AM by BASTILLEPAW »
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2018, 01:32:31 PM »
  WHEN MY HEART IS MADE FROM GOLD AND FORGIVENESS SEEMS TOO BOLD
Hazel could feel his gaze searing the back of her neck. Distractedly, she reached up, sliding thin fingers along the skin where her hairline came to a fine point. Didn’t matter, though, because she was busy reaching out to the book closest to the door frame, already running the tips of blunt nails over the spine. It was rough and inexplicably smooth under her touch; leather-bound like the ones she used to see in the windows of her old village. Except this book wasn’t behind glass. It was real, and she wanted to read it.

Part of her was still embarrassed, still ashamed for staring so openly at the collection, but something about being in this room felt...comfortable. Safe. Safer, at least. Maybe it was all the space that had been used: the bed, the books, the shelves, the belongings. The way Bastille had gone straight to a certain spot and pulled out his bag. He owned the room, through and through. It was identifiable. He had settled here. It was like stepping into someone else's home and being able to feel how much time they had put into it, conscious or not. She both wanted and didn’t want to leave; she never knew what a room of her own, filled with her personality, felt like, and this felt like a sort of...substitute. On the other hand, she still felt invasive, and wanted to get out of his hair before she pissed him off.

But Bastille didn’t seem bothered. In fact, he sounded just the slightest bit curious.

“Er, yes. I do.” She said haltingly, snapping her hand away from the book. Her eyes, a bit wider than before, looked as if she were almost afraid that she had spoken Latin to him, despite having never remembered doing so. Arms stiff at her sides and fingers awkwardly tapping against her legs, her next words were shamefully rushed, the tips of her ears burning: “It’s the only thing I can read.” Then she stepped out the door, ready to leave.

“I - what? Really?” Hazel froze, carefully turning to watch him. Deus, she just couldn’t figure him out. One minute he moped and grouched, and the next, he was offering to take her to ancient ruins on the edge of the territory and let her read his books. She was almost suspicious. Still, her face brightened - the initial pulse in her aura giving away her excitement - and something lifted in her chest.Gratias tibi. I’ll make sure they’re returned.” She assured him, hardly aware of the Latin slip.

Hazel really wanted to grab the first four books and hole up in her room all day, but her curiosity of the ancient ruins won in the end. So she started back towards the open air outside the observatory, ready to feel the grass between her toes and the breeze in her hair. Once outside, Arion found the pair immediately, and Hazel had to take special care to avoid the colt’s prancing hooves. He was already fairly large for his age, but she still had just enough strength to push him away from her bare feet.

“Ignore him, please.” Hazel said, amusement lacing her tone as Arion reached out with his teeth to tug on her hair. She swatted him away, setting her hands on her hips when he blew a distasteful snort at her. “Don’t sass me,” she told him. “that’s what you get for pulling my hair. Say goodbye to the carrots I found earlier.”
— hazel — "speech" — seven months — the ascendants — tags
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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2018, 11:26:16 PM »
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Bastille didn't seem to put much thought into his room, which was ironic, given her impression of it. He treated his room like somewhere temporary; he had very few personal belongings aside from his books, and he didn't take any time to decorate or make it any more homely. He hadn't really settled here -- he'd simply started staying here, which was different, in his mind. His room could burn to the ground, and as long as his books were gone, he wouldn't even bat an eye. Bast was rarely sentimental about things, after all, and even less so about his temporary homes -- the boy had spent his entire life traveling as a nomad, and had never had a home for this long before (with the exception of his mother's Clan, where he was forced to reside until he was old enough to go on his own). Funnily enough, then, he'd never really had a room of his own either. It didn't bother him in the same way it did Hazel, though -- he could go without, frankly.

He wondered if she could look this comfortable everywhere, or if it was the books that drew it out of her. She wasn't exactly high-strung, but he would consider her nervous; here, however, absorbed in the books she was investigating -- here she seemed much calmer, much more grounder. Well, that was until he actually spoke to her again. All of a sudden the nerves were back, and Bast vague regretted saying anything at all.

He cocked his head to the side at her next comment, and he frowned slightly. She could only read Latin? Her draw towards books had given him the impression that she was an avid reader, but the limitations of Latin would make that a little difficult. Maybe she just enjoyed reading and didn't get to often? He wanted to ask but didn't, instead grabbing the book she'd been investigating off the shelf as he followed her out the door.

He should really be used to those flashes of radiance by now, but she seemed to keep surprising him with the force of it. His mouth quirked upwards with a tug of amusement at the immediate stumble in Latin, but Bast didn't point it out. Instead, he just shrugged and said vaguely, "Yeah, really. I have a lot of Latin that I don't read much, anyway." Okay, he had a lot of classics that he loved in Latin, but he was perfectly fine with reading translations while she had the original texts.

As they headed down the hall, he let the silence sit for a few moments before he asked, casually, "Do you want to learn?" A brief pause. "To read English, I mean?" He supposed there were other languages he could offer her -- German, French, a weak grasp on Greek -- but English seemed to be the most likely candidate. Gods, what was he even offering, here? It wasn't like Bast was exactly the best of teachers, nor did he even know how to help someone learn to read, frankly. He didn't even remember what the process was like for himself, let alone know if he could replicate it. It was very possible he was offering something he couldn't actually provide, but he felt compelled to try. There was something sad about her looking so lovingly at books without being able to read most of them.

He wasn't surprised to see her colt come prancing up to them, and he noted in amusement that the Thoroughbred was just about always this full of energy. Interesting -- Hazel had a backbone when it came to bossing her colt around, and Bast wondered if that sass would start to emerge as she grew more comfortable in the Ascendants. Maybe it was something reserved only for those close to her, like the colt (Bast tried to feel remorse that he was seeing it, but he didn't have it in him). "What's his name?" he asked after a moment, seeing how he had yet to hear her actually address the colt by anything. He had been watching Hazel as she spoke, a hint of a smirk present, and he didn't look away now as he asked the question.
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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2018, 03:01:34 PM »
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"Do you - can you read Latin?" Hazel asked, surprise lacing her voice. Generally, when someone had Latin books in their library, it was just for show - but the more Hazel had looked, the more she had noticed how soft the leather binding looked. It was possible they were soft from use, and that Bastille was...fluent? "Wait, can you speak it?" She asked, voice lilting up in her hope.

Hazel never knew where her bilingual abilities had originated; they were simply there, as if they had always been a part of her rather than something she had gained. Mother used to hate it when she spoke in Latin, but it wasn't as if it was something she could help. It slipped out when she was nervous or uncomfortable, or...overly excited. Any extreme and there would be Latin on the tip of her tongue.

She had never met anyone else with the same ability. There were people that spoke Spanish and French and German in her old home, but never Latin. It pulled her in two directions: finally being able to call herself special, or isolating herself even further from the norms of the clan. She had done the latter, and tried to stow away the language so her clan mates wouldn't see her as such a freak.

But...learn? To read English? Hazel eyes snapped upwards. The answer was yes, with all her heart - of course she wanted to learn to read English. Not only would she be like everyone else, but she would be able to read fairy tales and science fiction. She could read about fantasy worlds and finally write her own concepts on paper in words that people would understand. Christ, why was that a question?

"Yes, I do - absolutely. Want to read, I mean." She said, her hand coming to rest against Arion's withers. Her fingers bent, nails scraping against his favorite spot. The colt preened, pressing his weight further against her like a pampered cat. "I'd love to read English." Her eyes fell to her hand as the words slipped out, softer, more bashful and accompanying a small smile. Over-eagerness was something Hazel had been exuding from the moment she'd reached the Ascendants, and knew at one point or another, she would have to dial back.

As Bastille asked his question, Hazel smiled, looking at Arion with a sort of sibling fondness. "His name's Arion," She replied, shoulders easing with the ease of the topic. "I named him after the horse from Greek mythology - an immortal, supersonic horse who was the son of Neptune and Ceres." The pride in her voice died on her tongue as she squinted her eyes, a mental "Wait a minute - " as she caught her mistake. "Er, Poseidon and Demeter, I mean." She corrected herself.

That was a common mistake; Hazel knew Greek mythology very well, but when it came to naming things, she would revert automatically to the Roman version of things, and it would take her a moment to catch herself. Nevertheless, the slip-up caused a second's blush to burn at the tip of her ears before she was fiddling with the hem of her shirt and blurting out the question she'd wanted to ask since this boy appeared on the border: "What's your name?"
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« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2018, 01:18:39 AM »
Bastille looked amused at her question, peering back at her with an arched brow. What did she think she had so many foreign books for? To stare at the words and guess at their meaning? That seemed particularly useless, in his opinion. "Possum," he drawled, the word fluid and light on his tongue as he cocked his head to the side, "There's much more meaning imbedded in Classics when you read the Latin. You can't necessarily tell just how much of a sarcastic shit Ovid is until you see the word choice." A pause, and he smiled slyly at her, "Besides, Latin has many words for emotions than we do. The kind of each one tends to matter, with myth."

He didn't usually speak so freely or openly about his reading or interests with others, but he found that he didn't mind when it was Hazel. He wasn't even sure why he felt like he needed to explain his Latin abilities; it's not like he'd taught himself entirely, per se. A lot of it was inherited from Grimm -- he'd simply had to dig up the memories, teach himself to apply them, brush up on what he lacked or didn't get right away. The truth was that he was a cheater, getting many of his languages without the effort of language acquisition, but he didn't think Hazel was very interested in that part, any way.

"I can also speak German and French," he provided, as if she might blame him later for not admitting to all of his languages. A pause, and he squinted slightly. "Well, I think there's a bit of Russian in there somewhere, too, and I've dabbled in Greek, but I don't really care for them as much. I'm not quite as interested in collecting them all like Grimm is." He didn't seem to notice the foreign name or care; although he didn't seem to ever speak about who or what he was very much, Bastille wasn't actually hiding it. It just never happened to come up.

Besides, he was already being swept up in her response to being able to read. Bastille glanced sideways at her, looking away from Arion to consider her instead. There was something... soft, and quiet, something fragile about her words. Her smile in that moment was just so... sweet, in a way, and for a beat he felt at odds with it. Nothing he said should ever prompt such a tender reaction, but he stifled the urge to say as much.

"Well, I can try to teach you," he said after a moment, looking back to Arion as he ran a hand down the colt's neck. He flushed slightly, realizing he had no idea how to even teach someone else a different language -- if he fucked up and couldn't, she was going to hate him. Bastille almost wanted to take back the offer, to say he'd only let her down, but he bit his tongue and said instead, "I mean, you can speak it, so I feel like it might not be so hard."

He finally looked back to her when she gave her the colts name, and his mouth ticked upwards in amusement immediately. Of course. He wasn't sure why he thought it was typical that the horse would be named for mythology, but it seemed expected. He arched a brow at her as she continued to explain, looking even more amused, and after a beat he drawled idly, "You know you've seen my shelves, right? I know who Arion is." A pause, and then he grinned roguishly, "That, and you don't have to use the Greek names for me. I've read more than just Percy Jackson." Actually, he hadn't even read Percy Jackson, but that was besides the point.

At her question, he paused and blinked at her, caught off guard. Did she not already know it? He supposed he hadn't introduced himself, but Suite had chastised him, briefly -- by Bast, though, and he supposed that didn't immediately indicate his name. He would have figured she'd heard it in passing by now, but then again... Bast was terrible about actually offering his name, let alone his rank or anything people usually gave joiners. "Bastille," he said, and then, "Well, technically it's Bastillepaw. Starry doesn't really believe in naming traditions as much, though, and besides, I usually just go by Bast."
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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2018, 08:07:49 PM »
  WHEN MY HEART IS MADE FROM GOLD AND FORGIVENESS SEEMS TOO BOLD
Brief irritation and embarrassment flashed across her expression, the short roll of her eyes and light huff that passed her lips giving her away. He hadn’t necessarily spoken his amusement out loud, but his eyebrow made it clear enough, and Hazel wasn’t about to feel stupid for asking a question like that. People kept classics and foreign novels on their shelves for the purpose of decoration instead of reading more often than not, and at first impression, Bastille hadn’t exactly struck her as the literary type.

Apparently, she was wrong.

She hardly had time to defend her position before the boy was speaking with a foreign tongue - one Hazel recognized quite well. Her eyes snapped from the surrounding landscape up to his lips, fixated on the way his deep voice curved over the word without struggle. It had been so long since she - not even, because never had she heard someone speak the dead language when it wasn’t coming out of her own mouth. Distantly, it sounded wrong to her, like he shouldn’t be speaking it because it wasn’t supposed to be a used dialect in this timeline, but the displaced thought was muted by Hazel’s excitement. There was a beat of fear as she realized that he could have understood everything she had said in Latin under her breath, but that faded the more he talked.

Id non credo. Ego have umquam tam expedite Latine loqui possum quasi lumen aliquod probitatis! Hazel beamed, the language falling off her tongue in a rush. She paused, sucking in a breath as he went on about Ovid and descriptors, nodding.Ego - ” Deus, once she got going, the language switch in her brain got stuck, and she had to physically stop in order to remind herself to speak English. “I’ve never read any Ovid - or books - but I do agree that the original has to be better than the recounted thing. Sequels are rarely better than the first movie, anyway.” She flicked her hand at the wrist, dismissive but excited.

Hazel faced forward again, smiling to herself and tucking her bottom lip under her teeth. She felt like she could float - felt like she could just lay there in the grass and stare at the sky forever, the sun brushing kisses against her skin and the clouds forming pictures in the sky. There was something about talking out loud and knowing that someone could understand and respond in the same language was so inexplicably thrilling that she had to suck in a breath, her fingers thrumming against her legs. Arion was looking at her suspiciously, head curved just her way and ears canted in opposite directions, paying attention to both her and Bastille. Hazel stuck her tongue out at him.

Bastille grabbed her attention again with something that sounded like an afterthought. German and French, huh? Hazel felt herself nod her acknowledgement, because hey, that was pretty cool. As he went on, Hazel huffed, a smile tugging at her lips because: “Well now you’re just showing off.” It was a good natured jibe; she genuinely thought it impressive that he could speak six languages. She was also warming up to him just a bit, the floodgates having opened due to the newfound knowledge that she knew someone else who spoke Latin. Apprehension was still heavily present in her mind when she teased him, but he didn’t seem like the type to lash out.

Not in the way that Mother did, anyway.

Hazel fell quiet at the intrusive thought, mood darkening ever so slightly. Grass rustled beneath her feet as she walked; a hawk screech in the distance had Arion jerking his head up at its shrillness. Everything she did always, always tied back to her past: everything she said, everything she did, every way she moved. It was all tainted by the ridiculous, paralyzing fear that someone would come at her the same way Mother did - that she would never escape it, and would be forced to live in its shadow. Hazel kicked at a rock, ignoring the slight sting in her toes. Couldn’t she just live her life in peace?

“You - what?” Hazel was torn out of her rapid descent into real irritation and shame by a very sudden, very surprising offer. She found Bastille resting a hand on Arion’s neck - which the colt didn’t seem to mind - and a faint blush blooming high on his cheekbones. Damn, Hazel didn’t think he had it in him to be embarrassed. Nevertheless, she almost did a double take. Almost had to ask what they were talking about, actually, because her thoughts had derailed so completely.

Hazel’s lips parted in her surprise, feet halting as she turned to face the boy. Arion seemed to take offense to the fact that she was no longer moving and snorted disdainfully before continuing on towards the ruins. Meanwhile: “To - to -” and suddenly she was grasping at straws, unable to think of the English word in her complete and utter surprise. Hazel blinked, closed her mouth, and tried again.Legere?” Well, Christ. That wasn’t what she wanted. Whatever. It got her point across.

He looked uncertain for the first time that Hazel had met him, and found that the look irritated her. It didn’t look right on his face. Regardless, a full-on grin lit up her expression, and she looked like she didn’t know what to do with herself. “I would literally love anything you taught me, crappy or not.” She assured him. Because heck, absolutely.

And oh, back to this? Hazel’s fingers, previously alternating between drumming against her sides again or curling into fists to contain her excitement, flew out in both directions, exasperated and running on her newfound good mood. “Just thought I’d recount it, y’know, in case.” She shoved her hands into her back pockets, biting back a smile and - great, now she was blushing. Hazel shrugged. “I don’t know what Percy Jackson is, but...congratulations?” She offered, thoroughly ruffled and anxious to continue towards the ruins.

Hazel pushed onward, still inwardly glowing. She was going to learn how to read. She was going to read fairy tales and adventures and action and mythology. Bastille didn’t seem like the teacher type, but Hazel couldn’t care less. If he sat there and read willingly to her every night and she didn’t learn a word, she would still walk out of his room, bright and happy.

When he finally gave her his name - which, yeah, she didn’t have, because he’d been in such a grumpy mood on the border - her eyes flicked up again, and she nodded. “Nice to meet you then, Bastille.” She said.


(translation, just in case google fucks it up: “I cannot believe it. I have never met someone able to speak Latin so fluently!”)
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