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Post by Cashan on Mon 23 Jan 2017, 12:57


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Weeks had passed since Karne had rescued Cass from the Asylum although thanks to her nightmares, she had the displeasure of revisiting it every night. Last night had been no different. She dreamt of being strapped down to a table and experimented on, unfortunately it wasn't a complete figment of her imagination. Waking up bolt upright, a light sweat all over the skin she glanced at the clock on the wall, four am. She sighed as she lay back down on the couch and tried to get her bearings. The fire was nothing but embers now and Karne wasn't sitting in the other sofa like he usually was. She immediately felt a ball of anxiety forming in her chest but she tried to remain calm. He was probably just picking up supplies or so she kept telling herself as she soon accepted she would not be getting anymore sleep tonight. 

Placing her feet on the wooden floor, she grabbed a blanket and wrapped it around herself. There was a perfectly good bed in the other room that Karne had been trying to coax her into but she found an odd comfort in the sofa. Unfortunately the sofa couldn't protect her from the horror's within her mind. If she wasn't dreaming of the Asylum, she was back in Mayhem and at times she couldn't decide which fate was worse. She stood slowly and glanced around for any sign of Karne but there was none. She frowned but tried not to panic. She was safe here or so Karne kept telling her. But what if Ox Corp ... no, she stopped that thought before it developed further. All she wanted was to go one day without a panic attack and one night without a nightmare but neither seem attainable in her current state.

Walking into the small kitchenette just a few steps away, she began to fill the kettle. She opened the fridge to find very little in it and nothing that appealed to her sickened stomach. She shut the door again and just watched the kettle. The steam was slowly building as droplets formed on the stainless steel. She leaned against the counter for support as she rubbed her arms for warmth. It wasn't that she was cold but she felt as though she could never get warm. No matter how much she wrapped up and sat in front of the fire, she never felt like she was truly  warm. Maybe it was the memories of her past life, the coldness she felt on the inside, how broken she was. Maybe she would never be who she was, physically or mentally again and that thought scared her more then anything in her nightmares.

The kettle began to squeal as it reached her boiling point making her jump. She sighed wondering how she had become.. this. To this day she still had no memory of how she became human. Her main suspicion was Ox Corp. They imagined they had experimented on her tried to find some cure for vampirism and what's worse is they were successful. It made her worry for her children. They had never been human, what if Ox Corp tried to use the cure on them? Would they even survive. " Stop it Cass.. " she muttered to herself. None of this was fact, for all she knew she was turned human because of Plague. She had no proof of anything and worrying as she did would only cause her to have a panic attack again.

Taking the boiling kettle, she made herself a black cup of tea seeing as there was no milk in the fridge. She didn't mind either way, she preferred her tea black but Karne had been trying to get her to eat and drink as much as possible. Having milk in her tea seemed to please him so she had been drinking it if only to keep the peace. She had put on some weight under his care, her face softer and less gaunt looking but her body still unhealthily thin. Cradling her cup warm cup , she blew ripples into the water before taking a sip. The warmth was welcome as it travelled down her throat.

She walked back over to the sofa that had doubled as her bed and sat, sipping her tea in silence. She glanced around the room that had changed very little in her time there. It had been tidied up somewhat, extra pillows and blankets had been brought for her comfort and a set of drawers had been purchased to house clothes that had been purchased on her behalf. Karne had been doing his best to care for her and to his credit he had been doing a good job. She was fed, clothed and so far safe despite the numerous calls for her capture. Her description had been all over the radio and she had been described as mentally incompetent and a threat to the public. It was almost enough to make her laugh, she wasn't a threat to a fly in her current state. Unfortunately, because of the public awareness, it meant she had been trapped inside this small one bedroomed apartment since her escape from the asylum. 

Trapped, she was trapped her with nowhere to go and where was Karne? Had he decided that she was too much of a burden and left? Had he left her again? " Stop it.. everything's fine... everything's going.. to be ..fine. " she said to herself aloud as she curled into herself making herself physically smaller as she cradled the warm mug for all her life was worth. She looked around looking for any distraction, counting the roof tiles, the number of objects in the room. She had found a few methods to cope when she felt the panic come over her like that. Unfortunately it would only work for so long and if Karne didn't return soon, she wasn't sure what she would do once the walls started to cave in around her. 

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Post by Karne Reign on Mon 23 Jan 2017, 21:52



For most of the living world, life was just a matter of sedation. One sedative to the next to get you through blinded to all other things that could shock you out of your comfortable fake little household of commercial pleasures. Karne often wondered how they had wrapped their heads around the existence of Immortal’s alike the Vampires and the rest of their kin. Their kind also reinforcing the truth in spirituality for better or for worse. His father, Marcus however hadn’t really given them a chance for any of it to grow on them however, it was a tragic time for the humans. They’d been swamped with attacks they couldn’t understand and when the truth finally came to light within the leadership of the vampire race of these lands, Marcus attacked and killed them all to further shield himself from the intervention of the other Covenants; then having the gall to make a home in the military district of Arcane running his own unit similar to Ox-Corp, yet aiming it all at the Lycan and humans in his way. Valkyre was a disease born out of arrogance and hatred. His father had laid the basis down for what would later unite to become and give strength to Ox-Corp in this distract of the world and though Karne hadn’t spoke to the others about any of it, he knew that responsibility landed on their family. The Sins of the Father carried on to the Son…-Now Cassandra was Human.

With her back in his life, Karne found everything else mattered so much less. The kids being the exception but having loved and lost, petty things such as the need for more power and more respect, more stature in the Vampire World no longer held any significance to him. The Death Family would resume under his Daughters leadership, something that he had suggested to Ajax and been reluctantly pleased to see it work out but with that role no longer his, he was glad to be free of the responsibility. Hope had often accused him of loving their mother more than he did his own children and that just simply wasn’t true but the love for each of them was different. He had not known how to be a father, he had never really had one of his own that was any sort of a model so most of his experiences with his children was him trying and getting pissed off when they’d respond negatively to him and his ignorance. He loved them more than he loved himself, he had done things to ensure their safety when they had accused and resented him for not staying close, all the while he was out there trying to kill any scent of a threat to their lives. That was who he was, or at least who he had been before he had finally caved under the weight of it all and lost himself. A Man of action, not words of diplomacy. He was a product of the former Death Family, a generation now dead to the world. Ajax knew the generation but the Matashina Covenant had been run differently under his leadership. It had been run the right way, unlike KnOT’s way of thinking, ‘fuck with me and die’.

No. With Cassandra back in his life, she was his main concern now. The kids were well grown up by now, despite Karne’s attempts, the one good thing out of their consistent rejections was the truth in the fact that they knew how to stand on their own feet; they didn’t always believe it themselves but having come this far, they remained and they owed it to themselves to give credit where it was due. Karne owed it to them too, they weren’t babies anymore; he had missed that part of their lives.

The rear door to the house opened and through it walked Karne Reign, into the Kitchen to look across the bench and into the living room to see Cassandra huddled up on the couch not quite knowing what to do with herself. “I’m back…” He spoke gently, stating the obvious just for the sake of her hearing his voice and his attempt to sooth her more than anything. Despite being a man of actions that ended mostly in death, Cassandra always had a way of pulling the ‘decent man’ out of him that Karne had always thought long dead. “Sorry, we were running low on supplies…I’ve brought you food…-Clothes from the Manor. They’re your own, few things that survived the Rose Lodge…-Not sure if you’ll want them but they’re here….” He dumped the bags atop the bench, they stacked high enough to almost hide him completely. “Come take a look…” He urged her, if only to get her moving and to remember that she was alive, that exercise and movement were positive things to help her brain process the flood of information she seemed so vulnerable too.



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Post by Cashan on Tue 24 Jan 2017, 14:23


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' I'm back. ' His words snapped her out of her panic induced trance. Her eyes bolted up as if that she didn't believe it until she had seen him actually standing there. As though she couldn't trust one sense alone. She instantly felt more at ease knowing that he was there. Although parts of her memories were still sketchy, she knew what he was capable of and it was reassuring to know that should anyone attempt to come in that door, they would be utterly slaughtered. She tried not to think of the visuals as it only reminded her of the horrible things that she had done before, before all this had happened. 

She looked over at the bags of Karne had and although she knew she should have been hungry, her appetite was practically non existent. She had been so ill since leaving the asylum that the thought of food still seemed unbearable. The only thing she had really managed to stomach was tea. But she was more concerned about what Karne had brought from the Manor. She had very few happy memories in that place and at times she believed that she would have been better off completely forgetting about that place and everything that happened there. But how could she think that, her children were raised there. It had kept them safe and yet she wanted nothing more then to forget it all.

She slowly rose from the couch, leaving the tea and blanket behind. She crossed her arms over her body as she walked over to the large stack of clothes that was beginning to overtake the cramped room. She wasn't sure why Karne was amassing such an amount. It's not like she was going anywhere, stuck in this tiny apartment, all day and all night. She sighed as the walls felt like they were moving in on her again and she looked toward the clothes for distractions. She opened the top of the bag and looked in at the various pieces of dark clothing she had been wearing not that long ago, what she was doing in those clothes. Her hand quickly retracted out the bag as though she would lose it if she kept it there.

" No.... I ..I can't... no. " she muttered stepping away from the bag. Unfortunately she could imagine what was on them and she was terrified that seeing it again would bring it all back. " I'm sorry Karne.. I just .. I can't. " she said feeling terrible that he had gone to that effort and she was now rejecting it. It wasn't her intention and she wished she could just be normal again maybe then she could face her children. " How's.. how's the kids? " she asked looking away from the clothes and at Karne. She knew that Karne probably would've preferred to be living there instead of this place. But Cass just couldn't face it yet. She could only imagine how her children felt about her. She hated everything about herself, it would be understandable that they never wanted to see her again.

" Are they ok? They're feeding and they're safe? " she asked, her mind often more consumed with their well being more so then her own at times. She wasn't sure what they knew or if they even knew she was alive. Perhaps she was better off dead to them. She could do nothing for them in her current state, she was useless to them. Tears formed in her eyes as she fought back the tears, biting on her bottom lip as she tried to be strong but who was she kidding? She was anything but. Tears ran down her cheeks as she softly sobbed. " I'm sorry Karne... I don't ... mean too. " she said wiping her cheeks as she tried to control her fragile emotions, failing miserably. " I just.. I don't know how.. " words failed her as she tried to explain her emotions but there was so many and she was so frantic that she didn't even know where to begin and even if she did, this was Karne, he wouldn't of understood.

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Post by Karne Reign on Tue 24 Jan 2017, 22:34



Karne took her in, pulling Cassandra with a gentle tug of her hand only to wrap both arms around her. It wasn’t a romantic hold, but a supporting one as she looked on the verge of breaking once again. It’d only been a matter of weeks and the drugs had worn off but the trauma would take far longer he knew. The fact that she was asking about the Children however, that was progress in his mind, she’d never wished to discuss them before and he had wanted to bring it up sooner only to know better. She needed to process things in her own time, to take those steps when she felt mentally strong enough. It was all a long process and nothing alike his usual temperament. Fighting and killing to solve a problem was all well and good, it came easily for him but this was on-going; yet also for the mother of his children and the only real person outside of himself that he’d really cared for before the twins had come about.
Again his Sister came to mind, Sophia…-He was lying to himself, he had cared about her too though who the hell knew where their relationship stood with their two parents in the way. Always manipulating the scheme of all things, his father and mother had been the same in that regard, though Arashi was known to be far more deceiving they always had expectations on Sophie and himself…-Karne had never wanted his own children growing up with the same trauma’s of his own past. He could at least be thankful for the fact that the twins loved one another, even if it meant they hated him.

Forget the Clothes. They mean nothing…Material possessions, I’ll burn them and find something else…” Holding her, his gaze crossed over her to glance back to the bench, the bags of things he had hoped would help were really only small time compared to the company and time itself that she required to get passed all of this. Their Children were a far more important subject in comparison to the Clothes. “The Children are preoccupied, none of what’s happening here will affect Marcus as he knows nothing. Hope and I have kept him in the dark, he’s fragile and we’re protecting him for the time being. He will learn of all of this at the same time you’re ready to meet with them…-Hope on the other hand….”, where should he begin, really….

Recent events allowed me to bring in another Covenant leader, Ajax from Matashina, Lacrimosa. We’re merging the two families, strengthening them…” This might be a shock to Cassandra, especially as Karne hadn’t been there to help organize the ordeal, she’d probably suspect that was his job these days but it was probably time she was educated in her Daughters strengths these days; “Hope is now the head of the Death Family, soon to be co-hosted by Ajax who will help her grow into the role where I cannot. Hope wants nothing to do with me…-She’s learned a great deal over the years, seen how I do things and…-The point I’m trying to make is that they’re safe and well busy to not be impacted at all negatively by my absence right now…”.

He still hadn’t let her go. Had it been too long, was the intimacy too much for her?

Don’t worry, I know you will but there’s no reason to be concerned about them. The Black Wood remains a mystery to the humans, the Manor has not been breached once in the years we’ve been at war with the humans. You saw to that, you’ve been keeping our children save this entire time, no matter how you might feel about yourself…Nothing has come to them, and it’s because of you” he glanced down somewhat, searching to see how she was taking this all in and whether or not she was breaking under the weight of it all. It may have been too much too fast but she needed to hear it all, even if it took a few days to process it all. She may not have wanted it, but she needed to know about her children if she were ever to return to her old self, not the murderous slave under a demons spite, but the old self from Rose Lodge, the loving and fearless mother that she had been before everything had come crashing down on top of them all.



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Post by Cashan on Wed 25 Jan 2017, 12:48


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As her emotions got the better of her, Karne pulled her in close to his cold body. A sensation that she was still adjusting too as goosebumps formed along her skin in reaction trying to retain as much heat as possible. Her head found the familiar pillow of his shoulder as much of body weight was now against him, the only support she had in her feeble state. The tears ran down her cheeks as she sobbed quietly, her body bobbing as her chest heaved with sorrow or frustration or anger, she couldn't decide. Her emotions were changing from moment to moment from one to the next that she could barely make sense of what she was feeling. She was feeling everything and nothing at the same time. So overwhelmed that she was almost numb although the numbness was often a welcome void.

She nodded against him as he said he would burn the clothes. It seemed like the most appropriate thing to do with the damned rags given what she had done, to send them back to the flames where they belong. She'd wear anything else, anything if it meant not having to see those clothes again, to be that woman again. She just wanted .... she didn't know what she wanted. She wanted her children but she didn't want to face them. She wanted to go to back to the Manor and yet stay far far away from that awful place. She wanted to be strong and yet she did not want the consequences that came with that. She was stuck in limbo. A human in a vampire world and she had no idea where she belonged. All she knew was that right here, right now she was safe. 

She listened as Karne began to speak of the children. His voice echo'd in his chest in the absence of a heart beat. Her own heartbeat often seemed strange to her. The pulsating and ringing in her ears would often startle her at times when it would break the silence. She had no idea that Hope knew of her presense here. She hadn't visited but then she couldn't blame her. Hope had tried to save her and Destiny and she had sent her away. Hope very rarely forgave a grudge even against her mother. But she worried about Marcus. Hope was every bit her father's daughter whether she would care to admit it or not. She often envied her daughter's strength, her rebellious nature but Marcus and Destiny, they were hers although that was often to their own detriment. But hearing that Hope was now leading the family made her feel ill. She had never wanted her children to follow that legacy. All she had ever wanted for them was to be happy and leading a covenant of vampires did not sound like something that would've made her daughter happy and she had no idea who this Ajax was.

It wasn't a surprise to hear that Hope had disagreements with her father. They were too alike. Two bulls charging at one another and locking horns, neither one submitting. He'd met his match in his daughter she only hoped that things would not worsen between them. She had found comfort in Karne these last few weeks and she was not prepared to choice between living with him or with them. He of course was more concerned about her worrying, the only thing she seemed to accomplish well these days. Of course she was worried, her children were at risk. They faced dangers everyday but she slowly glanced up at Karne as he spoke kindly to her. She hadn't thought of the protection wards she had placed around the house that kept the house and everything within it off of anybodies radar's especially Ox Corps. " I.. did? " she asked not quite believing she had done anything of use to them lately. Everything she seemed to do, had backfired. The only thing she seemed to do of any use was raise her children. 

All of a sudden panic hit her chest, her heart pounded as her eyes widened in fear. " Destiny.. Karne where's Destiny? " she asked panicking pulling from his grip. " Plague... he... he has her Karne. " the name struck a fear into her like nothing probably ever would again. " Karne... I can't... I can't leave her... he's hurting her... " images began flashing through her mind and suddenly she was there again. She was surrounded by demons and flames and where Karne once stood, now rose Plague. She stumbled back as she tried to get away from him, frantically looking around the room for Destiny but she couldn't find her. All she could see was fire and misery surrounding her once again and she was terrified. Her nightmares were once again her reality and she couldn't see a way out. Once again, her mind had trapped her in a panic stricken delusion and she could see no way to escape it.

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Post by Karne Reign on Wed 25 Jan 2017, 23:39



Dear Christ, he was hoping to avoid this subject…

Destiny is in the Black Wood with Hope and Marcus” He spoke swiftly to try to quell whatever torment she was doing to herself, moving to approach her once more. She’d pulled away from him in her sudden fear and his response was only to close in around her yet again taking her into his right arm and placing his left hand against her cheek so that she would look to meet his eyes and hopefully focus on nothing else around them. If he could only do that much for her, despite all their history of argument and standing on opposite sides of the table, if she could only focus on him there for her and block out everything else but the truth in his words, that was all that he wished for.

I don’t know how you managed it, I never figured out how to work out whatever you did to protect the Black Wood but it’s not been touched by anyone wishing us harm, including Plague…”, the corner of his mouth twitched, he didn’t want to continue but she wanted to know. “Destiny is living with the children, she’s a part of the…-Family”, it felt crushing to say it out loud. Truth was he hadn’t spoken to Destiny since that night back in the manor when he was trying to offer her some sort of a comforting welcome. She was young, she hadn’t asked to be what she was or for what happened to Cassandra to happen but it had and Karne would never truly forget that she wasn’t his child. That she was plagues, taking upon Cassandra by force; as far as he knew.

His gaze dropped. He couldn’t bring himself to love Destiny like he did the twins, as difficult as they themselves had been to get close too. It wasn’t out of his fault over not being in her life like the twins or by some massive secrets kept out of her protection. It was because she was the daughter of the creature who had ruined everything for them; Plague hadn’t just won the fight with the Covenant, he had put on a whole fucking dance and show to their complete and utter embarrassment, they’d become enslaved with fear as to when he might strike again….-Destiny had killed him, her father. She was a Patricide as much as Karne himself was…-And he knew himself well enough to never trust another. Incentives change, motivation was all it took for someone to cross that line and dig deep the knife between another person’s ribs. He hadn’t brought her in because he had wanted her there, he had done it for the children and in memory of Cassandra. Didn’t matter at the time that it felt like that very same knife was twisting in his own heart every time that he looked at her.

Last time I saw her…Destiny was adapting to life in the Manor, she expected me to throw her out…” Karne eased off on the closeness between them, turning to stand side by side with Cassandra, looking off in collective thought, “Everyone expected me to, really”. They all thought he was a piece of shit. Who could blame them, really. His father was, he was doing a good job living up to that legacy. He had to wonder how much of KnOT’s actions were done for the Covenant, just so they could hate him more without understanding his reasons or methods. The Covenant was basically KnOT’s child after all. He assumed power over it and did everything his own way; sure he had support but at the end of the day it was all him. And that’s where all the blame landed in the end, all the consequences. Had he really earned their hatred just through trying to protect them all? Or were both his father and Karne completely Narcissistic in their line of thinking and this was all just some psychological response to the world hating them without taking the time to understand their madness. A couple weeks ago, Karne had been in a similar position as Cassandra was in now, only he had found another thing to sedate his anguish long enough to find her and find a reason to be needed again, to be wanted and appreciated again.

"Plague is dead...-completely; he will not be harming any of us ever again. Mayhem is done, we are not associated with it or anyone from it any more. You are back and the only threat on us at the moment is coming from Ox-Corp; Destiny made sure to give him your regards before ending his existence...", the last part was a lie though it sounded good to Karne. He had wanted more than anything to be the one to kill that cretinous fuck, to end that miserable wretch and stand as the pillar that finally got one back for their Covenant, their family but Plague's demise was too great to feel disappointed in the who's and how's. It was done.

You should rest…-Enough questions for one day; eat something and get some sleep. I will not leave you tonight...”.



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Post by Cashan on Sun 29 Jan 2017, 16:29


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The smell of burning flesh was as fresh in her nostrils now as it had been when she was in Mayhem. She could feel the heat prickle her skin and the screams ringing in her ears as though she was down there. It was as vivid and real to her as Karne was only a few moments ago but now in her confusion she couldn't see Karne. It wasn't until she felt the coldness of his hand did it snap her out of her fake reality. Mayhem was hot, Plague's touch was warm and sticky unlike the gentle cool hand on her face now. Blinking, her surroundings changed. No longer was she in the depths of Mayhem but in the small apartment she had been taken sanctuary in with Karne. The tension in her body eased as the fear slowly left her and she realised she was safe. 

It was only once she had calmed did she realize that Karne was speaking with her and his words began to register. He wanted to know how she protected the house. It never dawned on her that she had never told anyone the secret to the house's defence. But more importantly, Karne confirmed that Destiny was in fact safe and at home where she belonged and Karne seemed to have accepted her despite knowing the truth of her origin. Everyone had. It made Cass pause for a moment. For years Cass had lied about who Destiny really was. She had kept her suppressed for fear that she would ultimately give into her dark side and become the creature Plague had envisioned. She regretted it now, that she hadn't been a better mother to her. It was no wonder that she hated her. 

But the biggest shock that made her pull away from Karne again in disbelief was the news that Plague was dead and at Destiny's hand. " He's .. gone? " she asked almost afraid to believe it, afraid to get her hopes up only to have them dashed again. But the more she thought about it the more it made sense. She hadn't seen or heard from Plague the entire time she was in the asylum or since her escape. She had no memory of her last days in Mayhem and there was still the fact she had no idea how she became human again. Had it happened when Destiny killed Plague? Cass was tied to Plague as his wife, did something happen to her when he died? There were to many possibilities and questions running around in her head. But his last comment gave her some hope, maybe Destiny didn't hate her as much as she thought. 

Karne was insisting she rest and with her head racing she nodded in agreement as she moved toward the couch. She was still trying to process everything including her new found freedom from Plague. As she sat, she tucked her legs under her and thought of her children and how they would be coping on their own. " The pictures.... " she said somewhat randomly or at least it would appear to be random until she explained further. " There are magically wards in the walls behind the pictures in the Manor. The witches did it for me. " she explained hoping to clarify how she had protected the Manor all this time. Her time in the Cat's Eye working with Blaise had given her contacts, contact's she had used to protect the Manor and most importantly her children. She wasn't sure how the magically end of it worked but all she knew was no mortal could see the building and no one who wished them harm could cross the threshold.

" If one of the wards is disturbed, it all fails.... you need to tell Hope Karne, it's important. They can't be disturbed. " she couldn't believe she had failed to relay this sooner. For all she knew Hope had already decided to redecorate and taken the wards out of the wall and once one was removed the chain would be broken and the house would be visible to the mortals and no longer be protected. " Karne please you have to make sure they aren't moved. " she asked panicking having left it for so long. Just another failing of hers in her efforts to protect her family. Curling into the couch she watched Karne and thought about him and Destiny. She thought about his comments regarding throwing her out. Surprisingly she wasn't surprised. " I knew you wouldn't ... " she muttered to herself as she picked at the cuticles around her nails. " You wouldn't do that to the twins.. or me. " she said with the insight only she possessed. Maybe it was naivety or maybe it was wishful thinking but she always saw a side to Karne that even at times he hadn't seen within himself.

" Do you.. do you think Plague made me like this or his death? " she asked desperate for some answers. She wasn't sure if it was the treatment or the trauma but she had no idea what had happened to her. The last thing she remembered was walking down a street. She couldn't remember why she was there or if it was truly her last thought. It could have been an earlier one that she was confusing, she really couldn't tell anymore. Her earlier memories were clearer than that of her recent ones but really she couldn't be sure anymore. She had been told she was crazy for so long she had started to believe it and even after Karne spent weeks trying to convince her it was all true, at times she still questioned her own sanity and memories.

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Post by Karne Reign on Fri 03 Feb 2017, 08:01



Was it Cassandra that kept that last little bit of his faith in himself from collapsing all this time, every fragile second of a glimpse of appreciation from her seemed to bring light to his face and yet she knew so little of what had happened in her time away, Karne wanted to believe that he was the man capable of such devotion or love or whatever she saw behind his reasons for standing by them all but deep down, he felt he knew himself better, he had done things to keep the family in the dark. Sure, it was for their best interests at the time but he had helped so little in the end of it all.

The revelation surrounding the simplicity of the charms protecting the Death Estate was an even bigger blow, had he known things were so easy in their placement, Karne would have acted far sooner to ensure that they remained under lock down. How many heads had passed through the house so blissfully unaware of their power? Cassandra seemed certain that Hope was just as unaware though Karne himself couldn’t help but question it, their daughter was a bit of a book worm when it came to all things arcane, much like his father had been when alone and without the interruptions of his son or fellow Covenant members…

Magical wards etched into the walls behind some of the hanging pictures, how juvenile in their make and yet so potent as to keep Plague outside of their territory, the humans were one thing, most were mindless when it came to such things but a higher demon such as Plague, one who could bring about their own form of hell betraying the natural order of the underworld…-To be stopped by something so fragile. ‘Bloody witches…’ he thought to himself silently in mock-appreciation. Cassandra’s friends had saved their hides sure, though that kind of power coming out of human hands was exactly what made him worry for the future when the Oxen Corporation were doing far too great a job at hunting them down as it were.

Slowly he moved to walk into the living area to where she sat upon the couch, he taking to the floor in front of it rather than invading her personal bubble so to speak, instead pressing his back against the base of the couch and bringing his legs a little closer into himself so that he could rest his arms atop his knees and gaze back toward the fireplace; he listened to her ask about whether or not he thought all of this was Plague’s doing but truthfully, Karne didn’t have the answers for her so he chose instead to look at it all from a completely different perspective, one somewhat unusual even for himself, an optimistic perspective for her sake more than anything.

All things being said and done, Plague is gone and you are here…” He lifted his head some to glance back over his shoulder to offer her a brief smile before continuing, “Perhaps this is some sort of karmic joke, that you would return to have a second chance, coming back as the woman you could have been had my father not turned you…-I have no honest idea how the hell this has all happened but you ARE here and you have choices to make, a future that isn’t trapped under the thumb of anyone else…-Whether we can make sense of it or not, I’m too tired to care. I’ve spent the majority of my life questioning what is, I’ve missed out on enjoying the present…-The opportunities that have passed me by have always been masked by ambitions I thought were vital…”, it all sounded a little deep, maybe even dark but it was the truth. That was something that ran in his family, the inability to simply enjoy what is, in the moment without questioning the what-if’s. It was that kind of fear that ruined his father.

We don’t need to rush any of it anymore. The Manor will go untouched, our children are safe and you…-You’re alive” He smiled faintly, pressing the back of his head against her arm in a small comforting nudge before gazing back off towards the fireplace; “Things are finally taking a turn for the better for our family”.



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Re: One Day At A Time ( Tag: Karne )

Post by Cashan on Tue 28 Feb 2017, 16:19


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Karne moved to sit before her as she curled into herself on the couch. She was so uncertain about what the future held despite Karne's assurances that it was all looking up. She couldn't imagine a life outside the comfort of this room let alone a future as a human. She may have only been a vampire for twenty years but she had never imagined that she would ever be a human again and now with her children, she had just imagined she would of spent the rest of her life keeping them safe and doing whatever she had to do to ensure their lives were better then hers. Now she was faced with the reality that she was useless to her children now. They were superior to her in many senses now and she didn't know if she could even trust herself or her thoughts let alone be of any use to her children. Hope hadn't even seen her since she discovered she was here and it broke her heart but she couldn't blame her. She was now managing a large household because of her actions and she understood that Hope had other priorities now.

Karne however seemed content to stay where he was with her. He had only left her side to get supplies and food but otherwise he had been keeping a strict vigil over her. He had been there every night when her nightmares had haunted her sleep, when she wasn't sure who or where she was, he was there to reassure her and tell her time and time again that she wasn't crazy and he thought that this was better then before? Perhaps, from his point of view it was but she had never been apart from the kids this long, not consciously anyway. She missed them deeply and although Karne had been doing everything to make her comfortable and happy, she felt empty. There was a part of her missing when she was distant from her children and no amount of tea and blankets would ever fill that hole. It made her feel guilty. Karne despite everything seemed happy with the way things were and she found it difficult to get off the couch. She wanted to be optimistic but no matter how hard she tried, she felt trapped in her own body and mind.

Her mind was still reeling as she returned the smile he offered her. " You had your reasons.... we all made mistakes. " she said knowing that she was guilty of blaming him in the past. She resented the fact he hadn't been there when the twins were born, that she had to do it all alone. If it hadn't been for Luca.. Luca... she couldn't think about him now. If she did she feared her heart would break all over again and she would truly slip into the insanity if she thought about his fate. Perhaps it was better that her children wanted nothing to do with her given that everything she seemed to do backfired in a way that hurt the people she loved including Karne. " Do you... " her eyes watered as she began to wonder. " Do you regret it? " she asked as she believed he would have been better off having never met her. Yes, they had their children but they seemed to resent him even on the best of days and she knew that it had to hurt even if he didn't want to admit it.

She was convinced she was still indirectly hurting him as a result of their relationship. That he must of regretted her ever existing, his father turning her instead of letting her die in that bedroom all those years ago. But the guilt she felt with all those emotions were heavy. How could she wish for anything different when she had been given her children? The only things in her life that made her want to keep on living despite the agonizing thoughts of ending her pain that haunted her daily. Yet apart of her had wished she had died that day and saved everyone the pain she had caused them because she stupidly thought she could save them. " I ... I ruined everything. " she sobbed as once again her fragile emotions got the better of her. " I'd be better off dead.... " she mumbled as she buried her face into ther hands not wanting Karne to see her crying yet again but not having the strength to stop. She was supposed to be getting better and all she could do on her best day was go an hour or two without crying. Karne was better off without her and she wouldn't hold it against him if he abandoned her or put her back in the asylum where she felt she belonged. 

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Re: One Day At A Time ( Tag: Karne )

Post by Karne Reign on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 20:32



She asked him if he held any regrets, his eyes travelling to the far wall in quite contemplation; he had many though none of them had anything to do with her. She still blamed herself for so much, seemed to collapse in on her own depression and this fixation on a lack of self worth, as if the world had finally stolen all the fight that she once had in her. It was unusual to see her this vulnerable; after so long of the two arguing and combating one another on almost every turn of their lives following their broken relationship, Karne had forgotten how emotionally fragile Cassandra could be. Like KnOT, she was a turned Vampire, she wasn't born into the life yet she had stomached so much since his father had found her that night.

Karne had started writing of such things, putting his thoughts to paper instead of trying to vent against the mortal world. He had written of Cassandra and the Children, always a worry on his mind but unlike the other concerns of their lives, he always felt compassionate in the stress that accompanied them. He wasn't a good father, let alone a partner to Cassandra yet if there were anything to make him feel the slightest bit human, he had to suppose that his want to protect them was the key.

"I never once stopped loving you..." He spoke up in answer, turning to look to her though his eyes showed a fire for the world around them; "Even with the shit between you and Luca, my children under his roof..." It was a sore point though he had well earned it and that wasn't a fact he was ignorant of. "I understood it...-I watched from a distance but I could never see eye to eye with someone like that and you knew that...", he suspected that was one of the things that attracted her so much, Luca was the complete opposite of Karne in almost every way and there was no chance that they were going to get along, even if Karne did hold some respect for the man, given that he raised his children....

"You need to stop blaming yourself for every bad thing that's come our way, Cassandra...-I mean, Christ, you were the best of us" He sunk back into the comfort of the couch at her side, his eyes turning back across the room as his written thoughts began to take an audible form. "The Covenant was a family of monsters, my father raised me no better. Between you and I, you belong on a pedastal...-Do you even know how many people I've killed? How many families lives that I've ruined?" his jaw tightened. Cassandra was in a fucked up way, that was painfully obvious yet compared to his sins, she may as well have been a Saint.

"Those kids need you in their lives because I cannot help them" He continued, crossing his arms almost defensively, his subconscious acting for his lack of confidence in the fact. He had been where she was now, recently too, had almost drowned himself in alcohol and burned down the bloody manor for the second time. "Hope knows what I am, she despises me and you'll never get close to her again while I'm here looking after you. Marcus on the other hand is a shut in, he's been so wrapped up in his own head, I've tried to help build his confidence but I know only the life my father gave me...-I can try and break the stigma around the Death Covenant but I cannot do that without you there with me...-It's been so long since those children felt like someone actually cared for them. No matter what I've tried to do, I've only fucked it all up worse...-And nothing's going to change sitting here, when they need you out there with them...".

Was he lecturing her? The words flowed so easily yet his annoyance at the world that seemed to cave in on them came out in his tone. It wasn't intended for her and given her state of mind, having a go at her was the last thing he wanted or meant to do but everything was so fucked up these days and every little positive felt miraculous considering the river of shit they were all wading in.

"I'm sorry...-I'm not angry with you.." He concluded, trying to calm himself down and looking at her this time with remorse; "But you need to understand something...-The humans, Plague too...-They fucked up so much for all of us. You may have had a part to play but you were trying to protect your family, not ruin it like everything else has. Your Son and Daughter barely know what to make of themselves. Hope has this obsession with following in KnOT's footsteps and Marcus...-He's too pure for this life, his heart is kind and this world will drive a knife into it if you of all people cannot care for him...-There's no one else even remotely more qualified than you are to be there with our children, Cass".

"Don't even get me started on Destiny...-How the fuck am I supposed to raise her on my own...-She may not be a baby by the standards of the human world but her kind know nothing of the restrictions of time, she's going to eventually have to face up to what she is...".


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Post by Cashan on Tue 28 Mar 2017, 16:05


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" I never stopped loving you " the words were shocking enough to pull Cass out of her depressive spiral for a moment. How could he mean that? After everything that had happened between them and her relationship with Luca, she could only imagine that Karne hated her. In the past she had questioned his feeling for her. He hadn't been there when she was pregnant or when the twins were born and was constantly yoyoing in and out of her and the children's lives as well as hers. But here he was having taken her from the asylum and spent all this time caring for her. Could she have been wrong? Had he really loved her all this time and she had been oblivious to it? She was stunned by his revelation and her mind spun as she began to think of their every interaction, the ones she could remember at least.

She had so many questions, why he would love her after everything she had done not only to him but to their children. Yet even now, after everything, he saw her as better then him. She didn't agree but it was obvious that he believed it. That despite every awful thing she had done, he had more faith in her then she had in herself. She had made so many mistakes with her own life as well as her childrens. Hope had always been rebellious and strong headed. She had struggled to control her while Marcus, the easier of the two, suffered with her same affliction and at times she often thought she would lose him to his own mind. It seemed in her absence nothing had changed. Hope still resented her father and Karne did not know how to relate to the one child that was more like him then either would admit. Marcus on the other hand was like her, his own worst enemy, one he would have to battle on his own.

Her thoughts soon turned from her children onto herself. Whether Karne meant to or not she felt the pressure mounting as he seemed to think that she was the only cure for their children. What good was she to anyone like this? Right now she could barely find it in herself to survive let alone become responsible for her children's lives again. Her judgement had clearly been flawed and she had lied to them all about Destiny's true origin. Why would they listen to her anymore? She had been deceitful and hurt them in ways she had never imagined she could do. Whatever Karne was hoping her to do, she wasn't capable of anymore. Even without her recent history, she was human now. Her children were vampires, they could easily kill her or ignore her and she was helpless to stop them. Reality was, she was their food now, she was Karne's too and yet he hadn't treated her as such. Despite having never known her as a human, he treated her with such care, more care than she thought him capable of in the past. 

Destiny. A topic she had been avoiding from thinking about. Of everyone she had ever hurt, Destiny was her greatest victim. She had been so cold toward to her and kept so much from her. She had failed to protect her youngest from her demonic father . She was used and hurt aND she was helpless, as helpless as she was now to protect her. Karne wasn't wrong, she'd have to face who she was, who Cass made her, who Cass had tried to protect her from since she was born. She had always been scared as to who or what her youngest would become. Her attempts to shield her from the world backfired and everyone had to pay the consequences for her mistakes. But Destiny was her mistake and the fact that Karne was trying to accept her meant more to her then he could have known. Despite how Destiny entered this world, Cass loved her, she was her child no matter who her father was.

Having listened silently, her tears had stopped and she looked to Karne now as he had opened up to her in ways she had only hoped for in the past. It appeared that he connected with her more as a crazy woman then he had when they were together. A part of her couldn't help but wonder what would have happened if they had remained together. If he had been this candid with her from the beginning. The twins would certainly be different with his influence. Perhaps she wouldn't have made the deal she had with Plague and she would have spared her family the pain she caused them. But then would Destiny have existed? There were too many ifs or buts for her fragile mind to keep contemplating. All she could do was slide beside Karne, laying her head on his arm, not only to comfort him but herself as well. " I love you too. " she whispered as she closed her eyes beside him taking comfort in his presense and the their closeness.

She had never stopped loving Karne, he was the father of her children, her family and nothing would ever change that. He had never given up on her even at her worst and right now he had more faith in her then she had in herself. He was her soft place to fall right now and he had shown her more care and consideration then she had seen him show before. In their time apart he had been broken, she had seen that in Mayhem when he tried to foolishly save her. But she was broken too. Maybe they could just be broken together, accept each other, jagged pieces and all. It was a nice thought amongst the miserable ones, one she could cling to for some hope as she curled into the only stable thing in her life right now. A man as broken as her.

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Post by Karne Reign on Thu 30 Mar 2017, 08:30



Cassandra had been given a wealth of medicine, much of the time she'd been unable to recognize what day it was but those days had passed in few and by now the effects should have been wearing off enough so to the point that Karne turned his gaze atop her head, looking off with a look of shock as she told him she still loved him. Holding her in his arms, he knew not how to respond to it at all. For the longest time, he had fought with himself over the guilt of letting her go, being the cause of their relationship falling apart because of his priorities in killing those that sought to oppose the Covenant, his immediate family suffering without his immediate presence. Later it had become clear that Cassandra had moved on, she had taken to the arms of Luca and Karne had acted about as well as everyone had expected him too, Luca and he had fought one another and Karne had strayed off into the background to watch in both shame and angst as his family was raised by another. It didn't stop there, even when his children did want to try to get to know him, his upbringing and his lust for vengeance had gotten in the way, clouded out what should've been most important and again he had brought the few good things in his life crashing down around him. The only reason the children lived under his roof at all had been the death of their mother by Oxen Corp. Those of whom Karne had sacrificed so much to try and defeat yet never been able to stomp them out entirely, the humans consistently refilling their ranks like cockroaches...

How long had it all gone on, how many years had passed him by while he had contributed to the desecration of everything that had meant to save him, redeem his family from the legacy of his father. Hope hated him for good reason, all justified no matter how much he wished they weren't. Marcus, his son, named after the father he had hated and misunderstood, barely knew Karne beyond the mistakes that he made, destined to care about him for the mothers heart that he carried, Cassandra's graces having passed on to him. Both of them had been the victims of Karne's failings, both of them had too been the victims of the world around them that all seemed to come full swing against the Covenant. Both of them would've been much safer remaining with Cassandra, even Luca were he still around.

His jaw tightened, his eyes glancing down as he lifted Cassandra's chin so that she might find his gaze, held in his embrace, he didn't speak initially, didn't quite know the words to offer her in response yet he wanted to say something. To tell her what he thought, how he felt about everything that had happened, everything he wanted for their family. To open himself up to her somehow, to undo a lifetime of being so guarded of himself, locking everyone out.

"No matter what happens, I will always be there for you. Even if you feel you've lost me, I'll find my way back, I always have...", Karne had disappeared several times but it was true, he had found his way back to Cassandra and the children, he'd always come back whether they wished he had or not. "I've tried to do so many things...-I've done some fucking horrible things...And I can count the good deeds I've done on one hand...-This family of ours is my one redeeming factor however, there's nothing good about the man I am without the grace of our children, or your love. When you were in mayhem, I lost myself. I didn't care if I lived, as selfish as that is of me and as much as our children would have suffered, I would've sacrificed everything for you to be back here with them. I would given myself for that..." He had tried, he had forced his way into the depths of hell only for KnOT to intervene and the veil of the two worlds intertwine, it was the last time he saw his father. "I don't care about what you've done in the past...-I've done far worse and I didn't have the excuse of someone else pulling my strings. You're in love with a monster and yet you hate yourself, there's no logic in that, it makes no sense Cassandra. Our children need you...-I need you to be here with us, nothing makes sense without you in our lives...".

"I want us to be a family again. I want you to be the mother of my children, be there mothering our children...-And I want to be the rock that you need to lean on when you stumble. I don't care how long it takes you to get right with this...-The past is in the past...-But the longer we give the world, the more our children will suffer without our protection...They think they know the world and by all accounts they've seen too much shit already but we need to make sure they don't see anymore of it...-Come back home with me".


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Post by Cashan on Thu 27 Apr 2017, 00:27


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Karne's words were words of comfort, of love, of a future she had always wanted but had long given up the hope of ever having. The closest she had ever come was with Luca when it was just the twins. Their peaceful life together in Rose Lodge had been the closest to a dream fulfilled she had ever come to. No one had heard of Oxen Corp, her life had been free of demons and her children's only concerns were that of any other child their age. Parties, snicking out and trying to get their wrongs past her as she tried to raise them as her children, not just Deaths. But that seemed like so long ago now. Now, Luca was dead, her children had been hardened by the world, a world she helped create with her misled good intentions and the mistakes that her children were now paying the price for. 

She had long accepted that her actions on Earth had doomed her and her should to whatever damnation she had earned. Her actions, before the asylum, had all been to save what was left of her family and protect them from the same fate she had befallen. But now, Karne seemed to be offering her a second chance. A chance at a life as a family again. Start all over the way it should have been from the beginning, with the twins father. But she began to wonder if even this was to be an unreachable dream. They had so much history together and not all of it good. That was without the addition of the twins feelings toward their essentially estranged father and Destiny was nothing to Karne other then the daughter of the beast that had destroyed their lives. He had said he accepted her into Death Manor but apart of her knew that Destiny would always be an outsider to him. She wasn't his blood and blood was everything to him. It was never going to work.

Yet as Karne lifted her chin and she gazed into those familiar eyes, she wanted to believe in his dream. This fantasy of them together as a family. Him by her side, never judging her for her sins despite all the times she had held his against him. When she had looked down on him for having betrayed and abandoned her and the children. For choosing to shed blood instead of care for the blood at home. She had thought herself better than him, she could admit that now. But to Karne's credit he had never once judged her or her actions, even now after everything she had done. He didn't blame her, not for anything and honestly it was somewhat a relief from her own guilt. Someone she could actually look in the eye without shame or self loathing. Someone who could protect her not only from the world but from herself. 

But the woman Karne wanted, the woman he fell in love with, she didn't know if she could be that woman anymore or if she even wanted to be. As a human, she had been weak and beaten and even as a vampire, she had suffered under the hand of another until once again her life was taken from her in some form or another. Yet there was no denying Karne was right. The longer she was away from her children, from her home, the longer her children paid the price for her mistakes. But lately she was of the opinion her children were better off without her but maybe, maybe with Karne, they could at least try to mend what they together, had broken. Protect what was left of the mess they had made. Leaning forward, she placed a gentle kiss on Karne's cold dry cheek before resting her head on his shoulder and staring into the apartment they had been calling home but deep down both of them knew where home really was.

" That sounds like a lovely dream. " she said with a small smile that didn't reach her eyes, afraid to believe that she could could be genuinely happy for fear that her happiness would be taken away from her again. " We've never all been together under the one roof before. " the only time she could remember her, Karne and the twins all together was once as babies where he met them for the first time. Since then, they hadn't all been together in one room and she frowned, feeling as though she had failed them somehow. But maybe their was an opportunity to fix all that, leave the past in the past as Karne had said. " I'll go home... just... just not yet. " she said wanting very much wanting to please him but knowing and fearing she wasn't ready. " I'll try to get better, I will, just.... not tonight. " she muttered as she curled against Karne wanting to simply enjoy this small moment, to not let her thoughts invade her mind and if only for a brief time, be at peace here in Karne's arms.

 

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