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Post by Requiem on Tue 09 Jan 2018, 22:20

Clara pulled up in her car in front of Death Manor. She had not been here in quite some time, in fact she had not seen anyone in quite some time, she didn't really know how much time had passed. Since Shoe had brought back Soul, things had gone from bad to worse and she had lost him all over again. The worst thing about it was that the Soul that was brought back was not her Soul, it was his shell and that was all, and she had cared for him and watched him fade away into dust and there was nothing she could do about it, she could not comfort him, could not do anything. It had destroyed her, there were days that she prayed for Xaphan to take her away again, for good, but he never did, he was probably enjoying her misery. Karne had disappeared too, and their blossoming friendship with him. Clara had felt like she had no one, she was numb to everything. Cooper had basically cared for her like she were a child. If it wasn't for him.... well, she would have probably starved to death.

 Clara had stayed at her flat, their flat, for as long as she could stand it. She had ended up destroying the place and everything with it. She was so mad at everyone, so mad at Soul for leaving her all over again. She could not bare to be around all the things that they had shared together anymore and so she had left. She had stayed in motels until she had no money to her name and eventually found herself here, in front of the place, the people who had changed her life and Lucian's forever. Ironic really, a hunter turning to those she once hunted. She could almost hear her brother from back in the day, ''You really are an idiot Clarabella Ryder.'' She smiled a little to herself. An idiot indeed.

 Clara left her car and went to the big front doors of the manor, she hesitated, turned on the spot, and then hesitated some more. Karne had offered her a place here, whether she was still welcome, she did not know. Marcus and Knigh would still consider her family...maybe. Although she had not been much of one, too lost in her own grief and mental breakdown. She was embarrassed at how weak she had been. She had never thought she could love another so much that it completely crushed her when he died. But that was what Soul was to her, he was her everything and without him, she was nothing, simply existing until her time came, until Xaphan decided her time was anyway.  She took a breath and raised her hand, knocking on the doors, her knock echoing loudly on the inside to whatever waited for her.
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With Romal finally back on her feet, Hope was back to house hunting which was not a small feat. Trying to find a home in an area where Ox Corp had yet to set up and find a house large enough for a growing coven. It was proving difficult even with the budget she was working with. She didn't want a building the was completely dilapidated because they didn't have time to spend months and months working on construction to get it livable.

It was boring and monotonous work and Hope hated it but what choice did she have? They couldn't stop Ox Corp, she had learned that much so retreating was the only option. It was that or death because after seeing what they had done to Romal, she would rather kill them all by her own hand before letting anyone else in her coven befall that fate. She would never get that image out of her head and she was not going to lose another person at their hands again.

Her train of though was broken by a sudden knocking at the door. Her eyes looked up as she instantly went on the defensive. No one knocked. As though knowing her emotions, Rulakh appeared and she nodded toward the door. Despite their inability to communicate verbal, they had still somehow found a way. Sending her wraith ahead, she got up from her desk and followed behind him. She had no idea if the person at the door was friend or foe, but as usual, Hope was prepared for the worst.

Walking down the stairs, she saw Rulakh pass through to see who was on the other side. He would appear to the guest, a dark shadow in the shape of a knight with bright golden eye slits. He would circle around them and then pass through the door as quickly as they had before. As Hope reached the door, Ru greeted her and he didn't seem happy yet he hadn't attacked. It wasn't an obvious threat but it didn't ease her concern as she put her hand on the handle and revealed the uninvited guest.

" Clara... " Hope's eyes widened with surprise. She hadn't heard from her aunt in months since.. ' Shit.. ' she thought as bad memories from the past came to the forefront of her mind. Killing Luca, Rulakh killing Soul. There was more then one reason Clara had to be at her door and not many of them were good. Gripping the door a little tighter, she was prepared to rip it off it's hinges and use it as a shield if her aunt suddenly decided to attack her. " What are you doing here? Are you ok? " she asked faking concern as her wraith stayed close to her back.

Only Hope and the wraith knew what had truly happened to both men and although Hope might have been able to explain that Luca's passing as a mercy killing, there was no explaining why Hope hadn't stopped the wraith killing Soul. She was young and angry with her father and honestly she never much cared for the human. But her aunt did and the effect of his passing was only becoming a reality as she stared at the woman. Grief had clearly taken it's toll on the once feared hunter and Hope couldn't help but feel a slight pang of guilt as she looked at what a mess she had become.


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Post by Requiem on Wed 10 Jan 2018, 17:12

Clara was not startled in the slightest when the wraith appeared. She watched as the ghostly figure circled around her. She eyed the thing with a frown, as it passed back through the door it came. She figured it was Hope's wraith, Karne had spoken with Clara about it once before. She didn't like it, something about it made her hair stand on end, her hunter instincts told her it was not to be trusted. That and she was unaware how to kill it, Clara did not like anything that she didn't know how to kill.

The door opened and Clara stood silent as Hope opened it and looked genuinely shocked, almost scared. She had swore and Clara watched her closely, her unblinking eyes studying her niece a moment, not giving away any emotion. Clara glanced to Hope's hand as she gripped onto the door before moving her gaze to Hope's eyes. It was not the reaction she had expected from the young woman. Not that she was really expecting anything, but her reaction was almost...suspicious.

''I'm moving in.'' She said, her voice raspy as she had not spoken in quite some time. ''If there is still a place for me here that is.'' Clara looked at Hope some more, she had grown, matured so much since she had last seen her. She hoped her personality had matured to. She used to be such a brat and Clara didn't know if she would be able to stomach the girl if she still threw a tantrum every five minutes. ''What's your Wraiths name?'' She asked randomly. Of course Clara did not know that Hope and her wraith friend were the reason why the two people she cared about most in the world were murdered. Niece or not, Clara would have wanted to kill her, painfully.
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Hope was prepared for the vengeance she expected Clara to unleash upon her as was Rulakh that stayed close to her side. He was the reason she was in this mess right now so Hope was prepared to have him fight their corner if need be. It would mean that Clara would die but Hope was only just starting to pull this coven together and aunt or no aunt, Hope was not going to let one woman stop her.

But to Hope's surprise, Clara was looking to move in. It wasn't what she was expecting but it didn't make Hope feel anymore at ease. It could have been a trap. Clara could have been planning to move in and get her from the inside. She had been gone for some time so Hope had no idea how long she had to plan her revenge, if that's what she was here to do.

" Come in, get out of the cold. " Hope offered, opening up the door wider for her to step in. She waited for Clara to step in and then shut the door behind her when Clara suddenly took an interest in Ru. This wasn't looking good, most people ignored him and the fact that Clara was suddenly wanting to know his name made Hope question her intentions even more.

" Rulakh, but he doesn't talk or anything. He just likes to float and act like an over protective bodyguard. " Hope was of course down playing what Rulakh did and could do. She didn't want to give Clara any more ammunition in case she was just fishing for information. " Come on, let get you a tea or a coffee or a shot or something. " she suggested wanting to appear hospitable and change the subject off of Ru.

Looking at Clara, she was surprised that she had very little with her, only a couple of bags and the clothes on her back. " Do you want to grab shower first or.. " Hope left her sentence hanging as she tried to figure out what Clara wanted. Part of her hoped that she would just go to bed and stay out of her hair so Hope could figure out why she was really here and determine whether she was a threat or not.



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Post by Requiem on Thu 11 Jan 2018, 22:30

Hope told Clara to come in and she obliged, glancing around at the interior, it felt like a like time ago that she had stepped foot here. The place seemed different somehow, Clara couldn't put her finger on what though. Maybe it was the absence of Cass, Clara missed her, her warmth. It was rare with immortals. When Clara first started to become friends with Cassandra, it was an alien thing to her, to meet an immortal who was so...human.

''Rulakh..'' Clara repeated, looking at the wraith as it stood very close to Hope. She tilted her head and her eyes travelled up and down him, instinctively looking for any weak spots. Clara frowned slightly, she knew the wraith could do much more than Hope was letting on, ''Oh, I think Rulakh can do more than just that.'' She said with a hint of distaste as she stepped past Ru and towards the kitchen, ''A coffee will be fine.'' She said to Hope, having showered earlier at the motel, she was fresh as a daisy.

Clara got the feeling that Hope was uncomfortable at present. It had been a fair while, maybe that was why, but then the two were never amazingly close. Clara wasn't exactly aunt of the year. She went into the kitchen and sat at the table, in truth she could have done with something stronger than coffee, but she was trying not to drink so much, having drank herself into oblivion pretty much every waking moment for months. She was only human, and her lack of care for herself had taken it's toll greatly.
''So...'' She said with a tap of her nails on the table top, ''Anything new?'' She hated small talk, but she didn't know what to say.
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The fact that Clara was so interested in Rulakh and tried to correct her on what he could and couldn't do only raised Hope's suspicions more. " Come on into the kitchen. " she guided her in case she had forgotten the way or was unsure of where it was after all this time. She stayed a step behind her as she noticed Rulakh moving toward her. She discreetly held her hand out and shook her head. She knew Rulakh's only purpose for existence seemed to be to protect her and he viewed Clara as a threat. But Hope wasn't happy to have her aunt killed so flippantly. That may have been the way of leaders in the past but it wouldn't be hers.

She waved her hand in particular motion and Rulakh disappeared. Their little sign language coming in handy for times like this when she didn't want people to overhear their conversation. It was like training an animal but Hope had learned that Rulakh, at his core was an animal who had no value for life and without a leash, he was lethal. " How do you like your coffee? " Hope asked as they entered the kitchen now without her bodyguard. She walked over to the kettle and filled it with water at the sink as Clara asked about anything new. " You're going to need a bigger cup. " she joked as she didn't know where to start.

Placing the kettle on the heat, Hope sat on the stool and sighed. " Well there's a few new faces. The Matashina Coven were attacked by Ox Corp so Ajax brought the survivors here. I'm running the place with him. " she explained wanting Clara to know her new position in the coven. If Clara did try anything and she got away with it, she would have to run for the rest of her life because  she would have a whole coven of vampires after her for the rest of her life. There was of course more news, her mother was alive, Ox Corp were planning another Eradication and Ajax was slowly going mad. But she couldn't tell her any of that, she hadn't shared it with the rest of the Coven and wouldn't until she was ready.

The kettle whistled and Hope slipped off her stool to make the coffee for Clara. Measuring out the beans and adding the extras, Hope moved around the kitchen looking for the human food. " Oh I've got some good news. Marcus is planning on asking his girlfriend to marry him. So I guess there's a wedding to look forward too. " she told Clara thinking she could probably use something to look forward too. " I gave him Mum's ring, the one Luca gave her. I hope you don't mind but it meant a lot to Marcus and him and Luca were close. I figured they would both want him to have it. "

She placed the coffee in front of her and sat back down on the stool where she had sat before. She didn't much care whether Clara did mind the fact that Hope had given her mother's ring to Marcus but she didn't want her causing a scene and spoiling Marcus's good mood. He had been to hell and back, literally and although it killed Hope to see him marry Haru and leave her alone, she wanted him to be happy. Being mature was proving more difficult and painful then even she thought and as much as she hated it, she had no choice. She was leading a coven now and tantrums weren't a good look on coven leaders.


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''Black, one sugar please.'' Clara said watching as Hope moved around the kitchen like it was second nature. She reminded Clara a lot of her mum in that moment. ''That bad, huh?'' She asked, wondering what had been going on here to the people she was once close to. As Hope filled her in, Clara realised just how much she had missed, she had known of Ajax and his coven but she didn't know they had been forced out of their homes to come here. Clara thought of her nephew, Bade, a moment, wondering if he were the ring leader to all of this, probably, he was her and Luca's blood after all.  And Hope was now join coven leader, how in the hell did that happen? Clara's memories of Hope were hardly flattering to the girl, yet, here she was, matured and now a leader. ''Luca would have been proud.'' She said with a hint of a smile, showing the first bit of emotion since walking through the doors.

 Hope then informed Clara that Marcus was due to be married. ''Really?'' She asked, perking up a little, Marcus and Clara were always close until shit happened with Clara's life, but now she didn't know anything about what was going on with him, ''Who's the girlfriend?'' She had no idea. She could imagine Marcus all suited and booted, it seemed she had came back in time to see something good happening to her extended family for once. She told her of the ring and Clara warmed a little, ''I think he would have wanted you to have it. But thank you. For keeping his memory alive.'' She said sincerely. She took the coffee with a nod of thanks, warming her hands against the cup, Luca and Marcus had always been close, Marcus had always stuck to him like glue when he was little and Luca was ever the doting dad, even with Hope he had tried his best but she had always been rotten to him, and yet he had loved her like his own daughter. Maybe she had realised that now as she had gotten older. ''I'm glad Marcus is happy.'' She said taking a sip, it was a damn good coffee for a blood sucker, ''What about you? Being leader, running this place, that's a lot on your shoulders.'' She said, Hope was still so young, Clara had always been sad that they had never been able to experience a real childhood, ''Are you happy?'' She asked, meeting her eyes. She could bet she didn't get asked that often.
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As Clara told her that Luca would have been proud she couldn't help but feel a small pang of guilt. Hope had never really appreciated Luca in her younger life. She had idolized her absent father and it wasn't until she had finally met Karne Reign that she had truly began to form a relationship with Luca but by that point in time they weren't destined to have much more time together. It was something she actually truly regretted about her life but she hoped that wherever he was now he didn't hold the fact she had killed him against her.

Of course, there was another element to that story. The fact that by killing Luca as he had asked she had unknowingly helped Karne release Rulakh who in turn possessed Soul's body and attacked Karne forcing him to defend himself and believe he had killed him. Considering her father thought more of Soul then his own children, it really was the perfect revenge for Rulakh but Hope had never really thought about how it had affected Clara, till now. Not commenting on that, she moved to answer the question about Marcus's bride to be.

" You'll like her, she's a human. " she first said thinking that her human aunt wouldn't mind having another human around . She of course had no idea that her mother was once again human and Hope had no intention of telling her either. " Her name is Haru. She's from Jia. " Hope had so far left out the fact that it was Ryu's ex-fiance. That thought made her which for her hand where she went to twist the ring as she always did when she was battling her emotions. Only this time the ring wasn't there and that made Clara's next comment all the more bitter sweet.

" Yeah well, that's not going to happen. " Hope said with a smile jokingly, keeping the mood light. She wasn't likely to ever get married and as much as she hated to admit it, Marcus and Haru were good for each other and would probably be together for a long time. Her mother would have loved Haru and if she was in her right mind, Hope had no doubt she would want her to have it. Hope just wished she didn't miss that damn trinket so much. Trying to compensate, her hand moved to the only other ring she had now, the Death family seal and she played with that, trying to soothe her need to fiddle with something.

Clara said she was glad about Marcus being happy and Hope was beginning to get sick of hearing how happy everyone was that Marcus was happy. Maybe it was pettiness, maybe it was sibling rivalry but Hope was beginning to resent her brother and his happiness because the only happiness she had found lately was in killing Ox Corp soldiers or the few dirty ramps she had with Matthew lately. Unfortunately that kind of happiness was fleeting and Hope soon found herself as stressed and under pressure as she had before. It's why Clara's question had stunned her and for a moment her facade cracked.

The glint in her eye dulled, her fake smile dropped and the weight of her coven was clearly on her shoulders. There was a question she didn't have a smart answer too. " Let me get you something to eat with that coffee. " she said slipping off the bench as she tried to compose herself again. She couldn't remember the last time someone asked if she was happy or even how she felt and with her expecting Clara to have attacked her, she hadn't expected her to care about her emotions.

Rummaging through the cupboards, the mask was slowly returning as Hope tossed her hair back and she managed to find some chocolates that we still in date. Placing the chocolates in front of Clara, she had found her smile again. " You know me, I'm a survivor. " was all she could manage to say in regards to emotions. " Seems you are too. " she commented trying to change the subject as she grabbed one of the chocolate sand took a bite out of it. " Where have you been hiding all this time? " she asked hoping it was enough to get the topic off of her and onto something that she had no emotions about. Her aunt.

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Post by Requiem on Wed 24 Jan 2018, 18:30

''Haru?'' Clara asked and then raised a brow as she remembered the name, the last she knew, Ryu was engaged to her. Clara bit her lip in thought, Ryu was engaged to be married to a woman he didn't love, she was now getting married to Marcus? Bloody hell, immortal's lives were just as messed up as humans it seemed. She knew Ryu was a sore subject for Hope so Clara did not bring that up. She noted Hope fiddling with her fingers, she seemed to do that when she was uncomfortable, a small tell that Clara remembered about the young woman.

 ''You think too little of yourself. You will meet someone someday. Look at me..If I can....could... meet someone...'' She glanced away and looked at the table feeling the wash of sadness coming over her again, ''then you can too.'' She finished, distracting herself by drinking some more of the coffee.

 Clara saw Hope's expression fall at her asking if she were happy. She changed the subject quickly, the act giving Clara her answer without her uttering the words. Clara inwardly sighed as she watched Hope rummage around and return with some chocolates. Clara said nothing in return to Hope calling her a survivor as well, she hadn't been surviving very well, just existing. ''I've been...around. Motels mostly.'' She said picking up a chocolate and examining it a moment before popping it in her mouth, ''I've..'' She was about to open up a little but decided against it, ''I decided it was time to come and see everyone, help out if I can.'' She said offering a chocolate to Hope, of course, she knew she wouldn't be able to taste it really. ''You seem like you could use a hand maybe.'' She said, not in an insulting way, Clara had many skills and also the fact that she was human had it's perks in going to get supplies and the like.
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Hope wasn't quite sure what to make of Clara in this situation. She suspected her aunt of wanting revenge for her part in the various deaths of her loved ones. Yet as their interactions developed, it seemed that Clara was trying to bond with her more then attack her. She hadn't known her aunt to be sentimental and maybe Clara was just being nice so she could stay but Hope hadn't seen it coming and it had unnerved her, putting her on edge and increasing her anxiety.

Clara, almost like her mother, tried to reassure that there were plenty more fish in the sea. Unfortunately, she had found her fish and he was living in the same house as her. Of course she had thought there was never any chance of them getting back together but then there was that kiss. That warm, passionate and knee weakening kiss that had come from nowhere and knocked her on her ass, emotionally. She had played that kiss over and over in her mind since it had happened as she tried to dissect it and figure it out. Had nostalgia gotten the best of him? Was he only interested in her because Haru was out of the picture? She had thought of every reason why and still couldn't figure it or him out.

Grabbing another chocolate, Hope listened as Clara spoke about the motels she had stayed in and tried a chocolate. She had moved on from asking Hope how she was feeling, much to her relief. Hope was never a girly girl. She never had sleepovers and shared her deepest, darkest secrets with her girlfriends. She never had girlfriends. So opening up about her feelings wasn't the norm for her and she wasn't about to make it a habit now. Appearing strong and capable was more important then ever now and she wasn't about to let the mask drop now she was leading a coven of immortals, most of whom were stronger and far older then her.

Clara offered her help and Hope wanted to ask her what she meant by her comment but held her tongue. She did not want to give Clara any reason to be angry with her if she already wasn't. There was something to be said for keeping your enemy closer. " Well there's about a dozen more mouths to feed so we could use all the help we could get. " she said picking up another chocolate. " You'll need to watch yourself though. You'd be the only human in the house... well there's Haru but she's got abilities and shit so she doesn't count. " Hope said biting into the chocolate. " I'm going to need to start grocery shopping. " she smirked trying to lighten the mood and gauge whether her aunt her aunt was putting on a performance or whether she really was as pathetic as she seemed.

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