A New Reality

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Isidore Nazaire

    Sapphire to Ebon-gray
  • Warlord Prince
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A New Reality
« on: July 10, 2018, 12:28:20 PM »

Isidore had come down from lofty highs a thousand times. Opium his usual choice since it was so readily available on the mainland. This was different. The Askavian honey made his veins feel like they were ripping open as his Jewels stripped it from his system.

Nerves overwrought from his brush with Eulalie. When he blinked he could still her sitting across his aching hips. The limpness her overdosing him caused lasted longer than the rest of the side effects. The good side effects, like the way his psyche and body had felt like one hard piece of self. All the pops of light and half illusions melting away.

He had to get the girl back home. Before Eulalie did something stupid just to punish the perceived insult of his impotence. Women were fickle creatures and you could never tell where their cattiness and jealousy might reach. So he’d tucked his sleeping treasure over his arm and taken the Wind to his main estate.

The room he gave her was a quiet one down the hall from his own. The small terrace overlooking the garden three floors beneath them. She could not be a wife, not yet. He had promised. No one but the housekeeper could know she was here at all. Even the girl did not know yet. Asleep when he had grabbed her from bed in the Glacian inn. Drugged to stay that way until she was safely to her new home.

Naked except for the soft cotton shorts he wore Isidore laid stretched out beside her. Black widow, her psychic scent warned. The prickliest sort of woman. He liked it the same way he liked the creamy complexion of her stainless skin and the streak of fire that was her hair. With his Sapphire he bound one of her wrists to the bedpost. Knowing she would wake soon, and he would sleep. The threat of her venom finger had to be secured until she accepted fate and learned to embrace this new life he offered. Else he would have it removed as it was on the slaves. Breath warm as it bounced from his skin back to his face he slipped a cupped palm up her shirt, letting his rest under the arch of her breast. A small comfort after his difficult night. Shivering away the last of his high since he couldn’t satisfy his suffering on the slave girls he had intended.

”You’re awake.” He mumbled against her shoulder. Eyes still closed so he could half doze, but senses aware of the change in her breathing.

@Jenn

Tait Spinner

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Re: A New Reality
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2018, 09:38:42 PM »

She came awake slowly, eye solidly closed and brain groggy. There was a warmth next to her, she was certain she hadn't gone to bed with anyone but the weight of them was pleasant. Maybe she'd captured someone down in the common room of the inn. Or maybe she'd had the use of her aunt's guard for the night. Whatever it was, the idea brought a slow languid smile to her lips. She must have had a good time as drained as she felt.

Smile grew less slow and decidedly more sinful at the slow slide of a hand beneath her shirt. She shivered as that large limb came to a rest just below a breast and his breath warmed her skin. She shifted slightly and met resistance. Her hand. Her toothed hand was secured to a bed post by an air tight rope of sapphire. Something she could never break even on her best day and Tait's eyes snapped open.

A mumble against her shoulder brought widened eyes to a dark haired man sprawled next to her. He tasted of barely contained fury, a Warlord Prince and darkness. Dark, dark jewels and Askavi honey. Subtle sounds reached her ears. The shushing of ocean and the scent of sea. Birds that were not familiar. Sounds that grated and did not sooth. Not Glacia. Not Meols and not home.

Her blue eyes were dark with a sudden spike of fear and then anger, she tugged against the binding of her venom hand. Need to stick it within the skin of his neck was thick around her. "Who," she hissed hoarsely, "Who the fuck are you?" Unknown and dangerous. Tait had to get out of here. Some how. She had to get this sapphire rope from around her hand and slide into the opal to find her way home. Her father would be frantic. Astrid would be livid.

She stared at him, temper sparking in her eyes, "Where am I?"


Isidore Nazaire

    Sapphire to Ebon-gray
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  • Played By: Jones

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Re: A New Reality
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2018, 04:30:19 PM »

Finger spreading over the flat expanse of her ribs he held her lightly. Just enough to keep her from wiggling off the bed. His own body wedged between her and the wall. In case she decided to start kicking. He blinked open tired eyes at her question. Heaving a small sigh. A new day was dawning, its first rays of sun filtering through the wooden blinds that sectioned off the room’s balcony.

”Coarse language from such a pretty mouth.” He said casually, only mildly disappointed. There would be little cause to bring her out in front of people that might object to such words. But he had chosen her for the feminine charm and soft beauty she exuded. He hoped it would stop once she adjusted. ”You may call me Nazaire. There will be time for given names later. What are you called, pretty one?”

Shifting to prop his head up on a fist he slipped his hand free from her shirt. Using one long finger to move a strand of hair free from the corner of her mouth. She was beautiful. It annoyed him to be denied, doubly denied. First by Eulalie’s order to wait, and now by his own drug induced impotence.

That was alright. It had stopped him from ruining perfectly good young women. And now he could make introductions to his soon wife without forcing her to submit her body. Yet.

Best for her to understand quickly that this was not a choice she could make. Or a place she could run from.  So he worked the hem of her shirt up high and set his hand back on the bare skin under her breast. ”We call it Paon. But you will not have heard of it.” He answered. Fingertips gentle as they made soothing circles. ”I know you’re afraid and confused. There’s no remedy for that except time. Are you hungry, or thirsty? Your clothes are made for a cold climate, we can get you something lighter to wear.”

Tait Spinner

    Rose to Opal
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Re: A New Reality
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2018, 06:54:56 PM »

Her body had arched into his hand at the first touch and Tait cursed herself for any reaction before knowing. She tugged again at the sapphire rope around her hand. There had to be a weakness somewhere along the brilliant line. Somewhere she could wedge an opal thread, wiggle and wiggle it until the sapphire weakened enough. She could. She knew she could. It would just take a bit of patience.

She shrugged at an awkward angle, "It happens when a woman wakes to find herself trussed up like goose." If he thought that was bad, he hadn't heard nothing come from her pretty mouth yet. She couldn't remember his face. But the sound of his voice was vaguely familiar, like he was a friend of a friend of her father's. Did he know her father? She doubted it almost as soon as she thought it. He'd be tearing the walls down in search of her if her father knew this Nazaire.

"Tait," she answered truthfully as her sharp little mind was trying to work out a solution to her problem. She couldn't feel any of the weapons she generally carried on her person, in fact she could feel the slick slide of her night gown against her skin and the sheen of sweat beneath it. Her thick outside clothing was bulky against her body. What had he done? Snatched her from her bed? Had he redressed her?

He was weirdly gentle as he moved a strand of her hair away from her face, the bright red lock sticking just a bit and Tait blushed at the thought of drooling all over the place. His hand was hot and Tait was indignant at the liberties he apparently that he could take over her body. "No, never heard of it," she admitted and winced at his touch.

As if she would admit her fear. "I'm not afraid," she lied, her tongue thick in her dry mouth, "But I could eat. Some water would be nice." She could play the nice woman, she knew how to contain the shrew, and she knew on some level if she played nice long enough she could be gone from this place quickly. "Why am I tied to the bed?" she asked softly even as her stomach made her previous announcement the truth.



Isidore Nazaire

    Sapphire to Ebon-gray
  • Warlord Prince
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Re: A New Reality
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2018, 12:54:29 PM »

As both a hunter and slaver Isidore’s craft was honed for tracking, trapping, and keeping. So he could only grin at the Opal she plucked his shackling rope with. Of course she would try to escape him. That was natural. He would forgive her the first time. But he would try to dissuade her from trying at all. The punishment for such things was not dealt by the masters, but by their Priestess Mother.

And Eulalie wanted so to shame and hurt him right now. Revenge for his honey kisses and uselessness would be vicious. The girl a perfect target.

”Mm, I am sure it is very startling. I needed the warm body, and you were available.” He pardoned them both. Unfamiliar with the strange expression that compared herself to fowl. Did she want to be trussed? He had the trappings of finery women enjoyed. If she was well behaved he would grant them.

So far she was compliant. A good predisposition for a woman in her situation. He was too tired to note the tinkering of clever thoughts in her head. Pleased that she was not the kicking and screaming sort. There had been others, before this one, intended to hold the place of war bride. Fair beauties who had not tamed despite his efforts. Chalices shattered beyond repair so they could not remember who or where they came from. Webs crafted to make them pliant for whore houses in Terreille. Or death, if they insulted him too dearly or came too close to escape.

Tait. Good. A sweet simple name that he would not have to strip her of. The more he could give the better his chances of making her a receptive wife. Even when he stroked her cheek and claimed her body again she did not cry. Only flinched away at the unfamiliar. That too, his soft smile and stroking fingers promised, would fade in time. ”It is not a place any remember. And you should know, the only way to leave it is it be culled of everything you were before coming here.”

From his cabinet Isidore called in the ring that housed his Ebon-gray. ”I’m sorry. It is better if you are, for now. Fear is a kinder tool than pain, but I will wield both without regret.” On a gentle thread he ordered food brought. Light things good for a stomach that would be twisted with the sleeping spell he had cast. The housekeeper promised a suitable breakfast while Isidore rose from the bed. He reached into another room, sweeping a large brass tub into his cabinet so that it could be brought out again in Tait’s room.

Eyes sympathetic he turned from setting the tub in the center of the room to look at her wrist. ”Because you are a black widow. I am ill today and could not risk a prick from your Opal. You may stab me with it some other time.” He did not loose the hold yet. Waiting while the first in a chain of serving boys with buckets came into the room. Filling the tub to the brim. Tait unseen in a wrapping of shields. They could not know who she was, could not see her now to recognize her later. Only his trusted housekeeper, until later when the wedding was over.

”Bathe, I will stay. We can breakfast together, then I will take you out to see the island. And what becomes of mouthy slave girls, no matter how pretty they are.” Flicking his wrist he freed her arm from the bedpost and erected a small divider that blocked his view of the tub.

Tait Spinner

    Rose to Opal
  • Black Widow
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Re: A New Reality
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2018, 01:09:53 AM »

Tait snorted both at his grin and his words. A warm body and she was there. Wasn't it just like her life and luck that she was simply another warm body to fill a need. She was of the expressed opinion that despite his handsome face, this Nazaire couldn't get a woman without stealing her from her bed. It was probably something he was wanted for but fear of his jewels stayed everyone's hands. Yes that was it exactly. She worked at the rope with a thread of Opal, refusing to give up despite the ineffectiveness it was proving to be.

Skin dotted with the bumps from her shivering, Tait suffered the touch of the male she did not know. Even if it wasn't much of a suffering. His hands were gentle and his smile soft. She'd lie to herself as easily as she would lie to him. She could lie to herself and insist he was just softening her for a terrible blow. Make her soft and pliant, melted in his arms before he lay a fist down. She was certain of it. No other explanation would do.

"Odd that is," she pursed her lips as he spoke of culling and she knew exactly what he was speaking of, "Why would you want people to forget the things they see here? What is so wrong here that you would destroy their minds to keep your secrets?"She mused and wondered and knew she would need to spin webs. Webs to tell her what this place was. Webs to show her their secrets. Traps within webs within traps. She would lay the best she could when she could.

His voice was soothing and for a moment Tait was lulled into ceasing her strikes with her Opal. The way he spoke was strange, an odd sound of preciseness and nearly old fashioned sounding. Such proper word usage. "I haven't been given a reason," she replied with a lopsided grin, "I don't fear easily Nazaire. But there are other ways to be kind that don't involve fear or pain."

Mind never stopped working, Opal resumed its soft touches of the sapphire rope. She could appreciate the lean and hard body remove itself from the bed she lay on. Brow arched at the healing marks upon his back. She wondered who he'd angered. Those couldn't have been made by him like some weeping heretic who self mutilated.

Ebon-gray. Ebon-gray and Tait could feel the fear she boasted of lacking rise in her throat. She'd known he was dark, so dark but she had not thought Ebon-gray. Dangerous. She would have to tread with care. This was no Green jeweled Warlord to spill like putty in her hand. Tread careful dear heart, oh so carefully.

"Count on it," she told him cheerfully to cover the fear. Hide it away and don't let him see. She could feel the shields cover her, hiding her from prying eyes but Tait couldn't stop the motions she made. Waving her free hand to catch their eye. Maybe they would help her. Maybe she could convince. But they didn't see her and filled the tub with steaming water.

Slave girls? she mouthed quietly not a sound coming from her anymore and Tait knew she had to escape. Leave this place and go. There would be no other option. None. She had to make it home no matter the consequences. Needed her Da, her aunt and uncles surrounding her. Give her the safety she suddenly craved and did not have.

At least she could bathe the sticky sweat from her body. . She would before she opened the Opal and set herself loose. So easily he set her hand free, such trust to only set a small divider between them. Tait rubbed at the wrist that was unmarked, rubbing to free herself of the feeling of his sapphire wrapped around that hand. She shucked the offending clothes from her body and slid herself into the tub. She groaned loudly at the feel of the heat against her skin. "You think I'm pretty?" she said cocky as she soaked. Pretend he hadn't said slave girls. Pretend it had been something else entirely. Distract him enough. He couldn't know that she would slip into the winds and be gone.


Isidore Nazaire

    Sapphire to Ebon-gray
  • Warlord Prince
  • Played By: Jones

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Re: A New Reality
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2018, 12:51:38 PM »

”Terrible, terrible things sweetheart.” Isidore warned and promised in one pointed sweep of his eyebrow. They weren’t his secrets anyway. Slavery was abundant in both realms. He would not be sorry for building on the wealth it brought. If they were all stripped from him tomorrow he would still have four self-sustaining estates. Two right there in Paon. Investments that went hand in hand, but existed separately from the flesh trade. ”It is less the things we do here, though. And more that we are here at all. The islands are a sanctuary for my people. Devout men and women who castrated themselves of the mainland to seek more pure lives.”

At least that was the line they spoonfed their children from birth. Isidore had walked the sinners row in Little Terrielle and slept off opium in both Dhemlans. He couldn’t disagree that the islands were a relative paradise. It was the place he wanted his sons to bleed for, and the only land he wanted his daughters to know.

A few them might even be redheaded.

”Yes,” He agreed, his own grin slow to stretch across his face. If she wanted him to control her with pleasure he could certainly do that instead. Useless as his cock might be today. There was plenty of time for suckling and kisses. ”The price of my kindness is submission. The reward is pleasure, an elevation of status. Never the sort of freedom foremost on your mind, though, I am sorry. Do you accept?”

It would not be that easy. He was not a fool. How many of his father’s sweet slave girls had nearly undone him as a boy? Pretending their loyalty and happiness to reap the benefit of his favor. Then running as soon as they thought he wasn’t looking. That was the worst way to lose a love. Watching her lashed open and bled out between the whipping posts. Not this fair creature. If she had to die, he would bring her to it gently.

Nothing so pretty would die screaming on his soil.

Lips turning up in a chuckle he nodded. ”I will not hold it against you. Don’t worry,” His eyes were hard beads, barely narrowed beneath their always heavy lids. Usually they made him look romantic, women crooned. A gaze more suited to bedrooms. There was nothing for it, though. That was just the shape of them. ”if the venom in a Red Jeweled sister of the coven did not kill me, then yours will surely not.”

He hated to vomit though. And there had been days of that the last time. Hopefully the poison of an Opal would be less sharp. That would have to wait, though. There was a wedding plan. If Tait was made agreeable, then there would be two.

Saving his Ebon-gray away again Isidore lounged on the bed. Back to the wall and long legs crossed at the ankle. A light veil of steam rising from the water as he heated the tub with his Sapphire. She did not strip where he could enjoy the view. That was why he had provided the divider, though. Force would not get him the emotional bond he hoped to form with Tait. He had taken away so much while she slept, all the things she knew. Her family. Everything but her name and personality, really. Now was the time to give. To show her if she wanted to live comfortably, and safely, she would have to turn to him for such things.

He pressed his palm to his cock at her moaning. Still a disappointment. Firmer now than it had been capable of the night before. Not firm enough to be useful. He rubbed it anyway, smiling at her gumption. ”Yes, I think you’re very pretty. Why else would I take you?”

A tap on the door signaled the housekeepers arrival. ”Rochelle, this is Tait. The one I spoke to you about. She will be staying in the house until I decide the best use for her.” The housekeeper gave a quiet greeting while she set a wide tray on the bed. Bowls of chilled fruit squares and lettuce wraps filled with egg salad. Isidore did not wait, his stomach clenched at the thought of anything in it after the honey. He knew it was the only way to feel better, though. Forcing down a few bites of cold mango while Rochelle with her deep wrinkles waited quietly to be dismissed.

”Would you like her to wash your hair, Tait?” He offered. Both turning towards the divider.

Tait Spinner

    Rose to Opal
  • Black Widow
  • Played By: Jenn

    War Bride of Isidore
    Ile de Paon Kaeleer
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Re: A New Reality
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2018, 12:49:16 AM »

"Undoubtedly," she agreed with his warning. Probably boiled babies for soup. Tait would find their secrets. Something she could use. Something that could win her whatever she needed. She might only be Opal jeweled but she was Glacian and a Black Widow. Cunning was in her blood. She frowned lightly, the skin between her brows creasing with the motion. "So devout you abandon Kaeleer to do what? Insulate yourself? That why you go onto the main land and steal unsuspecting ladies? Blood too thin here?" Probably.

He was a handsome bastard when he grinned at her. Handsome and wicked, a demon from Hell probably. Sent to punish her for her arrogance no doubt. She should have listened to those webs. She tapped her finger against her lips, thinking on his words. "Where's the fun in utter submission?" she asked pleasantly, "No fight and a big bore is what you'd rather a girl be eh?" Could he hear what she planned? Could he hear her quiet thoughts sheltered behind the thickest barrier she could erect? Did his dark jewels give him an advantage to those inner most places in her mind? "Have I much choice?" she asked honestly not a hint of a lie in her voice.

If she had to accept this she would.. For a time.

"Good. I'd hate to have my play held against me," she chuckled back. She was beginning to think she was a consummate actress. Her mind and self preservation allowing her to laugh and simper with her captor when any other time she'd be spitting and hissing. His Ebon-gray frightened much more than she would ever admit. Tait could remain the cocky little redhead she generally was. "Come now, it's not always about the jewel strength in a potent venom. Sometimes its simply about the venom," she chastised. She wouldn't look at him as he released her and she made a beeline for the screen.

"Fine company?" she laughed from where she lounged in the tub. She could feel the dirt and grim of her sweaty body melting away, her muscles relaxing and her skin heating with the water. "Wit? Entertaining banter?" she continued with another chuckle and scrubbed a creamy thigh with the cloth provided.

She listened to the woman enter and set down what could only be her breakfast on the bed. "Pleasure," she called to the woman, splashing the water as she lifted her arm and sent a false salute to the female she couldn't really see. He hadn't shielded her from the housekeeper as he had the boys who'd brought the water and Tait could only assume that he meant for this woman to know who she was. It did not bode well for her. The woman would not be an ally for her. Pity.

"No!" she said sharply before grimacing. She didn't want the woman any where near her truthfully. Didn't want her hands in her hair, on her head, no where near her while she was vulnerable. "I mean.. No thank you, I'd rather like doing it myself," she recovered from her outburst, softening her voice and forcing a suddenly taut body into relaxation. She couldn't very well tell him that being touched by the woman would disgust her, now could she?



Isidore Nazaire

    Sapphire to Ebon-gray
  • Warlord Prince
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Re: A New Reality
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2018, 02:02:24 PM »

”No, there are enough of us that careful marriages keep our lineages strong.” Isidore told her without offense. Not sure why she wanted to risk picking at his temper. Fear was a strange thing, especially from Black Widows. They were not a caste of women that liked to be cowed. ”We always raid the seas and mainland. We only take the loveliest, or most clever slaves for lovers and war brides. What greater treasure of pillaging is there than a woman for other men to envy?”

Isidore recognized the look in her eyes. Polite enough not to peer into her barriers. Though he could if he wanted. Had trained hard to stop it happening on accident. Lust was familiar enough a reaction to his person that he didn’t need to dig to know Tait appreciated his strong lines. Dipping his face toward his shoulder he grinned at her again. ”I see you are not a woman that has given over control of her pleasure before. Submission certainly doesn’t have to be boring. It isn’t the end of a fight or the stifling of personality. It’s a chance to be opened to new experiences. And for you, it is the opportunity to embrace your new reality. Instead of being broken into fitting it.”

His eyes promised he was familiar with such loveplay. Enjoying both ends of the spectrum, to be honest. Submitting and dominating. There were pleasant aspects to both. Even for a man who had to bend himself to submit, since no one else could force him. Hands touching his wrist briefly he pushed away the hot but bitter memory. No one but Eulalie.

Her soft question left unanswered. She did have a choice. But it was an ugly one.

It seemed she could tell as much. Going to her bath without tricks. He had nearly expected her to try sinking her tooth in him. Others had. Black Widows knew the potency of their poison. But often overestimated it against his Jewel and the ability of the temple healer. Each descent into the darkness producing more dangerous venom. Isidore had carefully tested the limits of what his body could take. Until suffering the convulsions and illness of meeting the Red. He had needed to know. Eulalie was, thought he was one of only 3 people to know it, a Black Widow.

He had hoped to find his boy capable of withstanding at least the Gray long enough to seek help. Hoped that he could acclimate his body to take the pain until Eulalie’s venom was no longer a threat. But it was impossible. There was too much pain for such little gain. He would just have to rely on his shields if she ever decided to attack him.

For Tait, though, he would take a stabbing. So that she could see. It would make him sweat and maybe wretch a few times. Then in a day he would be fit again, and maybe fill her with a child to keep it from happening again. Today was not the day for teaching that lesson. Not while he felt drained from lack of sleep and drugged honey. ”Yes. I will happily enjoy those things also. But it was your hair and your smile that made me need to have you.”

He wondered if it scared her. His choice of words. Did she think he had raped her while she slept? He could have. And even though he hadn’t Isidore did not touch the subject. When they did join their bodies he would leave her with a pleasant ache. Then she would know he had not. If he declared it now she would only focus on the discomforting doubt that she could not be sure it was true.

”Very well then. You may go.” Rochelle found Tait’s hair interesting too. Old eyes crinkling as she walked back to the door. Such a rare burst of color to see on a person. The old woman said nothing, and took no offense at the refusal for help cleaning it. Only raising a brow before leaving the room. Judging Isidore in that stern but quiet way housekeepers had. Clearly she thought Isidore might suggest doing it himself. It was probably good advise. She had been the housekeeper since before he was born. The meaning behind each silent look as clear as if she had spoken. Which she did not do often or without reason. Isidore knew nothing about hair, but he knew women.

Tait would not want him to touch her while she was naked. Not yet. He would see her, because he was impatient. And he wanted her to ask for clothing. The sweaty nightgown she had worn taken when Rochelle left the room. Only a towel left hanging on the end of the divider. ”You had a nice room, at the inn. You come from a worthy family in Glacia?” He asked so that the room would not grow too uncomfortable with silence.

Another bite taken from the tray of fruits while she answered. Stomach settling enough that he could wait until she joined him to finish eating.

Tait Spinner

    Rose to Opal
  • Black Widow
  • Played By: Jenn

    War Bride of Isidore
    Ile de Paon Kaeleer
    5 Posts    185 marks
Re: A New Reality
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 01:06:24 PM »

Tait hid her fear behind a veneer of sarcastic thoughts and questions meant to prickle. It was her coping mechanism. Her shield and protection. Even if her mouth got her in trouble, Tait had never been able to school the babble. "Poor, poor mainland. Taking all their lovely treasures. What ever will they do without them?" she teased with a twinkle in the dark blue eyes. Eyes that closed against the closeness of his mouth to her skin. That wicked grin curling lips meant for kissing.

Get it together, Tait she snarled at herself. This man had captured her without so much as a warning to her. To make her slave, to do what ever he wanted to her. He was not handsome, he was a demon. "I've never allowed another to control me," she told him with a firm tone and a lift of her chin, "I've never submitted to anyone. For pleasure or otherwise, a fight can add to that pleasure. Turn it tenfold, but I don't want to be broken for it either." That would never do. Tait would never allow herself to be broken. Ever. His eyes were hot and Tait shivered.

She was thankful he didn't try to stop her when she went behind the screen. Her entire back had been a tight knot with the thought that he would force her to strip there, where he could see every inch of her like a broodmare on the block.

"Good because they are things I have in abundance," she grinned unseen behind the screen, "I think I like the idea of needing me." She chose to ignore every inch of the apprehension that had built with each and every word he spoke. The finality of them. The idea that she may never be able to leave. She may never be able to slip into the winds and make her way home. She shuddered at the idea, skin pimpling beneath her soapy cloth.

She continued to wash, the sweat and salt cleaned from her body with rough swipes of her cloth. Anger at her helplessness rose around her and any regret at her sharp denial of the woman's help eaten away by it. She dunked her head beneath the water, coming up when her mass of red hair was drenched through and reached for the soap. Fingers sank into the strands and Tait couldn't suppress another groan as she scrubbed the filth away from her head. For a disgusting savage, he did have fine things if the tub, soap and screen were any indication.

Dunking her head again, she rinsed the lather from her hair and popped back up in time for his asked question. Her mouth immediately widened as she thought of the family he'd stolen her from. Wicked and worthy. Glacian to their cores and they would be so very angry when they found out she was missing. "My aunt is Queen of Meols, her favorite brother my father who is also a first circle guard. One uncle captains a skyship and the rest are warriors," she didn't bother hiding the pride in her voice. Everything about her family made her proud and she would never deny it.

"And you, Nazaire?" she asked standing from the water, splashing it to the floor in a childish act of defiance, "Have you a family considered worthy? A decent respectful lot?" She moved carefully on the water soaked floor, it wouldn't do to slip and fall. Hurting herself before she could flee would be foolish. Reaching for the towel that hung at the end of the screen, Tait's brows puckered with irritation. Her nightgown and heavy clothes were gone.

Wrapping the towel around her nakedness firmly, Tait hissed at him with anger, "Where are my clothes, Nazaire?" There wasn't even another towel to wrap her wet hair in. It hung wet and damp down to her hips, clinging to the skin of her shoulders and neck. "Rotten host you are. Stealing my clothes, making me stand here with wet hair. Horrible."




Isidore Nazaire

    Sapphire to Ebon-gray
  • Warlord Prince
  • Played By: Jones

    Raider Captain
    Ile de Paon Kaeleer
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Re: A New Reality
« Reply #10 on: Today at 12:10:52 AM »

Isidore didn’t mind her bristling. Determination was as good an emotion as any. He thought it was a positive sign she used it against him already. It made for a solid shield to hide her other feelings under. The ones he wanted her to embrace. To associate with his presence. Lust foremost, because it would be the pleasantest way to win her over. But she had to see him as her protector in this new place, and her provider always.

Or else she would keep trying to get away. Until he was forced to punish her for it, or see her punished.

Listening to her chatter was a much more amusing way to pass the time. He smiled while she couldn’t see it. Marking a small victory in the way she opened herself to his compliment. Good girls needed rewarding so he gave her another. ”Warlord Princes are often weak to pretty women. And victims to our needs and instinct. There was no time to play love games and convince you to be mine. My obligations as a Prince and protector in Paon are too great.”

If he had gone back it would have taken him months to track her again. Following memories and faint scents. No. Taking her was the best solution. Or at least the best that also gave him what he wanted.

Their chat resumed when Rochelle left them. A proud Glacian, like so many others he had met. Lineage declared in a one long breath. His face soured and his heart flinched. He couldn’t stop the hiss of disgust. So closely related to a queen! He would have to get webs created for every pregnancy to make sure she didn’t bring him such shame. At least the men of her family boasted potential. ”Then you will make me beautiful daughters and strong, warrior sons.”

He listened to the lapping of water to the floor. Skin tingling because he knew she was wet and naked on the other side of the divider. Could smell her natural oils on the steam from the bath. And still his stupid cock slept on. The blood in his veins slowed by the honey so that it couldn’t fill him to hardness.

With a sigh he told her of his own pride. ”Respectful, respectable, and leaders of  great armies. Paon is ruled by Priestesses, our political and religious head is my dearest cousin Eulalie Reneaux, the Black Jeweled Priestess.” He paused to listen for her reaction. Then went on with a smirk. ”My father was the captain of raiders to the former Mother Priestess. I took the position when he died. Mother is a celebrated healer. My aunt shares your caste, but birthing Eulalie was her greatest accomplishment. The Nazaire family is the backbone of the economy. We deal heavily in the slave trade, but I have broadened our investments to include civil and private endeavors across both realms.” Funny how it sounded impressive instead of complicated when he laid it out in such simple descriptions.
She rose another shield of emotion against him. Anger this time. That was expected. The bath leaving her sensitive and exposed. ”Where you going to put your dirty clothes back on?” He asked with a soft laugh. Expression innocent as he stood up again. Lithe despite his exhausted limbs. Back sore despite the brew and salve he had been given. With a flick of his lids he searched his psychic cabinet. A long, soft shirt pulled into existence. One of his own. Clean but not washed since he had last worn it on the short trip from house to beach. His scent stained it, but it was good for her to grow used to it. ”This will do while you eat. I will have dresses brought for you to wear. And when things start to go well between us the tailor will bring you designs to be fitted.”

He didn’t suggest that things would not go well. Or speak of what would happen if that were the case. It wouldn’t be. He could already tell. Black widows were a self-serving lot. Isidore didn’t mind, he was much the same. And it made them more willing to adapt to change. ”Here. I can help with the hair too.” He offered. Coming closer slowly to stand behind her wholesome figure. Hands smoothing down the long strands gently. Barely touching them at all. A warming spell seeing them gently dried from roots to tips. Mouth near her ear so he could ask, ”Would you like me to close my eyes while you dress?”

 

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