When They're Gone

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Abhilasha Jain

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When They're Gone
« on: June 15, 2019, 11:47:45 AM »
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It was all she could do to breathe.

It hadn’t seemed odd at first that she couldn’t track Kailash down, and she’d been annoyed. She’d thought her daughter was serious about learning the ways of Court, which meant she had to be diligent in her studies. They’d reached an accord, or so she’d thought, which was why she was so surprised that Kai hadn’t been waiting for her when she’d arrived. They both knew her time was limited.

But the thread she’d sent out had gone unanswered. The subsequent thread she’d sent to Kalyan had gone unanswered, too, and she couldn’t find either of them. By reflex, she’d reached out to Kalyani, only to remember that she was gone, too. She hadn’t even thought to reach for Ziauddin, because the knowledge that everyone was gone had hit her hard.

She called for Surinder, but he hadn’t seen them either. She’d been able to tell she’d caught his attention with the question, and she’d told him to start working through the palace. She hadn’t been willing to let him see just how this was affecting her.

More terrified than irritated, she’d nonetheless given the cool order to have the staff search for her errant children. They found nothing, heaping apologies upon their words, and her chest tightened. Her throat constricted, making it hard to even speak to them to give more orders. She’d turned to the more trusted members of her court from there, sending out surreptitious probes and questions…

But they were gone.

*They aren’t here,* she sent to Surinder when she returned to her room, exhausted and half-beside herself with grief and fear. *I need you to meet me in my rooms. Now.*

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Re: When They're Gone
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2019, 09:42:22 PM »
When he’d told Abhi that he would find them, it had been because he’s stupidly believed he knew the twins better than Abhilasha did. Surinder had imagined he would just hurriedly go by their usual hang outs, adventure nooks, hidey holes, and secret lairs -- like when they were small enough to fit under an arm each -- and he’d just find them, scold them for worrying their mother at a time like this and return them.

He had been so confident in that, that despite his surprise at Abhilasha not being able to find them, he had just flat out told her he’d handle it and he’d find them. He had every intention of doing just that, and winning some points with his sister-in-law. Like the good uncle and brother-in-law he was.

So when his search resulted in fucking nothing Surinder had tried to keep his calm, as not to undully upset anyone, especially Abhilasha whenever he contacted her about their respective progress in finding the little shits. While honestly, he was filled to the brim with anxiety and rage. The latter was just warord prince-preset. He knew that, but it didn’t help in his attempts to casually talk to people.

He approached too hard, too aggressive, intimidating more than a few innocent guards, towns folk, and even the keeper of the tiger’s lair. Finding out that the tigers were gone too worried him more than he wanted to admit, and he was about to contact Abhi with the news when she beat him to the chase.

They were gone.

Somehow that hit a lot harder than his brother being gone. Somehow being that he hadn’t particularly cared if Ziauddin would be back or not -- thinking in part that they’d all be better off if he didn’t return at all. But the twins…!  He’d seen them grow up, he’d played games with them, from pirates and sea captain to tea party, to a literal version of hangman -- Kailash’s idea, not the best thought out game ever.

He hadn’t wasted a single second, because she might be keeping it together well enough, he could take a guess at how upset Abhilasha had to be over all of this. She was their mother, and after having just dealt with Ziauddin being a fucking ingrate, now her children…! Darkness be merciful, because what were the fucking odds?!

If he could have teleported to her rooms instantly he would’ve. He couldn’t though, and it took him several minutes to make it from the tiger wing of the palace to Abhi’s personal rooms. He didn’t bother to knock -- it wasn’t like his angry and anxious presence didn’t function like a harbinger in itself. He had no illusiosn that he could try and hide that from Abhi. He wanted to, because she didn’t need all of that, but he couldn’t fucking help it.

Even after leaving Zia managed to be a disrupting facotr, with his fucking genes poisoning the otherwise perfectly good DNA of his children.
“Abhi, I’m sorry, I thought they would just be hiding, someplace, like the little--” He broke off before he could say ‘assholes’. “You know how they can be,” He said instead shaking his head. “This isn’t like them.” He added.

Abhilasha Jain

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Re: When They're Gone
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2019, 09:55:55 PM »
Abhilasha paced across the floor, not wanting to sit down, not able to relax. She wouldn’t be able to until her children were home. She couldn’t lose them, not again, and just the idea of it was enough to bring familiar grief back to the surface. She missed her firstborn with a vengeance then, and it only made her worry for Kai and Kal that much worse.

After a moment, she sent for tea and a light lunch. Surinder would be on her to eat and drink and keep her strength up, and if she had something on hand, it might help settle him a little. Not much, because she knew he had to be upset too, but some. When the young witch brought it to her, she painted a smile onto her lips and thanked her — like nothing was wrong, like her world wasn’t falling apart.

She left the tea and tray on the table, uninterested in either, and she returned to pacing until she felt the strength and presence of a familiar Warlord Prince getting nearer. She couldn’t chide him for it. It was all she could do to maintain control of herself, and that control was slipping more and more with each passing moment. She checked in with those she’d tasked with searching, but they still had nothing for her.

They were gone.

She closed her eyes, pausing in her pacing for a moment as she felt that presence nearing. She’d left the door unlocked, and Surinder let himself in without bothering to knock. Usually, she’d have been annoyed by the lack of respect, but right now, it wasn’t about respect. They were both beyond upset about her children — his niece and nephew — being gone.

She looked at him, pressing her lips together as he spoke. She didn’t interrupt him, though she nodded to him. ”Kal would never do this,” she said, her attempts at controlling her emotions making her voice crack. ”And Kai has been trying so hard. I can’t reach them. I can’t reach anyone who knows anything, Suri. I don’t…” She paused, trying to regain control again. ”I don’t know what to do.”

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Re: When They're Gone
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2019, 10:58:51 PM »
He’d kind of bulldozered, he realized when he saw the look on her face. He was just concerned, and worried. For the twins and for Abhi alike. She didn’t need this, and she surely didn’t deserve this…! Why was his entire family comprised of fucking flakes?!

“Neither of them would!” He said, even though he was well aware that Kailash would act before she would think. Kalyan on the other hand would’ve weight the pros and cons of every situation like the old, responsible soul that he was. So why the fuck he would’ve--

“... Maybe they didn’t do this.” he said after a long pause. He knew speculation wasn’t what Abhi needed right then. She needed help in deciding how to handle this, but his mind couldn’t get past the horrible possibility he’d stumbled onto.

Ziauddin might’ve been a shit husband, he’d been an alright father. Barely. But still alright. He loved the twins, which was part of the reason why it had been so hard to understand his reason for going, but if he’d gone and decided he needed his children…? Surinder didn’t want to believe his brother would be asshole enough to take the twins away from their own mother, and grandmother, but it was entirely to easy to believe it.

He’d taken Kalyani with him too, after all.

Abhilasha Jain

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Re: When They're Gone
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2019, 11:03:11 PM »
”But they obviously did,” Abhi said, a little wearily. She didn’t think anyone would’ve done anything foolish like kidnap her children. Besides, if they had, they’d have surely contacted her by then. Maybe Kai and Kal were just…

She didn’t even know. She couldn’t figure out what she wanted to think.

”What are you insinuating?” she asked, frowning. Some of her desperate grief ebbed as she tried to follow his words. ”Who else would’ve done this? They’d have surely called for help if someone had tried to… hurt them.” She didn’t want to think about that possibility.

She wasn’t following him, and it was irritating her. There wasn’t much she could do, though, other than wait for him to explain.

Surinder Shirazi

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Re: When They're Gone
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2019, 06:39:53 AM »
He wasn’t sure he wanted to voice the accusation out loud. It wasn’t like he felt much loyalty towards his brother, but it was another thing to actively name him a kidnapper, or racketeer, or ...whatever this made him, other than a fucking asshole, of course.

“They wouldn’t call for help if it was someone they knew.” He said with a shake of his head. It made sense. It made far too much sense, and Surinder didn’t like that. He didn’t like what it did to his mood, the way it soured him to his core, stoking a simmer of anger that would be hard to douse.

“Ziauddin loved the twins. We’ve all been wondering how he could just leave them.” He said slowly, waiting for Abhilasha to clue in to what exactly he was suggesting. It wasn’t a huge leap, unfortunately, which made this all the more infuriating. All of this was Zia’s MO, and Surinder couldn’t think of a single fucking reason for the twins to cut off all communication. Would they even know how? It wouldn’t be nearly as easy for the lighter jeweled twins to disappear into thin air as it was for his grey jeweled brother.

“I wish I could say he would never do something like that, but he’s already proven to be unscrupulous.”

Abhilasha Jain

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Re: When They're Gone
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2019, 10:18:47 AM »
Abhi went utterly still when Surinder spoke, her lips parting but no words coming out. ”Someone they…” She was utterly bewildered, the idea that someone could take advantage of the twins — especially if it was someone they knew and who knew them… But this was the Court of Serpents, and even friendships couldn’t be trusted. She felt like a fool for not thinking that before, and her mind instantly shifted to sorting through the people who might’ve been able to do something like this.

Why had she discounted the political implications? She’d been so sure they’d left of their own accord, and it was easier to believe that. But how stupid had she been? The court had never been safe, and with her ambitions and husband away… A chill ran through her, along with ice cold determination to find who may have done this and make them pay.

What she hadn’t expected was the shift to Ziauddin. She’d expected him to mention someone at court, perhaps, but not… him. She stopped, outright staring at Surinder as she tried to follow along with what he was saying. Her cheeks were ashen, and she shook her head. She didn’t want to believe that Zia would’ve done that to her. Zia knew she’d lost a child before. He knew. And to desert her and take their children from her…

Rage like she’d never felt before swept over her, and she didn’t bother trying to hide it. ”And you believe Ziauddin would’ve taken them, too? That they’d have just… gone with him?” That they’d have just left me behind? As frostily as she tried to speak the words, her voice cracked — and it might’ve become apparent that she wasn’t angry at Surinder for voicing his thoughts.

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Re: When They're Gone
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2019, 11:45:46 AM »
He didn’t want to be the one to say it. He didn’t want to be the one who painted Ziauddin as the monster. But the fact of the matter was that he was a fucking asshole. And for some reason no one but him ever saw that. Their mother always had endless excuses for him, so did their sister, and Abhilasha once they’d gotten married, even Bhaskara and Arundhati had found silver linings and redeeming features that they felt outweighed the fact that he was a self-serving asshole.

Surinder had always tried to see the good in the man, but had failed more often than not. His sole redeeming feature was that he loved his children. And now this.

“I’m just saying we should consider the possibility.” He said -- diplomatic and uncharacteristically neutral where his brother was concerned. “And that it makes a lot of sense.” He added, a little less neutral then. Because it did make sense, it added up too neatly. It was too much like Ziaudding to take off and cut off all communications.

“It would’ve been relatively easy for him to do it.”

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Re: When They're Gone
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2019, 12:00:42 PM »
Abhilasha reeled at the words, unable to so much as start to figure out what to think about this. It would be easier to accept that someone at Court had done this to her, but for what reason? To distract her? They didn’t know she’d dig her heels in harder for the same reason — for a distraction from what was bothering her so she didn’t crumble. But what would they be doing with Kai and Kal?

If it was Ziauddin…

”I will kill him,” she said, her voice frosty despite the way she was cracking on the inside. ”If he took them, I will kill him.” It was so unlike her to speak like that, but she didn’t care. She needed to spin tangled webs to see, to try to discern where they were.

To make sure they were alive.

”But we have to consider the possibility that someone at Court might have done this,” she said, forcing herself to think instead of simply react. ”You know how cutthroat they are, and many don’t appreciate the progress I’ve made.”

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Re: When They're Gone
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2019, 01:59:19 PM »
He had expected her to argue with him, to tell him it was idiocy, that it didn’t make as much sense as it did in Surinder’s head. After all, his brother was the beacon of hope in the rebellion, a war hero, he couldn’t do much wrong--

He hadn’t expected her to be so forthright, much less that her knee-jerk reaction would be the same as his own.
“I’ll do it for you.” He said uncharacteristically decisive. “He doesn’t have the fucking right.” He added hotly. Ziauddin had already take so much, and even more that he’d taken for granted. He would be happy to make sure his brother knew how badly he’d screwed up and what he’d all left behind.

“Taking your children makes no sense for them. It won’t change what’s already happened, and incurring your wrath is hardly going to make your change your mind.” He muttered. He didn’t really want to consider other options, he wanted to go out there and fix this. To beat his brother to a pulp, grab the twins and bring them home, to Abhi, where they belonged.

“Besides,” He said slowly, choosing his words carefully. “I’m not my brother, you’re already at a disadvantage now.” And not as big a threat. Taking the twins would be kicking Abhilasha while she was down. Not something he’d put beyond the Serpent Court, but at the same time, he couldn’t imagine they would see her as that big of a threat right that moment that they would resort to something like this.

Maybe because Abhilasha didn’t have the grey to fall back on now, giving them opportunity ot strike…

He drew in a deep breath and held it as he paced the room. He didn’t know what to make of this. He still hoped that Kailash would jump out from behind a sight shield she’d bartered from some black widow or other, to let them know she got them good.
“What do you need from me…?” he asked her -- feeling a strange sense of deja vu.

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Re: When They're Gone
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2019, 03:54:34 PM »
Hearing Surinder volunteer to kill his brother had Abhilasha pausing. She stared at him, trying to judge whether he was serious, whether he would really even think about doing something like that. He knew Surinder didn’t much like Ziauddin, but going from that to being willing to murder him? That was a bit of a leap.

It reminded her that she couldn’t just jump to conclusions and go off on that vein. She had to make damn sure, because if it wasn’t Ziauddin, it meant her children were still out there, still unsafe. She only wanted them home, but at the same time…

If he had taken them from her, she would kill him herself if she got the chance. He knew — knew — how much she’d lost, even if he’d never truly known just how much it had shaken her. She was too good at pretending, but he still knew. He still knew.

He was right about the threats from court. It had been a wild guess as it was, and it hadn’t felt real. She took a deep breath, taking her time considering. She didn’t know what to think. She didn’t know what to do. It had been a long time since she had felt so utterly overwhelmed and so uncertain about what to do next.

”We need to find out where they are first,” she finally said. ”I’ll weave webs to see if I can locate them. We know Ziauddin’s in Shalador, yes? If they’re there… Then we’ll know. It’s not much, but it’s something.” Her expression hardened again. ”And if he did take them, he will regret it.”
 

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