Afternoon Snack

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Aramis Dupuis

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Afternoon Snack
« on: June 19, 2019, 10:15:10 PM »
Fresh air was a welcome relief after being cooped up in his windowless, tightly sealed shack all day. Even with heavy scent cleansing, nothing could replace the feel and smell of freely moving air. The sunlight on his skin, the sounds of the coast, the little movements of the trees -- it all added to the centered feeling that had built up in him, a quietude he felt in his bones.

Breathing deep, feeling the steady expansion of his chest, his lungs, the taste of the air, Aramis passed a hand once more over the locks on the door, securing them a second time, before he began his walk back to the main house. He swept casually around himself for whatever might be lurking in the bushes, attention snagging and then falling away from things without urgency or intent. He was relaxed, and it felt amazing. Several of the cats that haunted their cove perked up at his passage, cautious in their partial domestication but used to the passive acceptance of his attention.

In the kitchen he washed his hands perfunctorily, looking over his arms and shirt again. He wore an apron and gloves in the shack, typically, but sometimes there was something he missed. A smudge, a speckling. Or he'd take his gloves off and get messy - those days he spent as much time cleaning himself as prepping the meat.

Satisfied there was nothing he could see, Aramis dried his hands and scratched the chin of the one beast that dared to hop up on the counter. It was one of the cats that stuck around the tree shadows of his shed, and he took it into his arms with ease, aware of the eyes at his back.

"Good afternoon," it was still relatively early, but lunch had surely passed. He leaned back against the lip of the sink, deciding against affecting a smile, and tilted his head instead, the cat purring beneath his hand. "Busy day?"

Pella Labeau

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Re: Afternoon Snack
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2019, 08:44:47 AM »

"Aramis." Dark lashes sweeping past her husband to the beast in his arms, Pella lifted an eyebrow in surprise. It arched near the outer corner rather than the inner, a broad, black wing. Picking up a towel, she wiped the counter clean of invisible paw prints, the act bringing her close to him and his pet.

"No more than usual, really." Towel left beside the sink, Pella ran a finger along the cat's skull. In her stomach was a stone. In her heart a tremble. With Aramis she felt a measure of caution that did not exist when she dealt with his younger brother. Emile was fierce temper, but it passed quickly. He was predictable. Aramis was not.

The cat purred beneath his touch, but its eyes were doubtful as Pella stroked it. Fingertip gentle in its caress. She knew the look. And the feeling behind it. Experienced much the same herself. And like the cat, Pella came close to the people who made her feel that way. "They're more bold with you. I've never seen one in the house before." The smell of meat attracting them.

Did it all smell the same? Pella wasn't sure. She tried not to know, much less to smell, what went on in Aramis' private place. But she knew Nora had taken to feeding the beasts scraps. Had helped the girl clean the scratches on her arms and hands. In silence, of course. Pella did not speak to Nora anymore. Should have stuck to her original plan in the beginning.

Nora did not exist unless Pella was forced to recognize her presence. And currently Emile lived in that same space. On the fringes of Pella's perception. Places where they could not get close to hurt her. "Did you have plans for the afternoon?" She asked him, chin near his shoulder as she looked up at him.

Aramis Dupuis

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Re: Afternoon Snack
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2019, 10:25:19 PM »
Eyes on Pella's eyes, eyebrows, mouth. Jaw, shoulders, wrists, hands, feet -- expressive parts of people. The parts people forgot about in the heat of the moment, when they spoke with emotion, the parts that broadcast nerves and anger.

Aramis tended to give the people who he lived with the benefit of not actively trying to peel them apart tick by tick, both because it helped delineate them from marks and because it got boring. Pella had the advantage of living with them long enough that she was familiar, that whatever he'd picked up from her had been based on duration of proximity rather than the animal need to successfully capture someone. You had to be good and quick to skin a person like that, after all.

He watched her draw closer, faint amusement at her caution warming his chest. It would never cease to fascinate him how the people who knew him - really knew him - acted around him versus those that did not. He wasn't going to change, after all, and Aramis didn't consider himself that different in how he acted in public and how he was at home. It could amount to a different vest and glasses, and he did like to use those for reading the ledgers. Maybe a sort of purposeful politeness that got a little blunter in the halls of their home, but really, it wasn't like he was wearing a necklace of human fingers. Maybe he should, just to stir the pot a bit.

One finger against the cat's head, and he watches it, curious. He was partial to cats because they could be independent little menaces, but they could be affectionate too, and Aramis appreciated that freedom. He could spend as much time as he desired interacting with them only for them to up and leave him, when normally it was him getting bored and making a strategic exit. But how did Pella regard them? Nora? Emile likely didn't care or didn't notice, benefiting from there presence mostly in that they had very few pests around their home.

"Just this one." Although if there were several that looked the same he might not know the difference, or care. Pella in his peripheral he ran his knuckles against its cheek, feeling the curve of its jaw as it turned against him, directing. "I think one is enough. They don't need to be getting ideas." Sometimes, if he was in a particular mood, it was annoying to have them wandering around the path to the house. Having more than one inside was a change he didn't feel keen to entertain.

Gaze back to Pella's face; eyebrows chin mouth nose eyes running together into an expression. Close, she was close. Not unusual. Like a cat, he thought. Close, despite her caution. What went on behind her eyes?

No way to know that, not in any way Aramis knew. Those weren't secrets he could peel away.

"No," he replied. He was calm and settled and wonderful, no itch beneath his skin to drive him on. Maybe he'd read, or see to some of the laundry. Something repetitive and monotonous. And cleaner. "Do you have something in mind?" Likely, and probably some form of retribution for some slight or another on Emile's part. There had been an argument recently, hadn't there?

Aramis didn't particularly mind moving to the beats of his family's drums. Often enough he orbited their little dramas, content to watch the byplay and stand stolidly next to whoever needed a comforting shoulder. For his own manner of comforting, of course. Maybe she needed furniture moved again.

Pella Labeau

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Re: Afternoon Snack
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2019, 08:27:34 PM »

"Yes," Pella agreed solemnly. Unsure if she could fully tolerate having the one in the house. They were good mousers, and handled the snakes tolerably well too. But they were also dirty creatures. Walking across counter tops and burying their shit in her flowerbeds. "One is more than enough." If not too many.

She found herself irrationally jealous at the easy way he pet the cursed creature. Mindlessly, even. And it was irrational because Pella was certain that all she had to do was press against him and ask, and she could get similar treatment. He always tolerated her moods well. Not that she often inflicted many of them on him, especially not those less pleasant.

"They already think they own the yard. No sense in letting them think the same about the house." That was Pella's domain. Grown and decorated at her discretion. She had been there first, the stamp of her time in its walls apparent across them. Sharing it with men and women was one thing. Pella would not share it with animals.

Testing her theory, Pella pillowed her head against his shoulder and let her body relax into his. Her own fingers joining his, she gave the cat a hesitant stroke down its back. "I've a free afternoon." No need for her in any of the villages. The other women gone swimming. Emile gone diving, Pella assumed without actually caring where he was. And Aramis asked so nicely.

"Maybe a walk. We haven't gone on one in a while." She liked listening to the sea and the birds. Long walks helping to clear her mind so she could think. And Aramis was always restful company when he wasn't the thrilling sort. Fanning the ember of quivering, terrified lust in her stomach.

Aramis Dupuis

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Re: Afternoon Snack
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2019, 11:45:59 PM »
"Indeed," he agreed. If Nora found out he'd gotten one in the house Aramis was confident she'd lobby for it to stay. At least, he thought, Pella would be in his corner against that idea, should it ever come up. He wouldn't be letting them in his study or his shack, after all, because those places were his. The cats could have the grounds, the structures were for resident who would appreciate them.

Her weight settled against his side, head at his shoulder. Warm, soft. Stable, in a way Aramis appreciated, but wasn't sure if it was something people typically regarded in the people they let get physically close to them. He knew Emile liked her - and Nora - for other reasons, more intimate ones, but he had always been more needful of those simple parts of their presence: natural, human heat, the sound of their breathing, the solidity of their weight. Real.

In that moment with him, they made him feel real.

He tilted his cheek against the top of Pella's head, watching her hands, the way the fur depressed around her skin as she pet the cat. Moments spent just breathing, soft and silent. As calm as his bones.

"A walk then. It has been a while," he said eventually, shifting to hold out the arm not supporting the cat, that she might take it. Loud steps in an empty house as they left, Aramis unceremoniously dumping the cat at the back door and engaging the physical lock rather than a Craft one.

"How have you been?" Safer, to have Pella lead the conversation. He could speak of his own activities, but it invited more dram than he typically cared to deal with. It was always hit or miss whether his conversational partner would be inspired to terror or repulsion, or both, and none of those were things that he appreciated. Better to let her dictate the tempo rather than to rehash the actions of the morning and have to curb their outing early, unwilling to entertain her emotions over his own serenity.

Pella Labeau

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Re: Afternoon Snack
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2019, 07:55:38 AM »

Pella relaxed against him. Cheek to her hair all the encouragement she needed. All the acceptance she wanted. Fingers curling around his arm before her hand spread to his back. Soothing circles drawn on the muscle there. Mimicking, almost, the way she pet the cat with her other hand. A quiet moment spent listening to the purring of the filthy beast.

She could almost see why he and Nora liked them.

"We've both been busy." Pella excused them both, taking the arm he offered her. House forgotten before they ever made it outside. She laughed when he dumped the cat outside, and leaned into him as they left the porch for the path down along the trees. Door locked behind them with a key so that Nora could get in while they were gone. If she hadn't lost hers, or forgotten how to use it.

"I've been just fine, Aramis." Adjusting to a new body in the house. Everything in need of refitting to accommodate Nora'd presence. From recipes to space. Little things people didn't think of when they brought a whole new person home without any warning. She made no mention of the recent fight. Emile was not someone she wanted to speak of just then. He annoyed her greatly.

"And what about you? You've been hiding a lot lately." Fingers looped around his wrist, Pella ran her hand over his shoulder, palm cupping his collarbone. Kneaded the muscles at the base of his neck while she pressed her cheek to his arm. Elusive, reclusive husband. Pella loved him for his quiet. Was tormented by his strangeness. A horrible mixture of fear and wanting.

"Oh. Look." Knuckles brushing his jaw to turn his head. A peacock appearing through the trees. He spread his tail wide and cried out warning at their approach. "They make the worst noise." It always sent chills down her spine.

Aramis Dupuis

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Re: Afternoon Snack
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2019, 04:28:26 AM »
Pella intrigued Aramis, in a different way than the other women, or even his marks. It wasn't something he felt necessary to tell anyone; he acknowledged it and moved on. But there was always an edge to her that the other women lacked, either because they chose to ignore the parts of him they found unfavorable, or those parts were their soul focus.

He wondered at the duality of himself in her eyes, and why she came so close to someone she could have just as easily avoided.

"It's good you're well," he replied. At least she reported herself as well. There had to be some modicum of truth to it, at least, because Pella knew about as well as Emile how much Aramis disliked lies. If there were something she felt she couldn't deal with on her own and didn't want to take to Emile, Aramis expected it to be brought to him. If she had it in hand, pr preferred to not have him involved, that was her choice. He expected her to be honest, as much as it mattered.

In return, Aramis would be honest too. It was that kind of game, after all.

"Most recently in the shed with a mark." He said, toneless. Affecting any kind of emotion about it was both unnecessary on his part, because it was a fact, and often times a poor choice with conversation partners, because it often came off wrong. "Before that, I can't say I was good company. Better to be apart, then." Aramis had always had a dishearteningly quick slide into cold anger when it felt like he'd been kept wound up too long, and his fuse grew shorter and shorter the longer he kept from working toward soothing it. It was why he preferred to go hunting for wayward fishermen rather than pick a slave at market, but sometimes needs must. The end result was often the same, after all -- Aramis' bones settled in his skin and his private stores gained their pound of flesh. Or two.

Following the touch of her knuckles, Aramis' gaze went from where he'd had it pointed ahead to better avoid obviously not looking at her, to the peacock in the underbrush. "I agree. A shame that they're appealing to look at. Otherwise I think they'd be better welcome around the house." Maybe as a replacement to the cats, although he wasn't quite sure which vermin they'd be best against. Perhaps the cats were a better choice.

Pella Labeau

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Re: Afternoon Snack
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2019, 07:44:45 PM »

It made her skin crawl. As if it would shed itself for Aramis' perusal, which made Pella feel all the more uncomfortable. Beneath that sick twisting in her stomach was a hard, hot knot. Snakes coiling around it, making her fingers flex on his arm. "I'm glad you're feeling better, and back with us." Though Pella cared very little about the others at that moment.

She was glad he was back with her.

Pella did her best not to think about what happened in Aramis' shed. Or before it. Murder happened often among the Blood, that was not the driving force of her discomfort. It was what came after. How? Why? She was curious but terrified sick of knowing. Pella was glad for the distraction the bird made. Tail feathers glossy in the light. Aramis warm beneath her touch.

"They're supposed to be a good omen. Favored by the Darkness." She turned, letting her breast brush against his arm in invitation. "There is a priestess quite famous on Corlay for the number of them that congregate around her temple." Feathers rattling, the peacock wailed again, gaze a sharp glare he turned in their direction as a few hens came out from under the fronds he had strutted out of. Pella laughed.

"I think we're interrupting." She told Aramis, smile turned to his shoulder as she nudged him away with her body. "The cats probably keep them away." Fingers spreading against his palm, Pella tipped her face toward him and smiled. "Where to, since we've been so rudely cut off from our meander." Somewhere quiet, the brush her chin on his shoulder suggested.

 

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