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Though the many years, no one knows like Celestials and the Aliwards knew what happened. Lucius could never forget all the hell and pain he went through with no answers still to give him an eased minded. He didn't want to see an Aliward or any guards from the events that changed a lot of people. Some are scared, some overcome everything, some like Lucius with trust issues who does not like doing alone in the dark without think one of the guards is tracking him down with one wrong move. He wants to move on from what happened and live his life to be who he is. It was just yesterday Opehila told him he was no a human but part of a species from the stars. His old life sometime comes back to him with his job he was so passionate about the people who cared for him like a family would. Lucius does not know what who he really is.
Answers is all he could think of, thinking he is someone dangerous to others learning about his powers here and there. Baby steps through the years, living in the city, he got to know bits but not really everything. The celestial male was taking a short walk think he could need to find a quiet place to look deeper within himself. His brown hues look upon the destination he was looking for. The Woods. Lucius for one was not a nature type of person but hearing that it helps someone to think and look within themselves it's worth a try. Entering the woods he soon realized anything can happen and this was a bad idea. He knew he wanted to let his mind be free and clear but he had to let his mind be open in case for an attack or to protect themself.
As he entered the woods, he felt himself being attached to nature, walking through nature and just take a walk exploring a new area Lucius has not yet seen. Within his mind he knew he needed to do, find a few hobbie, get into everyday society, move on from what happened years ago and try to be open and nicer to others.As his mind went to find someone to love he rolled his eyes to himself. "Yeah right, I pushed girls away already by would someone like a man like me." Lucius believed Love was a person weakness, a blind spot for a person common sense. Little does his mind goes it's a little part of being human not like he was at all but to feel Human in a little way.
Lucius sit down on top of a rock, looking to see if anyone was around which like he thought noone. He closed his eyes feeling the breeze that came through the trees to calm himself completely. Lucius didn't think today was going to be eventful.
Malva would be truthfully honest, she didn't like being cooped up anywhere. Not even in her room, which was saying something, considering the lethargic Aspect of Magic preferred solitary over everything else. She liked the silence that ensued over them like another layer of shroud. A shroud she had a soft spot over. Tracing the tip of her finger across the family portrait hung in her room, she couldn't help but to stare at the centuries old painting of them.
There, the eight of them had the definite post of siblings. 4 sat while the other 4 stood. 4 femalea and 4 males. All that consisted of their infamous siblings that she still found ease in annoying to the path of banter. Unfortunately, they were not in any favours to think about bantering. Malva felt like they were slowly deteriorating, in a bad sense of way because even she wasn't sure how to stop it. Delay it? Maybe. But stop it? Not a chance. The Aspect of Magic didn't have the slightest idea on how to solve this mystery puzzle that kept on bugging their lives; specifically hers. Her search on tracing back to where the diviner or diviners might originate from came back as a futile result. She couldn't pinpoint any exact location. Not even the area.
So to say it frustrated the brunette Ailward Aspect to her wits at end, would be a vast understatement. Glancing back to the mahogany desk, she pulled up the drawer and took out the Burmese ruby pendant that glinted malevolently, dangling it just right above her eye level as her bright blue hues scrutinized the gem and the dark energy placated in it. "Let's get you out of there. You and I need to get some working done." She mumbled, clasping the four century old pendant around her neck and wrapped herself in a jacket. Releasing the spare strands of her hair that got caught up in the jacket, she also didn't forget to tuck in her spell journal in her bag before making her exit.
"Au revoir.. Let's hope I come back intact. And alive, obviously. I still have so many to solve to die this early." The reason for why she had uttered such words would be due to her venturing out again in the most unpredictable venue in Evermore; the woods. The Ailward Aspect needed to find what it means to trust and give herself back to the nature so she could learn what it was like to be dependent. It was a practice she needed to get down to because very soon, she had the feeling she would be needing them. It was only a day after New Year's so she didn't expect any guards to stay back in the manor, hence there were probably none lounging around. Good. It makes everything she was going to do a tad easier. If she comes back well, of course.
As soon as she came out from the entrance door, she held her amethyst pendant that she enchanted from her staff and closed her eyes, willing for herself to transform into their dragon form so she could fly to her destination. It was about time she got back to using them. Shortly after that, she arrived. Landing in between the trees in her invisibility form, she reverted back to her human form as she inhaled the fresh air around her sharply, despite the nightly setting telling it it's already late. It was not a foreign occurrence to see her preferring night settings because it was the best time she could tap into the dark magic. But just as she was about to settle herself against the tree, she saw a particular male silhouette standing by not far from where she was at. Squinting her eyes slightly at the said direction, she wondered who would be out so late in the woods. With the exception of her, at least.
The faint light he exuded would remind her any day on who he was. He was a Celestial, alright. But his identity piqued her interest however. Malva wasn't sure she would be seeing that particular person again. Not after a while. "You know, it's not exactly safe to be wandering around here so late at night. Especially when you're in a territory that would most likely get yourself ripped to shreds. Wouldn't exactly be their fault-" She tucked both her hands into her jacket as she came down from her site, landing on the pile of snow as she tilted her head slightly to the side to face the Celestial. "Because your faction didn't exactly sign the peace treaty. Yet. It wouldn't be a direct violation of their codes. You're lucky it's not full moon." She continued, releasing a puff of air as she rested her gaze on him. "It's been a while, Lucius."
One thing Lucius didn't like, was being out somewhere in the dark no idea who he will meet. Not only he has trust issues but one thing that alarmed him the most, he has not meet an single Guard or an Aliward since his return to the city. Reunion towards who meet during the day of being captured and imprisoned two thoses who didn't know what really happened. Lucius is not proud to be one of the lucky ones to say he lost most of his little time knowing who or what his species is and was blinded sided by people.
If you ask Lucius he remembers everyone's faces, if he was one he knew questions will be thrown out with a death match of who will live or died. He is not a fan of dying but he if wants answer he has to face them problem dead in the eyes. Did think it is going to hit soon.
Sitting on a rock she heard something walking around with the tweaks, dead leaves, rocks and dirt frozen on the earth of the woods they are standing on. As the women spoke, Lucius was caught off guard as he stood up and turn around. He knew that voice anywhere, out of all days and nights why this night. " I can say the same thing. You can say am daring." he spoke as he found the figure and kept his eyes focused. Listened to the other's words know what they said is true but again he knew he was going to hang around for to long. " Am not planning to stay for too long.I am not a fool to get myself killed." He left the other walk closer as he finally saw there face. Malva Ailward.
Looking at her right in the face, his brown eyes examined the other as it has been a while since the last time. " Yes, it has Malva. I see you remembered my name after theses years. Am assuming you tracked me down to see if am not doing anything am not supposed to?" Lucius got his guard up, he knew the family and their guards wouldn't leave the city. It took along enough for him to face one since that night. He knew his answers won't come easy but he didn't understand why he would let himself want to listen what the other had to say. There is no care after what they did.
Trudging through the woods had been a normal occurrence to the Aspect of Magic. The woods became her place-to-go for quite some time now, so it wasn't surprising to see he wandering around the cold and hostile area without any protection layer. She never really liked going anywhere with guards who would end up tailing her. So when she sneaks out, she usually made sure she wasn't followed. But it's clear, if Malva doesn't want anyone following, she'll make sure no one's following. That's one thing for sure. She was initially trying to practice in the dark night, using the moon and the setting as her emotional anchor, while delving deeper into the dark arts to familiarize herself.
What she did not expect to find, was company. And not just any company-- a Celestial's company. Preferably, someone who she's acquainted with and knew very well. Despite her reconciliation with the wayfinder, Ophelia, she knew it was hard for any of them to come up front to meet her face to face after what she's done. After what's aided and abetted into doing. She didn't forget them, no. Malva also did not expect them to be cool with everything, but evidently, it will have to pass if they wanted to stay hospitable and civil to one another as they resided just across the city between the two factions. “Daring, or stupid?” The abrasive tone accentuating her voice was colloquial to anyone who's had the chance to know her. She's easily known for her cold and hardened exterior--befitting her Russian doll-like appearance.
“I've been here more times than I could remember. You could say, it's my place-to-go whenever I need tranquility to accompany my practicum.” she exclaimed, a present day smile etched on her lips as she kept the neutral look on her. “Besides, I don't think attacking anyone who's signed the peace treaty would be affirmative for the therianthropes. It's not the full moon, so there is simply no reason to attack an unarmed innocent lady who was just walking around.” she mused lightly, the twinkles in her bright blue hues making itself known how she was still contemplating what to surmise next.
“And you know it as well as I do, couldn't kill me even if you tried for a hundred years.” It wasn't her being confident of her abilities and status, but every single one of them had their own self-preservation skills to accommodate themselves. You tend to get a hold of the hook after living for a millennium. “Don't let me ruin your moment. I wouldn't want for you to leave on my account. The woods are a public place, after all-- well not so public, but you get what I mean. I remember every people I've met, Lucius. When you've live long enough, you’re to remember every single intricate detail. Although I do think it's hard to forget someone like you. You tend to make a note to remember the faces you should be careful around. We still have yet to finish a lot, so I don't think I would like the manner of my death to be a sad homicidal case, in the cold woods, no less.” It was still surprising to see how playful she took the situation to be, but if someone knows how to mask their emotions, she's one of them.
“Don't flatter yourself, darling. I didn't track you down like some stalker. You have to understand, I still have some class.” she mumbled under her breath as she clicked her tongue in annoyance. “What do you mean by doing something that you're not supposed to?” Quirking her eyebrows up in a questioning manner, she took a few steps forward with her hands still tucked in her coat's pockets. “Should you be doing that? I don't think we'd miss any detail if anyone was causing trouble. We have these tiny little alarms, after all. Nothing we can help with. But let's hope none of you are doing any of that, we have enough on our platter, pretty sure we don't need more.” her voice dropped an octave lower, making it much more threatening and sinister than usual. It wasn't long after she replaced it with a smile back again. “How are you liking Evermore?”
Lucius looked at Malva as she spoke, he is not at this spot to kill or pick a fight with anyone. If he didn't like going out at night as it is why would he want to do other things. "Who says am going to attack anyone? Am just walking around minding my own business. I just happen to come across you. " he said. Lucius chuckled when she said stupid, most people would not dare to walk in the woods alone at night most of the time. "Will both I guess. One stupid for someone who does not trust the night to talk around in the woods and Two daring to face anything that it welcomes."
Listening to female, he knew darn well she would not track anyone alone. They have guards to do that job if anything come up. " I didn't come back to cause a riot. I do have a life am trying to catch up with after all." Lucius knew he was being snappy but really that is all the emotion he can feel. The past is in the past, he is looking for answers and move on and have somewhat of a normal life, if there is room for any of that for himself. Lucius found himself enough to calm down as looked up at the other and nodded. " It's peaceful. Bigger then I thought but I like it here." Lucius didn't find himself to explore other areas yet but he will so find himself to get out of his comfort zone and trust somewhat.
"You sound like you never changed a bit however. How is life going on with you?" a busy women like her must have more of a story then he can tell. He was lost for word as to what he want to ask. In a way he is use to people talking more then himself as he did so much of it already in his life. Being a layer is stressful, he always won the agreements and cases. That is another story to tell for another day. This time he will sit back and let another person for once talk more then him, which is him choice as of right now his feeling about seeing the Aliward is bittersweet. Happy to see she is still around, mad what they did to his species. Bittersweet is the only word he can describe what is inside himself.
In all honesty, if she had to pick which one of the lot in the dragon family that was going to have an actual working relation with the celestials, considering after what they have done to their kind, it would've been Argent. By a long shot, it would've been him. Maybe even Virindeus, but he's always off coast, never really partaking in things that would internally cause conflicts between one another. Which was probably why she hasn't seen him a lot these days, either. She wouldn't exactly blame him. Sometimes, even Malva wanted to run away from everything and just bask in her loneliness for a little while longer. Loneliness was nothing compared to the conflicts that would bombard and weigh on their shoulders. Resentment drives deep, they said. They were not wrong. Bit by bit, the Aspect of Magic was starting to dislike her current situation. Not the duty itself or her own identity, but really, she just had something to dislike about it, no idea what it was yet though.
Rolling her eyes, she inhaled in the cold air of the night. “Not you, I meant the therianthropes. They literally have no reason to attack unless the other party was trespassing. Technically, I haven't trespassed. Yet.” She eyed the lines underneath the ground, that really does highlighted how deep magic flows every single spot in the earth itself. “You really shouldn't be wandering around though. Especially not alone, or in the dark.. If you are, at least go to a public place.” The concern accentuating Malva's tone made it clear to the both of them that the caring side of her was still imbued to her. It just takes more effort to actually show them. “You Celestials are like.. Trouble magnets. You attract people with your light, so I'm not surprised. Especially supernaturals, they'd just like the idea of keeping a few jars of celestial energy just for the sake of it.” Admittedly, she has every right to worry about them. Mostly because she didn't wish for such a rupture to occur again. God knows what'll happen to them if it did. It was a painful experience she no longer wanted her nor her siblings to undergo again. Once was more enough.
“At least you have a life to get back to. That's more than what most people would have wanted and only half actually got them.” she mused, not really taking offense to his snappy tone. He had every right to actually be all kinds of negativity when it comes to them. Though, it did hurt that it had to come down to this. Lucius was someone Malva knew for a brief moment, before everything fell down like bricks. She would've offered friendship if anything, but it does seem like fate had something else in store for her. It wasn't as if she could have an actual say in it anymore, so she just learned to go with the flow. “I'm glad you find Evermore fitting your standards. It's a place we thought to be a second chance. A place where everyone can start anew.” The idea of Evermore was tempting but not many thought it was possible.
Even she had doubts on it. The chance to start anew however, went along. But if it's going to stand perfectly? Not really. She doubted it would, one day will come when they will have to reconstruct them again. The only positive affirmation to everything was that there will be a reconstruction and it won't be left in the pebbles and debris. Although, she did hope she won't be there to pick up the pieces. She's had enough of that. “I'm a exactly like how I was. Busy as ever. Nothing really changed. We only got more work.” Granted, their life was like full on corporate working company. It was never ending and there was no such concept as rest for them. “I'm still sane, so I'd say that's a progress.” she quipped. Contrary to other people belief, most Ailwards didn't really want guards to be following them around 24/7. The suffocation they feel are surprising. They weren't as dependent as some made them out to be, but there were parts where they're vulnerable, especially after fixing the dent. Heavy is the head wearing the crown, after all.
Lucius is a natural cold person, no one can't help that. Many people tried one almost was successful but sadly she was not around anymore. Lucius didn't understand but was grateful it was Malva and not another she was one she would hear her out. Lucius knew she is right on being alone in the dark, as Therianthropes can be very dangerous especially on a full moon. He smirked hearing her worry, as stars they are very bright as dangers and trouble. Lucius didn't mind the risks but he knew his limits and he was not on to use his powers unless he needed to. Lucius has no excuses or did his plan to use any on anyone unless it's being cautious then that's another self power he uses a lot.
Lucius never thought to hear someone say you life back from someone who was not within his species but knowing the other and everyone involved knew what happened. Not a lot knew what happened, in Lucius's mind he purred it to stay that way. Something within himself told him not to hold anything on Malva as he saw she wanted to move on from that dark past that happened to hurt both sides. "Second chances, those never comes around for a lot of people." he finally spoke knowing what she meant for himself as a person it was something different. He didn't know how why people kept him alive but yet he guessed his jerk like personality was a charm to others.
Away from the place that once was dark is now light made him decided to stay, he never knew if it was a good idea but now seeing someone from the past speaking to him knowing what really happen put his somewhat at ease. Malva was not all the blame as he never really got to know her. He listened to every word. Something about More work drew his interest as if there was more going on then what people knew. Coming to evermore and watching people and the law system he thought about going back to his old was as a lawyer. "I see there is no change but you are still the same I remember meeting." Lucius said looking at the other. "Can I ask you what changed? Life in Evermore. You make it sound like there is more stuff going on." Lucius asked wondering.
Meeting Lucius tonight was not what she had in mind, but then again, is there anything going the way she wished for it to go? Maybe her wishful thinking got too much to her that she forgot what it feels like to be ambushed or bombarded by possibilities and risks alike without having a backup plan. For Malva, there’s always a plan B for everything, she knew that much. When the Celestials came to the Isle of Skye, unlike others like her sister, Argent, Malva didn’t take the chance to actually get to know the others. It’s been that way before, and she hopes it’ll stay the same. The Aspect of Magic is closed off like that, nothing surprising to come out from that. She doesn’t even get that close to the other guards, especially new ones dated before the new century, though she still made sure to maintain a stark level of interest and respect just above the lines.
So she doesn’t have much friends outside her own faction, just a few that she kept close to herself, most of which had kicked the bucket a few years ago. They’re not all immortals, and despite being close to the purple dragon, even she would not ask Deus to create an immortality charm for them just because they’re friends. See, Malva thinks with her head instead of her heart, and while that is actually sensible and rational most of the times, especially under pressure, the lack of empathy in her heart does prove to be a problem, occasionally. How would you expect her to sympathize when she’s busy calculating the possibilities in her head? The Russian born brunette is that woman who would occupy her head with calculating what would come after and if there’s going to be any problems in the future, rather than offering people condolences or sympathizing with them, on a funeral.
That usually got her mistaken as someone who’s insensitive, which is far from what she is. Naturally, she would focus more on the benefits of the world since that’s the sole reason why she was brought back from the dead and to perform her duties as one of the 8 Aspects. Lucius, however, she remembered meeting him a few times before he came to the Isle, but nothing significant enough to imbue any memories. Since Mal had a section specialized to store the memories of people she’s met, it’s of no wonder that the Aspect of Magic could distinguish him from the others. It’s not like she’s befriended many celestials, anyway.
Arching her eyebrows in contempt, following his words, Malva bit her bottom lip and shrugged absentmindedly. “True. Second chances don’t come to most people, but do you want to be one of those ‘most’? No, right? If you’ve been given a second chance, then you should take it and see where it leads you. I was given mine, though mine was literally coming back from the dead. But I was killed off without any justified reason after being framed, so, I think I deserve to live.” Does she, though? A part of Mal knew she didn’t want to continue her fight because it was starting to wear her out slowly, and there’s no telling when the road of insanity would present itself in front of her, leaving her no choices but to trudge through it, if she wants to survive.
Especially with what’s going on, and her magic being slightly off the ledge, no wonder it’s been very stressful for the purple dragon. “Don’t mistake your jerk personality as a charm, by the way” she commented coolly, a small smile tugging on the corner of her lips. How did she know that? Instincts, perhaps. Throughout her many years of practice around magic, Malva does have a few advantages as well as tricks up her sleeves. But nobody needs to know that. “I do hope by that, you mean it as a compliment and not to stay I’m that same cold and the harsh woman you met on the Isle years ago. I promise that’s not all me” she didn’t know why she felt the sudden need to justify herself, but it’s a pet peeve for the Aspect of Magic. With the celestials, the species they didn’t have the best history with, she needed to put something out in the open. Past her reconciliation with Phe, she should know how to play nice.
When he asked her if there was anything more going on, the brunette pursed her lips before parting it to say her piece on it. “I can’t say much for sure, but things have been pretty hectic as of late. It’s messier … the tension is all around the ley lines, you can almost feel it.”
Throughout the many years, Lucius has never changed not what most people would want. Even if he did, no one would care. The question she asked him is a very good one, did he wanted to be one of the most? It is a repeated question like everyone is trying to tell him something. Was it maybe a wake-up call? What Malva went though could not be a laughing matter. Bring brought back to lie is not something to be cocky or to be funny. Shockingly, Lucius does have a limit from being an ass or a jerk. Dying is something he is afraid if he does not like to admit it if you ask him personally.
Lucius couldn't say being locked away and then getting out from what happen was indeed another chance. What can he do then? " I never knew you went through that I would've never guessed." Selfish as us all, women also know how to catch him out of line. The Phase, Women always right seems to be proven right every time. Lucius didn't know if he deserved it.
When Malva commented about him being a jerk as a charm, he could not help but to smirk knowing that was coming. "Fair enough. I have not found one person who told me otherwise." Lucius knew to throw himself into a pit of fire since he is talking about himself. No one can make fun of him but himself. "it's a compliment. I don't offend unless I have a reason too. I had my fair share of angry women. You, however, is one I don't think I want to piss off." he said noting that he still remembers of the family.
When Mavla said what is said, Lucius was left questioning. No matter what century everyone lived in, it just seems it's getting worst every time with nothing changing anything about it. Sadly really when you put it in that form of words. What is going on and what people think will never change. Someone or something will have to break that cycle, somehow someway. " I do agree with tension in the air. That's nothing you can't hide or deny at all." He spoke agreeing with the other. "Whatever this tension is I feel like this is the beginning what will come next will be us finding out," Lucius said with a sigh knowing things are never dull. Not like he was giving out advice on the matter, he is not the right person at the time is not right for him to be proven right or wrong.
Giving off a rather cold front was not something unusual for the Aspect of Magic. If anyone knew her at all, they would know that she’s very used to doing this, not because she wishes to hide her own problems and insecurity piling up behind the walls, but because that is just part of who she was. She’s cold, harsh, abrasive, and perhaps even manipulative, at times, especially if it meant she would get what she seeks out for. Many mistook that to be all that she was when really it’s just a portion of who Malva Ailward is. They forgot behind the exterior of the purple dragon; the Aspect of Magic lies another girl who has only known the price of living in this bitter world but still wanting it to strive to a better outcome. And before that, she’s also empathetic, understanding, and wise beyond her years, despite passing at a young age.
Regardless of her years of experience, Malva is still very much prone to mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, after all. And she was not excluded from the lot. The thing is that when she does conform to it, it grew bigger because the aftermath wouldn’t be just her. Everyone forgot that Malva Ailward is a lost soul who only ever knew to do what she’s told to do, nothing more, nothing less. Shaking her head as she scoffed at the male, she really did wonder what many of the celestials thought about their family. “Of course, you didn’t. I don’t think any of you actually bothered to learn about us, but then again, it’s understandable. You’re fueled by anger and resentment instead” it’s not a smart move, but it was a humane move. People are driven by their emotions, what differentiates them is whether they’re servants or slaves to their impulses or not.
“But learning about your opponent is always a piece of much-needed information to store, Lucius, or do you not consider us your rival?” This was one of the questions she wished to ask either one of the stars. She might’ve reconciled with Phe, but what of the rest remaining celestials? Surely, since they were the ones who were locked in captivity for years long, they had more right in hating them. “We weren’t always immortal, you know. My siblings and I, all of us died for no reason. We were framed and humans who were only scared of supernaturals, succumbed to their impulses and soon that fear turned to hatred, resulting in plenty of malicious ends. Our death sentence was delivered wrongfully, we didn’t even get a proper burial. But my point is not to show our history as if it’s a pity party, it’s to show you that amidst many others, you weren’t the only ones who have tasted the bitter end of the world. But at least, you were given a second shot at starting anew” pursing her lips lightly before resuming her words, she sighed heavily.
“You forgive, but don’t forget. That’s fine by us. I will do it again if I needed to do it, sacrificing innocent lives doesn’t sound like a way to go for it, but technically, none of you were killed. In fact, we were able to stop bounty hunters and irresponsible parties from hunting you down. I’m just sorry it couldn’t be on a better term where you’re offered shelter instead of imprisonment” there was a faint line between respecting and justifying. Malva stands tall on her ground if she’s questioned whether she would pull off the same decision she did, a century ago, if it meant temporary stabilization. There’s no point in protecting something if the world will end up devouring it in a few years, anyway. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, Lucius. I’m sure you’ve heard of that saying. You’re right in not wanting to piss me off, I’m not exactly friendly in such forgiving departments” there was slight snark and humor to her words, giving off the vibe that she really did wish there is no bad blood between their two species.
They’re safe, that’s all that matters, at the end of the day. They couldn’t handle if another celestial were to die. “Honestly, I don’t feel like I want to find out. Sure, I need to seek it out if we want to have any chance of fixing it. But I have a feeling that this time, it’s not going to be as easy as the last time. Every threat that looms over, grew stronger every passing day, and there’s only so much we can do when we’re occupied. Perhaps, keeping it at bay is one way to replenish ourselves first.” There was no hiding the fact that every single of their siblings had been tired out due to incessant efforts in fixing every problem that arises. “Just look out for yourself, be alert and alarmed at all costs. You stars are still highly valued prizes by many, now that you’ve returned.”
Getting to know something Lucius never got a chance to do so back then but the star can't live in the past forever. Lucius is not looking for revenge nor he would like to to find him. The star wats to live in peace like other can get to not many would seek that after what happened. Seeing the same face he saw before being capture will bring his guard up for sure. " Look back then you didn't what you guys had to do. That is the past as it's something we all like to look back on but right now in this present day, we can choose to hold on to that or not. Take it as a gain of forgiveness in my own way." Lucius said looking at the aspect. "I for one is only looking for answers to questions." he wanted to make it clear he is not made about what happened anymore then he was at the beginning of their conversation.
The other has a long way to gain his trust for sure so he is not writing her out to fast. Resentment is the right word he could agree with his emotions at the moment then bittersweet. He can't blame just one person knowing not tall were bad he seeing good people make bad intentions rather they knew it or not. When Mavla asked about him considered them as rivals he chuckled as he looked at her. " Am not looking for a fight Mavla. Knowing what you all can do it one thing does not mean you are a rival. There is no reason for me to think of you as one. We are different unless you like to amuse me by your reason why you would think I would see you or anyone as a rival?" Lucius wondered as he asked her the same question she asked him. He is rebellious, he is a jerk but one thing he will not do is seek for things he does not believe in himself.
The star didn't see what Malva is said to him, that took him by shocked as he sighed and looked to the ground. "It's not the worst thing anyone would go through. Not expecting you to say those words really. It's not like you had another choice. To explain something unexplainable is really impossible to explain. I might be old but even I think that way. No one expects the impossible and unexplainable that is one thing I think people these days and dark times could think about before thinking about what is next." Lucius heard any people talk about the day who were not in the building like him. As the staring being caputre, he could see why they did so but he could always see if there was anything they could do differently is in different patterns. No one is the fault as the unexpectable. That might be him thinking like a lawyer then thinking about himself as his species.
When the aspect said the phase Lucius chuckled as he nodded."You have no idea how many times I heard that very phrase." Lucius said. "Getting mad does not benefit anyone or get anyone forward. Am sure you have questions and want answers like me and I can understand that." Lucius said knowing the one you never want to mess with is a woman being angry. You can never get out alive including if they have powers. he does not want bad blood with Malva or anyone besides the part of him being a jerk to everyone that was just annoying people.
Lucius listened to the female as he couldn't help to add in more question for him to find answers. "Nothing comes easy to anyone Mavla." When he heard her warning he could not help but to think what he said was right. "Nothing much has changed the way I see it. I always have my guard up no matter what. Why you think the tension has to do with us again or something far worst." he asked. Like Lucius said he has been through worst in his life nothing surprises him anymore. That fact is numb to him if anything happens he is ready to act on his behalf.