It had been an interesting last few weeks in the manor, in the midst of everything they were doing to investigate the weird happenings in the city, the last thing she expected was for a whole new faction of people to show up on their doorstep and yet that was the reality they faced. Not that she minded the company but it was a lot to wrap your mind around, a species who lived in the boundary between alive and dead, helping to better the world in small ways and prevent others from becoming stuck in the void.

Because the manor wasn't big enough to hold the entire faction she had been rooming with one of the Aurazin for a while and gotten to know her, Argent made friends fast and tended to like everyone so she quite enjoyed sharing her space with someone else for a while. She enjoyed listening to stories about their kind and the lives they had led up til then. Argent wanted to be able to help them find a way back to their home but it proved to be easier said than done, whatever magic had been used to close the door to the veil was very powerful and dark, so much so that the very thought of it made the aspect of light uncomfortable.

While they were waiting for some kind of solution though, they had decided the aurazin needed a place of their own to live which sadly meant Argent no longer had her roommate Maddison. The other girl had been slowly moving her things between the two places bit by bit. Now there were only a few things left so Argent had decided to help her out and packed up the remaining things into a box before taking it to her car and driving over to the shortgrass prairies. She hadn't been here before but she'd been given the address by Lucien. She raised her brows curiously as she got out of her car, retrieved the box and headed up to the door to knock on it. 

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Since being cast out of the veil, Maddison had been trying to adjust to life on earth again. In the last 7 years, she had really only known the other Aurazin’s. Besides her baby brother, they became her family. She didn’t particularly trust easy; not after everything her physco ex husband had put her through. So forming any sort of deep attachments to people, and inviting those people into her inner circle; just didn’t come to her quickly. The Aspect of Light, Argent; was one of the first few people that Maddison had let in, since being in Evermore.

Maddie felt grateful that Argent and her family were trying to help find the Aurazin’s a way back to their own home. But so far, it seemed like no one was having any luck. She had only briefly heard about the strange happenings in Evermore, from Argent herself...and from the news. Something was throwing everything out of balance, but what? For the first few weeks, that the Aurazins lived at the Ailward Manor, It was quite nice for Maddison to have a room-mate.  The Aspect of Light, always seemed so bubbly, always smiling and compassionate; in some ways, it reminded her of her younger self; before her trust issues arose. The two girls had bonded nicely so far. If Maddie needed anything,she was sure she could rely on Argent for help and advice.

After the Aurazin’s had moved into the large cabin in the prairies; Maddison had her own space. Her own room. And the fact, she and her baby brother were living under the same roof again, was something to get used to. He liked to sleep in lately. It seemed like he was taking advantage of the need to sleep. But being older, she found it a bit lazy, on her account.

That morning, Maddison had gone into the city; getting some decorating material. Her own room needed a personal touch. So what better way, then some fresh paint and wallpaper? Maybe she was under-estimating how hard it would be decorating her own room; having not decorated a room in over 7 years. So she had forgotten the hassle of it all.

So far, it was a bit of a chaos. Somehow, Maddison ended up with paint in her hair and clothes. And bits of wallpaper stuck to her clothes.She probably looked like a walking decorating disaster. Yep, she needed some help. From her bedroom window, she saw a familiar car pulling up. Maddison wasn’t expecting Argent to come for a visit. But it was a nice surprise. Heading out of her bedroom and downstairs, to open the door. Maddie greeted the red-head with a soft smile. “Argent, what a nice surprise, come on in.” she ushered the Aspect of Light, inside.

When she turned to close the door behind them, Maddison saw her dishevelled appearance in the hallway mirror. Half scaring herself. “Note to self...decorating a bedroom, not my finest skill apparently.” she laughed at herself. “As you can see, I am having a bit of a decorating crisis.” She told her former room-mate. 

Argent was good at adapting and she had experienced so many different phases of the life the Ailward’s lived, while others might get stuck in their ways but she tended to be the one always embracing what was new. She had thrown into research, though she never even knew the Aurazin existed before a few weeks ago, one of those things Ven needed to keep to himself to protect the balance and all.

They had the guards investigating the spots where the aurazin had first appeared when the veil had closed but so far that had turned up little more than traces of dark magic. That was enough to suggest that whatever happened was done by manipulation intentionally but it spoke very little more than that, they didn’t know who, they didn’t know why and probably more importantly, they didn’t know how to undo whatever had been done. Slow progress.

She couldn’t control much of that, but what she could control was their experience here, some of the Aurazin hadn’t been on earth in a long time so she spent a lot of her time trying to catch them up with new technology and ways of life. Others just seemed to want to talk a lot and have company, she supposed it could get tiring talking to the same people every day in the veil. When she opened the door, Argent peered at her from around the box she was holding, wiggling her fingers in a half effort of a wave “You forgot a few things in the room, I had a free afternoon so I figured…” she stopped mid-sentence because she noticed that Maddison was covered in paint and wallpaper “Did a decorating store puke on you?” she raised her brows.

She laughed under her breath when she said she was having a decorating crisis, the redhead stepped inside and set down the box before hesitantly reaching out to pluck a stray piece of wallpaper off of her shoulder “You realize this is supposed to go on the walls right?” she giggled under her breath and smiled “Looking to freshen the place up a little?” she looked around for a moment taking in the layout of the cabin and how it seemed quite dark and dreary, Maddie wasn’t wrong in thinking some decorating would spruce it up a little.

Without another thought Argent rolled up her sleeves and grinned slightly “Alright, put me to work, tell me your vision and we shall see what reality we can make between us” she wasn’t wearing painting clothes but she didn’t mind much, she had more clothes at home, when Argent saw a project she found it almost impossible to let it go until she had seen it to completion and this was no different.

The Auzarin’s cheeks turned slightly pink, from embarrassment upon registering Argents expression and how messy she indeed looked. As the Aspect teased her, Maddie let out a laugh. “You try, putting up a wall-paper on your own; when you’ve haven’t decorated in….well a long while.” Not the best come-back, but it was the best she got.  The last time, Maddie had decorated a room, let alone trying to decorate a house, was at least over 8 years ago, if not more. 7 of those years, she was dead and living in the veil. Maddison felt like she needed more than two pairs of hands, to try and sure; they would keep up and stick. The Aurazin nodded. “Yeah, I started with my room...as it looked plain. But the rest of the cabin could use some more warmth and light to it too.” In all honesty; Maddison needed something to keep herself occupied, at home. So she thought decorating the cabin would be one way to do it.

“Thanks for bringing the rest of my stuff.” Maddie said softly; when she noticed some of her things poking from the box, Argent set down. She would have to unpack that stuff later.

As Argent rolled up her sleeves; Maddison glanced towards her outfit. “Are you sure? You look so nice.” At least, Maddison was wearing an old pair of jeans and a t-shirt, so she wasn’t so bothered about getting dirty. But since her friend was insisting on helping; she didn’t mind. “There’s more paint and brushes in that cupboard over there.” she gestured to one of the doors; which led into a big closet of cleaning stuff and domestic appliances to keep the house tidy. 

“I was thinking something classy, yet modern for the cabin would suit.” After all, some of the Aurazins were quite old; so they were used to a more olden style of things. “I have different sets of wallpapers for the hallway and was thinking of having one wall in the living room, just wall-paper. Then rest paint, to make the area more light and open.” The darkness of the cabin made the space in the living room feel more crowded and didn’t go with the nice furniture. 

She walked over to the door herself, to show Argent what sort of paints she had brought. Large tubs of paint, hidden in the storage area. “I thought a selection of these would go nicely, in the cabin. It’s just a matter of trying to find, which paint would suit which room the best.” Looking at the red-head female, waiting to hear some input from Argent.

She laughed under her breath, Argent had done a fair bit of decorating in the castle when they had first come to Evermore, mostly because it helped to distract her from the fact they had lost so many people and couldn’t return to their home, she had enjoyed picking out all the colors and then just working away one room at a time, you could have music on and there was always more to do so it felt like the perfect task “Hmm...yeah the stuff does like to roll itself back up mid-application” she responded with a soft laugh. “Decorating kinda helps to make it feel real huh?” she imagined it could be tough for the Aurazin to process their new reality after all.

“No worries, I kept waiting for you to come to get it and then I realized you probably forgot about it, busy with the move and decorating it seems” she looked around for a moment taking in the space and the vibe of everything, the place did seem kind of empty right now but she knew with time it would fill with stuff and before long it would feel much more like home. “Oh don’t worry, I have far too many clothes, I can sacrifice one outfit” she laughed under her breath, she was sure Maddie remembered from rooming with her that she had an entire walk-in closet connected to her room and even that was running out of space slowly.

She headed over to the cupboard and grabbed out a roller and a brush she could use while she was helping, she glanced over to her when she was talking about what kind of look she was going for, the redhead nodding a few times in thought as she considered what it might look like when the walls were a completely different color “Something warm would work...you know a lively tone with a pop of color but nothing too crazy” no one wanted their walls neon green or anything crazy like that she was sure. Argent studied the wallpaper she had chosen and nodded, grabbing one of the more rosy colored paints to show.

The wallpaper is quite plain and delicate so I think this one would compliment it well and make the room feel lighter, right now a lot of the color tones were quite dark and dull and it set a certain mood in the place which didn’t quite match what she thought Maddie was hoping for. “I guess we should start with the wallpaper walls, since you probably need someone else to help you keep it straight” or from sticking to her it seemed.

Back in her mortal days; Maddison had liked decorating. It helped her relieve any pent up stress. She always seemed to have a good eye for color and combinations. But since being Dead; it has been a bit of an effort trying to rediscover that talent. “Yeah, it’s like it’s got a mind of its own.” Maddison laughed, thinking about the trickiness of handling wallpaper.  Argent hit the nail on the head, with that comment. Nodding in agreement. “Just makes me realise how much I lost touch with, being dead and all.” But it was a challenge, trying to learn a few things over again. Though, she supposed for someone who was dead much longer than she was; it would be much harder.

“I was meaning to drop by the manner, and visit you all; and pick up my things, but yeah. Time ran a little away from me, with the move, decorating and finding myself a job.” Maddison admitted. If Argent didn’t bring her whatever belongings she forgot back at the Ailwards, who knows how long it would have been, till Maddie’s visit. But Luckily Argent was a good friend, so she came here instead. “You have your own mini shop of clothes.” The Aurazin teased, remembering how much clothes Argent had in her walk-in closet. So the Aspect probably was fine, with getting one outfit a bit messy, due to decorating.

Maddison prepped what they would need for putting up the wallpaper on the walls. It seemed like Argent had a good idea, what vision Maddison was trying to achieve. “Yeah, I don’t want it to be too overly bright,but bright enough that it looks tasteful.” She had seen a few decorating disasters where colors were too bright, or did not match what people were going for. It was chaos.

The Aurazin nodded. “If you want some coffee, whilst we work. Help yourself...there’s a fresh batch in the kitchen.” Maddie offered, knowing the two would need to keep up their energy. Maddison looked at the walls. “Let’s start with the hallway.” Since the hallway was a main wallpaper zone, and they were standing here right now, it was as good a place as any to start. Getting out the wall paper knife and a long ruler. Maddison began to measure out the pieces of wall-paper; so it would fit on the wall. This was one of the more tedious bits of using wallpaper. Getting all the measurements right, before applying it to the wall.

“How’s everything at the Mansion, since we’ve moved out?” Maddison asked, curious. It was probably a bit more quieter for the Aspects and Guards, with the Aurazins living here.

She couldn’t help but laugh at the idea of wallpaper having a mind of its own and staging an uprising because it didn’t want to sit right on the walls but her words about feeling out of touch because she died made Argent go quiet for a moment and then grimace slightly “Well then there’s plenty for you to get to experience and learn now you’re here, right?” Argent didn’t see the point in dwelling on the past and staying wrapped up in bad memories and so she tried to find the light in everything, which was probably ironically why they chose her particular element for her.

“Oh for sure, take it from someone who moved from a home that was destroyed to a brand new city, it’s definitely crazy” you could say their situation was pretty similar in some respects but in others she was sure it was entirely different “I’m sure it has been challenging to get into a new routine, considering you now need to figure out where to fit sleeping and eating into everything” she remembered finding it strange that Aurazin didn’t need to rest at all in the veil and she noticed the way they had all seemed to struggle with finding a new rhythm.

“Yeah...I really need to get out and donate some of the ones I haven’t worn” she tended to enjoy spending her free time shopping and it wasn’t like she could come back empty-handed, usually she picked something she had ideas about what to wear but the more new things she got the more old ones no longer got to see the light of day. She nodded slightly as she inspected the wallpaper, she liked the pattern she had chosen for it and it clearly matched with the general color scheme she was going for in the hallway “Something to make it feel less...dark” she nodded slightly, the walls were currently pretty dark which made the cabin look quite gloomy.

“Ooooh you know I never say no to coffee” she responded, essentially being a whirlwind of red hair as she headed into the kitchen and located the pot of coffee before pouring some out into one of the mugs from up on the shelf, she was sipping it by the time she came back into the hallway and she set it down on the little table near the entrance. While Maddie was measuring out the wallpaper sheets, Argent read through the instructions on how to correctly mix the right consistency of paste and then started working on making a batch “Busy, we’re still trying to get some kind of clue when it comes to the magic used to close the doors to the veils but so far all we know is that it’s really dark magic which fights us back every time we try to look deeper” which meant that it was definitely something related to the dark magic they had already seen spreading in Evermore.

The Aurazin noticed Argent’s grimace, from the corner of her eyes. But the Aspect of Light, had a point.”That’s true, I guess le-learning how to eat and sleep wasn't exactly on my to-do list, a few months ago.” But, she couldn’t complain. Maddison had actually missed food. But her brother tempting her with sugary treats, wasn’t a win win situation, as sugar tended to make her kind weaker; no matter how good it tasted. If she didn’t find things to keep herself busy and occupied with, bad memories would linger in her mind. Hence, why she always liked to do something, to take her mind off of it. Maddison didn’t like to linger on her tragic past; even if some bad memories always creeped back into her thoughts; especially at night.

She could only hope that nothing had actually destroyed the Veil. As some of their kind was still stuck there, with no way to communicate between the worlds. “How long, did it take you to settle in Evermore?” she asked gently. Maddison knew a little bit about the Isle of Skye, from Argent’s stories of her their former home. But she was always careful in asking questions; not wanting to stir up bad memories for the Aspect. “Yeah, for a while, I think everyone just felt lost and confused about our purpose, now that we can’t return to the veil, or save souls from the void.” It made a lot of them question their purpose as an Aurazin, not being able to do their job; especially the Shepherds.”I think for me, sleeping has been one of the few things, I struggled with at first. I haven’t slept in like 7 years, so finding a new sleeping schedule has been interesting. But I have always been one to keep busy, so I suppose working at the gift shop, has given me some stability, now living in Evermore.” Maddison knew, it surprised anyone who knew of her past career as a nurse and 9-1-1 responder. But she had needed a change.

Maddison was sure,some charity shops would be more than willing to take Argents clothes that she no longer wore. At least, they’d go to a good cause. “That’s not a bad idea. Charity shops always take more things.” She had a few customers try to donate, some things at the gift shop she worked at; as they had mistaken it for a charity shop. So Maddison had to point them in the right direction, having seen a few charity shops near where she worked.

A light giggle escaped her, as Argent practically ran into the kitchen for coffee. And to think, Maddison always thought her brother was like that, when it came to coffee. “Oh, I do remember your love for coffee.” A coffee was a must, even for Maddison, on a long day. By the time, Argent returned with her coffee. Maddison was making some progress with the measuring. Leaving the measured and cut pieces of wallpaper on one pile. “If it’s as bad as the chaos I keep hearing about on the news; then it really sounds stressful.” Maddie spoke, as she glanced over at Argent. Wondering what sort of dark magic was behind all of this. “Not to mention dangerous.” Until Maddison had died; she had been oblivious to the supernatural world. Not much of a believer really. So it was still taking her some time to adjust, with so many supernaturals in the city, and hearing about dark magic causing havoc. After all the wallpaper was measured out; they were all set to start, putting it onto the walls. “For the sake of everyone, I just hope whatever dark magic is messing with everything, that no one gets seriously hurt.” It was why Maddison had worried, when her brother had been missing for a few weeks; being stuck in England, trying to find his way to Evermore. Maddison feared something bad had happened to him.

“How’s the glue coming along?” Maddison knew it took a while to mix together. The smell always makes her nose itch.

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