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The thunder had finally awoken the Valkyr. And almost as if it were a summoning, Eden rose from the comfort of her bed, smirking. She'd had the same dreams now for months. All of them consisted of her king; things she simply could not speak on, and the few minor details she could say out loud, were still a little twisted. After bottling all that up for months now, Eden was left unbalanced, and practically unhinged. Anticipation burnt right through the Valkyr, spinning her inside out.
Eden had realy messed up by not leaving her old life behind her when Lord Heathcliff first turned her. And on top of that, she'd fallen victim to blood addiction. It was the misfortune some Valkyr's faced when they got just a little too much. But much like drug addiction, Eden couldn't even function without the right amount of blood. Eden had been pushing herself, and holding on to very little restraint lately. She loved her job, and losing her job, would be the tip of the iceberg, and would likely cause the Valkyr to lose the last of her humanity.
But, as she got to her feet finally, Eden crumbled. Shaking, sweating, and sporting black circles underneath her eyes, Eden needed blood. She felt starved no matter how much she consumed, and she guessed it was just one of many side effects to being a Valkyr addicted to blood. Pressing her hands against the cold, hard wood floors, the Valkyr mustered up the strength to take a long, needed bath; After climbig in, Eden slid down until she'd went under water. Some days she just wanted an easy way out, and due to her supernatural healing factors, drowning wasn't one of them. After resurfacing, Eden wiped her face, causing black streaks of mascara to smear down her cheeks.
, Nearly an hour and a half later, Eden finally climbed out, dried off and put a fresh change of clothes on. She couldn't restrain herself any longer. Fearing that she may kill someone was something she worried about less than the fear of going any longer without blood, and what it might do to her if she did.
After shakily getting out of the shower, Eden swipped her hand across a fogged up mirror, unable to recognize the girl looking back at her anymore.. After quickly dressing herself, the Valkyr gathered her personal items, and headed out into the city. It was the time of night where all the drunks were just leaving the bar, and she typically got away with feeding on them without it bringing any attention to her, or her faction. Eden stood in the same alley that she'd been standing in the night he found her ready to rip a red head into shreds; and stalked around the exit door, using her predatory nature to fish out the perfect one.
Eden narrowed her gaze, watching a well built male hassling a female who was trying to go home by a cab. The male wanted her to go home with him, and apparently she didn't want that at all. Eden waited until the woman sucessfully got into the cab, and watched as the male walked off in his own direction, yanking him into the darkness with her roughly. "You don't like the word no, do you?" she asked, and by this point, had him pinned against the wall. "Wh-ho- how? how are you stronger than me?!" the man yelled, fear crippling him as he began heaving. Eden smirked, and rolled her tongue across her lips. She failed to hear the words coming from his mouth, due to the sound of his heart pumping blood, that's all Eden heard now.
Just as she reared her head back, ready to plunge her fangs into the man's neck, Eden felt something sting her neck. She reach, trying to see what it was, and crumbled to the ground, fighting to keep herself conscious, but to no avail, as her world finally faded black. Eden was sure she was going to be killed right then and there. Why else tranq her with darts like that?And who? Perhaps someone important was keeping an eye on her, or had others watching her while he couldn't.. but, either way, Eden wasn't sure where she'd woken up when her eyes finally opened again.
After blinking a few times, Eden didn't recognize her surroundings and immediately became defensive of herself, ready to fight if she had to. This couldn't be good. But, she wasn't tied or chained to anything, so she was free to wander. Perhaps someone had intervened and saved her? "Hello?!" she yelled out, and felt herself become jittery again, which meant she hadn't been succesful in feeding before she had been shot with tranq darts. The starvation settled in again, and once more Eden was a threat to everyone, including herself. "Where am I?" she then asked, hoping someone would show themselves, and tell her how she'd gotten here.
Shortly after the fall of Skye and the aspects and guards settled themselves into Evermore, Bexley began to look for her own place. It didn’t take long till she was moved out and starting her own shop in Evermore. It was her perfect excuse for her not to be around a group of people that had become a family to her. They had all lost so much in the fall of the Isle, but the pain was something she didn't want to face. She couldn’t be around others mourning with them, trying to convince one another everything was okay, when it wasn’t.
While she has always been a passionate business woman she never thought it would be a way to escape from people she shouldn’t be escaping from. The thought of losing anyone in their dwindling numbers was far to much emotion for the guard. She turned to self remedies to not focus on the worst in life, she placed herself in a routine and only went outside of it when the aspects called upon her for a mission, or events to keep up appearances the best she could. Though her calls to check in became less.
That morning was like any other, up working out in her home gym, shower, breakfast, covering the scar on her eye with makeup, and off to her shop Diviner Intervention. She walked down the street mug in hand looking down to her phone scrolling through it when she noticed her backdoor was broken up. “Not again.” She hissed out as she walked through it ready to attack whoever had done it when her eyes landed on James. A fellow Guard who was a Valkyr. “Why are you breaking into my shop?” She crossed her arms.
“I was patrolling last night when I ran into a Female Valkyr, I could tell the signs of blood addiction right away.” He spoke giving a sad smile being one who had been addicted to blood himself at one point. “I was hoping maybe you could help her?”
“I’m not a halfway house.” She hissed out slightly and then peaked into the back through the beads where she could make out the outline of the woman. “I will offer my help but you darted her and she has a right to leave if she doesn’t want it. Now leave before I rip your head off for breaking my door!” She bit back as she watched James hurry his way out before making her way behind the counter and sighed heavily opening up the book on Valkyrs brushing up on the methods that were used to beat addiction.
It wasn’t long until she heard a Hello from the back. “In here.” She called back as she picked up the kettle and poured two mugs of tea and picked up the tray moving to where Eden was. She sat the tray down and then looked to her. “You look like shit.” She said simply as she picked up one of the mugs and placed it in her hands before picking up her own. “Drink it, it will help with the shakes.” She said as she sipped her own tea and sat the mug down. “My friend brought you here because he wishes me to help you with your blood addiction.” The dark diviners dark eyes hung on her for a moment. “But as I told him, you have free will, so it would be your choice to stay and let me help or leave and well deal on your own.” She said simply.
Eden felt unhinged. She'd woken to the sweats, chills, and a bitching fever. She was a Valkyr, but it certainy didn't feel as though her immortal status was worth a damn in this present moment. She had never been this sick before in her life, and she had never imagined that blood lust would be a part of her life. She'd gotten just a little too much however, and with that came a huge downfall of addiction. If this was what the dark parts of being a Calkyr consisted of, Eden Shaw and her inquisitive mind wanted no part in it. She knew she had to drink to survive, but she never wanted to lose control like that again. Much like in her past, the consequences of losing control while feeding, had been horrific.
When another voice called out to her, breaking her out of the daze she'd fallen in once more, Eden mustered up the strength to stand, and follow the other woman's voice. Eden sat down, where she imagined she was supposed to with the spare cup of tea place before her, and glanced to the raven haired woman hesitantly. When she bluntly told Eden she looked like shit, the Valkyr chuckled, but boy was this the last thing from funny right now. Eden frowned but leaned forward and grabbed the cup, sipping from it hesitantly. "What is this?" she questioned, but savored the taste of whatever it was. It was pretty damn good.
"I faintly heard you ripping that guy a new ass. Thank you" the Valkyr said appreciatively "But, I guess he did what he imagined was the only thing he could do. I lost myself when I was feeding.." she started, and assumed she wouldn't need to go any further for the other female to know exactly what was going on with her. "I don't.. I can't" Eden struggled for a moment. "I have no idea how to do this on my own. Ill take whatever help you're willing to give. I don't expect it to be free" she added, falling into old habits. At least this was a woman she was dealing with though, maybe she wouldn't expect Eden to strip and entertain her for money, like all the men who paid Eden had. Eden couldn't afford to be picky while she lived in a hotel, with nothing more to her name than her pride. And although Eden's pride had been stomped into the ground repeatedly, she managed to make it just one more day, living the way she lived. So, one thing they had not taken from her? Her strength, and no one would ever destroy the humble heart she had.
Eden had died to save a child's life, a child that wasn't even hers, or any kind of kin to her. She would forever remain the female who helped everyone., even if she had to die for it. So, to sit here now, knowing she'd hurt someone, hurt her more than words could ever express. Tears fell down her cheeks, and regret filled her entire being. "I can't believe I hurt someone.." she then said, tracing her finger tips over her lips, her hands trembling as a flashback of her losing control began playing in a loop in her head. "How can you help me?" she asked, a certain sliver of desperation in her tone.
As she watched the Valkyr take a sip of tea. She raised her cup back to her lips taking a long sip and then she twirled the cup looking to her. “It's a mix of herbs and green tea that help fight off symptoms of withdraw, it also just taste good.” she said simply with a shrugged as she sat the cup down on the table that sat in front of them. She looked around the room the shelves in front of them were lined with little vials filled with different potions.
“Well being a guard has a high importance in the city and we do a lot of good. I personally don’t believe in abduction. Especially because I am assuming he could have talked with you without using force. You don’t look out of control to me.” she said as she looked her over and then looked over her tangled hair. “Blood addiction will do that to you. It makes you only focus on one thing. That one thing becomes your life.” she spoke as if she knew a thing or two and when it came to magic some magic could be addicting. She focused back on Eden as she looked her over for a moment. “You shouldn’t have to do it on your own. Most people with addictions don’t do it on their own. They seek help from others.”
Bexley thought for a long moment on what she could need from the Valkyr to offer her help. “How about we make a deal. If I help you get over your blood addiction then you can give me some of your shadow energy for use for another potions.” she gave a gentle smile as she really wanted help but also knew that some people wanted to pay for the help and she could always use some new things for her potions. “While you are recovering I would want to see you often and maybe have you spend some nights with me just to keep an eye on you and see where your struggles are.
She watched the tears roll down the Valkyrs cheeks and then reached over and took her hands into hers. “You seem like someone who would never want to hurt someone. I can feel that energy you are bigger than your addiction. You are not bad because of your addiction.” She said as she looked into her eyes for a long moment before she pulled her hands back. “I have helped many valkyrs through blood addiction with herbs, crystals and some magic. The first thing you will have to do is come with me and let me put you in a spelled room to clean your system. Then reintroduce you to blood slowly.”