Slipping passed the guards weren’t very hard. Everyone was so busy with their own problems, their own lives. Problems that were partly Erythreus´ fault. Some of his decisions had lead to the fall of Skye and many of the guards death. It was years ago but since then things had only gone south. The aliward and their guards found a home in Evermore where the supernaturals activity seemed to thrive and the peace hanging on a loose thread. The moody aspect isolated himself more and more feeling that his presence only burdened. The people he called his family suddenly felt like acquaintances and his duties that hadn’t been very joyful to begin with felt undoable.

The faint ghost with its empty judge eyes stared at the aspect of death, as it had done the last few days. Ery couldn’t seem to keep up the barriers to keep him from seeing the souls of the dead still seeking redemption. ”Go away” the giant harshly muttered trying to wave it away but without success. From a by stander the beardy male must look like he had one to many mumbling and gesturing to himself like a crazy person. None dared to say anything tho and he still had ladies throwing themselves at him if he was in that mood. One night stands had lost its charm but relations were even worse. Memories of his last still hurt to thing of threatening to tear a big hole in his heart if he gave it too much thought.

The blonde drowned the last of his booze, which didn’t exactly help with keeping the ghosts away rather the opposite, before throwing some money on the table and leaving the bar before any of the guards released he wasn’t in his room mopping  or whatever they believed he did in there. However he wasn’t ready to go home just yet. The only thing awaiting him was his messy room and more booze. So he found himself wandering around aimlessly around with the ghosts as his only company buzzing around his head making it hard for him to concentrate. ”Hey leave me alone I can’t help you” The aspect had come to an alleyway and heard footsteps approaching causing a sigh to slipp out, but it was a familiar face that had caught up to him. ”So you found me Dom, Points to you I guess. Sorry for going out unannounced … again” he chuckled a stiff joyless sound. 

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Dominic had been laying in bed awake for hours. The familiar pieces of wood that made up his ceiling was his constant bedfellow as he noted the many grains and splits of the wood which were known to him now while his eyes followed their lines in restlessness. He was worried about his friend. Dom knew the symptoms of spiraling as he himself lost his way plenty of times in his life and by sheer luck was someone able to pull him back before completely losing it for good. Lately though, when wasn't he worried about someone else he cared for? It was like the world was testing him and the people he knew to see if this would be the moment they all broke. 

When the sun finally cascaded across the bed, the therian opened his eyes. There was no sleep to be had and he was done trying. Dominic went into the connecting bathroom in his room and turned on the shower, standing under the hot water with his eyes closed. He was worn. His body was aching for rest, but as per usual, it would have to power through like always with constant insertions of caffeine, adrenaline, and willpower to keep going. He hoped maybe the aspect in the next room had better luck than he did then.

After more than thirty minutes in the shower, Dom forced himself out. He dried off and grabbed one of his many band tees and jeans which lay crumpled in the clean clothes of the hamper that he still hadn't put away. Rubbing the towel through his hair before tossing it on the bed, he opened the door to the room and made his way to the open space for the rest of the home. First coffee. Maybe some food. Then the rest of the day ahead. Dominic only hoped Ery would still be up to see Lucien and maybe get a handle on what was going on with his abilities. 

Erythreus couldn’t remember the last time he´d gotten a full night of sleep. When had sleep become the enemy?  Or truthfully it wasn’t sleeping that was the issue it was letting his guard down and being swamped by things he wanted to avoid. Avoiding the ghosts who once were his allies was the thing keeping him up, dwelling in self-pity and guilt for what he had and had not done. His womanizer period had thee same explanation. Company helped keeping the spirits away. Many didn’t show if there was others around. Erythreus had never had a hard time finding women willing to spend the night with him even tho he wasn’t the most fancy looking man.

Usually the aliward of death was a considerate friend, at least when you´d won him over and shown him that you were one to count on. However lately Erythreus had been too deep down his own rabbit hole to be able take in anyone else’s feelings. It had made him a lousy friend. When his Dom had stopped nagging him to do something it had been a relief at first before it. Had turned to anger why didn’t his closest friend see how bad he felt. He never realized that Dom had problems of his own keeping them appart. He should have guessed it though the terrain had never let him down before. He was a better friend than he deserved. And so the guilt began again at least no souls had decided to bother him yet.

Hours passed and Ery fell in and out of sleep. He heard when Dominic woke up and took a shower. ”Morning” he muttered as his friend walked passed him to go to the kitchen. He already regretted his promise to tag along and meet Lucien but would do it to get his friendship with Dom back on track. ”When do we leave?”

Dom rolled over in the bed and glanced at the empty space beside him for a few moments. Always the reminder of being alone which made him sigh and turn over to his back to stare at the familiar roof above him. The sunlight was spilling into the room and breaking through the shadows within, flooding the end of the bed and onto the bathroom door as an invitation to get up and be somewhat normal. 

Dragging himself from the comfort of the sheets, the therian pushed open the door and gripped either side of the sink to look at himself in the mirror. He looked tired. That was pretty much the norm for him though. He felt exactly as he looked too. It was mostly just robotic as he grabbed his toothbrush and brushed his teeth, gargling longer to be rid of the alcohol that was undoubtedly lingering on his breath from the night before. He turned to face the shower and lifted his arm slightly to take a sniff of himself, realizing it was definitely needed. "Goddamn, Howlett."

He rubbed at his eyes for a moment to help wake himself up. Reaching for the faucet, he turned the water on for the shower and then glanced out the window which faced the back of the cabin. There the river was steady and rather welcoming in the brightening daylight. Dominic hummed to himself as an idea formed before he turned off the water and headed back out into the living room.

Ery seemed to be asleep on the couch which he thought was at least a good sign. Hopefully it was more than just a few hours, but he went into the kitchen to start up the coffee as quietly as he could, anyway. He gripped a some of the mugs from the cabinet and placed them down before going back into the hall closet and grabbing a couple of towels. If there was anything that made him feel a little bit better for a few fleeting moments besides food, sex, and booze, it was being outside. Now he just had to wait as patiently as possible for his charge to wake up

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