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Since living in Evermore; The young Initia had a small group of close friends. One of them happened to be her best-friend Ery. The Aspect of Death, was more like another brother to her. After the death of her brother Adolf; along with her elder siblings Sierra and Cedric. The Aspect was someone, that helped keep her sanity. Losing count, how many times she had broken down in front of the aspect; when the news was still very fresh, when coping at first was hard. Maybe getting his side of things; since he was the Aspect of Death. Kind of helped ease her a little bit; knowing her elder brother was at peace.
The pair sometimes having a rather amusing relationship; as she had a tendency to scold the Aspect for his drinking ways. Even if the Aspect was Immortal; and old enough to take care of himself, Jessa couldn’t help but worry about his health. Even for Immortals; drinking so much couldn’t be good on the internal system. Jessa always joked, that his internal organs would be swimming in whisky and rum by now. But all the same; Jessa was grateful for him and his friendship. Even if he annoys the crap out of her, at times.
With his busy schedule; she hadn’t seen him for a while. So Jessalyn thought she would pay him a visit. Maybe tug him along with her; for some fun. As usual. The young Initia, found ways for the Aspect of Death to get into fun scenarios for a change. Few weeks ago, she had managed to drag him out for some cliff diving. Jessalyn knew he had a fear of cliffs; so she thought it would help him get over it; with some fun activity. And surprisingly, it had worked. Jessalyn hadn’t been cliff-diving either before; so it was something new for the young Initia too. But she had to admit; the thrill and rush, made the jumps more exciting. Especially with the beautiful crystal blue waters, waiting to welcome you each time.
Making her way to the Ailward Manor. By now, Jessalyn knew her way there like the back of her hand; having been there numerous times. The guards knew, that she was usually visiting her Aspect Friends; so she didn’t have issues getting inside.Although most of the time; Ery ended up answering the door himself.
Hugging her jacket around her slim frame. Her brown locks seemed to bounce with each step she took. The heels of her boots clicking against the pavement. Jessalyn didn’t mind the walk; at least she could enjoy some fresh air. Coming up the familiar mansion; she rang the doorbell. Before waiting for someone to answer. This time, one of the guards answered. “Ah, come to see your favorite aspect again?” she was greeted with those words, and a soft smile.
“Always.” Jessa smiled back warmly. Walking inside, when she was allowed to step into the manor. As always, the young Initia took in the beauty of the manor. There was something about the architecture and decorations, that always felt warm and home-like, and the old style; she did always like.
Not again. Jessalyn thought to herself. “I’ll talk to him.” she said softly. “Have a good day.” Giving the guard a pleasant smile, before heading up the stairs. Heading down familiar hallways, Jessalyn found herself outside of Ery’s bedroom door. Knocking lightly at first, she tested to see if the door was unlocked; so she could poke her head through. But the door was locked. Great. She pouted slightly. Before knocking bit louder on his bedroom door.
“Hey, Dragon, it’s me...come on...open up.” Jessalyn said teasingly, from the other side of the door. “Are you seriously, gonna keep your favorite Intia and best friend locked out? I mean that’s just rude, you know?” She tapped her foot, whilst waiting for Ery to open up. Listening for any sounds on the other side of the bedroom door.
Erythreus had been in a dark place lately, finding little time where he was able to smile. With having just stepping up to lead his faction, it had really added a lot to his already full plate. The worse part of it was that he'd been trying to prove his ability to lead, to a bunch of people who didn't think he could. He understood all too well that it would be a huge change on top of the Vladimir situation. He could see why no one wanted a new leader during that time. But, he was doing the best he could, and hoped that everyone would take at least that into acknowledgement. A certain blonde he cared deeply for, had left the city, and another blonde, which he had only just met, seemed to be in his every thought as of lately now too. Sofi was different, so he could be content in knowing she may not toss him aside so fast. That seemed to be the story with the rest of them. The only person he really had to vent to about all of this however, was Jessalyn.
The Initia had became someone Erythreus clicked with the moment they'd met. Their last encounter had resulted in cliff diving. Erythreus had been talked into facing a fear of his, one which led him right to his past. He had been hurled from a cliff much like the one he went to with Jessalyn, right to his own death, only to wake as a being of the night. He still hated cliff's that hovered over oceans, because it never brought him anything good. Erythreus had also been a source of comfort for Jessalyn too though. She had only just lost her eldest brother Adolf when they met, and after the two of them got close enough, shed been able to find some peace in knowing that Adolf was at peace through Ery's abilities.
Turning the music up, the Aspect of Death pulled out his chair to sit down at his desk, and began making a journal entry. Erythreus was definitely a dark soul, but he also had a soft side to him that a lot of people easily overlooked because of what he was. Everyone assumed The Aspect of Death had no soul at all, and that he had no feelings, when in fact, he was the omplete opposite, and likely the softest member of the Ailwards all together. He definitely was the biggest romantic, an old school romantic at that. He just didn't get to present that side of himself very often. Women tossed him aside before they could even get to the second date, because he wore is heart on his sleeve. And let's face it, the women of this generation rather have a man who treats them badly, or controls everything. He had his sights set on a blonde Initia master and hoped things didn't go downhill before it could even begin with her.
The music was blaring and Ery was in his feelings when a knock at the door barely got his attention. Admittedly, he had ignored the first knock. But, the louder knock made him slam his journal shut, but his music remained blasted. It was oly as he opened it, that he lit up like a set of Christmas lights. Without a word, Ery pulled the Initia in for a hug "Well, I definitely wasn't expecting you" he admitted, and pulled back, offering a genuine smile. "Sorry. I probably wreak of alcohol" he added with a frown. He hadn't been out of his room in days now, only for the usual meetings and his nightly round to the bar and graveyard. "How's life treating my closest friend?' he asked, and made a small gesture for her to go ahead and come in. Erythreus walked to his closet and pulled a solid black shirt out after pulling his other one off. If people didn't know better they'd swear he bathed himself in alcohol, and his room hadn't been tidied up in days, because he refused the cleaning lady every time she knocked.
"I'm a wreck' he finally said, and shook his head before taking a seat on the edge of his bed, patting it, offering her to join him. "What brought you here?" he asked, but gave her a knowing look, he figured she was here to drag him out into the sunshine, and to get some fresh air. Jessalyn had a way of making him do things, when no one else could get through to him.
Jessalyn was just about to knock on the door again; when it finally swung open. The sight that greeted her; had been something she witnessed before. Ery’s usual broody, alcoholic self. The young Initia blinked; at the strong scent that came from the Aspect. “I figured, I should stop by since we haven’t seen each other in a while.” Ery wasn’t wrong,when he said he reeked of Alcohol. But nonetheless smiled, as he pulled her in for a hug. “You stink.”she said playfully, as she returned the hug, giving him a slight squeeze. As always, happy to see him. Even though not in this state. “How long have you been wearing this?” she gestured to the t-shirt, that smelled of booze. “One of the guards, said you been brooding in your room….again.” Putting a slight emphasis on the last word. Giving him her usual disapproving, yet worried look.
Heading inside of the familiar room. Jessa was about to answer his questions; but her eyes widened when she saw the state of his room. Yep this was bad. “Wh...wh…” she gestured around her, unable to speak for a few seconds “Did you set of grenades in here?” Boy, he was more messy than her brother Cedric. Being highly organised of the family; the young Initia hated mess. Stepping over a bundle of clothes on the floor. She made her way over towards the window...yanking back the curtains open and opening the window; to air the room out.
“You don’t say.” Jessalyn frowned, her brows creased when he admitted to being a wreck. She definitely seen him in a better state. It seemed like the Aspect knew her well. But she just gave him, that famous innocent smile she always pulled off; before she would drag him outside. “What?I can’t visit one of my closest friends?” Jessalyn questioned. “I haven’t seen you in a while. Thought we could catch up.” But he definitely needed to get out of here for a while. Brooding in his room, wouldn’t help him, that was for sure.
“But first things’ first...you need a shower or two.” Jessalyn couldn’t help the scolding tone that came out. Sounding like a sister. “And to get out of this room! Look! Look how nice outside it is! Sure it might be getting colder, but fresh air...people...you need that. And someone needs to tidy up this war zone.” Jessa almost dramatically gestured to mess around them. “I mean, if you ever want a girl...stinking like rum and whisky, won’t do it.” Jessalyn teased. “Us girls, like clean...fresh…”It probably was amusing, that the small young Initia would scold someone so tall and much older than her; like Ery. But she always did; out of care for the Aspect.
As Jessalyn walked over to his wardrobe, she pulled out a fresh pair of jeans for him, along with a jacket and a clean towel. Shoving it into his arms; as if to urge him to head to the bathroom “You can vent to me, after you take a shower and after we get you out of this dragon den.” Jessalyn gestured towards the door; so he could head to the shower. “Don’t make me kick that Dragon butt of yours, to the bathroom.” she said teasingly.
“I swear your brooding periods get worse and worse.” If there was a thing called man-period. This was it. Jessalyn slightly shook her head. “But enough of the brooding...today is a day of fun...and I don’t intend to have fun on my own. You’re coming with me. It’ll do you good.” Jessalyn gave him a soft smile.