Argent startled awake with a deep gasp of air before sitting up in her bed, she reached out to flip the light switch next to her bed and tried to slow her breathing. She didn't have these feelings often but when she did she knew they weren't to be ignored. Somewhere out there was an imbalance in her element, something she needed to handle right away. She'd had these before and every time her intuition had been spot on. Letting out a sigh she balled up some of the blanket material in a fist and cursed "Why now" she climbed out of bed and set to work.

Moving to her wardrobe the redhead pulled out a pair of dark jeans and a black top, she tied her copper curls into a high ponytail and put on her black ankle boots. Grabbing a pen off her desk she wrote an explanation to Venetus, she knew he'd find it and she knew he'd understand, he did every other time it happened. Once she was ready to go she rounded her way to her door and down the staircase, she headed into the guard's chambers where Aurelia usually was but when she reached her guard's room she found the place empty. Argent didn't know where she was and she didn't have time to ask and so she turned on her heels and headed for the exit.

Argent sighed softly, sometimes being an aspect was exhausting but she knew it was her duty and when duty called, aspects were obliged to obey. She guessed this would have to be one she took alone. Without another word she moved through the halls, grabbing her coat and tucking her staff into her pocket. Moving through the halls she was just about to head out the front door when she heard footsteps behind her. She came to a halt, looking over her shoulder to catch the blonde in the corner of her eye. 

"Tiara?" Argent blinked through the darkness, able to recognize her friend even through the darkly lit entryway "What the hell are you doing awake?" she asked with raised brows, trying to divert from the fact she was about to head out on a solo mission without her guard and would likely get herself into massive trouble with her siblings for it. Her playing it off was rather unsuccessful however and after a moment she rolled her shoulders and let out a gentle sigh "I can't stay, whatever it is, it needs me, right now" she had explained these happenings to her before and so she hoped her friend would understand.

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Argent didn’t heed the blonde’s request to wait as she kept moving, she didn’t know how exactly to explain it but she felt a sense of urgency and all that flashed through her mind was a place, a place that she needed to be right now. As she stepped out into the night air she rolled her shoulders back, sometimes being an aspect was a blessing but tonight it felt more like curse, duty bound to act on random whims in her head, she felt a little like she didn’t control her own life at times. “I mean, technically your duty is to follow Malva around” she corrected, though her expression faltered and she smiled, it was nice to have someone worried for your safety she had to admit.

She was right though, Argent was setting herself up for a whole new level of judgement from Ven if she didn’t take a guard, especially now one had offered their help. She gave an exasperated sigh “Do you think my brother will ever realize I don’t need bodyguard?” she asked with a raised brow but didn’t fight her friend on it, truth be told Argent wouldn’t mind the company, she didn’t really know where she was going, how dangerous it might be or how long for “You sure you wanna uproot yourself for a nagging feeling in my head?”

Accepting she wasn’t going to talk her out of coming she nodded silently before pulling her staff from her pocket, upon her touch the silver rod illuminated with a white light “Hope you’re still game for flying” she spoke before her body was enveloped in the very same light and where the redhead once stood was the form of her silver dragon. The dragon didn’t speak and yet she could be heard in the minds of those she wished “I’ll explain the little I know on the way, though it is quite the definition of a wild goose chase” she explained as she turned and lowered herself to make it easier for the guard to climb on her back.

Argent gave somewhat of a dumbfounded look in response to Tiara’s words about Malva “and I can’t?” she cursed somewhat rhetorically, Argent knew she looked the youngest of all her siblings but she had lived an millennium just as that had, she certainly wasn’t a little girl. She had however noticed how Malva seemed to be keeping other guards around more often than she was Tatiana lately, she hadn’t commented because she figured it must be a delicate situation, Malva was very much her own person and she didn’t see eye to eye with everyone “I get that, even the best people can suffocate you after a while” and 1000 years was a long time to be around the same people.

“After you’ve faced death itself, nothing really seems that scary anymore” she laughed, perhaps she was crazy but after she had been revived, fear wasn’t really something that occurred to her anymore, she felt a sense of peace and security knowing there were beings looking out for her. When Tiara asked where they were going the redhead laughed softly “I wish I knew” she answered honestly, she didn’t really see the place so much as feel a pull in a direction, she didn’t know how near or far it was but with the speed aspects could fly, that wasn’t much concern to her.

“It still freaks me out when people do it to me” her dragon self admitted “Kinda feels invasive I guess” but it was her only way of communicating in her dragon form short of making large expressive movements like some crazy game of charades. Once the blonde had climbed onto her back she straightened up, turning her head up towards the sky for a moment “Well then you’re about to experience something..” she paused thinking of the word for it “incredible” she decided on as she started taking a few steps back to give her running space.

“Hold onto me tight” she warned before she dashed forwards, leaping into the air as she did so and unfurling her wide silver wings. With a few flaps they moved towards the sky, gaining speed as they moved through the night before both of them disappeared from vision. Now they were moving fast enough she spread her wings, gliding as Evermore city slowly became smaller and smaller in her vision. “There are some perks to being a slave to the light” she laughed softly.

Argent wrinkled her nose at that thought, she knew a lot of things were in the past now and it was inevitable that Tatiana and Erythreus would happen at some point but it was still weird for her to think about how she’d had intimate relations with the same person as her brother. “I did not need to put that image in my head” she stated with a laugh, it was a shame things didn’t work out but she could only hope the two of them stayed amicable.

Argent didn’t usually travel by flight unless she had to, she wasn’t afraid of it but turning and flying always felt a little over the top to her when it wasn’t an emergency and there were far more comfortable ways to travel which didn’t leave your limbs sore for days after. “But it’s such a beautiful view” Argent teased doing her best to distract Tatiana from her fears. The aspect of light could almost physically feel the anxiety coming from her passenger the moment they took off from the ground. The redhead had always seen the blonde as fearless so it came as somewhat of a surprise to see her reaction.

“There are times when it’s amazing” she responded candidly “You feel like you can do anything” she continued to glide through the air, slowly feeling herself get closer and closer to what she was looking for “But there are others where the weight of the world is quite literally on your shoulders and there is no good options in the decisions you have to make” that was always the hardest part, knowing you had to put the world before personal feelings  The dragon laughed softly as Tatiana spoke about her fears “We’re not too far away now, besides, you still get the bragging rights”.

Her movements slowed as they found themselves over the top of a small town in Nebraska. The silver dragon hovered for a few moments, her eyes scanning through the air. The aspect of light had been gifted with the ability to see objects which harnessed light magic from a fair distance, to her they shone as bright as the sun did when it came over the horizon “This is definitely the place” she admitted before she moved to drop towards the ground slowly bringing them down to the surface “There’s something here, something that’s fallen into the wrong hands” she didn’t knew what it was, she just felt a sense of dread which always came before an object of light was used for the wrong reasons.

The aspect laughed “We all have our Achilles heel” she admitted, Argent’s was probably that she couldn’t stand seeing other people in pain, especially those she cared for. The flight itself was pretty smooth, the weather stayed calm and the wind actually helped with picking up speed, it was times like these that made the aspect of light wonder why she didn’t fly more often. She supposed there wasn’t much reason to anymore, the more guards that joined them the less the aspects had to actually go out into the world themselves, which was both a blessing and a curse in it’s own right.

The silver dragon let out an amused snort in response to the guard’s dramatic faceplant. Argent closed her eyes allowing the aspect magic to fall away, causing smoke to surround her until she was no longer a dragon and was now back in her human form. She twirled her staff around her fingers before tucking it back into her pocket. “Do you really think I’d tell anyone?” she questioned with an arched brow, she was actually quite interested in the answer “Except for Aureus but he doesn’t exactly give people a choice” she added noting the aspect of time was capable of seeing a person’s memories.

There wasn’t too much time to dwell over it though, the aspect could tell something was wrong, or that it would be wrong soon anyway. She hated how vague the feelings she got were, they rarely gave her the answers she needed, simply nudged her in the right direction. She understood and all but it would be nice to have specifics every so often. “Normally no” she answered honestly, it was kinda her specialty after all. After a moment Argent blew out a breath an pulled one of the bracelets from her own wrist and closed her eyes holding the silver chain in her closed fist. When her eyes opened again they glowed a bright silver before slowly fading to her usual green. She offered out the bracelet to Tatiana with a smile “Dhampirs are a grey area when it comes to being a light species but this should help you see what I see”.

Argent had to admit that was one of her favourite parts, being able to bless objects to do things they normally wouldn’t “Well tonight seems to be an exception to her rule then” Argent pulled a confused face, how did a particular place have less magic than others? She didn’t fret over it too much and instead started heading towards the bright light. They two of them wound up and outdoor storage unit complex a few minutes like “Well this place looks about as shady as I was expecting” she spoke softly before hearing the voices of two males rounding the corner and swiftly moved out of view.

Argent laughed, she had a point, glowing eyes was kinda a staple when it came to supernatural tells “We’re our own kind of weird” she responded and wrinkled her nose, every aspect was different, their powers tailored to help them help the world better “They still freak me out in the mirror too” she admitted, though they were a pretty color and full of the light she protected so she couldn’t really complain. Argent laughed as Tatiana asked about the bracelet “Does this mean I have to let you keep it once we’re done?” he teased but smiled “I mean it’s only been a few centuries, we might as well make it official” they had always been pretty close she had to admit, always been on the same sort of wavelength.

Argent simply waited for the bracelet to do it’s work, she had full faith in her own powers so she didn’t doubt it’s effectiveness like the blonde Dhampir seemed to “Nope, that’s definitely not supposed to be there” she affirmed glad they were finally on the same grounds. Argent rolled her eyes at the light pun with a smirk “Pun fully intended” she corrected as the two of them moved closer to the unidentified object. The aspect sadly didn’t have much on her side when it came to mission work, that was why the aspects were always highly reliant on the guard with their range of supernatural ability.

Argent didn’t need telling twice as she fell quiet letting Tiara do her work. Argent had to wonder from the setting whether some kind of sale was due to take place, perhaps a weapon of some kind? That concerned her deeply, whatever it was, she already felt a sense of dread in her stomach and the more time that passed, the more nagging that feeling got for her. Hearing her statement Argent scanned the area for the best place to get closer whilst still keeping hidden away from the men. Spotting a small alcove in the dark behind the shipping containers she pointed it out “Over there” she spoke it barely above a whisper before starting to move.

She had gotten pretty good at sneaking, thanks to many missions like this one where she ended up having to walk into pretty hostile situations. She kept her head down as they moved, glad she had worn black for the occasion. As she reached the alcove she ducked her head down behind it before glancing over at the blonde dhampir. Argent didn’t want to say a word as they were too close to the men to safely speak and so she closed her eyes, sending a written message through the bracelet to the other woman which wrote words in a silver light in front of them “I think whatever it is, they want to sell it” she looked at the blonde hoping she could confirm that was what they were talking about.

Aspects unfortunately weren’t blessed with any heightened senses and so she heavily relied on Tatiana’s ability to understand what was happening, it was at these moments she was glad they had decided to form the guard and that she would always have people to fall back on when she needed them. Argent raised her brows as she caught the word ‘worse’ from Tatiana’s lips, why did it always seem to be worse. Argent was used to this kinda thing nowadays, an item of light magic falling into the wrong hands and if something isn’t done to intervene it can be turned into a source for dark magic causing all sorts of chaos. Argent pulled a face, she hated how greedy and selfish the people of this world consistently proved themselves to be.

Argent didn’t fight as she followed Tatiana back over to where they had originally been standard. The redhead wasn’t stupid enough to think they should just charge in there with only the two of them, while Argent was pretty sure they could win it wasn’t the ideal situation to be in and could end up with them never getting close to the device or someone getting away with it. The aspect of light listened closely as the blonde explained what she had discovered and then followed it up with her idea “It’s risky” she responded with a bite on her lip, Argent was probably skilled enough in acting to get away with it, after all she had plenty of practice in her real life “But we don’t even know what sort of money they’re talking about” she responded with a shrug.

“Confidence okay” she assured herself rolling her shoulders back as if to prepare herself for this, she had to admit she would have much rathered the sneak in option but the guard’s observations were right, Argent had to take whichever option was most likely to succeed and that was likely the play nice option. “Good job I have plenty of practice pretending to be someone I’m not” she answered dryly with a shrug, ever since the death of Raven, Argent had pretty much played a part to keep people at arm’s length only letting a select few still see the real sides to her. “You’re gonna have to take the lead on this though, because no doubts I’ll fall on my face given half a chance” she sighed before she pulled at her clothes trying to make them presentable.

Argent nodded softly, they had the capital means back at the manor but that meant three different things, one, that she would need to beg Ven to let her buy whatever this mystery item was, two that she would need to go back to the manor but most importantly, three, they would be feeding the economy of some serious criminals. “Well it’s looking more and more like we’ll need to fight our way out” she stated what they were both probably thinking, suddenly feeling very glad that she hadn’t come alone.

The aspect of light had to take a deep breath to stop herself from going into panic mode when the guard confirmed they didn’t even have as much time as they initially thought. Agent was pretty sure this was going to turn out a disaster but as long as they left with whatever that item was she didn’t really care, perhaps that made her heartless but she couldn’t afford to invest herself in too much. “However this turns out we leave with it” she instructed as she rolled her shoulders back and put on her fiercest expression, though Argent was so tiny that there wasn’t much hope.

Feeling the other woman yank her out from where they had been hiding the redhead rolled her shoulders back repeating the idea of confidence in her mind “Yeah I don’t think our gender plays in our favor for that” she admitted in a hushed tone noting nearly everyone around them was male. Argent very purposely turned to look up at the taller guard and smiled as she interlinked their arms. Nothing made people more likely to look away and well uncomfortable than a bit of PDA after all. She found herself wanting to twitch as they announced the auction and Argent thought about all the illegal dangerous things they might be selling, the redhead had to remind herself that they weren’t superheroes here to save the world and they needed to keep on task.

The aspect did her best to keep her expression neutral as she looked at the stage, shifting her weight from foot to foot a little to keep her mind occupied. The auctions started and the redhead did her best to keep her composure as she watched items ranging from guns to drugs to old grimoires be sold for obscene amounts of money. “What have we walked into?” Argent mouthed as she looked back up at the blonde, it was hard for her to keep her mouth shut knowing the dangers all these things could put into the world.

But she managed to do so throughout the time, thankfully not drawing any attention when she placed a few innocent bids on items only to be outbid almost instantly. Her whole being was filled with apprehension, wanting to know what the object was and why it drew her here. As the last box was carefully dragged onto the podium the aspect held her breath. “This one is for those of you who believe in a little more if you know what I mean” his wink caused a shudder to roll down her spine as he took out the mystical object, a perfectly pristine feather which glistened so brightly that most people in the crowd had to avert their eyes.

Argent laughed and shook her head a little at the other woman’s question before tilting her head from side to side as she spoke a drawn out word “Wellllll” she chuckled “It’s more about communication that reading minds, you can push forward the things you want to communicate” kinda like when aspects spoke in their dragon form except this one happened to work both ways. Argent had been very blessed to be given the powers she had and did her best to use them and respect the power she got from them. “No kidding” she murmured softly as they started making their way over to the bidding site, she had to admit she felt a little nervous, not for her own safety, that was the kinda thing that came second to an aspect but nervous for what would happen if this particular item was taken home by one of the other bidders tonight.

Tiara was right, as the only females who had shown up to this particular party it didn’t really matter what they said or did, they were going to be noticed regardless. Argent kept her eyes on the ground and to the stage where all of the action was pretending she didn’t notice all the whispering or sideways glances. Thankfully those running the auction were far more focused on selling their dangerous and somewhat terrifying merchandise than they were singling out the two ladies. Argent shook her head as she heard Tatiana’s muttering, she had a feeling those two men weren’t going to feel so smug nor look down on the two women when they realized the real reason they were here. “Look forward to wiping that smirk off their lips” she whispered softly keeping her eyes on the podium.

“Something tells me we don’t want to know” Argent answered as she pulled a grimace, for the most part it had been all the things she expected to see at a underground auction, drugs and firearms for the most part. Humans really had their obsession with weapons it seemed, she couldn’t even imagine the danger they would pose if they also knew of the supernatural. Her eyes were affixed on the feather, she felt a strange connection to it  that she couldn’t even describe, almost like it was calling out to her to come closer. The aspect of light searched her memory trying to remember if she had ever seen the familiar item before but she drew blank on the answer. Odd. Either way, her entire being was telling her that she needed to get hold of that feather and she needed to get it now. Unlike everyone else who shied away from the bright light, the redhead’s eyes were transfixed on the object, like a moth to a flame.

And now it was time to take action. As Tatiana let go of Argent’s hand the redhead readied herself for combat. Thankfully Argent had already gotten an eye on how the men had handled looking at an object of pure light and she had plenty of light of her own to go around. She winced as she watched Tiara’s dagger sink into the male’s hand but straightened up ready to go. Argent wasn’t a deadly fighter like most of the guards were but that didn’t mean she couldn’t handle herself in a fight. As the men began to circle she kicked into life, watching the unexpected looks on their faces as the tiny redhead went for one of their legs, grabbing the male in a hold before throwing him over her shoulder.

This was where the bracelets would really come in handy because the two of them could push thoughts to each other without needing to say a word “So much for a man’s job hey” she teased in her mind as she turned to kick another who came at her. “Close your eyes a few seconds” she sent the thought before she raised her hands drawing light to her and causing a really bright flash of light to go off which instantly dazed and confused the males around them. Argent dashed under one of their arms making her way towards the feather but she tripped as she felt hands grip around her ankle pulling her backwards.

When she had first become an aspect, or even before she died, Argent had never really been much for fighting, she did what she had to but for the most part she preferred to run if she could, it was amazing how much you could change when you lived for so long, how every little heartbreak or setback took away the innocence you once had and replaced it with a will to live. Nowadays Argent could stand her ground among most of the guard and while she still kept a personal guard for her protection, she was confident in her ability too.

The two of them worked well together, weaving in and out of the men that came towards them, striking for the points that they knew would make them weak. Once Argent could see that Tatiana had appropriately protected her eyes she raised her hands and the bright flash of light erupted, all the men around them were dazed, clawing at their eyes as if they sight was gone. She knew it would be, at least for a few seconds, long enough to hopefully get them out of there before they had to kill anyone. The redhead was just in touching distance of the feather when she felt the grip on her leg, pulling her backwards and sending her crashing to the ground. The moment of impact she felt the stones beneath her slice a cut in her arm but she winced, kicking her leg in attempt to get the male to let go.

Argent’s first worry wasn’t for herself, she rolled over onto her front so that she could get visual on the feather, the feeling of dread in her stomach hurting much worse than the pain from where she had landed roughly on the ground or where the male’s hands were gripping her leg like a vice. She watched as the other male reached out and grabbed the feather and she felt anger take over her, what right did anyone think they have to be messing with an object of pure light. Something like that needed to be protected and preserved and yet here it was, in an underground bidding war gone bad. “Get the feather” she had shouted to Tatiana who looked conflicted but the guard’s words conflicted her instruction.

She wasn’t sure exactly what was happening but based on the words Tatiana spoke, she braced herself to run, kicking again, harder at the male who had dug his fingers into her leg so tightly that she knew it would be bruised and possibly bleeding. The moment came however, the male doubling over in pain in response to the rune Tatiana had made and Argent kicked again, harder, making contact with his face as he let go of her and crumpled. She pressed her hands to the floor and pushed to her feet, though the moment she stood up she felt her weight almost give out from under her as she tried to push down on the leg he had grabbed.

“Go!” she shouted knowing for sure that she wasn’t going to be able to chase down the man whilst her leg was in this state. Seeing the other male slowly trying to rise from the kick she had given him she grabbed a rock from the floor and hit him over the head with it, sending him flying a few feet back and knocking him out. She teetered a little before she fell to the ground, her breath heavy as she closed her eyes, drawing from light magic which she hoped would ease some of her pain. After a few moments she tried to stand up again, this time the weight holding better before she ran off in the direction that Tatiana had gone.

As Argent watched the blonde dashed off after man who had taken the feather, the red-haired aspect could feel the pain radiating through her entire body but it didn’t matter, to an aspect, duty always came over their own wellbeing, which a lot of people would describe as reckless, but when the world was at stake, being reckless was a small price to pay. She could already feel like the damage wasn’t something she was just going to walk out of here unscathed from but the aspect was blessed with the kind of magic which could help her get the job done first and worry about the rest later. So after she cast it and found that she could at least hold her weight now, she moved to catch up with the dhampir guard.

It took her awhile for her to follow the trail, the thief had gotten pretty far but she trusted that the blonde ailward guard would have this part in hand, Argent had been around Tiara enough to know how capable she was in missions like this, even when she was Malva’s personal guard. Argent could still feel the burning in her leg but she did her best to push it aside, now really wasn’t the time to be collapsing, she needed that damn feather. By the time she had caught up to Tiara the blonde was picking up the object from the ground. Without hesitation, the copper-haired female made her way closer to look down at the brightly shining object. Argent had never seen the feather before in her life, it wasn’t hers and yet something in het gut told her it was very important, a piece of the puzzle they had been looking for.

The redhead was gritting her teeth to ignore the pain when the blonde asked her if she was okay “I’ll live” she responded with confidence “though I don’t think it’ll be a good idea to try and shift right now so we’re gonna need a backup plan to get home” and as if to spite her she felt a jolt of pain in her leg again and she stumbled a little in the direction of the dhampir, Argent’s arm went to Tatiana’s shoulder to keep her from falling. The closer the aspect of light got to the feather the brighter it started to glow. With a furrowed brow Argent looked down at it with pursed lips “It gives me the strangest feeling” she commented and reached out, pressing her index finger against the soft down. In response it glowed brightly at her touch, the magic spreading throughout her body was familiar, the same magic that ran through her veins, though in a much more concentrated volume “It’s like light magic personified” she commented, she was still using the dhampir for support but she felt a sense of strength washing over her the longer she stood there.


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