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Cecilia doesn't stay at one place for long, not because of her nomadic patterns. Simply, because she was always needed elsewhere. And by elsewhere, she means across the globe. She had just returned from her one month trip to Berlin to settle the conflict between two individuals. Only two, and yet it caught their attention when they're halfway across the world in Colorado. What a stent in her plans. As much as she takes her job seriously, Celia would be lying if she said she preferred to travel every week rather than staying in one place for at least more than a month. Even she needed entertainment sometimes. Her idea of fun however, is quite abysmal. Not that others would know.
Though she did feel something weird tugging her along, the moment she set her foot in Evermore. Now that was a few weeks ago. Ever since she got back from her trip, she felt the same energy rousing around, successfully illuminating her confusion. A few weeks later, she finally knew what was the reason for all of that; the return of one particular fallen star that she definitely thought was dead after centuries of dead end, Atticus Thornbrook. Didn't mean everything was back to normal, of course, their relationship was pretty much still intense, like on the brink of falling from the strings that was supposed to be untouchable kind of intense. Coming back to Evermore two days ago had been a blessing in disguise. As soon as she got home, the Italian Valkyr dashed straight to her laptop, which she actually almost broke it in half because of the amount of strength she used to open it alone. To do what exactly? Book the flight tickets of course.
Celia knew she probably should've booked the flight tickets a week ago when she bought the entrance tickets to Disneyland but she was a bit preoccupied by the cartels fighting each other the next day. Usually it wasn't her concern but they were Valkyrs so, someone had to intervene. Unfortunately for them, that someone was her. After successfully booking two flight tickets for their 6-day trip to LA, the brunette rolled over her bed in enthusiasm. Today was finally the day. Right, one problem, her partner doesn't know she was planning for this trip. Another reckless thing done by the Valkyr. No matter, Celia made sure to take care of his schedule for the entire week so that when they got back from the trip, he would still have another two days off to rest. One sleek black colored 24 inch luggage was already placed neatly next to her desk when she woke up earlier. A little over 30 minutes later, she got out from the shower and dried her hair quickly before picking out her clothes from her closet. The Valkyr preferred light mannered clothing, nothing too heavy and pompous. She likes to stay comfortable. But it doesn't mean she's a no when it comes to dressing formally.
Preferences really doesn't matter for her. Finishing her look a few minutes later with a sheer burgundy button-down blouse tucked in high waist jeans and matched up with her mid-sleeved cardigan jacket, she pulled up her hair into a neat ponytail before grabbing her car keys and exited her apartment. Luggage, checked. Passport, checked. Shades, checked. Yeon, not checked. Rushing over to the parking lot in the basement level, she started her engine and drove off afterwards. Their flight is in 6 more hours so she should have enough time to wait for Yeon to pack things up in 2 hours or so and driving to their airport wouldn't take more than an hour. After parking her car in front of the apartment complex where Yeonseok Lee resides, she passed the security with ease after offering a smile. Of course, they'd recognize her straight away. It wasn't the first time she's been here albeit not visiting after a while, and she was sure Yeon included her name somewhere in that book of his.
Unfortunately for her, to go up there at the penthouse level, she will need a card since that's the only way the elevator would work. A part of her huffed in annoyance because last time, she didn't need to do this. But then again, she hasn't visited in quite a while so if they upgraded anything she wouldn't exactly know. Leaning forward to the Receptionist's desk, the silver tongued female took off her shades and offered her a grin. "I'm on his list though, aren't I? It's been a while since I met him, and this is my only free time to actually do that. It's supposed to be a surprise trip for him, or else I would've asked him to come down and fetch me. Surely you can give me this one teensy favor for one-time purpose?" Her hazel hues flickered to the Receptionist's green ones and she swore she saw her gulp nervously. A few moments later, she received the card from the blushing staff and pressed the elevator's button, Celia had a smirk present on her lips when she got it, clearly happy that her attempt worked, but of course, Cecilia being classic Cecilia didn't forget to send a wink at the flustered blonde before the door shuts.
The ride up his floor didn't take long as she fished out her phone and scrolled down the notifications. As soon as the elevator opened, she stepped out and plopped herself on the spot next to Yeon who was sitting on the couch. "Whatcha' doin?"
He chuckled under his breath when Ce threatened to slap him back to reality and rolled his eyes “You know I come down when I’m really needed” he commented and shrugged slightly, he was just a very serious person when it came to his work but when push comes to shove he would look after those he cared for first. “True...not everything lasts forever” it made him sad to know there were things that were going to change so rapidly and people who would come and go because of the nature of mortality “I’m thankful I made friends who aren’t going anywhere” he commented under his breath, though Han was a celestial and that did make the valkyr worried for his safety at times.
Yeon had a wry smile on his lips when she mentioned how his secretary was a looker “She was the best person for the job, her hotness is a pure coincidence” he commented shaking his head playfully, it just tended to be that a lot of the people in that line of work cared to keep up their appearance he supposed “Not that you’re actually complaining huh?” he jested and raised his brows because it was clear Ce approved of her. “True” he commented under his breath when she implied blood was hard to get “Though money seems to be able to get you anything...discreetly” he never needed to feed on people directly for that reason. He laughed when she nudged him “I’ll say you’re egotistic out loud, how’s that?” he jested back and smirked.
“Being an astronaut would have made for some pretty amazing stories” he teased in a soft voice and smiled, she would have made a great one too he was sure. Maybe she was right and it would get boring in time but right now he was content with reaching for his dreams and pushing for the things he cared about “One day I’m sure I’ll complain and you’ll tell me you told me so but until then” he grinned slightly. It didn’t take long before the two of them headed into their rooms, he set down his suitcase onto the floor and peered around before flopping himself down onto the bed “Well I’ll give you one thing Ce, I approve of the accommodation” he teased calling out to her through the open door between their rooms.
Of course she knew he was level-headed and had a certain level where she didn't need to partake just to make sure he's doing well. Despite his young age, Yeon is a fairly mature person, so even in his newborn days, Ce didn't really need to go out her way to keep an eye on him. She was able to note his behaviors and his antics from afar, up until he came to Evermore to start anew and she helped him from there. "Not everything lasts forever but you sure can make sure which could last as long as you wish" when you're an immortal, everything that could be seen as trivial and small might mean a lot to you, after all. "Feels different to have immortal friends huh?" She was glad he had his volakiri to relate to, Yeon is a social butterfly, that much she could never deny but so was she, she knew pretty much almost everyone and everything because of how long she has been walking the earth but that didn't mean she particularly had a lot of friends to count.
"It's important to know who your friends and enemies are, might seem early but that's the reality of it." She remembered telling the valkyr the reason why they survived for so long is not solely due to immortality but was factorized in survival instincts just as well. Ce takes self preservation very highly. "Is it really pure coincidence? You know what they say, smart people always end up being the hottest bunch" she teased, "not that I'm talking from… experience." But then again she did work at a high profiled and well respected company of his, so it wasn't surprising to see his employees keeping their appearances neat. "Everything operates on power, Yeon. That system has been going on for so long, even before I was even born… and most of the time money equates to power because nobody wants to do work for free" It's not a charity.
When he said she was egoistic, Ce rolled her eyes and clicked her tongue playfully as she averted her gaze onto him, "I am egoistic too. All the best people know their best traits and amplify on it after all, wouldn't you know a little thing or two about that hm? Mr Yeonseok Lee?" The idea of being able to jaywalk in space instead of staying on earth after being bored over it for the last few centuries would've been appealing if she was being honest, "Alas I still stay because I won't have company up there and before you know it, I may end up eating my own crew because my sanity switch went off from being in such a compressed space for so long." She could see that happening. "How much I would love to tell you I told you so" she muttered under her breath in a playful tone as she launched herself on the bed, pushing her suitcase away.
"When have I ever disappointed you? Gosh Yeon I'm feeling a little bit hurt here" she scowled teasingly and got up to check the time, "Do you want to freshen up before lunch? I'm gonna go wash my face because I feel like the plane just barfed on me" she mumbled and went over to the bathroom, she really hates flying.
He nodded slightly, she was right, you had to hold on to things that were important for as long as you could “It’s...comforting” he admitted honestly when she said it felt different to have immortal friends “I know I’m only at the beginning of my...forever but I find myself not wanting to get close to people I know won’t be around in time” Yeon had already lost his parents, he wasn’t sure he could handle losing much more any time soon. “Look at me” he commented and chuckled softly “Everyone else says I’m not afraid of anything” he gave that impression but Ce knew him better than that, she had seen him at his worst.
He rolled his eyes playfully when she mentioned how the smartest people always ended up being the hottest too “Still, I’m not so shallow as to hire someone for their looks” he commented and scoffed slightly, he had much higher standards than a pretty face, in fact you could say he was pretty harsh when it came to who he hired because the valkyr didn’t trust too many people and he knew how many people were out to get you when you ran a business. “Oh don’t we know it” he commented and chuckled under his breath “I swear I always question people’s intentions now, it’s hard to know who you can trust” he sighed under his breath, he had been lucky enough to find a few friends who truly wanted to be friends with him but there was still that nagging feeling where he wondered.
He gave a wry smile when she admitted honestly to being egotistic, he rolled his eyes when she turned it around on him and suggested he knew it too “You have to be egotistic in my field, they’ll eat you alive in the boardroom if you can’t carry yourself and don’t even get me started with critics” confidence was everything both to a businessman and a dancer and he had learned to channel it as best her could. He tucked his suitcase under the bed before making himself comfortable “Hey considering I had no idea what was even happening until this morning you’re lucky to get any compliments at all” he commented shaking his head in amusement as he got to his feet “I’ll see you soon” he headed into the bathroom of his room before undressing and hopping into the shower to wash off before finally getting out and changing into a shirt and jeans and spraying some aftershave.
There was no point forming attachments with the kind of people you know wouldn't be there in the future, why bother giving your heart another reason to ache all over it again when you could very well escape from it? "Even if you are the beginning of your 'forever', you'll find that time goes by very fast… you don't even realize how much time has passed." It often happens to the best of them, even Ce experienced plenty of it over time. The Italian pursed her lips slightly when he said people thought he wasn't afraid of anything when they both know it's far from that, "Everyone's afraid of something… no matter how strong you are. If you have no fear, what's going to ground you?" Even the biggest and baddest villain had their own fears. Of course they were not exempted from it.
She rolled her eyes playfully when he pointed out he's not as shallow to hire someone based on their physical appearance, "I call it bonus. Beauty with brains, isn't that what people say these days? You have the looks, the brains… what's not to like. Even better if they have the empathy too." No doubt the person Yeon hired was competent enough, considering how strict and perfectionist the male is. "Being cautious is nothing one should be ashamed of anyway, but… in time, you'll know how you can trust and who you can't. No point in rushing through, everything good always takes time. The more you pressure yourself, the more you'll be more likely to miss out the details you needed to pay attention to. It only takes one snake to manipulate you against yourself. But hey, at least you can trust your volakiri, that's a start." A volakiri can't lie to you anyway, so it was pointless to fool the other.
"See, that my friend, is why I stray far from business at all. I am fine just sitting in my position as head cardiothoracic surgeon and the cardiology department. I have no desire to even be promoted to the board of directors where they will probably need to kiss your way through…" And everyone knows Ce hates those people the most. It's not as if she needed that position anyway. As both of them went over to their bathrooms to freshen themselves a bit, Ce took the chance to change out of her clothes into something more comfortable and away from the drowsiness she experienced earlier. The valkyr combed her hair and clipped the slight upper half and left the rest to cascade down her shoulders. She got changed into her blouse and jeans, placing her sunglass on the material, and spraying a whiff of perfume before knocking on his door, leaning over it while checking her phone, "Come on, our reservation is ready, don't you just love it when you already ordered in advanced so you'll be greeted by food as soon as you sit down? I love technology."
Yeon raised his brow wondering if Ce was right and years would feel like they flew by in time, right now he could still fool himself into the same mentality of a human lifespan because he was only a few years past his death but he knew in time he wouldn’t be able to pass for the age he was and then it would begin to set in “That feels hard for me to believe right now” he commented with a sheepish grin “It’s going to take me a while to adjust to all this” he confessed, nodding his head slightly, things may have changed overnight but the effects of them seemed to creep much more slowly. “True...if we didn’t fear things, that would definitely make for quite the dangerous path, who knows how far I’d go” he chuckled under his breath.
“I mean I’ll take the bonus but” he shrugged slightly “I also make a point not to screw things up with my employees so...look don’t touch” he commented and shook his head, he wasn’t going to make things complicated for himself at work and end up having to dodge people in his own office, he was smarter than that. “Trust is such a strange concept...scary I guess you could call it, knowing you place all of your belief in someone who could flip a switch and betray you” such was life he supposed but every time you got burned it got harder and harder to hand over the same level of belief without adding doubt to the mix, almost expecting someone may fail and let you down.
He scoffed slightly and shrugged “Thankfully I was smart enough to make myself the majority shareholder so the board can float their opinions around all they want but they’ll struggle to push anything through that I disagree with” it would quite literally take all of them agreeing against him and there were some members that were strongly aligned with him and his strategic endeavours. Before long they were both cleaned up and ready to head down to dinner “Well don’t we look fancy for our date night” he teased playfully, he saw and always had seen Ce as a family type figure but that didn’t mean other people got the same impression when they saw the two of them together. “No one can complain about not waiting” he commented as he threaded his arm through hers and they headed out the hotel room and towards the lobby “The real question is which snacks we’re gonna get in the park” it was vacation after all so he was planning to enjoy it.