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It had been a few weeks since Siobhan had not returned home after what was to be a few days with her friend Clarissa. Sophia had grown worried about her daughter, Yet the only person she knew to see if Siobhan was around was Dominic. She picked her phone with the babe on her hip and pressed the number to call him. Reaching his voicemail she gave a gentle sigh from her lips. “Dominic, I honestly wasn’t sure who to call. Siobhan has not returned home. She said she was going to be with someone named Clarissa for a few days. Yet it's been weeks now since I saw her. I was hoping maybe you two made up and she was with you. Let me know please. I’m worried about her.” She hung up the phone.
Two years had passed since Siobhan had left Evermore. She couldn’t even clearly make out what had happened over the last two years. Or why the draw to Evermore was so strong. Her memories here were a blur. The only thing that Siobhan could remember were flashes of people and blood. She winced when she tried to think of it too hard. She looked at her bruised hand as she rubbed it. Remembering the guy she had cold cocked at the bus stop for trying to grup her ass.
As she stood at the bus station for a long moment. Looking around. She wasn’t sure where she should even go. Alcohol. That is what she needed, Maybe it would jog her memory on why she wanted to come to Evermore. Tightening her hand around the duffle bag handle she started to walk down the street until eventually finding a bar. Walking in the smell of smoke and sexual tension hung in the air so thick it was almost hard to see through.
She took a deep breath in need to find alcohol kicking into overdrive, though something about the bar was familiar. She moved to the bar and placed her bag on the floor as she leaned in on the bar. “Rum and coke.” She said as she then looked around the bar at the pool table catching her eye. A impish smirk crossed her lips as she pulled her jacket off pulling the v neck in her shirt lower and tied it so that her belly button was showing. She moved closer to the tables giving a gentle smile.
“Well now this game looks like such fun. Care to show me how it's played? Then maybe after I know how we can toss some money around for fun?” She gave a playful giggle as her hand came to the males arm. Who was more than eager to take hold of her hip and pulled her in front of him, bending her over the table with the pool cue in hand. After a few minutes of the pair moving around the table and he ‘Showing her how to play’. Sio pulled out a twenty and placed it on the table. “How about we go against each other now.” she batted her lashes at the male.
The look in Siobhan's eyes seemed to waver to and fro with the information he was giving up. He wasn't sure if this was going to lead to another explosion where the curse would take over. For now it appeared she was holding it together, but the coldness of her responses was so matter-of-fact that his lips parted just slightly in shock, especially her comment at not being able to be a mother. It stunned him so that he couldn't even find words to reply. The two had touched briefly on the topic when they were together and it was something they didn't see eye to eye on when he himself was not an immortal like she was. It was a wedge that began to drive itself between them and Dom didn't want to take her chances of being a mother away from her despite the selfish nature he had of delaying the break up as long as he did. Now to hear this... he wasn't sure he was ready for those details.
Thankfully, Siobhan picked up the phone and dialed her mother just after. He sipped on his coffee and remained quiet while the awkward exchange happened, noting how uncomfortable the nephilim seemed to be hearing her own mother's voice. It was her request to see Adam that made him pause mid sip with a feeling of hope, if only slightly. Dom didn't let it show though. He didn't know what might trigger the curse to fight back at a chance for her to be a glimpse of her old self. He only nodded in response to her wanting Billie Mae at the cabin for the visit as she headed back out of the diner. A light breath moved between his lips as he sighed and downed the rest of his coffee, standing to pull his wallet out. Patty was quick to move beside him and he felt her small, comforting hand on his shoulder. Flipping through some of the bills, he handed them to her to pay for the meal despite most of it being untouched. Dominic kissed the concerned waitress on the head before heading back out to the truck.
The ride home was silent again. Dom had messaged Billie Mae to meet up at the cabin and when they finally pulled up, he could see both women standing at the steps in wait. Sophia had a smile from ear to ear as she bounced the toddler in her arms while Billie held a reserved smile for the caution he knew she was wary of. He hadn't seen them both together like this since Siobhan had first gone missing and having so many strong headed people all together in that small house hadn't been pretty.
Dom immediately looked to the diviner who caught his eye as he stepped out of the truck. The cue was obvious as he was visibly a little tense and Billie was no fool. She would do whatever was necessary to try and keep everyone involved safe. He let his shoulders relax a bit when seeing how big Adam had gotten. Just then, it felt like only yesterday when he was holding the small child so soon after his mother had died. The therian moved to Billie's side though. He wanted Siobhan to have the proper reuniting with the baby that he knew she truly cared for.
As she sat in the passenger seat of the truck her gaze locked to the trees that blurred into a thick patch of green as her mind tried to remember Adam. Would she hurt an innocent child? Would he spark some memories? Would she bring any kind of good into these people's lives? Or should she have just left last night and never come back. Overthinking was an enemy of Siobhan's and only became a bigger enemy with the darkness swirling in her emotion filled nephilim black goo brain. When the truck rolled to a stop she didn’t realize it had at first. Not until Dom had shut his door.
She sat inside the cab of the truck as he crossed over to Billie. Her gaze went from Billie, to the other woman she assumed was her mother, then to the little boy. She slowly opened her door and stepped out of the cab. Closing the door and awkwardly stood there and stared for a moment. She let her gaze drift to the ground under her feet. Taking a deep breath and a step towards them she paused her movements once she was at the base of the stairs. Finally she pulled her gaze up to lock with Adams.
The pair stared at each other for a long moment before Adam jumped at her no care in the world that he could get hurt if she didn’t catch him. Siobhan's eyes went wide in slight panic but she was there opening her arms wide to catch the toddler as his body collided with hers, her arms wrapped around him. She toppled backwards so that he would land on top of her and laid there in the grass for a moment blinking, before finally looking down to the child, trailing her fingers over his curls. “You really shouldn’t jump off surfaces unless you have wings.”
“Mommy said you have wings.” Adam said as the pair shifted to a sitting position. Siobhan placed him on the ground in front of her, as she crossed her legs. “Cawn I see them?!” he asked in excitement. “Mommy said you would show mwe!”
Siobhan’s gaze flicked up to Sophia before back to Adam. “Well I would love to show you them, but they are broken right now. Got to let them heal before I can show you them. Okay?”
Adam gave a pout, “Otay.” he said after a moment before standing up. “Do you wanna see my Twains?” He took Siobhan’s hand and pulled it before pausing, and looking to her. His eyes glowing their diviner color. “Soie why do you have swo much darkness?” this question jarred her as the pair stared at each other.
“I don’t know.” She said honestly to the child that moved his hand to her cheek.
“You will be otay.” He smiled back before returning to try and pull her up, getting hold of the bag Sophia was holding. The pair returned to sitting cross legged as Adam pulled out train after train. Placing them down and telling Siobhan their names. She nodded and then started helping him put together a track so the trains could run into each other. She couldn’t help but chuckle at the sounds he would make and how he would get in her face telling her no the train didn’t do certain things.
After an hour of this, Adam eventually crawled into Siobhan arms, and fell asleep. “Nap time?” and when he only nodded in his sleep she wrapped her arms around him. She stood up and looked to the others who seemed to have made their way in the cabin and was watching them through the window as she walked through the door. “He got tired.” She said as she looked at the sleeping child in her arms. “I am gonna lay him down.” she said softly as she moved into Dominic's room and placed him on the bed, pulling a blanket over him. She moved her fingers to push his curls back as she took in the sleeping child's face.
‘Don’t get attached, you will never have any of your own.’ the darkness swirled in her mind and she frowned knowing it was the truth. She leaned down and kissed Adam's head before moving back into the room where the other adults were gathered. “Well before you ask. No I don’t remember you, mom. Nor Adam.” She crossed her arms as she leaned on the wall. “That kid has magic?” she asked, pointing over her shoulder to the room he was in.
"How was last night?" Billie asked, zeroing her dark eyes on Siobhan as she reacquainted herself with Adam. He already knew the diviner was analyzing her through and through as only she could.
Dominic put his hands in his pockets and wasn't surprised at all to see how the young boy threw himself into Siobhan. He hoped maybe the toddler would do better at helping her remember happier times than he could since the ones they shared all seemed to be matched with more horrible memories. "She didn't have a meltdown and try to kill me if that's what you mean. Had to share with her some more awful moments in her past that came up which I'm sure will only continue since that's all that seems to trigger in her mind and nothing of the good. I don't know. Maybe it's part of the curse or just the definition of our relationship." He could feel Billie's eyes move to him with an expression of disbelief that he would say that, but he made it a point to not meet her look.
His gaze moved over to Sophia who was beaming. He knew the woman was endlessly optimistic when it came to her daughter and nothing would stop her from trying to help in finding a way to get Siobhan's memories back either. She had searched for her day and night for weeks with him when the nephilim had first gone missing and he was worried with having to take care of Adam on top of it, that she would eventually break. She didn't though. The woman was as strong as her daughter.
He kept his eyes fixed on Siobhan and Adam, watching the boy pull her towards a more suitable place they could play while simultaneously dragging a bag behind him full of toys that he came prepared with. "Me?"
"Yes, how are you?"
"Well, I didn't try and kill her either," he replied sarcastically which made the older woman turn and look at him with a glare that threatened a soon and coming slap to the back of his head. "I'm fine."
"Mmhmm." Billie wasn't buying it nor was he really trying to sell it. He didn't have to vocally say how he was feeling. The diviner was keen enough to know by just looking at him to gauge how he really was without even using her abilities.
Dominic sighed shortly before turning to go inside. "If you really wanted to know, you could just poke around in my head to find out and we can avoid this whole back and forth."
"I'll remember you said that and not expect any backtalk afterwards when I grill your ass."
The therian grinned and continued on inside where the house was quiet. Weu came over and sniffed him for a moment before sitting down at the door expectantly waiting for Siobhan to follow. It was something he had done for countless days when she had left years prior before finally giving up when she was no longer coming home with him. Dominic supposed the routine would be starting all over again. "Don't get your hopes up yet, fluffer." His hand came to the dog's massive head and pet him before moving into the kitchen to brew another pot of coffee.
The others had trickled in a few minutes later and began talking about what to do next. Billie tried to explain to Sophia all the options she could try and offer in helping Siobhan, but nothing was guaranteed. It seemed she was more confident in the abilities of the Aspects then her own magic which surprised Dominic as he took a sip from his mug. "Never thought I'd hear you say that."
"This curse is strong," she continued with conviction. "Tampering around in her mind is dangerous and I'd rather it done right than possibly cause any more damage. Those beings are older than me and I think with their combined efforts, it could be the answer she needs. The sooner, the better. The hold it has on her is obviously dangerous for not only herself, but anyone around her." Billie moved to the window and watched Siobhan and Adam with an obvious sadness before turning to them again. The worry lines seemed to have deepened since last he saw her. Dominic knew how much she really cared for Siobhan and to see her like this had caused an immense amount of sadness and sense of failure in keeping her safe after everything they'd all been through. He knew the feeling well.
The door opened then and Siobhan entered carrying Adam who had fallen asleep in all the excitement. It was good to see her being so gentle when he was mostly afraid of a volatile reaction at any moment. He poured a cup of coffee for Sophia and handed it to her as Siobhan came back in and admitted that she had no recollection of her mother or the child. Dominic could see Sophia's hands shake from the admission, along with the breaking of her heart all over again. It was a quick moment because she soon forced a smile instead and only nodded in response to remain strong when Siobhan asked about Adam.
"Yes, he's a diviner," Dominic chimed in as he knew Sophia was obviously choked up. "He showed signs of it when he was really young which is typically not normal for his kind. His mother was human, but his father was a powerful diviner. I imagine he'll be much of the same. Did he say or show you something?" This seemed to be headed in a direction of another story he wasn't so excited on retelling. Especially with her mother and Billie in the same room to hear it.
Siobhan blue gaze that just seemed to be darker than when she had left those years ago. She watched the woman who claimed to be her mother's hands shake and she felt a twist in her chest feeling bad at the reaction. She really was only breaking hearts in her return. Her gaze moved from Sophia to Dominic as the subject of the Adam and how he was in fact a magic user. Raising a brow towards Dominic in that moment she shifted from standing to sitting in a chair as far away from the group of people that were all staring at her.
“Ah.” she shifted in the seat for a moment uncomfortably as she felt the eyes boring into her. If looks could kill, or cause torture it was this group that held that skill. “When he took my hand and we walked away a bit, he looked to me with Diviner eyes and asked me why I have so much darkness.” She didn’t look at them, she was sure their reactions were one of range. Especially the woman raising him. “I told him I don’t know, and he said I would be okay. Then went on as if nothing had happened.” She cleared her throat for a moment before the burn of wanting something stronger was aching.
“Yes.” Sophia could get out through her shocked face, her brain going miles a minute with everything that was happening.
“Think you are really skilled enough to raise a diviner? Also how did you end up with a daughter who is a Nephilim? Do you know my father? Do I have any siblings?” She started to grill her as she crossed her arms one over the other.
“I…” Sophia paused looking at Dominic for a moment unsure how much Siobhan had told him over the years they had been together. “You were left on our porch on the farm we once had. I knew you were special and your Father loved you. He and your brother died in a hunting accident.” She finally managed to get out. “I don’t know if I have enough skill to raise Adam but I contact Billie when I need magical help. He needed someone, and you weren’t ready to be a mom at the time.”
“Yeah, not really built to be a mom ever anyways. So makes sense.” Siobhan said before the darkness swirled in her eyes again taking over her vision. Her brain filled with the image of her Father and brother on the ground covered in blood. “Blood.” She said out loud to the group around her. “Monster.” She said as the shadow monster came the vision as the memory of her started to back away. So did Sio at that moment. When the monster lunged at her, she fell to the floor of the cabin, as the monster slashed at her the marks appeared along her neck at that moment. The memory of her reached for something to hit the monster and so did she as she grabbed whatever was on the floor beside her she swung it hitting the smoke monster.
With it dissipating so did the black goo in her eyes, she panted and laid there on the floor goo coming out of her tear ducts along with the marks that were swelling down her neck and shoulder. Sophia gasped out loud and looked at Dominic, “H-Has that happened before? She looks like she did the night she came home telling me Steve and Stephan were dead. Before she left that night.” She stood up from where she was. “I can’t let her be around Adam this way. Get her fixed weather its the aspects are you Billie.” Sophia stormed towards the room where Adam was, collecting him and his things before leaving. “She is possessed by something, something dark and I can’t let him near that.” She said as she walked out the door.
As Siobhan laid on the floor panting it eventually turned to laughs as she sat up looking possessed once again, “Come now, running like always Sophia.” Siobhan was off the floor as the darkness threw her body after Sophia. “Give me the child!” it called in a sing song tone was she lunged towards her.
As Siobhan bombarded Sophia with a rapid fire of questions, he could see the woman tensing even more. The whole room was filled to the brim with a tension that was suffocating to say the least. Dominic knew her mother wanted more than anything to make everything for Siobhan go back to normal again or as normal as life could be when it came to their family, especially with the addition of a child now. Sophia had lost a lot in her life. More than the average person. Losing Siobhan would probably be the final breaking point to her resolve that somehow kept her going. He didn't know many people that could be so strong which he would easily admit despite their constant headbutting.
Dominic's eyes remained on Siobhan as she received the answers she was looking for and he tried to gauge her reaction despite the matter-of-factly response she gave to her mother. Her body language shifted slightly and he looked to Billie out of the corner of his eyes when she muttered some alarming words. "Sio?" He watched as the nephilim was backing away from them which made him put his mug down on the counter as he had the feeling something might be triggering the curse.
When Siobhan fell to the floor, he was quickly beside her. Whatever was happening was over just as fast, but he could see the black liquid streaming from her eyes again. Dominic helped her sit up and felt helpless given that all he could do was physically support her after the episode. He didn't even respond to Sophia's question or look away from Siobhan as the older woman passed them and went to get the sleeping child. Taking Adam away was the right thing to do and neither he nor Billie tried to stop Sophia.
Dominic stood once he could see Siobhan was stable again and went to get a glass of water, but the sudden maniacal laughing made him pause. Turning, he saw her body language had completely changed again, a 180 from the exhausted form she just was. When Siobhan, or the thing that was controlling Siobhan, went for the child, Dominic was quickly standing between her and the door where Sophia had just exited. "Don't."
He didn't try to physically stop Sio and would never want to hurt her. If anyone was going to be able to really stop her should she try and get by him, it would have to be Billie and her magic. "Don't, Nani." Dom's voice was calm, but coated in sadness, standing his ground. His eyes searched for something of the nephilim he knew, but it was honestly like looking at a completely different person. There was a chaotic and murderous entity driving the shell of the one he cared for so much now.
"Why do you want the child?" Billie's voice called out in the tense standoff. Dominic could see her moving closer, though he didn't know if it was because she planned on subduing Siobhan somehow or not. "It's because he's powerful, isn't it? You know I won't let you have him." He knew the diviner was speaking to the thing that was inside of her and not Siobhan, but perhaps they would be able to get more information from it.
A snarl ripped through the room as Dominic stepped between her shell and the door. Her eyes were fully black besides the bright blue that was trying to intimidate the wolf that spoke to what was inside. Though when Dominic spoke the word Nani, Siobhan blinked and her eyes flicked back to normal, although panic filled. “Wolfy?” The tone of her voice was that of the Siobhan from two years ago. Confusion was across her face as she went to reach out to him, “Hel-”
The darkness swirled again and the dark laugh echoed from deep within her as Billie's question pulled the entity that had taken residence inside of her to the surface once again. “She is a strong one, still fighting in here. Most I have taken over before died out after a few months. Yet she has lasted years now.” The entity shifted on its feet to look towards Billie for a long moment before shifting from where she stood to rummage through the fridge to find something to eat. Pulling out what looked like a whole turkey from the fridge she moved to the table. Placing the plate down with a thud, sitting down picking up a piece.
“I can smell that the boy was created not only from a magical dark diviner, but was mixed with other magic while in the womb. The creator was clearly a visionary.” The entity gave an approving smirk as it picked at the turkey and scarfed down the piece that was in its hand. “Taking over that child, the damage I could do. The fact he can use magic already, his vessel will be resilient. Do you not realize the pawn that has been created?” Tilting the head of Siobhan the entity looked between Dominic and Billie.
“I doubt you will live long enough to stop me. Immortality is a gift I possess.” It shot towards the diviner as she shoved more food in her mouth. “I will have burned out this vessel soon then I will be free to find that boy.” The darkness growled towards Billie, “or maybe I could take hold of you first to get you out of my way also.”
“STOP!” Siobhan's voice broke through as the black left her eyes once again standing up quickly from the chair and out the backdoor she was as she threw herself into the grass as she tossed the contents of her stomach laced with black goo. She groaned, backing away from her pile of puke, getting to her feet weakly making her way to the backdoor and settled there in the doorway the fresh air hitting her face was needed. She didn’t want to look at Dominic or Billie. What could she say?
“I’m…” the soft tone was so low but she knew they were both listening to her, “too dangerous to stay here.”
Seeing Siobhan break through for only a moment nearly made him crumble. He went to reach for her, but she was gone again just as fast. The thing inside of her had quickly taken over or maybe it had let her through just to toy with them. Dominic watched as Sio crossed the room, ripping open the fridge to gorge on the food. The entity didn't even show a side of precaution as it laid out its wants to try and steal Adam. It was that fearless in its ability to do so.
When it warned Billie, Dominic instinctively moved in front of the woman, even though he knew the diviner could do a hell of a lot worse than he could if she really wanted to. The whole situation didn't even feel real as he watched Siobhan threaten one of the people she actually cared most for. He felt Billie's hand gently come to his arm and for a moment and he thought she was going to teleport them away, but he realized it was more in comfort. She was probably feeling just how distressed he was without the need to enter his thoughts.
As Siobhan seemed to break through again, he quickly followed her outside and stopped in the doorway, watching as she vomited the new contents of her stomach along with the familiar blackness that was linked to this curse. Billie was fast to offer her a glass of water as his mind raced for ideas. "I'm going to the manor. We can't wait anymore." The therian moved passed both women and called over his shoulder. "Watch her."
"I can port us there." Billie looked back to Siobhan for a moment before hurrying after him.
"No, she wouldn't make it passed the door. The barrier wouldn't let her. Plus, you think I want that thing knowing where the most powerful beings on Earth are? No." He pulled his phone out of his back pocket and was already dialing the Aspect of time's number.
Billie kept at his heels, but was still ever watchful of Siobhan who remained looking drained at the backdoor. He felt her reach for his arm again to stop him before he could open the door to his truck. Dominic turned and saw the concern on the elder woman's face. "What do you think will happen with them both in the room together, boy?"
He didn't answer and only looked from her to Siobhan again or who he used to know as Siobhan. Aureus's far away voice on the other end of the line made him break his gaze. "Do whatever you have to to keep her here."
Not long later and Dominic was pulling up to his cabin once again, Aureus in the passenger seat with him. He had explained everything he could given the short time with Siobhan's arrival into Evermore again to catch Reus up to speed. The Aspect stepped out of the truck and looked around the tranquil woods before the home in front of him. "I can see why you would prefer it here." Dom didn't reply as he was too focused for idle chat and instead led the way inside. As his hand reached for the knob, Aureus spoke again. "Dom, we'll figure it out."
The therian only looked to his mentor and nodded once at the attempt to comfort him. Aureus had seen the worst of Dom, from his initial recruitment to the first few months in which Siobhan had gone missing. The guard had asked him to take away the memories on a few drunken nights, one in which he'd smashed his fist into a wall, but Reus wouldn't do it no matter how belligerent he became in his despair.
Opening the door, Dominic stepped inside the quiet open space where Siobhan was seated on the sofa and Billie stood at the armrest vigilantly. "Billie Mae, Siobhan, this is.."
"Aureus. Hello," Billie cut through coming closer to the Aspect and inspecting him. Dom wondered what it was like trying to read the thoughts of someone like Reus. She seemed eager to try her hand at it. "It's good to meet you, finally."
Reus gently took Billie's hand and shook it with a soft smile. "You as well. Your son was a great man and did incredible things while he was with us." Dom had completely let his mind slip that these two knew of each other, but had never met given the circumstances. He had been too wrapped up in the issues with Siobhan to even remember why he and Billie Mae had the close relationship they had now. The diviner's eyes immediately began to water, but she sniffled and held a pressed smile in return, dropping his hand to step aside for Aureus.
The Aspect walked over and grabbed one of the kitchen table chairs to bring around and sit in front of Siobhan. "From what I hear, you don't remember much of anything, let alone me, but it's good to see you again, Siobhan. You've had a lot of people worried about you. I'm going to try and read your memories from the day you went missing if you'll let me."