Deus wasn’t one to go on missions often, in fact it was rather hard to make him leave his plants all together. Yet since the loss of his favorite plant to something magical. Things had not been right with the aspect. He needed answers, he was a ball of anger which was very much unlike him. He kept it pushed down around his siblings and friends but when he was alone in his room not sleeping doing a million experiments trying to figure out what happened to his plant. With no avail.

It caused the aspect to need answers beyond the walls of the Manor. So he went to find Malva, to ask the aspect of magic herself if she had felt the energy shift into the world itself. Yet when he found himself wandering into her room there was a list of magical items that needed to be collected, that had been alerted to her. He reached to pick up the board and his eyes widened on one. Maybe it could give him the answers he needed. If it was real. He quickly wrote down the estimated location. Leaving a note for Malva that he was going to find for her. After that he moved through the house into the massive garage climbing into his jeep and took off leaving the Manor behind him. 

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Deus found himself halfway towards Florida when the ring of his phone confirmed his siblings looking for him. He took each of their calls and explained he just wanted to get out of the Manor and go on a mission. They were disappointed he didn’t take a guard and had planned to send the next available guard his way. Though he said for them not to send someone he knew they were not going to listen to him. He did love how much him and his family seem to always care about each other even after all these years.

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Once he reached Florida he parked outside of a diner and made his way in. He slid into the stool at the counter next to another male of color and gave him a gentle smile before reading over the menu. Ordering a salad and fries as nothing else seemed to call out to him besides sweets. He looked around as the dinner seemed overly quiet before turning to look to Aeryn beside him. “Come here often?” He asked with an easy smile.

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Aeryn honestly wished he could find the diviner that created this damned stone and punch them square in the jaw. He hated the thing so much, he hated how it sent people constantly running after him to the ends of the earth to procure it. He hated that it stole so many precious years he could have spent with his sister from him. But most of all, he hated when the damn thing woke him up in the middle of the night and insisted that there was somewhere he needed to be. It had happened a few times, the thing was basically like a beacon for dark magic and today it was pulsing rapidly which told him something was happening.

That was a few hours ago. So he had hauled himself out of bed, grumbled about how the world doesn’t like giving him any kind of rest and then gotten into his car and drove. Living for as long as he did definitely came with a real curse. Every time that he went on one of these wild goose chases he ended up getting chased by some psycho trying to hunt down whatever magical object that had shown up in the world. Driving was something incredibly mundane to him so he had turned up the music on the radio to keep his focus.

He would give cars their due, they were more comfortable for making the long journeys than flying and after driving for most of the night he found himself finally crossing the state line into Florida. The pulsing around his neck was annoying but also helped to keep him awake. Telling him that he must be heading in the right direction and also driving himself insane. He sometimes wished he could be rid of this thing once and for all but that wasn’t how this deal worked and he had accepted his fate a long time ago.

Eventually his weariness got the best of him and he found himself pulling into a diner on the side of the highway, he headed inside, seating himself at the bar and ordering himself a small plate to keep him going until he reached his destination. Everything was quiet because it was stupidly late at night and no one sane was entering a diner at this time. Or at least, no one except him and the other male seated at the counter, he chuckled when the other male greeted him “Absolutely not” he scoffed and shook his head “Though these late night trips seem to happen more often than I’d like” he commented and thanked the server for his food before picking at his french fries “I could ask the same, ain’t exactly the kind of place to be getting your food fix right?” he raised his brows curiously.

Deus gave a gentle chuckle to the young man’s scoffing at his question. “Good to know I am not the only stranger taking on a late night trip. Though mine seems to be much more spir of the moment than an often occurrence.” The aspect said as he picked up the glass of water taking a long sip from it before setting it back down. His eyes moved around the dinner that held a classic look. Almost like it was stuck back in the 60’s when it was brought around. His mind wandered foundly of the 60’s for a moment. The times he could get high and give into the primal desire with others. Giving a shake of his head he was pulled back into that moment.

“Why is it happening more often than you like?” The aspect asked as his eyes moved along the male taking him in. He could feel the life that was spread through him, which made the aspect at ease. There also wasn’t an over sense of darkness coming from him, making it easier to breath also. “If you don’t mine a stranger being a little nosey that is.” he gave a chuckle as he rolled the wrapper of the straw between his fingers for a moment watching the server with a gentle smile as she placed the plates down. “Thank you kindly, dear.” He said as he picked up the ketchup and squirted a bit on the plate.

“I don’t know, these places have a kind of charm about them. Reminds my old bones of a time that were simple in some ways.” He said as his eyes glanced to the record player, sliding from his seat popping a fry in his mouth as he placed a quarter in the machine and turned on the oldest song he could find in the machine before returning to his seat. “Though I am also one to live in the moment no matter what it may be. Life is far too short for many to not enjoy the time you have. Even if it's on a trip you wish not to be on.” He gave a wink of his eye before digging back into his food. “Besides, diners have some of the best fries in the world.” He gave a laugh as his head moved with the music.

He chuckled and raised his brow “Going to visit somebody?” he questioned curiously, Aeryn rarely left Evermore unless he had to, the nephilim had seen enough of the world when he spent years upon years of running, he was more than content with settling down in the city and just enjoying the world for what it was. When the waitress brought his lemonade he smiled before picking it up and taking a long sip of the drink. He felt tired from driving for so long.

“Well you know...sometimes emergencies happen” he responded coyly as he glanced over at the other male, physically they probably appeared around 10 years apart in age but Aeryn knew better than to believe anyone was old as they looked. “And before you know it you’re packing up your car in the middle of the night and travelling cross state” he sighed under his breath, such a pain was the life of a protector. There was something familiar about the male, he noted in his mind as he glanced over at him, he had an otherworldly presence to him.

It wasn’t exactly the same kind of simple Aeryn remembered, he had missed out on the era which invented establishments such as this but he had read plenty about them. They seemed pretty interesting “I’ll credit to music from back then, everything sounded more...real in those songs” he commented with an amused smile, not that he hated the music from today but he swore a lot of it sounded like a machine had chewed up the instruments from before. “I just saw the opportunity for food...can’t really go wrong with traditional fried chicken or pot pie” he complimented just as his food was placed down and he picked up a french fry to eat. The other male’s aura was light but he didn’t sense that his species was fully light affiliated which made him curious to know what he was. Certainly not human, he knew that much.

Just at that moment he felt the star pulse against his neck and he clutched his hand against it for a moment, grunting in pain because he knew that was the stone getting impatient with him.

Deus gave another easy chuckle with a shake of his head, “No, going to a destination.” He said as he looked towards him for a moment. “Everyone I need to be around are back in the city I live in miles and miles away.” He gave a gentle chuckle wondering how his siblings would be doing if they took the mission alone like he did. Oh the earful he would be getting once he is back among the others. Sipping on his water he gave a gentle sigh from his lips thinking of his return already.

“Yes, emergencies happen far too often if you ask the right person.” Deus gave a gentle chuckle to his coyness. He wondered what emergency would call for someone to  be at a dinner late at night. “Your emergency, was someone hurt?” He asked softly thinking maybe he could help if this was the case. “I may be able to offer some kind of service if that is the case.” He offered as he glanced over towards the male with an easy smile on his face. It was natural for him to carry this smile on his face.

“Everything was more real in those songs.” He closed his eyes remembering the speakeasies he snuck into and sighed for a moment. “There was a lot of bad back then though, I guess every time period has its bad. Wonder if we will ever reach a utopia time.” The aspects mind drifted to having a garden of Eden of his own, though he would be high as a kite in his own garden. He gave a light chuckle and nodded his head, “I was the same, needed the break from driving and can’t pass up on some good food.” As he ate on what he ordered he looked leaned forward onto the counter and looked him over.  After all he could tell the male was doing the same which made him sure that he was not human and he was trying to figure out what he was in return.

When clutched his hand to his neck Deus leaned back seeing the wave of pain cross his face. Without thinking Deus' hand came to Aeryn's arm and he used his ability to remove the pain he had felt. A flash of green took over his dark eyes. Giving a grunt from his lips as the pain waved through him. The aspect looked to him with an arched brow. “Interesting.” The aspects eyes returned to their deep brown.

He chuckled under his breath “Must be a pretty important destination to be making the trip so late” Aeryn didn’t actually have any idea where his own destination was, only that this damn stone was going to annoy the hell out of him until he went and investigated whatever it was it was trying to tell him. More of a curse than a blessing was this damn thing and yet he still found himself responsible for it “Do I catch a little regret in that one?” he question, especially from the way he phrased where he was supposed to be around.

He resisted the urge to grumble when the male mentioned how emergencies happened to often, he could agree with that wholeheartedly, memories of his life spent entirely on the run came to mind, it wasn’t fun being the protector of something everyone seemed to greedily want. “I sure hope not” he responded when the other male asked if someone was hurt “Don’t really know what I’m walking into, just knew there’s somewhere I need to be...you ever have a feeling like that?” which was his coy way of trying to read this guy a little.

“Real instruments for starters” he responded and chuckled softly, he remembered having so much respect for those who were able to play and he would always make time to head into a bar and just listen for a while. Always remaining low key he never had the opportunity to perform himself but he could imagine what it would feel like to step up and just play. “Pretty sure robots are going to take over the world and kill us all before that happens” he teased shaking his head at the idea of a utopia because he honestly didn’t see it, there were too many corrupted and greedy people and in his mind there always would be. “A man with good taste” he complimented when the other male commented about getting food “You can’t really beat American comfort food” he commented with an amused smile.

This damn stone liked to play up at the stupidest times. It was honestly like carrying a necklace with an actual mind of it’s own. He was busy trying to get his reaction under control but of course the other male had noticed. The nephilim watched him carefully before seeing the brief flash of green over his eyes and then noting the way he recoiled in a way that implied he felt the pain which disappeared from Aeryn’s body. He frowned and shifted on the spot because he wasn’t sure how to play this but he was ready to fight if the other male made an offensive mood “That’s an interesting trick you got there” he commented bluntly because now he needed to know the other male’s intentions.

The older male gave a gentle chuckle past his lips for a moment then sighed softly, “Sometimes life has a way of making this important even if we don’t think it would be.” He muttered softly as he gave a slight shrug of his shoulders for a moment. “No, no real regret, I will be back home before I know it. Wishing I wasn’t there.” he gave a gentle chuckle because after so long together he could go from loving his siblings to wanting to rip their heads off in a single minute if they pressed his buttons right enough.

The coy way he spoke of what was going on with him made the aspect think to the guards that worked for them. He gave a gentle frown with a gentle nod with it. “Aye I know that feeling and people I am close to know that feeling very well. Sometimes being protectors of things can be a heavy weight with little insight.” He muttered softly not knowing that Aeryn was a protector himself, more going off his point of view along with the guards that joined the Guard. “Life and its way to throw things at us.”

Deus gave a chuckle in response with a nod of his head. “What is even better is being around real instruments when they are being played live, the way the music can dance deep in your chest.” He gave a gentle hum as his hand rested upon his chest for a moment. “If robots take over the world, it will be one of the saddest days, yet we will have let it happen.” He shook his head with a sigh. When the male complimented him, a smirk played on Deus’s lips and nodded. “Comfort food American or not is hard to beat.” He commented back softly.

Deus cursed himself mentally for being so brasion when it came to using his power to take away Aeryn pain. How was he to know it was far more than a headache from a long drive. The recoil of course didn’t go unnoticed by the other male. He took a moment clearing his throat as he focused his vision upon the male after shaking off the pain that he was able to tuck away. An easy smile returned towards the male. “Well it's something I have been able to do, for a long time now. That pain...I have to say if you have to deal with it often you are a strong one.” He said as he picked up his drink and took a long sip from it. “I figured you just had a headache. Interesting. Makes me wonder, if that pain is connected to why you are traveling tonight.” His eyes rested on him to read him.

Aeryn tilted his head curiously, the way the male spoke was pretty coy and vague which certainly made him curious as to what it was his intentions were and where he was from. Whenever he met someone like him, they often turned out to be someone much older than the nephilim “It’s like that huh?” he chuckled, thankfully Aeryn lived alone and was free to roam wherever he wanted, no one was waiting on him “Why not just extend the vacation and have a little break in that case?”

“Yeah no kidding” he responded almost out of reflex when the other male talked about the weight that being a protector could bring but his expression became a little guarded when he realized the other male had pretty much hit the nail on the head when it came to what he was doing. “And here we are desperately trying to hit a few home runs” enough to keep the ball away and people safe he supposed, it wasn’t an easy task that was for sure.

He nodded in agreement, there was something about music that had always been comforting to Aeryn and seeing the developments that had taken place in the past years was pretty fascinating to him “I swear there is nothing better than just whiling away the afternoon in a little dive bar with a performance space...seeing who shows up” ameteur artists he found were often the most talented and certainly the most hard working. He grinned slightly at the mention of robots taking over being sad “Well they say it’s because humans would be seen as a threat to the world so…” that said it all really.

Aeryn raised a bit of his chicken as though to salute in agreement with Deus’ words “Truer words have never been spoken” he agreed as he nibbled slightly. The stone was a part of Aeryn and as much as he hated the thing and cursed it, he never let it go, it was his burden to bear for as long as he lived and he would never forget that responsibility. “You have to be strong to make it in a world like this” he responded when the other male pointed out his strength, it was clear the two of them now knew one another were supernatural though neither of them wanted to say it. Naturally the nephilim was wary of supernatural beings he didn’t know “Maybe, though I’d say that doesn’t make it a coincidence that you’re also here” he commented with a raised brow.

“Well whatever it is...it clearly demands attention” he grumbled, noting the stone’s pulses were getting stronger, meaning two things, one, he was close to his destination and two, he needed to get there soon.

Virindeus gave a gentle hum past his lips as he gave a coy grin for a moment. “Extended vacation would be nice if it wasn’t for the fact that sometimes things are not that simple.” The way he spoke about how he spoke on being a protector caused him to raise her brow softly. He wondered what he was the protector of, he wondered if it was a curse upon him or if that is how he felt. A lot of protectors seem to feel cursed he had noticed over the years. “Manage to get any of those home runs as of late? Cause I feel I am always swinging and missing.” He gave a gentle but sad chuckle for a moment.

As he gave a hearty laugh from his lungs he gave a nod at him. “I feel like I haven’t been in a good dive bar in a long time with a performance space. Last place I was in was in Evermore where I am from. Called Eternal Blue. It's a nice little place to kick back if you are ever in Evermore. There have been a few great acts to go through there that I have seen.” He thought about it for a moment knowing that Donovan would always be his favorite but seemed unfair since he owned the place. “Sometimes I wonder if it's the humans that are a threat or something else.” He mused aloud for a moment.

Deus' mind made him wonder after so many years being the aspect of life, was he still willing to be strong in the way the world was going. “Well I am sure that is true, there is a place to protect those not that strong.” That was more referring to humans than the fact he is supernatural. Actually was more to the fact that he and his siblings wanted to keep others safe in this world. His gaze moved towards the male for a long moment. “I was never one for Coincidences.” He wasn’t part of the guard. “Though I am sure we are both around for different reasons.” After all, how could he know about what he was after. The aspects had a touch on a different vein of magical items they hunt down.

“Well I wish you luck in your endeavors and hope you are able to find what you are looking for and take care of it in a lighted fashion.” He smiles softly towards him as he turns back to his food. Going to finish his meal before he found his way to the location he knew of.

“They never are” he agreed with a nod of his head, vacations were the kind of thing most people looked forward to, they talked about traveling the world and visiting one site or another but honestly with a vacation he would just want to take some time to breathe and just live for a while, it seemed like he had spent so much time just existing. “I can’t say I remember my last one” he responded coyly on the mention of home runs. They were always looking for happiness, it was a natural thing of course but the chances of actually finding it were slim.

“The Eternal City huh? Seems like a fitting bar name” he chuckled making a mental note to check it out the next time he was back in the city, Aeryn was traveling around a lot lately so he hadn’t had much of a chance to actually make roots in Evermore like he intended to. “Humans can be pretty selfish” he commented under his breath, along with the supernatural too, they were all blind to how they were hurting the world around them in their own greed.

“Me neither” he responded with a wry smile, though Aeryn wasn’t quite sold on this guy’s intentions and his questioning gaze made that clear. Still, he waved him off and watched him head on his way while Aeryn finished up the last of his meal and got to his feet, leaving a decent tip for the waitress as he made his way back to his car.

Once inside he started up the engine, feeling the stone pulse again as though to pressure him to move faster. He started to drive once more, taking the directions as per the clues he was being fed until he ended up on backroads that led to local farms around the area. He continued making his way along it until he spotted a dull but strange-looking light polluting the air in the distance and frowned. As if to confirm the stone pulsed again, sending a wave of pain through him that cause him to swerve the car in a kneejerk reaction “Dammit” he cursed as he stared at it “Would you quit doing that?” he scolded before deciding to ditch the potentially dangerous vehicle and go the rest of the way on foot.

“I always found that even when one goes on vacation unless it's alone or with another adult who wishes to be on their own. You often return home much more stressed out than before going on vacation.” Virindeus mused as honestly he could go for a joint in his home right now. Yet getting out and helping his family is what he should be doing. Though he was sure he would be scolded when he returned home going off on his own. “Well I do hope this one is better for you if you are getting some rest on this trip.” He gave him a smile.

“Have you been to Evermore?” He asked with a questioning look, not many knew it was called the Eternal city without having visited it. “It is a fitting name though, I appreciate the owner's name for it.” He had to admit it as he picked out his food from a moment and gave a nod, “Though i have found in all my time on this earth, many of us are selfish some are just the worst kinds of selfish. Those are the ones to really look out for.” He said with a frown set on his lips as his brows pulled together lost in a memory for a moment.

Biding his goodbyes he was still lost in that memory on how selfish and evil people had been through his life. It made him wonder if he was at the end of his rope and leaned towards accepting a place in the after life. Though would Ery ever let him rest is the real question. Shaking his head he turned and made his way towards the location Malva had listened. As he came up to a local farm he raised his brow. Climbing out he made plants grow over his Jeep. 

He moved from the jeep and felt a sigh past his lips. This was a needle in a haystack. He thought to himself as he moved towards the barn quietly knowing he was going to be spotted if he wasn’t quiet about being here. If there was anyone living here that was. He paused though looking behind him as he thought he heard the squeal of tires from someone swerving off the road. He ducked into the bar closing it behind him and paused as he looked around the barn giving a gentle wow at how it seemed like less of a barn and more of a catch all storage place. “It has to be here.” he said lightly to himself.

Before long the nephilim had left the car behind and got to his feet, thankfully he didn’t need too much guidance on where to go because the stone was able to do that for him, he swore this thing was basically a beacon for all things magic and in his time he had run into so many strange and interesting things thanks to it. He continued to wander through the fields before coming upon what seemed to be a ranch. He frowned, what an odd place for magic to be hiding away.

He made his way towards the door, looking around for a moment to make sure that there wasn’t anyone to see him before sneaking through and stepping into the darkly lit storage area, thankfully there was just enough light from the farmhouse and the window to see in here but the first thing he noticed was was that the place was packed. He pressed his hand against the stone only to hear the sound of someone else in the barn. He immediately widened his eyes and dropped down silently to his knees so that he could hide behind some of the storage boxes. He moved to peer through the gap, blinking to clear his vision and see if he could recognize the person.

When he realized it was the male from earlier he straightened up a little, he was sure he was aware of his presence already and gave a low chuckle “Not quite a coincidence then” he commented noting that he definitely didn’t give farmhand vibes “Well not we know we’re here for the same reason, tell me, have you found it yet?” he stared back at him wondering how he would react to Aeryn’s presence.

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