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People say that everything happens for a reason. That all the things you do makes up for that one moment when everything changes. For your entire world to turn full circle. Even if it wasn’t something you wanted. Others changing the past and present events for it to happen. It what had happened to Kaelyn. The Wayward Instar Diviner never head imagined that she’d be chosen to be the next coven leader. The position was one that she’d not heard of before. Always being the one to sway away from any form of leadership or help in that way. Kaelyn always prefered to keep to herself. To live a quiet and small life, something she’d always prefered. Never liking to be surrounded by people, always preferring the smaller outlook on life. It was all Kaelyn had ever known. Not having the upbringing that everybody else have had. To look after herself never having the care of anyone else. The past year Kaelyn had felt it all starting to change around her. Slowly but surely. The curse of the city there whilst you there for some time, there’s a hold that pulls to keep you here. Kaelyn now could see if was true. Able to sense it. Now it was all clear. It was fate almost. The Ancestors were pulling her to the city. In a way of bringing the Brookes family all together again. Even if there are too left. The bloodline have not died out. Igniting flames the flames.
Kaelyn never would of fathomed that her life would be changing the way she’d never imagined it to be. Her life had already changed in the way of finding love and starting to accept others into her life. To accept family. A strange concept in her life. Something Kaelyn never have had, pushing it away until she learnt that she doesn’t need to anymore. Starting to build bridges with her cousin. With the way she treated him he should of ran to the hills instead of rebuilding their relationship. Blind to see that he was trying to help since Kaelyn’s never had it. Never being offered the help of others, always been used by others before so was why she pushed others away. Kaelyn was starting to get used to her newfound position, remembering back to how sudden it was. Not something she was easily handed down. A ritual that she had no thought of being part of till she had no choice. Way of fate and destiny binding everything together.
~ Flashback ~
Voices filled her mind, they were getting louder and stronger. From when it was bearable, easily to ignore. Till now when they were in full stream. Too loud to ignore. For the past few weeks the Diviner had been hearing voices in her head. Just thinking it was her hearing things yet now it was something she couldn’t ignore. Too painful. Enough to make her scream with pain. She shot up from bed, gasping. Taking death breaths feeling herself short of air. A suffocating sensation almost along with the immense pain in her head. Kaelyn looked over to her right seeing her pink haired girlfriend Riley was fast asleep. Thinking that it was all a dream. That she was just dreaming still. Leaning back in the bed trying to get herself back to sleep. Yet she weren’t able to. The voices were stopping her. The voices were wanting something from her. ‘listen’ ,‘You need to come’, ‘come’, ‘come’ ‘you can’t ignore the callings’. Different voices filled her head, all at once. “Did you hear that” Kaelyn asked almost questioning herself and her sanity. Wondering and hoping that Riley had heard her but it seems not.
It wasn’t working trying to ignore the voices, each moment they were getting stronger. Kaelyn had felt as if her body was being taken over. Controlled. Her mind wasn’t her own, not in control of her own body. Feeling that she was someone else. Watching down on herself. The Redhead rose from her bed, turning to the side of the bed. Getting up and out of bed. Still dressed in her night ware. Leaving her house in the dark of night. All alone. No one else in sight. Kaelyn was walking from her home in the human territory. Heading down the empty streets of Evermore to the Riverbanks part of the city. A far venture from her home, a path she wasn’t taking herself. Someone else was guiding her there. Kaelyn still unaware having no control of her own body.
Reaching the destination where she was being brought to. Kaelyn was able to look around seeing blurred images that kept changing. People she didn’t recognize all gathered around a pit of fire. A ritual. Kaelyn found herself standing in front of the fire as she woke up. Snapped back into reality to see all that was going on. Believing she was seeing things. “What's happening? This is not real” She gasped, in full denial and shock. Trying to close her eyes to make it all disappear. For the people to go away but they were still there. Kaelyn could see that the people gathered around her looked different, that they weren’t from around here. Of this century. What was happening. “You have been chosen. Kaelyn Brookes” The woman in front of her spoke almost like she was the ringleader in it all. “Chosen for what” She demanded as she was starting to get aggregated by all this. “You are to be new Coven leader. The one in charge of all the Instar Diviners in the city” Words that confused and shocked her the most.
Kaelyn tried and started to back away. Seeking to escape. Run away from all this. It’s not what she wanted or asked for. “You got the wrong person” She repeated wanting to get away but was stopped. Suddenly she was forced to her knees feeling as her brain was able to exploded. Power was being used against her. Forming her useless. To cave in. Kaelyn felt a tight grasp around wrist as she was pulled forwards towards the fire. Her hand was held out, not able to pull it own. Feeling and watching as her hand was being sliced open by a blade. Her hand being turned over so her own blood was being dropped into the fire. A binding spell almost. A ritual. With no way out. Hearing as the people around her, the voices were chanting a spell in latin. Able to get the jist of it, one spell she’d not heard before.
Suddenly everything stopped, the fire was out and everybody around her was gone. It was all over yet Kaelyn felt that something was different. Able to feel she was different. Dropping to her knees, breathing healthy. Not able to control her own breathing. Feeling as she was panicking coming to terms with what was happening. Kaelyn felt that she was all alone. Wrapping her arms around her knees, tears falling down her cheeks coming to terms with what's happened. A nightmare that she knew she was living and it was now a reality.
The last few months had been such a learning curve for the young Therian; she had to overcome a series of different challenges, not necessarily physically, but certainly emotionally and mentally. She continuously had internal battles with her demons and many different insecurities which often told her she was not worthy of love, she didn't deserve such attention, that she was simply being used, thus she should run back to her very recluse life in the belly of the forest where she didn't have to bother with anyone else but herself. There were plenty of moments where she was extremely close to giving in to such conversations and doing as they told her to do; but Riley was known for her strength, and she couldn't deny that she was very much beginning to enjoy her current lifestyle with her, now girlfriend, Kaelyn. Kaelyn had accepted her, along with the many faults which came as a package deal with Riley; she had accepted and continued to show love for her despite the fact that Riley was considered a murder among her people. Kaelyn was also not shy when it came to showing Riley the ropes of modern society, and pushing her to achieve her goals; even if they were small ones, such as learning to read and write. Of course, these goals had yet to be accomplished, but they were certainly on her to do list; she just needed to find someone who had the patience to sit with a twenty something woman who needed such assistance.
Riley had also found it incredibly interesting learning about the city and the different species which resided within the sanctuary walls; albeit, these teachings did frighten her, there were a lot more powerful beings out there compared to her very clumsy wolf. Especially now that the news had broken out that the city was in chaos; even though, this certainly pushed her curiosity to check it all out. Yet, it was the Witches powers which she found the most fascinating; she loved to sit at the dining room table and watch how her girlfriend conjured up some magical voodoo spell for whatever reason. In fact, it made her wonder why Kaelyn loved to steal when she could just conjure it up herself; perhaps all magic came with a price, and the price was too grave for that sort of satisfaction. Riley found herself sometimes wishing she was born into a Diviner bloodline, there seemed to be endless amounts of possibilities right at their fingertips; plus they didn't have to experience the painful transition into becoming the wolf. She had also noted how Kaelyn's own ways were slowly forcing themselves upon her; such as, her fashion sense - of course she kept a very tomboyish look, but her clothes, at times, certainly looked rather expensive.
It was safe to say, that the last few months had been rather peachy for the Therian; her hunters had fallen off the radar for now, and she had practically moved in with Kaelyn if she considered the amount of evenings in the week that she slept over. Yet, it was in these evenings that her suspicions began which consequently triggered her insecurities to power up, and nag her that something wasn't quite right with Kaelyn's behaviour. There were times where Kaelyn wouldn't touch her, nor even be able to truly look her in the eye; conversations very rarely made it passed a few grunts here and there. It worried Riley, and for that very reason, she sought comfort in alcohol some evenings; after all, the alcohol provided better company at times. This evening wasn't much different that any other in the last week; Riley had ended up going to bed without Kaelyn, only to feel her fidgeting throughout the night. Thankfully the alcohol which resided in her system had helped her relax enough to ignore the frantic movements and the panicked mutters which echoed around their bedroom. Riley did feel awful as she pretended to be a sleep, but she was hurt and was particularly feeling the need to be petty as Kaelyn had not been able to voice more than a few words to her after dinner. Yet, her brows furrowed as she felt the mattress shift, which indicated that Kaelyn had gotten out of bed; the wolf opened her eyes some to watch her girlfriends shadowy figure leave the bedroom.
“The fuck?” She questioned softly to herself as she heard the front door open and close; she slipped out of bed herself, grabbed the nearest coat which definitely didn't suit her before grabbing a pair of boots to try and follow the redhead. It wasn't hard to follow, after all, Riley had come too attuned to the girls scent; she was sure that she could pick up Kaelyn's scent even if there were hundreds of other scents within the room. Plus, the woods was her home - she knew the area like the back of her hand. Twigs and leaves crunched beneath her feet until they found the streets of Evermore. She had no idea where she was going - was she meeting up with another girl? Was Kaelyn cheating on her? Just the thoughts alone caused her stomach to sink as they entered the riverbanks of Evermore; Riley made sure to hide behind a grand oak tree. She could just see Kae talking to the air and quirked a curious brow; maybe her girlfriend had finally lost her mind as it was finally made clear that she was not waiting for another individual. Yet that didn't stop the cheating concerns. Riley slowly closed the space between them even though she continued to hide in the shadows; a low growl vibrated within her chest as it looked as if Kae was forced to the ground by an invisible force - if only Riley was in her wolf form.
If only… With that, she removed her clothing; not wanting ruin further nightwear and with all her might, forced the change upon her as silently as possible. What felt like a lifetime, she finally shifted into her wolf which let out a deep huff of breath as she looked out over the clearing Kaelyn knelt in. Riley tilted her head in a confused manner as she could see the many different magical aspects that surrounded the redhead. Her paws dug up the ground, she didn't like what she was seeing, particularly because she didn't understand it; plus because she could see the clear distress that Kaelyn was currently under. Riley watched, her muscles tensed as she was ready to attack, yet just as she was ready to pounce, it was as if someone had turned off the light; there was suddenly nothing but darkness which surrounded the two girls. She waited for a few moments, sniffing at the air as she did so to make sure the clearing was safe before she padded up to Kaelyn; she didn't care that this was the first time Kaelyn had seen her wolf form, but she did wonder if Kae would recognise her. Riley nudged Kae's shoulder with her snout before sitting beside her; her white eyes looking over the river beside them - it was probably the best that she remained in wolf form as she knew she would bombard the girl with so many questions; thus she remained wolf, and if Kae wished, she could converse.
Kaelyn always considered herself a semi normal person. Well all considering with her upbringing and what she does for a living and all. She was a blender. One who always prefered to blend in but too liked to stand out. Make a scene, to draw a attention at the same time. Always how people would least expect her of conning and exploiting them of all their money and valuables. All for what makes up being a con artist. Learning over the years from the best. Finding and meeting all good connections that make her job more easier and swift too. Kaelyn always loved her job. All she’s ever known. Yet she knew that it wasn’t the safest job in the world of course. With all jokes aside if caught she’d be in a lot of trouble more so following her little skint in jail that she was bailed out for by her cousin Wyatt. Kaelyn knew that if they had looked in deeper about her, finding all the crimes and frauds claims she’d done. She’d probably be facing the rest of her life behind bars but even know she continues it. Something that she could not easily get out of for different reasons. One being that she loved her line of work, able to have all the expensive things one can only dream of. Two the thrill and excitement of carrying out a con, one of the things that always draws back people like her to do it again. Another reason was that it’s all she’d ever known, never having another job of any sort. From an early age back in the children's home when growing up it was all that they were pushed to do. It was kind of the typical thing in those days for children to do. Since people least expect young children to steal them out of money or things so it was why they were made to do it. Yet with how much Kaelyn hated the place and people she grew up around she still continued down that line of work when she was able to get out of the orphanage.
There was one main thing that have changed her way of thinking compared to back then. Now she had too much to loose to back before when she had nothing just her. Kaelyn had someone else to think of other than just herself. A girlfriend that she loves more than anything in the world. Lucky to have Riley in her life. To be happy in love once in her life. Something that was real. Kaelyn was slowly working making amends with her cousin Wyatt too. It weren’t like before when Kaelyn had nothing to lose making her think was conning and stealing all worth it. Worth all the risks, to lose everything and everything just for money? Something Kaelyn was starting to think of. First time in her life having second thoughts on her life and all of her choices that all make up to where she is now. In a way she was slowly starting to turn her life around making better choices along with a mix of bad ones. Kaelyn had least expect to what was to come to her. Never wanting or thinking of having the position of leadership. To be coven leader for her own people. Kaelyn always considered herself as a nomad especially when it comes to her own species. The reason behind it was that she have never been around many people of her own kind. Growing up surrounded and living the life of a human. An mundane life. Having to figure out who and what she was for herself, never having anyone else who was the same as her. One of the reasons why pushed past all of Wyatt’s persistence years back. Part of her was a afraid. Afraid to be herself fully for the first time in her life. Afraid of having a family. Always the fear of abandonment still lurks over the redhead.
The whole ceremony felt like it was going on for hours whilst in reality it was happening in present time. Kaelyn felt like she was stuck in a constant nightmare, able to watch it but not able to act or escape from it. Forced against her will for something she never wanted. Now it’s all over Kaelyn knew it wasn’t something she couldn’t get away from, or say no to. Especially now a blood connection was made. It was a clear choice of alliance and agreement when a Instar Diviner of any kind spills blood part of a spell. Making the connection bond and tied in blood. No way out. Kaelyn was still coming to terms with everything that had just happened before her. Thinking whether it was all real or if she was dreaming. Part of her was really hoping that this was all one big nightmare. That she’d wake up and be back at home beside Riley in their bed. Yet however much she tried to wake up she was still stuck in what was real and now all was reality and life for her. What felt like a lifetime, kaelyn sat there on the floor broken in a way. Not noticing at first seeing a wolf coming her way but knowing it was Riley straight away. Breaking her from her trance in a way as Riley in wolf form came and sat beside her feeling its snouts in shoulder. With a natural instant, Kaelyn buried her face in Riley's fur kissing her body well fur before wrapping her arms around her wolf girlfriend. Not caring that she was still crying a little. “Riley” She sobbed a little able to know that Riley must of followed her but would be confused of what happened. “The ancestors dragged me out her, performed a ritual on me. Kept telling me I’m the chosen one, next coven leader” The redhead was trying to explain all that happened knowing that Riley would be listening even in wolf form. “Apparently I’m not the Instar Diviner’s ambassador, the species leader her in the city. Like how Orion is Therianthropes one” Lifting her head up a little she looked to see Riley’s reaction would be if she’d understand or be still confused.
When Riley had followed Kaelyn this evening, she didn't truly know what to expect but she knew it certainly wasn't anything like she had just witnessed; it was a sight she never believed possible or a sight she would've been able to conjure up with her imagination. If anything, after living with Kaelyn these last few months she could only compare it to something from a horror film, possession perhaps but nevertheless, it concerned her that these sort if things could indeed happen; and if those beings had the power to do that to one individual, then surely there would be the possibility that they could do this to another. Riley, despite keeping low within the shrubbery, was surprised that the ghost like figures didn't catch on that there was someone watching them from the sidelines; but maybe they did but they would brew on many possibilities to act out on the peeping tom at a later date. The very thought alone caused a shudder to run down the length of her spine; and she could only imagine what her parents would say to her now - we told you never to get mixed up in the society, should have remained in the forest where it is safe. Riley shook her head to rid herself of her parents voice as now was not the time to be haunted by them; there were, afterall, more pressing matters to worry about.
Once shifted, and noting the ghostly figures disappearing, the grey wolf couldn't wait any longer and soon found herself sat beside the redhead; a very soft whine like sound escaped her lips as her white eyes looked over Kaelyn. It was hard to watch someone she loved, and someone who was naturally so strong break down in the way Kae was doing right this moment. Riley knew Kae long enough now to know that she did not do feelings, not at least, until she rocked up to the scene but even then, Riley knew that Kae continued to keep things to herself; much like she did at times. It was truly horrible to see her girlfriends break down and crumble like she was, but it was a huge relief when Kaelyn threw her arms around her neck and cuddling until the warm fur; Riley allowed her now, larger head to rest upon Kae's delicate shoulder for a brief moment before withdrawing so she could pay attention to the sobbed filled words which could barely leave the girls lips without breaking and stuttering. Her head tilted some as she tried to comprehend the words which were spoken to her; part of it made sense for sure, she understood the concept of ambassadors and leaders of the factions of Evermore but it certainly wasn't a position she thought Kaelyn would want. Yet, from what she witnessed this evening, perhaps her girlfriend didn't have much of a choice in this matter. Riley huffed some and glanced back to where she saw the ghostly figures and she knew she could still smell the remnants of their being here before she turned back to Kae.
The grey wolf suddenly stood and shook her body before leaning her head down to nudge Kaelyn's shoulder; noting she didn't get a true response from her, she nudged again and continued to do so until the redhead stood upward once more. Riley wanted to go home so she could change once again and could truly speak with Kaelyn properly rather than just her huffing and puffing in response to some of the girls statements; besides, it was probably for the best that she got Kaelyn home and just like before, run her a bath to get her to relax. Riley padded over to the shadows once more where she left her clothing and picked up the very useless fabric between her canines before she glanced over her shoulder at her girlfriend who looked as if she had drunk her bodyweight in alcohol. The wolf occasionally glanced back as they walked back to the grand house that they resided in together, she allowed Kaelyn to go in first before she lingered in the night air to trigger the change back into her human form. Despite Kaelyn seeing her naked, Riley couldn't help but get back into her clothes before she entered the house.
The therian sighed, placed a warm smile on her lips as her hands moved to rest on top of Kaelyn's shoulders; she gave her shoulder a reassuring squeeze. "I would offer to put the kettle on but I feel you need something stronger than that, hey?" Riley exhaled softly and lead them into the kitchen where she poured them both a baileys. "So you're the chosen one? What does that mean?" She queried as she offered Kaelyn one of the glasses.
Kaelyn knew from an outsider's perspective she probably looked like a crazy person. Knowing the ghosts weren’t real and not able to be seen by others. Yet they were real from her own eyes. Its known when an Instar Diviner is to experience new or over use of their power then they can see the images of their dead ancestors, that had been summoned before them. Kaelyn’s first encounter and hopefully the last. In that first moment after they left, Kaelyn never felt so alone. Just there in the darkness all by herself with all the light having gone out. All the flames from the candles and torches have gone out all that she saw was all gone like nothing happened. Yet Kaelyn knew all was true that it did happen. Feeling a different sort of power running through her veins. A much more powerful force. Knowing that things wouldn’t be how they once were not able to live a normal life along with a few petty crimes of some of her cons too. All Kaelyn wants nothing more than to live a normal and problem free life with her girlfriend. For small moment, Kaelyn forgot to think of how there's been a few things leading up to tonight that could of given her hints to how something was about to come. Kaelyn was too blind to see it for herself.
A soft whining noise made Kaelyn snap out of her thoughts coming back into reality. Seeing a grey wolf beside her, Riley. Almost forgetting that this was the first time she’d seen her girlfriend in her wolf form. Every full moon was difficult for the two of them. Yet each time Kaelyn made sure that Riley was safe and protected by her own self. Kaelyn knew the one thing that Riley feared was her own wolf self. Whilst she was forever trying to reassure Riley that everything was different that it was just a fluke, one big bad thing to happen. That she shouldn’t blame her own self for the rest of her life. Kaelyn rested her head on the wolfs shoulder seeking comfort always finding that Riley always managed to calm her. Both in wolf and human form. Since starting dating none of them had found any problems, in a way they still we're in this honeymoon period. Yet a;ways challenging each other, finding they were always on the same level too. That was how their relationship worked. Both were still obsessed with each other. Kaelyn wouldn’t change anything for the world, sometimes she thought Riley was too good for her. That she didn’t deserve her.
Kaelyn was happy that Riley followed her so she wasn’t all alone. Able to know that the young wolf would have many questions for her, nearly all of them Kaelyn didn’t know for herself. In a way they were both taking the journey together. Part of her wondered whether or not Riley would still want to stay with her knowing that she’d be tied with the leadership and responsibilities that follows. The Wayward Diviner wouldn’t be one anymore, Kaelyn and Riley couldn’t run off and travel the world whenever they choose to. Things would be different. Kaelyn didn’t know if Riley would be ready for the changes since she’d only just been newly welcomed into the Therianthrope community. Kaelyn could feel her body getting more tired with practically sleepwalking in the middle of the night to the middle of nowhere. Rileys nudging made Kaelyn snap out of it almost knowing that she was trying to tell her to wake up. “Let's go home” Kaelyn nodded her head, agreeing with Riley. Almost able to sense what she was trying to say but it was a bit difficult, not speaking wolf and all. The two of them made their way back to their home, wrapping her around herself as she walked. Wearing only her nightdress, the spirits didn’t let her change into something warmer and more practical.
Soon arriving at their home, Kaelyn went in first ahead. Letting Riley shift back and follow letting her have her privacy yet she standing at the doorway waiting for her. “I’m sorry if I’ve been a bit out of it for the last few weeks, I guess it was all this happening to me and I didn’t know it” Kaelyn sighd apologising giving Riley a look already knowing that she might have been acting weird lately. “At least you know I weren’t cheating on you right?” She mused joking knowing that may had been what Riley was thinking and worrying about. “Any excuse to drink early hours in the morning right” Both of them were known to like their alcohol. “Babe remember the ice” She chimed shooting her a wink not letting her forget an essential for baileys. “I guess I'm the next coven leader, the new Instar Diviner Ambassador. You know each fraction has their own leader, ambassador? Like how Orion is yours. Well I guess I’m the Instar Diviners one” Going from someone who wasn’t even part of a fraction to the leader of one. “I guess we won’t be skipping town any time soon. Say now if you want to get out, I’d understand if you don’t want to stay here in the city for however long it may be” Kaelyn offered letting Riley have a choice to leave now if she wanted to.
The moment she watched the scene before her, Riley knew she could not be selfish in whatever was to come - she knew, and was reluctant to accept it, but she knew their lives would forever be changed now; they had spoken many times about traveling the world, seeing sights that neither of them could ever dream up. It was exciting, to see the world with the one that she loved, it was a situation she never thought possible for her to be in - thus, when they made these plans, it was so surreal, and Riley had to continue to pinch herself that this was real, and it was going to happen. Therefore, on the walk back to the house, her thoughts continued to run through the plans they had made, but were soon to be ruined by whatever she saw outside at the lake - this was even before Kaelyn had the chance to explain what had happened; yet Riley was not stupid, and she knew that whatever it was, was going to be huge and it was going to change the very foundations of their relationship. The mere thought frightened her, unsettled her and made her stomach do somersaults; yet the very idea of losing Kaelyn made her sick to her core, therefore, she had to be selfless, and put another person’s needs before her own - an act she had not had to do in over a decade.
Now that she stood before her girlfriend in the kitchen, her dark chocolate hues ran over Kae’s countenance, she had to make sure that she was physically okay, besides the very overwhelming sense that the redhead girl could go to sleep for two weeks straight. A slight bemused laugh bypassed her lips at the comment of her cheating on her - it was no lie, that thought did cross Riley’s mind more often than she would rather admit and it certainly was comforting that was not the case. “As if you could have found anyone better anyway” Riley teased the redhead, a light wink falling from her left eye as her own digits found themselves curling within the flame coloured hair for a brief moment. The wolf nodded a little, even though she had no idea about the factions, or the species which resided in the town - it seemed that it was all very obvious that there was something going on; at least it should have been for Kaelyn. “How were you supposed to know?” She squeezed her shoulders once more before chuckling at the comment to remember the ice. “How could I forget, you remind me everytime” Riley muttered, yet a playful tone laced her words.
Riley continued to listen as she reached up to grab the fresh bottle of Baileys that was just waiting to be opened on a special occasion - she guessed this was an occasion of sorts. As Kaelyn began to explain what had just happened, it made sense - after all, it was a huge shock to hear that a previous ambassador and Coven leader, she guessed that it was only a matter of time before the elders picked their next heir. “I wonder why they picked you” Riley quizzed as she finished making their drinks; she offered one to Kaelyn before curling one leg beneath the other upon the red sofa which decorated the kitchen. “No offense, but there are plenty of other Diviners out in the city - what made them choose you?” Riley didn’t expect Kaelyn to know the answer, but her mind raced; maybe the elders weren’t happy that one of their kind was dating a Therian, thus, used this as a move to break the two up? Riley growled internally, and took a drink - ignoring the fact it was almost six am, and the normal folk were just getting ready for work. The Therian furrowed her brows at Kaelyn’s next set of words, was she really giving her the green light to leave if she wanted to?
A laugh of disbelief rolled from the tip of her tongue, her free hand naturally extended to grab Kae’s. “You honestly think some Elders are going to scare me away?” She snorted. “Besides, it’s nice to have a home for once, a family” Riley offered a weak smile as she glanced downward at their intertwining fingers. “Even if we do go away, and travel, I bet you can portal right back here within moments? We are not going to allow some freaky ghosts to ruin our plans, you hear me?”
Kaelyn always have lived her life never being part of a family, coven or community. More of a nomad. Wayward type of person. Someone who may not know where life would take them, where they’d be in the next year or couple of years. What always made her life exciting.Typical life of a con artist in a way. Sometimes Kaelyn would find herself having to make a quick move, escaping from one place to another. Whether it be a con gone wrong or something. Yet now her life was turning upside down in a way. 180 degree turn. Both for the good and the bad at the same time. Kaelyn was still trying to wrap her head around to finding out more about her family. Finally finding love and happiness for the first time in her life with her beautiful girlfriend Riley. Now all in one life her life have turned to another direction one that she’d never thought she’d see herself in. Coven leader. Still it was weird for her to think of, let alone to say. Kaelyn always have known she was a good Instar Diviner, some say one of the best. Making her good at her job, with how sync she was with her powers. Sometimes or quite often when cons would go wrong or if she needed to make a quick escape she’d quickly teleport away. One of her favourite spells and skills. Back to when the Fae and Necromancers were all separate to one another, before her choosing ceremony. Kaelyn often wondered if she’d be chosen by the Necromancer with how she was able to summon the darkness. A bit too well.
Now part of her was worrying a little bit too much already. Able to think of the worse rather than the good. Kaelyn didn’t want to lose the only good and best thing she had in her life going. Worrying if she would lose Riley in all this. Not wanting to put a hold and stop for Riley's dream. As the two had spoken to one and another of their ambition to and travel. To see the world, have it all at their feet. Thinking that they have no commitments able to go and travel as much as they wish. Now it wasn’t like that anymore more. Part of her was worrying if Riley wouldn’t want to be with her anymore with how their lives would be changing soon. Kaelyn found herself confessing her worries too soon to Riley. Giving her the chance if she wanted out of the relationship. Of course it wasn’t something she would want but Kaelyn never wanted for Riley to think of her as a burden. Thinking that maybe she herself would be the problem, something she didn’t want her to seem of. Worry crossed her face as she bit her lip looking to Riley waiting to see what she would say. Hoping that she’ll stay and stick by her through all that's about to come.
For a moment she had forgotten about how it must all be for Riley. Now Kaelyn was starting to see and remember for the last few weeks she hasn't been herself. Not knowing why but now it all makes sense in a way. Kaelyn knew she must have been acting a lot strange. “You are the only woman in my life” She reminded her reassuring her, sworning away from men a long time ago devoting her heart and soul to her. Kaelyn wouldn’t have it any other way, “I find it all weird truthfully like why me?” Almost questioning herself in a way, not believing she had the potential. Kaelyn was one of those people who sometimes never believed in themselves. Their conversation turned over to one of their common discussions, alcohol. Remembering one time where Riley had to be adequately with all about alcohol. The dos and the don’ts. Somehow she has found their alcohol collection was growing more and more in recent months. “You know I like to check” She reminded her, laughing a little.
Whilst Riley was getting the Baileys for the two of them, Kaelyn went through into the living room. Almost falling onto the sofa with exhaustion. Feeling for a moment like her sleepless nights for the past weeks were all creeping back on her. All at once. Moving up to give her some room to sit beside her. “Thanks Babe” Smiling at her taking the glass of Baileys before taking a sip. “I don’t have a clue, maybe to do with my birth family or something. My powers have always been stronger than others” Trying to make some sense of it all, yet not knowing she was chosen. Not simple as that. “I’m going to have to go and call my cousin Wyatt. Let him know whats happened” A sigh escaped her lips knowing that they’d be a lot of things she’d have to do from now on. Hoping that Wyatt would stand by her knowing that things haven’t been the best between them but they were slowly starting to rebuild their rocky family relationship. The whole Aspect of family was all knew to her
Kaelyn was waiting for the answer to her question if she wanted to back out at all. For a moment she was cursing herself. Not wanting to ruin the only perfect and happy relationship she’s ever had because of her own selfish worrying over nothing. Relief filled her body hearing Riley reassuring her she was staying and nothing would be changing. “Gotta love magic” She grinned hearing the idea of portalling something she’d not thought of, a solution to their problems. “I’ve never felt this way for anyone for as much as I do with you” Kaelyn began to say opening up never feeling vulnerable around Riley. “I love you” Kaelyn admitted softly the three words she’d never said before. Admitting her true feelings, both of them knew they have loved each other for a long time. Never finding the right moment to say it.
Of course, she would be lying if she wasn’t surprised, and even a little bit annoyed that their lives had been turned upside down by some magical force that neither of them truly understood; it was like the world was too frustrated that they were living a semi normal lifestyle for the last few months. Those few months were bliss, she had managed to stay under the radar from her own hunters or at least she believed she had; yet the silence on their part was worry - perhaps once everything had settled down with the big and very new changes, she would speak with Kaelyn to see if she could do a location spell on them. Yet, over their time together, she knew she would need to take something that belonged to them in order for that to work; however, if they were close to her brother, then she would simply locate her brother with the spell from her blood alone. Therefore, when the drinks were made, it was simply needed that the first sip would be prolonged and it certainly made her exhale in pleasure; and even for a moment, she forgot all about what was going on in their lives and what was happening in the world.
It was also a relief to know, and receive confirmation that she was the only woman for Kaelyn which automatically made her lips curl upward. “That is always good to know, but I guess now with all your working as… Coven Leader, you definitely won’t have time for another woman anyway” Riley teased as she continued to sip away at the addictive liquid; if anyone where to catch them at 6 o’clock in the morning drinking, they would, without hesitation label the both of them as alcoholics. When Kaelyn mentioned it could be something to do with her birth family, she quirked a brow - it was given, despite being together for a few months know and knowing each other for more than that; Riley really didn’t know all too much about Kae’s family. “What made them different from other people? If it was your family, wouldn’t that have put Wyatt in the running too?” She questioned, trying to put bits of the puzzle together, and probably failing altogether.
“Is there no weird, magical book which states how those ghosts chose their next Coven leader?” Riley thought allowed as she leaned backward into the comfort of the sofa cushions, the almost empty glass of Baileys sat within her lap. She did however agree that she would need to speak with Wyatt about this, and how best to go about it; she had overhead, not just from Kaelyn but from other Diviners in the city that he was all equipped with books of their kind; so there certainly was a possibility they could find something in the pages as to how and why she was chosen. Riley also hoped that this would bring Kaelyn closer to Wyatt, everyone needed someone other than their partner; much like Riley, but unless she had family she didn’t know about, she wouldn’t have much luck.
The Therian tilted her head a little as Kaelyn opened up, and slight laugh bypassed her lips. “I think the Baileys went to someone’s head” Yet it wasn’t until the three little words which slipped out that made the wolf’s eyes open wide, and lips to fall somewhat agape - it was a given their feelings for the other was strong, but never did she imagine that they would be said; perhaps due to both of their own insecurity. With a grin, Riley leaned over and cupped Kae’s jaw within her free hand, and pressed a prolonged kiss upon the woman’s glossed lips; it amused her that even when the girl went to bed, Kae had to put some form of moisturizer on. Riley withdrew ever so slightly, their lips barely touching. “I love you too” She whispered; her fingers brushed along Kae’s jaw and down her neck, slowly allowing them to tangle within her red locks. “Perhaps a nice bath for you, and then we can get some rest, and tackle this issue a little later?”
Kaelyn always thought that she was nobody special. Not even one that her parents wanted. Believing for the longest time that she was just a mistake. Someone who should of never been born. Growing up feeling worthless like any other child who was abandoned. Learning to fend for herself for an early age. Always finding it best to be by herself. Finding it hard to let people in even now she only has let in a few people. Whether it be Riley, Wyatt or Alexa. Only a few people who she could trust. Fear of abandonment and getting hurt was high. Reason why she prefered to be closed off. All not good qualities of being a leader yet here she was with all power being given to her. With no idea of what it was and how to use it. Kaelyn always knew she was more advanced with her powers and abilities than other Instar Diviners she’s been around. Finding that often some would come to her for help. All come easy to her but harder for others to gasp. With the way she’s been trained was more figuring it all out as you go process. Each day a learning curb. To use her powers to her advantage during cons mostly. Something she always loved to do making everything the more exciting. Magic too brought her and Riley together so she had that to thank as well.
Now the two of them were just confused as each other. Kaelyn felt bad for Riley for her to be dragged in all this because of her. She didn’t want to be the only to be holding her back from anything. Not wanting to be the overprotective girlfriend. Still Kaelyn would let Riley still live in that horrid run down cabin the woods and go off each day on her own. Both of them had their own lives that were away from each other. Kaelyn haven’t even thought of how this all may have seen to other people. For Riley to notice she’s been acting not herself for the last few weeks, surprised that she thought she was cheating on her. “I’ll always have time for you. Fit a daily make out session during my lunch break” She teased softly winking, letting her know she hasn’t forgotten about her. Always wanting to keep the romance and love alive. Kaelyn was still trying to wrap her head around to why she may have been chosen with the ancestors not making much sense to it. “I have no idea, normally with blood lines it goes to the oldest but seems not” She shrugged her shoulders a little. “This is all messed up” Kaelyn couldn’t help but sigh as she ran her fingers through her hair in frustration.
Kaelyn couldn’t help but laugh at Riley hearing as she was describing grimores as magical books. With how she was still learning how it all works but was a lot better from the beginning. “Probably, I guess I’ll have to do more reading soon” To add to her growing collection. “I would ask you to help but we both know you can’t read” She smirked, teasing her girlfriend knowing she was still learning how to read sentences let alone books. “Don’t worry we'll figure this all out babe, together. The two of us” She reassured softly, wrapping an arm around her. Feeling relaxed and safe in Riley’s embrace. Leaning a head on her shoulder feeling all the tiredness from the last few weeks come. “I can look into you seeking out your kind here in the city so you can be around other Therianthropes” Kaelyn knew that Riley was still uneasy about it all. Each full moon she was able to see how much Riley worried about it all if something would happen if she broke out from her chain and hurt another person. Maybe if she had help and guidance from her own kind other than just her it may help her. To let her decide for herself, Kaelyn didn’t want to push her.
Sometimes she forgot to say and tell Riley how much she cared for her. Always being the one to keep her emotions and feelings under wraps. They were both the same in that way. Taking a long time to break down each others walls to let one and another in. “Shh you know what I mean” She mused, hitting her playfully hearing Riley’s teasing. Sometimes Kaelyn forgets to tell how much she means to her, not saying out loud before how much she loves her till now. The words coming out, confessing her love and emotions. Waiting and watching almost with how Riley would react. Seeing how taken aback she was with shock. Thinking for a moment if it was too soon or? All her worries flooded away, as they shared a passionate kiss. Both confessing their love. Lucky to have her in her life. “Want to join me?” She teasing winking to her but was serious at the same time. “Destress and all”
Riley couldn’t stop her eyes from rolling in an amused manner when Kaelyn said she would try and fit her in her lunch time for a quick make out session; she could just picture it now, in between meetings with other busy bodies being on the other side of the door and the two of them leaving the office looking rather hot a flustered. “I suppose I don’t mind being your midday snack” She nodded and tucked a few strands of hair behind her ear. “Although one condition, you will not take any phone calls or messages or the like. This snack needs your complete attention” Riley spoke stubbornly, yet there was a level of amusement in her tone as she knew it was important for the two of them to keep that spark between them; being wolf, she found that sexual drive was high and she feared - no that she would act upon it - that she would perhaps stray if Kaelyn did not reciprocate any attention. Riley quirked a brow when she said that it normally goes to the eldest of the family and she shook her head. “Well, looking at your bloodline, could you blame them?” She teased.
The Therian wrinkled her nose at the thought of more reading when it came to the magical spell books that Diviners seem to love and adore; it was perhaps because she couldn’t read but Riley really struggled to see the enjoyment that came from it yet when she walked passed coffee shops, most people had a book glued to their hands. There was a very small part of her that was jealous that they could get so wrapped up in words - their imagination must know no bounds. “Even if I could read, I bet that the words in your books are in another language and well, that is a whole new kettle of fish” One step at a time, even her handwriting resembled that of a young child. A soft exhale departed her when the two of them embraced, it was nice to have Kaelyn back, it had been weeks since they last touched each other and she didn’t realise how deprived of it she actually was; Riley inhaled deeply just to enjoy and savour the redheads scent. “I think I still want to watch from a distance before approaching them, they seem nice enough but it is also a commitment thing. What do they want from me as part of their faction, you know?” She squeezed her girlfriend softly.
It was quite a moment for her, and Kaelyn to vocalise their emotions for one another; it was a great feeling, there was no denying it but it was certainly a leap of faith. Imagine if she didn’t feel the same? What would have happened between them? The thought was not even worth the time of day. Riley withdrew for a moment and smirked at the invitation to join her. “Hm, it depends if you’re happy to share swampy waters” She winked and unhooked herself from Kaelyn’s arms to stand up. “I’ll go and run it, you finish your Baileys and have a moment” She reassured her with a warm smile before trotting and stumbling up the stairs; which always did make such a racket. Once she was in the bathroom, she tapped her finger against her lips as she looked at the wide range of bath bombs and salts, and other bubbling liquid before beginning to work her magic.
Kaelyn was now thinking maybe her being appointed leader was not the worst thing to happen to her. Starting to think of the good perks of it all rather than all of the bad ones. That people wouldn’t support her if she didn’t have her head in the right frame of mind of it all. Knowing on her cousin Wyatt he would help her out on where he can so it wasn’t all that bad. Kaelyn reminded Riley softly that none of it would change their relationship that her having a proper job would make no difference, maybe even make it stronger finding time for each other. A grin appeared on her lips as Riley was keen on the idea of a make out session during her lunch breaks. “Don’t worry babe, I will make sure that my snack has all the attention she deserves” She replied seductively, leaning in to kiss her girlfriend on the lips as they were making their little agreement of how they were going to make time for each other during their busy schedules. “I’ll always find time for you, I know I have a lot of making up to do” Fully aware now in the last few weeks that she’d been kind of out of it she’d must of been not paying much attention to real life and most importantly Riley. Making sure that she gives her girlfriend her full attention and love she deserves and needs.
As she mentioned her grimores she could see how Riley’s face turn to disgust at even the mention of it. Knowing how confused Riley would get when she would open one up in front of her. “Yeah I don’t think you can understand Latin either” She joked laughing softly, knowing that if Riley was to learn another language it would end up in a lot of confusion. “What about i get you one of those game consoles, a nintendo switch or something. To keep you entertained whilst I’m reading books” Offering something to keep Riley occupied, knowing she was the more game type of girl rather than a bookworm. “Just as long as you promise not to break it” Shooting her a serious looking with how Riley tended to be either very clumsy or not knowing her own strength that comes from her wolf side. Kaelyn could see a bit of nervousness coming from Riley as she mentioned whether it was time for her to meet and be part of her own fraction. “Just start of with Orion then work your way to the others when you feel comfortable enough” Letting her know that it's okay not to rush into it. “I’m sure that they’ll love you, like how I love you well not too much. Because i’m the only one who's allowed to love you” She reminded her softly but too feeling protective over her with how she’s been hers but knew that Riley needed her own freedom to be around her own people. Something she’s let her do.
She’s always felt most at home with Riley. Her happy place, knowing that it would be the same for Riley too. Now both of them were taking the next steps in their relationship. That they love each other even if it may have taken longer than others something that made their love stronger. Longing for each other. As Kaelyn openly offered the invitation for Riley to join her in the bath she wondered whether she was keen for the idea or not. A grin appeared on her lips at the mention of swampy waters being the indication of a yes. “The only swampy waters I’ll go in is with you” She teased softly winking back to her. “Okay babe” Watching as Riley went off to go and run them a bath so that she could have a minute to herself to take in all that happened. Hoping that her girlfriend don’t end up flooding the bathroom again that happened maybe on a few occasions than is normal. Kaelyn picked her one up from the coffee table, opening it up she scrolled through to her messages and sent a text to Wyatt telling him that she needed to meet and see him the morning that it was important. She knew she couldn’t exactly ring him up this time in the morning that he’d think she’d been arrested again or something like that. Soon Kaelyn went upstairs to the bathroom, standing in the hallway. Watching as Riley was running the bath how many bubbles were in in. “You always have loved the bubbles” She teased smirking to Riley knowing how she was always a child at heart one of the many things she loved about her.
The very idea of Riley attempting to learn a second language when she had barely learnt English as her Mother Tongue seemed too out of this world; too unrealistic. She had, of course, heard Kaelyn chant in this foriegn tongue and it all just sounded like pure gooble-de-g*** and how the ancestors or however she channeled her magic understood that, was beyond her. “I will hold my hands up now and say that me learning any other language other than English would be a no go. I do think I may have found someone to teach me reading and some writing skills though” Riley went on to say, as she knew that as much as Kaelyn would love to teach her those two qualities, she was simply too busy to play teacher too. “You remember that Aspect dude that looked after me when I got hit by that truck? Well, I have somehow conned him into wanting to help me, because you know. Saving my life isn’t enough, obviously” She grinned proudly.
Riley narrowed her eyes in slight confusion at the mention of a games console, and it took her a good few moments to remember what a Nintendo Switch was; she had seen many young people, adults too, play this on the street and once she even got speaking to a young teenager and watched over their shoulder as they had two animal creature things battle it out. “Oh one of those thingy-mas-bobs! Yes yes yes, I would love one” She grinned proudly before rolling her chocolate coloured eyes at the brief mention that she was not allowed to break it in one of her fits of rage. She really wanted to promise that she wouldn’t but it simply was not a promise she could make; considering that they both knew what her inner wolf could be like when she lost the slightest bit of control over it. “I will try my very best not to doing anything that will break it” Riley nodded in confirmation, and almost stubbornly like a child. “And before you say anything, what do you want for Christmas? I completely suck at this buying, making and stealing thing” She laughed and stood up from the sofa to make up the bath.
The wolf nodded when Kae mentioned to start with Orion and then make her way through to introducing herself to other Therians in the area; she would try, that was all she could do. The girl went upstairs humming to herself, particularly when she was in front of all the different bubbles and bath salts and the like. She truly had no idea what to pop in the running hot water so she ended up putting a dribble of everything in; which gave her much satisfaction when she watched the water rise and the bubbles appear - her hand sweeping the water which caused her to exhale. She had truly forgotten how amazing baths were now that she found the convenience of the shower. Riley glanced over her shoulder at the sound of Kaelyn approaching. “What can I say, I’m just a big child” She grinned and wandered over to the redhead, her arms looping around her girlfriend's waist. “I may just have to join you now” Riley’s lips twitched upwards as her fingers pinched at the fabric of Kae’s shirt, tugging at it so it was no longer tucked into her skirt.
In the last year she’d been trying to help Riley with introducing her to how people live a normal life. Well as normal as possible. Little things like to remind Riley that people wear shoes rather than go about barefoot. Or whether it be to eat food from a supermarket, or go somewhere to eat out rather to hunt and catch a wild animal. Things to remind her of how people do things these days but Kaelyn never forced for Riley to change to a different person. Kaelyn loves her girlfriend for who and what she is. All her faults like how Riley accepts and loves all of hers too. Reasons why their relationship works so well knowing to have trust and faith in each other without the need to know where and what each other was doing all the time. Kaelyn knew too well that quite often Riley was up to no good most of the time but it was the same with her conning tricks too. She couldn’t help but smile hearing that Riley had found someone to her with her studies and learning that she was ready to do it. “That's great babe” She grinned excited for her girlfriend who knows she might be better than her one day. Reminded back to the time when Riley was gone for a few days then come back having been healed by The Aspect of Life after being ‘hit by a truck’. Although Kaelyn was good at seeing and knowing when Riley was lying but at least she was back safe and healthy that was all that matters. “He’ll have his work cut out for him but when your ready just let me know when you want to get some books at home to study” Happy for Riley seeing that she was excited for it all.
Modern technology was something she was still having to teach Riley. Managing to teach her how to use the TV was something that she’d mastered whilst half the time using a phone was something that Riley still struggle with. “I thought you might like the idea. I hear there’s a new game coming out next year. Animal Crossing. That might be something I can see you playing for hours on end” Able to see Riley being hooked to a game like when they binge watch some series always forgetting what the time was. Lost in the virtual world. She found it funny how she knew Riley too well at times already telling her not to break something before she even has one. “Maybe I’ll get a back up one too just in case” She teased her once again with she’s always needing to get back up things inside the house just in case something breaks unexpectedly either by Riley or by her student Dakota. Having an endless supply of glasses to last a lifetime. Kaelyn was one of those people who were always organised and good at christmas shopping for people with how she already bought presents early. “Handbag or red lipstick” Her go to staples. “But maybe stick to the buying instead of stealing babe” With how she was the best one for conning out of the two of them especially with how clumsy Riley was things could go wrong.
She was happy that Riley was going to look into reaching out to some Therian’s in the city starting off with Orion. Not wanting to push her into something she didn’t want to do. Letting for her to take her own time and pace that she wanted to take things knowing with her past and still the paranoia that Riley as thinking her family were still out to get her. Even with all her constant reassurance that they were long gone and she was here safe with her. Kaelyn didn’t give it too long till she headed upstairs to the bathroom hoping that Riley haven’t managed to flood the bathroom again knowing how much the wolf likes to pour in all of her expensive bath products to make it all extra bubbly. “Don’t ever change who you are, remember that” She reminded her softly before kissing her. “More the merrier” As she slid her hand onto the back of Riley’s as they start to get started on all the time lost in the weeks past.