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Perhaps there had been a certain pull behind her decision to take the offer to study in Evermore, she didn't know what it was about the city that she had zeroed in on exactly but she did know it felt like a home here. With the money she had earned working the past few years she was able to afford the rent to an apartment on the edge of the city, the commute was long but it was hers. She liked being able to create a home of her own, even if was small, it was the kind of freedom she had never experienced before having always lived her life on the run.
She had headed out early this morning to make her way into the city, she had classes in the afternoon so her plan was to do some shopping before then. She'd been having a weird feeling in her stomach all day, like it was reminding her there was a place she was supposed to be and so she was letting it guide her a little. Freyja knew better than to ignore her instincts by now, they were usually right after all. Travelling on the subway was easier than she expected to be, though she did get a lot of people stare when they noticed the blue tattoos which spiralled all over her chest, arms and legs. Naturally, she tugged at her sleeve and avoided eye contact until she finally reached her stop.
Heading out she looked around at the familiar shopping district of Evermore city, she had been here several times to get supplies and generally explore, she enjoyed it very much, just getting lost in a crowd. She didn't have many friends here in Evermore yet but she hoped when she did that maybe she could go out shopping with them and get a coffee or something, normal things everyone did, but seemed so incredibly foreign for her. The sound of a car screeching to a halt took her attention as she was walking, someone had stepped out in front of a car and the driver had only just managed to stop in time.
She looked up towards the pedestrian crossing noting that the light was red and the guy who had almost been hit looked rightly annoyed by the near-miss. She was so shocked by the whole thing but without thinking rushed over to check if everyone involved was okay. She blinked several times when her face finally met the gaze of the man who had almost been hit by the car and then she shook her head, pressing her hand against her forehead "Am I seeing things now?" she questioned more to herself than anything. It wasn't possible to just randomly bump into her friend from all those years ago was it? "Dae?" questioned in disbelief.
He just got back from his previous mission which was to track his client all the way to Rome. It was a good trip, if he wasn't so distracted by being a tourist himself. Long story short, he gave him a day to enjoy what he thought was his freedom before dragging him back here and voila, his payment was transferred and he's here burying his face in his pillow. He could've just slept but he was bored and he had already slept for the past 14 hours straight.
The clock on his phone indicated he has been mulling over what to do for the past half an hour which aggravated the Niveis to no end. So he decided to see if he could get some supplies at the local apothecary Mirae used to visit for some of her herbal remedies. They were useful when he got into a fight and took a bit of a hit that bruised his body. It definitely helped with the healing. It was also one of the only things he even bothered to pay attention to pick up from his sister. The trip to the apothecary didn't take longer than 20 minutes because it was just around the block, and thankfully he came at the time where most people would venture there. Dae didn't like being around more people anymore than he needed to unless he wanted to be there. And his definition of liking people around him involves said individuals who could potentially warm his bed.
After putting things in his basket, he went ahead and paid for it at the counter before rushing out to exit the store. His left hand was holding a paper bag filled with the ingredients he needed as he whistled silently to himself, waiting for the traffic light to turn red and pedestrian green so they could cross the road safely. But then he saw a female walking right into the road, which had him confused because the light was clearly still red. He knew he shouldn't do it, it's not his business he should just leave her to do whatever she wanted. But then his conscience wouldn't let him live it down if he knew he could do something about it and didn't. The pale haired male stepped forward to stop the car from running into the lady who didn't seem to realize her surroundings. It came at a cost though.
One, he was very annoyed at the near-miss because he wasn't sure if he could hold in his temper if the guy actually hit him. Two, now he's out yelling about how he was being reckless and stupid which only had the Niveis gritting his teeth, trying his very best not to let his temper take over. After all, he did do this on his own accord. To make things worse, the one he saved prance away without even saying thanks. But that wasn't what he noticed, no. Not the stupid driver. But the lady that came into his view after that. He thought he was just seeing things but then he heard her utter his name. "No fucking way… Freyja? What the hell are you doing here?"
Admittedly she had stood there looking a little dumbfounded for a moment as she stared back at her friend, they had known one another for such a long time and yet it felt like forever since she had seen him. She had been trapped in that snowy bunker Coldren left her in for over 100 years and while she hadn’t had to suffer that time awake, it did feel like a lot of time had passed when she awoke. Everyone was gone by then, she was alone and honestly, for a while she questioned if anyone had even made it out alive.
Her lips parted in shock before she threw herself forward, not caring about anyone around them before she wrapped her arms around him in a hug. She just stayed there for a moment, taking deep breaths as she tried to gather her composure. She had missed him, she had missed her people and him being here meant something, it meant that her people must have survived the storm which had come over Ukyak. “I thought you were dead” she spoke softly before she pulled back from him.
She bit her lip because she knew how Dae wasn’t usually one for emotions or hugs but she hadn’t been able to help herself, this changed everything and honestly she wasn’t sure how to feel about it. Was there a whole tribe here? Were they free now? She shifted on the spot “I know you must have a lot of questions…” she trailed off, she wondered if he missed her, did he look for her? Did Coldren hurt him too?
He didn't expect to find her here. Of all the faces he thought he would've seen, Freyja's surprised him the most. But would anyone blame him? Daehyun only knew that she left the tribe and never came back so he never searched for her, probably due to the hurt still settling in his heart that time. In time, he kinda forgot about it. But upon seeing her again today, right in front of his face, he couldn't grasp the reality of it. It wasn't until he heard the sound of a car honking that he was able to snap out of him. How long has it been since the last time he saw her? A century? It felt longer, that's for sure. She looked different but not that different. Honestly, he was thinking about moving away and ignoring her because his head is really filled with unnecessary contents and he's already annoyed by what happened earlier.
However, the niveis barely had any time to process anything when she suddenly launched herself on him, leaving the pale haired male to hold her awkwardly. He has never felt so awkward in his life like he felt right now. "I thought you were gone" he muttered dismissively, his tone sounded gruff but it was clear that Dae was confused to use the disappointed or upset tone. "No shit" he scoffed when she told him he probably had plenty to ask her, he definitely did. He didn't even know where to even start. "We thought you left. I thought you left. So I'm a bit surprised to find you here instead of everywhere else." He narrowed his eyes at the female standing before him, "I don't even know where to begin with asking questions… but we probably shouldn't stand here idly by…" he hesitated for a moment but eventually dragged her to the side road.
It was an impulsive thing to do, she knew that, but it had been over 100 years since she had seen someone she cared about and while it didn’t feel like 100 years to her, she knew a lot could happen in that time for someone else. Honestly she was just overwhelmed with the feeling of knowing he was okay finally. He was alive, he looked healthy. He was a niveis, she could sense that because of her leader gene. The way he stiffened up a little made her feel a little hurt though, she knew Dae was never one for affection but she was so happy to see him and now she wasn’t sure he was happy to see her “Me too” she spoke softly. She honestly never expected to find her way out of that underground bunker.
She finally let go, stepping back with a concerned expression on her face as she tried to read Dae’s emotions, when he spoke next she went quiet, almost shocked that was the conclusion he had assumed when she disappeared all those years ago. Honestly for a while she had hoped someone would find her but then her body had began to shut down and all she could do was lay there, in the darkness. She never really expected to escape. She shuffled alone still confused when he guided her over to the sidewalk and pressed her lips together “You thought I left?” there was a sad expression on her face as she watched him.
“Dae don’t know you know me better than to think I would do that?” she tilted her head slightly but the harsh expression told her all she needed to know, he really believed the lies “I have the leader gene...I was supposed to be the one to take care of the tribe but Coldren...he…” she was visibly upset by the memories of what happened because not only had he trapped her and left her to starve but he had taken the people she cared about away from her and now 100 years had passed and she felt like she failed them.
Had it been anyone else, he would never have let them hugged him like this and come out unscathed. Nobody would dare to hug Daehyun Stormwind like this unless they really do wish for their death or know they're immune to his threats. But it was Freyja, how could he tell her off? Though he was taken aback by the sudden action and was still furious by her disappearance, he didn't push her away. Whatever warmth he was able to feel from her through that hug reminded him of their friendship. She used to be the only person he could ever turn to, especially when his sister argued with him, leaving the niveis with no one else to talk to him. One that's brave enough to poke him, of course. She looked… different, to say the least. A part of her felt similar but another screamed something else that he wasn't able to pinpoint. But one thing was for sure, she is just like him. A niveis. Where had she been all these years? How come he couldn't find her?
There was practically no trace of her anywhere else. So he was very curious to know what her explanation would entail. When she left, he could recall the bitter sensation he felt, the betrayal in his bones made him so furious and upset, so much he used that emotion to focus on something else instead of wondering what he did wrong. "I thought I knew you better" he didn't bother to filter or sugar-coat it. He said it the way he meant it. "Maybe I was just in the mood but everything pointed to you leaving because I couldn't find you anywhere else… I should've known to search somewhere closer." Obviously he had been reckless and missed that. Dae is a good tracker, he knows how to hunt down someone and pinpoint their location; to where they've been and where they are going. But this made him feel like a fool. "Did he betray you too?"
He should've known she was close by. Coldren tried to divide them in the tribe, anyone who isn't loyal to him, he made sure to push them away, so nobody would be united enough to defeat him. That's the reason why they have been under his rule for a whole century without change. "What do you mean you have the leader gene?" He frowned, though it did make sense for him to take out the weed before it even grows out to eliminate the potential threat to secure his future. "Where were you… all this time, Freyja?"
Honestly Freyja was shocked to see him, her expression evidently showing realization, perhaps this was why she had felt such a pull towards Evermore, because she was supposed to be the leader of the clan and they had found themselves here. Though Dae being here wasn’t evidence enough, she’d always known the male was the type to prefer to be alone, it wouldn’t be entirely impossible for him to go out on his own. She had so many questions but she bit her tongue because of the look in his eyes told her there was more important things to say right now.
She sucked in a breath when he said he thought he knew her better so harshly, her expression showing the hurt that had come over her at the thought of a friend thinking she had betrayed him “I wouldn’t do that...my people were everything...you know that” she tightened her jaw and dropped her gaze for a moment. She shuffled a little on the spot when he asked if Coldren had betrayed her too, not because she couldn’t handle what had happened to her but because the word ‘too’ meant Dae had been through a betrayal “Too?” she spoke softly as she reached for his wrist.
She pressed her lips together when he asked her what she meant “Well Coldren didn’t exactly explain it but when he saw that” she pulled up her sleeve to reveal the fact that her tattoos came all the way down to her hands “He freaked out...saying how I couldn’t be the leader because it was his destiny” her only conclusion from that was that she was different somehow. “I could sense you were here Dae...I mean I wasn’t sure but... I had a feeling” she was looking at him with a worried expression “In a bunker out in the wilds” she responded pressing her lips together and forcing a smile.