Virindeus wasn’t the best at keeping up with how long he would lock himself away in his room. Yet this time it came after his favorite plant had exploded trapping Reus and himself in his memories hall. After getting their way out Deus dove back into his work on studying his plants. Trying to see what had happened to cause the darkness that took Fern from him. He hated the hollow feeling in his chest as he reached to pull off his glasses. No answers seem to be easy to find for the life aspect.

He pinched the bridge of his nose and sighed as he got up from his lab set and moved out of his room. It was dark outside, looking down the halls they seemed relatively empty. So he took a couple of steps to make his way out to his greenhouse. He needed a good smoke and his crop should be perfectly ready to be picked and grinded down. As he walked into the green house he heard the song of the plants welcoming him. Giving the tired face a gentle smile. “Hello my beautiful bunch.” 

He called out and moved to where his weed plants were stopping dead in his tracks as there was nothing left on them. “The Hell?” He questioned aloud and when they responded to him ‘dark hair woman with red lips harvest us’ Deus gave out a growl and turned around making his way back into the manor down the halls until he was in front of Cora door.

He raised his fist and started banging on the door, “DAMMIT CORA! WHY ARE YOU TAKING MY WEED WHEN YOU KNOW ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK!” He was angry but more so angry because he was tired and he felt like he hadn’t slept in days not knowing that in fact it had been a month and a half since he had left his room.

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“I guess we all have a hate love relationship with our pasts. Like you said it’s not going to go away, we just have to live with it” One good thing that did come from it all is that they found each other and became who they are for it. All of them are forever thankful for that. Each of them balanced each other out for the better. “You make it sound like we are the avengers” She joked referencing some movie series she was forced to watch but secretly enjoyed. The Aspect of Darkness was known to head down to downward spirals. It was almost a regular occurrence to happen once every century give or take. Depending on how strong the pull of the darkness was or if it was mentally. Right now it was a bit of both. The Aspect was feeling mentally drained to say the least. Feeling that she was all over the place these days. It was no secret that she wasn’t herself, that she was much colder than usual. Her light had dispareded with the darkness taking over. Cora knew that she had to find herself once again. Just she didn’t know how to do it or if she was ready for it. Finding it easy to just stay out all night, partying or smoking Virideus’s weed. Doing all of the wrong things instead of doing what was right. Not having someone around her that was level headed to guide her out of her downward spiral. Yet she had an idea that it may not be lasting forever if Virideus was in one of his good counselor moods. 

Cora rolled her eyes and huffed a little as he spoke of her knowing better that she wasn’t young anymore. “You can speak for yourself, at least I don’t have grey hairs yet” Glaring a little getting a little bit defensive like how siblings are. Almost pointing out to how there were more grey hairs these days in Virideus’s beard then there were black along with some in his hair too. Whilst for her, her hair was pure raven black with no grey hairs in sight. She knew that for sure. “I do feel worse because of my hangover these days” Somehow when getting old she's felt worse after a long night out. When she was in her self destructive moods it was like all hell had broken out. People would know to stay out of her way if they knew and were good. It has happened more often lately. 

“If you want I can always ask Malva to turn you into one, you know she loves to turn people into different things” She raised her brows to him and shrugged her shoulders. thinking it was a good idea yet she knew right now Malva’s powers were a bit all over the place. That there could be a possibility that it would be a permanent fix although she wasn’t going to tell him that. Cora rolled her eyes to Eyes as he was trying to contract her. “Shhh I’m still hungover” Complaining a little even if it's true she’d forgotten the fact that she was a dragon and could easily fly away. It had been a while since she’s transformed into her dragon form. She hadn’t done it in a long time. Another thing saying that she wasn’t all okay. “Even more than your greenhouse or the garden’s back at home?” She wondered while looking around. Herself not being the biggest fan of the woods. It was a bit creepy for her then all the bugs that were all around. Feeling safer on level ground with not being attacked by bugs or hanging branches or tripping over something. 

From an outsider's view it would seem that they were very crazy and weird but they were like any other normal family with strange antics. Some were a bit more strange than others. “To be honest when Ery is drunk he would be able to fall in love with anything” She laughed, shaking her head, finding it amusing. “Remember how after you let me shave your legs as you liked showing them off so much” She giggled a little watching as the Aspect was trying to pretend he was in high heels, strutting a little trying to get the posture right. Making a right fool of himself in the process but he’d managed to make her laugh for the first time in a long time. Most men couldn’t see the whole idea of high heels and why women like her were obsessed with them. “I like wearing high heels, if i’m not wearing them it feels weird” Always needing something with a heel on them unless she was off training or exercising. Yet she’s found that she’s been able to kick ass whilst wearing heels, acting almost like another weapon. Making her extra dangerous to her opponent. “Wait till you see my heel collection, you might have a mini heart attack” Teasing him a little adding another slight shopping obsession. Nearly she was heading the wrong way till Deus steered her onto the path where they reached the edge of a cliff, seeing a waterfall right underneath. She was surprised to see one right here in the woods expecting to see ones being near the mountains or at the base of the mountains. “I see you’ve been keeping this waterfall a secret from all of us” She mused, teasing him about how he wanted to keep this all to himself. Cora noticed that he was starting to get undressed knowing that he was going to do it. Jump off the cliff into the waterfall like anyone crazy enough to do. Yet for her she had other ideas, thinking of ways she could talk herself out of doing it. It had been a while since she jumped into a waterfall. Forgetting how to do it but she wasn’t going to let him into the secret. “What do I tell you that I don’t want to get my hair wet?” Yet sensing that he’d still push her off the cliff either way. 

Deus gave a smirk as he gave a shrug of his shoulders. “Wouldn’t be the worst thing being an avenger.” He teased her as he ran his fingers along his jawline slowly. “Don’t want to get matching uniforms? Oh! An A shape building! Ailwards Avangers we are meant for this.” He enjoyed the small smiles he was bringing out of her even if it was just for brief moments. He knew he was doing well enough to get her mind off whatever darkness was invading her senses more than normal. The frigid air around her was still a thick cloud though. It was going to take longer than he cared to admit to chip that away. He planned to stay with her, and help her through it once again. Even though Deus wasn’t the leader of the aspects he tries to be the best supportive member for his sibling.

Deus gave a roll of his eyes looking at her with an easy smirk. “You know something, I had the Grey’s before I became an aspect. So really it's the fault of those who gave us these powers for not making me younger. Think the aspect of life would not be some dusty old man.” He laughed out loudly into the forest. “Probably because you are overdoing it in your self-destructive nature. You probably go beyond your old limits because you know them. So your body just has to get used to it all over again. Down side of the mortal tendencies.” He gave a smirk to her as he bumped her softly.

“Malva has enough on her plate.”  Deus said without staying on the topic too much. Since this hike was about Cora not their other siblings. “Yeah yeah well hangovers are the body's way to remove the toxins. So really you deserve the hangover and me annoying you.” He stuck his tongue out at him and smirks. An easy smirk came to his lips. “The greenhouse holds a lot of my precious friends. Something about the woods though, holds a great comfort to me.” He chuckled as he took in the fresh air.  He watched her look around, “You know they are all more scared of you, then you are of them.”  He teased her.

“So I am just anything now huh? Ery and I had something special.” Placing a hand over his heart and pretending it was broken. “Ah yes the shaving of the legs, such a strange concept even to this day to me.” He shivered at the thought of doing so again. Taking in her laugh he gave her an easy smile. “I like your laugh, it was always so joyous to me.” He smiled softly at her. “Well you do make the heels work better than I ever could.” He gave a shrug. “Being able to fight in them is the true talent.” He chuckled softly to her. “If you have less then I think you have is when I will have a heart attack.” He gave a self assured nod.

Deus looked to the waterfall for a long moment. “We all have our secret places to keep us sane.”  He smiled at her, “Though this was a more recent development.”  He smirked at her for a moment. “Hair dries. Come on. Let loose and have fun. It's been a long time.” He nudged her towards the edge for a moment.

As soon as she mentioned the word Avengers, Cora wished that she hadn’t. Forgetting what men are like as soon as Marvel, Star Wars or things like that were mentioned. They would go on a tangent. Cora stopped to look at him with her arms crossed shaking her head in disbelief. “Don’t you even think about it” Quickly shooting down his ideas to turn them into the Avengers. “It’s a big no to the matching uniforms those outfits in Endgame were hideous” Something she’s complained of ever since she’d watched the movie. “Maybe we're a bit more like The Umbrella Academy apart from you know being in love with our siblings and all” It’s one of her favourite shows that has a family just as crazy and disfunctional as them. It actually made them seem almost normal. 

Luckily for her she kept her raven dark hair and looks. Since when she became an Aspect she was only young, not as old as her other adopted siblings. “I guess the world is full of surprises, if you really wanna hide the greys I can always hide the greys and dye your hair for you” She offered knowing that he’ll quickly say no. Yet she did like grey even if she won’t admit it not wanting to boost his ego. She was still stuck in her downward spiral. All that seemed to help was alcohol which was not good. “I don’t see how easy it is for Erytherus, Dominic or even Damien” Sighing a little. “Couldn’t you have just annoyed me back at home rather than dragging me out in the woods” Rolling her eyes at his teasing. “I’ll remember if I can’t find you at the manor or in your greenhouse to look in the woods” Cora could see how already happier he was now they were in the woods. It was a lot quieter and peaceful than she was used to.  “I like seeing them run away as soon as they see me heading their way” She laughed, always finding it amusing. 

“Please” She rolled her eyes to him once again knowing he was only saying it to annoy her. “Shaving is a lot less painful than waxing, trust me”  Trying to scare him off even more. She was taken back almost to the point that he randomly said that he liked her laugh. “Thanks” She smiled back at him. It was very rare when she wasn’t in heels even though her boots all had a heel of some sort. “It takes a lot of skill” Laughing with him knowing that he always makes a comment whenever he sees her fighting in heels.  

Cora could see what he was trying to do and it was working. Trying to distract her from her problems and be her old self and not so self destructive. She’s missed this. Missed spending time with her brother. Everyone was all busy with thier own lives and problems but here he was trying to save and help her. Cora stood there at the edge of the cliff watching, giving in to his pleas. “Okay, okay fine” Laughing softly shaking her head giving in before he would have to beg. The Aspect took off her heels that had seen better days not wanting to get them wet. Just as Deus had his back turned to her, she took her chance and pushed him off the cliff into the waterfall for the fun of it. She waited and watched his reaction before jumping in after him. 

When Cora turned on her heel quickly to get him to stop talking about them being the Avengers all he could do was chuckle for a moment before holding up his hands to show he was surrendering when it came to being the Avengers. “Alright, Alright. No matching uniforms.” As she talked about the umbrella academy he gave a chuckle, “well let's not say there hasn’t been some sibling cross over in our time. Things got lonely before, though it was more likely we would seek out a guard to make our nights less lonely.” He gave a chuckle as he lowered his hand. “Though I guess the point is dysfunction is in our DNA at this point.”

Virindeus gave an easy shrug of his shoulder for a moment, “It’s not overly something I worry about, I still look good with the grays.” He gave a slight flex as they started to walk once again. He gave a little sigh as she started to talk about her downward spiral, “Well let's be real they were all born to be in a spiral and survive, it's their nature.” He gave an easy shrug and then gave a wicked grin. “Oh lets be real you wouldn’t have listened to me at home. You're so shrouded in darkness back at the manor. This way you are clearing your head and not stuck in the darkness of your room.” He gave her a sideways glance. He could feel the darkness pulsing in her even out here.

“This is my happy place.” He gave a gentle breath out before taking a deep breath in of the nature around them. “Most animals are like that, since I can talk to them, they often hang around but only when I am alone.” with a chuckle he gave a shrug to her. “Waxing may hurt more but it also lasts longer.” He pointed out, “So in a way they are both painful.” he pointed out with a soft chuckle before giving her a gentle nod. “I don’t hear it often, it's nice to hear.”  hoping that wouldn’t be the case forever. Even though she hated the idea of this hike, she seemed happier already despite the complaining.

As he stood there he looked over the edge readying himself before he felt her small hands on her back and with a push she had him off the cliff he spread his arms letting out a hoot before angling himself to enter the water and hang under the weather for a moment before swimming to the surface with a laugh. Watching her as she jumped in cheering her one as she made her way down.

Cora was quick to cut him off from saying any more before it would be too late. After having to listen and watch said movies and shows. Who knew there were so many marvel movies. Well she didn’t until she had to sit through a whole Marvel marathon just because she wanted to watch the second new Spiderman then was told she had to watch all of the others to underand what happened in Endgame. Never again the Aspect Swore. The only thing kept her going was Captain America. Luckily for her Deus knew too well not to say anymore. With how easily the Aspect of Darkness gets annoyed, especially late. Many people would say she was a walking bomb that could explode at any time. Cora nodded her head with Deus as he spoke of how over the time there had been a sibling fling but not in either of their lifetimes. “That is true it did used to get lonely over time” Espcially when they lived in secluded places where there weren’t that choose of people to find to have some sort of company when one is lonely. Cora was sure that every one of her siblings had slept with a guard before even if it were too quick to dismiss it rather than admit. 

Her darkness was something that was complicated to least. It was hard to explain to someone who wasn’t her. It was a part of her and always will be. Their powers worked in mysterious ways. They all dealt with it in different ways.  “Everyone likes being hurled up in their rooms” Sometimes one would spend days or weeks in their rooms. In reality it should be something that's quite alarming but was normal behaviour for them.  “Or is this your way of punishing me for stealing your weed?” She laughed teasing him. Looking over to Deues she could see how happy he was standing out in the woods. Surrounded by nature. It was the same way that he was when he was in his greenhouse. “I can see that now” Smiling supportedtly choosing to stop complaining about being dragged out in the woods against her will almost. Cora was intrigued about how he spoke of talking to animals, something she always wondered how it works. “So when they can talk to you it’s like when you talk to humans. Can you have a normal conversation?” Making her wonder even more. “So then do you speak to my dog? That's my main question” It seemed a weird or crazy thing to say, But crazy was their middle name. 

They now reached the end of the first part of the hike. The waterfall. Cora could see that Deus was taking his sweet time choosing to take matters in her own hands before he would throw her in first. Soon as she pushed him off the cliff into the waterfall, Cora could see how he spread his arms and made a sort of noise. “Show off” The Aspect laughed and scoffed, shaking her head at him. Cora took off after him before he would call her chicken. Jumping off the cliff she could feel the adrenaline rush that everyone spoke off. The wind in her hair then to the coldness of the water as she hit it. “Christ it’s cold… I thought it would be heated or something” 


✧ Something's Not Right ✧
Being the aspect of Life he sometimes felt like the aspect of Love himself. He was all about the experiences life carried so he would be the first to admit who he had been with and not be shy of it. Yet he knew that not all the siblings were like him. A lot of them liked to keep their affairs private unless it concerned the others for whatever reason. He tried his best to respect that, unless it came to one of them turning to self destructive habits. Only then would he feel the need to step in and offer his all to willing helpful hands.

He would admit he felt like he lucked out in the aspect department, being the aspect of life had little drawbacks in his opinion. He could see the weight upon Cora and Erythreus, their powers affected them differently. “That is because the rooms are our safe place, the place where we could all be a weird selves without judgment. Especially when you live in a home with what…60 people going in and out of it on the regular?” He chuckled softly, their manor was really more of a hotel for them and the other guards. “Oh the walk to ruin your heels was your punishment for the weed, but this fresh air and view is to remind you how beautiful the world is.” He knew others forgot how beautiful the plant was being locked up in their rooms.

His gaze drifted around to the random things of life that were padding their way through the forest as the air drifted the crisp scent of autumn that brought a comfort about it. “Yes, its the same with plants for me. All are normal conversations to me. They speak to me and I talk back to them.” His eyes tore back over to the raven haired sister of his. “I’m sorry, since when do you have a dog?!” had he been locked in his room that lock he had missed a new member joining the mansion. “Well now I have so much to ask the pup. Like how does Cora sleep at night.” he teased her with an easy laugh.

The free fall into the water was a crisp chill that rocked his body, as he came up for air and he laughed out as she came up shortly after him. “This isn’t a hot spring, Cora. Besides, the cold water is good for your skin and makes you look younger.” he teased her as he floated on his back for a moment. “Bet you feel more alive though, huh?” he asked with a smile on his older looking face. He looked the oldest out of the aspects, which he didn’t mind. Made him feel like the cool hip dad sometimes. “Wanna go again?” he asked with a smirk on his face, “Could break out those dragon wings and go back up on the cliff.” He suggested as his eyes started to glow.



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