Alabaster had become a bit quiet as she started to eat what was put in front of her. Her concentration on the pieces of meat that Lucien mentioned, though his antics did get a half smile on her face. He was so innocent seeming…it was hard to believe he had beaten and killed two of his own kind the other day. The images flashed through her mind as she ate, though him pointing out Jarek’s distance made her glance up some. [b “Please, don’t mind my brother…Jarek has been in an irritable mood recently.”] Alaia muttered softly, though noted the definite ear twitch that Jarek gave off. The conversation had turned to Veridae, who had found herself on the opposite end of the counter from Jarek. Alabaster noted how tired she looked at this moment, and knew better than to question her. The wolf was in a more deadly state now than she was before.
[b “Ah…She is indeed very torn. As is her mate, no doubt. We grow very deeply connected to our pairbonds, we wolves do. To be without them, especially at long distances, is not unlike having your heart outside of your chest. I am not sure if you will understand these feelings with time…a union like this has not been done before, after all.”] She looked from Alabaster to Lucien, noting how uncomfortable the thought made her Alpha-heiress. [I ‘I’ll believe it when I feel it…’] She thought, staring down into her bowl. Veridae chuckled, her voice was calm despite her appearance. [b “It’s more likely than you may think, given the Heiress already deems it more important to be by his side rather than see her pack and Alpha’s departure.”] She quipped, which made Alabaster pause her chewing and her cheeks flushed a full shade. [b “Not that the Alpha minds of course. He bids the both of you good luck and wishes to remind his daughter to be mindful of her duties to her people.”] It was Jarek who spoke this time, a gruffness to his tone that seemed a bit off.
Alabaster followed Belino and Lucien’s conversation, which though quiet, was not secretive. They spoke of Veridae, of course…but did not call her as such. The nickname seemed to get a soft smile from the silver-haired female, who brushed the locks back over her shoulder as the praise that was headed her way. [b “You call her …Mercury?”] Alabaster finally spoke, raising an eyebrow. The older female smirked, raising he bowl to her lips to dish out the bottom contents to her mouth, letting the thought hang in the air. Alaia’s curiosity was great, though they all knew of Veridae’s victories and ungodly abilities when it came to completing the impossible…it was just strange to hear how the vampires saw it all. [b “And don’t let her current state fool you. If anything, it’s the bond that drives…”] Alaia’s voice was silenced by a deep, guttural growl from Jarek. A warning against spilling more secrets than she should. Surprisingly, it was Veridae herself that sat back slowly and kept her grin that dismantled such alarm.
[b “Of course. What could make someone more powerful than the thought that they have someone to return to? The will to live is a dangerous thing, young Prince. As far as I understand it, you’ve been alone…truly alone for the majority of your life. You call me Mercury…I am flattered. His speed is well-known…and his willingness to defy the gods to protect his lover is also a factor I dare say I can relate to. Knowing the pain and anguish you will inflict on your pairbond by not returning to their embrace can be a powerful weapon. Even more powerful than the wish to die, is having someone to live for.”] She had her sights set on Alabaster, who shivered and dared not meet the woman’s gaze. It would not do, of course, to be an Alpha blood with her eyes on anything but other people’s. [I This entire conversation is awkward as hell.’] She sighed to herself.
She was thankful for Belino’s move into discussing their new abilities, even though his question confused her. Hearing each other more clearly? Was it that their voices would be picked up easier? Watching Lucien push for understanding, the conclusion was no less confusing. [b “Wait…wait….you mean to tell me that …this would mean we aren’t just going to talk to each other verbally…but in our own heads? Like…the other will see …or rather hear, our thoughts?”] She tried very hard to keep a straight face. [I ‘No, that…that’s insa…’] Then there it was. She was watching Lucien’s lips closely…seeing they had stopped moving as his thought ran through her mind in his tone, carrying skepticism. Horror krept over her form a moment.. [I is nothing sacred?!’] The realization that he could hear her thoughts…made her mind race a bit before settling on the fact that she was still staring at his lips. More staring than was necessary…her mind slid back to that kiss, that cool and soft touch over her own. Her heart jumped and she stood slowly, shaking her head. [b “It’s too much, this…As though our privacies were not invaded upon enough by confining us to the same room at all times, and now we must share our own headspaces? P..personal th…thoughts…”] She ran a hand through her red hair. [I ‘Focus. Calm yourself and focus, damnit. You’re acting like a fool again.’]
[b “I don’t see why it should be a problem for you, Heiress. It would be a useful tool, being able to communicate at a distance when he would not possess the skills necessary to howl”] Jarek grunted, picking up his bowl like Veridae had. [b “Oh ho….but it isn’t just one-way, is it, Belino? And with the tinge of her face, I wouldn’t be surprised if our Heiress’ concern over sharing her own…ahem…’private thoughts’ has very little to do with combat…or am I wrong?”] Veridae’s voice kept it’s calm and collected tone, despite being a joke. Alabaster’s ability to remain focused was only made more difficult by such a quip. [b “Shush, both of you. This isn’t a laughing matter, and it certainly isn’t meant to be intruded upon by others. I swear..there is enough stress in this place as it is, don’t make me remove you two.”] Alaia had made her way across the counter, taking Alabaster’s hands in her own and studying her face deeply. [b “Deep breath Ally. Come sit down again. Everything is fine. All this means is that the two of you will have to learn to respect each other in regards to their thoughts, am I incorrect?”] She raised a brow to Belino as she lead Alabaster back to the stool beside Lucien…Lucien, whom she could not dare to look at as of the moment…why?