[b "Don't tell the others that we had this talk. I have a reputation as a villain to maintain,"] he smirked.
She smiled at him and hugged him softly. "Thank you, Erik."
[b "I, myself, am barely around the others these days. The Brotherhood is a unity, not a clubhouse,"] he assured her.
"really?" She asked and looked up at him curiously.
Erik smiled wanly. [b "The Brotherhood is not bound to a location. You can reign as queen and as a member from wherever you are."]
She looked up at him as he spoke and said. "I'll think about it but... You have to understand I'll have responsibilities here after this war is over, Romania will nominate me as their queen..."
Erik hesitated, but tilted her chin up so she looked him in the eye. [b "The Brotherhood would always welcome you. Charles would be foolish to let Summers dictate your place."]
"the teachers and the older staff want me to go back but Scott has made it clear that I'm not welcome there." She said and sighed. "I've gone so long without a home, I hardly know what the word means anymore."
[b "We have the advantage through the strength we built. Those students are ignorant to what real fighting is. They have a school to protect them. They learn from books. We've learned through pain and suffering,"] he agreed.
She watched him and touched his hand gently. "I've often compared myself to those who were in those camps... And only a few know and understand why, a lot of the others back... At the mansion get confused and always ask me why."
Erik's smile wavered. [b "A dark time for us, indeed. But it's shaped who I am. I've done many horrible things, Ari, but none that weren't justifiable. I'm here to make sure it doesn't happen again."]
she nodded and smiled at him. "thanks for understanding..." she said and watched him. "i... i read about what... happened to you and others like us back then."
Erik considered this. It would always help to have someone to ground yourself to. Perhaps Ari would be able to help Jean stay focused. [b "Bring Ms Grey out to us, and we can work with her as we go. Just be careful,"] he advised her.
"I know... I noticed it the first time I met her... Of course I was still feral but.." she sighed. "She helped me gain back... My humanity, if that makes any sense..."
Erik raised an eyebrow. [b "She's powerful, yes, but is not as confident in her abilities as Charles is. If you trust her, we can try. But, the lady might get overwhelmed with what she has to do. She has great capabilities, and has promise, but she needs more belief in herself. Otherwise, her power will fight against her."]
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