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[center Ruka soon felt something move around her; Arms it felt like, familiar but she had long been denied it from herself, her parents, everyone from sociality.
Warmth that she hadn't felt for a very long time; The only warmth she had ever felt, even if she denied that fact; Denied the existance, scolded herself for such thoughts let alone feeling it. Ruka's ears soon flickered at a small giggle. It was most likely that Nariko thought her request was amusing - Nariko was the only one that got away with laughing at her demands because Ruka knew that the maid would do the things she asked without mistake.
So Ruka let it pass and nuzzled herself into the warmth once more; Until there was a knock on the door.
"L-Lady Ruka; Pardon the interuption but your parents have come home to the household and demand to see you miss."
...Ruka heard everything except parents, so she grumbled lightly against Nariko's throat.
"..Have whoever it is to come back tonight - I will not be seeing visitors at this moment."
Ruka grumbled out, however, everyone knew if they said such thing to her parents they would suffer a high, yet slow and painful conquience even their own daughter. The first and only time she had ever said no to her parents she was starved for a month When she learned that Nariko was sharing the same fate at the time.
Ruka had to beg her parents to let the maid go; They did but on one condition she is to never play with Nariko again and make her social status that of astrocrate a highly respected and successful one.
The orange haired woman - Once child had promised before letting Nariko out, they had Ruka go to the garden, where she met Kaname and the others. After two/three hours; Nariko was allowed to serve her again.
But Ruka kept her distance; She never allowed Nariko to sit next to her, never to eat with her, to sleep in her room, or dress her. Ruka treated Nariko like she treated the rest of the servants. Just like a servant.
Not knowing it was her parents whom came to visit; Ruka slept peacefully and soundly. that is if Nariko were to wake her.]
Nariko's face flushed as Ruka's tongue slid delicately against her skin, her fangs lingering over her sensitive neck. She froze at the sudden action, but she wasn't scared. She always found it an honor for Ruka to feed on her. She could barely contain her excitement, her heart pounding rapidly and her pulse quickening.
Hearing Ruka's incoherent mumbles, she realized her mistress was not aware of her presence because she was still deep in her slumber. Even though this realization slightly disappointed her, she was still more than happy to have Ruka so close to her.
She felt like she'd just melt from the warmth of her gentle breath on her skin as she snoozed soundly. Suddenly, Ruka shifted her lips from Nariko's throat and nuzzled into her neck, in turn getting closer to the sensitive space under her ear. Nariko bit her lip, holding in the squeak that almost escaped her mouth so that she wouldn't disturb Ruka as she slept.
She could barely hear Ruka as she grumbled into her neck groggily.
[+darkorange "Nariko; tell the chef to season that I require whatever you have sprayed my pillows with on my breakfast..."]
After this statement, she hummed softly and nuzzled her nose against her. Her hair, slightly messy yet still lovely, fell gently over her eyes.
Seeing her in this state once again made Nariko feel even warmer. Nariko inwardly giggled at Ruka's request, not entirely sure what Ruka was asking her to do. She decided to pay it no mind for now until Ruka was fully conscious and aware of what she was saying.
She couldn't bring herself to move from Ruka when she had "trapped" her like this-she'd allowed herself this moment to be selfish. Nariko gently held her closer, a soft smile gracing her face.
[center [b Ruka could feel the arms around her, maybe some sort of warmth within herself. Whatever it was the orangy brunette buried herself into the softness, into the thing that was holding onto her as she sobbed through the night.
The next morning, however, when she woke slowly due to the sunlight coming through her curtains. Ruka lightly growned at the offending light and buried herself into the softness that she thought was her pillow.
. . .
Her pillows didn't smell like this; Ruka had lavender scented pillows, however, this smell smelled like something sweeter, not frabricated by science or any of the like. It was due to cooking in the kitchen, making tea just the way she liked it - She can still smell it on whatever she had buried her face into.
And the sweeter scent, almost a musk but a comforting sort, an old and familar. The one scent that had always seem to comfort her, that had to be replaced by the scent of frabricated and science-made scents of perfumes, flowers, and the disgusting scents of other vampires and humans. The only one who's scent who could comfort her more than Kaname...
Yes more than him because she had to replace their scent with his, so she would focus on her status in the vampire sociality and try to focus on her Academic work.
Groggly from being half-asleep and hungry; Ruka was intoxicated by the smell her tongue flickered over the flesh when she nudged whatever the fabric was out the way from her prize, thinking that Nariko had changed her sheets or something, so nipping at whatever it was won't harm anything or anyone, she will also get Nariko to season raw meat with whatever this scent was.
So; without further a due, she used her two front teeth to gently touch whatever it was, to check it was soft enough for her teeth to peirce through. It was soft and thinking Nariko might have come in to attend to her, forgetting that the young maid had been requested by Ruka herself to stay.
Ruka grumbled out lightly;
"Nariko; tell the chef to season that I require whatever you have sprayed my pillows with on my breakfast..."
Ruka murmured as she decided not to sink her teeth in since she thought it was her pillow, instead she nuzzled into it Nariko's throat taking it's scent in her nose and the apparent Plus?... A very loud plus?.. Had Nariko been running making even her groggly hearing to pick it up?
Ruka hmmed in acknowlege against her 'pillow' of that thought, knowing Nariko would always work quickly so her morning was always the way she liked it and nuzzled her nose against the softness and sheild her eyes with her hair from the sunlight.
Nariko's brows knitted together as she stirred from her slumber when she felt something wet trickle on her face and dampen her chestnut bangs.As her eyes slowly parted to figure out the source, she heard Ruka's muffled voice crying out.
[+darkorange Kaname... No... you can't... be in love with her... I gave you everything...Kaname..]
The pain in Ruka's voice was breaking Nariko inside. She could finally put two and two together of what happened to her listening to Ruka’s words and wasted no time trying to comfort her. Nariko shifted her position in bed to where she was over Ruka and was holding her against her chest as she gently brushed her tears away with the backs of her nightgown sleeve and used the other arm wrapped around her to stroke Ruka’s hair soothingly to try to calm her. Knowing Ruka was a light sleeper, she called out to her to wake her up.
[+orchid “Lady Ruka, it’s okay. You’re home. You’re safe.”]
As Nariko did so she averted her eyes to not watch Ruka cry, knowing her mistress hated to be seen as if she was weak. With each tear Nariko wiped, she felt a surge of anger churning inside of her. Kaname Kuran...he did this to her. For years Nariko had tried to gain Ruka’s love as her own, but he had it without even trying. He had everything that Nariko had wanted for herself, and he wasted -no, he broke it!
How dare he! Nariko couldn’t think of any woman that could hold a candle to Ruka. Yet he decided to drop her for someone else? Kaname didn’t deserve Ruka. He didn’t deserve her love. Although she was pissed, Nariko was happy he fucked up. She had stopped trying for Ruka because she always felt that she was out of her reach and she knew of her feelings for Kaname, but Nariko wasn’t going to sit by and take this any longer if it meant Ruka was going to get toyed with like this.
She knew Ruka’s feeling for him wouldn’t just go away, but Nariko promised herself that she’d show Ruka her love as much as possible to make her forget him. Maybe that was selfish of her, but Nariko didn’t care anymore. She wanted to keep Ruka all to herself. She wasn’t going to hide her feelings anymore. Nariko was still afraid to do this and make herself so vulnerable, but she would overcome any fear to keep Ruka from hurting like this.
She couldn’t afford to bite her tongue any longer. At that moment, she made the decision to make her intentions more clear. Nariko was scared of her feelings being rejected if she let too much slip at once, so she would still take her time, but from this point on, she wouldn’t lie to Ruka anymore. But for now, she’d have to be patient. Ruka needed to heal.
[+orchid “Rest Lady Ruka… I’m here now. I’ll fight the nightmares off.”]
[center [+pink "I missed you, Mistress Ruka. Welcome home... "]
The light voice of Nariko stating that she had missed her Mistress Ruka, welcoming her home... Ruka's soft fiery eyes gazed down at her maid and had only blinked once in response until the young maid had seemed to had fallen into sleep.
That was then Ruka pulled Nariko closer to her, bringing both of her arms around the smaller girl and putting her chin on top of the brown haired girl's head before she breathed in lightly and let out a soft sigh before softly muttering. [+orange "I... missed you too Nariko..., more than I missed this house."] Ruka softly stated as gazed into the darkness, thinking that the young girl in her arms was fast asleep, to never know what she had said. It was true if the orange haired vampire was honest with herself... The house she was in now..
Her family home, the one she was born and raised in. It didn't feel like a home. It was one of many things she envied humans for - Their homes were filled with people who genuinely cared for them. In human homes it was 'homely', warm and felt safe. However in a vampire home. It was cold as the 'lack' of soul creature that it belonged to. It was full of strict expectations not love, warmth or anything like that.
Ruka made sure not to show interested in that sort of life, because humans were to her kind nothing but food to satisfy their hunger. But she couldn't help but feel like she would be willing to give up her family fortune and her status just to live one day as a genuinely and unconditionally loved human - or vampire because she knew she would never be human. Even though she would be willing to give those up just to be like that for one day...
Nariko - Ruka gazed down upon her maid once more. Had made her feel like she had been, still is being genuinely cared for by the young brown haired woman. Nariko... Ruka put her hand on Nariko's cheek and caressed it gently while her eyes gave no interest but the interest in sleep; Her actions showed something different. Nariko made her feel unconditionally cared for, made her feel safe, feel at home. Even though she was the mistress.
Then Nariko stirred at her touch, causing Ruka to pull back from the softness of the maid's flesh before resting the hand she used to caress Nariko's cheek on back around the maid before orange fiery eyes closed gently and Ruka was welcomed with darkness and into her dreams. That weren't so kind. She was remembering what had happened between herself and Kaname.
[+orange Kaname... No... you can't... be in love with her... I gave you everything...Kaname..]
Ruka muttered as she slept; Then soon tears slide out of her eyes, by her side Nariko laid. Ruka's tears fell on top of the maids forehead.
[+darkorange "Nariko... you are the one person who is the least nuisance, let's keep it that way shall we?"]
At hearing this, Nariko's eyes softened with relief and her tiny smile slightly reappeared, as she laid next to her mistress.[+orchid "Yes, Lady Ruka. "] She was slightly surprised at hearing that she was one of the few who Ruka found the least annoying.Then again, Nariko always did her best to avoid being a bother to her, but even that could be difficult- for someone who didn't know her.
Nariko was always extremely cautious with her words if she spoke any when Ruka's mood was sour. She knew what to look out for when reading Ruka's emotions, whether it was something as simple as her tapping her foot as she sat down, or the way her jaw locked slightly.
She knew Ruka would be most irritable when she bit her nails because Ruka had tried been forcefully broken of it by her mother who found it distasteful of a young lady.It was usually when this happened, that Nariko would immediately make her tea to settle her nerves or give her one of the many books she read to keep her hands occupied.
Actions like this became muscle memory to Nariko which is one of the reasons why other maids and butlers were useless to Ruka. They either never cared enough to learn her either because they feared her or were obligated to care for her since they had been hired by Ruka's parents. Only Nariko was close enough to know her.
As she laid there, Nariko glanced up when she felt Ruka's amber eyes subtly focusing on her and did what she could to control the drumming of her heart. After Ruka praised Nariko for properly making her tea and placed down her cup, she paused before laying down as well and speaking again.
[+darkorange "You may come closer to me Nariko- As a reward for keeping the house in shape until I returned and taking care of me this evening without questioning how I got in the state I was in. I'm sure if I were to leave it to those other maids and butlers they would've irritated me the moment I came through the door..."]
At hearing this, Nariko hesitated, slightly caught off guard at first by her mistress' reward that she felt she had misheard her somehow.At this, Ruka's frown deepened, portraying her impatience.
[+darkorange "My arms are getting tried being like this Nariko, if you aren't in them in five seconds you'll forfeit your reward. Now come, I'm not going to bite you despite the state I'm in."]
At this, Nariko didn't waste a millisecond more and almost rushed to embrace her, yet being careful not to hurt her. Not out of fear of angering her, but because she had longed to be held by Ruka again since she had been gone, even though Ruka was forced by her parents to stop sharing a bed with Nariko when they got caught.
Being with Ruka like this now brought back so many memories, but felt a bit different now than it did before. From their history,Nariko wanted more than the relationship she had now with Ruka. Nariko felt as Ruka's warmth surrounded her as she held her closely. She could still smell the fragrance of the pomegranate tea slightly in Ruka's long copper-colored tresses and could hear the steady rhythm of Ruka's heart next to her ear as she laid against Ruka's chest. Nariko felt her face heat up as she blushed when she thought of how close her mistress' body was to hers and how much more she ached for but mentally scolded herself for letting her mind wander to such foolish daydreams.
Nariko had desired Ruka for so long, but they were from two different classes. Ruka was a noble vampire of high standing. Nariko was beneath her as a level C vampire-or at least that's the rank she believed she was to be. At her level, it was looked down upon by other vampire nobles for Ruka to be with anyone besides another noble.
In fact, many had high hopes for her to be courted by Akatsuki, mostly their parents even though they wouldn't force them to. But even if other vampires shunned her, Nariko didn't care about that anymore and was too sleepy to worry about it now anyway. What mattered in this moment was Ruka was back home, and Nariko was going to cherish every second of it.
[+orchid "I missed you, Mistress Ruka. Welcome home... "]
Nariko could feel herself calming down a bit as she stopped trying to fight the sleep taking over her tired body.
[center Ruka even though she was ill and couldn't keep her eyes open for very long, but due to sheer will power she managed to see the attempted smile that was gracing over the vampire maids lips that Ruka assumed was out of happiness that she allowed Nariko to stay with her; but it soon faintly vanished into a straight line, which Ruka curled her own lips into a small- very small indeed frown- straight line of her own because Nariko's smile was the only one that she didn't find annoying besides her own and Kanames...
The thought of the pure blood vampire male made her lay back her side and sigh before she heard Nariko speak. [+violet "Th-Thank you Lady Ruka... I'll do my best not to become a nuisance to you..."] The comment of the girl made the B Rank vampire sigh but not annoyed sigh but a soft one as if she was about to sleep but wasn't she was thinking how on this earth Nariko thought she was nuisance to the B rank vampire it was beyond the blonde.
In fact even though Nariko seeked Ruka's attention before she left to go to the academy it wasn't annoyingly so, unlike those in the academy that seeked her attention, Nariko knew when she wasn't in the mood to be talked to or bothered when she had her eyes narrowed and her habit of biting her nails or pacing around, always giving her a cup of tea rather than asking if she was alright when clearly she wasn't unlike like those in the Academy who would ask: 'How was your day today' to her while clearly spread across her face or within her powerful aura that she didn't have a good day nor in the best of moods.
So Nariko was the least annoying female she had come across apart from that vampire that followed Kaname all over the place as his guard, though even she was annoying at times when she tried to get Kaname's attention sometimes the short light blue haired girl would come out of no where and disturb them. So yes- Nariko was the least annoying being she knew, causing her to open her lips and comment on what Nariko said.
[+orange "Nariko... you are the one person who is the least nuisance, lets keep it that way shall we?"]
She stated as she turned her head towards Nariko with a blank stare apart from her drooping eyes and once Nariko got inside her bed. It felt warmer psychically and emotionally, even though she shared a luxurious dorm with her fellow noble vampire's it wasn't like this.. Even when Kaname shared her bed when they first arrived in the Academy it get cold probably to his personality, her own and the most likely the deadly and awkward silence that was in the air...
It wasn't like this a foreign; however comfortable feeling the feeling increased as Ruka looked down at Nariko as she just finished her tea the stare of the tired made Ruka think that certain thing that she only thought in a few situations or a few that she would admit to herself- That Nariko was cute.. Yes- Ruka the wicked queen or some sort of villainous character ranked so in the noble vampire's sociality had admitted to herself that Nariko was cute right now with her tired expression, though Ruka showed no thought on her face as she calmly finished off her tea which she almost spat out just as when she saw Nariko's face.
Ruka mentality claimed that it was just the tea that went the wrong way before she set it down on the side table next to her bed as Nariko spoke again to her. [+violet "How is your tea, Mistress? Is it to your liking as usual?"] Ruka had thought her silence would've been enough for Nariko to know she found it to her liking as usual because she didn't complain like she did when those buffoons tried to make it in the Academy not even a five star tea maker could make it properly but she supposed that she would have to speak once more before she went to sleep.
[+orange "As per usual Nariko it is to my liking, not even a five star tea maker could make it for me in the academy the buffoon..."] Ruka comment as she closed her eyes faintly before opening them again, staring in the brown and cream eyes of Nariko's with her own black and orange ones, she blinked blankly twice for a moment before she closed her eyes once more before hesitantly speaking once more.
[+orange "You may come closer to me Nariko- As a reward for keeping the house in shape until I returned and taking care of me this evening without questioning how I got in the state I was in. I'm sure if I were to leave it to those other maids and butlers they would've irritated me the moment I came through the door...]
Ruka stated as she kept her eyes closed as she wondered why she had a flutter feeling inside herself, she knew that A rank vampires down to the rank that humans are turned into vampire's they still had a heart beat if they didn't they were the vampire's who's only thoughts were to kill and feed on vampire or human; However Ruka didn't expect her own beating heart to jump and get faster or louder for that moment she spoke.
even though it was far away from her mind right now Ruka never did ask Nariko what was her rank in the vampire sociality because assumed that she was human turned vampire or a little higher in the ranks even though she was an old one, she never asked because she didn't see the need to, even know. Though she was unaware- everyone except for Nariko herself knew that Nariko was indeed an A rank vampire- the rank higher than her own, if she knew would Ruka treat her like Kaname?.. or treat her the same but in a different light?..
It was uncertain and she had been keeping unaware because A rank vampires could hid their intense power aura but not the taste of their blood, which Ruka never dared take away from Nariko because how wonderful she smelled a uncertainty of being unable to release Nariko afterwards and not drink her dry had often filled her mind when she was hungry in the mansion so she used over means like animals, the other staff.
Though right now; She closed her eyes softly to sleep as her arms were wide open for Nariko to embrace into which soon she sensed the hesitance because Nariko didn't embrace her immediately, most likely because they hadn't done this since they were small and Nariko was afraid of a thunderstorm and with Ruka's super hearing and not sound proof walls she heard the crying of the maid from her bedroom all the way to the maid quarters, causing the noble vampire to get up and see what was wrong with the maid and it resulted her keeping Nariko company in her bed, and it exalted to the point Nariko nor Ruka slept alone until her mother and father found out because of the smell on her sheets the scent of the maid when the two little girls forgot to wash it and the head maid found out and reported to the Mistress and Master of the house.
Ruka came out of her memory and decided to comment on that fact that Nariko was hesitating. [+orange "My arms are getting tried being like this Nariko, if you aren't in them in five seconds you'll forfeit your reward. Now come I'm not going to bite you despite the state I'm in."] I Ruka stated with a tight frown while her eyes were still closed before awaiting Nariko to move or to say something.
Nariko's eyes lit up with joy, a small smile gracing her lips before being replaced with the bland straight line it had been before, deeming that it had been an inappropriate moment to smile when her mistress couldn't as well.
[+orchid "Th-Thank you Lady Ruka... I'll do my best not to become a nuisance to you..."]
With that Nariko carefully crawled into the bed next to her mistress, wrapping herself up in the extra blanket next to and resting her head lightly on the large pillow, facing towards her looking up as she sipped her tea calmly. She hadn't realized how tired she had been until getting into the immensely comfortable bed. Her eyes were getting heavy as her body that was tense with exhaustion from working so hard all day started to relax a bit.
[+orchid "How is your tea, Mistress? Is it to your liking as usual?"]
It had been a while since Nariko had made her tea, and even though she knew how to make it by heart, she wanted to ensure that Ruka was satisfied with it.
[center [+violet [I " Mistress Ruka,if you approve of my selfish request... I desire to stay by your side."]]
Ruka eyes widened only lightly because she was drained from all her energy to the point she couldn't use her powers not even a little bit, but she was taken back that Nariko wished- no desired to stay by her side.. for whatever reason it didn't matter to Ruka, even if it were money wise, or protection from other vampires and hunters. Or that she simply desired to stay for her..
It did not matter; Ruka curved her lips in and watched Nariko to get an extra blanket from the cupboard which Ruka would often allow Nariko to use while they slept next to each other when they where children so her parents wouldn't smell Nariko on her sheets and scold her innocent maid and herself. Ruka light pale pink lips opened lightly to give Nariko a comment on her request while Nariko had her back towards her.
Then she closed her lips again as Nariko turned towards her again, walked towards her before asking where should she lay her head. Ruka opened her lips lightly again before deciding to speak.
[+orange "...You may sleep here besides me; I have decided to grant your request Nariko." ]
Ruka stated as she sipped her tea that Nariko had given her moments ago the fragrance filled her nose, and she sighed in relief and relaxation and the relaxing and comforting strong smell pomegranate and the green leaves consumed her senses before she began to drink it softly, saying no more, expressing no expressive facial movement except from her tired eyes drooping lightly but due to pride they kept open as she drank her tea silently and slowly until she was satisfied and lay back down on her pillow after she put the empty cup back on the side.
[+darkorange "...Nariko, you shan't leave me will you ever?..."]
At hearing this question, Nariko was thrown off a bit. She had heard Ruka use this tone with her before when they were younger. She knew that Ruka wasn't trying to [i order] her to do anything even though her tone implied otherwise-This was how she indirectly [i asked] Nariko to do something from her. She was the only servant that Ruka spoke to in this manner. Nariko wondered if it was because she wanted her to decide for herself what to do.What threw her off wasn't how she asked the question, it was the question itself. Would she leave her? Nariko answered her question after a long pause, deciding how to best phrase her response.
[+orchid " Mistress Ruka, if you approve of my selfish request... I desire to stay by your side."]
Nariko didn't just mean for the night, but forever, little to Ruka's knowledge. Nariko never saw herself being anywhere but by her mistress' side. She never desired for her life as a level A vampire to be any different because Ruka made her happy, gave her a sense of purpose.
While Ruka was gone, these emotions and more were replaced by an aching loneliness and a constant state of neediness. Nariko needed to be by Ruka's side, and now that this opportunity was back to her once more, she would take any advantage she could get tonight after being deprived of her for so long.
Nariko knew her longing to be with her mistress was selfish and out of the conduct, but she didn't care as long as she could be of some comfort to Ruka. Nariko knew her mistress was broken, but Nariko would be there to pick up the pieces no matter how long it took.
Nariko walked to the storage closet of the room grabbing an extra blanket before walking back to the bed where her mistress lay. Since she intended to stay, and knew Ruka was exhausted, she figured sleeping would be the best thing for herself as well right now.
[+orchid "Lady Ruka, where do you wish for me to lay my head?"]
[center Ruka was silent, keeping her thin lined expression on her lips to keep some sort of pride even though most of it was gone the moment she helped through the door of the Mansion by Kain. Her once prideful, powerful, self-confident self has be reduced to a pitiful, weak, self-hated, sorrowful being that looked like nothing like her except from her body and name... The personality that made her who she was.. has crumbled to nothing.
When Ruka's faithful maid came to help her without her asking for it, just like she wanted.. Ruka's lips curved only lightly as a feeling of hidden appreciation that was earned throughout the years they had together when they were younger although Ruka never outspoken her appreciation towards Nariko ever not since before her parents had taught her that beings lesser than herself was not worthy of her acknowledgement let alone her friendship and appreciation.. though she can't help but feel it coursing throughout her body even though she could not speak it.
Ruka allowed Nariko to do everything silently such as; help her with getting changed out of her uniform that she had replaced from the battle deformed one, even though her uniform was replaced to new... she couldn't replace her memories, the things she witnessed, done and felt during the chaotic stay at the academy. For some sort of reason there was still lightness in her being as she felt Nariko's touches, smelt her scent, heard and saw her movements...
She was lightened that Nariko was that not there with her like Kaname's servant was with him because... of course she felt a little disheartened because she felt like if she had Nariko by her side at the academy she would not feel like this... but on the other hand she wouldn't know what she would do if anything happened to the maid.. Even though she wanted to deny herself the fact.. but she didn't know what she would do if Nariko was killed if she attended the academy at that time.. she wouldn't be able to bare it she knew for certain even though she wished to deny herself of that fact but she couldn't..
Ruka was still silent even when Ruka began to use her healing powers on her legs soothing them with a massage, which Ruka began to make little noises and pleasure a sound of blissful appreciation even though Ruka did not word it the sounds she made; made it clear. Then when she was spoken to Ruka turned her orange eyes towards Nariko or rather her eyes never left her and Ruka didn't realise it or rather she was too disorientated to notice what she was doing or to care what she was doing. Her lips curved into a shaky thin line as she decided to nod lightly as she felt the pain in her legs leave her though not from her unbeating heart.
Once Nariko had helped her change into her night gown; Ruka couldn't control herself anymore she was too distraught too disorientated to care what was she was going to do or say, her pride to know if Nariko would never leave her coursed her to grab Nariko by the chin holding her by her finger and thumb because she knew once the vampire maid had put on her gown for her she would leave to her to her sleep. which would be torturous for her because her lonely thoughts were already agonising experience for her and so she needed Nariko reassurance she would not leave her even though she was a lowly maid a lesser being than herself. Ruka favoured her company more than her own family, her 'friends' even more than Kain.
[+orange "...Nariko you shalln't leave me will you ever?..."]
Ruka tried to make it as an ordered to answer question rather than a plea to answer question as she skimmed her fingers across the maids jawline as her disoriented eyes allowed themselves to look upon Nariko's because she felt she was gaining some sort of control over the situation even though she felt she was losing control over herself... as long as she took control of something she didn't care at this moment even if her once full of pride and lightness of self-confidence eyes had turned to nothing but dull, darkened by grief and numbed by the effect the events of the academy had done to her.
Once that question was asked Ruka was silent once more searching her maid's eyes for a silent answer or something to give herself reassurance that the maid would never leave her quicker than depending on time for Nariko to answer her but at this time she didn't have the energy to conjure up a flicker of her natural vampire strength let alone her powers so she knew to had to depend on time and waited for Nariko to answer her or to react in someway.
Nariko places the hot tea cup on the delicate saucer down on her nightstand beside her bed.The warming smell of the pomegranate tea with a light scent of honey drifted faintly in the room.
Nariko was beyond worried about Ruka's current state but remained strong keeping her composure and staying silent unless something truly needed to be said. She didn't truly know how to respond to this.Shed never seen Ruka in this state before.
Her strong willed,prideful mistress was now crumpled before her like a paper ball discarded in the trash.trying to cheer her up would be like trying to unravel the paper and iron out the creases and wrinkles-she'd have to be gentle or shed tear it to shreds
She adjusted Ruka's pillows for her and fixed her blanket tucking her in remembering how her superior enjoyed it.She dimmed the lights lowly,trying to relieve Ruka's eyes of the strain so she could relax a bit more.
The room itself was cleaned absolutely spotless,the antique furniture shining like new.The floor of her room was conditioned and the room smelled like a lovely garden. Ruka's room floor was carpeted, oddly since the other floors of the mansion were wooden or marble. But Ruka specifically ordered for her room to be carpeted with the finest,softest material because she enjoyed the plushy soft feel of it on her feet when she didn't wear shoes in comparison to the annoying cool hard floors in the rest of the house.
It was the little things that Nariko made sure personally were perfect for Ruka's arrival,because only she knew how finicky her mistress was about certain things that her other servants had no clue of. She personally felt like even SHE didnt know enough about Ruka-especially since she had been gone so long-she wanted to learn even more things she could about Ruka.
Nariko was one of few who knew so much about Ruka because she shut others who weren't already close to her out and found it to be quite a bother to share things about herself especially her feelings.Some of the info Nariko aquired was from observation of Ruka's behavior towards things when she lived at home.
Nariko always made small notes in her head when she found something that displeased her mistress,wanting to try her hardest to make her happy in any way possible. The only other reason she knew so much about Ruka was because no one really took the time to get to know her - not even her family.Even now when she felt like she was powerless,she did everything she could think of to try to brighten Ruka's mood.
Sensing her mistress' discomfort,Nariko looked at Ruka,keeping her eyes averted from her face as she softly moved the blankets out of the way looking directly at Ruka's legs before clasping her hands together,a pure soft glow radiating from them before she touched Ruka's legs massaging them intensly but gentle enough to prevent hurting her. The touch sent a soothing sensation through Ruka's body,slowly beginning to heal and relieve the pain in her legs.
Nariko's hazel eyes glew pure white until she removed her hands carefully and spoke softly as she helped Ruka sit up carefully to help her get into her night gown.[#ba05b1 "Is that better, Ruka-sama?"]
[center [+violet ""Yes,I'll bathe her.I've done so before so it shouldn't be a problem. Th-Thankyou for your help."]
As the maid explained that she had indeed bathed Ruka before and thanked Kain. The copper orange haired male vampire just nodded slightly at the girl without much of a expression as he always had on his face when he was around anyone else except Ruka.
Ruka was seemed to be the only one that brought even though it was light she brought a smile to his expressionless and dull being, though that was something he wasn't going to tell anyone even Ruka herself. Because it was a secret he would take with him to the point he was dust that might happen or might not happen in the future.
He didn't know but he hoped that it wasn't going to be in the near future. because he rather favoured living in the world he had become accustomed to, though right now he wasn't favouring anything because..
If vampire's were to have friends without conditions. Kian seemed to think that Ruka was his bestfriend, or close companion.
Whom didn't ask him for anything. If she did; It meant she really need it rather than want it. This was a time she truly needed his help and Kian wasn't going to disappoint Ruka. Though he supposed this whole scenario was her own fault..
He had warned her from the very beginning before Ruka even first offered Kaname her blood. From the very moment she had told Kain that she in love with the Vampire Prince Kaname... He had warned her that many vampire's from female and male had fallen for him. But none of them were good enough for him. Kain didn't wish for Ruka to get her heartbroken.
But she didn't listen to him. She went and offered herself to Kaname in the school as a blood substitute. Like some blood bank, a cheap blood hook** and Ruka might be a bitch most if not all the time, but she was no blood Hooker... Though that what she became to be for Kaname's attention, his acknowledge of her existence and have him need her.
Even though he might have loved her.. Ruka wanted Kaname's attention and for him to need her. For that she would've done anything and she did just about everything for Kaname.. Though it seemed it wasn't enough for the great prince of vampire's. Ruka had given Kaname everything she had except for her 'first time' because Kaname didn't seem to be interested with that. Instead she gave him everything he was interested in...
In the end; she had everything spat back into her face and for good measure he had broken her heart into two because he found or had always known someone he loved.. Yuki.. The human who was really the true pureblood of Kaname's family and was awakened near the end of the school year...
From that day on; Kain had always wondered why... Why didn't Kaname tell them he had someone special in his being.. Why did he let Ruka fall in love with him, He could have told Ruka and maybe Ruka wouldn't feel like this now, maybe she could've got over it a long time ago and found someone new.
But no. Kaname played her for a fool, used her feelings and devotion for him to take what he wanted from the lighter orange haired woman, when he was done with her, he snapped her heart in two and found the love [b he] wanted.. Yuki.. Kain wished he killed the girl when she still believed she was human but he knew that Kaname would've killed him on the spot if he even put a scratch on the brunette..
Though right now he knew killing Yuki would be worth it.. to see Kaname's face at the sight of his dead sister and lover before turning to him and killing the darker redhead..
To make Kaname suffer to understand Ruka's pain.. Kian would gladly die for it, even though Ruka would hate him for displeasing Kamame, giving him the worst kind of pain that was seeing your love slip away like nothing..Even though Kaname broke Ruka's heart in two..
Kian still assumed that Ruka's devotion to the vampire prince had not withered. Maybe paused, she knows her love wouldn't be returned but Kian knew that Ruka wouldn't do or allow anything bad happen to Kaname or those loved by the superior vampire. So; Kian had accepted Ruka's future hatred towards him though now.. It was the matter of figuring how to take the young princess vampire down.
If Ruka did not return to her normal self in two weeks; ..He would storm to Kaname's home and at least try to kill one of them for Ruka's broken heart.. This he silently swore as he held Ruka close to him as he closed his eyes for a moment and reopened them once more before simply observing as the maid washed Ruka.
As Nariko washed her; Ruka slowly become to relax in the aromatic aroma's in bathroom that hit her sensitive vampire nose, it was not a heavy and uncomfortable fragrance like those bath salts that the Academy had for the human's. Of curse the human's had to have things with high fragrance because their senses didn't match and would never match the hypersensitive senses of a vampire, especially a vampire like her.
Though Ruka didn't have to worry about lowly things because Nariko knew all her favourite fragrances, how high or low the aroma should be, the maid knew her favourite tea which was Pomegranate green tea. Nariko had always given her that from the first time she had a fever with her immune deficiency as a child. From then on it had been her favourite tea.
Little things like this made Ruka almost think Nariko truly cared for her not because she was her superior but as an person, though as she grew up she had become to realise that the world wasn't all rainbows and sunshine like she thought as a child, she wasn't allowed to become friends with the lesser beings below herself. Because to her parents it was frowned upon, so they gave her a little push towards the other noble vampire's and that was when she met Kain, Lord Kaname and the other's.
Since then she and Nariko's close companionship had faded or rather Ruka didn't know it existed because she was certain that those who worked for her were only kind to her because she was their superior and that was put into her head by her parents and stayed there throughout her life.. Though if Ruka was truly honest with herself she had missed Nariko pampering her like this..
She missed the tea the maid made her, she had missed their little talks about things she had never spoken to anyone, in fact Nariko was the first person. Whom she told she was love with Kamame.. Though she would never speak of, of Nariko and herself to anyone not even Kain..
In this moment she let herself slowly enjoy the sensation of being washed by another, or maybe it was because it was because Nariko was doing it with her skilled yet gentle hands, how she used her fingers to massage the worn muscles as she washed her. It felt so nice that Ruka moved her neck to the side so Nariko could wash more of it. As Nariko used her fingers to massage the stiff muscle in Ruka's neck.
The noble vampire muffled a moan that was pain at first but went into pleasure, causing her to move to the side even more so Nariko had more access. It was like as if her body was sensitive yet deliciously responsive to the maid's tender care.
To the point either Ruka didn't realise from the very start or she didn't care about her sounds of enjoyment. To the point Ruka had removed her face from the comfort of Kain's chest and lead the back of her head on it instead, causing the maid to begin to wash her face..
The sensation made Ruka realise that Nariko must be averting her eyes from her face, because if she wasn't Kain would have snapped at the maid in one form or another in his own way... At this Ruka relaxed again and secretly appreciated that Nariko obeyed her wishes, where other maids would have smothered her and got so concerned about their superior to the point they were no help at all to her.
In fact Ruka supposed that Nariko was the only maid that obeyed her every wish and put her duty to serve her when she desperately needed it and not get into a fretting fit like other maids have done with her in the past and the present, if it wasn't for Kain being with her she supposed she wouldn't have gotten in this bath in peace...
So a dainty yet broken flicker of a smile appeared on her lips as she secretly appreciated Kain's and Nariko's assistance.. Before mentally deciding she wanted a cup of Pomegranate tea and head massage from Nariko before falling asleep that evening, Of course she would miss out on dinner because she wasn't exactly in the mood for food at this moment. Maybe it was because of the heartbreak, or the tiredness she was feeling that came after the heartbreak. Or both..
Either way she didn't feel hungry nor in the mood to eat anything and so with that decided. Ruka continued to enjoy the bath and the washing.. Then the bathing was done as soon as Nariko washed her down with fresh water while she did so. She was gentle with Ruka's hair and even massaged it as she washed it. It was if the maid was trying to wash all her worries away and it was working for this moment.
Nariko had sent her to in a relaxation to the extent she had caused Ruka to become too tired to remember why she was so depressed, though in the back of her now relaxed mind she knew she would remember the next morning.. Though for now she enjoyed herself in Nariko's care.
Once the bath was done; Ruka had her eyes closed still from the very beginning she had her eyes closed, because she was too tired and worn out to even open them though she managed to opened her mouth and form a small conversation.
[+Gold "Nariko...bring me some Pomegranate tea and bring it to my room. Food isn't required. I find myself not in the finest of moods to eat tonight.. Also I'll walk to my room and dress myself tonight.."]
Ruka muttered dryly as she kept her eyes closed or rather was unable to open them because she was too tired to, and in the back of her mind she knew she was too tired to just barely get to her room by walking let alone dress herself regardless of her stubborn personality. Though because of her stubborn personality.
Ruka was determined to see just how far she could push her body to do what she would command it to do.
After Ruka had spoken Kain wanted to protest on the woman's rash decision of walking and dressing herself while she was like this, though he held his tongue. Knowing once Ruka was determined to do something she would do it even if it meant that her body would tip over. In fact it was the only way she would stop... And so he only blankly looked down at her and made a soft hm. Sound before lifting the noble woman up slightly to get her on her way.
Though he didn't carry her like he did before he held her on her feet once the maid gave her a towel to put on, just like Ruka wished he let go of the woman causing Ruka to shakily start balancing on her feet. before taking a deep breath in and out before holding the side of the bath and practiced walking step by step.. Just like a child learning how to walk for the first time...
From then on Kain didn't touch her unless she were to fall. Though she seemed to be doing fine on her own even though it looked like she would fall over at any second. He left her to walk on her own but he too got up from the bath and slowly followed behind her just in case. In the meantime he had hopped that the maid had gone to do what she was told to do by Ruka.
Ruka was now in her room, she sat on her bed...Now she couldn't get back up again.. it caused her to sigh slightly. She had sent Kain away to a spare room in the mansion where he could sleep. Even though that Ruka didn't wish to be alone at this moment.. She was too proud to ask for help... Though she soon realised she actually truly needed someones help to help her get ready for bed.
Then as soon as she thought that; She could sense Nariko at her door with Pomegranate tea in her hand like Ruka wished for. The acknowledgement caused to remain quiet hopping that Nariko would realise what was wrong without her actually asking Nariko for help..
Ruka remained still on her bed because she could no longer move her legs until the next morning, she could bring herself to ask for help either and so she remained silent, hopping that Nariko would remember that when she was quiet and didn't do what she said she was going to do. It meant Ruka could no longer move her legs....]
Nariko nodded bowing slightly taking care to avoid looking at the young aristocratic male in his eyes, respectfully addressing him. "Yes,I'll bathe her.I've done so before so it shouldn't be a problem.Th-Thankyou for your help." As he Kain exited the bathroom hesitantly,he closed the door behind him. With that,Nariko rushed to her mistress' aide. She grabbed a dainty loofah and bath cloth hanging nearby the hot spring like tub and Ruka's favorite aroma therapy creamy body wash that smelled of sakura and sandalwood.
Nariko lathered the sponge gently with the soap warming it in her hands before gently starting to clean her mistress' delicate skin carefully,starting at her neck and continuing down to her feet.As she bathed her, she refused her eyes access to Ruka's face,respecting her wishes.Her heart ached to speak and question her about what happened. Ruka had called her the night before and she'd sounded so excited about today"s events.She had told Nariko that she was finally going to tell Kaname her feelings for him.She had known since they were little of Ruka's love for Kaname when Ruka started confiding her secrets to her about the handsome pureblood prince.So she had cheered her on to tell him her feelings when she told her the plans of her confession.
A part of Nariko wanted to be happy for her mistress' new found bravery.But hearing of Ruka's plan tore away at her like paper engulfed in a flame:She loved Ruka.She always had.
Nariko didn't realize this until Ruka was sent away from home to start school.Nariko awoke the morning after her departure and the revelation hit her like a train.She and Ruka would be driven further apart now that Ruka was a young woman.
While she was away,Nariko's life became dull and gravely uneventful.Without Ruka there,days were longer and time dragged on endlessly with an emptiness that hollowed her.It was this that mae her realise-Ruka made her life meaningful.Not just because Nariko was her servant. But hearing Ruka's voice,comforting her,their inside jokes,their relaxing evenings in the library-Everything that Ruka did filled her head with memories plagued her mind like a curse.
Even when her heart protested, Nariko made sure Ruka felt she was happy for her and hoped that the love between her and Kaname would prosper. But in reality,Nariko was jealous of Kaname.She didn't blame him,but she felt that he had everything she didn't-Ruka's unyielding love.
But now, Ruka was here with her once more.But why? Why was she so miserable? What had happened to her? Why was her ever strong and confident Ruka crushed before her like a trampled flower? All these questions you wanted to ask but she stayed quiet for the sake of her mistress.
When Ruka felt like addressing her,then she would speak.But for now she would stay silent.After washing Ruka's face with averted eyes she began to rinse her off with fresh water,The running water and wood wicked candles flickering nearby the only other sound in the bathroom.
[Center There was an almost dead silence in Ruka's room. The only sound was the faint tinking of an clock in the hallway and the thundering rain outside the mansion...Kain was almost grateful for the silence if it wasn't for that Ruka wasn't normally silent, she had always had something to complain about every day.... Kain couldn't beilive it himself at first but he did indeed miss that Ruka and he wanted the old Ruka back in his life, so it wouldn't be so dull as it was now, so with ease the orange haired male vampire put the blonde haired female vampire onto the bed gently and started to undo her clothes from underneath his jacket.
They had done this before long ago when they were about twelve years old the both of them were soaked to the bone and Ruka at the time had a immune difency, which was a strange for an vampire to have but she got sick none the less and Kain was the only one with her, so he was the only one who was able to undress her out of the wet clothes so she wouldn't get anymore sick. Though as the decent man he was and still is he respected his female companions dency and figured she wouldn't wish him to see her naked, so he undressed her under his jacket like when they were kids and he did so in silence and with an expressionless face.
Once he was done he smelt the presence of that maid again that he met at the door and told to move out of his way, the presence caused him to turn his head slightly, so he could see the door handle move in the corner of his eye before the maid actually came in through the door asking if she could see her mistress.. Kain had an idea to help Ruka further with this maid.. Though he needed to know how close this maid and Ruka were before he even allowed the maid to approach Ruka's weak state.
[+Orange "Come no further maid... How close is your relation with Ruka. If I deem it's close enough you might be some use to her... If not then I suggest you go and occupy yourself with other duties-"]
Kain put his arm out sideward making it to appear across Ruka's body as he was protecting her weak state as he spoke to the Maid. His tone wasn't threatening it was simply dull and slightly dark, but his aura was making it clear that the maid shouldn't test him. Though before he could finish of what he was saying to the maid. He felt dainty fingers touch his side.. The only one that was close to him was Ruka, the realisation caused him to looked down and see it was indeed Ruka's fingers tugging at him.
Kain leant forward and brought his ear towards his jacket and what he heard was a faint voice.
[+gold "Kian.. She's my personal maid.. Let her in.., but don't let her see my face like this."]
Ruka was finally out of her emotional trauma but only a little bit. It was caused by the smell of her maid.. and secret childhood friend, her presence caused Ruka to come to her senses slightly, so she could explain to Kian who Nariko was...
Yes.. Nariko.. Ruka's brain was functioning slowly again and tried to focus on the maid rather than the tremendous heartbreak she came to unwillingly possess. The explanation caused Kian to nod slightly sit up straight before turning towards the Maid again.
[+Orange "You're fortunate maid. Your mistress will need your help after all. Go to her bathroom and make her bath with whatever relaxing essences you can find. I'll follow shortly."]
The male vampire stated that Ruka will need the young maid's help after all before instructing the maid what to do for Ruka. For now what Ruka really needs was a relaxing bath with good aromatic bath salts or candles to relax her senses. With that the maid left to do what she was told and as promised Kian lifted Ruka in his arms, with his coat over her of course and brought her into the bathroom were the bath was running.
Luckily enough the water ran quickly in Ruka's home, so after a good few minutes the bath was ready and Kian walked towards the bath and lowered Ruka in with his coat still on her, Kian didn't seem to care let alone mind his coat getting wet. He simply seemed to only care about the health of the female vampire.
Once Ruka was in the bath full with bubbles and aromatic smells Kian removed the coat but kept Ruka's face hidden by hugging the woman against his chest after he got in the large Japanese indoor hot spring looking bath with his clothes still on. He sat there next to Ruka without much of a care for his soaked clothes before turning towards the maid once more.
[+Orange " I presume you have washed her before maid?...If so come and wash her, then once your done fetch her some clothes and something to eat."]
Kian soon spoke again towards the maid who was standing outside the hot spring look alike tub waiting for further instruction as she looked at her mistress in a concerned way. Once he had done speaking he stared at the maid with dull orange copper eyes as if he was waiting for the woman to answer him.
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