Castle of Secrets and Shadows

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Ada was sure that she would be able to stomach something, should Nathaniel find some food and so she nodded as he explained that it would help her to eat something. Then she was alone, or at least she assumed that she was alone.

Being inside and sat down was certainly helping with her fatigue and the faint sounds of the two downstairs brought her comfort. Here she felt safe. She wasn’t sure if it was simply the security of being inside rather than vulnerable facing the elements, or whether it was because of Nathaniel but that was not something she was about to ponder now.

As though something or someone had been able to read her thoughts or detect her feeling of safety, she heard the words almost instantly after feeling hot breath against the back of her neck, causing her to stand quite hastily, sending her a little dizzy. A gasp, or rather a yelp, escaped her lips as she did so and she found herself moving forward as if to put distance between her and whoever the breath belonged to but she was not about to turn around and face them, mostly out of fear that this was purely a figment of her imagination.

[b “I’m not crazy.”] She whispered to herself as she slammed her eyes shut.
  Ada / d1gn17y / 12d 21h 58m 49s
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Nathan nodded, "[#00CCFF Food is a good idea,]" he agreed, clasping his hands. "[#00CCFF Let me see what I can get for you, okay? You rest here, and I will be back with something for you. I'm sure we have- leftovers.]"

"[#00CCFF It'll help your blood sugar,]" he said over his shoulder as he turned back to the stairs.

With that the tap of his shoes disappeared along with him down to the ground floor again, and there into the kitchen.

Sitting there, the tick of the tall, dark wood clock started to fill the sitting room. Blissful silence falling over her of a house. The sounds of muffled voices- Armand and Nathaniel- and the sound of things in the kitchen clinking was heard.

And from the settling quiet, it was as if the building was breathing. Quiet sigh. Relaxing.

And then a very real breath behind her. "[B Finally safe,]" came a rare breath. "[B You keep odd company...]"
  Tweedy / 12d 22h 10m 26s
He was right, weakness did stem from circumstance and right now she found herself to be in a circumstance she had never expected to be in, all because she was too proud and curious to accept a woman’s place in this time. Still, even as she found herself needing to lean on Nathan, she still could not see herself giving into society’s need for her to marry simply for the sake of security. It wasn’t as though she was entirely against the institution of marriage but she would be damned if she entered into it for protection. Maybe one day she would find herself longing to be the wife of a man she loved but right now, she refused to give into what society requested of her.

As a child she would work just like any other child, her sex not even determining what she should be able to do but the moment she reached to appropriate age to marry, she was expected to become someone else and she refused to change who she was for anyone else. Nathan was the only person to accept her for who she was now, not who she was expected to be. Maybe she should marry him. That would get everyone off her back. She mused to herself and smirked as they approached the steps of Nathan’s building.

Ada glanced at the steps and then looked towards Nathan. While her energy was dwindling but she managed to climb the steps with his support and as they entered the building she was greeted by the assistant that Nathan had insisted he needed. Apparently now, it required two men to help her up the stairs and she couldn’t help but feel guilty due to the fact that she had caused much fatigue to the friend who helped her home. To his home.

As she was lowered onto something far more comfortable than the bench they had used to take a momentary break, she let out an exasperated sigh. She reached for the water and did not hesitate for even a second as she allowed the liquid to slide down her throat, replenishing the much needed hydration.

[b “Food would be a good idea. I’m not hungry but I should eat…shouldn’t I?”] She understood enough to know that she could make herself worse if she didn’t.
  Ada / d1gn17y / 27d 8h 34m 8s
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"[#00CCFF Weakness stems from circumstance,]" he responded.

Nathan's smile was wry at that, realizing how quick he was to respond, slanted as he glanced away. "[#00CCFF Your constant reminders eventually took,]" he said softly, thinking back on little slaps on his hand or dirty looks as they grew up.

Ada chafed under the expectations of delicacy for a woman. After working as she had growing up, and being expected to be strong and useful, the movement to society was like the kill switch on an electric current for her. Years of expectation suddenly turned into different ones, and she was expected to simply crawl as if out of her skin as a fair, demure little creature when she reached a certain age.

It wasn't as if he couldn't relate. Being treated gently until a certain age, though it being an earlier age, somewhere in his childhood he couldn't think back on well enough to pin, when suddenly he was pushed into a man's role. Held less, expected more from. It was an acute and particular kind of hell to be rejected so solidly from any form of intimacy, and made to feel ugly and dangerous. But now wasn't the time to reflect.

Now was the time to help Ada up the front steps and into the reception area for the mortuary. Inside, his assistance Armand, came out. His thick, curled blond hair practically straining against the ribbon he held it back in. His hands nearly dropped the pen in his hands, belatedly slipping it into the inkwell, and came up to help the two of them.

"[#00CCFF Armand, would you help me bring Ada upstairs?]" Nathan asked, putting an affect of exhaustion into his tone, bending a little underneath Ada's arm as if their trek had tired him, for now.

He helped, "[+maroon I'm sorry I didn't see you coming down the street,]" came the plaintive apology as he helped steer, grabbing a pair of muddied boots and taking them out of their way.

Ah, that's right, he was going to wash those off, earlier, wasn't he? Nathan thought. There would be plenty of time for that later.

The two men helped situate the lady on one of the upholstered couches upstairs, away from the front room so that she needn't be disturbed as Nathan took care. Armand soon returned downstairs to man the front desk and continue with chores as Nathan shooed him. The two men lived together, sharing the rooms upstairs that weren't for inpatients, at least.

Nathan got Ada some water from the pitcher in the basin and handed it to her, concern knotting his forehead. "[#00CCFF I'll see what we have in the form of suitable foods to help your blood pressure...]" he murmured.

[#00CCFF #00CCFF]
  Tweedy / 34d 1h 5m 23s
Ada looked up and saw how close they were to Nathan‘s home. It definitely offered her some relief to see the building before them. It was as though seeing how close they were sparked enough energy for her to keep going and with a new found determination she tried to pick up her pace so that she could rest sooner. She nodded softly as she pulled her gaze back to him and smiled as if to reassure him that she could make it.

Ada was not a stranger to his home, in fact she had frequented it as much as he had frequented her home. However, Ada had not visited his home as a patient. Her visits were far more social and it felt strange to her to be going to his house with the intention of him looking after her.

As Nathan started to change direction so that they were heading directly for his home, she detected something in his movements. Whether it was embarrassment or something else entirely she did not know. [b “I like that you care about me Nathaniel. You’re the only man that doesn’t make me feel like I am a weak woman.”] She laughed momentarily, [b “even though right now that is exactly what I am.”]
  Ada / d1gn17y / 40d 22h 12m 24s
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"[#00CCFF Just another block,]" he assured her, hand brushing over her shoulder as he held her upright. "[#00CCFF We're close now. See? Just down the street.]"

His building stood close now down the street. Its glass windows gleaming in the evening sun, and above and behind it, his apartments. A tree overhung the corner that his funeral home, mortuary and physick's stood upon.

He heard the downtrodden tone, dropping away from her like the stomach he imagined at his admonishing. Nathan swallowed.

"[#00CCFF That does not mean- I'm not glad he helped bind your foot.]"

Swallowing again, Nathan angled them towards his place- of business and of home, recently. After he had returned from schooling.

And, as it was, he was still caught like a schoolboy. "[#00CCFF No. I was looking for you... I worried, recalling your blood loss.]"
  Tweedy / 40d 22h 27m 47s
Ada didn’t mind that she needed to lean on him to get back home. She was far to tired to consider her pride or argue like she might have done if she had all of her senses. For now, she would accept his help and think nothing of it as he helped her back towards town. She could only hope that once they arrived there she would be able to sleep off the fatigue and feel better in the morning and maybe then Nathaniel would be able to do his tests so that her mind may be out to rest with regards to what that creature did to her in the castle.

One this was for sure, Nathaniel wouldn’t let her out of his sight again until she was better. Ada would need to make sure she resisted any urge to go back to that graveyard or that castle. She looked to him as he spoke, pouting almost like a scolded child. [b “No...no I suppose I don’t.”] With his next words she smiled again.

[b “You happened by? You were just taking a walk then? You were not looking for me specially?”]
  Ada / d1gn17y / 40d 23h 2m 55s
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Nathan stared back a moment, wondering what was making her smile so. His brows pressed together, looking at her. But he shook it from him, taking her up so that they could continue towards his home.

Her weight was little on him, but it was her balance and the fresh wound on the strain of twice- thrice, even- emptied vessels to carry her. Either way, he would make do. But it would be less [i visible] if he needn't carry her. And, to spare her pride, she could walk on her own. Visibly.

Shame flooded him, suddenly, pulling his eyes away from her. "[#00CCFF That's not true,]" he murmured. "[#00CCFF I don't trust [i him], Ada. Henry, was at least in earnest. You don't know anything of that man in black.]" His eyes returned to her at that. "[#00CCFF Do you?]"

But as they went, softly, he heard her again. His eyes turned to her, feeling an acute ache at her words. "[#00CCFF I- happened by,]" he hedged, keeping his eyes forward. "[#00CCFF Think nothing of it.]"
  Tweedy / 40d 23h 50m 46s
Ada watched as the man’s thumb absently ran over the top of it and she smiled to herself, the movement bringing an odd sense of comfort to her. When he finally looked back towards her she offered him a smile, barely noticing the tremble in his movement. Her smile began to drop away from her face when he spoke.

[b “You don’t tend to trust many men when it comes to me, do you?”] She asked. It was a pattern she had began to notice over the years, more so over the passing weeks. With any other man, his concern would become exhausting and she would likely distance herself from it, but she had known Nathaniel for years and his concern was a comfort to her; a constant.

Ada took his hand with the gesture and allowed him to pull her back onto her feet. [b “I can make it. I’m fine.”] She kept her hand in his as she started to move again, with a determination for her getting back to their little town. [b “I’m glad you came for me. You’re always there for me, aren’t you?”]
  Ada / d1gn17y / 43d 16h 4m 42s
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The young doctor sighed, taking his hand back and placing it on his knee. His eyes were distant for a moment, blinking. He could carry her, he supposed. Though it would be a bit cumbersome. In his condition, her weight would be no issue, just her falling asleep and relaxing into an awkward position. If they weren't in the middle of town, he would carry her on his back, which would be the easiest thing. Perhaps there was a carriage around here?

Nathan swallowed, eyes sliding away from Ada, and cleared his throat. "[#00CCFF I wouldn't know,]" he responded, hand absent where it held her foot, thumb moving over top of it as he thought.

The man cut a glance towards her, and then cleared his throat, carefully putting her foot down again with a tiny bit of a tremble in his movement.

He sighed, "[#00CCFF I don't know, Ada,]" his brow was knit as he looked at her. "[#00CCFF I don't- trust him, is all.]"

With that he stood again, reaching his hands out to her again with a flex of his fingers, motioning for her to reach back so he could gather her back up again.

"[#00CCFF Almost there, Ada, just another block.]"

[#00CCFF #00CCFF]
  Tweedy / 52d 23h 49m 16s
Ada was not in a position to describe her own temperature. She didn't know if she was too hot or too cold. She just wanted to focus on getting home because the dizziness from her exhaustion was beginning to rise to a level that she could not bear. She wanted to curl up on the bench and fall asleep but after stifling a yawn she blinked a few times as if to wake herself up further.

She glanced down at her foot with confusion as if trying to remember how she had managed to tie the bandage and then she shook her head. [b "I didn't tie it myself. I tried but that man insisted on helping me. I think I thanked him...I hope I thanked him. That would have been awfully rude of me."] She shook her head again and looked Nathaniel in the eye.

[b "I didn't know him, but he helped...was I not supposed to let him help?"
  Ada / d1gn17y / 62d 16h 55m 3s
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Her smile in response to him pressing the back of his hand to her brow was to smile, of course it was to smile. Even with the perfunctory need for the contact at all, it was slightly endearing. Nathan wasn't always one for contact, either, though he had been more inclined for it when he was younger. Now he kept his hands away, his arms to himself mostly. Many didn't want the touch of the mortician, let alone for other reasons. But as a doctor, a lack of contact was impossible after all.

Her temperature felt a little low, and if he was noticing that with his hands as chilled as they always seemed to be sometimes, that meant he needed to get her home to rest. After she was done resting here, that was. That was his priority anyways, but the desire to complete the errand was pressing, it seemed, on his rib cage just a little more.

His hand accepted her foot easily, and he nodded his thanks to her, testing the nature of the bandage, and noticing the tourniquet above. His brows came together to see the handkerchief, glancing up at Ada.

Nathan's brows arched, looking at her, "[#00CCFF You tied this?]" But didn't he see that man crouched in front of her?

"[#00CCFF Do you know that man?]" he asked, looking curious as his brows pushed together.
  Tweedy / 72d 20h 30m 9s
Nathan was right. Ada was not usually one to apologise for her actions to deter from any attention. It was not that she sought it out but when it found her she did not often shy away from it. Yet, since setting foot in that castle she felt as though she had caused far more trouble than she had ever intended. She laughed gently at his words and allowed the silence to fall between them as they progressed towards the town. Their travels were not without constant checks on her wellbeing and when they neared a bench she lowered herself onto it with a help from Nathan.

Ada has almost argued with him, insisting that she just needed to get home rather than rest but her body was telling her otherwise, almost sighing in relief as she lowered herself down. She nodded towards him and felt his hand brush over her forehead, coaxing a smile from her lips. While they had been friends for some time and she knew that he had always been concerned about her wellbeing, she couldn’t remember a time where he had been so physical in ensuring that.

[b “I’m alright. Tired but alright.”] She allowed her eyes to close for a moment before lifting her foot into his hand gently. [b “I had to improvise with the bandage.”] A laugh joining her words as she found amusement within them.
  Ada / d1gn17y / 80d 20h 37m 53s
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Nathan swallowed, looking distressed, and gave a little attempt at a chuckle. "[#00CCFF That doesn't sound like you,]" he says, glancing at her. "[#00CCFF you're usually excited for the attention, aren't you?]"

A gentle, slightly discomfited silence fell over them as they made progress for some time. It was comfortable for a time, for Nathan, until his thoughts began concerning him once again, checking on Ada here and there. He wasn't expecting her to be overly conversational with her condition, but her lethargy was still concerning.

Presently, he brought them towards another bench down the road, closer to the mortuary.

"[#00CCFF Here,]" he said, shifting his gait towards the bench under the tree. "[#00CCFF take a rest here. We can continue once you've caught your breath.]"

With that, he got her settled closer, in front of her, and brushed a tentative hand over her head to clear her hair, brushing the back of his hand over her brow, giving her a smile. "[#00CCFF How are you feeling? Can I see your foot?]"

[#00CCFF #00CCFF]
  Tweedy / 80d 23h 56m 38s
If she was sound of mind she might have been grateful for Nathan's edit in aiding her to feel as though she was not losing touch with the world. She just hoped that when she slept the feeling would dissolve into nothing because she would hate to feel this way forever. This was not something she would be able to live with considering her usual strength was something far more prominent.

To Ada, the silence that befell them was a natural one but one that needed to remain in order for her to retain some of her energy. She needed to channel what vivacity she could in order to make it make it back to Nathan's place. At one point she felt the need to lean on him with a particular need to rest but she pressed on with her feet, knowing that they quicker they got to their destination, the quicker she could rest.

[b "I appreciate that Nathaniel. I hope that I will not cause you too much trouble. I truly am sorry."] With her words she leaned her head on his shoulder as they walked, taking comfort in his presence.
  Ada / d1gn17y / 81d 19h 42m 7s
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