Lonliness is Overrated (closed)

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She quietly does as instructed, a soft smile on her lips as she mixes the rice and lavender. [+red "I can see why he likes it, the lavender is very soothing, it should aid him in sleeping."] Accepting the needle from him, she carefully stitches the pillow closed.

Putting the pillow down, she glances at the books on the table before looking over at Jeremy. [+red "This may seem rude, and I apologize, but what has stopped you from becoming cold and bitter? I was actually very surprised with how gentle you are."]
  Lilli Crozzeria / KathyCross / 1h 19m 42s
[h3 +]
Jeremy smiled, taking another drink of tea as she watched her. It was nice to see some joy in a dark place like this especially after what just happened. He imagined herbology would come rather quickly to her once she learned what different plants looked like and what they did. It was a bit tricky at first because there were so many but the possibilities were endless afterwards.

He took the last drink of his tea, a rather large one, and set the cup down on the corner of the desk where it wouldn't be disturbed. A drawer was opened in the desk, Jeremy pulling out a medium sized piece of cloth that resembled a pillow case before shutting the door, and turned it rightside out.

[+green "Go into the closet and you'll find a rather large jar with a white lid,"] he instructed her, handing her the cloth. [+green "Fill it up and leave about an inch of space between the rice and the top of the cloth."]

He waited until she had done as asked then pulled down a small jar with dried purple flowers in it and handed it to her. [+green "This is what lavender looks like after it's been dried. Shake some of the flowers into the rice, maybe about an eighth of the jar, then carefully squeeze the rice around to mix it."]

As she did as she was told he pulled out a needle and thread to match the cloth. He cut some of the thread and put it through the needle for her since her hands were occupied, then handed it to her to stitch the top closed. Once she was finished, he smiled gently for her. [+green "It's then placed by the fireplace when its ready to be used, the rice retain the heat and disperse it through to the flowers which then give off the soothing aroma,"] he explained to her. [+green "Oliver uses them for sleep but the heat is also great for muscle aches. I've made him many of those with different kinds of herbs, eucalyptus seems to be his favorite and his brother was fond of lavender. I think that's why he has me keep making them for him."]
  Oliver Jeffreys / SolemnYuki / 1d 14h 25m 54s
She listens attentively as he speaks, the shine back in her eyes as she revels in learning anything new. Smiling widely she nods as he asks if she would like to help. [+red "Yes please! Do you think you'd be willing to teach me more healing stuff, whenever you're free? Oliver is teaching me combat, and I'm supposed to teach him healing. I think it would be better if you taught both of us."]
  Lilli Crozzeria / KathyCross / 1d 14h 41m 38s
[h3 +]
Even though his head still ached, seeing her so happy with something so simple seemed to cure him a little. When the herbs were done steeping he put the tea through a strainer into a different cup and set the used leaves aside. He took a drink before setting the tea back down and reached up onto a different shelf, looking over a batch of small bottles with droppers. He picked up a dark one with a symbol on its label, and gently set the glass down next to her to examine.

[+green "This is one of my most common tinctures, its used on minor wounds,"] he explained to her gently. The priest leaned back a little, she seemed so excited to learn something new and helpful. Magic wasn't a cure-all in this place, as she had already expected, and those with medical knowledge were hard to come by; Jeremy and the Kato were the only ones who had a general understanding of how to treat people medically. He picked his tea up, taking other drink, and simply held the warm cup in his hands afterwards.

[+green "This one is used topically but some can be ingested. They're made with an herb-to-alcohol ratio and need to sit for a while. You can make many things with herbs for both ingestion and topical. In fact I make quite a few remedies for Oliver with lavender when he needs to relax or fall asleep. In fact, he's in need of another warming pillow, would you like to help me make it for him? I can show you how I use lavender in it."]
  Oliver Jeffreys / SolemnYuki / 1d 14h 44m 37s
Her eyes light up upon being offered to learn something new. [+red "Yes please! That would be so nice of you. Can you tell me what a tincture is? Its it like a salve or a cream? How do you make it?"]
  Lilli Crozzeria / KathyCross / 1d 15h 1m 51s
[h3 +]
Oliver's form curled up a little more when he was placed on Jeremy's bed, gripping the blanket after and burying into the pillows. The priest knew he would be out for a little while longer yet as he had observed his friend's behavior for some time. He guessed may two to three hours and he would join them in the waking world.

He glanced over at Lilli when she approached through a veil of black, the long hair having fallen over his shoulder and constricted his gaze a little. Healing was a helpful skill to have, especially in this age, and he considered those to have it very lucky. He wasn't born in that skill set, having instead been graced with older magic and excellent defensive skills.

[+green "I know this because I'm fifty two years old and have been looking at it since I was a toddler,"] he told her with his usual gentle tone and smile. Shamanics aged much differently then the others around them, a typical lifespan lasting a couple hundred years. He may sound old by their standards but by his own he was still quite young. Jeremy set the cup aside to allow the herbs to steep and then sat down on the edge of the desk. Small, clear jars sat against the far edge in a neat line while another row was just above that on a shelf, a couple symbols drawn on the surface to easily identify what it was.

[+green "My mother was an herbalist; she could make a cure for anything,"] he explained to her, his eyes shining faintly with memory. Unlike Oliver, he got along well with his parents and he missed them every day. [+green "She taught me everything I know. Right now I'm making a pain relieving tea, the herbs I'm using are butterbur, peppermint, and ginger; these each are used to treat headaches. If this doesn't work, I have a prepared tincture that will be the next step. I can always teach you some, if you like, and I have a couple of books that you can read."]
  Oliver Jeffreys / SolemnYuki / 1d 17h 26m 39s
She nods quietly as he speaks, her gaze pensive. Sighing softly she puts Oliver back on the bed, a soft sigh escaping her lips. Covering him with a blanket she walks over to where Jeremy was making his remedy. She watches him work, her gaze full of curiosity. [+red "Can you explain what you're doing? I've never used herbs as a healing agent, mostly due to my ability. I am curious though. How do you know what's what, what it does?']
  Lilli Crozzeria / KathyCross / 1d 21h 33m 20s
[h3 +]
The slender form leaned against the wall, a hand raising to run through his bangs. His head still ached from the grip she had on his hair and imagined it would for a while, though he felt lucky she didn't rip it out. It could have been much worse, he knew that from experience. His body knew it as well, having already scarred over in places that had seen the Queen's wrath.

He looked over as Lilli emerged from the closet, holding a sleeping Oliver close to her. Jeremy was glad he was still unconscious as he needed the rest to recover from his own fight with the queen and the energy he had lost in the process.

[+green "She can't go just yet,"] Jeremy responded softly. His words seemed asinine and contradictory to their lives, but she still had a purpose for now. [+green "Take into consideration the things you've witnessed in only twenty-four hours here. You have a King who, by definition, is the ruler but not here. Included is a dead heir to the throne and a prince who has proven his worth in battle. Oliver could take her out at any moment he chose and she wouldn't be quick enough to stop it. So why doesn't he? Because we still need her."]

He reached up a bit, pulling the bow out of the end of his braid and letting it slowly unravel until his hair tumbled freely down his back. Having some of the pressure released helped the pain a bit but he imagined he may need something a bit stronger. Luckily he was pretty skilled in remedies.

[+green "Oliver had asked me a few years ago if I was capable of destroying her,"] he began softly. Jeremy moved over to his desk, heating up a pot of water with his magic then mixed together some herbs for a tea. [+green "I'm not above it, my hands are as dirty as the soldiers when it comes to lost lives, but I told him the same thing then. There is a bigger picture to consider, at least for the time being. Rituals and traditions are very important here, as are upholding images, which means sacred items that only she and the king have access to must be passed down to their heirs. Also, if she suddenly dies when a war isn't occurring on her field, then things look suspicious. Successors to the throne are always looked to and blamed first for obvious reasons. I know she's a threat but she can't go just yet. We have to hold on just a little bit longer."]
  Oliver Jeffreys / SolemnYuki / 2d 13h 21m 24s
Lilli had kept her her head down during the altercation, her ears pressed tightly to her head. Irial quietly follows behind the queen, growls sounding his throat. He waits until she is back in her private chamber before striking. His claws rake down her torso and his fangs sink into her shoulder. Although the damage could not be seen physically, she would feel them. Growling louder he clamps down on her throat, making sure to damage her vocal cords. Mentally he send his voice into her head, [+blue "watch yourself cruel one. You may not believe in my kind, but we certainly believe in you. One more misstep, and your life is over."] Thus saying he vanishes from the room, leaving the queen to her pain. To anyone else she would seem fine, no one would be able to ease her pain, such was the retribution of a spirit.

Quietly, Lilli steps out of the closet, still holding Oliver close. [+red "We cannot stay here Jeremy. She will kill us one day."] She glances over as Irial renters the room. [+blue "She will not bother anyone for a while. I have taken the first step of my retribution. Should she act out again, I will end her. She is a threat to you, as we've seen, and I shall no longer hesitate in using all of my powers to protect you."] Sighing softly she explains to Jeremy what was just said.
  Lilli Crozzeria / KathyCross / 2d 13h 40m 38s
[h3 +]
Jeremy slowly exhaled as she made her way in, bright eyes looking around the room before landing on him. He rolled his shoulders lightly, turning around in the chair after closing the book to give her his attention. He could tell by her eyes that she was angry and, this time, she knew exactly who to direct that anger at.

[+blue "I'm surprised to see you alone,"] she mused softly, arms resting themselves behind her back. Jeremy kept his face neutral as not to give anything away, obviously having years of practice at this. [+blue "My son is missing and so is the girl. If no one can find them then they're always with you, especially my misguided son. Where are they?"]

The male shrugged his shoulders lightly, watching her calmly. [+green "I wouldn't know. I haven't seen Oliver since this morning and Lilli since last night. I'm sure they could be anywhere by now."]

This answer seemed to anger her, one of Sylvia's hands shooting out and wrapping tightly around the long braid. She yanked it forward, causing a yelp to escape from the priest and force him down to a knee. This matched her height more, Sylvia able to look down on him from a few inches. [+blue "I know you're lying to me; you took it upon yourself to enter forbidden sections of the castle to let her out! I should have your head for this!"]

Jeremy knew better than to fight her, remaining down, and averted his gaze. He knew she wouldn't kill him but she'd get as close as she possibly could. It was the same reason she wouldn't kill Lilli or Oliver: they were valuable. That fact wouldn't stop her from getting as close to that line as she was able to, however. The sharp yelp from Jeremy caused Oliver to stir a bit, a quiet groan falling from his chest and his form curling up a little.

The priest's moment of silence seemed to upset her a bit more, obviously used to the retorts from her child, and yanked harder on his hair and causing another soft shriek to sound into the room. His hand raised to wrap around hers, trying to lessen some of the pressure from his head but it wasn't much use. His ranking wouldn't allow him to fight back, not on her territory.

[+blue "The next time you interfere with my matters, I'll end you,"] she hissed at him. Jeremy's eyes shut tightly as she pulled again, his head beginning to ache. She suddenly let him go, watching as he fell backwards and the side of his head collided with his desk and a small trickle of blood dripped down his temple. [+blue "I mean it. If you don't believe me, I dare you to try. This isn't over."]

She stormed out of the room, Jeremy waiting until she disappeared to slowly pull himself up and remove his glasses. He pulled out a handkerchief, dabbing at the cut until it stopped bleeding, then carefully replaced his glasses. It wasn't a serious injury, the threat having already passed, and he knew he would be just fine.

For now.

[+green "Is he still asleep?"] he asked Lilli quietly, reaching out and gently closing the open book on his chest. He imagined by the silence of the male that he already knew the answer.
  Oliver Jeffreys / SolemnYuki / 2d 13h 54m 16s
She holds Oliver close to her, her heart being rapidly as they hide in the closet. Mentally she has Irial stay beside Jeremy. She wouldn't have him hurt for helping her. Irial watches as the queen and her two cohorts enter. Quietly, he uses a bit of his own power to make it seem like the closet was unimportant and that any spell used to identify anyone in the room, would simply show that the priest was in here. He Hope's for everyone's sake, that should the queen choose to punish him, that Lilli remains hidden with Oliver.

The minute the queen walks in, Lilli buries her face in Oliver's hair, her petite form trembling faintly. At this moment she was glad that Oliver was in a deep sleep. She was certain that had he been awake, he would rush out to protect Jeremy.
  Lilli Crozzeria / KathyCross / 2d 14h 13m 27s
[h3 +]
The priest cast her a long glance over his shoulder, noting the concern in her voice. He had been caught a few times doing things the Queen disapproved of and, as they all knew, she handed out some pretty harsh punishments. Even though almost a month had passed since his time in the small room, he still remembered it vividly as if it had just happened yesterday. It wasn't even located in the castle, the rooms used to house prisoners about a half-mile walk away. There was no circulating air in the building which meant that it grew blistering hot in the summertime and unbearably cold in the winter. He remembered watching the person in the cell across from his own begin to freeze and, when they finally did, being carried out by two soldiers. It wasn't an experience for the feint of heart and, luckily, she didn't use it very often.

She had plenty of other things to try first.

[+green "No, it wasn't for last night; I'm being punished for that and I've made my peace with it,"] he told her softly, turning back around to begin his work again. He felt most of the punishments that were doled out to him were lighter than what Oliver would receive and he found it hard to understand. Was it because she disliked her own son so much or because she was scared of the most advanced magical being in her court? [+green "It was nearly a month ago; I don't ever plan on returning there."]

He kept his hands moving as the silence spread over the two, keeping focused on his work until Lilli spoke again. His head picked up a bit and he looked back at her, seeing her struggling to wake the sleeping Oliver. [+green "No doubt she's discovered you're missing from the box and she's on her way here to give me hell,"] he told her softly, making his way over to the bed. In reality, he was the only one who could have freed the kitsune and the queen was aware of it. Oliver didn't seem to be responding to either of them, Jeremy biting his lip as he tried to think quickly. Having them leave the room would be tricky as they would run into Sylvia, seeing Oliver asleep in the middle of the morning. Quickly he helped Lilli to stand, picking up Oliver after and moving quickly to the far side of the large room. Holding him against his chest with one arm, his other hand opened the large closet doors and carefully set him inside. He motioned for Lilli to join him, the priest shutting them quickly, but quietly, and ran back to his desk as if nothing were out of the ordinary. No sooner did he turn the page in one of his books did a loud knock sound at the door and it soon to open afterwards.
  Oliver Jeffreys / SolemnYuki / 2d 14h 21m 41s
She flashes him a concerned gaze before looking to Irial. Irial simply nods his head and goes to sit outside the door. [+red "What do you mean again? You were punished yesterday? Is that why you were so drained after having Emilio help us?"] She talked softly so as not to wake Oliver, but the concern was evident in her tone.

For nearly a half an hour she remains silent, nearly nodding off herself before Irial reappears, his gaze urgent. [+red "Oh dear. We need to get out of here. Irial says the queen and some people in armor are heading this way."] Quickly she shakes Oliver's shoulder, her heart pounding in her chest.
  Lilli Crozzeria / KathyCross / 2d 14h 39m 41s
[h3 +]
Oliver curled his legs up a bit, keeping the blanket pulled around his frame. He had never had a song sung to him like this, not even when he was a child. Was this a normal thing that girls did? It was pretty soothing, he had to admit, and seemed to make him forget about what time of day it was or why he was trying to stay awake. It almost made him feel like it was okay to sleep and, after a few seconds, he allowed himself that privilege. He fell into a deep sleep rather quickly, turning his head to hide his face into her leg as he kept the blanket tight. Once he was comfortable, the only movements he made were the steady rise and fall of his chest as he breathed.

[+green "He can be quite the bullheaded being,"] Jeremy murmured quietly, doing some of his work in near silence. [+green "It would be much appreciated if your guardian would keep an ear out for anyone who may be approaching and could get us all into trouble. I'd rather not spend another night in the hold again."]
  Oliver Jeffreys / SolemnYuki / 2d 14h 49m 2s
Lilli sits by his head and gently starts to card her fingers through his hair. Her mother used to do this for her when she was tired but was reluctant to sleep. Smiling sadly she starts to hum a song that usually worked in putting her to sleep. Soon her voice sounds in the apartment as she softly sings.

[+red Loo-li, loo-li, loo-li, lai-lay
Loo-li, loo-li, loo-li lai-lay

Lay down your head and I'll sing you a lullaby
Back to the years of loo-li lai-lay
And I'll sing you to sleep and I'll sing you tomorrow
Bless you with love for the road that you go

May you sail far to the far fields of fortune
With diamonds and pearls at your head and your feet
And may you need never to banish misfortune
May you find kindness in all that you meet

May there always be angels to watch over you
To guide you each step of the way
To guard you and keep you safe from all harm
Loo-li, loo-li, lai-lay

May you bring love and may you bring happiness
Be loved in return to the end of your days
Now fall off to sleep, I'm not meaning to keep you
I'll just sit for a while and sing loo-li, lai-lay

May there always be angels to watch over you
To guide you each step of the way
To guard you and keep you safe from all harm
Loo-li, loo-li, lai-lay, loo-li, loo-li, lai-lay

Loo-li, loo-li, loo-li, lai-lay
Loo-li, loo-li, loo-li lai-lay
Loo-li, loo-li, loo-li lai-lay
Loo-li, loo-li, loo-li lai-lay
Loo-li, lai-lay]
  Lilli Crozzeria / KathyCross / 2d 14h 58m 14s
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