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[Center -A few hours later-]

Cassius heard a knock against the metal and stood up, he moved towards the door and opened it spotting Phoenyx immediately and smiling at the scent of food. [#86fc55 "Hey you didn't have to do this, thanks. Come in. He's asleep."] He stepped aside allowing Phoenyx to step into Jace's apartment. He shut the metal door after making sure the coast was clear; hearing the lock click he moved back to where Jace was asleep on his bed, [#86fc55 "God I'm sorry you have to see him like this, he doesn't drink all that often but when he does this is the usual result. I mean... this is probably the first time since Emmy's death three and a bit years ago."]

Cassius watched as Jace moved in his sleep, his lips moving but no sound was made; [#86fc55 "Look I'm starving so whatever it is you've brought. I'll eat it. I checked Jace's fridge properly and it's fully stocked; except I can't cook and he'd go livid if I decided to mess with his ingredients. He tends to cook in his spare time."] he sat at one of the wooden chairs that rested by the antique wooden table, opening up each of the containers and sighing.

Dauntless food was probably the most varied out of all the diets within the factions, it was also the most protein heavy, Cassius had known that for each of the factions they emphasised eating a specific diet, here in Dauntless chocolate cake was considered the guilty food; most of the time they ate relatively tasty foods packed with all the things they needed to maintain muscle.

He had heard from Jace that the Erudite were very fond of seafood and had somehow coaxed the Amity into limiting seafood for the rest of the factions allowing them to feast on whatever was caught. Amity with it's whole kind and peace stick were relatively vegetarian or vegan... Emmy had told him that in Candor they ate a lot of alcohol laced foods, white meat and delicate 'lab-engineered' produce. That left abnegation. [#86fc55 "If you don't mind me asking, what did you eat back in your old faction. I know about the others but I've never had the chance to ask. I mean with the whole selfless thing, the food mustn't be very good right?"]

As he spoke he noticed that Jace out of the corner of his eyes had woken up, his eyes bloodshot [#86fc55 "Look whose awake. Hey, we have food. You good or you going to lie there."] [#a1e0fc "Whose we?"] [#86fc55 "Nyx and I. She was nice enough to get us food."] [#a1e0fc "Thanks. Not hungry."] the other male got up and walked absently to his wardrobe where he pulled out a pair of grey tracksuit pants before disappearing into the connecting bathroom. [#86fc55 "Lucky son of a bitch, has the best bathroom in all of Dauntless. The showers. Are heavenly."]

Jace shut the door of the bathroom hearing the last of Cassius comment, he turned the lights on and flinched as the white light showered him; he cringed and turned the knobs dimming the lights allowing for him to face the mirror, stripping down till he was a nude as the day he was born; he examined himself and the tattoos. He then walked towards the shower and turned the water on; full blast and scolding hot. Once the water was sufficiently scolding he stepped in and shut the glass door and stood under the water for what could have been an eternity.

[Right [Pic https://i.imgur.com/11UzyEc.jpg]]


[#86fc55 "That bastard has always been a fan of long showers. Apparently back in Erudite he rewired the entire water system just so he could have hot showers. I mean he's a genius by any means but man does he annoy the rest of Dauntless with his hot showers when the rest of us have to settle for lukewarm. Guess that's what you get for being smart, rich and handsome."] Cassius stabbed at one of the steaks that Phoenyx had provided. [#86fc55 "So tell me little red. What sparked your attraction towards him?"]
  Dauntless&Erudite / BrokenScroll / 90d 14h 50m 53s
[#86fc55 "I'll admit it's one ugly fucking bruise, but the ink itself has had enough time to settle that the tattoo as a whole won't be affected, But if you're worried about it. I have something for that unless Jace used some of that magic bruise stuff his sister sends every now and then?"] Looking at him she sighed, [+firebrick "That's good, and he did use the Magic sab."]


[#86fc55 "No need to apologise for ranting. From the smell of you, and from the looks of you. Jace did what Jace does best. Helped you out and then kicked you to the curb. He had a hard time opening up and actually 'feeling' if you know what I mean."] She heard the popping of knuckles, causing her sit up slightly as she nodded in understanding. [#86fc55 "Seeing all of these bruises, I suggest after this you go straight to the medical area. You might have seen it on your way here. Speak to a girl named Snow. Tell her I sent you. She'll let you have an ice bath to help your muscles and might even given you a proper heat pack and some painkillers so you don't feel like a fucking newborn tomorrow unable to defend yourself. We're doing knives tomorrow and it is usually the third most fun thing asides the upcoming excursion. Which Jace will tell you about in the morning."] Again she simply nodded, making note of the name she was given. [#86fc55 "Jace has been through a lot, the girl we were talking about. Well actually there's two of them. Emmy or Emmanuelle was his girlfriend back when we were initiates. She was murdered by some of the others before the final days. Sent Jace into a tailspin. Then there was Tati, you might remember we mentioned her yesterday. Tati was Emmy's younger sister. His last connection to his ex. He's someone who has a big heart."] Ruffling her own red locks Nyx nods, [+firebrick "I can tell that much about him."]


[#86fc55 "Just has been trampled on too much for him to even care now, it's a shame really. You remind him of Emmy most. Because of your spirit. She was a Candor you see, but she was an excellent liar. Turns out that girl."] Cassius laughed. [#86fc55 "She got away for the last six years of her time at Candor lying through her teeth. They used serum on her sure but she just knew how to lie and that pissed them all off. When she got here; immediate target on her back because of how scary good of a quick study she was. Man you should have seen her kick Jace to the curb. Never seen the guy so bruised."] A slight smile teased her lips at the thought of Jace getting his ads kicked. 


Dark blue eyes watched and listened to the sounds of the radio before preparing to leave at Cassius's reaction. [#86fc55 "Look I would love to chat more but Jace needs me. The idiot has gone and drunk himself stupid. Go see Snow and if you really need to find me just head towards his apartment. I'll be there till fucking god knows trying to coax him out of drinking himself to death."] She walked to the curtain before responding, [+firebrick "I head over yo her first, then stop by Jace's with food. I did interrupt your breakfast,"] she said, mask falling back into place as she headed off, changing clothes first in the dorms before heading to the medical area. [+firebrick "Snow?"]


[center ~A few hours later~] 


Phoenyx had finished the treatment, feeling much better afterward. And since she didn't really have friends or plan to make any she grabbed the food as she told Cassius should, heading to Jace's. She had also tracked down hangover meds too, though she'd leave those quietly on Jac's nightstand for the next morning.

(Goodnight)
  Phoenyx / Lynn8818 / 90d 22h 32m 1s
Cassius listened to Phoenyx taking in every word she said, he didn't mind that she was ranting over his best mate. Jace was hard to swallow at the best of times with how jarring of a person he could be. He decided first to inspect the tattoo that she had come to get last night, he knew it had been hit by the bastard who was rightfully dead. He pushed his stool closer and turned on his lamp, the white light casting a shadow over his figure as he examined the bruised flesh. [#86fc55 "I'll admit it's one ugly fucking bruise, but the ink itself has had enough time to settle that the tattoo as a whole won't be affected, But if you're worried about it. I have something for that unless Jace used some of that magic bruise stuff his sister sends every now and then?"]

Cassius figured that she did for her skin had a soft glow, an almost scientific sheen to it, and her skin also smelt like she had been inside Jace's apartment, smoke and all. [#86fc55 "No need to apologise for ranting. From the smell of you, and from the looks of you. Jace did what Jace does best. Helped you out and then kicked you to the curb. He had a hard time opening up and actually 'feeling' if you know what I mean."] he sat back and cracked his knuckles feeling an almost inexplicable sensation of relief.

[#86fc55 "Seeing all of these bruises, I suggest after this you go straight to the medical area. You might have seen it on your way here. Speak to a girl named Snow. Tell her I sent you. She'll let you have an ice bath to help your muscles and might even given you a proper heat pack and some painkillers so you don't feel like a fucking newborn tomorrow unable to defend yourself. We're doing knives tomorrow and it is usually the third most fun thing asides the upcoming excursion. Which Jace will tell you about in the morning."]

He then decided it'd be best to tell her about everything before Jace had to do it [#86fc55 "Jace has been through a lot, the girl we were talking about. Well actually there's two of them. Emmy or Emmanuelle was his girlfriend back when we were initiates. She was murdered by some of the others before the final days. Sent Jace into a tailspin. Then there was Tati, you might remember we mentioned her yesterday. Tati was Emmy's younger sister. His last connection to his ex. He's someone who has a big heart."]

He took a breath [#86fc55 "Just has been trampled on too much for him to even care now, it's a shame really. You remind him of Emmy most. Because of your spirit. She was a Candor you see, but she was an excellent liar. Turns out that girl."] he laughed remembering what Emmy had told him on their first night as friends [#86fc55 "She got away for the last six years of her time at Candor lying through her teeth. They used serum on her sure but she just knew how to lie and that pissed them all off. When she got here; immediate target on her back because of how scary good of a quick study she was. Man you should have seen her kick Jace to the curb. Never seen the guy so bruised."]

He felt his own radio buzz in his pocket, taking it out he could feel the sensations of the beeps he internally swore [#86fc55 "Look I would love to chat more but Jace needs me. The idiot has gone and drunk himself stupid. Go see Snow and if you really need to find me just head towards his apartment. I'll be there till fucking god knows trying to coax him out of drinking himself to death."]
  Dauntless&Erudite / BrokenScroll / 90d 23h 13m 7s
[#86fc55 "I can do that for you little red.] Dark blue eyes watched Sasha leave before she settled back in the chair. [#86fc55 "God I feel like when she's around, I have a fucking axe up my ass. She's too snobbish, I only pretend to be nice because otherwise Jace will give me hell for pissing his sister off."] Phoenyx seemed to come out of her shell as soon as she and Cassius were alone, smiling slightly at his words. [+firebrick "I had to put up with her as a teacher. It was clear she wanted me to remain in Abnegation,"] she sneered before plopping back into the tattooing chair. But she paused while observing C putting away his folio, when he paused.


 


[#86fc55 "Now that miss snob is out of here, what has brought you to me asides the piece you are looking to get?"] [#86fc55 "Or perhaps you are interested to know more about Jace seeing as the man is a bit hard to get to know, personal history and all."] Phoenyx sighed again running her fingers through her hair, face showing her emotions for once. [+firebrick "I came to make sure my tattoo would turn out fine after the fight, but I would like to know more about Jace too. He's confusing, he's always pulling this hot and cold crap. It's worse because he is both hot and someone I looked up to for years now."] She groans while settling down, pointing to the base of her chest, where a necklace would set above her boobs for the spot the tattoo would go.


 Thinking about it she decided to explain what happened with Cassius. [+firebrick "When we met he was nothing but stone, which is fine, but then when I was alone in the mess hall yesterday he sat by me and acted a little nice before shutting down again. But today was worse. He brought me to his place to patch me up. Fine, instructor stuff. But he kept looking at me, weith [b that] look in his eyes. Even massaging my muscles. Who does that before just becoming grumpy and saying not to always expect it. Like I asked?"] She clearly had needed to ra nt, having never been able to before. But she sighed quietly. [+firebrick "sorry,"] she apologies for her outburst.
  Phoenyx / Lynn8818 / 91d 6m 32s
[#86fc55 "I can do that for you little red."] He seemed to realise the correlation between her piece and Jace's piece but said nothing, Sasha soon placed the piece of paper down thanked Cassius silently before leaving, he left out a sigh of relief once the curtain was back where it was a moment ago [#86fc55 "God I feel like when she's around, I have a fucking axe up my ass. She's too snobbish, I only pretend to be nice because otherwise Jace will give me hell for pissing his sister off."]

He placed each of the pieces back into the folio; before tying the folder back and placing it back inside his shelf of works, as he did so he knocked one of the folios and a picture fell out, he noticed and picked it up. On the picture well polaroid was Jace, Emmy and himself on one of the initiation field trips. He shut his eyes and thought for a moment.


[Center -Flashback-]

-Jace POV-

The alarms blared louder than anything he had ever heard; he had woken up nearly tripped out of bed forgetting for the hundredth time that he slept in a sleeping bag, he looked around in the dark everyone was awake and getting out wondering what on earth was going on; the only one missing was Emmy. He opened his mouth to speak but was unable to as their instructor a female by the name of Claudia ran into the room with tears streaming down her eyes, though she tried to wipe them away. [#86fc55 "What's going on?"] Jace turned to Cassius who was the first to speak amongst the initiates. Jace's heart began to pound like a jackhammer. Emmy had to be alright? Right? She had gone to bed next to him smiling and they had joked that they'd fight each other the next morning for an entire cake. But she was nowhere to be seen. He clenched his fists waiting to hear what their instructor had to say. Instead Claudia told them to follow her so they did.

The Dauntless underground was a cold and hostile place, especially after midnight when the lights that normally lit the cavernous underground was nothing but pitch black, it was easy to see how someone could trip and fall to their death; you had to be experienced or just very lucky to make your way around the compound without dying. Claudia led them to the very spot so infamous for the death of initiates and experienced members. Jace saw her body first. Emmy was lying there her eyes open and her form crumpled. With a single gunshot to the head. Someone had killed her; or perhaps even worse she had killed herself and taken the plunge... thus erasing the location of the gun's whereabouts. He stepped forward almost in disbelief bu was held back by Cassius [#86fc55 "Breathe mate. You need to breathe."]

It was only a day later that they found out what had happened and who had been responsible for the death of Emmanuelle. Four initiates all Dauntless born had been found guilty of assaulting, shooting and then pushing her body off and into the cavern thinking that she would not be found. The four were lined up and asked to explain their reasoning; to which there was none. Everyone at that point had known well and truly that Jace and Emmy were dating and that they were incredibly close... Emmy was supposed to be rank number one asides Silvia and himself. Silvia had found the gun they had used to kill the young Candor born initiate.

No one held Jace back when he killed them, no one held back when he was presented the revolver he now kept on him, no one stopped him as he burnt their bodies into nothing but dust. Jace wasn't the same after that and everyone knew it, It had scared Cassius at first watching his friend become so cold and cruel; as if his humanity has been switched off.

Eventually Jace buried Emmy's body where the other warriors of Dauntless were kept, she had no family back in candor having been disowned for her betrayal. It was there Jace thought up the ring system, and it was there Emmy became the first and only permanent honorary member of the Sharps. That was the only time Cassius had ever seen Jace cry. It was the last time Jace ever cried too. He was sick of being human so he became a legend.

[Center -End of Flashback-]

[#86fc55 "Now that miss snob is out of here, what has brought you to me asides the piece you are looking to get?"] he tucked the picture back in the folio [#86fc55 "Or perhaps you are interested to know more about Jace seeing as the man is a bit hard to get to know, personal history and all."]

[Center -Meanwhile-]

It had barely taken thirty minutes but Jace had, had enough of the Erudite hanging around that he ordered them back to their faction before he lost his cool, by the time he had said goodbye to his aunt and his adopted sister he was in no mood to be around anyone and thus went and got very drunk. He didn't stop by to see Cassius nor did he bother to go into his office he just drunk himself stupid inside his apartment,
  Dauntless&Erudite / BrokenScroll / 91d 28m 6s
Phoenyx walked in and noticed Cassius suddenly stop eating cereal, causing her lip to twitch in amusement. [#86fc55 "Can a man not eat his cereal in peace? You both look like you've seen the devil."] Watching him clean up his food Nyx couldn't help the guilt she rarely felg well up inside, after all Cassius was already her favorite person. [+firebrick "You coulda kept eaten C,"] she comments bluntly before he speaks again. [#86fc55 "What can I do for you little red. Ash."] Nyx finally looked over at the girl beside her, her old teacher, and the girl from the photo in Jace's apartment. [#86fc55 "Do you know her Ash?"][+pink "Eveleen. She's a former student of mine."] [#86fc55 "Don't know who that is, you might have gotten her confused. This is Phoenyx. Our best initiate thus far. What are you doing here anyway?"] [+pink "I don't think I can say."] There were a few times the redhead would've cut in but just decided to remain quiet observing as usual. 


Then Cassius shut the curtain and Phoenyx sat in the chair to get comfortable whilst the conversation became more interesting. [#86fc55 "If you're here to tittle tat about your younger brother, he's fine. He's gotten over Emmy. Took him forever I'll admit but he's ok. I mean little red here reminds him of Emmy a lot but it's alright. He's moved on. The man's changed."] [i [+firebrick So thats why he acts nice sometimes, I look like an ex of his. But at least I know Sasha isn't competition.]] Nyx thinks feeling her heart both be relieved of pressure and hurt again. [+pink "I wasn't here for that."] [#86fc55 "Course you are. Anything Jace related faction business or not is your business. You worry too much for an Erudite."]


Hearing the awkward laugh Nyx focused on Sasha, face blank per-usual. [+pink "He's my adopted brother... his family took me in when my family died during the great fever, I have every reason to care about him considering the mess he gets into."] The redhead nodded to show understandin a slight smirk at the idea of Jace still being single as far as she knew.[#86fc55 "And this is why you are an Amity more than a Nose, you should return to your home faction. I am sure they won't mind."]


[#86fc55 "You ok? I heard your score, amazing. I mean I entered the scores and you were given the score I thought best suited you. I understand that the others may not understand considering what happened this morning but Jace would agree. What you did, no one else in that pansy group would have done."] Nyx looked at Cassius sitting up and propping her chin on her arm on her knee. [+firebrick "I'm good. The only annoyance would be the target on my back now."] But she seemed pretty unfazed by that fact shrugging, though her eyes observantly followed Cassius.


[#86fc55 " You know after this morning I thought about something, there's a piece of mine that I think would suit you well but I just thought to let you see, seems you like the whole fire idea. Whilst I love your namesake on your body I think..."] Curiosity got to her as she got up and went to survey the portfolio of designs once Cassius found it. [#86fc55 "Take a look little red. Tell me which one you'd like on the house. Normally by now you'd be paying part of your monthly salary that you get as a Dauntless. But I like you a lot and think you as a canvas is something I would be proud of."] The girl gave him as slight smile before looking over the designs before Sasha picked one up. [+pink "This is on Jace."][#86fc55 "Yes, actually first piece he ever got done. Right on his shoulder"] 


Phoenyx looked at it, before looking for something that would compliment it to get. Finding it she picked it up. [https://pin.it/71nZhNG complimenting flame] She held it out to Cassius. [#86fc55 "The guy is always wanting more tattoos though recently he's been covering himself in black lines, he's got three thus far and supposedly they're meant to be the foundation for a bigger piece."] That gave Nyx an idea. [+firebrick "That gives me an idea. If I came up with a design, would you do it. Of course, I'll pay you once I officially become Dauntless."] She said facing C as she was thinking where to put the one she was getting to go with Jace's. [https://pin.it/3RCJOpx her idea but the big ones being Erudite and Candor, then Abnegation and Amity being small]
  Phoenyx / Lynn8818 / 91d 1h 10m 2s
Cassius had been eating his breakfast when not one, but two females burst into his studio. He put his spoon down swallowing his bite of cereal and sighed at the two who he recognised immediately. [#86fc55 "Can a man not eat his cereal in peace? You both look like you've seen the devil."] as he wiped his mouth and cleaned up the remainder of his food. He took a deep breath. [#86fc55 "What can I do for you little red. Ash."] only now did the two females look at each other; and the reaction of the blonde female made him chuckle [#86fc55 "Do you know her Ash?"] [#fca1ef "Eveleen. She's a former student of mine."] [#86fc55 "Don't know who that is, you might have gotten her confused. This is Phoenyx. Our best initiate thus far. What are you doing here anyway?"] [#fca1ef "I don't think I can say."] the blonde female bit her lip.

Cassius sighed, the brawny male clapped his hands together before moving between the two to close the curtain. [#86fc55 "If you're here to tittle tat about your younger brother, he's fine. He's gotten over Emmy. Took him forever I'll admit but he's ok. I mean little red here reminds him of Emmy a lot but it's alright. He's moved on. The man's changed."] [#fca1ef "I wasn't here for that."] [#86fc55 "Course you are. Anything Jace related faction business or not is your business. You worry too much for an Erudite."]

Sasha laughed awkwardly, she didn't know what to say or do considering Cassius had just spilt the beans on a lot of things including the fact that the most eligible bachelor in all of Dauntless was her younger brother; she decided to clear up the confusion. [#fca1ef "He's my adopted brother... his family took me in when my family died during the great fever, I have every reason to care about him considering the mess he gets into."] [#86fc55 "And this is why you are an Amity more than a Nose, you should return to your home faction. I am sure they won't mind."] Sasha shook her head at the mere thought of returning to the faction that had thrown her out when she was comatose and sickly.

Cassius finally focused on Nyx. [#86fc55 "You ok? I heard your score, amazing. I mean I entered the scores and you were given the score I thought best suited you. I understand that the others may not understand considering what happened this morning but Jace would agree. What you did, no one else in that pansy group would have done."] he then went to his book shelf and started looking through his sketchbooks. [#86fc55 "You know after this morning I thought about something, there's a piece of mine that I think would suit you well but I just thought to let you see, seems you like the whole fire idea. Whilst I love your namesake on your body I think..."] once he settled on the correct folio he took it out, clearing his desk -somewhat, he placed the brown folio onto the desk, untying the string and opening the covers to reveal pages and pages of parchment with sketches; both black and white others with vivid colours.

There were creatures, flowers... anything under the sun really but what seemed to be the most significant part of these pieces was the allude to fire, the sun, autumn, things that were hot, or glowing with warmth. Sasha found herself unable to keep her swoons of admiration in. [#86fc55 "Take a look little red. Tell me which one you'd like on the house. Normally by now you'd be paying part of your monthly salary that you get as a Dauntless. But I like you a lot and think you as a canvas is something I would be proud of."]

Sasha picked up one of the pieces it looked vaguely familiar. [#fca1ef "This is on Jace."] [#86fc55 "Yes, actually first piece he ever got done. Right on his shoulder"] Cassius pointed to the area on his own back that the tattoo in question had been done. [https://t3.ftcdn.net/jpg/00/76/08/78/240_F_76087883_XtMTKafabZZkPsF4cDPVME7H4VaLPDkn.jpg image of tattoo]
Sasha smiled at the sight; she had always found Jace's collection of tattoos to be the most peculiar of collections. [#86fc55 "The guy is always wanting more tattoos though recently he's been covering himself in black lines, he's got three thus far and supposedly they're meant to be the foundation for a bigger piece."]
  Dauntless&Erudite / BrokenScroll / 91d 2h 1m 56s
Nyx wanted to groan at the guys response, entirely ignoring it was worse to her then rejection cause it left her with hope. [#a1e0fc "First day scores are in. You might want to go check what score you managed to get. You can take the rest of the jar with you. I don't need it."] With a sigh she stood up, holding onto the jar as she headed for the door quietly letting her mask return. [#a1e0fc "I won't be this nice always, this was a once off. The next time you get beaten up I won't be helping you with your bruises got it?"] Without turning around, she opened she door, [+firebrick "I didn't and don't expect you to, Sir… And I don't need someone to stand up for me,"] she said, colder toured him then before. 


She left the room swiftly,  heading toured the mess hall she hurried to see the scores. Catching in just in time, still in shorts and sports bra, small jar in hand. Running a hand through her hair she relaxed some, she was good, though being at the top would cause her to be a target. After standing in line to get food for a short while she grew tired of the glares and whispering, even the lustful looks. Passing on the food she instead dropped the sab off at her dorm and decided to visit Cassius, maybe he didn't hate her.


With a blank expression and cold aura Phoenyx headed for the tattoo parlor to look for Cassius. As she walked she noticed as blonde and blue moved by her, Erudite. Without showing any sign she became nervous, why were they there, how many? So now she was even more focused on finding Cassius.
  Phoenyx / Lynn8818 / 91d 2h 49m 56s
Owen waited, he had gone off after he had been dismissed by Jace; he walked towards the back of the group hoping that Phoenyx was just taking her time and probably being talked over to by Jace; he waited for a time and when he finally saw Jace he thought to ask where Phoenyx was. He had wanted to make sure that she was ok but when she walked past him almost like a woman on a mission he had found himself a little embarrassed that he had bothered waiting. [#FCFF61 "Guess I'll see you later..."] he then made his way to the dining hall, he felt like a puppy that had been kicked. As he sat for the others he hoped that she would join them soon... he thought to save her a piece of chocolate cake. He had been so preoccupied with waiting for her that he himself nearly didn't hear the daily Initiate ranking report.

The system had been started by Jace and basically worked on a point basis, except in this case earning points meant you were doing terribly and normally though who ended up on the bottom had point scores of over ten... he was a harsh assessor and if anything as Owen heard the scores only Phoenyx had managed not to earn any points, he himself has earned ten for apparently being too nice... he swore at himself. It partially ate away at him that her disappearance from this morning meal had meant she had done something to her score and he dreaded to think that kind of thing would happen.

The next thing he knew he was being summoned by his older sister... this was not going to be good.

[Right [Pic https://i.imgur.com/wr7o4nu.jpg]]

[Center -Meanwhile-]

Once he was sure he was done massaging all the knots loose he stood up and cracked his wrists, he had barely heard what Phoenyx had to say but it made him smirk before a casual look of professionalism emerged again on his face, he could hear the announcement. [#a1e0fc "First day scores are in. You might want to go check what score you managed to get. You can take the rest of the jar with you. I don't need it."] he returned to his glass of whiskey and drank it straight before placing the glass down and looking out the window. [#a1e0fc "I won't be this nice always, this was a once off. The next time you get beaten up I won't be helping you with your bruises got it?"] he didn't wait for her to respond, picking up the radio he keyed in a thank you to his sister.

[Center -In Erudite-]

As soon as Sasha received the message that he was ok she sighed a huge sigh of relief, she looked up from where she sat in her office and sighed; she loved being an Erudite but sometimes she missed the freedoms and the inability to feel like the Amity who were all aloof and peaceful, hiding her radio in her pocket she took her glasses off and polished them just as their faction leader and her adopted aunt stepped through the doors. [i "Sasha. I need you to accompany me to Dauntless it's over the divergent serums we were talking about earlier at breakfast."] [#fca1ef "Of course. I'll be right behind you."] she logged out of her computer making sure it was off before picking up her portable tablet and following after her aunt.

[Center -Back at Dauntless-]

The news spread like wildfire, the fact that Erudite personal were stepping into Dauntless was something that rarely happened but when it did, it made a spectacle because the leader Jeanine always brought with her a slew of curious Erudite who would walk around asking questions, most of the Dauntless when they heard such news would shy away and go hiding within the rock walls to avoid these nosey guests. Sasha was amongst them.

Sasha as well as the other Erudite guests were greeted by Silvia, Rochelle and lastly Jace who arrived late cigarettte in hand with an air of dismissal upon his face, they had given each other a quick loving glance before he went off into the proper headquarters of the Dauntless faction to speak to their aunt in private. This gave Sasha time to go visit Cassius and to see if there was anything intel wise that was amiss in the faction. As she walked tablet in hand she nearly missed the red head walking right towards her... she had been so preoccupied that at the first sign of the colour red she uttered out the name
[#fca1ef "Emmanuelle."]

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  Dauntless&Erudite / BrokenScroll / 91d 3h 16m 18s
Phoenyx's body buzzed with energy, temporarily covering up the pain. She heard the whispers of disgust, fear, and hatred, but held her head high. Everyone was ok with cheering for the underdog, and pittying them, but they always expect mercy from those who came from the bottom. Nyx wasn't that person. Living in Abnegation she watched as people gave their everything to help others while being kicked like puppies and slandered like whores. Years of being treated that way can break a person but having a family that lies and fakes just for attention they weren't supposed to have would push that person further. 


She clicked her tongue as she watched Cassius move, she wondered if he felt the same toured her as the other initiates now, was he disgusted, did he hate her? Then the Nose's limp body was gone and Jace spoke, immediately taking all of Nyx's attention. He told them to go to breakfast and she was about to follow but felt a hand stop her. Turning she faced Jace meeting his eyes, hair not seeming as wild in her current, expressionless appearance. [#a1e0fc "How badly injured are you?"]  Her dark blue eyes finally looked over her own body since the fight ended, she mostly was covered in bruises, a few cuts but what got the worst was her tattoo, obviously the kid saw that as her weak spot. Meeting Jace's eyes again she simply shrugged. [+firebrick "Most of the blood is his,"] she said it without any sort of regret or remorse. [#a1e0fc "Come with me, if you can walk."]


 The redhead followed Jace without a word, weaving through the dark passageways of Dauntless. They stopped at a large metal door which Jace opened. Setting free the scents within. [#a1e0fc "Come in, no need to be shy. Sit on my bed."] Nyx walked in, seemingly unfazed but she was definitely taking everything in. [+firebrick [i Fuck this place smells good. This has got to be his place, it's...messy. God the things he could do to me right now.]] Her mind wondered naughtily as she sauntered over to the bed, before plopping down. She had been observing the space when Jace cleared his throat. [#a1e0fc "How are you feeling? Knowing you've killed a fellow initiate? Must feel like a rush of adrenaline."] Looking at him she relaxed, leaning back slightly on her straightened arms. [+firebrick "I feel fine, the adrenaline is blocking out the pain for now….If your wondering if I feel bad or regret what I did to him you can stop. I don't. Just like the kid yesterday. They asked for it, and it felt good getting payback,"] she shrugged assuming Jace felt the same way about her as everyone else did. Even so she hoped he didn't, that he wouldn't hate her, he was her catalyst after all, maybe he could understand.


While Jace was off in a cabinet Phoenyx looked around, looking for clues about who Jace was. [#a1e0fc "Can't say you've made any friends doing what you did. But you don't seem like the type to want friends."] She snorted quietly as a reaction, [+firebrick "Didn't expect too. After all having friends is greedy, you know."] The sapphire eyed girl mocked the old teachings she received from her parents. Of course she wasn't totally oblivious to Jace's communicating using the radio, she actually found it intriguing but temporarily shelved the questions she had about it. 


While he was receiving something from the balcony Nyx took it upon herself to snoop. While doing so she found an old photo of Jace and some girl. Suddenly a pain rose in her chest, looking at the girl, they didn't look anything alike, was she his girlfriend? Setting the photo down she looked away, instead finding a mirror, it was on the door of a closet. Standing there she looked at herself, splattered in blood, cuts and bruises littering her body,  and her hair was still up. Reaching up while staring at her reflection she let her hair fall free, flowing back to it's normal spot at the top of her shoulder blades. 


Hearing him move to come back she returned to her position on his bed. She watched him, as he applied a cream to her bruises, while on his knees, the tips of her ears red as a blush, though they where hidden amongst her hair. But when the cream was rubbed in he kept massaging, causing her cheeks to become a little tinted. [+firebrick [i God this guy is so fuckin hot. If he wasn't my instructor I swear I'd kiss those sexy lips of his, and run my hands over that body… fuck now I'm turned on.]] Now biting her inner lip she looked away from him to hide her blush. 


[#a1e0fc "You know, if you wanted my respect Phoenyx. There are other ways. But you've proven yourself."] Swallowing her nerves she let herself take a risk, leaning down to be inches away from his face she smirked. [+firebrick "Thank you sir, but I didn't do it for you."] Her words were playful and confident despite her heart racing from nerves.  If she leaned just as little closer she could kiss him, she could feel his breathe but she'd leave that up to him. For the moment she just sat there, faces inches apart, breaths mixing and her dark blue eyes looking straight into his.
  Phoenyx / Lynn8818 / 91d 13h 24m 41s
The cracking of a neck silenced the crowds, and some of them moved away stunned; others were scared. Then the voices changed to ones laced with venom; how quick humans are to change their minds once what they perceive is not what they want. Suppose they had expected that Phoenyx would fall to the nose and she would be the one dead; but instead his body was left cold and dead; the last breath of air leaving his lungs. Cassius was first to move.

Once the body was escorted away, Jace dismissed the initiates telling them to head down too breakfast if they could stomach it; he held Phoenyx back. [#a1e0fc "How badly injured are you?"] he assessed her wounds; tsking under his breath he could see all the bruises and he found himself running his hand through his hair almost in annoyance but also because he found the whole situation so frustrating. [#a1e0fc "Come with me, if you can walk."] he then walked out of the training room and towards his apartment.

By the time he walked through the halls and back to his apartment - not checking to see if she had followed him; he unlocked the heavy metal door, sliding it aside and stepping in; the apartment itself smelt like his own natural scent, sandalwood, cigarette smoke with a hint of whiskey. [#a1e0fc "Come in, no need to be shy. Sit on my bed."] he motioned towards the messy bed, he hated having to do his bed and so left it messy and the way he left it every morning; occasionally he felt the need to be neat but that was rarely ever. Once she was inside he shut his apartment locking it and turning to her.

[i [#040f6c Man I'd kiss her. What she did back there was hot... no I can't she's an initiate and under me. I cannot kiss her hell I shouldn't feel anything. Get the med supplies. Yes. Contact Sasha we might need some of the erudite bruise cream... yes definitely besides running low and Sasha can have it sent without suspicion.]] he cleared his throat. [#a1e0fc "How are you feeling? Knowing you've killed a fellow initiate? Must feel like a rush of adrenaline."]

He walked towards his alcohol cabinet and took out one of the bottles of golden-amber liquid examining the label. [#a1e0fc "Can't say you've made any friends doing what you did. But you don't seem like the type to want friends."] As he poured himself a glass, he grabbed one of the ice packs in the freezer and tossed it at Phoenyx before turning on his radio again, however choosing not to speak he keyed in the code to let Sasha know that he needed Erudite med supplies. She responded by keying something else in; thus emitting from the radio a small beeping noise.

It was only a moment later that the sounds of a drone flying by and dropping something on his balcony was heard, he didn't care if Phoenyx looked around his apartment which was one of the only large private living areas in the faction; he also didn't care that he had picture of his former life as a Erudite lying around. One included in particular Sasha and him next to each other with him wearing a birthday hat; she was hugging him.

Once he picked up the small container of cream he thanked the drone and stepped back inside the apartment. Placing the small jar on the bed, he lowered himself onto his knees. Looking at the bruise starting to emerge on her freshly tattooed area; he hissed under his breath and reached for the container; opening it he took a small amount and rubbed it against his fingers before applying it to the most visible bruises first; not caring that he was doing it without her invitation. He worked silently, once the areas were covered with a thin layer of ointment he found himself subconsciously massaging the areas; applying pressure to certain muscles to relieve them; allowing them to loosen. [#a1e0fc "You know, if you wanted my respect Phoenyx. There are other ways. But you've proven yourself."] it had been perhaps the very first time he had meant it; and he was pretty sure it was the first time he had ever referred to the initiate as her name rather than red head.
  Dauntless&Erudite / BrokenScroll / 91d 13h 54m 58s
[#a1e0fc "Remember what I said a moment ago? Fight as if your life depended on it. If he wants to be a terrible jackass then teach him a lesson."] Nyx face suddenly shifted from its normal emptiness snf contorted into a smirk and merciless eyes. She stepped on the matmat. The redhead had worn little clothing for training since she wanted full capability of movement, therefore she was in a sports bra and spandex shorts, but that also meant her tattoo was exposed as well as the bruise forming on her foot. Pulling her hair into a tight bun she looked straight at the Nose with a smirk. 


[i "This will be a single round, first person to be knocked clean out or can no longer fight taps out. We know the terms, either way I bid you both the best of luck."] [#a1e0fc "Murder is not off the limits, if sparring is boring you let me know I'll go get the knives."] Phoenyx heard the Nose's mumbling and scoffed, he wanted a gun. [#a1e0fc "Well maybe if you hadn't had bitten off more than could chew I'd let this be a gunfight. But no one here needs to be shot dead or injured with your aim."] 


[i "Do try to leave something of a body if you are going to kill him, we'd love to be able to give his family his uhh body back if that is still applicable by the end of this."] [#a1e0fc "If it were up to me I'd just throw the body off the cavern."]  Then the fight actually started the Nose moving first. He went for her tattoo again as she predicted, moving just to the side last minute, watching him stumble, she roundhouse kicked him right in the stomach with a smirk, her eyes sparkling with pleasure. He got to his feet quickly, throwing more punches, some landing. Both were definitely offensive fighters, but Phoenyx was a quick learner and seemed to have some talent. After she had gotten a good amount of hits into his face,she gave him a broken nose. At some point the boy went for her legs but her quickness had him on the ground where she quickly took the chance and pinned him, holding his wrists together under her knees and taking hold of his hair, slapping his head into the concrete, since he had slipped to the edge of the mat. Repeatedly slammed his head into the ground, blood splattering everywhere. She could hear him barely breathing as she leaned down, yanking his head back to see her, though he probably was blacking out now. [+firebrick "The only thing Stiff here is gonna be your body,"] she whispered before snapping his neck with one clean movement. 


Then she sat back, on his body, and took a deep breath. Blood was splattered on her face, and hand as she finally stood up. She walked straight up to Jace and Cassius, her face blank again.  [+firebrick "Can I get a wet rag?"] Nyx looked entirely unfazed after killing the boy, taking the bandaids from her pocket she looked at her body and nodded. [i [+firebrick I suppose I do need these.]]
  Phoenyx / Lynn8818 / 91d 22h 7m 8s
[#a1e0fc "Remember what I said a moment ago? Fight as if your life depended on it. If he wants to be a terrible jackass than teach him a lesson."] he could not have been any clearer as the group of initiates moved to circle the main mat, Cassius stood next to him his eyes were attempting to hide the worry in his frame, they had seen where the Nose had punched Nyx and for Cassius he feared that the tattoo area was too sensitive still.

It had been perhaps two hours after the initial training had started that the first proper sparring match was about to begin, he watched as the Nose still red as moments before hopped on his feet he was managing to keep up a wave of confidence considering the shit he had just been through; not including being slammed onto bare concrete. Cassius stepped forward and spoke [i "This will be a single round, first person to be knocked clean out or can no longer fight taps out. We know the terms, either way I bid you both the best of luck."] [#a1e0fc "Murder is not off the limits, if sparring is boring you let me know I'll go get the knives."] the Nose whispered under his breath, something about a gun. Jace smiled [#a1e0fc "Well maybe if you hadn't had bitten off more than could chew I'd let this be a gun fight. But no one here needs to be shot dead or injured with your aim."]

Cassius nodded his head in agreement and so the match began, both of them stood on opposing sides of the mat as the crowd of initiates quickly chose their sides, you'd think most would have sided with the Nose but instead many of them were putting their bets on Phoenyx and how rabid and angry she looked. [i "Do try to leave something of a body if you are going to kill him, we'd love to be able to give his family his uhh body back if that is still applicable by the end of this."] [#a1e0fc "If it were up to me I'd just throw the body off the cavern."] he muttered under his breath, Cassius gave him a glaring look and he smiled back.

Phoenyx's form was by no means bad, it was just clumsy and untrained but there was a fire inside her that even Jace found himself attracted to, though he wouldn't allow himself to say such a thing; he had to remind himself that she was an initiate and he was her superior. The Nose made a few swings, but they were barely anything in comparison to what Nyx was pulling off; was she perhaps a quick study? [#040f6c [i Cone on girly prove yourself to me or at least to everyone else that you are not to be messed with, show them so they won't mess with you again.]]
  Dauntless&Erudite / BrokenScroll / 91d 13h 54m 46s
[+gold "Hey uhh it's none of my business. But you ok? Your foot... I saw it all."] Phoenyx looked toured the unfamiliar voice. She watched him hold out bandaids. [+gold "I... think you might have better use for this...I'm Owen.... nice to meet you."] [+firebrick "Thanks bu…"] she was interrupted by a loud slam. 


[#a1e0fc "You know if you wanted to spit in someone's face. You should have done it whilst I wasn't looking."] Sapphire eyes fell on Jace having the Nose pinned to the floor with his foot, clearly using a lot of pressure on the initiate's chest, causing him to turn red. [#a1e0fc "Here's something you don't know. Whilst I might seem like the dictator type. One thing I won't stand for is disrespect. If you think you can get by spitting or sneering at your fellow initiates. You are wrong. I will gladly beat it out of you or if you'd like I can throw you off the chasm. Up to you."] Nyx watched Jace kick the boy before moving on with inspections. 


Phoenyx analyzed the Nose, red faced, injured, and pissed while he approached once he got up. [+gold "Oi back off asshole. You've already been beaten fair and square by Jace."] Before anyone could stop in the pissed kid swung his fist, hard, right into her side, just above her tattoo, probably siming for it. She bit her lip to hold back a cry from the pain, holding the spot tight, while her eyes filled with psychotic rage. Observing her surroundings while standing back up straight, she put a hand on Golden boy, Owen's shoulder, stopping him. [#a1e0fc "If you have such a problem with her nose. then you will fight her fair and square on the mat. Now. If you lose you leave and you never come back. If you win. you leave regardless you just get to be seen as a man for a small moment."] 


Releasing Owen's shoulder, Nyx turned to face Jace instead of the Nose. With wild eyes and her hair disheveled she met his orbs. [+firebrick "Do I have to hold back, and if so how much?"] If looks could kill the entire building would be a tomb, she had the same look as when she pulled the trigger the day before except more rage. 
  Phoenyx / Lynn8818 / 91d 23h 6m 6s
He had been walking through watching some of them take turns sparring the others were assigned to bags, amongst them he watched... what was his name? Wasn't he the nose? He tried to think but that didn't stop him from making an unimpressed grunt as he watched the male spit at the red head. Phoenyx he had to remind himself, Cassius walked the opposite length providing helpful advice whereas he decided to follow the male.

Owen on the other hand; had seen the whole thing unfold and walked towards Phoenyx. [#FCFF61 "Hey uhh it's none of my business. But you ok? Your foot... I saw it all."] Owen mumbled rather awkwardly under his breath, he reached into his pocket and pulled out bandages [#FCFF61 "I... think you might have better use for this...I'm Owen.... nice to meet you."] the male born Dauntless could tell that his peers were snickering at him for being so nice to someone he didn't know. Owen would have said more if not for the sound of someone being slammed into the concrete.

[#a1e0fc "You know if you wanted to spit in someone's face. You should have done it whilst I wasn't looking."] he pressed his foot harder into the male initiate's chest, the initiate was going red from the pressure but that didn't stop Jace one bit. He lifted his head up and spoke loud and clear [#a1e0fc "Here's something you don't know. Whilst I might seem like the dictator type. One thing I won't stand for is disrespect. If you think you can get by spitting or sneering at your fellow initiates. You are wrong. I will gladly beat it out of you or if you'd like I can throw you off the chasm. Up to you."] to emphasis this he kicked the initiate with his spare foot before stepping off of him and continuing his inspection.

That male in question as red as ever; and rather injured with a slight concussion got up eventually; and immediately started on approaching Phoenyx. His words were unintelligible; and it caught Owen off guard who was still standing by watching Phoenyx just in case she needed help handing the Nose. [#FCFF61 "Oi back off asshole. You've already been beaten fair and square by Jace."] the nose on the other hand swung his fist directly at Phoenyx, the sound of a hand making contact with a body was something that Owen disliked. He cringed and made a step to move closer but found himself unable to. [#a1e0fc "If you have such a problem with her nose. then you will fight her fair and square on the mat. Now. If you lose you leave and you never come back. If you win. you leave regardless you just get to be seen as a man for a small moment."]
  Dauntless&Erudite / BrokenScroll / 91d 13h 54m 33s
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