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A new man

Post by Requiem on Sat 06 Jan 2018, 21:04



 Ryu walked through the doors of Death manor for the first time in months, a large rucksack slung over one shoulder and a deep tan against his skin. He looked older, fitter and healthier than when he was last here. in his home. Home still felt an odd thing to call the place, it was more a sort of headquarters, a place to gather and discuss situations and plans, but his home it was and had been for a while now.  His muscles were much more defined now, he had grown taller in his time away, his hair longer but well kept, a slight neat stubble against his chin. Ryu was much maturer both appearance and personality. Ryu had had his ups and downs since loosing Jia, he had gone from job to job just to try and keep occupied and keep his ear to the wall and listen to the gossip of Oxen and all involved . His emotional state had not been the best, he felt angry at the betraya of his peoplel, more as time went on. Seeing Hope every day, the hate she had towards him, the fact she could not forgive him, it had all been too much and he decided to put himself first for the first time in his life and he left.
 Ryu had given Marcus a contact number to keep him updated, but there was little contact to anyone. He had needed to find himself once more and had travelled. Ryu had spent months travelling the world, experiencing very different cultures, meeting all sorts of people, human and immortal alike. He had spent a while with people like him. Ryu had stumbled upon a being just like him in Tunisia, who turned out to have a whole community of immortals, all dragons. Ryu had stayed there for three months, learning more about himself and his capabilities, how to control them. He had trained with the elites and became one himself. Ryu had never felt stronger or more capable in his life.  He felt at home there, he had found himself again.
 He would have liked to stay there for good, but  he knew he couldn't, he had started to miss his real home and his real family. And so he decided to leave and go back to where everything began.

 The manor was as quiet as usual, he inhaled deeply and glanced around, not much had changed, in appearance anyway. He was out of the loop on everything that may have happened in his absence but everyone's scents were strong and he knew Marcus would have informed him if anything serious had happened. He nodded to himself before taking himself to his room. Opening the door he expected to find it caked in cobwebs and full of dust but the place was as spotless as it was when he had left it.  He dumped his duffle on the bed and went for a shower before changing into some jeans and a short sleeved grey top that clung to him, he  left his feet bare. Ryu ruffled his hair in the mirror and rubbed his face, his dragon mark had changed, the dragon looked more fierce now, more courageous.  Now freshened up, he began to unload his duffle, pulled out the clothes and the trinkets that he had bought in his travels. His room was so bare before, but now he began to place the things around, some carved ornaments from a vendor he met in Africa, a large wall tapestry from India some ancient looking books he placed carefully on one of the shelves and some he put away in a locked draw beside his bed. He placed a realistic looking carved lotus on his bedside table that he had made himself and various other things he placed around.  Job done, he sat on his bed and glanced around his now more homely room with a satisfied nod.
 Ryu stretched back on his bed, one arm tucked behind his head and one knee up slightly and before he knew it he was asleep, his body and mind exhausted from the long journey home, he flew of course.

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Post by Cashan on Sun 07 Jan 2018, 21:03




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Checking in on Romal, she had been focusing all her attention on getting him back to health since finding him on death's doorstep thanks to the Oxen Corporation. On top of everything she had to do, she had now incorporated bi hourly blood bag changes for Romal, in an attempt to replace what he had lost. He was starting to look somewhat less thin but Hope couldn't help but see the skeleton that he had become.

Leaving the room as she headed down the hall, she suddenly stopped dead in her tracks. That smell, that heartbeat, she would know it anywhere. " Now you come home.. " she muttered under her breathe as she moved toward the door of Ryu's room. She had been keeping it clean in his absence, changing the sheets, keeping the dust down, little things like that. She wasn't sure why, she doubted he would have appreciated it considering he wasn't actually there but she kept doing it, every week or so when the dust built up in his absence.

But now it seemed he had returned, no hello, no explanation, he had just walked back into her life like it was nothing. She sighed, she couldn't keep living like this. She had welcomed him into the home when he had nowhere else to go and she was going to have to learn to live with him. Tossing her hair back, she held her head a little higher and knocked on his door firmly. Stepping in not waiting for an invitation, she looked around the room and noticed he changed he had made,

" Ryu? " she said acting as though she was making sure it was him when she knew all along. Spotting him on the bed, she looked him up and down noticing the changes in him. He was more muscular, possibly taller and looked more rugged then before. It was a good look on him, she liked it and she wondered where this Ryu was the whole time they were together. " Sorry didn't know you were sleeping. " she said as she moved to head back out the door as quickly as she had entered.


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Post by Requiem on Sun 07 Jan 2018, 21:40



 Ryu had been asleep for no more than ten minutes when a familiar voice woke him. He opened his eyes sleepily and sat up a little, seeing Hope standing in his doorway. His heart beat increased ever so slightly as he just stared at her deeply a moment. It felt like a lifetime ago since he had seen her, she looked good, better than he remembered. ''Hope.'' He said, sitting up and to the side of the bed, he rubbed a hand down his face a moment to wake himself up a little. ''No, no it's okay.'' He said, smiling to her slightly.
 ''I didn't know anyone else was home.'' He said, feeling rude. He would have announced himself had he of known. ''How is everyone?'' He asked. He knew she was probably bitter with him for having left, but he had needed it, and had been selfish for the very first time in his life., ''How are you?'' He asked more gently than he intended.
 He hoped the stress of leading hadn't worn her down too much. He always thought she was a natural leader, her time in Jia with him, he had seen himself ruling with her by his side. His people had looked up to her, respected and listened to her. She was meant to be a leader, and here she stood before him, she had matured so much it seemed, and he couldn't help but smile at the thought that she was exactly where she needed to be. ''I'm sorry I left Hope.'' He said sincerely, ''I was no good to you how I was back then, no good to anyone.'' He hoped she would listen to him and his sincerity. ''But I'm different now.'' He met her eyes, his own confident and strong. He had moved on, moved on from the loss of Jia, from the memories of his father and all the other torment and crap in his life. The only thing he could never move on from what standing in his room. But he hoped she was happy, and maybe even had found someone to call her own now.


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Post by Cashan on Mon 08 Jan 2018, 00:01




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That heartbeat, how many times had she fallen asleep to the sound of the rhythmic drumming in her ear as she fell asleep every night on his chest? She could still remember how warm he would feel against her coolness. Despite living in the desert, Hope never felt warm, should could feel the heat in the air, the glare of the sun but the closest she ever felt to truly feeling warm in her core was when they were curled up in bed together on those cold desert nights.

Blinking, she snapped herself out of the past and bought herself back to reality. Reality was they weren't kids anymore, the weren't living in Jia anymore and they weren't a couple anymore. " It's fine. " she stated not thinking to make a big deal out of a little thing. If he'd been around more lately he'd know she very rarely got to leave the house these days. " Um fine I guess, surviving. " She stated not talking about herself or anyone in particular. A lot had happened since Ryu had been gone and she didn't know where to start or if he even really wanted to know.

An awkward silence fell between them and Hope began admiring his new trinkets, anything to stop herself from staring into his two tone eyes. She noticed that his trinkets hadn't come from any one area and that he seemed to have been everywhere from India to Africa. She tried to push down the envy she was feeling. She had always wanted to travel, to just pack her Gucci bag, grab her motorcycle and go and on occasion she had but she had never gotten very far and she had always ended up back in this god forsaken place.

As she looked around she found her attention back on Ryu as he surprised her with an apology. She listened apprehensively at first as she was unsure what to expect. She would rather have faced a whole troop of Ox Corp soldiers then deal with her emotional baggage and she was on the verge of preying that Ryu wasn't about to bring up some painful wounds. Thankfully it didn't resort to that as it was an apology for having left so suddenly and without warning. The story of her life. She waited a moment for responding, her quick tongue hesitating. Part of her wanted to punish him, lash out at him for abandoning her but what good what that do apart from hurt the both of them.

" Yeah, you look different " she said trying to be nice. " A good different I mean. The chin fluff suits you. " She was trying desperately not to flirt as she fought with her hands that desperately wanted to run it's fingers along his face. She just wanted to be diplomatic like Ajax was trying to teach her to be and give him a compliment rather then the silent treatment she had given him before he left. He didn't know it yet but Hope had sought out her contacts in Jia to find out what happened to Ryu and learned that he hadn't actually married Haru. He broke off the engagement. She of course learned everything that had happened after that and had it not been for Ajax's words about bringing peace to the covenant, she would have burned Jia to the ground for what they did to him.


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Post by Requiem on Mon 08 Jan 2018, 07:53



 Hope was a little vague with him, but at least she wasn't treating him like she used to just before he had left. She used to look at him like she despised him and talk to him like he was nothing. It was a relief, even though a vague one, that she was actually talking to him like he was someone. Perhaps his leave of absence had done them both good, Ryu hoped so. He didn't want to move from here, but he had decided that if it was what she wanted, he would, for good. ''The same as always then?'' Ryu rhetorically said. Their entire lives had been simply surviving, there were little times in Ryu's past that he had felt truly safe and not on someone's hunting list. Ryu studied Hope a moment, her features as she spoke and her body as she moved, looking at the new things he had acquired. He wondered briefly, if she felt trapped being the leader here, as he used to being Jia's. There was little freedom to be found in being a leader. Hope had always been a bit wild, a free spirit as he used to call her. He imagined it took her some adjusting to be what she now was.

 Ryu was pleasantly surprised that she seemed to except his apology within blowing it off. He reached a hand to his stubble with a small chuckle, ''Yeah, I've grown used to it now.'' He said, not wanting to shave it off. ''You look good to, Hope.'' He added, she always had, he could never find fault with how she looked, she had always been perfect to him in the appearance department. She sure was a tantrumer though, but Ryu had always found that she had kept him on his toes. She sure wasn't boring that was for sure.

 Breaking his thoughts and his gaze on her, he coughed a little and made to the top of his cabinet where a few wrapped parcels were. He picked one up and looked at it a moment, unsure, ''Don't think I travelled around without picking you up something.'' He said, turning towards her, gesturing to the apple sized parcel in his hand. He held it out to her. Inside she would find a black egg, which looked completely boring and kind of ugly.

 He then went to the door and closed it and then to the blinds and shut them down making the room dark. He realised she might be thinking he was up to something, so he quickly came back to her and looked down at the egg. ''It's better than it looks, I promise.'' He smiled and lifted her hand up a little. ''You see on this side of it, there is an indented line?'' He said, placing a finger on the start of it, ''You need to follow it with your finger.'' He said, motioning for her to do it. The line swirled around the egg a few times to the base of it.

 If she decided to trace the line with her finger, the egg would make a little cracking noise before it opened up like a lotus flower, to show a golden inside. The room would fill with lifelike stars and constellations as though they were floating up in them themselves. He looked around at them a moment. Some of Ryu's best memories were of going out on the bikes with Hope and stopping to look at the stars on a clear night. He doubted she would remember such times, but when he had found this on his travels, he knew he had to get it for her. He had had a match against the mage he had got it from in Romania and had a lovely new scar on his chest because of it. He stepped back a little, ''I hope you like it.'' He said, he knew in her position that she probably didn't get to go out much or have time for herself, so he figured this would give her a bit of that lost freedom.


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Post by Cashan on Mon 08 Jan 2018, 10:32




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She smirked at his little joke and tried not to giggle like a school girl. She hated that he still had this affect on her. She was a grown woman now, she was leading a coven of powerful immortal vampires and here she was trying to stop herself from reverting back to being a school girl. She had hoped her recent escapades with Matthew would have eased the tension with her and Ryu and in one sense it had. But even now she could feel her heartstrings being plucked and pulled by Ryu despite trying to deny it.

Surprising her yet again, he moved across the room to grab something and he told her it was for her. " You got me something? " she asked genuinely stunned. They hadn't exactly left on good terms and she certainly hadn't expected him to come back home bearing gifts for her. Unwrapping it, her smile lessened as she looked at the strange blackened egg. Was he trying to imply she was a bad egg? " You shouldn't have... " she said trying to remain composed and not throw the rotten egg in his face.

But it seemed her gift wasn't done as Ryu began darkening the room. She raised her eyebrow as she wondered what he was up too but he reassured her that there was nothing untoward going on. Waiting, she held the egg as Ryu took her other hand. God his hands were warm. She smiled a little and followed the line as instructed. She was curious to see what this little black egg was hiding. As her finger traced to the end of the line, it began to crack to her horror. " Oh my god... I'm so... " she stopped mid apology as she noticed the shape it was taking.

Hope audibly gasped, very unlike her, as she saw the lotus that projected the night sky above her. She looked up and saw constellations everywhere, the same ones she would have seen in Jia. It was her favorite thing about that place. The sky at night was clear, they were too close to the city now to really see anything clearly but now she could have the whole night sky at the touch of her fingertip. She had lost herself in the moment until Ryu had spoken. Did she like it? He had figuratively given her the whole universe, of course she liked it.

Without thinking, almost like a second nature, she wrapped her arms around his neck and embraced him. Her head fell on the familiar shoulder as she took in the scent that she had known her whole life. It was like putting together two old pieces of a locket that had been separated for a time but would always fit together. It was like being home. She held him for a moment and then came to her senses. Stepping back as quickly as she had hugged him, she keep the egg close to her. " Sorry, I um... yeah I like it, thanks.. " If there was ever a time that a demon wanted to drag her down to Mayhem then she preyed that the ground would swallow her whole now before she did anything else to embarrass herself.


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Post by Requiem on Mon 08 Jan 2018, 18:20



 Ryu laughed a little at her first reaction to the black egg, for all she knew it was a bloody dragon egg, but he knew how unappealing it looked. When the mage had first showed it to him along with some other things, he completely ignored it at first before he had said what it was. He amused him when she thought she had broken it at first, but her gasp surprised him. He hadn't seen her react to anything like that for a long time.

 He glanced at her as she gazed at the stars and smiled to himself, glad he had gotten this gift for her. At least he could give her some bit of happiness again. His smile faltered as she grabbed him into an embrace, resting her head on his shoulder. He felt like his heart stopped for a moment, he scent so close to him, her familiar touch that he had longed for for so long. Before he could return the embrace, she pulled away and his arms stayed mid air as he looked at her amongst the stars. Before he even thought about what he was doing he stepped forward and closed the gap between them, placing a hand on her cheek and bending in, he kissed her lips softly, his hand moving to her hair as he had always used to do. God he had missed her, her kiss, her taste, everything about her.

 After a moment, he broke away slowly, ''I..uhm...I'm sorry.'' He said, but did not regret his actions in any way, he was only hesitating because he didn't know if she had moved on from him to someone new. He watched her to gage her reaction for a moment before scratching his head with slight awkwardness. expecting her to shout at him and run out of his room at any moment.

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Post by Cashan on Mon 08 Jan 2018, 21:41




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Hope stared at Ryu as the stars surrounded them. It was like a scene from a movie or something, those silly romantic types. The type where the boy and the girl defy all the odds and they finally come together, some cheesy love song in the background as the stars shine around them and then the boy would finally grab the girl and kiss her. Of course, after everything that had happened between them, Hope never expected Ryu to kiss her. That's why she was so shocked when he did just that.

His warm lips against hers, his hands in her hair, it was as it had been what seemed like a lifetime ago. Instinctively she kissed him back, it was almost like muscle memory. Her hands fell on his chest like they had never left. Her body moved toward him with comfort and ease. Everything about him was comfortable and familiar. Despite being taller and leaner, she knew his body like an old friend and for that small moment, she was lost in him. She hadn't realized just how much she had missed him and his touch until she felt it again.

Just as she began to fall for him all over again, he pulled away, breaking the spell. Her eyes remained closed for a moment as she tried to cling to the moment for as long as possible but as he took his lips from hers, reality came flooding back. He apologized but he was smiling and it wasn't as sincere as before. She stood for a moment as she tried to digest what had just happened. Ryu had kissed her... Ryu had kissed her! No, she couldn't do this, she had to run the Coven and not to mention Ox Corp were planning an eradication and Ajax was losing his god damn mind.

Looking at Ryu, she almost felt tears welling in her eyes. She wanted nothing more then to fall into his arms again but how could she after everything? He was the one who sent her away and she wasn't the same girl anymore. She couldn't just think about herself anymore. That didn't even include her current fun and games going on with Matthew. How would Ryu feel about that? Before Matthew, Ryu had been the only man she'd ever been with. No, it wasn't the same anymore no matter how much she would have liked. " Ryu.. I.. we... " she didn't know what to say, she was never good with issues of the heart. " I should go, I got work to do. " she said. There no shouting, no ranting, just confusion.

She turned to leave but hesitated as she looked over her shoulder. " Thank you for the egg, I really do love it. " Love, she hadn't used that word since she had told Ryu she had loved while he was asleep the day she left. It wasn't a word that came easily to her. Her defenses told her not to, that it would only lead to hurt and so far she had been proven right. Yet, when it came to Ryu her defenses came tumbling down every time. Leaving his room, she took her ugly little egg and headed straight to her room, her sanctuary. She ran in, closing and locking the door behind her. She slid down the door, the egg between her legs as her hair hid her face as it fell and she cried. She cried for the wounds that felt as fresh as ever and she cried for what she had lost and would probably never have again.

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Hope stood confused for a moment and Ryu simply watched her, suddenly feeling like an idiot, of course she wouldn't want him to have kissed her after everything that had happened, she had left him, he had let her and then nearly got hitched to someone else. Ignoring all the reasons to their actions, he had been the one to let her go first. He had broken her heart and she had never forgiven him for it, even now it seemed. He thought he may have just backtracked their relationship even further now. But still, he did not regret the kiss, maybe now she would see that she still meant something to him. ''No, I, it's okay.'' He said, holding an apologetic hand up a moment. She wanted to leave and he wasn't going to attempt to stop her, he had passed the boundaries enough already for one day, his first day back to boot.

She turned to say she loved his gift before leaving, Ryu stood there and watched her go, the light leaving with her as he then stood in the darkness of his room. He brought a finger up to his lips and sat once more at the edge of his bed in thought. She had kissed him back, if he hadn't have been the first to break away, he wondered what would have happened. He smiled to himself at the thought and the knowledge of her returning his kiss.

Ryu laid back down for a couple of hours in the dark before trying, and failing, to get some more shut eye. He groaned to himself before shuffling back off the bed and opened the blinds to let some light in. Glancing to the spot where he had kissed Hope, he was now a little concerned as to how she would react when she saw him about the place next, would she go back to ignoring him again? Or pretend nothing had happened? He didn't know, but he would not push anything, just because he had kissed her did not mean that they would hook up again and he highly doubted she wanted that with him anyway.

He pinched the bridge of his nose a moment before picking up a small bag and his phone and leaving his room.
''Hey Bud, I'm home again. Come meet me when you have a moment. In the kitchen of course.'' He sent the text to Marcus before heading to the kitchen to make some food, one thing that hadn't changed was how much he ate, if anything his food consumption had increased some.

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Post by Marcus Death-Reign on Mon 08 Jan 2018, 22:22

Tapping the glass bowl he watched the golden speckled fish dance around his castle little flecks of light catching his scales casting sparkly gold dots around the room. Haru was asleep, she slept more then him being human but he didn't mind. Often he would go off and do his own thing or he would lie beside her listening to her breathing and mumbling in her dreams. Other times he would have work to do but tonight he had stayed in. Having spoken to Hope the night before he was now more excited then he had been and he hadn't wanted to leave her sleeping side just yet.

How ever something soon lured him away from his sleeping lover. The light of his phone pinged to life. Picking it up he read the message with a smile. Texting back a simple 'OK' he got up and quickly pulled his jeans on not bothering with anything else. It was his house after all, he didn't care who saw him.

The ring felt Hot within his pocket as he walked, he felt super aware of the precious metal he carried and he couldn't help but grin as he rounded the downstairs hallway walking into the kitchen.
"HEY HEY!" he called across to his best friend. They had been in contact as always but it was the first time they had seen each other in person in a long time.
"Looking buff" he eyed him as he walked over clapping him on the shoulder.
"You been doing some dragon wrestling?"

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''Ok?'' Ryu repeated the text with a sort of frown as he piled some food from the fridge onto a plate, Hope still kept it stocked, Ryu imagined it was for Ketzu and any other real food eaters in the house. He grabbed a big bag of crisps and bit the packet, barely able to hold all of the stuff as he shut the fridge with an elbow and made to the table, letting the contents of his arms and mouth drop onto it just in time for Marcus to round the corner into view.

 Ryu grinned at Marcus and slapped his back in return, ''Oi, oi.'' He continued to grin, ''Hah, yea and then some.'' He said, then gestured to Marcus himself, ''Not looking bad yourself.'' He said, pleased, there was a time not so long ago where Marcus was stick thin due to everything that had been going on with him, he was more than glad he was back to good health. ''Shit, it's been a while.'' He said patting Marcus's shoulder before rustling in the food, his stomach gurgling.

 ''How are things? All good I hope.'' He asked, Hope had been a bit vague about all things coven when they had spoke. He paused with a sandwich on the way to his mouth as she popped into his head again. ''Ahem.'' He coughed before taking a bite and chomped it down, he wasn't even sure what was in it entirely, but it smelt and tasted good. ''Anything I should know about?'' He asked with a raised brow.

 Ryu then rummaged in the his bag and pulled out a small wooden box, along with Hope, he had gotten Marcus something to, ''You would never believe half the stuff I got up to in my travels.'' He laughed, ''The people I met, just like us, like me.'' He said, gulping down another bite. ''It was incredible.'' He said reminiscing for a moment. ''I got you that.'' He said, pointing to the box, inside Marcus would find an ancient looking book with dragon head runes on the cover. ''It documents cases throughout history of people who have somehow absorbed powers or been bound to dragons. You're not the first it has happened to see. In fact, it looks like it is quite common, especially between people who have a deep bond.'' He said with a small grin, ''Apparently I have made you such a badass.'' He said, ''read it and it will tell you how to explore and find your new abilities.'' He said, it had always been a mystery to them both what exactly Ryu had done or given to Marcus unknowingly, now they both had their answer. Marcus now could discover any new abilities on his own. ''Pretty awesome if I do say so myself.'' He laughed.

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Post by Marcus Death-Reign on Mon 08 Jan 2018, 22:55

He glanced down at the table between them and laughed, Ryu had enough food to feed at least ten men and he hated to think just how much fat was in it all but he knew Ryu would power through it and burn it off with ease where as every other creature with a beating heart would probably have a coronary.

Ryu was asking him questions but he didn't have much time to answer any of them before his friend produced a gift for him, Marcus taking it his eyes upon the new/old book as Ryu explained what it was.
"Cool" he grinned. He had avoided the dragon part of him like the plague since they had learned that he could scale his skin. Neither of them knew why or how he could do it so he had stayed well away from it not knowing whether it was a good thing or not.
One benefit though was his skin though still cooler then a human's was hotter then a vampires so it didn't chill Haru too much.
"This is awesome.. thanks Ryu" he chuckled pleased with his gift. "Sounds like you had an awesome time"
he ran his fingers over the books cover feeling every little indentation of it before he put it down on the table in front of him. Ryu wanted to know what had been going on and Marcus was much less nervous about telling Ryu then he was about telling Hope.

"Eh ive been getting used to this whole change thing. Put myself to work and use, got back into shape. Still have my flat but for the most part Haru and myself have been living here...." he paused. "Talking of Haru, I am thinking of asking her to marry me"

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''Knew you would appreciate it.'' He said, finishing his sandwich. Ryu popped open the bag of crisps and made himself a crisp sandwich this time, crunching it all together with satisfaction. Marcus began to fill him in a little, he nodded as he had said Haru had been staying here with him. He wondered how that had gone down at first. In truth, Haru had not crossed his mind in a long time, she was his past, a friend sure, as much as they could be considering, but he had drifted from her a lot and hadn't spoken to her since even before he had left. He was glad things were going well for her and his best friend.

Ryu took a big bite out of his crisp masterpiece enjoying the different flavours before Marcus spoke of marrying Haru. Ryu felt as though he had inhaled rather than ate that bite and choked loudly, his eyes streaming a little from the coughing. ''Dude...'' He said with a raised hand as he continued to cough before sorting himself out. ''Jesus.'' He said, placing the rest of the food down and turning to look at Marcus, he was serious, ''Oh wow, that's...'' He said pausing for a moment, ''That's great news. And of course she will say yes.'' He said, getting up and giving his friend a congratulatory hug.

''So, when are you going to ask her?'' He said with a smile, ''What do you want for you wedding gift?'' He began to tease him a little but was sincerely happy for him, for him and Haru both, ''When is the first sproglett going to pop out?'' He then gasped and looked at Marcus with a joke face, ''Or is she already pregnant?... wait can you... ?'' He said before shaking his head, it was a thing that could happen after all, a vampire to have a child... look at Marcus , Hope and Ketzu, ''Can I be Godfather?'' He said ,enjoying teasing him, it had been too long. ''Seriously though, I'm happy for you.''

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Ryu reacted to the words by choking in shock, Marcus watched him for a moment wondering whether he had just accidentally killed off his best friend. He imagined having to explain that to the others "Oh I shocked him to death" he chuckled to himself as Ryu got control of his own lungs his choking dying down as he looked at Marcus seeing if he were genuine or not.
Marcus nodded laughing as Ryu got up and hugged him, he patted his back a moment before stepping away.
Despite Ryu once being engaged to Haru he knew his friend would take it well. They were all over that chapter in their life and Ryu had known Marcus loved her, that wasn't a shock to reveal.

And that was it Ryu was off on one talking about wedding gifts. It made him laugh, he hadn't even asked her yet he wasn't about to go planning their dream wedding in his mind, plus he would pretty much leave most of that up to Haru not wanting to spoil her day, weddings were big things to women he knew and he would let her have what ever she wanted for her day.
"Sproglett? Are you mad" he laughed "Our lives are crazy, you think a sprog is the best move right now" he laughed. Ryu had lost the plot. He wasn't even sure if he was capable of making one, then Ryu said the same thing "Hey now. I bet I am fertile as a bull" he chuckled sitting down at the counter now grabbing a can of drink.
"I am going to ask her some time before dawn, I don't want to wake her yet"


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 ''Ah, don't knock it.'' He said with a grin, ''I've always liked the idea of having a kid.'' He said, ''Can you imagine a tiny little dragon flying about the place?'' He laughed but it faltered ever so slightly as he glanced away, it was probably something that would never happen for him. He could imagine it though, being a father. He would be a damn good one, but it wasn't to be so, he knew that. ''Anyway, you might, she is human after all.'' He concluded with a raised brow.

 He had wondered what would happen there, with Haru being a human and Marcus immortal..would he turn her eventually? He hoped not. But, it was not his place to get involved and something he would not bring up.

 ''Oh yeah?'' He said with a smile, ''She'll feel like the luckiest woman alive I'm sure.'' He was so glad that he had never married her, even without everything, they were never really suited. Ryu had tried the best he could, had cared for Haru, but it was never going to be more than that, she would have been unhappy and him too. He shook his head to himself with a small frown, the things he did for his people. Moving away from that thought, Ryu looked at his best friend and could see how happy he was. He deserved it, he was the best guy Ryu knew, ''So...the ring?'' He asked, ''What did you go for? The ring is everything.. even for a simple girl like Haru.'' He laughed.


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He did imagine a baby dragon flying around the self and he laughed. Little shit would probably burn everything down and give Hope nightmares.
"Yeah maybe" he shrugged as Ryu said having one could be possible. He hadn't really thought about it and would probably be more concerned that the baby would hurt Haru in some way due to the different species in it. He and Haru had never actually broached the subject with one another. As long as she was happy he didn't care.

Ryu was happy for him and even though he had never doubted he would be he was glad. Glad that it wouldn't make a difference to their friendship and that Ryu would be with him all the way though it

"Ah the ring. Well I was gunna forge one.... yeah forge. I have skills" he flexed "But..." he rooted around in his pockets and produced the ring Hope had given him.
"Hope said for me to use this. It is..was Mum's when she and Luca were engaged" he smiled sadly. Ryu would know how much that meant to him, he had loved Luca and he had loved his Mother he had been destroyed by their deaths.
"So I will forge wedding rings instead presuming she says yes"


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  ''Yea, you're damn right it would. Any child of mine would be a walking fireball.'' He laughed, but not and entirely sincere laugh, he had always liked the idea of being a father, but his own background and bloodline was complicated, the demonic part of him would also pass down to any child, and Ryu's hatred for demons and that part of himself ran deep, he would not want that for his child. ''Well, I'm telling you, if she does pop one out one day you know I will be the cool ''uncle'' right?'' He grinned.

 Ryu nodded with a laugh, he could imagine Marcus making the ring himself, Ryu was a dab hand at making shit too. Marcus pulled out a ring and as Ryu looked at it, his face dropped for a moment. That ring... that ring meant the world to Hope. She had never taken it off and cared for it like the most precious thing in the world. Ryu had wanted to ask Hope to marry him with that same ring back in the day. He never did though, always thinking of Hope as the wild child, being married to him would have tied her in Jia and she would be stuck. He never wanted her to feel like a prisoner, and in his mind, being married to him would have felt like exactly that to her. But that ring that she had loved so much, she had given to Marcus. Ryu could see how much she really had matured in that one act, how much she loved her brother even though he was marrying Haru, Ryu's own ex fiancé, someone Hope couldn't stand. There was a lot of emotion towards the ring, Cass and Luca were like the perfect couple and  loved by everyone, now they were both gone, Ryu could see the sadness in Marcus's eyes, ''It's perfect mate.'' He smiled, patting him on the shoulder, ''Cass would be proud.'' He nodded.

 ''Of course she will say yes dumbass... she's always loved you.'' Even when Haru was engaged to Ryu, she had loved Marcus, it was obvious to Ryu and he had encouraged it to a point. He loved Marcus like a brother and Ryu had always put other's happiness above his own. But he never would have been happy with Haru anyway. All water under the bridge as far as he was concerned. ''I better be best man. I mean... you don't have any other friends anyway so...'' He said raising his hands and shrugging his shoulders, always quick to mock him.


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Post by Marcus Death-Reign on Thu 25 Jan 2018, 21:03

He laughed "The cool uncle huh? Better start getting cool then first" he poked fun at his friend, they both knew that most of the time despite being burning hot Ryu was actually cool as a cucumber. They just liked to pick on each other when ever they got the opportunity. It was nice to joke with his best friend in person again even though they both knew the words were tinged with worry of sadness on both of their parts, none the less it was nice to smile and to see him smile. It had been a while.

Looking down at the ring silence fell between them for a moment, Ryu was sad, as was he but it was all linked to a new and happier future it was a strange conflict of emotions but he was very happy to have the ring and knew that Haru would honour it.
Ryu patted his back and commented on his mother being proud, it rose a lump in his throat and he nodded hos thoughts drifting to his mother and the fact that he couldn't see her or talk to her about marrying Haru and that she wouldn't be there when he actually did marry her. He wished things were different but he straightened out looking at his friend with a smile as he pushed the emotion down and locked it away as they were all so good at doing.

"Best man, yeah Ryu without a doubt" he smiled. He would also have Hope be there, he doubted she would want to be Haru's brides maid but he would deal with that when it came to it.


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