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Zaire
Zaire had finally awoken from her nap, and she made her way into the forests outside of Persistence. She just needed time alone. Well, that was an understatement. She was almost always alone these days. As she found a clearing, she eyed a single tree in the center of it. And with a wave of her hand, she launched a jet of blue flames towards it. Her flames usually took on whatever she was feeling. And with all the pent up frustration and rage, her flames were even hotter than normal. The motion made her short hair pull away from her face, scars visible in the light produced from her fire. And she let the tears run down her face as she clenched her jaw
K A I (Googly Boobs)
The entity watched from the background, the deep fiery ember hues watching from up in some branches not too far off. The fire was amusing, tasty even. It drew him in like a moth to a zapper. Fire feeds on fire.. But the being remained back for a moment, watching as the woman, known as Zaire, appeared to be in a emotional state. Kai was… not good with those. Slowly however, he does shift and land on the ground silently, walking towards the Yuki carefully – trying what best he can not to startle her. “I’m sorry to interrupt.” He started with a soft voice coming from his pale lips. “But.. Are you alright? You’ve probably scorched the ground permanently, now.” Kai says with a gentle smirk, as if he admired it.
Zaire
The familiar voice pulled Zaire out of her thoughts, and the jet of flames stopped. Well, he wasn’t wrong. The tree was gone completely, and not even ashes remained from where she had started. She took in a breath, wiping her eyes before turning around. “I… no.” She didn’t even have the energy to pretend that she was okay. “I’ve been abandoned, tortured, treated like a pet, and driven insane by the FaE. And to top it all off, the one person I thought /cared/ about me? He fucking left me too.” She sank down to her knees, lowering her head. “It’s always like that, though. Either the person I care for turns out to be… less than happy about being with me. Or they abandon me.” She glanced up. “What the… what’s wrong with me?”

K A I (Googly Boobs)
Kai watches her, listening intently. Kai softly nods towards her, before his arms gently cross over his chest. Kai softly walked over, gently resting a friendly hand onto her shoulder in a form of comfort. “There is nothing wrong with you, Zaire. They just  aren’t right for you.” He says to her with a gentle voice before motioning to sit down on the floor beside her. “I happen to like you, Zaire. I think it’s their loss then.” The pyro gives a firm nod, very proud of his own words. “When the right one comes along, you’ll know.” Everyone had a match, in a way. Even fire had its close relatives in the way of lava and magma, things of the heated variety.

Zaire
Zaire looked up at him, her eyes still glistening a bit with tears. She quickly looked away, glancing back at the…. well, what was left of the tree. She suddenly came to a realization. She had ended up in the same clearing where she would train with… She suddenly leaned, wrapping her arms around him. This wasn’t really like her, at least not lately. But, to be honest, she just needed some sort of friendly contact. “I’m… uh…. I’m sorry,” she muttered, pulling away. “I just… I haven’t had much in the way of hugs or anything lately. I guess… after the madness and all that… people have been avoiding me.” The Yuki lowered her ears, tail hanging limp behind her. “I’m glad though… that you, at least, like me.” She couldn’t help herself, but she started blushing.

K A I (Googly Boobs)
Kai smiled softly to her as she looked at him, with eyes brimmed with tears. The pyro stiffened momentarily when she leaps out to embrace him, but the awkward male rests his hand against her back. When she pulled back and apologized though, his head tilted a bit in question. “You don’t have to apologize, Zaire. It may not be a common thing for me, but I don’t mind.” He says with a soft chuckle, resting an arm around her shoulders to give her a half-hug. “Well, I’m sorry to hear that. I won’t avoid you. You’re always welcome around me.” He says with a soft smile on his face, blinking at the blushing she did, which.. confused him. But he didn’t mention it.

Zaire
She glanced back up, chuckling a bit as he draped his arm over her. She didn’t fully understand why she was blushing either. Maybe she overexerted herself. Yeah, that had to be it. Must have just been a slight flush from the extreme temperature. She looked around a moment, adjusting her position to get a bit more comfortable. “You know,” she said. “This used to be a spot… I’d come and train.” She let her eyes trail over to a spot near the edge of the clearing. “I don’t know why I decided to come out here. There are… a lot of painful memories for me here.” She looked back up at Kai, tentatively moving to lean against him again. “Thanks, again. For listening to me rant. I’m… I’m not normally so agitated. But lately the lack of sleep has me a bit on edge.”

 

K A I (Googly Boobs)
Kai was able to lean against a tree, making it easier for her to lean more into his body. He gently gave her opposite shoulder a squeeze, rubbing at her shoulder to hopefully try and bring comfort and calmness to the table. The pyro listens to her, nodding softly. He allowed her to say whatever she wanted, not stopping her or butting in. She wanted to talk, Kai was always willing to listen. “Perhaps you can make new memories here some day, to replace any of the bad ones. Bring friends, family, battle partners.” He says with a soft chuckle. “It’s up to you to make this place a good memory, again.” Kai gave the advice with a stern nod. It was advice he had received eons ago. Make something good of something bad… When he’s thanked,  he blinked the glowing hues at her softly, before chuckling. “Hey, It’s alright. I’m always happy to listen, whenever you need to talk.”

Zaire
Zaire sighed. “I would. But I don’t have that many friends. And my family… they’re all in a different place.” She chuckled. “But, hey, I’m already bringing friends out here. You’re with me.” She felt her face growing warm again, knowing that she was blushing. Why? She had no idea. She closed her eyes a moment, pushing memories from her mind. “The last person I was here with… he’s the one that abandoned me.” She smirked, looking up at him once more, opening her yellow eyes. “But I don’t mind you being here. It’ll be a good memory, won’t it?”

K A I (Googly Boobs)
Kai nodded softly, understanding not having many friends or having family around. Any entity considered his ‘family’ was off in some other universe. But he doesn’t seem to mention it, seeing as how he was already mentally drifting. but he quickly pulled his attention back to the situation at hand. The fact that his arm was still around her shoulders and her body was leaned into his, didn’t seem to affect the pyro. Thankful for her affinity with fire, Kai knew she might not get burnt by him. “I’m glad to be the first memory to help change it, Zaire.” He says with a laugh, softly. “I won’t abandon you, alright? I’m like a trick candle at a birthday party. Just when you think it’s out, it sparks back to life! Brighter and more annoying.” He says with a gentle nudge of her shoulders, as he laughed.

Zaire
Zaire actually found herself laughing. “I don’t think you’re annoying,” she admitted. “And I, for one, enjoy having you around.” Wait… she had to stop herself and think a moment. Was she… flirting? Hadn’t she told herself she wouldn’t do that anymore? She wanted to frown. But she found she couldn’t. Oh, well. She wasn’t one to look back. Not if she could help it. “But, hey, the brightness doesn’t bother me. Reminds me of the person I’m supposed to be, y’know? I’m supposed to be warm and sunny. And I think…” She lowered her voice a bit. “I think you’re helping me remember that a little.”

K A I (Googly Boobs)
Kai smirked, snickering a bit, “Well, That’s good! Otherwise this might be awkward.” The fireball chuckled, shaking his head for a moment. Kai didn’t pick up on any sense of ‘flirting’ really. He could handle general conversation but past that? He got a bit fuzzy and confused. He can’t get very close to people after all, being a walking fire monster. He gently nodded in agreement with her, before her last comment about him helping made his lips slowly peel into a smile. “I’m glad. Regardless of what wrongs have been done to you, Zaire. You deserve to be warm and bright yourself. You deserve to be happy. Everyone does.” He sounded like a self-help book.

Zaire
Zaire looked away rather quickly, glad that she couldn’t be burned. Luckily her family’s affinity for fire was even stronger in her, making her completely immune to fire and heat. Even though she wasn’t able to be burned physically… well, she still could mentally, she supposed. She chuckled. “You’re starting to sound like my dad, you know.” She wagged her tail a bit, stifling a giggle. “But, that’s not a bad thing. My dad’s pretty cool. For a six foot three, flaming brick wall.” It was meant to be a joke, but it wasn’t far off from the truth. Zaire, however, was built much like her mom. She looked back up, biting her lip a bit. No. She shouldn’t. Instead, she simply spoke again. “It is good, though, that the scars didn’t make you run screaming.” She chuckled. “Most everyone else… they assume I’m some sort of rude, really aggressive person when they look at them. And that’s so far from the truth, y’know? I’m really not mean.”

K A I (Googly Boobs)
Kai laughed a bit, at the comment about his sounding like her father. Oh boi, did he really sound that old, now? He was an old being but.. Yeesh! He found it kind of funny though, judging by the soft laugh. At the mention of a flaming brick wall, he gently nods picturing it. A literal brick wall, on fire… But the pyro shakes that thought from his head, knowing /that/ wasn’t right! He looks down to her, smiling slightly. “Scars tend to tell stories, don’t they? They’re… proof of your strength.” He nods softly. “You’ve been down and gotten back up. I admire that about you.” He nodded, gently booping her nose with his free hand. “Plus. We hit it off pretty quick. I didn’t think you were mean. Quite the opposite, actually.”

 

Zaire
The contact to her nose made her blush even more. And she actually giggled a bit. “Well, I’m glad you think so,” she admitted. “I…” She couldn’t figure out what to say next. So, she took a moment to think about it. “Wait. You… admire that?” She blinked. That was a first. Most people didn’t usually say that about her. Most of the time, they were telling her how she could be better. But, she supposed it was for a good reason. “Well, I wouldn’t have imagined /not/ having talked to you. Not many people around here that are as… in tune with fire like I am. It’s nice to be able to have /something/ in common with people, right?”

K A I (Googly Boobs)
“Yeah. It shows how persistent and strong-headed you are. Which in my opinion, is a good feature to have. I know I’ll always prefer you on my side.” He says with a smile, gently rubbing at her shoulder again. “You’re stronger than anyone has given you credit for, I’m guessing.” Kai tells her with a softer tone, almost sounding disappointed in whomever it was that has harmed her in the past. “It’s nice, really.” He admits with a laugh, “I don’t have the chance to be close by to many people, because of what I am. I’ve hurt lots of people over the centuries. People I’ve cared about and even strangers so… Meeting you was a nice change of pace.”

Zaire
Zaire looked back up, a smile on her face. “Well, you don’t have to worry too much about hurting me.” She laughed, almost feeling… at peace while he was rubbing her shoulder. She was actually a bit glad she wasn’t wearing her coat, simply because she was starting to warm up and feel a bit more like she used to. “There… are maybe two people, other than you, who haven’t treated me like I’m weak. And one… well, being an asshole isn’t really in his genes, I think.” She found her arm wrapping around his waist, almost in a half-hug, as she leaned against him. “I mean, it’s nice to know that there are at least a few people who would still want to be around me.” She was a little more clear-headed than she had been earlier in the morning. She was simply exhausted then. But the nap had helped. Now, she was completely lucid.  And really trying hard not to make things awkward.

K A I (Googly Boobs)
He laughed a bit, not seeming to mind the hold she took of him. It almost was… a strange comfort. It wasn’t something he has done much, or at all, so it was a new sensation that he planned to indulge in. “That’s good, then. You should have more people like that in your life. People who will actually support you in hard time, not go and run away.” He grumbled softly, understanding betrayal a bit more than most. “Hey. I count myself pretty lucky to have gotten to know you before everything that happened to you. Because I was able to see you, without something obstructing who you are.”

Zaire
“Y’know, it might have been pretty terrible, what happened. But at the same time, we can’t grow without adversity.” Oh, wow. Now she was starting to sound like her mother. “Or, something like that.” She chuckled and pushed her free hand through her hair. Not that she would ever admit it, but it was starting to become a bit of a nervous tic. Just something she did when she was nervous or slightly flustered. She still wasn’t sure /why/ she was so flustered. But she was. Without warning, though, she found herself leaning a little closer and tightening her grip just a little. Was this her way of flirting? She wasn’t sure. It just… after so long of being pet like a puppy, it was nice to actually act like a person.

K A I (Googly Boobs)
“Exactly! They may not have been the best experiences. But they help to build the best you.” He says with smile. He didn’t seem to really notice the nervous tic as that, but he just took as a stray of hair in her face, or something. When she seemed to lean closer into his body, Kai just softly smiled and gently rests his cheek against the top of her head. “You’re pretty smart too, you know that?” He chuckled, after she was able to come to that piece of wisdom on her own. Maybe she deep down knew, she wasn’t as ‘weak’ as people tried to convince her she was. In fact, she was pretty damn strong.

Zaire
The feeling of someone else leaning against her like that made her smile. It really had been too long since she’d let herself be this close to someone. “Well, I’m a mage,” she said with a playful chuckle. “I have to be /somewhat/ smart. Otherwise… I’d have a lot of accidents.” She didn’t often feel strong, actually. But, maybe she could change her own mind. She could try, at the very least.

K A I (Googly Boobs)
Kai was happy to be there. He was easily a great source of heat, someone great to have around during the winter months. He gave her shoulder another calming brush with his hand. It felt nice to be in a calm, peaceful setting. There was no need for either of them to do anything, no push for things to happen. Kai would simply enjoy her company, even if they didn’t speak much. Her comment though made him chuckle softly, the sound rumbling in his chest a bit. “Practice makes perfect, right?” He says with a brow raising, his free hand gently pinching her cheek. “Just keep your chin up, Zaire… If you really want things to get better, you can only go up from here.” He tells her, before gently sighing. “Be careful with whom you give your heart. After what you’ve been through, you need to make sure whoever you get with truly cares about you. All of you.” He says with a firm nod. It’s what he would want, anyway. Someone to care about /all/ of him. Even the uncontrollable destructive power he walked around packed full of. “Don’t settle for anything less. You deserve better.” Especially after hearing about all the men she had been tortured, tormented or mistreated by… The thought angered him. But he was calm. He would stay that way. This wasn’t about him.

Zaire
She blushed again, feeling him pinch her cheek. Well, that was something no one had ever really done before. Zaire smiled, chuckling softly. “I try to remember that… and….” She was finally ready to talk about him, she realized. Something she wasn’t able to do for almost two weeks. “I thought Ash did care about me. I thought… he loved me. But as soon as it got rough…. as soon as I really needed him, he left me. I was in the most vulnerable stage in my life, driven mad by that FaE thing and hurting because of what… what Sic did. And he… he left.” She frowned. “I think…. I think that’s my biggest problem. I just… want someone to care about me like I care about them. And… to this day, it hasn’t happened yet.” She tilted her head a bit, looking up at him again. “You know, you’re the first person… I’ve been able to be this open with. I always… keep things to myself because I don’t think anyone would want to hear it. And then…” She used her free hand to motion over to the tree. “I just explode.” She blushed again, realizing she had started to ramble. “But… well… it’s nice to get it off my chest.”

K A I (Googly Boobs)
Kai nods softly, listening to her. Ash, that’s right. He thinks he was told something about him, at one point? God, it hard to remember sometimes. Especially with the player high, now. “Maybe he did love you, Zaire. But he just… Wasn’t ready to push to be with you. You deserve better than that.” He says softly, tucking a strand of her hair behind her ear – more friend wise than anything. At least, he didn’t think of it that way. It was meant to be caring, calming even. He listens to her, the rambling not bothering him. He was happy to listen, in fact. “I’m always glad to listen, Zaire. Unlike most people out there, I’m okay with listening. I don’t get to talk to too many people often. So it’s nice to be able to have someone to talk to and hang around without, you know, spontaneous combustion.” The pyro says quietly, “Feel free to talk to me whenever you’d like. I’m always around the Inn somewhere.” He tells her with a soft nod of his head, glowing hues looking to her face with a soft smile. “And if it helps, I’m here for you. Whatever you need.”

Zaire
That one gesture…. she found her heart racing in her chest. It meant more to her than she thought he realized. Maybe it was true. But maybe, at the same time, Ash wasn’t what she needed. Zaire inhaled deeply, deciding that the cliche saying was true: Nothing ventured, nothing gained. She lifted her head a bit, brushing her lips across his cheek. And immediately, she started blushing, unable to actually put into words why she was doing that.

K A I (Googly Boobs)
The pyro seemed to blink softly at her lack of response to anything he had said. For a moment actually he thought he might’ve said something he shouldn’t have. Perhaps stepping over a boundary? It wasn’t like he has had personal experience with this stuff. But the brush of lips against his pale cheek brought a slight surprised look to his face, at first. Part of him was uncertain if it was appropriate. So many horrible things had happened and perhaps for a bit, he could help? But it was clearly easy to see how suddenly nervous that action made him, a slight uptake in the temperature he radiated as proof of it. But he took in a deep breath and tried to keep it under control. It was safe to say that this definitely was not something he’s done. He’s a walking wildfire, so it’s a bit difficult for the poor thing! His attention seemed to flicker towards the lips that had grazed his cheek, a slight grind of his teeth, before a soft smirk tugged at the edge of his own lips. It was a nervous unsure action, the pale skinned hothead leaned in to gently brush his own lips back against hers. As if a silent way of requesting approval. the last thing he would ever want to do is hurt someone who he wants nothing but the best for.. The best, to him, was not the disaster before her, in human form. But that was for his own past, he has yet to let go of.

Zaire
Zaire blushed as she felt lips brush against hers. She didn’t care if he was a walking wildfire. She could be the same at times. Well, more like a walking bomb, but close enough. She closed her eyes as she felt his lips against hers, pressing hers back into him just a little more firmly. She didn’t want to speak. But… somehow, she felt it was the only way to tell him that she was completely fine with this. She slowly and carefully moved her hand, resting it against his cheek. She couldn’t remember the last time her heart had raced like this. Her own past was a mess. But she would be willing to let go of all of it. Because, to her, at least one person didn’t see her as a walking nightmare.

K A I (Googly Boobs)
What was that damn saying… Fight fire with fire? Whether that was a good option or not, has yet to be seen. The weary flame seemed to chuckled softly, feeling her slightly cooler hand touch his toasty skin. Subconsciously his head seemed to lean more into the hand, not used to the kind, caring gestures. Flames feed on each other, to become a much larger and more intense blaze – sometimes unstoppable and fierce. The fireball felt her slight advance, unable to fight a strange subconscious /pull/ he feels. Perhaps it was the fire on fire, perhaps it was just emotions the pyro didn’t quite understand outside of that moment. He always thought of himself as some kind of uncontrolled inferno. But perhaps… For just awhile.. He can view himself as a little more. As an actual individual and not as some kind of natural disaster waiting to break free. Perhaps out of this, the two of them can find a sense of.. being /normal/? Being whole? As if in some way, they could find a way to almost.. heal one another? Only time could truly tell. But for now, in this one moment, Kai instinctively pushed forward to capture her lips in a soft kiss that held a steady intensity behind it. His own hand instinctively reaching out to set against the nape of her neck, a gentle gesture to almost bring them closer. It was now, that maybe they could find a state of peace..

 

    1 Comment
    1. æ Kaler Eland æ 11 months ago

      The wholesome gods approve *thumbs up* 0w0

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