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Jan. 3rd, 2014

Blueberry Yogurt #28. for your own good with Hot Fudge
Story : knights & necromancers
Rating : PG
Timeframe : 1253 (shortly after Reida's arrival)
Word Count : ~1k

I'm not really sure about this piece. Part of me doesn't like the whole idea of prophetic mentions of Kairn, but considering the source of prophecy as I've now nailed it down (and that's staying my secret for now) it seems impossible that he won't have any mention. So I thought I might make Roul's label for him so grand as to be quickly dismissed by anyone hearing it. Does it work...?

Both Sethan and Reida hunched over the desk in the corner was hardly the scene Kairn expected to find upon returning to his room, though he was beginning to wonder if he could go anywhere without encountering the girl.
Clearly more intent on her companion than their studies, Reida had angled herself between him and the desk and was very nearly in his lap. Not that Sethan seemed to notice. His hand flicked back and forth across the page before him, pen tucked between his fingers, adding notes to forms.

Realizing after a long moment that he could stand in the doorway all night with neither one of them sparing him so much as a look, Kairn noisily cleared his throat.

Reida caught his eye without a word while Sethan continued writing. Kairn cocked a brow at the low-cut blouse she was sporting. Reida gave her neckline an appraising look and flashed him a toothy grin.

When Sethan did look up, it was at the clock rather than at Kairn. “I should be going,” he said, to Reida’s obvious dismay. He left her and their work at the desk and strode across the room.

“Berwyk?” Kairn asked, as Sethan passed him.

He nodded. "I'll be back later," he mumbled.

As Sethan slipped down the hall, Reida came scurrying eagerly after. Kairn thrust an arm across the doorway to bar her path. “What do you think you’re doing?” He somehow managed to sound a good deal more confident than he felt.

Seeming not the least bit bothered by the impediment, Reida shrugged. “Showing Sethan some healing forms.”

“It looked like you were trying to show him a lot more than that.” He nodded at her front where the low swooping neck of her shirt managed to reveal a great deal of skin but little in the way of curves.

“What?” She laughed. “Are you spying on us? A bit jealous, are we?” Kairn flinched at her accusation. The door was open now, but she made no move for it, instead looking him up and down, leering. “You really are pathetic.”

“I’m not jealous!” Kairn snapped, though he wasn’t entirely sure it was true. Certainly not the way she’d meant it, but the notion of someone that could keep pace with Sethan when it came to magic left him a bit uneasy. He struggled to compose himself, forcing a shaky hand through his hair and trying to avoid meeting her scrutinizing stare. “I’m just…concerned,” he said meekly. “I-I’d rather not see you get hurt.”

Reida laughed again. “Don’t trouble yourself on my account.” Arms folded across her breast, she settled herself against the far side of the door frame. “I’m a big girl. I can handle a little rejection. Or a little competition,” she added with a sneer.

“Falling for Sethan will get more than your heart broken.” He dragged a finger across his throat. “And if you think for even a second that it’s mutual, you’re out of your mind. Sethan doesn’t have much use for those sort of feelings. Well, for any feelings, really.”

Reida gave the empty hall a nod as if Sethan still stood there. “He was looking at me,” she said. “That first night. In the dining room.”

“Was not.”

“Because he only has eyes for you?” She let that hang for a moment, but Kairn didn’t rise to her bait this time. “You heard the talk that night, right?”

“This is because of Aldo?” When she didn’t answer, he sighed. “Look, you don’t get it, do you? Aldo wants you gone. And if he can convince Berwyk that Sethan’s interested in you for anything other than your healing forms, you will be. I don’t care how good your master is.”

Reida sniffed, clearly unconvinced.

“You know, a lot of what you’ve heard is true. Not about me and Sethan!” He quickly amended in response to another sickening grin. “The other stuff, about the prophecies and Berwyk being scared of Sethan having any kids. Sethan really is Berwyk’s golden boy. He thinks he’s going to help him bring his wife back to life or something. You? You’re nothing.”

“Master Roul seemed to think I was something special,” she offered smugly.

Kairn rolled his eyes. “Master Roul thinks I’m something special.”

“Well he can’t always be wrong.”

Kairn didn’t know what to say to that. It was hard enough to figure out what Master Roul was even saying half the time, much less whether it was true. Often enough, it seemed he just wanted to mess with people.

“So what’s this kid of Sethan’s supposed to do anyway?” Reida asked.

“I don’t know. Something about the wrath of the gods or something. Prophecies never make much sense. Master Roul says that’s so people can still pretend they’re right even when they’re not. Anyway, it’s something bad. Bad enough to scare Berwyk. And that’s bad.” He hoped she’d heard even half as many rumors about Berwyk as she had about him.

Reida wrinkled her nose. “Bad is a subjective term.”

“You won’t find anything subjective about what Berwyk does to you if he sees you waving those under Sethan’s nose like that.”

“Hmph.” Reida eyed what little of her chest was still visible above her folded arms and adjusted her stance so as to cover it further. “What do you care anyway?”

“I-I don’t know.” Kairn shifted uncomfortably. “I thought maybe we could be friends.”
Reida studied him in silence for a moment before letting out a short sputter of a laugh. “You have strange taste in friends.”

“It’s not as if I have a lot of options.”

She shook her head. “You said Roul thinks you’re something special. What’s he call you?”

“It’s nothing, really,” he stammered, taken aback I mean he comes up with these names for everyone. That was my whole point. You’re not special either. Not enough for Berwyk to care at any rate.”
Reida held him with a withering glare.

“He, er, once called me the Godslayer.”

She kept staring for a moment. Kairn wondered if she was pondering the epic feat such a label would entail or waiting for him to amend his answer to something more credible. Unable to bear it longer, she turned away, hand over her mouth, laughing so hard she nearly bent double.

“You see?” he said, with an uneasy laugh of his own. “Nonsense.”

“So it would seem,” said Reida, struggling to compose herself. She turned for the door, clapping him on the shoulder as she did, which brought on another bout of laughter.

Kairn stepped into the hall after her as she walked away. “S-so, are we?”

“Friends?” she said, not bothering to look back as she headed down the hall. “Maybe.”

“And Sethan?” he said. “You’ll leave him alone?”

“I’ll think about it.”


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 3rd, 2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, it does work because that label on a boy who can't do decent forms (at this point) is quite laughable. No wonder Reida acted like that.
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
I think as long as it doesn't come up repeatedly, maybe I'm ok with it. I've been thinking a lot about how to put things together into a more organized/complete work, and my concern with labeling Kairn is having readers who are used to the whole prophecy routine latch onto the notion of Kairn as something important too early on.

Thanks :)
Jan. 3rd, 2014 11:40 pm (UTC)
I wonder, are there any competing prophecies that give him a different role? That would make it even easier for people to dismiss this grandiose title as nonsense.
Jan. 4th, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
There are definitely numerous roles Kairn could be defined by. I just feel hesitant to pre-ordain him to any roles, because it's such an integral part of Kairn that he is not special.

thanks :)
Jan. 4th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
Certainly not the way she’d meant it, but the notion of someone that could keep pace with Sethan when it came to magic left him a bit uneasy. I always kind of wondered if that bothered Kairn at all!

I like the interaction between Kairn and Reida here...I love Reida's attempts at seducing Sethan for how bad they are (like Sethan is going to notice a low-cut shirt), but Kairn's concerned (and probably validly so) response is perfect. I missed these three! Now I want more Sethan.

I'm also not sure how I feel about Kairn having a place in the prophecy! I also like him not being special. I can also see Roul giving everyone prophecy related nicknames just to keep them on their toes though, so as long as Kairn doesn't take much stock in it personally, I think it could work. Maybe it's not that he shouldn't be special as much as it is he shouldn't think he is special?
Jan. 4th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
thanks! :)

In her defense, she hasn't known him long at all. My Kairn dilemma comes from the fact that the source of the prophecies is quite familiar with him and his role in things and I can't see him not coming up, but I am quite attached to his NOT being special. I do like that idea of Roul calling everyone names! That would distract attention.
Jan. 4th, 2014 11:50 pm (UTC)
I don't have much to add. I can see where the concept of Kairn being a Godslayer would be hilarious at this point. And I think there are ways you can play it off so that people don't take it too seriously. Always like seeing more of your crew :D
Jan. 5th, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)

I can definitely see those around him laughing it off. My concern is more that the reader wouldn't dismiss it so easily.
Jan. 5th, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)
I think most readers will take their cue from the other characters. At least until other parts of the prophecy come true.
Jan. 6th, 2014 09:43 pm (UTC)
I like this! So it seems that Kairn is called a Godslayer (who truly isn't that at this point, but he can grow into being a Godslayer, however what God (or god-like being) is he supposed to destroy?) Hmm. . .I have to read more of this series. He isn't special (at least not yet). :) So Sethan is not supposed to have children (because they will be too powerful either way they go?) I have a thought - is Kairn and Reida going to get together later on?
Jan. 10th, 2014 06:00 am (UTC)
Thanks! There's a lot more of it in my index if you're interested.

Kairn himself is never really special. He doesn't have any powers anyone else doesn't or anything. He just happens to do the right thing at the right time later on.

And yes, Sethan's child is supposed to be dangerously powerful and no one wants to deal with that.

As for Kairn and Reida, things between them are rather complicated ;)
Jan. 13th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
I love that even Kairn realizes how ridiculous that label being attached to him is and how his abilities are pretty much openly treated as a joke here (which they are but I love that he doesn't even kid himself about it). And that's why Roul's prophecy works for me so far, because it's way too out there and as Kairn says he says stuff like that about everyone, so it's not like he's singling Kairn out.
Jan. 14th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)

I have no worries about Kairn ever thinking he's something special ;) Although... I've now had these nagging plotbunnies of him fretting over it quietly over the years, dreading the thought that he just maybe might have to do something awful eventually. Or Sethan trying to make use of it. I do like the idea, like you and Falootin said, of making it such a running thing for Roul that everyone has a prophetic label (or 2 or 3) until they can't really be given too much thought.
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