Post by Allen Silva on Jan 5, 2020 17:44:16 GMT -5
"It can be if that's how you want to look at it," Allen shrugged. "I don't think it'll be that simple though. Just look at what you're doing and ask yourself this. Who are you really trying to protect by not telling her how you feel? Is it yourself, others, or her? I'm not saying you should pick one choice over the other. All I'm saying is that if you're going to do it or not do it, you should be honest with yourself about your decision. Make peace with yourself."
"In my case, I'm shutting it down, because if I say it, she'll think I'm only here for pleasure. In the state she's in right now, I'd ruin her for a long time, possibly forever."
"...Huh..." Rafe began to think about the situation from that perspective. It made a lot of sense to him. "...I'm trying to protect myself...and it sounds like it's at the expense of the Princess," Rafe accepted. "I was hoping that if I was able to get rid of these feelings, then everything will go back to normal. I never expected that this will affect the Princess so heavily. ...The Queen was right... I may need to bite the bullet on this one. I'll lose my power, but...at least I'll be able to live with my decision."
"...Thank you for your valuable insight. I'm Sir Rafe of the Castle Knights by the way. It's a pleasure to meet you."
Post by Allen Silva on Jan 5, 2020 18:57:07 GMT -5
"Right back at you. Allen Silva, Resistor," Allen returned. He shook hands with the Castle Knight. Before Allen could say anything else, a familiar face came walking out of the elevator with a not so familiar face next to her.
"You're still here, Allen?" Montai asked with some surprise.
"Yeah. I noticed no one was around for her, so I thought I'd stay put. I have nothing better to do right now anyway," Allen rationalized.
"Right. So, we got in contact with her father. He said he just got out of the hospital and was on his way over here," Montai reported.
"Sounds good. I already talked it over with my parents, so I'll be heading out soon if that's the case. I guess I'll go see how Nero's doing before I go though."
"You could come with me then. I was just going to go by and check on him myself."
The other person that was with Montai at the time was Queen Serena. Once Rafe made eye contact with her, he said something that nearly spooked her.
"I'm in love with your sister," Rafe blurted out.
"...I wasn't going to say it if I dragged it on, so...there you go... I said it... I'm sorry..."
"Rafe, you're really the only person I'd allow to say such a thing. You're fine," Serena laughed off.
"So...how are we going to handle this...? Am I going to be demoted? Am I going be stripped of my knighthood?"
"Do you want me to do that?"
"I'm just asking because the code was very clear about what could happen to me."
"I'm glad you take that oath so seriously, but sometimes, it's not a bad thing if a rule or two gets broken. The idea that you could potentially be put in danger because of those feelings is a lot more important to me than for you to be absolutely perfect when it comes to the code of conduct. Besides, you don't feel your power going away, do you?"
"...Now that you mention it...I still feel fine."
"Be honest with yourself, Rafe. That's all I ask of you. You don't have honor because you're perfect. You have honor because you care enough to do the right thing. Is that clear?"
"Now, you have my permission to tell her whenever you'd like."
"...I think I'll do it now... The longer I wait, the more afraid I'll be."
"She already knows, so... Might as well get it over with."
Post by Fabia Sheen on Jan 5, 2020 19:18:52 GMT -5
By the time Rafe and Serena came back into the room, Jenna had already left to go with Allen and Montai. She was in there looking up at the ceiling from her hospital bed. She had a couple of tears running down her face. She didn't bother to wipe them off when Serena and Rafe walked on in.
"Hi..." Fabia faintly greeted.
"..." Serena didn't say anything. She simply walked out of the room to leave Rafe and Fabia alone.
"...What do you want...?" Fabia coldly asked Rafe.
"..." Rafe could hear that Fabia was really irritated. He gulped before going into what he wanted to say. "I want to do what I should've done earlier. I need to be honest with you," Rafe claimed.
"...I like you..." Rafe struggled to get out. "...The reason why I've struggled to say it was because of the obvious. I'm not allowed to say what I just said, especially without the Queen's consent. I thought that if I ignored it, I wouldn't have the possibility of getting too close to you to compromise our professional relationship, and I didn't want these feelings to be used against me anymore. These were selfish... I didn't consider how you'd feel about it, which may be the right call rule-wise, but...not while you're hurting the way you are. I'm sorry, Princess..."
Post by Fabia Sheen on Jan 12, 2020 4:51:11 GMT -5
"..." Even though she knew this, Fabia was visibly stunned. Her demeanor became positive in an instant though. Still, she was not totally happy about how things have went down. "You have no idea how mad I was at you just now for leaving me like that," she expressed. "Our relationship was never professional, Rafe. We've been best friends since we were kids. I chose YOU as my knight because I trusted you the most for that reason. Regardless of how I would've reacted to your feelings, do you have any idea how bad I'd feel that you'd handicap yourself in the face of danger because of some code? How could you do that to me?"
"Because I'm not just your knight. I lead the entire Rampart Division. I can't expect for them to abide by rules that I'm willing to break myself. Special considerations of any kind wouldn't change that one bit," Rafe sternly responded. "Besides...what happened to Jin should be a clear reason why relationships within the Castle Knights are dangerous. Look at what his death did to you. Having a comrade die is going to do things to you, but a fiancee is a totally different story. I understand that I hurt you, but I stand by what I said and did. My job is to protect you. That's what I have to do."
Post by Fabia Sheen on Jan 12, 2020 5:13:30 GMT -5
"So...your plan when you came back here was to tell me your feelings, and then just leave it at that? Is this really what you're going to do right now?" Fabia was getting more irritated listening to this. She winced a little bit, because she was still in pain from what happened earlier. "..."
Fabia didn't have any strength to hold back her tears. She inevitably started crying. "If that's what you want to do, then fine. Do what you do."
"..." Seeing as he caused enough damage, Rafe excused himself from the room. Serena had a slap ready to go across his face once he came back out into the hallway. Rafe allowed it to happen, but he didn't show any noticeable reactions to it. Serena forcefully lifted him up using her magic and carried him and herself to where they were initially: the bench near the elevator.
"You're really starting to make me mad, Rafe," Serena advised.
"With all due respect, your Highness, you should've caught on to this when I told you no the first time. I can't do it," Rafe maintained.
"Did you not listen to a word I said? You're in the same damn position you were in before! I gave you my blessing!"
"And I'm rejecting it! My job isn't to lay in bed with the Princess. You know that."
"I don't think you're reading this situation correctly at all. Maybe she was wrong to choose you..."
"You're killing my sister on the inside! Look at how she responded after you said what you said! What does that tell you about how she feels about you!?"
"No, I don't like the idea of another Castle Knight hooking up with my sister. That's the last thing I want, but you and Fabia always had that connection with each other. I've seen how she behaves when she's around you. She likes you too, okay? We just survived a war. We're all closer than we've ever been. We're all family. That goes a lot deeper than rank and file, Rafe. And all she sees is you pushing her away because of your job. How are you two going to work together with this kind of communication?"
"...You're free to fire me at anytime, your Highness. I'll do it if that happens," Rafe shrugged.
"...Okay..." Serena nodded. "You've just opened a rift that'll ruin this friendship. Once I see it...then see ya later."
"..." Rafe didn't have much to say after that. It is what it is.
Post by Andrew Bullock on Jan 12, 2020 5:50:35 GMT -5
Rafe blowing his chances with Fabia wasn't the only thing going on. In Andrew's room, he was preparing to get some news from the hospital staff. There were two doctors in there talking with him.
"Everything okay?" Montai asked them.
"So...uh..." one of the doctors was mumbling.
"Come on, Doc. If you take any longer, she'll be even more worried than she is. You do realize that I'm getting in more trouble the more scared she gets?" Andrew reminded them.
"I get smacked with pillows nonstop for staying up until the wee hours in the morning doing whatever I'm doing with Hades and whatnot. I could only imagine what will happen after getting hit by an RPG."
"You're going to die..."
"I know, right? I keep telling people that I'm in serious danger. No one believes me."
"Would you stop it before I finish you off? ...That's not what it sounded like. He's not really going to die. He's just playing."
"He's going to die..."
"No... I'm not as scary as I look when I'm angry, alright? I'll have you know I'm very sweet. Isn't that right, babe?"
"Are you not understanding what I'm saying?"
"I said he's going to die."
"YES! You're going to die."
"...You should really show some more optimism about my chances with this woman. I'll have you know that I've lived this long after making her mad with some things I can't tell you about."
"For God's sake, man! I'm not fucking around! How many times do you want me to say it before you get it!? You are going to die! Your body is breaking down!"
Atom: Yeah, no. The value of the materials within that device were worth less than $100. The specifics of it are more difficult, but the overall material cost isn't any more than that.
Jun 7, 2020 15:38:08 GMT -5
Merchant: Merchant: Tell that to quantum flux anchor, and anti-magic adamantine. The later being really hard to get.
Jun 7, 2020 15:40:54 GMT -5
Atom: Anti-magic Adamantine is quite plentiful in other Realities. Too bad you can't go to them. As for the Quantum Flux Anchor, never heard of something like that before.
Jun 7, 2020 15:44:34 GMT -5
Merchant: You use them to locked down teleports of any kind. Traps them in a single space. Why am I telling you that. You still ow me money. *He reaches for Atom full of ill intent.*
Jun 7, 2020 15:46:35 GMT -5
Atom: And, no. You are not getting any money from me. *I step away, making it harder for you to reach me.* It's your own fault for going after Grimm in the first place. Good research will save you money in the long run.
Jun 7, 2020 15:49:36 GMT -5
Creator: Merchant ´s ranking goes to second! Win another battle, then become #1 👍
Jun 7, 2020 16:17:28 GMT -5
Noland Hardy: ...Might want to slow down on that, Creator.
Jun 7, 2020 21:42:18 GMT -5