Title: By the Fire
RP Thread Number: 67
When Occured: Between Sessions #26 and #27
Location: Plains of Bho
Out of Game Date: Apr 11th – Apr 19th, 2019
Participants: Keyleth, Rabbit
Original Thread: http://silkandspices.net/forums/index.php?topic=57.0
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Key strides back into the firelight a soft smile gracing her lips. She spots Rabbit and heads her way. She sits down next to her and bumps her lightly with her shoulder.
“How was your patrol?”
Rabbit turns and looks at Key, smiling at her sister, her eyes whirling she seems both tired and amped at the same time. A vibration almost physically visible. She is still dusty from here evening/night patrol adding to the sweat remnants from traveling during the day completely covered from the sun. Wearing some of her more skin revealing outfits to try and cool off, the dust is everywhere. Sweat still trickles down. “it went well, nothing within threat range on the surface. I think we are safe tonight. How was your call to Anglerond? You two get to relax? Teteh told me what happened and I figured I would give you space until you were done..”
Key’s mouth kicks up at the corner and she lifts her shoulders and lets them fall again.
“The mood was lost, but we did talk and that always relaxes me. How about you? Teteh said you seemed upset. Anything you want to talk about?”
Rabbit shrugs, looks up to the distant location of the mountain belching smoke.. “Nothing specifically to talk about. I just feel more uncomfortable the closer we get.”
Key tilts her head, really looking at Rabbit.
“Okay, good to know. Do you think there is anything we can do to help mitigate it?”
Rabbit shakes her head “I don’t think so. I have to get used to who I am now. I can feel things changing, and I don’t know what I will become. I don’t think it will be done in a short amount of time. I do know my mother has no control over me, that is really good.” she gives Key a reassuring smile and pats her sister on the back.
Key smiles back. “We have to take the wins where we can. If you need to talk about anything Im always here. How are you and Luke doing?” She glances over to where he’s sitting then back at Rabbit.”
Rabbit looks over at Luke, the love she haves for him evident on every inch of her face. She looks down then, and mumbles a little before she turned back to Key, “I think we are doing well. He is happy and that makes me happy. I know he cares about me and he seems like a great father to Izzy’s child.” she finishes her words and her mouth shuts with a tightness.
Key pokes Rabbit gently. She gives her a look that says plainly that she knows something is bothering her.
“Okay, spill, what’s bugging you? Don’t say nothing because we both know it will be a lie and you don’t want to lie to your sister do you.” She bats her eyelashes at her.
Rabbit turns towards her sister, she seems hesitant at first then reaches over and cups her elbows in her hands and takes a deep breath “I love you sister, and I never want to lie to you. You can’t help me with whatever is happening. I am free willed now. It isn’t someone pulling the strings, or urging me… it’s just me. Whatever it is that lives inside me. I don’t know if I made a mistake being freed, but I suspect we will find out soon enough. I don’t want you to think differently of me. I see how Nestrim, Anglerond and even you sometimes look at me. Elaine told me that Luke might eventually change how he feels in reaction to my nature.”
She shakes her head, “No don’t worry I am not grieving over a relationship I still have, but it makes it hard for me to reach out and even explain what I feel. I don’t want to be someone that is a drag on others, or who needs to be taken care of by others. I want to take care of you and Luke, not the other way around. I don’t know what I am trying to say…”
Key just looks at Rabbit like she speaking a foreign language that she can’t understand.
“Who is this Elaine and why is she filling your head with lies. Luke would do anything for you and he will never leave you and neither will the rest of us. We are family and family is always there for each other. Sometimes you have to be strong sometimes its me that has to be strong for you. Please don’t ever think that you have to take care of everything on your own. We all love you and want to help you to show you just how much.”
A smile slides over Rabbit’s face and she nods, “I love you too sister, I know you love me.” She looks over at Luke again and back to Key, “Elaine is Luke’s sister, she made it as a passing comment, I don’t think she even knew it would bother me. She said it was the normal state between abyssal and infernal. Evidently her and Luke’s dad had fell in love with an abyssal once but in the end had to kill her.” Rabbit just shrugs after the words, as if accepting a sentence or a fate.
Key rolls her eyes. Her annoyance at Elaine plain in her features.
“Just one more reason to dislike that girl. Just because it happened between Sid and Elaines mother doesn’t mean it will happen between you and Luke. Luke could no more kill you than he could chop off his own arm.”
Rabbit looks blankly at Keyleth, not sure for a moment what she meant, “I don’t think Luke will kill me, I worry I might kill him, or that when it comes time he doesn’t kill me when he should. He gives too many chances, even to me.”
Rabbit’s frustration at herself is evident, not able to get her words out, “That isn’t a reason to dislike Elaine, she meant no harm and wants to help. Besides, I talked a bit with Izzy before we left and asked her about what they told her to do with me. She didn’t understand why they wanted things but I think I do.”
“Elaines way of helping doesn’t always help. More often than not it hurts. Case in point…” She gestures between Rabbit and Luke.
“Could you please elaborate on what you talked about with Izzy? You’re trying to demonize yourself and I’d like to point out all the ways you are not a demon. Starting with how a demon wouldn’t care about her family.”
Rabbit sighs heavily, looking tired, ignoring the question about Izzy she continues on, “I don’t hate myself, I am not trying to demonize myself. I am just expressing that I don’t know what I am and it causes me some concern. I evidently still have anger inside, I was hoping that would go away. I am a little sad that when I die I can’t follow Luke, so all I have of him is here on this plane, which is why I will make this work.”
Key drops the entire subject seemingly nonplussed.
“Okay. Do you think the Dwarven Hold we’re going into will be bigger than the last one?”
Rabbit looks up at her sister, noticing the uncharacteristic quickness she dropped the subject. Suppressing anxiety that she made Key upset she evinces a smile that doesn’t reach her eyes, “I think it was bigger, with being freed I can utilize some of my gifts with the land better and it feels like this explosion wasn’t natural and I think a lot of it may be destroyed in the lava. There is a small city up there as well. I don’t think there is much travel this way, but there are passes in other directions and I think it is a trade stop..” with that Rabbit opens another package of rations, with the first already cleaned out and begins eating while watching Key.
Key reaches out and squeezes Rabbits thigh in reassurance as she speaks.
“Huhm, it will probably make traveling in there much more treacherous. I hope we can get in and out quickly. Anglerond said that winter will be here in about a month. I’d like to do as much travel as we can before we’re bogged down by snow. Do you think that’s possible?”
Rabbit stands up, closing her eyes she sniffs the air. Key sees a ripple of some form energy go out from her through the land (Ranger sense the land), Key is fairly sure no one else would have been able to see it.
Rabbit opens her eyes and her gaze turns onto the mountains ahead, turning she looks back at the high plains behind them. She then turns to Key and she is openly assessing her. There is no self-conscious or second guessing when she does this, she looks confident and reminiscent of how she must have looked when assessing raids or military maneuvers. She turns and assesses Luke with the same aura. Finally she watches Sargon and Te’teh as they cuddle by the fire.
She turns back to Key, eyes whirling, “Maybe… the problem is getting to the mountain is only a start, depending on how far up it may take us a couple weeks or longer to get up it. Same time to get down unless we find some passages, and then return to here where weather won’t be as bad. If we got stuck and it snowed I could still make it home. You and Luke probably could, especially if you were with me.”
Rabbit silently leaves of what she would expect for Sargon and Te’teh’s chances on their own without aid.
Key watches her closely and when she’s done talking purses her lips, worry spreading across her face.
“What do you suggest we do? Damn, I wish there were a way to teleport back home. Then we wouldn’t have to worry.” She chews at her bottom lip.
Rabbit watches as Key talks, but when Key mentions hoping for a way home she jumps back as if someone swung on her. She shifts and her head cocks at an angle. One hand is resting on the hilt of her blade on her left hip.
Her eyes are whirling quickly as she steps forward almost sniffing Key. “What did you just do my sister?.” Her voice still holding surprise and concern.
Key watches the over reaction to her statement utterly perplexed.
“What’s the matter?” She turns around to make sure there is no one behind her.
Rabbit sits beside Key again. “You said you wished to find a way to teleport back home and I saw a ripple around you. It was similar to when a high priestess casts a very powerful spell.”
Key swears under her breath. She lets looks over at Rabbit and sucks in a breath between her teeth.
“Well I that is something I thought I took care of at home. Now we know how we’re getting home I suppose.” She smiles and winks at Rabbit, a tinge of worry evident.
“Sargon doesn’t know it but I think I just saved his life.” She laughs uncomfortably.
Rabbit looks over at Sargon, a smile playing at the edges of her lips, “I think each of us has done it and he will never realize it. I still think he doesn’t realize how close Te’teh is to leaving.”
She looks over at Te’teh laying against Sargon with her head, but her lower body is stretched away.
Key leans close and whispers. “I know its horrible but I want her to.” She kisses her on the temple before straightening up again.
Rabbit watches Key intently, as she gets kissed her breathing becomes heavier as she watches. Her eyes are almost flickering in a pattern and her lips are partially open as a small smile flitters across. As Key straightens up Rabbit sniffs the air and then closes her mouth tightly with a snap. She smiles at Key “I agree, I think it would be best for Te’Teh to move along to another person, or maybe fix herself first.”
Key blinks a few times at Rabbits reaction, then realizing what she did by accident a light dawns but she doesn’t call attention to it.
“I don’t think fixing herself is going to do is really make her want to leave. Not that Im opposed to either.” She takes out a packet of her own rations and begins to munch.
Rabbit watches Key eat, her eyes following her and the food. Her stomach lies by issuing a growl, only contradicted that she has indeed had food by the ration packets spread around her.She shakes her head as if something passed and she momentarily looked worried and embarrassed before she looks back up, she seems to almost say something but changes her mind and switches tack.
“I am a little uncomfortable about waking up a god. Especially one that hasn’t been worshipped in thousands of years. Don’t get me wrong, Umberlee is a horrible goddess that should die but how do we know she is any better Rabbit motions towards Sargon to indicate what god she is referring too.
Key brakes off a piece of the bar she’s chewing on and hands it absently to Rabbit.
“Well if you want an honest answer you’ve come to the wrong place.” She chuckles.
“As far as Im concerned they’re all not worth the time. I would definitely not mind a bit more research. Not sure we’re going to get it.” She shrugs and takes another bite.
Rabbit thinks about it and seems to be thinking about two different things. She nods to key’s words though, “I think you are mostly right. I think you are wrong about Sekhmet, but that could be me being biased and shit.” She looks overt at Luke, the love flickering across her face.
She turns back to Key and then looks away, “I am sorry Key, I didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable, and I hope I didn’t scare you off showing me physical affection. I like our relationship, it is just as I get closer to the mountain the more… primitive I feel and harder to not react emotionally. I don’t think its possession or anything like that. Despek has no hold on me. It is just when I feel things its harder to stop reacting to them… I also feel like I have a giant hole inside me that I can’t fill up. Ever since Kokand.”
She looks at Key, “Sorry I kind of went tangential there.” Gives her a sheepish smile.
Key wraps an arm around Rabbit and pulls her in for a one armed hug.
“Im more worried about you than anything. Have you officially pledged to Sekmet? She may be able to help with the turmoil you feel.”
Rabbit shakes her head, “Not officially. I want to, but I am terrified it will change things. I am worried Sekhmet will turn out like Lolth, or that things will change between me and Luke. I am terrified to rock the boat or do anything and break whatever it is we have.” She looks over at Luke, the love, apprehension and resignation all intermixed on her face.
She turns back to Key, “I also am not sure how I should feel about Lolth now. It sounds like it might not even be her that caused my problems but people using her name instead.”
“I think you should think of Luke as the rock to your stream. He’s steady and not going anywhere. Besides he’s been pushing you toward Sekhmet. I think its something he wants for you. If you don’t want Sekhmet then look at Lolth. Do some research see if her teaching line up with how you feel in here,” she taps her chest. “and in here.” She taps her forehead.
“Right now you’re doing everything out of fear. That’s what may eventually drive the two of you apart. Fear and anxiety will make you see things that aren’t there. Make you fight over nothing. Try to relax into the fact that he loves you more than his next breath.” She smiles warmly at her and hands her the last of the food in her hand.
Rabbit smiles as she looks at her new husband. “You Are right, and you know what you are talking about. I am not against Lolth but I think Sekhmet calls to me, but I still like spiders almost as much as cats.
She looks over at Key. “You know my love for you is not dependent on my physical attraction I wish I could erase that part, I don’t like making you uncomfortable or worry I would ever just be here for that possibility..”
Key chuckles softly.
“I know you do. Stop worrying so much. If something really bothers me I’ll let you know. You don’t need to take care of all of us all the time.” She smiles warmly.
Rabbit shakes her head. “I would have to tell you that is wrong, I see how you folks do this, you need me to take care of you…”
She looks down longingly at the piece of bread still sitting in her hand from Key, “I have been so awfully hungry and horny for weeks. I have cut back I don’t want to freak out Luke. As for food I worry I am going to get real fat if I eat as much as I want.”
Key gives her a motherly look.
“You haven’t told Luke? Why? He could help you. You know he would never judge you, none of us will. Did this start after you went through the sarcophagus?”
Rabbit thinks for a few moments, “I have always been hungry at times. It would come and go. This is definitely the most intense. It is a similar feeling but stronger now, when I used to go hunting… when I would get sent out I would feel similar, but it would disappear when I got my target or got home.”
She looks over at Luke, “I would rather not tell Luke at the moment, I probably shouldn’t tell you. He needs a break. He has had to deal with my connection to Despek, my issues just as a drow adjusting, to my anger, to marrying me. I want him to have some space for him to be the focus. He is already worrying about me in other ways. This isn’t a big deal, and if it follows form it will dissipate. I don’t want to be too high maintenance, I am already a lot for him to have to deal with.”
The look only intensifies. She leans forward and pulls another ration pack and hands it to her.
“You can’t starve yourself. We need you to be functioning at your peek capacity. If your body is giving you hunger pains it means its burned all the fuel it has been given and is asking for more. You’re not going to get fat unless you starve yourself. If we run short we can have you hunt and Sargon can make more. Who do you think your target is?”
Rabbit unthinkingly pulls the ration pack apart and eats it as daintily as she can muster so as not to appear to piggy. She looks up at her sister, “I don’t know. I don’t feel drawn anywhere specifically except to the volcano, and I don’t think the volcano has a specific target.”
She looks a little more nervous, “I am a little worried I don’t have a target, and this is just how I feel normally.” She wolves down the meat jerky, her teeth still sharp and pointy.
She shakes her head looking away, then back.
“We can’t keep this from Luke. He needs to know.” Her expression is full of love and understanding.
She smiles and looks nervous, “Let’s play it easy though, if he looks stressed let’s not make it harder. I am not sure if I should show you this, but you want to see something?” Her voice has a lilt showing she is unsure about it.
“Thats fair, but just as long as we tell him eventually. Lets see, what is it?” She motions to her with a smile.
She flips her hair to one side, and unclips a chunk of hair, hiding under other hair. A scattering of grey hairs streak the unclipped portion “That is new, and I think I can feel myself ache more than I used to.”
Key reaches up and parts the hair to get a better look. She lets go after a moment and sighs.
“I guess that is the result of you trading lifespans with Luke. It needs to go on the list under the heading: ‘to tell Luke’.”
Rabbit tucks the section of hair away under the rest of the hair with the clip, “I was thinking maybe this be the thing he least needs to know. We have a lot of more urgent things to go after. I don’t want him worrying about me or taking any blame. I just wanted to show you.”
“I agree, on the list that would be at the bottom.” She chuckles and chucks her on the arm.
“I feel a bit bad. I may have just cut our looting short.
Rabbit chuckles, “If it doesn’t work out I know of a contract I can pick up outside Kokand and it can get us a nice set of loot.”
Key seams to perks up, all the fatigue leaving her body. “Ooooh! Do tell! Is it something we could do even if we get to loot on the way home?”
Rabbit shrugs, “I know by myself I could if I took the time, I think we have the ability as a group to do it fairly quickly, but it isn’t something we normally do and might make it more difficult. There is a wizard with a price on their head. 100,000 gold captured alive, 20,000 dead. Capturing them alive will be difficult for most of our group, but either way it would give us a little bit of cred with the wizard’s guild and that isn’t a bad thing.”
Key looks a bit unsure but nods. “It’s definitely worth a closer look into. You’re right, anything we can do to get a bit of good reputation with them would be awesome. Do you know what the wizard did?”
Rabbit looks up curiously at Key, studying her, “It’s not the kind of thing that you ask why they want the person. Most of these kinds of jobs start in the dark and stay there.”
She shrugs, “Sometimes it is a pedophile that they want revenge against, sometimes it is a person who saved somebody they shouldn’t have, or learned something they shouldn’t have seen. You don’t ask those questions usually.”
There is a practiced callousness in Rabbit’s face. Key gets the feeling it is a mask she puts on to do work like this. She has heard Rabbit did this work for a hundred years between other adventuring.
“Noted and understood. Suddenly Im not quite as excited to do the job.” She smiles at Rabbit but it doesn’t reach her eyes. She picks up a stick and prods the fire sparking it and it flares up.
Rabbit watches Key’s reaction and a flicker of sadness crosses her eyes.
She reaches towards tie fire trying to absorb any heat to offset the cold inside., “Maybe it isn’t your type of work. Don’t worry about it, I will deal with it on my own. It isn’t really something for most people.” She gives Key a half of a smile.
Key looks up from the fire and over at Rabbit.
“If you need help I won’t leave you hanging. If the rest of the group goes I’ll go as well, but you’re right, it probably wouldn’t be the first thing I chose to do. That’s no judgment on anyone that does that sort of work.”
Rabbit shrugs her shoulders “Don’t worry, it was a bad idea. You don’t need to participate in things that might bother you. It wouldn’t be worth it for you.”
Key sighs softly. “Maybe I can go to the monks and find us a job.” She thumps her lightly on the thigh.
She raises an eyebrow to her sister,, “I will always willingly and happily take a job for your people, but you are telling me they have work that pays 100,000 crowns?” Her voice betrays the doubt at that possibility.
“Probably not. I guess I was grasping at straws. I feel kind of bad messing with everyone’s pay day even if it was accidental.” She pokes nervously at the fire and throws another log on.
Rabbit leans over s d shoves Key playfully, “Don’t fret sister. You did nothing wrong, you are right you shouldn’t sully your blade in that kind of business.”
She sighs and seems to shake off her melancholy mood. She looks over and completely changes the subject.
“Do you know anything about breeding horses? I think Ive picked up a new hobby.”
Rabbit grins, “I know enough. Do you want to breed a new line of horse, or try and get a horse line established from the horses you are picking up?” She pushes her food away with only a slight look of sadness at doing so and gets up. She steps up to Key and hugs her. Her head only coming up to Key’s chest makes it ridiculous looking.
“I think horsebreeding would be an excellent hobby for you.”
Key hugs her back.“I think I want to produce a horse that is comfortable in all types of terrain and conditions. I suppose I should start reading up on it but any help you could give I would love.”
Rabbit just smiles back, “If you can figure that out you will be rich for the rest of your life. Survival in both hot and cold requires opposite abilities. However, maybe it can be done. I suspect we will have to come up with a horse that has magical blood though. Won’t be just a non-magical creature.” She pulls out her small notepad and begins writing.
“I guess being able to sell them would be a happy side effect. I really just thought it would be good for us. We seem to be traveling in every climate. What sort of magic horse where you thinking?” She cocks her head in thought.
Rabbit turns her gaze to Key, “We can see about getting a drow royal steed, they are called Olath Vedir (drow for dark mount). They are capable of any terrain but have problems with sunlight. They have to wear cloaks like mine under the sun. Maybe we can fix the sunlight issue and then breed them into the other horses.”
Key’s eyes light up. “Do you think that breading them with one of the other horses would make the offspring okay with the sun? We’ll have to modify a part of the barn to accommodate them. I think I’d like to get a mare and a stallion if we can.”
Rabbit thinks about it and smiles, “We would need to do a raid. I have been thinking about doing that anyways. I left most of my stuff back in the under dark. We would want to grab as many as we could.”
Key smiles. “We should definitely put that on the to do list.” She rolls her eyes and sighs. She leans in and whispers.
“I would be willing to put that ahead of some other things. It may buy us some research time.”
Rabbit looks over at Sargon speculatively, sucks on her lip in a way Key has never seen before but reminds her of a young girl and then turns back over to Key, “That would be great, but it wouldn’t be fair. He has been looking for his goddess for more than three years now, I might grumble but we owe him that for being loyal and being here.”
Key sighs heavily, more upset with herself than anything else.
“You’re right, that wasn’t fair of me at all. I just seem to be irrationally irritated at anything related to the gods since our last run in with Veronwe and Miffle.”
Rabbit chuckles, “You are fine. Trust me I am really skeptical about the divine… well mostly I guess. I am a bit worried though that we have started something. I get that it was going to happen anyways, but I feel like I have caused enough death directly that I am not sure I would have stepped into the sarcophagus had we known.”
Key looks over a Rabbit. She looks confident in her choice.“I would make the choice again if I had to do it over again. I will do the best I can to fix or mitigate the damage we have and will cause. This is a choice I’ll spend the rest of my life dealing with the fall out of, but I’ll do it gladly to make sure others can make the same choice. Maybe we’ll change things in such a way that no one will have to make the decisions we’ve had to.”
Rabbit leans over and kisses Key on the cheek, “You make a fine point, and you are probably right. I agree that we need to take care of it.”
Key gives her an unsure smile. “The big question is what do we do about it?” She lifts one shoulder and lets it fall.
“The answers will come I guess.”
Rabbit bends over and picks through the remains of the wrapper she had set down, “We go to wherever we are called. I get the impression we will know. I think the island is a good option when we have a quiet moment… well I guess both islands. The Island of the Gods and the Island that Tsovinar wanted to visit..”
“Ugh, you know that island is like my least favorite places anywhere.” She chuckles.
“I’ll get used to it eventually. We should build s house there too. We seem to be there enough to warrant it.”
Rabbit thinks about it for a moment, taking it far more serious then Key probably meant and nods, “I think I know how to do that, or at least who to go to that will know how to do that. I don’t think we need a home on the island, but I think we can arrange a small gate. A static gate to a static location is a lot easier to do then the gate we are working on to take us to multiple places. A small private gate to the island, probably be able to power it from the island as well. I have someone who might be able to help with that.”
She looks up at Key, “I know they couldn’t help us with a normal gate, which is why I never brought them up, but they have an ability to make a side gate as they call it. A small gate that goes to a specific location. They do it so they can have bolt holes out of all of their homes to safe spaces. That is a fantastic idea Key”, She leans over and kisses Key a little harder in happiness as she thinks about what she might be able to give her husband.
Key rolls her eyes and raises both eyebrows at Rabbit.
“You know that’s not what I meant at all. But to pay me back for all of the mental discomfort at the thought of a permanent gate to… The Island, you can tell me more about these mini gates.” She elbows Rabbit in the ribs playfully.
“How much would it cost? How long does it take to make? Can he or she put one anywhere or does it need a specific type of area?”
Rabbit reels back acting as if Key had attacked her, but with a smile on her face, “I can’t tell you specifics, but I can say they can place it almost anywhere. The problem being is charging them. They can set a charge for one shot, but if you want a gate that remains active it has to have a way to recharge, or to tap into a permanent energy source if it doesn’t recharge.”
She looks up at Key, “That is why the gate guild charges so much, it takes a lot of magic to refill the gate each time… of course they gouge price too, but it is the cost to activate it. If you had something that recharged itself you could put it anywhere though, or if you wanted a one time emergency gate that you can come back later and have a mage recharge that would work too. As for location, I seen one bar that had a gate in the floor behind the bar itself, in case of robbery.”,
She smiles at Key, “I can give him a wedding present, maybe get them to set a second gate for Nestrim to Arborlon as his present.” She seems to be considering what can be done.
Key smiles. “That’s a wonderfully thoughtful gift for both of them.” She pauses for thought.
“I was just thinking it would be nice to have a bolt hole somewhere in the manor…”
Rabbit watches key for a moment, a serious expression, “I suck, I never even considered bolt holes that were gates for you. I have several normal bolt holes being built into the manor, but I never considered a gate. I am really sorry sister.” The look on her face shows she feels she failed on a portion of her protection of Key.
Key reaches out and wraps an arm around her sister.
“Just stop, you did not fail me. Everything you have done is far above and beyond any expectation. There is no way I will ever be able to repay you for what you’ve done so far.”
Rabbit sighs heavily, “I appreciate your kindness, doesn’t change facts. Don’t worry no pity party here. I will adapt.” She pats Key affectionately.
“And what facts are those? Please tell me so that I can refute them. If you’re thinking what I think your thinking your full of crap.” She throws another log on the fire while she waits for a response.
Rabbit hesitates and her eyes find Key’s. Key can see her weighing what she should say. She then grits her teeth and shakes her head. “nah, don’t worry I am just feeling a little weakened, a loss of grace from the sarcophagus. The loss of power makes me worry I can’t protect you and Luke. That terrified me.”
“I know I can’t keep you from worrying, but you don’t need to. Luke and I are pretty capable in our own right you know.” She gives her a wink.
“I can do this nifty new thing where I can punch through solid rock.”
Rabbit smiles at Key. “Sister, you are amazingly intimidating. You are fantastic in combat an an equal to anyone I have ever been around. However, at some point in time one of us will lose, it is my job to make sure I am between you and everything else so the day that happens it will be me that loses giving you that much more time to bring together your civilization and the freedom of all people.”
She squats beside the fire, “You are a queen, a person responsible for the future of a nation of millions and who will lead her people and everyone else into a safer world. You are not merely a bodyguard, warrior or adventurer. Your life has meaning. The meaning of my life is to buy you even one more day so you can bring peace to all the rest.”
Key is quiet for a long time, uncomfortable with Rabbits chosen role, but not wanting to take away from its importance. She starts and stops several times before actually speaking.
“You are so much more than just a bodyguard, warrior and adventurer. Your my sister, an aunt, a god mother, a wife and a mother of your own children some day soon. When it does happen, hopefully not for many, many years, I promise to make sure your death has meaning. I will not waist the extra time you give me. I will also take care of Luke and your children. They will know what a brave, powerful, selfless woman you are.”
Rabbit’s smile grows larger and she looks over at the sleeping form of Luke, “Thank you, please take care of him. He is an idiot sometimes. Also I would be proud for you to take care of my children.”
She looks back at Key. a grin replacing the smile, “Please don’t worry though, I am not nearly as suicidal as I was. I will try and survive as much as possible. I look forward to use being old together if we can work it out.”
Key laughs softly. “Im glad you aren’t. I’d like to have you around for a good long time. We’ll find a way to fix your aging. There has to be a way out there.”
Rabbit smiles and shrugs her shoulders, “I am not dead yet… and we fixed Luke, that is all I ever wanted. I am working on fixing your boyfriend.”
Key looks at her with a pointed look. “Are you? Have you found anything yet?”
Rabbit nods, “Only some leads, but it looks like surface elves are close enough to the original source of Seldarine that it can be flipped over individually. Sadly not the case for drow and any of the other dark seldarine. So that means we might be able to fix Anglerond.”
Key’s eyebrows draw together. “Flipped? Could you explain a bit more?”
Rabbit settles down, and starts picking through the packaging yet again looking for something she might have missed, “All I really understand, when the elves stepped out of the fey lands we were all immortal, beautiful, etc. Something happened, maybe it was the war with the three but elves that came after the initial were mortal, live maybe 3,000 years. Then the war over the city and the fall of the tower 10,000 years ago dimmed our light even more. Some point in time we were cast out and lost a lot more of the light as well. It is supposed to be easier to brighten the light, thus the life of an elf then give immortality to a human, or even harder for a drow.
She looks over at Luke, “The other easier way is to make a pact with a devil, that supposedly can be done as well.”