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The Beast ([personal profile] thebeastslair) wrote2014-03-10 12:15 am

'Accidental' Video 1: A Little Bird's Song

As the video starts, there is a man standing with his back to the camera.  Long blue-black hair lays loose against his shoulders, messy and snarled.  He sways back and forth in an odd, almost worried rhythm.

"He's sick.  He's sick.  My Little Bird's sick and needs to rest," the words are soft, spoken to the same odd rhythm as the man's swaying.  "I want him to be better soon.  To be better now.  Why isn't he better?  Why doesn't the healing work?"

The Beast crouches down by the bed then, allowing a dark shock of hair belonging to someone curled up in a bundle of blankets on the bed to be seen for the first time.  However, the Beast doesn't stay that way long, bouncing back to his feet a few moments later and blocking the man from view again, "I know!  I feel better when he sings to me. I will sing to him!"

There is silence in the room for several moments and then a soft, low, harsh but oddly melodic voice starts singing a song in Ancient Gaelic.  It's a lullaby.  One his Little Bird said he wrote.  It is not long, so The Beast repeats it.  Over and over again.

Until the feed ends...
athousandcurses: (Sad)

[personal profile] athousandcurses 2014-03-12 05:18 am (UTC)(link)
I already gave you it! [She retorts in another flash of temper, but it's quickly muted again.

This is even worse than being taunted by the... what did he call him? The Beast? It's a good name. Grainne's patience snaps and soon she can't hold back the angry, worried tears.]

If you do not take it to him, there's nothing else I can d--
[Talking isn't such a good idea after all, because her breath hitches, and her words are replaced by sobs.

'My baby.'

She shouldn't have ever come here.]
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[personal profile] thebeastwithin 2014-03-12 06:39 am (UTC)(link)

[Despite the fact that the Beast is still laughing in the back of his head, Set's expression suddenly becomes very grim, a cross between worry, loss, and perhaps even a little fear. He knows that expression. He's even worn it a few times.

Grief. Loss. Fear and a desperate wish to see again what can never be seen again in the land of the living. Some things can be faked, but that kind of pain? No.

For a moment, runes flare bright and then fade. In his head, the Beast falls silent, not happy that the seal on the room has been lifted. However, before the Beast can do anything and before Set can address the crying woman in the room, another soft sound comes to his ears.

Dragging footsteps. Unsteady footsteps and an exhausted, shaking voice.] s-something...wrong?
athousandcurses: (Surprise)

[personal profile] athousandcurses 2014-03-12 06:57 am (UTC)(link)
[She's not sure exactly why he did it, or what had gotten through to him in the end, but she takes the momentary distraction to dash out of the room to make her escape.

And then freezes when she catches a glimpse of the figure on the stairs.

It's him. He's really... here, alive. And his arm... he looks so sick, and all of her senses are telling her something was wrong more than just an illness. How could someone change so much but still be the same? She's so torn, standing there, wanting to go to him and the fear he would reject her after all she's seen.

After a moment, she dismisses her robes, allowing him to see her face, but she stays where she is. He has someone else now, she has no right to go to him.]

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[personal profile] shatteredservice 2014-03-12 11:25 pm (UTC)(link)
[He really shouldn't be out of bed. Dia knows this, but at the same time he knows something is wrong and he doesn't want to leave Set to face it alone. What if the Beast breaks free? It's Dia's responsibility to keep him in line...even if it's hard to do that when everything is so fuzzy and he is so unsteady himself.

To be honest, it takes Dia a moment to focus on the person who dashes out around Set. Female... Oh, and her clothes just...

Dia's hand tightens on the banister and that is really the only thing that keeps him from falling as his knees begin buckling.

It's can't be... It can't be... Is he dying? Is that why he is seeing...her?

It's a relief when he feels Set's arms around him. Dia sags against his lover and doesn't fight as the man all but carries him to the top of the stairs and then eases him into a sitting position against the hallway wall. He tries to turn back to the woman to see if she is still there, but realizes how little strength he has and just ends up resting limply against Set's chest instead.]

W-what is going on? How...
athousandcurses: (Surprise)

[personal profile] athousandcurses 2014-03-12 11:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Diarmuid! [She's at his side in a second, reaching out to take his hand. She spares a brief glance at Set, worry and apology combined in her expression, then turns back to Diarmuid.

This is her fault. She shouldn't have come here and shouldn't have been messing with that network. The Beast had been right. She only makes him worse.]

I'm so sorry... please, I didn't mean to make you worse. I only wanted to see you.
thebeastwithin: Set-Pair (Pair)

[personal profile] thebeastwithin 2014-03-13 03:30 am (UTC)(link) ain't your fault, Lass.

[Set lightly runs a hand over Dia's hair and then tucks his sick lover's head under his chin, being careful not to pull Dia's hand away from Grainne. As much as he or the Beast might want to argue, Dia's reaction to her makes it pretty clear she's who she says she is. Now if only he can stay conscious enough to talk to her.]

He's been real sick for a while. We don't know why exactly...though we have some ideas.

[Set scowls when Dia weakly struggles to pull away. He's not exactly sure what the other man is thinking, but he's not about to let him go when all that will likely result in is him falling and getting hurt.]

Sit still. And if you have enough strength to fight, stop fighting and talk to your wife. You're scaring her, baby.

[Dia falls still for a moment, closing his eyes. After a few moments, he speaks softly.]

I'm not seeing things? Not like...last time?
athousandcurses: (Not Amused)

[personal profile] athousandcurses 2014-03-13 07:12 am (UTC)(link)
No, no you're not seeing things. I'm a Servant...

[She's almost beside herself with worry and upset despite Set's words.]

Last time? You mean on the network?

[Grainne shoots an angry look at Set.]

Why did you tell him that anyway?! I saw what happened after I cut the feed!
thebeastwithin: Set-Yo (Yo)

[personal profile] thebeastwithin 2014-03-14 01:00 am (UTC)(link)

Saw what after you cut what feed?

[A confused look crosses Set's face, but before he can ask anymore, Dia stirs and speaks weakly.]

The Beast...he was talking to her...

[Set swears under his breath and the swearing gets louder as The Beast starts chuckling in the back of his head. Suddenly, all the chanting and the playing around earlier makes a lot more sense. He forces himself to focus passed the anger this realization causes in him and gives her a serious look.]

Lass, you have to understand...he and I? Two different people, one body. Most of the time I have no clue and no control over what he's doing. I..

It's not his fault.

[Diarmuid weakly squeezes the hand that Grainne is holding to make sure she hears him.]

Don' mad at him.
Edited 2014-03-14 01:00 (UTC)
athousandcurses: (You will read my thoughts...)

[personal profile] athousandcurses 2014-03-14 01:36 am (UTC)(link)
[Grainne's expression melted into simple wariness, then she turns her attention back to the man on the floor, squeezing his hand in return.

Now that she's close to him, she can see how much is different about him. How much he has... changed. Not just the illness, and even that she knew wasn't the total truth. Something is there.]

Do you want me to go?
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[personal profile] shatteredservice 2014-03-14 02:21 am (UTC)(link)
No! Please! Don't leave me!

[Dia tries to sit up, but the force of his answer seems to have eaten up what little strength he has left. He collapses back against Set's chest, so still for a moment it seems like he might have fallen unconscious again. However, the grip on her hand remains, weak but insistent. Desperate.]

Please. I need you to stay...

[He doesn't want her to vanish. Not like before. Not when he has just found her again...]
athousandcurses: (Surprise)

[personal profile] athousandcurses 2014-03-14 02:47 am (UTC)(link)
I'll stay! I'll stay!

[Grainne panics for a second when he goes still, holding his hand tightly. Gently, she ran her fingers over his cheek, comforting him.]

I won't go anywhere... but you shouldn't be out here.

[Looking around, she finally looks back at Set.]

Can you take him?
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[personal profile] thebeastwithin 2014-03-14 03:22 am (UTC)(link)
[Dia turns his head into her touch, eyes looking into hers for a moment, before they close and he falls still again. Asleep, though, not unconscious. Set sighs, leaning down to gently kiss him on the forehead and then motions for Grainne to step back so he can pick his lover up. Once she has, he gently gathers Dia into his arms.

Strangely enough, the Beast has fallen completely silent.

Set settles Dia and then motions toward the stairs with his head.]

The bedroom is near the end of the stairs and the kitchen isn't far away. We can talk there.
athousandcurses: (Shy)

[personal profile] athousandcurses 2014-03-14 04:05 am (UTC)(link)
[Scrambling away, she only goes so far as to make it clear for them to move, but she doesn't let go of his hand yet, waiting until Set motions for her to go. Reluctantly, she lets go and nods, moving down the stairs and waiting for Set at the bottom.]

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[personal profile] thebeastwithin 2014-03-14 08:15 pm (UTC)(link)
[Set is careful not to force her to let go of Dia's hand until absolutely necessary. She might not understand, but he gets it and he isn't angry or jealous about what she and his lover were in the past. How can he be when Dia has been nothing but understanding about his feelings for Bazett?

Carefully, he carries Dia down to their bedroom and inside. Part of him says he should be watching Grainne to make sure she doesn't vanish, but she promised Dia that she wouldn't go and he's trusting her to keep that word. If she doesn't...

...well that's something that will be dealt with after Dia is better.

Once he has his lover tucked into bed, Set gives him another gentle kiss on the forehead. Dia is so deeply asleep, he doesn't respond at all. It makes Set frown, but at least it means his lover is resting. And he needs the rest. Badly.

Straightening from the bed, he moves back to the room's door and out into the hallway, silently leading the way to the kitchen.]
athousandcurses: (Surprise)

[personal profile] athousandcurses 2014-03-14 09:24 pm (UTC)(link)
[Grainne follows him, wearing a vaguely displeased expression. The tears from earlier had left trails and she rubs at her face, wiping them away before wrapping her arms around herself in defense.]

How long has he been sick?
thebeastwithin: Set-Yo (Yo)

[personal profile] thebeastwithin 2014-03-15 04:25 am (UTC)(link)
Too long.

[Set's words are clipped and slightly angry, but the anger isn't at her. It seems to be directed at himself. He makes his way into the kitchen, motioning for her to sit at the stools by the bar.]

This is one of those time I wish we still had somethin' with alcohol in it in the house. You want anything?
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[personal profile] athousandcurses 2014-03-15 05:34 am (UTC)(link)
[Hesitant, almost as if she's afraid he might lock her in the room again (come on Grainne, that's silly) she sits down and clasps her hands together on the bar top.]

No, I'm fine. [Grainne starts picking at a hangnail, needing something to do to let off nervous energy.] I'm... sorry I broke in. I was afraid he wouldn't let me see him.
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[personal profile] thebeastwithin 2014-03-15 08:52 pm (UTC)(link)
[Set notices her fidgeting and gives her a glass of water, so she can fiddle with that instead of possibly hurting herself messing with her nails like that. He then pours himself a drink and leans against the sink facing her.]

To be honest, I can't blame you. He might not have. He's damned protective of his 'Little Bird.' Sometimes it's a blessing. Most the time it's a pain in the ass. Least now I know why he was laughing and acting like an idiot in the back of my head when I first saw you. Can't help but wonder why he didn't push out then. Ah...I suppose I should just count us lucky and not question...
athousandcurses: (Sad)

[personal profile] athousandcurses 2014-03-15 11:19 pm (UTC)(link)
[She stares at the glass of water for a moment, silent, then straightens up and pulls her hands into her lap.

There's so many unasked questions running through the back of her mind that she doesn't dare ask. She's seen too much to feel comfortable intruding on what's obviously their private lives.]

I don't know how I could help...
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[personal profile] thebeastwithin 2014-03-15 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
How about asking the questions you really want to ask instead of worrying about butting your head in where it don't belong?

[Set shrugs.]

I'm not going to takes offense. Believe me. It takes a lot to really upset me these days. With a berserk side like The Beast, you learn to keep things in check pretty quickly...
athousandcurses: (Aloof)

[personal profile] athousandcurses 2014-03-16 12:18 am (UTC)(link)
[Grainne's expression darkens, and she avoids looking at him straight on.]

What kind of questions could I possibly ask and get an answer to that isn't 'he has someone else.' I've read his posts and I know enough.

[That exchange with Mordred still features prominently in her thoughts when she isn't being worried for him. It had made her both sick to her stomach and irrationally angry, but if he's moved on there is little she can do about it.]

Besides, that isn't why I came here. His welfare is more important right now. I don't have any other class than Caster, I might be able to help without interference. I could at least do something about his arm...
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[personal profile] thebeastwithin 2014-03-16 03:29 am (UTC)(link)
You know NOTHING.

[Set's voice is just one step away from a snarl and it's very small step. If Grainne looks up at him fast enough, she will see that, for a moment, the pupils of his eyes narrow down to slits and the whites of his eyes shift black, before both things return to normal, signs that The Beast has almost torn his way to the surface and then fallen back. While relieved that The Beast doesn't force things, Set can't help but wonder why. Why is he suddenly showing so much restraint?

Is it just because he's worried about his Little Bird or something else going on?]

Are you really foolish enough to think that a few videos posted to a website without our permission in several of those cases tells anything? You obviously care about him or else you would not be here. Stop letting your emotions keep you from thinking about what's really best for him, 'cause that's all I care about. What's best for him. Hell, the reason he's like this is 'cause he's put what's best for everyone else in front of what's best for him for far too long!
athousandcurses: (Sad)

[personal profile] athousandcurses 2014-03-16 05:04 am (UTC)(link)
[Startled and frightened, Grainne disappears from the stool and reappears at the entrance to the kitchen wearing her robes.

The shock wears off in a second, but it leaves her heart pounding and her voice shaking, though she speaks with a sudden fierceness.]

Then you tell me what's best for him, but never raise your voice like that again. Not where Diarmuid can hear it.
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[personal profile] thebeastwithin 2014-03-16 09:29 am (UTC)(link)
Promise you will stop acting like you ain't got a brain in that pretty little head and we've got a deal. I know you're smarter than that, Princess, so act it.

[Set takes a long drink from his glass, emptying it and then setting it on the counter. It's not so much that he is thirsty as it is he is buying himself a little time to make sure his emotions are settled before he continues.]

I don't know how it was for you--if you ever got called into the war--but he was. Twice. Both times he was used and betrayed and the second time...

[A look of disgust fills his eyes.]

...the second time he was violated in every way possible and then more. If things were working right, he wouldn't have to remember any of it, but he does. He does and it's changed him. He ain't the man you once knew. He's trying to be. He damn well is trying, but there's something broken in him. I wanna fix it, but...I don't know how.
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[personal profile] athousandcurses 2014-03-16 06:42 pm (UTC)(link)
[Anything she might have said to his accusation died before it even reached her lips, turning a horror stricken pale color. Her first instinct is to go run into the bedroom and hold him and protect him from everything.

The second is to get sick, which might be more likely since she starts to feel bile at the back of her throat.

There is anger now, so strong she's afraid she'll get lost in it, and it takes a moment to stop shaking. The ill feeling only grows stronger while she's wrestling with herself, and she has to shake her head furiously and remind herself. There's nothing she could do now. The people responsible were probably long gone away.]

Then... everything he said about corruption... that... post...

[She had so wanted to believe it was a mistake, that she hadn't read it. That it was somehow a story he made up. The details blurred in her head after she finished, unable at first to come to terms with what was written there. In fact... she had almost managed to suppressed the memory. Not that she had gone very far before she had to stop.

Grainne takes several steps to the bar, grabbing the glass of water to fight the sick that only seems to get worse.]

What can I do..?

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