"Of course. Such a brave protector you are."
The tone was full of barely veiled mocking, though still coloured with amusement.
"I always know more than I say, lordling. It’s one of the basics of interaction. Openness is met with abuse, honesty with word-mincing, and trust with treachery."
"Oh, and I wouldn’t scratch that too much if I were you. It won’t do anything but you’ll just cause yourself pointless injury."
He frowned and huffed, turning around to fully get dressed, wrapping himself up in one of the larger coats he had in his personal rooms.
"Of course I am. I did help her out in many situations…One of the reasons why I got this … mark" he composed himself as much as he could, but it was complicated, since he felt the sting of his words in his heart.
He not always protected the Heir as much as he wanted too…she was often in situation he wished he could help her…
"I d-don’t…" he murmured, then sighed, getting a silken scarf and wrap it around his neck, draping it artistically around him and sigh as he sat down onto a cushion, preparing tea for himself.
"I take you still don’t like tea, Lord Nero?" he asked and glanced up to him. "Why are you here anyway? Just to mock me with your riddled answers, non chalant comments and oh so loved defiance to help?"
"Lord Nero I-" he stopped ill and stared in horror at the thing infront of him. "What in all stars are you?" he asked, backing away, his eyes wide and his mouth pulled up in a grimace.
"Ýo̸ų l̨oǫk̶ f̵or͝ t̡he Q̷ưasa҉r͏. B̨út̴ y҉ơu h̀old̶ a̸ c͝o̷n͞s͜t҉e͞l̀la̴t͏i̸on͘.͠”
"Const̴el͢l͠at̡i̧ons͘ a͢r̕e p̶͞͞r͢e͠͞y̵.͞”
His eyes were wide and he knew that this was bad. He had searched for Lord Nero, wanting him to tell him something about their deal, but now he was face to face with a gigantic black hole, something so terrifying he felt his knees slightly giving in.
"I am…Lord Stallion, Zodiac Lord of the Eastern Constellation Horse…and I-I’m not afraif of you" he was. He dearly was afraid of him.
"Where is Lord Nero? What have you d-done to him?" he asked and gently removed the golden chopsticks that always reside in his hair, opening them up to fan out at his back
"I’m not your prey." he said and the chopsticks turned into two lances, that gently glowed.
"Tell me where Lord Nero is, Black Hole"
Such entertaining reactions as ever despite it almost seeming that the lordling had grown better at controlling them. A pity, though trying to fool the senses of a black hole was a futile task.
"So have I."
One, lazy smile could carry so many implications, especially to one as paranoid as Nero knew this little lordling to be.
"I hear she’ll be gone from the nest for months."
His ear twitched, showing off the irratation, even though his face seemed seemingly blank at this.
"It doesn’t mean she will be gone forever. I will see to keep an eye on her. She is still under my protection…" he said and gently backed away from his captor, as if the mark was itching, he scratched over it lightly. There were already red streks across it from his previous scratching.
Sometimes it didn’t feel as strange as it does, but other times, it feels like a stinger was still there, pumping poison under his skin, making it irratated.
"Do you know more? You seem like you’re knowing more than you’re giving me, Lord Nero"
"I slept so long…what has happened since I was gone?"
"A bit of this, a bit of that."
A voice, disembodied at first, but detectable in direction to the shadows. A glint of white teeth and a glance of sharp, green eyes.
"The position of the little caretaker you constellations call the tsar seems to be steadily weakening."
he twitched when hearing the Black Hole somewhere nearby, his lips curling up to bare teeth, but he relaxed his instincts and turned around, seeing the Lord hiding yet in the shadows. He gulped down the nervousness and gave him a cold slight glare
"I have heard that Hannah Smalley wants to travel…but I do not take this as a weakness, nor anything…what do you know that I don’t, Lord Nero. Does this affect her stand for a heir? Does the…" he spat the world almost. "…Tsar taking this ill?"
☫=== “All heirs should take adventures. My son, you know.. Minor? He took his first trip out of our planet after three hundred years. He was just a babe and I asked the Dragon’s court to have him travel in the wild.” Ursa shrugged. “It was a good experience. It showed our court he was ready to even be announced heir. We, my people and elders.. we believe in strength.”
"This is a test more for the Tsar’s heir. The little one will experience everything the universe holds and.. in return, she will gain proper roles. See the lives of the poor, the rich and the abnormal." Ursa followed, eyes trained ahead of her and posture straight. Her coat and furs were removed by servants, and she took a seat on a cushion presented to her. The Eastern Zodiac they were an odd bunch.. but Ursa held no ill will against them.
"The Western Zodiac? We are hard headed and isolated bunch of Lords and Ladies. The few who DO walk around to meet and greet, are far the most bold. Do you not recall Aries? Pisces? Libra? Do not take it personally, Lord Horse." Ursa reached around to grab some black and was pleased to find a small container of honey. A bear’s weakness in food.
"I can say your Zodiac is.. different. I have met the "Sheep" of your world and others in the past. Different doesn’t always mean dislike, only.. confusion and curiosity."
"We are all royals, chosen by our peers, people and family.. should anyone show you disrespect, then they are but an embarrassment to their Constellation."
"It will be a test indeed. I only worry for those times she will be alone in dangerous places…but she will be trained through these situation and while I do not want to interfere with her travels, I will still keep an eye on her, so that if she needs me, I’ll always be just ahead of her to assist…." he gently reached over and chose a black tea with the label ‘honey bee’ on it. He opend the bag and poured in the tea leaves, beginning the ceremony slowly, while talking
"I’m happy that she is this brave to take this journey. Though I doubt that her ‘father’ will allow her too much freedom. He is the Tsar…he worries about many things and his heir is one of the first things along with his…" he grimaced lightly. "…husband and lover. Anyway…they will keep an eye on her as well, another reason why I won’t interfere as much"
He sighed and smiled lightly to the Lady.
"I believe if she is really the heir to the Tsar, she will manage just fine. She has in the past…" he lightly rubbed the back of his neck, right where the mark of the Black Hole was. "…she will do an excellent job."
With that he reached to the back again, a tiny stellar horse had hopped in with another plate. There were honey treats on it, be it pure honey in jars or cookies and treats made of those.
"Take as much as you want, my chefs are preparing more if you need them and I do believe you haven’t tasted honey from my Constellation. Our honey has a bit of a sweetness earthly honey doesn’T have…but if you don’t like it, I’ll fetch you some of the other one I got from Hannah Smalley’s grandmother. Such a nice woman…very helpful and very kind" he sighed and leaned back pouring the tea in two cups and offering her one.
"Do you want something in your tea? Lemon? Milk? Sugar? Honey?"
☫=== She didn’t care if the man was naked, half naked or in full clothing. She was a bear, remember? Nudity meant nothing to her and if she wished, could walk around in the nude if she wished.
But that wasn’t Lady like. Ursa waved a hand at Stallion, bowing at him in greeting before speaking.
"Tea will be fine, Lord. You’ve lost weight though. You were not so skinny in the last years I saw you. Why have I come.. ? Well, I had thought you should know.. the Tsar is letting his little heir out and about soon. I was given word of the cosmic winds, of course. My constellation is always snooping where it shouldn’t, really."
He huffed and arched a brow. This woman was really not what some would expect a lady, but Stallion enjoyed her company. She was blunt, but she was honest and that was the most he liked about her. Honesty. He didn’T get that much from some people, mostly they lie and scheme…
"Ah…blunt as ever, milady…" he said and brushed over his robes, turning around and leading her to one of the other rooms, while listening to her, signaled by his ears that twitched. Only when she mentioned Hannah…he hesitated on the door
"Ah…the little Tsarina wants to go out…that’s good. She has to learn some things about the universe…and she is old enough" he said softly, opening the door and leading her in. The room was round and in the middle was a table with the teapot and his tea collection box. The rest was stuffed with cushions and cloth, an hooka in the back, if needed
"It is nice of you to tell me this, Lady Ursa. It’s not often that I get visitors from other systems, even more not from you…The Western Zodiac doesn’T much care about mine…what tea do you like? Just choose out of the box, I’m sure there will be one right for you" he said with a smile, while picking up a plate from behind him, full of cookies, tiny snacks and other finger foods.
"I slept so long…what has happened since I was gone?"
☫=== “It’s been a long time, Lord Horse.”
"It has been a very long time…" he said and righted his robe, blushing when realizing that his robe was a bit up because of his tail, quickly pulling it down with a smile of embarrassment.
"It has been too long, milady Ursa! It’s a pleasure to see you again. How can I help you? A cup of tea, perhaps?"
"I slept so long…what has happened since I was gone?"
Artist: TeddyloidAlbum: OSTTrack: Theme for Scanty & Knee SocksPlays: 72,101
Theme for Scanty & Kneesocks
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt IN 6
◤ Masquerade open ◢
As the first chords of the song played, Nero strode forward and immediately claimed control of both the dance and the floor with sheer power of presence, the contrast between light and dark only serving to draw more eyes now that they were in movement.
The black hole didn’t dance often, but when there was a worthy partner he never disappointed. And now he’d decided to give the people something to remember, though rather guiding their attention more to his dance partner. Black Holes may be at the centre, but the purpose of those around was to gather the attention.
Stallion’s eyes widend and he let himself be dragged onto the stage, into the song and into his role. He was like an angel, white and serene, his hair gently pushed out of the tight bun and fanned out on his back, the wings move and bob as he was lead on the dance. The control the black hole had on him was strange, normally he was the one that leads…
Though this time it was different. He wanted him to take lead, to be the one that pushes him away and back again, to give him those gazes and make them the center of all attention
If this feels like to be ruled by a Black Hole, Stallion didn’t mind it half as much as he did a few moments ago. With a pleased shudder he felt the stares on his back as he was pushed once again away, his dress moving wonderfully from side to side, sometimes like wings would do and his eyes were half closed in the joy and rush of this dance.
"You’re a very good dancer, Lord Nero" he murmured