Maria & Kara

Kara

The girl shut her mouth the moment Kale looked at her, and when he turned away, she rolled his eyes and sighed against the soft fabric of the scarf. Shoving her hands in her pockets, she quietly waited for the servant at the door to give a nod and allow both of them in. He looked extremely hesitant, what anyone would be if they had a half tiger wanting to come into their home, but eventually gave an almost inaudible sigh and waved them in. She figured that it was probably best to leave her shoes outside and then step in and just wait in front of the door, but quickly realized that she was Asian, and that’s what Asian families did. And that the girl still had no idea how manners even worked in this so-called alternate world.

Maria

Maria did little to conceal his excitement and even him himself could not tell whether it was genuine or if he was trying to keep up with his act. It had been long since the boy received anything even remotely close to looking this nice and despite the air that surrounded this room, it was still nice that Aaron’s father thought of him enough not to give him a servant’s quarters. “Ahh,” He spoke softly with a warm smile, “This is really nice.” His thoughts on the other hand were not as warm, “This little brat probably thinks something like this is nothing. God damn he’s lucky.”

Kale and Aaron

Kale

Scrunching his nose up irritably, both at his disgust over having to speak words he so obviously detested palatable on his face and at the muffled giggle he could hear from Kara, the tiger shifter pursed his lips and stood up straighter, firmly ignoring as the boy went past him. Turning his attention to the door man, Kale tried to recapture the commanding rightiousness he’d felt earlier, but the elusive emotion seemed further out of his grasp then it ever had before, and Kale was left feeling like the child he really was - just a bit lost, just a bit confused, and pushed under the pressure of trying to save the world he knew. “I would like to speak to the Head of the Jordans family, thank you. Please tell him that Kale of the Northern Tiger Tribes is here to meet with him.”

To the nervous tiger boy’s credit, his voice didn’t shake an iota, and his chin was held high, but even he could sense the fear-scent that came off him. What if he was turned away? Could he really try to save the Pack without the support of those that practically wrote the Book of Names?

Aaron

Hearing Maria’s nearly silent footsteps behind him, Aaron turned his head slightly and gestured to encompass the enormity of the front hall, saying as he did so, “Foyer.” Pointing to the left, and then the right, he continued in short order, “Kitchen, and the servant’s quarters which I suggest you stay out of.  Social dinning room is beyond that, but we’ll usually be using the children’s dinning room upstairs. Right is where the library and hosting rooms are. Don’t go in the tea room, because the house maid will possibly murder you, and going into the fighting room will result in grievous injuries delivered by my sister. Gardens are out the back, and upstairs are the bedrooms and the rest of the offices.” Climbing the rest of the stairs, hand never touching the banister for fear of leaving fingerprints upon its glossy surface, Aaron made sure Maria was still following before beginning to point out rooms. “First level is my father’s office, and rooms, and you are not allowed in for any reason but if summoned or an emergency. Zoe’s room is also on this floor, but if you knock she’ll usually let you in. It’s the silver-plated door with the birds on it, over there. The spare bedroom where you’ll be staying is also on this floor, and I’ll show you that in a minute.”

Taking a deep breath to clear his throat, Aaron continued to the left of the banister, where a swirling staircase led even further upwards. “My brother’s room is on the right side, while mine is on the left. Usually I stay in his room, as mine often seems to be over run by chemicals.” Aaron coughed discretely into his hand, knowing exactly why his room was over run by chemicals. Stopping in front of a elegantly ornamented door, Aaron swung it open, gesturing inside. “This is your room.”

Furnished with nick-nacks that looked expensive but did little to conceal the empty, loneliness of the room, the spare bedroom had a desk and side tables, along with a double bed and windows that overlooked the gardens. The whole room was free of any dust, and the sheets looked primly pressed, as though ironed to the bed.

Kara & Maria

Kara

Kara stifled a giggle. She never thought that in the entire time she was standing by Kale she would ever see him turn that red. She pulled up the scarf closer to her cheeks and let it cover her slightly red nose. ‘God damn it’s cold,’ She thought and her hands in the pocket of her coat fiddled with the fabric in an attempt to keep them warm. To tell the truth, she was very upset that Maria was being so rude. At least now she knew that Kale’s particular disdain for females was not just him, but were quite a few males. She assumed that Maria had to have been a male because, what kind of self respecting female would insult her own gender?

Maria

Out of the corner of Kara’s eye she could see the white haired boy smiled softly and he spoke, “I don’t have the authority to allow you in,” He paused before he stepped inside. “But I do believe this member of staff was given the right to decide,” He gestured to the male at the door and then swiftly stepped in. As he had learned in a few previous households, it was polite to take your shoes off as to not dirty the place so he carefully placed his damp boots off to the side and wore some guest slippers that had been put on a rack near the door. He was not going to suffer a lecture like he did that last time he made a mistake. It also was not like he couldn’t move in the slipper, he could definitely slide around to walked behind Aaron again. 

Kale and Aaron

Kale

His sharp eyes caught the movement of the flinch, and he smirked triumphantly, gleeful at the taunt, before the other boy’s retort stopped his smile in its tracks. Kale hissed before he realised he was doing it, the sound harsh and grating, and his shoulders immediately hunched up as though his neck fur was ruffed, his feline instincts picking up the threat. The surge of mortification three seconds later, however, made his cheeks flush a vibrant red, and he glared at Maria for causing such a reaction. His lip still curled, however, no matter his attempts to taper it down, and the teen clenched his teeth to keep from saying something he’d regret. Obviously this electric boy was friends - or at least, his bodyguard - with the Jordans’, and getting on his bad side probably wouldn’t help Kale’s case.

Swallowing back the harsh words that threatened to emerge from his lips, the tiger tried to remain civil, pulling every and all instincts he had firmly in his control. “Look, we- got off. On the wrong foot. Would you- please, ask if my companion and I could speak with the Head of the family?” The words felt bitter in his mouth, the taste of the word ‘please’ entirely foreign on his tongue, and Kale swallowed hard to get past the thick feeling in his throat.

Aaron

The warm air of the house wrapped around him as Aaron made his way into the house, shedding his boots by the front door and donning slippers to keep his feet from getting cold on the marble floors. Sure, they looked nice, but sometimes they were colder than the ice that collected on his window sill in the morning. His footsteps echoed as he crossed the foyer, and underneath the beat his feet made was the loud tick of the grandfather clock and the nearly soundless hiss of steam and gears, normal to the teen after having been surrounded by them for so many years. 

Heaving a low, quiet. sigh, Aaron massaged the base of his neck with his cool hands, making his way up the staircase that led to his lab/bedroom (in all honesty, he usually slept on the couch in Mikeal’s room, as half the time his room was semi-destroyed thanks to his inventions). Maria could find his own way around the mansion if he wasn’t feeling like coming along when Aaron told him to.

Kara & Maria

Kara

If someone had treated her the way the arrogant boy had been treating her back on earth, they would get slapped across the face by their peers. She was starting to feel homesick. Perhaps she had been bullied a bit and perhaps she was a little too obedient back at home but at least she received some respect every now and again. Kale was acting like one of her mother’s old boyfriends. He was mean, horrible and terribly rude and despised it when Kara or her mother showed any self-respect for being a woman. ‘He’s also being a misogynistic little shithead,' She thought, well, either that or it was just her that he was ill-mannered to. The boy who was being followed around by someone, who she realized was Maria, was equally as bad if not worse. He accused her of being a lady of the night based on her clothing and acted like herself and Kale were some sort of thugs planning out a grand theft. And at first, Kara made the assumption that Maria was the kinder one out of the three she had met but perhaps not. In fact, she (he?) might have possibly been the worst. The way they danced around the people they talked to made her head hurt and she felt slightly worried for their mental state. Was it normal for someone to be so cheery all the time? Cheery, dark and cold? The girl shook of the thoughts about the three different boys and stood beside Kale silently, she did not want to fuck this up for him, something she did too much back at home despite trying to obey instructions.

Maria

The white haired boy visibly flinched. He was thankful for the white hood he once again had put over his eyes earlier because if he hadn’t, everyone around him would have seen his panic. His eyes had widened and he reached up to feel the scars around his neck and shoulders. They were described earlier as black veins but in all honesty they are scars that appeared as dark cuts. He could have sworn he almost felt the gears of his heart click faster. Maria might have looked odd, in fact he might have passed as a female nymph from on of the other kingdoms. Either that or this tiger person was after him. Maria pondered on the thought for another split second but then pushed it out off his mind. People couldn’t even tell the difference between his gender let alone where he came from. The panicked moment he had for a second just made his grin even wider. “Me? Perhaps…but at least I have the means to travel this world legally,” He whispered to Kale, making sure that Aaron would not hear  a word he said, “I don’t need to fear for safety or my freedom everyday.” He paused and instead of grinning or smiling, he smirked and let his hood fall back slightly, revealing his piercing pale eyes, ”And I certainly don’t need to get a woman to read for me.” With the amount they fucked with Maria it would have been a waste if he couldn’t at least have heard the young girl read the words, especially when she spoke so casually and loudly. To be honest Maria was surprised he was able to catch such a thing. He was even more surprised that someone from the tribe was even able to identify such a cursive handwriting engraved on the wall. “It’s a shame we can’t speak more,” His voice was now filled with sincerity with hints of sarcasm and his expression formed into a soft sadness, “Goodbye, till we meet again little boy.”

Kale and Aaron

Kale

Kale stiffened, teeth clenching forcefully in a way that made his jaw hurt, and the tiger shifter tried not to let his tense body make his nape fur fluff. Self-consciously, he smoothed back the bandanna securing and hiding his ears from the world, half-afraid that it had been moved free with the movements his ears did unconsciously. 

Sharp golden eyes narrowed, slits dark against the brilliant colour, and Kale felt a half-growl build in his throat at the feeling of electricity and wrongness that prickled against his skin when the white-haired boy’s gaze was on him. His fists clenched and he forced himself to relax before his claws cut into his palm, inclining his head to the other teen and forcing a smile. “No, actually. I’m exactly where I have planned to be. What about you,” His smile became little more than a taunting smirk when he next spoke, the threat making his words a taunt, “You seem a bit far from your own connections.”


Aaron

Walking up the slippery marble steps, Aaron pushed past both the golden-eyed boy and the strange-standing girl, giving a brief glance up to their butler and a slight shake of his head, indicating for his servant to do what he wanted with the uninvited guests. Turning to face the two again, Aaron usual blank mask slid over his face, and spoke evenly, if a bit irradiated-sounding, ”I would appreciate not getting my house ransacked by delinquents.” Heaving a large breath that just barely edged on a sigh of aggravation, Aaron turned again, into the sanctity of the lonely house, before looking over his shoulder to glance at Maria. 

"Are you coming?" He asked, cocking an eyebrow at the other teen, "You won’t exactly be doing the best job protecting me out there; unless, of course, you’d like to continue your discussion with cat-boy over there to see if he poses any threat?" The sarcasm that dripped from Aaron’s sharp tongue practically made sizzling noises as it hit the pavement.

Kara & Maria

Kara

Her layered dark brown hair was shifted back into place as Kara slowly turned her head. Her eyes widened and she clenched her fists in her pocket. She was tempted, oh boy was she tempted, to say something, anything that would knock the boy off his high horse but she did not. Not a word was uttered so instead, the expression shifted back to a pokerface. An almost empty look washed over her and her eyes were directed towards the ground. “So this brat is the son of big shot sugar daddy?? Man you’d have to have no time for this kid to get him to be such a…” Her train of thought was interrupted when he finished speaking.

Maria

Maria brushed a few stray strands of his snow white hair behind his ear. “Meow.” Of course he did not mean to say it in a mocking way however it may have sounded. But having seen many, many, many people in his travels, it was quite obvious to Maria, what he was looking at. “Correct me if I’m wrong but are you not a little lost?” He gave a soft smile that matched his complexion. The only way that someone from the tribes would get in without the Jordans family knowing was through illegal means. Either that or Aaron was too unimportant to mention it too. In both cases he would have laughed about it.

Aaron and Kale

Kale

The edges of a muffled conversation caught his ears, the sound travelling over the empty space and although his hearing was dampened by the bandanna, he still instinctively turned in that direction slightly, curious. Two males approached from the direction of the town, one in a jacket and the other shivering in the cold. 

The door creaked open before he could peer further into their direction, and Kale straightened again, trying to seem as respectable as possible, but just as he opened his mouth to speak and request audience, and younger, sarcastic voice spoke up from behind him. The two men who had been walking down the street pulled up by the door, and Kale frowned, resisting the urge to pound his head into the wall. Oh Lords, it was just as he’d thought; bringing the girl along had ruined everything.

Aaron

"Great," Aaron mumbled to himself, looking distinctively displeased and letting his nose crinkle up, shoving his hands into his pockets as he surveyed. His feet beat a path across the snow, and while he didn’t go out of his way to crush ice beneath his boots, the harsh tread still sent ice skittering away from his feet. "And while I do need spectacles," He repeated mockingly to Maria, "I do not need them for far distances." Forcing his spine straighter, nose raising in the air disdainfully, Aaron pulled contempt around him like a cloak, voice projecting across the empty street with forceful clarity. 

"What are you doing outside my house?" His green eyes were narrowed just slightly; not in a glare, but there was a harsh, calculating edge to his gaze that hadn’t been there before. "Please don’t tell me you possibly think that you thought you would get something out of my father by telling him I was in town. Honestly, that path and those who travel it are stupidity personified."

Kara & Maria

Kara

The girl resisted the attempt to glare back at him, mostly because of fear of him just ditching her and leaving her with only god knows who. Instead, her dark haired whipped to one side as she looked away from him, angry that he treated her like such a child. When she was with her mother she might have been an obedient little princess but at least she was treated like a mature adult. Well, almost adult. She stuck her hands in the pockets of her coat and waited. Surprisingly, unlike many other females of her age, her patience was not wearing thin and she was not getting ready to yell at him. Kara was used to this. She had to stay quiet or else she received some sort of punishment. The girl had to stand alone, unmoving or else she would bring embarrassment to the people around her. It was something she was used to and a bit thankful that there was something familiar in this dream like landscape she was in.

Maria

"Oh have I scared him already?? Maybe he’s just cold though," Maria chuckled at his thoughts, the more distant he made himself from Aaron the less he would be mentioned, at in turn it would allow Maria to stay in the shadows. As the boy walked, he swung his arms around a bit, crushing any chunks of ice he saw swiftly and silently, twisting his foot at the last one to make sure it broke. As Aaron asked his question, Maria looked up and giggled again, “Perhaps you need spectacles Aaron. But those are the two we encountered earlier.” He was not going to mention how the female was accused of being a lady of the night. No no, that would just be plain rude. 

Kale and Aaron

Kale

"No." Kale said bluntly, giving Kara a deadpanned look. "Definitely not. It’s obviously not the reason why they have their name in the oldest Book of Names in the city." Before he could register his confusion, brain posing the question hey, how did she know their names? Kale rung the doorbell again, and a grumpy voice sounded behind it, calling for him to stop. Obediently, the tiger let go and stepped backwards, casting a glance over at Kara, apprehension just flickering in his eyes before he narrowed the golden orbs into a glare. “Remember what I said,” He told her threateningly, eyes locking with hers, “Don’t mess this up for me.”

Aaron

A prickle ran down the teen’s spine at Maria’s words, and the young genius shivered slightly, attributing it to the cold slush in his boots rather than his bodyguard’s speech. Confusion marred his brow, drawing his eyebrows into a slight frown as he thought, trying to piece together the enigma that was Maria. His words spoke of sadness, but his tone was light and airy; a flippant dismissal of pain. Goosebumps drew up the skin on his flesh, and he shook his head roughly, shoving back the small pang from his heart into the deep reassess of his chest.  

Two figures standing in front of his house drew his attention, helping the teen avoid his thoughts, and Aaron paused, squinting slightly to see what he could make of them. A male and female, based on their dress, and the tense way the male held himself was a vast contrast to the loose-limbed, slightly enclosed way the girl held herself. Watching them carefully as he moved closer, he cast a glance back at Maria, checking to see the teen was close behind him. “Have you seen them before?” He asked suspiciously.


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