Kale and Aaron

Kale

While he usually needed to be in his cat form if he wanted to pick up more sensitive sounds, and the bandana impaired his hearing greatly, Kale could practically hear her heartbeat firing like a gazelle’s during a hunt. Her words, however, and now the fact that she stared at him with such a look of conviction in her eyes he half-wanted to turn away, made that little weed practically rip apart any shred of doubt he had left.

This was a girl from another world.

Though he knew how much the admittance would cost him, Kale stared back her just as evenly, golden eyes flat and determined, and finally said, “Yes.”

It almost felt as though some part of himself had been freed with those words; had his subconscious really known all this time that he was deluding himself?

Always trust your instincts, his grandfather had told him, time and time again, and he’d thought he’d learnt and understood that lesson – obviously not. Silently, he promised to himself that he’d learn to trust that side of himself that was more connected to the wild cat he housed within his body. 

Aaron

His world completely faded to the tools he had in front of him and the tiny gears laid in the bird he created. The delicate piece of machinery had been his side project for the past few weeks, and it was finally, thankfully, almost done. He’d just need a few things from Roman before he was to properly complete it, but as it stood the tiny steamwork bird was essentially finished.

Distractedly, he moved through the tiny space, knowing almost instinctively where not to put his foot down lest he accidentally hit any of the teetering towers of metal that rested everywhere. He wanted some place to sit and work, but as Maria had taken the bed and he didn’t particularly feel like having someone invade his personal space, the teenaged Vent citizen was trying to find a spare patch of wall with enough light to let him work by. 

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Kara

Kara was so sure she was going to answer in a snarky and condescending manner. She was so sure that she was going to look him right in the eye and laugh at the fact that he was still doubting her. Of course she didn’t though. Instead she breathed in slowly and her face twisted into a look of confusion and conflict. Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to tell the truth but if she had suddenly told him upright that he was stupid to believe her and make something up that would also prove to be a stupid idea.
Her heartbeat quickened and she looked away from the pages of the book she was reading. She mentally questioned her actions. She normally didn’t have so much trouble with talking to people. Maybe it’s because she had seen him turn into a dangerous predator right before her eyes? She slowly breathed out again and hugged the thick book to her chest. Her head appeared past the bookshelf and she looked Kale right in the eyes. “Would you even believe me if I told you?”

Maria

Maria looked over at the bed then back at Aaron. Anyone could take a guess that the boy’s posture was very familiar to him and he could relax in this room the tinker seemed to call home. Maria was not about to interfere. He was perfectly fine with listening to the sounds of the metal brushing against each other. It wasn’t the same sound he was accustomed to. It wasn’t the same noise as the precisely calculated cutting and assembling the machinery in system sounded like. The boy walked over to the small bed, carefully moving the little nuts and bolts that lay scattered at the foot of the bed so he could sit and lean against the wall.

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Kale

“Reading book covers,” Kale repeated after her slowly, a disbelieving undertone to his voice that showed how much faith he actually had in her words. Then again, she had read the map while they were coming here, and had obviously proven not to be completely useless. Maybe she actually had been reading the book titles. Still, he resolved to keep a closer eye on her, even as he settled into the chair again to await his meeting with the Jordan’s head of family.

His ears he kept cocked however, even under his bandana, and he heard the complete and utter confusion and apprehension lacing her words when she read out a new book title. Why did she sound so surprised? Did she not hear a single of those tales growing up in her Zone? It seemed unlikely, as even the blond had picked up those tales, albeit told a little differently than the ones she was most likely reading inside the book she currently held.

Maybe she actually had been telling the truth about being from another world; he’d held his suspicions, but they grew inside him like a weed, picking through the corners of his conviction and refusing to be weeded out; gaining strength from every clue and hint he picked up from Kara’s words.

His words almost didn’t want to come out, but he forced them anyway, intent on knowing exactly what she had meant, and exactly where she’d originally come from. “Kara,” He said evenly, and tried to think if he’d ever actually used her name before this, coming up blank. “Are you really not from here?”  

He could feel his heart race in his chest, dreading how she’d answer, and even if he’d still take her words with a grain of salt and still hold his mistrust of her in his outwards interactions, he needed that confirmation.  

 Aaron

Seeing that Maria had taken up a spot by the wall, keeping himself out of the way, Aaron felt an unbidden nod of approval dip his head. “Staying over there is most likely a very good idea,” he drawled, the lightest hint of a tease in his tone. This was his comfort zone, and even if someone invaded it Aaron still felt more in control and happier while he was in his workshop. Fishing out a pair of his wielding goggles from the pile of metal that decorated his work bench, Aaron snapped them on over his fringe, laying the strands of his brown hair flat on his forehead.

Shedding his jacket and throwing it in the corner of the room, Aaron grabbed a small clockwork bird he’ d been working on for the past week, his hands practiced and careful as he picked up the delicate machinery. His voice became a bit of a distracted mumble as he grabbed a screwdriver, carefully peeling open the bird’s back, but he still managed to move the tool to indicate the small bed he usually slept on when he was too busy with projects.

“You can sit there if you want to,” he said. Granted, Maria’d probably have to clear off a ridiculous amount of junk to sit there, but at least it was more comfortable than leaning on the bed, right? It may have been rickety and small, but it was still better than standing up for hours.  

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Kara

She was about to mention this outrageously titled book until she realized it was probably normal here. She laughed nervously, “I’m reading book covers!” Kara placed the book exactly where she found it and drifted off to another section of the library. Her eyes darted over to a specific book spine and she slowly pulled it out, examining the cover. This book was wrapped with tightly stitched cloth and appeared to have a purple ribbon bookmark. “Lore of this World,” Kara read out loud and opened the book at the bookmarked page. She scanned the text and read it mentally, panicking slightly at some of the ridiculous things she read. "THis is supposed to stone hard solid fact. aLL OF IT."

Maria

The white haired boy silently closed the door as after Aaron entered and then stepped away to lean against a wall. He had his hands in his pockets and shoulders slightly slumped. Maria probably did not want to linger on the subject to long but he was glad that Aaron had a Vents-styled lab. As of yet he did not spot a single thing that reminded him of system and the room’s smell was definitely not the same one that he used to inhale everyday when he was at System. The labs at system were all blindingly white and so very clean. The rooms would always smell like medicine and hospitals and he remembered that occasionally the metallic smell of blood invaded his nose.

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Kale

Surprised at Kara’s sudden gasp, Kale turned to look at her curiously, staring at the book she was keeping tucked close to her chest. Raising an eyebrow at the fact the girl was even holding a book, Kale watched at her distrustfully. “What are you doing?” He asked her flatly, arching an eyebrow and looking distinctly suspicious.

Aaron

Cheeks heating at Maria’s invasion of his personal space, and his teasing flirt, Aaron’s eyes narrowed even further into a glare, but the teen refused to step back, even when his skin prickled uncomfortably at having someone so close to him. Crossing his arms and giving Maria the most unimpressed look he could muster, the young genius felt his face fall slightly upon seeing that Maria didn’t walk into the door of his lab. He’d been looking forwards to seeing the bodyguard make a fool out of himself, and seeing his dreams subverted like that made Aaron’s previously cocky mood turn foul.

Walking slightly stiffly into his lab, Aaron breathed in the smell of oil and felt the tension in his shoulders relax incrementally the comforting space a memory of relaxing by himself and days spent working with metal and technology. Tapping and then sliding his fingers against the dark oaken wood desk the took up one full side of the room, Aaron sucked his tongue against his teeth, trying to figure out what he wanted to do first. He wanted to get to work on his newest project, but he should probably get Maria someplace to stay out of trouble fist, or at least tell the bodyguard what to touch and what to completely avoid if he didn’t want his head bitten off by Aaron’s stern telling-off.

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Kara

"You’d have to have the brain of a monkey to break a book that easily…that is…if monkeys were known for being stupid?? Ugh god damn it," As Kara turned around her face contorted very quickly into strange expressions as the thought went through her head. She attempted at a sort of fast paced walk away from Kale and towards a section of books. Her steps slowed down as she started to wander through the section of books as if she was window shopping the titles. The tips of her fingers brushed against the spines of the books as she carefully examined each of them. There didn’t seem to be any books wrapped in plastic or any soft cover books for that matter. Quite a lot of them appeared to be old and some of them did not even have the titles on their spines. Kara came to the conclusion that she seemed to be in the “Science” section of the library and picked out a book that was covered in a leather bind. The letters that were pressed on to the brown and slightly worn out leather caused a gasp to escape Kara and she almost dropped it. Her eyes stared and the title and she read it out loud, “Basic Alchemy?” 
Haha there’s no way right? Alchemy is just some philosophical bullshit that was claimed to have happened in the Middle ages or something. Fucking hell this isn’t even talking about Alchemy in general oh no this is Basic Alchemy!”

Maria

Maria noticed Aaron suddenly stopped. He was not going to lengthen the gap between them, in fact at that moment, he stopped and drew his face closer to Aaron’s. “Well I wouldn’t be looking if you were so exposed!~” He whispered in a sing song tone then turned around and opened the door which he assumed led to Aaron’s lab. “Just be glad that there’s someone here to tell you that,” Maria frowned for a second at his slightly discouraging thoughts and side stepped out of Aaron’s way.

Kale and Aaron

Kale

Kale made a soft, agreeable hum in the back of his throat, acquiescing to her words and sinking a little lower in his chair out of boredom when he heard her voice coming from further away than it had been before. “Reading is fun, huh?” Kale asked, almost snorting in amusement, and he rolled his eyes. Though she couldn’t see it, the expression of ridicule and disbelief on his face would probably be easily heard in his tone. “Well, I don’t care. Just don’t break anything.”

Aaron

Girly," Aaron said, an expression of disdain on his features when he heard Maria’s words, and he looked down to his hands. Sure, they didn’t have callouses on the knuckles like Zoe’s hands did, and they weren’t as brown and freckled like Micheal’s were, but the inside of his palm and on his fingertips were still decorated in callouses from handling the hot metals and fine wiring that he used in building his contraptions. His hands weren’t girly.

As Maria’s voice came closer behind him, Aaron’s shoulders bunched up tighter, unhappy at having another person in his personal space; and behind him, no less.  When Maria cut in front of him, Aaron fastened an unimpressed glare on the other teen, his lip curled into a sneer. Giving a tiny but vicious half smirk upon seeing the closed door to his lab, Aaron crossed his arms angrily and stopped, waiting for Maria to walk backwards into the hard wood. “Well to be fairly honest Maria I’m not overly interested and I’d appreciate it if you stopped looking, thank you very much.”

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Kara

"Nononono you should lie to him, you can’t afford him thinking you’re any crazier than he thinks you already are…..because you’re not actually crazy."  As Kara was about to walk towards the door, Kale’s question interrupted her mentally drawn out path and caused her to turn around to face him. “Because well…uh…” Kara paused, attempting to not sound so nervous, “Well, it’s better than not doing anything right?” Good god she hoped it wasn’t weird to know how to read. Kale seemed a bit shocked when she read out loud that it was the mansion of the Jordans earlier on. Her fiddling fingers drew closer to her face, “Plus reading is fun!” 
"ARGH WHAT AM I NOW A BOOKWORM? Reading is fun? Who would believe that?" The girl wasn’t normally this good at lying but she never did well in situations that made absolutely no sense what so ever.

Maria

"I guess you could call it a theory," Maria said, finding joy in his reaction. His pace quickened it did not take him long to be right behind Aaron. "Your hands look very girly you know? You might want to do something about that!" He chuckled this time as he accusingly pointed at Aaron’s hands. "Your skin is also very pale, compared to everyone else here," Not nearly as pale as Maria’s but he wasn’t about to mention that. As they reached the top of the stairs Maria started walking backwards so he could look right in his eyes, "If you weren’t wearing so many layers of clothing no one would really notice." 
"Apart from me of course."

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Kale

The blond’s ears flicked slightly as he picked up Kara’s quiet words, and he felt a little bit more doubt nestle in him at where, exactly, the girl came from. She had seemed normal enough, but as time went on, more and more things about her lead to Kale believing parts of her crazy story. She was insane, sure, but if she wasn’t- well…It would certainly explain a lot of things.

Arching an eyebrow at Kara’s fast-paced words, Kale settled himself into one of the chairs, uncomfortable but refusing to show it as he sat in the soft leather. “Whatever. We have to stay here, anyway.” Resting his feet flat on the cold floors, and tapping his long nails against the edge of the chair distractedly, Kale watched the door to the room, not unlike a cat watching a mouse’s hole. After a beat, he licked his lips and let his eyes flick to her, and then back to the door again, a flat curiosity in his next words; “Why?”

Aaron

"Excuse me?” Aaron asked, looking completely scandalised and appalled by Maria’s suggestion, and his head snapped back to stare at the other boy, torn from his thoughts. “What ever gave you rise to that notion?”

It wasn’t as though Aaron hadn’t considered the notion before, considering the differences in his time-spending in comparison to other people’s, and it wasn’t though it was a bigger deal than who he chose to spend his private life with, but when one’s siblings were like Aaron’s, it was hard to accept the notion that he would likely never enjoy spending copious amounts of time with people.

He needed to be able to spend time with people; he was the son of one of the most influential people in the whole Zone, for the Lord’s sakes! Without an ability to interact with people, his business options were severely limited. And, while he didn’t care what people thought about him, Aaron did still want to live a comfortable life, building things and experimenting. He simply couldn’t afford to be introverted, and anyone that cultivated that rumour wouldn’t exactly help his standings. 

"Honestly," Aaron snorted, quickly turning away from Maria when he realised that what he’d done may’ve been considered an overreaction, and moving up the stairs towards his lab at a fast pace to avoid looking at Maria again, "I would appreciate you keeping your stupid theories to yourself, if this is going to be one of them."

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Kara

"No thanks."
Sure Kara was often alone because she traveled with her mother quite a lot. It didn’t mean that she had become a wallflower or a sociopath that was constantly driven up the wall. In fact, meeting all these strangers that Kara might possibly end up calling “Father,” left her with very little choice to make. All choices had very different outcomes for the way she acted and it was this choice that was one of the major contributors to this person you know as, “Kara,” today. Her period of panic left her with a lot to think about. “A male who I just happened to land on in the middle of nowhere who just happened to turn into a talking tiger as well then meeting another boy who somehow mistakes me as a prostitute, who’s associate is a polite girly looking albino without the pink eyes."At first Kara tried to deny everything that happened, it was all so surreal, so unbelievable, so scientifically impossible. It all just seemed so stupid to her. If it was a prank why would it be pulled to this extent? It was most definitely not another country, she had enough knowledge of Geography to know that and it most definitely not be some point in the past because while it does seem a little 1900s they had the strangest plants she had ever seen not to mention the tiger that had transformed and talked to her. When she mentioned earth he got very confused, the furrowed brow was especially convincing. 
"Just where am I?” The girl whispered to herself then looked up to face Kale but not really looking him in the eye, “That would be too dangerous,” she thought a little nervously.
"Uh..umm…do you…doyoumindifwestayinthelibrary?" She spoke quickly, fearing he would throw her out somewhere and abandon her, then come back if she inconvenienced him too much.

Maria

Maria was ready to smack him one on the head. “What a cocky brat,” He nonchalantly smiled as the thought went through his head. Maria was not much older than Aaron but he already knew that the boy sometimes did not act like his age. Maria’s grin suddenly widened, ”Hmm…?”  He had noticed this before and figured that it was only due to not facing any hardships as someone from a rich familiy but his hands looked usually soft for a boy his age. “You’re an introvert?” He asked, pausing for just a moment to think, most boys his age would have gone around picking fights and doing crazy things, even boys of high class families but as it was, Aaron would spend many days perhaps nights in his little lab, tucked away from the outside world. “An extreme introvert?” There weren’t any noticeable, “battle scars,” as some people put it, on his knuckles and it didn’t look like he carried anything heavier than a spoon so most people would reach this conclusion.

AHOHOHON, MARIA HOLMES ARRIVES
no i am joking, i just wrote maria’s paragraph from assumption because aaron’s seems like that kind of guy HAW HAW HAW.
anyway sorry for not having replied in a while but i did not FEEL IT IN MY BLOOOOOD for a while. man i was so confused while writing this because im learning german again so all this german grammar shit comes to my head and i squint at the screen and am like “fuck is that german??? am i doing this right? what is english?”
hope you enjoy this pile of poop because most of the rp at this point in time is supposed to be interaction so our paragraphs are supposed to be short but i wanted to write about what Kara was thinking because man is the situation she’s in right now ridiculous. 
also guess what! On September 14th Katharina Aranya Koerner is going to germany for a year! hopefully timezones wont fuck me up that badly. Man i miss talking to you a lot! Im kinda hoping that you’ll reply tomorrow but i shouldn’t get my hopes up, especially after disappearing for so long. hehe im typing so much here because we don’t really talk in the pms anymore or skype so you can type a lot here too if you want!
i will be waiting for your personal reply and rp reply both!

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