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PostSubject: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:27 am

Inigo closed the door to his house behind him. It shut with a satisfying thud. He didn't bother going up the stairs to his bedroom, opting instead to just make a beeline to the couch less than a dozen steps to his right. He hit the couch and sank into it, beyond thankful for the first comfortable bedding he'd felt in over a year. "Couches are underrated." He declared to nobody in particular. As he lay on the couch, he fumbled with his sword belt, letting his weapons fall softly to the carpeted floor below. He thought to himself that he should be thankful that everything ended as it had. Nobody had died, the lies he'd had to tell had been minimal and mostly harmless, and nobody seemed so upset at things as to leave The Vanguard. Well, he'd have to talk to Juliet soon, but he was pretty sure that wouldn't go too badly. At least, he didn't think it would. Maybe?

He put the thought out of his head. Regardless of how things went, he couldn't do anything about it now, so he'd try to ignore it for the time being. Now it was time to rest.
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:46 am

Nomei wandered the streets of West Vancouver in somewhat of a daze. She hadn't meant to be out in the rain, - or, outside at all for that matter - but her mind hadn't been able to calm itself down. They'd won, she had won, the woman she'd been fawning over for years was finally seeing her, she'd helped save the life of a small girl who lost everything, she'd become strong enough to protect her family; yet, everything seemed to be too much for her. The worst of it was that she couldn't talk to anyone about it. Her relationship with Ellie had her in fear of scaring Ellie away by breaking down so soon; Dave was a good drinking buddy, but he could be trying when the topic of emotions was broached; things with J.J. were strained at best; Halland and her had never really interacted much so she wasn't truly comfortable with opening up to him; Alli was... Alli; Seth was in a coma; Sam, no; Freidrich, dear god no; Nightfalcon, never in a thousand years....

Nomei let out a sigh and closed her eyes briefly, she was cold and had no sense of where she was. Looking around for some sort of street sign or landmark she found herself needing to amend that thought. She knew exactly where she was. More or less. Somewhat. She knew the street name at least, and she believed that she recognized the general area as the neighbourhood where the last member of the resided.

"Inigo..." Nomei only needed a moment's consideration before she was standing at his door preparing to knock. A second's hesitation and her fist gently made contact with the wood of his door.
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:50 am

Upon hearing the knock, Inigo sighed and tried to sink further in his couch. Not now. Please not now. I just got comfortable. He thought before eventually picking himself up off the couch. He may be tired, but that was no reason to leave his door unanswered. Hopefully it was just a salesperson he could send away quickly. As he walked to the door, he thought it funny how quickly he had reoriented himself to his present-day life. Gone for over a year, yet all it took was one knock at his door for him to think about salespeople. He was almost thankful for their presence. Almost. He opened the door to see Nomei, sopping wet. "...Hello?" He said after his initial confusion had worn off.
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:55 am

Nomei attempted to grin sheepishly, failing harshly she instead let her face fall into a frown tinged with desperation. "Hey, Inigo... I uhm, was just in the neighbourhood and... wait, that sounds like something a crazy person would say... but seriously I just went for a walk cause things were...."

Nomei had trailed off as it dawned on her that she was rambling. She looked Inigo in the eye and decided that it was too late to turn back. "I could really use someone to talk to right now."
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:59 am

Inigo didn't quite know what to make of Nomei standing there asking him for help. He'd been working with her for a few years now, sure, but their relationship had always been cordial but relatively unfamiliar. She was a friend, to be sure, but he didn't know her that well when compared to Holland or Ellie, for example. Still, she was a friend, and here she was asking him for help. That made things simple enough. Exhaustion forgotten for the time being, Inigo stood to the side. "Come in." He said, gesturing towards his foyer, "I'll go get some towels. Shall I make some tea while you dry off?"
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:06 am

"Sure, uhm... do you have any tea from Japan? Maybe Sencha? Or Kukicha?" Nomei asked as she sheepishly stepped over the threshold, feeling the tingle that always seemed to accompany crossing over. "I haven't had those since before we left..."
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:11 am

Inigo frowned. "Maybe. I think I still have some you brought here last time. First I'll get the towels, then I'll check." He headed off to fetch some towels for Nomei, handing them off before heading to the kitchen.
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:17 am

Nomei blinked, she hadn't expected him to have the teas she had asked about, but would certainly be glad if he did. She followed after him, moving to lean against a counter and finish drying her hair and clothes.
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:20 am

"I don't really drink much of this green tea stuff unless I'm at a restaurant where they serve it, so I'm not sure, but I remember you brought some one time and left it here." Inigo said, rooting around in one of the drawers, "Ah, yeah, here it is." He said, after a moment, "Probably about enough here for a pot. Now, unless I'm mistaken, you told me last time that I don't just boil the water and throw the leaves in, right? What am I supposed to do?"
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:28 am

"Hmm, which tea was it?" Nomei glanced at the tea Inigo had at the ready and smiled, excitedly saying "Kukicha, excellent! First we need to add the tea into the pot, then we'll pour the boiling water into our cups and from those we'll add the water to the pot. Here, I'll help"
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:30 am

"Right" Inigo said, as he set about making the tea. Once the drink was prepared, he headed over to the living room, where there were coffe tables, coasters, and, more importantly, couches. As Inigo was settling in, he spoke up, "Okay, so... what brings you to this neck of the woods?"
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:35 am

Instead of answering, Nomei settled in and sipped her tea, letting out a sigh of contentment. Saying happily, "Kukicha always helps me calm down..."

Her contentment morphed to Melancholy, "Ouji-san always made me Kukicha Tea when I was younger."
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:36 am

Inigo had no idea how to reply to this, and instead opted to just remain silent and let Nomei continue.
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:46 am

"I'm not really good at opening up to people," Nomei said, looking at Inigo from the side, as if trying to pretend she wasn't, "It's hard, y'know? I grew up alone. People couldn't stand having me in their life. I didn't even have a name until I was ten. It's hard to trust that anyone's gonna really accept what's beneath the beneath."

Nomei pulled her legs to her chest, "I'm worried about Anne. She's lost so much and she could lose the last of it to the White Council... and I want so much to give her more than that. I want to make sure that she keeps her mother and has us to keep her safe... I want to be there for her, but it scares me. I'm terrified that her life will fall apart and I won't be able to help her."
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:53 am

Inigo smiled. It was a smile tinged with many emotions - sadness, understanding, and irony at the forefront. "I know what you mean. About all of it. I didn't start with nothing, so there I was lucky, but what I had... well, I lost most of it over the years. You've probably heard from Ellie or someone else about how I lost my parents, and later, my twin sister. I know someone filled you in about what happened with Lucretia. Pain and loss are uncomfortably familiar to me, but do remember that people care, and everyone's here for you. Doesn't matter what's in your past, or who you think you are deep down - we trust you here.

"As for Anne. I was in a similar position, although I wasn't blackmail, but Prakash is a good man - he won't let her feel any of that. And, yeah, like you said, we're all going to be here for her and for Katherine. I didn't go to those lengths over nothing. I'm in it for the long haul. If there's anything we can do to help her, we will. If there isn't... we'll, we'll deal with that when we're faced with it."
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:04 am

Nomei sipped her tea and pulled legs even tighter to her. "And what if we lose J.J. in the process? Or..." she shivered, "If something happens to Katherine? What if everything just starts... I don't know, falling apart? Things are okay for once! Or at least... they should be. I feel like even when we win we're still trailing behind, and it all feels so precarious. Things never seem to hold together... what if it falls apart?"
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:12 am

Inigo sighed deeply, and for the first time Nomei could see how tired he was. "Yes... Juliet is... next on my list. Hopefully I didn't do any damage that can't be undone. I stand by what I said - two lives are worth more than camaraderie - but...I hope I can fix that. If something happens to Katherine... I don't know. I'm just doing the best I can. I can't disagree with anything you've said." At this he paused for a moment and shook his head to clear it.

"But we're not fighting to win. We're fighting for something better. And, I truly believe we're doing it. There's always a cost." Another pause. "Always. And sometimes I wonder if it's worth it, but if we don't fight, who will? There are forces out there that we have legitimately halted in their efforts to hurt others. We can't save everyone, but we can try. And that's what I'm doing. Trying. I think this time, we actually did it, though. We got the White Council to spare a warlock who broke one law directly, and another indirectly. That's not small. We played a part in giving a child a real chance at life, with her mother there to help guide her. Probably not at first, but these things never last forever. Our solution was messy and imprecise, but honestly, I don't know how we could have done anything better, and that's enough for me."
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:19 am

"Yeah, I guess that's all we can really do," Nomei shifted and looked at her tea nervously. "I've always tried my hardest to be better. I just want to help people, but... it's hard when deep down you know that you're just another monster that's just a step away from losing her humanity."
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:31 am

Inigo was stunned. He had no idea Nomei harboured such a view of herself. After a few moments pause he composed himself and replied. "I'm sorry. I'm so very, truly sorry. I have not done all I should have in getting to know the people who are trusting me with their lives. No one here views you that way. I don't, Holland doesn't, and I know with absolute certainty that Ellie doesn't."

Inigo paused to think for a moment. "I suppose there is a way in which that could be seen as true, but the very notion..." He shook his head in disgust. "You are no more monstrous than most of the rest of the Vanguard. Let's go through them one at a time, shall we? To begin with the least, we've got Sam, who, even then, is Sam. After that, I don't know? Juliet, Allie, and Dave, probably. Not much scary there, I guess. Then, however, we've got Frederich who has an actual demon living in his head, Holland who seems to be slowly melding with an ageless fire spirit that has connections to freaking Prometheus, and Ellie who has goodness knows what kinds of faerie magic going on in her head. And, of course, there's me, for whom there was an open invitation to become the host of a fallen goddamn angel. And I was tempted to pick up that coin. Way more tempted than I care to admit. So no, you're no monster, Nomei. I simply won't hear that nonsense." Throughout his speech, Inigo found his volume rising, until, by the end, his voice was raised well above normal levels. "I'm sorry." He said, "I didn't mean to get carried away."
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:40 am

Nomei looked dubiously at Inigo before averting her eyes, "It's just how it is though. Any time I feed, any time I feel the fear flow through another living being... I walk a line everyday, I feel the temptation to just... take everything. I... I'm not like most White Courts... I don't know if you realized, but I don't feed on lust... I learned from others how to control the lust and anger of others but deep down... it's all fear. I'm a creature of fear hiding in the guise of a hero."
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:42 am

"I know" Inigo replied, "I figured that out pretty early in." Once again Inigo stopped to think. After a moment or two he chuckled grimly. "You know, what you just called yourself - it's not a bad way to describe me."
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:44 am

Nomei's turned to look at him, her eyes wide and full of confusion. Unsure of what to say, she simply let him continue.
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:56 am

"Back when this all began..." Inigo spoke as though he was a long way off, reliving the troubled memories. "I didn't start this because I wanted to help people. Sophie and I did it so we didn't have to deal with reality. Our parents had just died, and we were scared. We told ourselves we were angry, furious, even, at the world for taking our parents from us, and by doing this, we got to take out our anger." Inigo chuckled a humourless chuckle as he shook his head.

"That was never true. We were scared. Terrified after everything we had ever believed suddenly disappeared in a fire. We didn't go out and fight monsters so we could take out our anger, we did it to prove to ourselves that we had power, that we had control. We needed to remind ourselves almost every night that we weren't just powerless creatures adrift in the world. That was... unhealthy, to say the least, then..."

At this, Inigo broke once again, taking several deep breaths, "Then Sophie was taken from me. I doubled down, hard, on all this. I was so terrified of everything. I needed this. Lucretia joined me then. It was hard, but she and Keung made things a little better. Then other people started joining. Holland became a part of it. Sam started hunting. Dave and Allie went along. Then Lucretia betrayed me. That nearly killed me. But, once again, The Vanguard gave me a reason to keep going, not despite the fear, but because of it. I lived in fear for most of the last decade. It wasn't until shortly before everything with Katherine that I realised that the fear was mostly gone, but now it's back again. Now I'm scared for Juliet, and Katherine, and Anne, and everyone who trusts me to make the right calls every day we do this... I'm so scared I'm going to make the wrong call and get someone killed for it. I don't know if I could live with getting one of you killed. You guys are all I've got." By the time Inigo had finished saying this, his voice had dropped to barely above a whisper. He once again steadied himself.

"You said you walk a line everyday. So do I. Every time we fight a human, I ask myself if what I'm doing is right. We try to stop these warlocks from hurting anyone, but even when we catch them, if we hand them over to the White Council, it's usually a death sentence. If we let them go, they might hurt other people. Between those two options, it's obvious that we have to hand them over, but there's so much room for error there. What if they get loose? What if they hurt someone in transit? Wouldn't it just be easier for me to not bother waiting, if all that awaits them is a death sentence? Why not just kill them myself and be done with it? The worst part of all this? It's what I trained for. After Sophie was taken, all I could think about was training so I could kill the Denarians who took her away. I sought their death with every fiber of my being. I brought this on myself, and now that I have this power... I understand."
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:06 am

Nomei's hand reached out, about to rest on Inigo's shoulder; however, at the last moment she moved forward and wrapped her arms around him in a hug, tears streaking down her face, "For such a "close-knit group" we're certainly pretty trash at telling each other when things are wrong."

Nomei pulled back and looked Inigo in the eye. Speaking softly, almost in a whisper, "You guys are my family, the only real family I've ever truly had. So whenever you feel like you're walking on that line, I'll remind you which side you belong on, even if I have to beat you back across," Nomei smirked as she said the last words.
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PostSubject: Re: Dresden: Nomei and Inigo Have a Chat   Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:08 am

Inigo averted his eyes before the a soulgaze could trigger, but he smiled at Nomei's words. "Thanks. You know that goes both ways, right?"
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