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PostSubject: New Day, Old Hurts   Sun 05 Apr 2015, 18:33

Morning broke, but it did little to dispel the gloom around the lonely cabin hidden by the river. Rends the Gar woke first, quickly starting a fire and a pot of coffee in the hearth. Once it was done he brought the pot and two cups into the bedroom where Agatha lay, zoe by her side.

"Been a while since I had a good cup of coffee. Ma used to let me have the first cup when pa was hung over and slept in."

He holds the cup to her.
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PostSubject: Re: New Day, Old Hurts   Sun 05 Apr 2015, 18:48

Zoe smiled up at Rends and took the cup, but didn't drink it. She looked back at her mother's ashen form, the wounds covered by a sheet and her twisted neck returned to a straightened position.

"Thanks."

She sniffed out a curt laugh. "I don't know if my mom woulda done that for me or not.  Papa said over the coming weeks my memories of her would start to return, though."

She blinked back a single tear. "He offered to take them from me, but I told him no. If I couldn't have her back now, I could at least have her back in my memories."
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PostSubject: Re: New Day, Old Hurts   Sun 05 Apr 2015, 22:47

Rends is silent for a long moment. Then he pulls over a chair and sits next to zoe, sipping on his own coffee as he stares at the shrouded body.

"Theys times I wish I could ferget."

The words are a whisper.

"My Ma was a good woman. She was strong, smart, and beautiful. Me and my brothers all loved her. Pa loved her, in his own way. I remember she never lost her patience when trying to learn me my letters..."

He looks away for a moment, hiding his face.

"It hurts. I see her every night. And again every morning when I meditate with the Dream Knife. I watch the life bleed out of her while I stand helpless..."

His hands are trembling, but with a deep breath he regains control.

"I guess what I mean is I know what yous feelin. But I think the pain makes us stronger. Reminds you why we fight and pushes you to get better so next time you can do somethin. Sometimes I wish I could forget, but that would dishonor her memory, and that of my brothers. Instead I choose to fight. And so did you."

He puts a large hand on her shoulder, surprisingly gentle.

"Fer what it's worth, I think you chose right. I'm proud of ya."
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PostSubject: Re: New Day, Old Hurts   Mon 06 Apr 2015, 00:26

Zoe turns to face her Alpha, her own eyes wet with tears on behalf of her hurting brother.

"I'm so sorry, Rends."

She narrows her eyes quizzically.

"Wasn't your Pa Garou? Where was he when this happened? Surely he would have done everything to save her. Had my Papa been able to cross the Gauntlet, or had that bastard Phillips been in his realm..."

She shakes her head slowly. "Let's just say things would have turned out much differently."
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PostSubject: Re: New Day, Old Hurts   Mon 06 Apr 2015, 18:10

Shadows obscure the Ahrouns face, the early morning light blocked by the brim of his hat.

"Yer pa's a good man. That much is easy to see. From what I know he done right by his kin and protected them as best he could. My pa ain't like that."

He takes. Big gulp of the scalding coffee.

"His name is Tames-the-Weaver. I didn't know that till the last time I saw him. The night he murdered my whole town, slaughtered all the kinfolk and humans alike and used them and his only packmate in some ritual. He tore my Ma to bits along with my last brother and made me watch."

There's a sound of spilling water as Rends crushes his cup. He idly wipes his hand off and tosses the cup away.

"He murdered them and got away while I jest watched."
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PostSubject: Re: New Day, Old Hurts   Mon 06 Apr 2015, 18:26

Zoe's eyes and mouth are agape in shock as she clearly struggles to make sense of what she has just heard.

"Wait, he...he killed everyone in your town? Including your family? Just to perform some ritual? H-how could someone do such a thing without being possessed by the Wyrm? That's pure evil, Rends!"

Zoe's breathing deepens and her eyes darken as she turns to face the Ahroun. Her next words are slow and deliberate.

"Does Tames-the-Weaver still live?"
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PostSubject: Re: New Day, Old Hurts   Mon 06 Apr 2015, 19:44

"Last I saw he was fighting two packs of Uktena. I passed out while they was fighting. When I woke the next day they was a handful if mangled Uktena left and a pit where my town used to be."

He suppressed the urge to spit.

"I've been hearing rumors. I think I know where he is."
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PostSubject: Re: New Day, Old Hurts   Mon 06 Apr 2015, 20:16

Zoe's eyes narrow and her vision runs red.

"We must find him and kill him. He cannot be permitted to behave like this and live. He is a disgrace to Gaia and her warriors."

She looks deeply into the Ahroun's face and he sees a bloodthirsty side that is uncommon to his Theurge sister.

"I was unable to kill the man who killed my mother, but I will make sure you get your just revenge, Rends-the-Gar."
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PostSubject: Re: New Day, Old Hurts   Tue 07 Apr 2015, 13:14

Rends nods his head.

"He will die with my fangs in his throat and my claws in his guts. I ain't had the chance to put him down yet, but I reckon it's past time he pays fer his crimes."

He locks eyes with zoe, his own firey intensity nearly palpable.

"He is my responsibility, but we'll all need to be there when the time comes. I got no idea what he can do nowadays... but I guarantee it won't be enough to stop me bring justice and avenging my family."
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PostSubject: Re: New Day, Old Hurts   Tue 07 Apr 2015, 18:20

Zoe breaks eye contact and sighs as she looks back at her mother's broken body.

"I envy you, Rends."

The words hang in the air for a moment before she continues.

"The monster who killed my mother died at the hands of another, and the spirit who trapped my father in the Penumbra and took all of my mother's memories is gone as well."

She inhales deeply and shakes her head.

"I will never get the satisfaction of avenging the wrongs done to my family.  When my mother died, I was so angry I couldn't kill a damned thing."

She finally reconnects with her Garou brother.

"I hope you get your vengeance."

She laughs as a thought occurs to her.

"I also hope your pa has not also mysteriously become an Incarna..."
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