Nuka stepped into her room, finding the darkness of her room comforting after the events of today. Here it was finally dark and quiet, with no overwhelming whispers of aira guards or a strange voice. She closed the door behind her, stripped and fell onto her bed, taking a moment to breathe and calm down. She was exhausted and she felt her eyelids drop as they got heavier and heavier every time she blinked. Healing Lucifer didn't just use up a lot of her magic, but it took a lot of her power not to fall on her knees in front of everyone after she had done so. Her head banged from all the unanswered questions floating around in her head and she wished, not for the first time, to be high above the clouds enjoying the warm suns rays. It was a fantasy she could only go back to in her memories, for she had been there once and only once but would yearn for it forever. After all it was a place where her mind was empty for once.
She groaned and cocooned herself in the bed covers, trying to soak up the pleasant warmth that came from them. Her eyes have now given up on staying open, and she welcomed the land of dreams. Except, it was more like the land of nightmares.
As soon as slumber took over her, she found herself in a very dark place. She was standing and could not move, her head facing the fierce, emerald eyes from before. It was like they were burning themselves into her mind, and the low voice echoed from everywhere, sending chills down her body yet her eyes did not break contact with the ones before her. She wasn't able to break free of them but that was all she wanted. They made her feel small and weak, something she wasn't use to feeling, at least not so much as this. This weakness was as if these eyes could snap her in half any moment, take her and drain her of what life she had left. Snuff out her "fire" like the voice kept on repeating. And now images flashed one by one in her mind like a shower of lighting bolts. Chaos and angry voices. Aira looking at her with disgust and a pain in her wings. A pain so strong it awoke her, and even when she sat up expanding her wings in the darkness, the pain still remained. It ached so much she wasn't able to keep her back up straight and had to fall back down onto the bed. The warmth of her covers was gone now, and the darkness made it seem like she was still stuck in the nightmare. She folded her wings around herself, cradling herself closer to them. The pain replaced every thought she had and the only thing she could think of was it. Why would her beloved wings hurt her so much? She winced in pain, trying as hard as she could to ignore it but that was impossible. She would just have to get through it.
Lucifer contemplated leaving in the middle of the night, when all slept but there were things he still needed to do and things he needed to ask his brother. Though he knew Liaz suffered more than anyone, night was his freedom the moment the pain slowly subsided and he was able to do things that he was otherwise constrained. Lucifer dressed in is dark clothing his cape hung on his shoulders as he pushed open his door and headed to one of his brothers prized gardens.
The moonlight hit the temple making beams of warm blue light hit the surface of the pond. Making sparkles from the glistening marble. This place was too serene, too peaceful and completely opposite from his entire entity he would need to leave soon before the dragon grew enraged at the peace. Leave soon to join his war camp and cause chaos to any competition.
He sat on a bench overseeing the pond, the fish swimming under the waters surface. The moon reflected on the surface everything here felt at peace, he could hear the owls hooting in the distance, the scattering of small mammals.
She crossed his arms over his chest and closed his eyes letting himself enjoy the calm for once. The dragon somewhat subdued from the earlier mental abuse of the aira. How had she stood up to it, she hadn't cowered but he couldn't help but wonder. Did anyone ever really get away from the dragon without some kind of injury? His foot tapped on the ground, he only grew more annoyed and himself. This had never been the person he wanted to be, but fate never allowed him a chance. From birth everything was constantly being taken from him. His twin, his family, his freedom, his soul. He felt empty after all the cruelty and war he had done under his name how could someone return without some form of wounds.
There was no rescuing him. Lucifer and the dragon were one and the same. They needed each other for their cruelty needed company. As if his brother had known Liaz sat beside Lucifer nudging him only to make Lucifer open one eye in response smirking. They remained quiet and just enjoyed the tranquility under the moonlight.
Nuka sat up on her bed, a slight breeze snaking around her naked body. She had tried to fall back into slumber, but the pain had been to strong, Nuka becoming very sweaty and hot in a matter of time whilst trying to fight it. She had tried everything, even using her own healing magic on herself to see if the pain would lessen. And it did, it was much better to when she had just woken up from the nightmare, but the pain hadn't disappeared altogether. She wondered if it ever will.
She groaned and rubbed her back, getting her mind to think straight. If anyone could explain this pain it would be Liaz. She knew it. This pain only came to her now, after the days event of healing Lucifer who just so happened to be Liazs brother. In other situations, she would have sought out the help of books upon books, but she doubted there would be a specific book about Lucifer. The only person who wasn't scared of him and most likely knew the most about him was Liaz. With a painful hiss, she go herself to stand up, her wings feeling extremely heavy for the first time in her life. Nuka grabbed a plain white dress and her cape and silently left her room, not wanting anyone to see her in this state until she got to Liaz. She now walked slowly, her back trying to remain straight as always, but the weight and pain of her wings just simply didnt allow that. She looked clumsy, and no where near proud, staying in the shadows in case a guard would come upon her. Nuka wondered around like that for awhile, but soon realised it would be pointless if she wanted to find Liaz. She would have to ask one of the guards.
With all the strength she could gather, she straightened her back and lightly patted down her hair, trying to cover up the parts where it was sweaty. Nuka strode proudly, but carefully, towards the guard and asked for him to indicate to where Liaz was. He did so, knowing of her higher position amongst the aira and before she could leave him he muttered a "take care".
Why? Was there something wrong with Liaz? Though once she stepped through into the dazzling garden before her she momentarily forgot about her pain. She had no idea that this place contained a garden like this. Her eyes came upon two figures who to her looked like the ying and yang, leaning against each other, in prefect peace. Nuka then realised why the guard warned her, as her eyes made out the darker figure to be Lucifer. Just the person she needed to see her like this. Though seeing him like this gave her a whole different view of how things were playing out. Everyone was scared of him, but at moments like these she wondered why. Why did the aira fear and despise so many if they were just like them?
She snapped out of her thoughts, realising that she may have just walked on a private moment, one that wasn't meant to be interrupted by her worries. Though as she took a step back to go back to her room, the pain increased even more, and she couldn't bring her other foot to take the step back. Nuka stayed there for awhile, afraid that she might anger them, before straightening her back and taking a step forward.
Even without looking they both knew someone was coming, they could hear the distant whispers, their desire to find out what exactly was happening with their Lord Liaz and how he could remain so close to his chaotic brother. If only the world knew the truth, that out of all of them Lucifer had been the child of kindness the one that chose never to fight growing up, while Liaz and Aztarac had short tempers and would often get into fights protecting each other. A distant life before the curse had been activated. How many years had passed, he tried to fight the need for chaos he had lived a life with someone he thought he could have a family with. But even that momentary happiness was taken away. Time with his siblings could never last long and he had to survive in this world on his own. He had an endless amount of enemies and had learned to defend himself to get stronger his kindness was a weakness he couldn't accept not now.
He felt a presence coming closer, someone pure yet how they walked he could sense she was in pain. He opened his eyes and nudged Liaz to awaken knowing his younger brother had fallen asleep resting against him. He sighed and just turned to face what he assumed would be one of his brothers aira guards but what he found was the young girl from earlier that had helped heal him. "What's wrong with you"He scanned her body trying to figure out where her injury that was causing her pain came from. But then it came to him, his dragon was more dangerous than just making others grow insane. "Come here quietly, let him rest. I'll fix you, it's my fault you are hurt" He extended his hand waiting for her to take it, his emerald eyes pinned on hers. "I'll take responsibility" A part of him expected her to reject his hand and his help and wait for Liaz to awaken or find some aira to help her but in this case, as a mere thank you for healing him he allowed his kindness to show a rarity in this world.
Nuka looked into his eyes just like his looked into hers, trying to search for the answer of whether to take his hand or not, as if just by looking into his eyes she would get an answer. She had heard his words and seen his actions, wanting to agree to them just like that, mostly because of the growing pain in her back. Nuka could only think the worst with the pain and if it carried on like that. The embarrassment she would face by not being to lift her head up high, walk proudly among st others and carry her wings on her back. People would go from looking at her with awe to confusion and disappointment, people were like that. Sometimes people were horrible. Worst of all however, what if her flight, her wings, were stripped of their use, left to only sit on her back for show. She wouldn't be able to fly, she wouldnt be able to take pride in them. She would be left loss, and most likely forgotten, because what is an angel without wings?
Her breathing hitched whilst taking in all of these possibilities. She tried to calm herself down, feeling like if she would stress more her pain would get worse. Nukas eyes broke free of Lucifers and travelled to look upon a sleeping Liaz, leaning so peacefully against Lucifers shoulder. This scene, in so many ways, contradicted what everybody thought of Lucifer and Liaz. She wondered, if maybe, just maybe, if people saw them like this would they think differently of them? Would they really? She doubted it. All her kind wants is for them to be gone, and growing up amongst these principles she learned to somewhat follow them, despite not agreeing completely with them. She looked back to Lucifers extended hand, pausing for a moment.
Nuka paused not only because she feared that touch may yet again bring what she saw earlier, which she was pretty sure brought along the pain Lucifers words of it being his responsibility only making her more sure of it, but because she was unsure now more than anything whether she wants him to help. At first she was desperate for it, anything to reduce the pain. But if she hadn't been able to heal herself than how would he know how to heal her? Nuka was known to be the best, and so she believed it to be. No one has ever helped her, she was the one helping. And so she would have to help herself, or endure the pain until it stopped. She would not make herself look weak right now, despite the state she was in. Her wings managed to puff up and straighten as she said,
"Thank you for the kind offer, Lucifer but I will have to refuse. The pain will go away soon and I can treat it until then," and now looking back to Liaz, she changed the subject quickly, "Is everything all right with Lord Liaz?"
Of course it would be another that would deny his help, he was of course the evil that everyone feared. The one that corrupted the world, not thinking that he was the one that kept his father away. The one that did cruel things to protect he weak, he had wars with others that was true but he prevented cruelty from hurting the innocent and the weak. Yet he was the monster and the true monsters were deemed as heavenly.
She tried to heal herself, but there was no injury. A dragons touch was something no magic could heal and in some cases neither could he but with her she had survived. Her mind had survived and what she felt was the after effects of being so close to his inner side. Her rejecting him was not only a slap in the face but she was also damning herself to a life of pain that she couldn't escape. His brother couldn't heal her, at least not without jeopardising himself and no one was worth his brothers life.
His eyes narrowed and sighed, leaning forward enough to grab her wrist and pull her towards him and onto his lap her wings brushing against his wings, wings that were hidden. His grip was tight on her wrists so she couldn't escape but not tight enough to hurt her if she decided to fight against him. Liaz remained asleep though unsettled he knew his brother would soon awaken, he leaned closer to Nuka to any outsider almost looking as if they would kiss but there was no romance. Green energy that flowed out of Nuka returned to Lucifer making his emerald eyes glow until the pain in her body had subsided.
Liaz grew unsettled when the energy seemed to shine light onto his face bright enough that it awoke him making him push off his brothers shoulder to notice his new guardian on his brothers lap in a somewhat intimate situation.
"Brother?" A question but also just pure curiosity he tilted his head and waited for an explanation but nothing came. Instead he just stood from where he was sitting practically making Nuka nearly fall off the only reason she hadn't was the grip on her wrist and his hand resting on her waist. He let her go pushing her a distance away from him before turning to his brother, his wings brushing past Nuka but were also slightly visible to the green light that still surrounded them like fireflies.
"I'll be back soon brother, I'll find a way." So much left unsaid, he could see Liaz's expression only growing sadder and his eyes weaker. Both knowing they were running out of time. Lucifer dropped a hand on his brothers head before his wings were finally freed from the spell he kept them under. Large dragon wings, with large talons that could easily rip flesh. He flew into the sky so quickly that most would have a hard time figuring out what exactly had left the temple.
With Liaz left alone with the new guard he found himself needing to fight, to pretend that what was happening to him wasn't iminent that there was nothing to worry. A lie to protect the people that dependent on him. "I'm sorry for my brother, he tries to help but life has never been kind to my family"
Nuka tried to calm down the storm that was currently taking place in her mind. Whatever she did, she couldn't calm the waves. Everything was so sudden. His pull, the same confusing touch she felt before as if something was there but she couldn't see it, those emerald eyes once again and the sudden relief she felt on her back. The heat.No, it wasn't heat because she was embarrassed, it was heat that spread with his touch as if his body was a warm lit fire, and with her on his lap, it spread easily through her thin cloak and dress, touching at her freezing cold skin. It even lingered on her once he had pushed her off of his lap. She wanted to tell him that that wasn't how to hold a lady, or treat her either, but all of this would have been ignorant to what she really wanted to say.
A breeze slid its fingers through her wings, and she went back to them realising the absence of the pain before. She moved them slightly lifting and opening them, feeling them weightless against her back once again. She moved her head to say the words to Lucifer, but found herself more interested in the green that surrounded him for a while longer, the green that came from her just moments ago. Her eyebrows furrowed and was about to bring it up, but she noticed Liaz beside Lucifer, his expression changing from confused at seeing them like this to sadness. At what, Nuka didn't exactly know, they were talking whilst she was trying to get her head around everything so she didn't catch much. Though she quickly bowed her head in the direction of Liaz, muttering a quiet "Lord Liaz" and not forgetting her place as his Aira guard.
Then the most terrifyingly amazing thing occurred. Fierce wings came alive behind Lucifers tall form, entrancing Nuka immediately, her head now up from her bow. Wings.And not the usual white type she sees, but dark and rough and powerful, much much more powerful than hers. Her violet eyes couldn't help but give away the spark of curiosity that appeared once she saw them, confusion too. Wings were not only her source of pride, but study as well. Except she didn't get to see wings like these with the aira. Of course not, they would deem it unacceptable, meanwhile all she could do was want to learn more about them.
Just like the wings had appeared, Lucifer had disappeared with a few pushes from his wings. Was he leaving temporarily? Nuka turned her attention back to Liaz, and felt slightly embarrassed at the state she was in right in front of her Lord.
"It is quiet okay, my Lord," She said in a hushed voice, loud enough for him to hear, "Life may not have been kind to your family, but it didn't stop him from showing kindness today. Do not apologise for your brother, my Lord."
As she said those words, the only thing she could think of is what she really wanted to tell Lucifer. A rare thank you from her for his act.
With one movement his brother disappeared from the temple. It was something he should have been used to but it never got easier it never got any better. All Liaz wished for was to be with his family his brothers more than anything but no matter how he wished he knew it was better for the world if they remained apart.
Knowing it was the right thing to do never made it any easier, he knew how much it killed the eldest brother to be away from his siblings living a life that was far from what he truly desired. Everything his brother loved was taken away, if not by the people that feared him than by their father that had only grown madder since his isolation. His insanity made him dangerous not only to the people in Azelania but also to his own flesh and blood. All their father cared for was being freed from the mountain something that no one could allow.
Liaz smiled and Nuka the light shining around him dimmed but warmth still remained as he patted the space next to him where his brother had sat only moments ago. “Thank you Nuka for giving us a chance. I know your people are quick to hate my brothers.”
He thought of all the things his brothers had to face at the hands of those that feared them. Liaz had been lucky, from childhood he had people that worshiped and adored him from fear of being hated. He had rarely much to face apart from his weak health, fevers and colds, pain and depression.. A fatigue that kept him with no energy and no drive to do much of anything. It would have been easy to give in and just allow himself to flow along with time but when his brother suffered so much injustice it forced him to want to find a way to helping them.
Liaz had grown weaker in recent years his curse only taking more of his power and strength. “I wonder who would look after them when I fade away.” His eyes grew distant, saddened by the thought not of his death but leaving his brothers behind to suffer in this world by the people who unjustly hated them and their father who only cared for his own salvation and little about the suffering of his kids.
“Forgive me, I spoke my thoughts out loud” he had gotten so used to hiding the truth, to having no one to open up to. Keep to himself, it was better. He feared what might become to the people close to him.
In the distance he noticed a black bird, not a raven nor a crow but large in size just watching the two of them, its eyes golden like one of his brothers. “You should rest Nuka” He reached out his hand letting the black bird land on his arm as shadow tendrils seemed to flutter around only disappearing when they touched Liaz’s skin yet the bird remained.
“Maybe if you choose to stay you will meet my other brother. Will you give him a chance too?”