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#1Venus Rosé 

Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Empty Sat Jul 17, 2021 2:49 pm

Venus Rosé

Venus Rosé

Blade Dancer


Yards of silk, clouds of powder, brushes, combs, pearls, and diamonds glistened before Venus’ eyes. As the beauty arranged the last strand of her hair neatly around her face, complete the finishing touches of her makeup and placed a small ruby tiara on her head, Venus couldn’t help but feel, despite herself, like a princess.

”If I didn’t know know better, I’d call myself a Fiorian Queen.” Her companion cat, Blair, curled around the edge of her bed while the redhead knelt to polish the lump of crystal on her silver heels. Though not often, the black feline enjoyed talking to her owner as if it was a human through telepathy – the only form of communication she had with her owner and as Venus’ number one devotee, she showered her with compliments. ”I barely recognize you!”

”Good,” Venus said. This would be her first ball where she wasn’t there to kill someone. True, she was mostly going to make sure Odin wasn’t being hunted again. But, a ball was a ball, and she was also personally invited by the host. Maybe if she was lucky, she could dance a little.

Standing before her reflection, she admired the dress she wore, her eyes filling with light. It was coloured the same shade as her hair and her scarlet hues, perhaps even brighter, and its narrow and flowy skirts and bodice were encrusted with thousands of minuscule crystals that reminded Venus of the surface of the sea. Swirls of silver thread that made rose-like designs that could have passed for a work by any master painter lined the neck all the way down to the back of her dress. The dress so graceful and decorative, and revealing at the same time with an open arch in the center of her chest revealing the cleavage of her well-formed breasts and her open back.

Tiny diamond droplets fell from her ears, and her hair was curled and swept up onto her head, strands of pearls woven in. The clock struck seven and Venus glanced towards the doorway and hastily slipped a dagger down her bodice, strapped around her thigh. It wouldn't hurt to be careful just in case, she thought.


The grand doors appeared and before they opened, she’d wait for the two striking men who promised to accompany her to the ball today. ”They better not be late.” She spoke through gritted teeth and glanced around the massive establishment. For the first time in a long while, she was nervous.

#2Jove Augustus 

Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Empty Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:26 am

Jove Augustus
Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Nanami.Kento.full.3231621

Compared to his normal attire, Jove had truly gone all out. Long gone were his tie and shirt who lived in contrast with one another. In their stead, proof that he could dress himself should he choose.

Stepping into the beautiful banquet hall which housed the Sugma Ball, the middle aged businessman wouldn't exactly grab peoples attention. He was not one of the picture perfect members of Blue Pegasus, and he would never make it to the front page of a magazine. Still, what he had cultivated for this event was an image of refined taste. It wasn't a blaring fashion statement, nor was it tone deaf for the evening. Instead it struck a simple middle ground, and he believe he pulled it off well.

His hair had been slicked back, his blond locks still without so much as a single strand of grey. A single cluster of his bangs fell forward over his forehead, though they hung in such a way that it actually aided in pulling the look together. Balanced on the bridge of his nose were a pair of sunglasses, something he usually made a part of his attire. Rather than the normal green tint that he preferred, these were a pair of black spectacles with a wire that hung down and around his neck. This wire meant even should his lenses fall from his face, they would stay with him and add to the image.

His suit was a charcoal black, with storm grey strips in even spacing throughout. The clothes were devoid of so much as a spec of dust or a single hair, sitting in untouched perfection upon his well sculpted body. A closer look would reveal that this suit was not made of the same silk as many of the attendants. A page of the Rune Knights, he'd never be able to afford such an expensive fabric. Still, the suit did not appear cheap.

Under his jacket was a crimson red button up shirt, the contrast working to draw eyes to his chest for a moment. In that brief glance, one would notice his solid build that helped add to the overall appearance. The tie was a shade of off-white, black plots of color spaced unevenly throughout, giving it an almost milk-and-cookie vibe that somehow fit the overall composition of his attire. His wrists held cufflinks that bore the symbols of the Rune Knights, a silver that did well to fit the overall color scheme. Finally his shoes, customized dress shoes which allowed for mobility should then need arise, were a black which matched both his socks and his suit.

Making his way into the center of the room, Jove would help himself to a glass of champagne from a passive butler. Offering up a word of thanks, the sunglasses on his eyes were tinted to a deceptive color. He could actually see nearly perfectly within the building, but still he took them off and pulled the entire string up from around his neck. Folding their arms in, he would tuck the glasses safely into his chest pocket, in front of the folded red handkerchief, and somehow it made his look seem a little more complete than before.

He had not come on official duty, but rather as Jove Augustus. He would bring the far too expensive drink to his lips as he worked his way through the crowd, eyeing passerby's in the hope that he could identify someone whom he knew.

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#3Venus Rosé 

Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Empty Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:18 pm

Venus Rosé

Venus Rosé

Blade Dancer

The ballroom had been decorated in hues of lilac and glacier blue, with swaths of silk floating from the ceiling and ornate glass baubles hanging between. It was something out of a dream, Venus couldn’t help but admire the effort put behind this beauty. It wasn’t the grandest party she’d ever been to, but it was still one of the best ones. She had taken a peek inside the ball whilst waiting for her partners to accompany her inside the masquerade and indeed, throughout the room, tables were overflowing with the most beautiful, decadent-looking pastries she’d ever seen. Pastries stuffed with cream, cookies dusted with sugar, and chocolate, chocolate, chocolate beckoning to her everywhere.

Perhaps she’d swipe a few before she left.

Her ruby eyes had glossed over the vicinity, still searching for her two escorts that should better be showing up any minute now until she met the eyes of a man who stood out – well enough to attract her attention. He was dressed nicely; so nice that her eyebrows arched ever so slightly and her lips parted from shock: a pleasant kind. Her silver heels clacked against the marbled floor as she strode towards the gentlemen and even swept two glasses of champagne within her hands as a server walked past her.

”I didn’t expect to see you here.”

The vampire walked up to him, a sheepish smile forming along her painted lips. Up close, she looked at him – truly looked at his figure and registered how gallant he appeared in a suit. ”You look…different, but nice – really nice,” she added as she edged the other glass of champagne in her hand towards him, a faint smile unto her lips. ”Come, accompany me for a bit.”

At the other end of the domed ballroom, massive windows faced a patio overlooking a glittering stretch of the kingdom. She could imagine those doors thrown wide in summer, and how lovely it would be to dance alongside the riverbank under the stars and city lights.

”Our second date is a little too soon, don’t you think?” The redhead took a sip of her champagne and turned towards the knight. ”But, it seems like the perfect place to have one,” trailed off the woman.

#4Jove Augustus 

Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Empty Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:35 am

Jove Augustus
The dangerous thing was champagne was how it essentially drank like a carbonated beverage. It was airy, light even, and went down far quicker than intended if one was thirsty when they grabbed it. Jove had barely worked his way into the room, drink in hand, when he found his glass to be empty. It wasn't as if he had come here intending to become fully intoxicated. That said, maybe it was better if he did? He wasn't exactly comfortable around all these big names. Every time he turned his head, he saw yet another sorcerer whose fame far preceded them.

"I didn't expect to see you here."

A familiar voice, though the timid tone threw him off. He followed the angelic choir to its source, spotting two ruby eyes looking up into his dull blue gaze. Before him, he saw something truly breathtaking.

Hair like fire, wrapped neatly around her head and tied together with a diamond crested tiara that screamed of royalty. Her face was dotted with freckles which he hadn't noticed last time, the light of dusk having done a poor job at highlighting her finer features. The chest of her gown was missing, showing off her sternum and curves daringly. His once over caused something which was rare for Jove in any circumstance; left him at a loss for words.

"Venus?" It had only been a few weeks prior that they had parted in Fiore, and now they were bumping into one another at this great gala. She spoke of him kindly before inviting him to join her, offering a new glass to replace his empty drink. He took it, still at a loss for words. As she turned to make her way into the distance he followed. He couldn't very well tell her no. Seeing her like this, his mind flashed the vivid images of her atop of him, snarling like a beast and threatening his life. Oh, how situations change.

She took him toward the far end of the room, to large glass doors which offered a vantage point of the property that would have been eye catching had it not paled in her comparison. He had found an empty tray on their walk over, dropping off his empty glass, and sipped at the light amber liquid.

"Some could say not soon enough." He finally found his voice, once given the opportunity to respond to her. She had turned to face him, and he regained appreciation for their difference in height. With her looking up to meet him, he appreciated truly how large her doe eyes were.

"You look gorgeous, by the way. I can hardly imagine you baring your teeth and threatening my life when you look like this." In any other circumstance there may have been a bitterness anticipated in those words. Yet Jove sounded anything but. His gaze was surprisingly soft, as if he had been caught off guard by her arrival.

"How have you been since I last saw you?"

#5Venus Rosé 

Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Empty Tue Jul 20, 2021 11:44 am

Venus Rosé

Venus Rosé

Blade Dancer

Their interactions on their first encounter were entirely different from this laidback ambiance between them, when she found herself atop him, threatening his life that night. When the knight never showed any ill intentions towards her, the two kicked off right from there, even opening about their lives – or well, her life. Perhaps she was naïve to think that she could trust Jove, but she did and now, at this event, she was no more vulnerable than a deer in a forest swarmed with predators.

”I didn’t take you to be the type of person to attend events like these.”

The vampire edged herself away, further from the crowd and settled herself near the patio, finding herself an empty spot in the crowd and stopped. It was a good vantage point. She could see everything from here – the dais, the main stairs, the dance floor. Venus felt each of her heartbeats hammering in her veins when Jove had locked his ocean eyes with hers, especially when he looked like that, and when he’d complimented, her composure festered slightly in embarrassment.

”As do you,” spoke the vampire, chuckling at his remark albeit, there was a pang of regret when she decided to lunge at him on their first rendezvous. ”Are you enjoying the ball?” She played with a fold in her dress and added with a sly smile growing on her lips, ”Such a shame you came to the gala alone, when you look this alarmingly handsome.” There was no awkwardness in her tone when she talked to him, no barriers set and she let her words run free without hesitation knowing that she was comfortable around him.

There was long sigh before she was about to answer his next question. ”Lots of travelling and slaying, but—“ she brought a finger up in case Jove was to stop her and assume that she was killing people. ”—no humans involved.” As if she was trying to prove a point to him that she was not evil unlike how he thought her to be.

She walked out into the patio, currently leaning against the pillar and set the empty glass at wherever place she could find. The tendrils of her breath curled in the night air, and the moonlight glinted off the tiara that she wore on her crown. The music was loud enough that it reached them out there, and at the terrace, she began to waltz with herself. She even held the edge of her wine-red dress in one hand, her other hand poised on the arm of an invisible partner. She turned, an elegant sweeping motion that brought her to face Jove, and halted.

”Aren’t you going to dance with me?” she said, and held out her hand to him.

#6Jove Augustus 

Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Empty Wed Jul 21, 2021 4:49 pm

Jove Augustus
"Nor did I," he said, the words coming so naturally that even a total stranger could tell he meant them. He wasn't one for fancy getups and expensive horderves. He was a simple man, who had been lower middle class in Fiore his entire life. He was use to the streets of Hosenka, or the bars of Oak. Not so much this stuffy, high brow environment in which everyone knew everyone. In a way, he was the truest enigma here. The only unknown in a room of identified variables.

That bit of anonymity was the only saving grace for the night. The only one, until he had found the energetic redhead who now stood before him. When she had taken the time to lead him through the room, he couldn't help but admire the fabric of her dress. The light, smooth linen that flowed from her body like water. It did his imagination good to not have to work so hard, and for a moment he appreciated the fact that he was still in touch with what it was to be a man.

She would have never caught his roaming gaze. He was a well adjusted member of society. Like all those who lived life interacting with others, he knew the intricacies of a quick glance.

As she spoke to him, a grin touched his lips. "Alone? Is that what you think?" Again his tone held its indominable position of being indecipherable. The deep rumble gave little hint of whether or not he meant what he said. Still, he didn't rush to clarify. He watched her, wondering if she would perk up at the idea of him being here with another- Or would she squirm?

Giving only a few moments of suspense, he spoke again. "Good guess." Perhaps another man would have used that moment to try and slip in a smooth word. A flirtatious jab, or a way to drag the atmosphere into something more playful. For him, however, this level of dry sarcasm and wit was enjoyable enough.

As she regained her composure, talking of the humans she didn't kill, he couldn't help but feel the lines of his face relax. He hadn't realized how tense he was, even now, being in this den of sharks they called a gala. With Venus, however, he felt lighter. Like the gravity that threatened only just previously to crush him decided to give him respite. "That's good to hear. I assumed as much, after all." He said his words with a sense of passion behind them, driving home the fact that he believed in her before she clarified. He never thought she was a bad person, after all.

And as she stepped into the empty space, the music just barely in the peripheries of their conscious, she began to move. Her steps were well timed, her movements graceful. Regardless of if she knew how to dance, the flow of her body seemed to be that of a seasoned professional. She had a fluidity to her motion that seemed as if she naturally fell into the beat.

As she invited him, he stepped forward. Perhaps, due to his nature and behavior, one would think of him as stiff. Contrary to that assumption, he immediately stepped into her rhythm. He matched her pace without effort, placing his left hand on her hip. His right hand stretched out, his fingertips briefly dragging against her forearm and palm before grabbing her hand in his own.

He didn't like events like these, but that didn't mean he had never attended them. A middle management businessman, he had often found himself dragged to parties with the very customers he represented, as well as his bosses. He had quickly adapted to the situation, realizing it took less energy to learn how to dance than it did to constantly refuse the invites to step upon the floor.

As the music played and the two twirled through their own world, his eyes searched out her own. "I'm surprised you're not here with anyone yourself. I would have assumed that you had someone you could have brought as a guest?" In typical fashion, Jove seemed disinterested even when he was engaged. Truth be told, he was fishing for whether or not she had a partner whom she was meeting here, or who she could have at least brought. It wasn't that he was opposed to asking straight up, but he decided it would likely be best to treat this conversation like he had their dance; matching her pace. She had only just previously danced around the topic of whether or not he had a date himself, after all.

#7Venus Rosé 

Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Empty Thu Jul 22, 2021 5:29 am

Venus Rosé

Venus Rosé

Blade Dancer

For a moment, she was lost – lost in a world where there was nothing but gold candles, music and the man before her. He’d taken her hand, and his fingers were coarse from the brutal work as a Rune Knight yet, the grasp was soft around hers. He slid his other hand around her waist as she braced one of hers on his arm. She looked up at him when he began to move – a slow step, then another, and another, easing into the steady rhythm of the waltz. When her eyes found his, she forgot about the chilly night, and the moon, and the people dancing about at the ball.

Venus had seen him smile for the first time just a moment ago. For a man that barely had any facial expressions, she was rather caught off-guard by his slightly awkward beam, and she could tell that he probably didn’t smile often. ”If you weren’t alone, you would be dancing with someone else.” There was a small smirk on her lips. She didn’t care; she didn’t want to know whether or not he came with a partner, or if there were any other ladies in the ballroom that he would’ve preferred to dance with.

All she cared about was that she’d caught his attention now and how he’d chosen to spent time with her instead. He spun her and led her about the floor, waltzing as smoothly as he could and none of them faltered a single step.

”Curious who I came with?” She stared at him, a playful smile dancing along the line of her cherry-stained lips. She figured she’d tease him a little bit for earlier and left a moment of suspense to leave him pondering about her thoughts. ”They’re my guild mates, from Eternal Nightmare. I didn’t have anyone to escort me, and we were all invited so—“ spoke the female, leaving her sentence unfinished.

Jove had last told her how he knew who she was, so she easily assumed that he would have an idea of which guild she belonged to as well. ”Seems like both of them are busy tending to themselves and possibly also attractive ladies.” She added, turning her head towards the guests inside the hall. There were so many that it was impossible to find Odin and Zane from this distance. ”So, now you have a boring company to keep.”

The vampire didn’t turn her eyes away from him and there was a moment of silence, neither of them smiling. ”So, what did you do when you weren’t graced with my presence for weeks?”  

#8Jove Augustus 

Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Empty Wed Aug 04, 2021 8:21 am

Jove Augustus
Venus carried herself with the confidence of someone who knew of their elevated status. She was a being who stood high upon the social ladder, in every way it was constructed. She was a powerful mage, a beautiful woman, and a wealthy individual. She held an influence over the world that someone like Jove could hardly imagine, and he felt a sense of respect for the woman who swayed within his touch.

The dress she wore, now that he felt it, was truly of an extravagant make. It was soft to the touch, smooth like the silks found in the far East. As his palm cupped her waist, he also made a note of how delicate she was despite the massive amount of power she possessed. This woman was a living, breathing enigma who shattered and preconceived notion one could have about her. The type of existence who drew someone in, a vortex of life.

So as she spoke to him, going so far as to call herself boring, a surprising sound escaped through his nostrils. A sudden, sharp exhale that would indicate amusement. Then, though it may not exactly have fit him, laughter escaped through his lips. It wasn't loud, nor jubilant like those who were completely carefree and existing only in the moment. Yet it carried with it a sense of sincerity, a relaxed treble that suited his personality. As the noise subsided, he looked into Venus' eyes with a softness in his eyes, and a curvature of his lips. "I'll need to make sure to get a way to contact you this time. Our next meeting should be more formal, don't you think?"

As she queried what it was he had done over their short break, his mind flashed for the briefest of moments to Lucifer. He had already possessed a strain of Fire magic before, but it wasn't anything flashy. It was an off the counter, everyday fire magic that was unique only in name, but limited the potential of growth that Jove had. In order to continue to grow in power, to try to compete with the true emperors of the world, he'd have to expand his interest into weaponry or tools.

Or, he'd have to acquire a new magic.

With the resources and the reach of the Rune Knights, that's precisely what he did. As she asked, answered with minimum hesitation. "I signed a contract with Lucifer." Perhaps, with others, one would have expected this to be a secret. Some dramatic, drawn out moment that forced the other to contemplate and guess. Jove wasn't one for such theatrics, and he didn't see the point in it.

Magic through contracts with Devils was not unheard of, and he was dealing with a Vampire after all. She'd likely be more understanding than most. Still, it was an oddity. A good man, member of the Rune Knights, utilizing a contract with a Devil for his power. It was yet another oddity from the normal, everyday businessman.

#9Venus Rosé 

Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Empty Wed Aug 18, 2021 8:02 am

Venus Rosé

Venus Rosé

Blade Dancer

With a couple of inches spaced between them, Venus had witnessed the lines that formed around the knight’s visage. The man that held her looked as solemn as the first time he saw him, but this time, his rugged appearance seemed to be coupled with a strange sense of softness that she found within his ocean eyes.

”Is this ball not formal enough for you?” she gave him a rather mischievous smirk. ”Call me traditional; you can always send me a letter through a pigeon if you need to find me. People always seem to know where I am these days, so you’ll have no trouble locating me.” That was no surprise to her, as she was highly aware that people watched her like a hawk wherever she went to report her whereabouts – there were numerous hunters that tracked her just for her bounty after all.

Venus realised how little she knew about the man other than the fact that he was a knight and a little backstory on how he became one. He was withdrawn and hardly outspoken, as opposed to her albeit, it helped that the more their paths crossed, the more her curiosity piqued and the more she came to know about the mysterious stranger. She wouldn’t go so far to call him a stranger, now that they’ve already met twice, and it would be an understatement to say that she quickly grew comfortable around him faster than any other acquaintances she’d known.

”Lucifer? The demon of pride?” Her lips parted slightly, almost at a shock that a man like Jove would be on the contract with a demon of pride. She did not expect that coming. A scoff escaped from her while she continued to dance without ever missing a beat despite the sudden change of topics in the conversation between them. As a person who thoroughly enjoyed books, Venus had kept herself educated on a lot of materials – that also included the deadly sins from the Other World, although she had never met one who sold their soul to a devil.

There were questions that roamed inside her head; things that she was very curious about, and she’d spend a moment pondering which she should ask first. ”I suppose you’re not surprised that I find it odd about you, considering you’re a knight – a good one, in fact.” She paused. ”Tell me – how did you even come to be a vessel for Lucifer? How’re you handling it so far?”

Venus remembered how insufferable it was for her when she first transformed to become a vampire, and it almost made her realise how it slowly took away her humanity bit by bit and she could only wonder how long it’d take until it corrupted her.

#10Jove Augustus 

Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Empty Sat Aug 21, 2021 2:18 pm

Jove Augustus
Once again, Venus was able to easily establish herself as the wind to the sails of their budding relationship. It was still unclear whether they would blossom into friends, acquaintances, or something else entirely. One thing that was for certain, however, was that she would continue to provide the energy in their encounters. She seemed to be able to relax into the moment, melding into the pace and dictating where it would go. It was a trait that he himself lacked. People could change, certainly, but only to a certain degree. Even if he dedicated himself to it, he doubted he could ever match her level of charisma.

As she spoke of letters through pigeons, he wondered for a moment if it was meant to be a joke. Certainly carriers were still utilized, but there were magical apparatuses which could be used for communication. For a moment, he found himself questioning her age. They had never exchanged that information. It just felt common sense that Jove was older, based on appearances alone, yet he hadn't stopped to consider the fact that she was a vampire. If legends could be trusted, she was a species which would never age, maintaining her vibrant and youthful appearance until someone ripped the life from her body. For all he knew, she could be well beyond him in years.

"I suppose you're right." Rather than address that elephant, better instead to roll with the punches. He was a brave man, and they seemed to be able to relax around one another, but that didn't mean he was so ignorant as to ask a woman her age.

The carefree attitude stuttered as she locked in on what he had told her. Certainly, making deals with demons was not something one usually did casually. Moreso, as she said, the transaction was usually only one way. A human would offer their soul up, forgoing their future eternity for the freedom of immediate power. The stronger one was, the more powerful the demon which they could strike the deal. Jove, however, was a bit of an exception to the rule.

He had not sold his soul to Lucifer. Rather, they formed a pact which bound them both to the same body and brought their souls as close together as possible without fully merging them. Yet the deal was one which would allow him to maintain possession of his soul. He had not damned himself in this deal, and that was something that was apparently quite rare.

"One and the same." He spoke matter-of-factly, very much unlike what one would expect from someone who housed the embodiment of pride. "It's a fairly recent transaction, however, so I have no sort of mastery over the new magic." It wasn't the type of admission a Rune Knight should make in any company, let alone that of Venus Rose. In their time apart he had looked into her, the name which struck a familiar cord, as well as a few other big name threats to the kingdom. None of them quite matched the vampiress, however, with a bounty of three and a half million jewel.

"Well, I don't think you'll be surprised about this by now, but it's not so interesting a story." Perhaps the fact that he spoke of such a deal in such a mundane way was what made this thing stranger, but he continued nevertheless. "I realized after meeting people beyond myself, such as you in fact, that my run of the mill fire magic would never be enough. I needed more power, and in the vaults of the Rune Knights information troves I found information on making deals with the Cardinal Devils without needing to hand over possession of ones soul in order to do it.

"I made a deal to house him and to help him with a bit of a favor, one well within my morals, in order to draw use of his magic. However, I am in complete control of my body, the magic, and the mana. In reality, I came out better on this deal."
Lucifer had been shocked when they had met, and found himself a bit flabbergasted when he was in a business negotiation with a human. Still, the terms were fair to both parties; and besides, Lucifer was immortal. Even if Jove lived a full and happy life, the time that would pass was but a drop in a bucket for such a powerful demon.

"Besides, all that exists about him are textual renditions of his time at war on Earthland. It spoke nothing of who he was. I decided there was a chance he wasn't as evil as the rumors state, and not to judge him for it."

Truth be told, he still didn't know if it were true. Lucifer had been surprisingly quiet since the deal. He could communicate with Jove whenever he chose, yet still the rune knight hadn't heard so much as a noise from the greater demon.

The song came to a stop, and with it so did their bodies. Taking a step away from Venus, and releasing her from his arms, he bowed his head lightly to her. "Thank you for the dance."

#11Venus Rosé 

Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Empty Sat Aug 28, 2021 8:32 am

Venus Rosé

Venus Rosé

Blade Dancer

Humans always seemed to desire the greed for more power, or perhaps they just had it in them from the beginning. It made her wonder if they wished for such abilities to defeat beings like her; immortal, night creatures that were dangerous to humankind. She was a human once, turned into a vampire by one who gave knowledge about the world she wasn’t aware of. It wasn’t power she sought, rather she wished to obtain the wisdom that no mortal could possibly have. It was still a form of greed, nonetheless, and it only made her realise that there was no difference between her and the ones who sought power to become stronger.

”I found myself almost impossible to believe you. The demon of pride, agreeing so easily for a negotiation with a human. In what ways did you manage to win him over?" It was not as though she ever knew or met Lucifer, albeit she’d read that the demons were not one to be trifled with, so naturally, her curiosity was piqued when a human—a virtuous Rune Knight—was to be his vessel without any sacrifices made.

It was strange how there was this indescribable feeling of frustration within her, or perhaps was it anger? Demons and vampires were of a similar kind; night creatures, as she’d like to refer them as and though, the two kinds weren’t necessarily fond of each other like neighbours, their ways of living were somewhat similar, and knowing that the Jove was on a contract with a demon, it felt to her that Lucifer was enslaved by a human, trapped inside a human body. With a pride of a vampire, she would never allow anyone to be in control of her.

In a way, Venus was speechless, not because the knight was a vessel to the demon of pride, but due to the reason behind it. ”So, you sought for the power of a demon to throw villains into prison—those like me?” She raised one of her eyebrows at the man before him, as if she was indirectly asking him a question. His gazes on her always seemed calculating as though he was studying her like a book and she was still unsure of what his views on her were, despite him clarifying that he didn’t wish to imprison her.

At the end of their dance, the vampire bowed dramatically to the knight, even lifting up the folds of her dress as she flourished a hand before her. ”Likewise. I hope you enjoyed the dance.” Her breathing eventually stabilized, but she didn’t look away from him. She’d learnt more about him than she’d known before—a vampire and a vessel for a demon—and knowing that, she realised that they would never be a normal boy and a girl again.  

#12Jove Augustus 

Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Empty Sun Aug 29, 2021 4:26 am

Jove Augustus
"To put it simply, he told me that he was bored, and that I was entertaining."

Her question was a valid one. What he described to her was something that no one would be able to easily believe. Especially one as her, a creature of myth and legend much like the demon who now dwelled within him. The difference was, while she was a beacon of this time, Lucifer was a timeless entity. One whose very existence was interwoven with that of Earthland. Stories existed of him and his kin fighting the Gods, after all. Yet now here was the Rune Knight, telling her of how he had found a way to not only harness Lucifer's power, but also to protect his own soul.

"I suppose much in the way that you find me unique, as too did he. He told me that my views on the world were strange, and that I was not like my kind. He also said that he'd enjoy watching how I faced off against the world." He knew that Lucifer had more in mind than what he had let on. That said, nothing Jove said was a lie. He was conveying to her what he knew for certain, but at this point both of them likely expected that there was more to it. This was the Cardinal Sin of Pride, the original Sin. Certainly he could be bored and find Jove to be an entertaining host, but it would never be just that.

Yet despite his answers, he could tell that there was something else bothering Venus. A question that was sitting on her chest; a fast acting poison that would eat away at her from the inside. The only way to cure her would be to extract the poison, but he was incapable of that. She would have to dispel it herself.

When she did, the weight of her words rested heavily on his mind. That would be how she interpreted it, wasn't it? It was along the lines of what he had been saying, and he was a Rune Knight at the end of the day.

"You're not entirely wrong, I suppose." He let a pregnant pause form between them as he gathered his thoughts. "I was just awakened to the fact that I was powerless in this world. However, my own worldview wouldn't allow me to sacrifice myself for any amount of power. And so I found a loophole.

"However, at the end of the day, my power serves to protect. To protect the citizens, the innocents, and those who are disadvantaged to the forces that would bring them harm. So no - Not those like you."

There was much left unsaid in his words. They both knew the truth of the matter here. They were still newly acquainted, and so he couldn't exactly say that she was an important person to him. Yet already she had become someone who garnered his interest. She likely understood that if she acted to continued murdering innocents, or if she worked alongside her guild to bring chaos, they would eventually clash. Much as he knew that there were avenues which would paint him as her enemy. Yet these were things unsaid; petty little truths that did not yet need the light of day.

The two of them had long since stepped to the balcony, and as their dance came to an end Jove turned towards the railing. Resting his palms upon its smooth surfaces, he faced out into the night. Before him was the city, with only a few flickering lights offering any solace from the darkness down below. Above was the moon, out in full, and the stars which accompanied it each night.

He took in the view in silence. There was a part of him, though he was unsure if it was uninfluenced by Lucifer, that urged him to break the silence. To begin conversation and to direct the flow of the night. Yet now, as he stared out into infinity, he felt as if that urgency was manufactured.

And so there he stood, silently watching the night, and allowing the silence to settle comfortably until Venus chose to speak.

#13Venus Rosé 

Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Empty Tue Aug 31, 2021 9:29 am

Venus Rosé

Venus Rosé

Blade Dancer

The topic of discussion made Venus tense, she didn’t know why, perhaps she was curious how he would answer, and though she was always of relaxed disposition in the presence of Jove, she would be lying if she said she completely trusted the man. He was a Rune Knight after all; her mortal enemy. No matter how fond they were to each other, no matter what their future held, in the back of her mind, she knew that he would always be his enemy.

”You’re a good man,” spoke the female, feeling somewhat relieve as she gazed out into the distance and let her eyes immerse into the beauty of the velvet dark painted by the light of the stars. A soft smile lingered on her cherry-stained lips. He was too good of a man, almost too pure for this corrupted world that he had committed himself to serve the kingdom and protecting its civilians—she could never be like him, and although she knew that their worlds would eventually clash in the future, she couldn’t help but enjoy the silence between them, the conversations they had and the pleasant sensation he brought upon her.

She liked what they had, the familiarity, and how they always searched for answers on each other’s faces, but she wondered if all of this would come to an end. Perhaps this man before her might even be the one to kill her or send her into the rotting cells of the Era dungeons, and she wondered if she could possibly hate him if he ever betrayed her. Perhaps betrayal was too strong a usage of a word to be used between them, after all, this was only their second encounter. ”Do you think it would ruin the relationship between us?” She wasn’t sure what kind of answer she was expecting from him, but she figured talking about the elephant in the room was better now than later.

”I hope whatever happens, nothing will change,” she looked at him, looked at him properly to show that she’d meant what she said—that despite their beliefs, he would remain the same person as she’d initially found him to be; perfect. ”Have you met any of my guild mates yet?” The atmosphere between them had become strained, she’d realised, quickly changing the topics in hope to lighten the tension between them, or perhaps it was just her overthinking.

#14Jove Augustus 

Sweet Like Sugar [Ball: Jove] Empty Wed Sep 01, 2021 4:31 am

Jove Augustus
Her words hit flat. It was sad, but true. Despite Jove's seemingly mundane exterior, he was a man who put deep thought into rather arduous concepts. One of them was through morality and ethics. He was by no means an expert, and considered himself to be neither accurate nor intelligent on the matter. Yet still he found himself struggling with the idea of himself being a good man. What was that really, and what did it imply? Was she not just calling him a good man due to the fact that he put her worries at ease?

She wouldn't see this internal struggle, for his attention was still out at the starlit sky, with his gaze arrested by the moon. How is something so stunning so far out of reach?

She asked whether or not he believed that their relationship would be ruined. Much like her, he found a sense of confusion in her question. While the two certainly clicked, the very idea of a relationship having formed between them was a distant one. This had been but their second meeting. He felt a desire to get to know her better, and a sense of mystique about her that certainly whet his interest.

He couldn't help but wonder if something else was on her mind. While it was easy for people to get caught up in the moment and lose themselves to sincerity, neither one of them were the type to develop such deep attachments to strangers so quickly. Even if he knew nothing else about her, he could feel confidence in that. When he answered her with silence, it seemed as if she had misread the atmosphere. She took his inflection as discomfort, perhaps, and answered the question herself.

He could feel her eyes burning into him from the side, but he did not match her. Instead he lingered on the moon, which sat comfortably in its own orbit. She began to ask another question, but Jove interrupted before she could formulate it.

"I don't think relationships can be ruined, and it most certainly will change." His words were calm, his tone soothing and gentle. He stood from his previous position of leaning onto the railing, and as he reached his full height he seemed to be bathed in the lunar light. "Relationships simply are. Good or bad, actions can certainly shape them, but they can't be ruined. Not unless they're given up on completely."

He finally turned his attention to her, rotating his entire body to face her. "I can't make you any promises that we'll always be on good terms. We live in contrasting worlds. But-" He stepped in, the distance between them closing. His usually serious demeanor broke, and a light smile crested his lips.

"I can promise I won't hate you, if nothing else. Whatever may come." Jove placed his hands on her shoulders, and regained his surprise at how dainty such a powerful girl was. Leaning forward, he would place a kiss upon her forehead, and then step back. "Don't linger too for too long on those kinds of thoughts. Vampires live for a very long time, as I understand it. It would be a shame to convince yourself that things could break so easily."

With that, Jove turned away from her. Whatever it was that she was working through had clearly come out in that moment, and he felt as if staying any longer would be to take advantage of that vulnerability. The time would come for their paths to cross again, of that he was sure.

For now, however, it was time for them to part.


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