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 A Death In The Family, Tag Kayden~
☥ WHITE TIGER
 Posted: Apr 21 2017, 12:34 AM
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Old • White Tiger • War • China


This is going to hurt a lot god
i've got demons to fight
There had been a second scent at the smith’s residence, one which Byakko had, for a time, not put much thought toward. Her focus had been….shattered; she had allowed herself to remain in an area of conflict for too long, and War had taken over, leaving her in a state which was volatile, challenge-seeking, bloodthirsty. Peace had not returned to power until she was met with Niulang Altair of the Aquarian stars; admittedly she felt great embarrassment for her composure, but there was no...time for her to think back on mistakes. Her actions had resulted in the death of Adrian Smith. He had left behind a cub of his own.

That cub needed to know the truth.

Byakko did not waste her time returning to that place, travelling in the form of the great white tiger himself; it was faster this way, and as she was, she was not sure that she could claim herself above any others so as to keep her true form hidden. She followed the scent of Adrian until she reached that of his cub - the one whom he had taken under his wing. She knew no more than that - only that this cub belonged to the man whose blood was on her hands. She may not have taken his life directly, but his death was faulted to her. She had misjudged; she had believed that she could handle the face of conflict - but instead she had felt rage enough to awaken the beast. The plan had been simple; she would return to Adrian and retrieve him along with her cub. But War….had taken over before she could make such an attempt.

His death had been her fault. She, then, would be the one to tell his cub.

She had followed his scent to what appeared to be the very same residence which she had found Adrian in. It now had the scent of another, of the cub. There was yet a third scent, one which wafted with the cub; it was the scent of another human, one possessed of powerful magic. The cub, at least, was not left alone during this time. But by now, he very likely worried for the status of the Smith.

Byakko shifted forms back into the human woman - no cub would respond well to being approached by a great white tiger. She stood at the door, hesitating only a moment before she entered, heedless of whether she was invited or not. She sought the cub, eyes upon him, quietly judging. ”Are you the cub of Adrian Smith?”

About her neck, she still wore the necklace of white jade, upon which she had added the stone given to her by the smith. She would return it here, to the boy, if he was indeed the cub.

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✧ KAYDEN DUNSMOOR
 Posted: May 19 2017, 06:26 AM
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17 • Human Immortal • Determination • Austria


The day would most likely be another slow one. Lately everything seemed to have slowed down around the shop and just work in general. There hadn’t been much for him to do besides clean up every so often and wait until someone decided to show up. But even if someone did show up, he would just turn them away, telling them to simply come back at a later date. That had been the norm of the past few weeks or so. It was something he grew used to over the course of time. Yet knowing that, Kayden still forced himself out of bed at his normal early morning time. He did not want to mess up his sleeping schedule any further than it already was.

Finally hauling himself out of bed, the blond got himself dressed before proceeding down the stairs for some food and to start out his day. He had nothing special planned. Probably just laze about and get some studying done. Maybe do some cleaning. Who knows? There wasn’t much to do anymore. Not since Adrian hadn’t come back from that important thing he had to do… it had been so long. Kayden would think he would have been back by now. Nothing before ever took this long to get done. Did something go wrong? Should he say something to someone? A sigh left him. He needed to stop thinking like that. Everything was fine. Maybe Adrian just needed more time for whatever it was than normal. That had to be it.

Deciding to press his attention onto something constructive, the teen simply chose it would be better to get some more reading in before actually attempting to start on any of his chores for the day. The stores didn’t close until much later in the day and cleaning up isn’t that hard of a task for him to take care of quickly. Grabbing his book from his bedroom upstairs, Kayden plopped himself down on the couch. With one arm folded behind his head as the other held onto his book, the teen began with his reading. He would have likely stayed that way all day. The only reason why he didn’t was because of an unknown visitor. At first he hadn’t noticed that Byakko had walked in. Nope his full attention had been on the book in front of his face.

What finally broke away his attention from the book, had been when a voice unknown to him seemed to have popped out of nowhere. Letting out a startled yelp, the blond jumped, practically throwing his book. Orange eyes merely blinked at the other for a second or two. “Please don’t sneak up on me like that.” He stated, picking his book up from the floor and placing it on the table. Right… she asked him something, didn’t she? What was it again? Something about being Adrian’s cub? He blinked once more. “Uh… Cub…?”

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☥ WHITE TIGER
 Posted: May 27 2017, 09:41 PM
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Old • White Tiger • War • China


This is going to hurt a lot god
i've got demons to fight
She didn’t know just how long it had been since Adrian spoke to his cub. She was concerned, in some sense, as to whether or not the young one had been left to his own devices in his entirety; if he was without any other caretaker, would he survive? Cubs at a young age required their parents and guardians to provide for them, or nature devoured them. That was simply the way things were. This was a cub she had not met before, so she could not know if he was of an age to defend himself. If he was not, then what would her next action be? She was not in the habit of taking others’ cubs onto her own back. This...however...was a matter of a different nature. This cub was abandoned by his guardian because of her. He was, then, her responsibility, her charge.

At the very least, she needed to be the one to tell him that his mentor was gone. It had, after all, been her fault, at its core.

She had not intended to startle the cub, but it appeared his attention was rather drawn away from his surroundings. She eyed him carefully, taking his request to mind. ”I was unaware you weren’t paying attention.” she murmured, a simple, though honest, response. Though, he seemed to be confused by the term….cub. Was it not obvious? Human kind were not especially bright; if a feline’s child was its cub, was it not simple to translate the term into the human equivalent? Unless he interpreted it to mean something entirely else….

”You smell of Adrian. Are you his charge? Does he care for you? I am asking if he is your guardian. How closely you know him. I have important news to deliver to those with whom he was close.”

Was. She had said it very blatantly, but would he catch the meaning?

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✧ KAYDEN DUNSMOOR
 Posted: Jun 4 2017, 04:25 AM
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17 • Human Immortal • Determination • Austria


Not many people came to the shop anymore. A reason why Kayden let all of his attention be sucked into that book of his without a second thought. It came as a big surprised when he heard the voice of another address him. He hadn’t heard the door open even though he was right there in front of it, lying on the couch. It had been his fault for not paying any attention to what was going on around him. He had been lucky that it wasn’t someone who wanted some kind of trouble. Rather it had been a woman who was much taller than himself. “I wasn’t paying attention so it’s kind of my fault.” He admitted, moving to get sit upright, focusing his orange gaze onto the other.

It took the blond another moment or two before he finally realized that she was talking about Adrian. That meant she must know what was going on and why that he was gone for this long without so much as word of where he went. He jumped up to his feet excitingly, completely forgetting that Byakko had said anything to him. Nope. He was more focused on the fact that she might possibly know of Adrian’s whereabouts. That all his worrying had been for nothing. It hadn’t occurred to him that something bad happen. Not in the slightest. Kayden would never think such a thing would even happen.

A number of questions filled the teen’s head. All of which he wanted to ask but he was having difficulty trying to word everything without coming off as rude or anything of the such. “You know Adrian? Is he okay? What’s going on? Why has he been gone this long without saying anything?” He didn’t mean to flood Byakko with all of those questions that popped into his mind. He couldn’t help it. After all there was a lot of time he had on his hands with wondering what on earth could have possibly happened. Not once did any of the other trips Adrian took lasted this long.

There was a moment of nothing but silence until Kayden finally noticed that he didn’t bother replying back to what he had been asked. “Oops. Sorry…” He apologized meekly, running a hand through his hair. “I guess you can say he’s my guardian? He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.”

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☥ WHITE TIGER
 Posted: Jun 13 2017, 12:40 AM
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Old • White Tiger • War • China


A slow train wreck approaches
i've got demons to fight
He was correct, it was his fault. Certainly he would do well to hone his senses; she could have been a murderess and his throat would be slit in an instant. The cub of the blacksmith was rather lame if he hadn’t even noticed her presence, so near to him. That, or he possessed an alarming ability to engross himself in his readings - something that could be considered an asset but was just as much dangerous. She stepped backward as he jumped up, an excited air about him that very much perturbed her. He appeared to be overly excited - though precisely why she couldn’t say. Her upper lip curled slightly in annoyance, but she managed to keep her response to herself, merely eyeing him with a strange look and giving him a moment to gather his wits.

She was not especially good with cubs. It was the way of the tiger to be blunt and cutting; the truth was harsh and she would give it to him as it was.

The boy asked...far too many questions in such a short time. She couldn’t help it this time, hissing lowly in annoyance, rubbing the side of her head with a hand. He was a cub, it was to be expected, but all the same….it was bothersome when they prattled on so much. The question now was which order she answered him in. There were many to consider…

Ah, but he had confirmed it, that Adrian Smith was his guardian. In that case...this cub was now vulnerable, without a protector. She stood taller, looking down at him carefully. ”Perhaps this would be best spoken over tea.” she began, already seeing his frayed nerves; if she spoke earnestly now, they very likely would shatter. She had no desire to break the will of a cub. ”I must ask another question before I answer yours. Does anyone else know that you are here alone? Have you any other guardians, mentors or companions?” It was not like her to be so...gentle, but the truth would be too steep for him right now. And besides, if he was without any other protectors, she very well might need to take him in as her own. It would be the least she could do in the name of the blacksmith.

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✧ KAYDEN DUNSMOOR
 Posted: Jul 1 2017, 04:25 AM
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17 • Human Immortal • Determination • Austria


With the amount of time spent worrying about what could have possibly happened, Kayden could not help but find himself getting excited. It had been months without so much as a word of what was going on and where the heck Adrian was going in the first place. Something that the man never did before. The blond guessed the reason why was for something very important. He just could not imagine what that thing was.

He hadn’t meant to flood Byakko with the countless questions that popped inside in his within seconds. No, normally Kayden never did such a thing. He knew very well how annoying it could be. The village kids had always seemed to have a large number of questions for him whenever he went to town. But under these circumstances, there were just too many things that were unknown to him. Things that both worried and bothered him greatly.

At the mention of tea, some of the teen’s excitement had been drawn back. Tea usually did not mean something good. He read enough books to know that much. There was the thought that he could be overthinking the situation as he usually did but something told him that he was somehow wrong about that. Choosing to ignore such feelings, Kayden nodded his head. “Y-yeah. Of course.” Without so much as another word, he pushed himself off the couch and disappeared into the kitchen to put on a pot for some tea. After a moment or two, he returned back to the Livingroom and sat himself back down, fixing his orange gaze back onto the other.

He went to ask yet another question but stopped. Byakko had beat him too it apparently, asking a question of her own. Kayden blinked. What did that have to do with anything? Unless… No. He forced that thought out of his head. No matter what he refused that something bad had happened. It just couldn’t have. “Um… Well… Yes and no.” He replied back. How should he put this? There was Merlin but he didn’t tell the wizard a thing about how Adrian had been gone for so long. He just never found the right moment. He always hoped that everything would go back to normal. “There is one, but I hadn’t told him anything and… I uh don’t know where he is right now.”

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 Posted: Jul 8 2017, 08:12 PM
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Old • White Tiger • War • China


Aaaand there it is
i've got demons to fight
The cub was in a state of excitement - both of the positive and negative variety, his mind moving too quickly for Byakko to address everything at once. Ordinarily perhaps she would have been annoyed at his behaviour, she was at least able to empathize; he was confused, and the idea that this stranger might know of the whereabouts of his guardian was both daunting and exciting - a relief to learn what had happened to him, but also...concerning, in case the news was poor. While Byakko understood that he was a mere cub, she had no intentions of mincing her words. It was a tiger’s way to be brutal and so should she be.

At least he mellowed at the mention of tea. Giving him something to focus his energy on would help the cub. She knew that he was worried - time to put a pot of water to boil would allow him to focus his thoughts and avoid distractions. Of course, if his mind was plagued by negativity, she could do nothing - but this would, at least, keep him focused rather than anxiously flitting from thought to thought. As he settled back in the living room, Byakko turned her steely gaze back on him, cerulean eyes sharp. She waited for him to speak, rather uncertain herself as to….how to address the topic. She had asked him a question - she just needed an answer.

Yes and no told her nothing at all. But, she gave him time - perhaps he was anxious and couldn’t yet speak plainly. She did not have patience to spare, but she at least…attempted to be patient for the cub. He spoke again, however, and made his stance somewhat clearer; there was a guardian of sorts, but perhaps….not one suitable to care for the boy, if his presence was not known at the moment. If he was alone now, then Byakko….would best take him under her wing. For now, at the very least. She met his gaze, her eyes cold as always, and then she….bowed her head, dipping low to the cub.

”I regret to inform you that your caretaker, Adrian the smith, has died. His body was swept away in the tide of a river. You have my condolences.”

She stood tall once more, peering at the cub with her still stern face. She was….not very skilled at it, the art of tactful conversation. She wondered if she had said too much too quickly, if there was a better way.

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✧ KAYDEN DUNSMOOR
 Posted: Jul 20 2017, 06:30 AM
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17 • Human Immortal • Determination • Austria


It was starting to become very difficult for him to be patient for much longer. For months now that is the only thing he did. It was hard to focus on his studies when there was too much to worry about. Most of his normal studying time had been replaced with thinking, worrying, and waiting for some kind of news as to what was going on or for Adrian to come back in general. He had so many questions that he needed answers. Kayden wanted to know what had happened. It took him everything to not start demanding answers. He guessed that Byakko knew something about what was going on otherwise she would likely not be here before him. He knew better to demand anything. It would be rude and he already seemed to annoy her to a degree. So he would wait like he has been doing for a while now.

The excitement he held began to disappear little by little. From the many books he read, that tea usually showed a sign that something bad had happen or something of the sort. He couldn’t help but find himself thinking that something went wrong during this trip. It would explain a lot if it were the case. Even more so since this total stranger adventured all the way out to this small village to tell him some sort of news. The blond just hoped that it was not anything that bad. It could be that Adrian got seriously hurt and needed time to heal. That had to be it, right? He wanted to believe that more than anything yet he still felt like that isn’t it. There is the possibly that it could be more than that. He didn’t want to think that way but he shouldn’t throw that possibly away.

All those musing disappeared in a matter of seconds once his orange gaze caught sight of the other suddenly bow. He blinked, not really knowing what to think. Before he had the chance to ask anything, however, her words finally hit him. He froze in his place, his minding running a mile a minute. It couldn’t be true. No, he refused it to be true. All of it had to be some kind of sick joke, right? There no way Adrian could really be dead. It just couldn’t. This had to be some trick. A trick he would not fall for. There was no proof.

He shook his head, desperately. “No. That can’t be true. It just can’t…” Trailing off at the end, the teen did everything in his power to try to keep himself from crying. “If…If is it then why did no one tell me until now? It’s been months! I deserved to know!” It was not every day that Kayden ever raised his voice. This time, he couldn’t help it. there were so many emotions running amok within his head.

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