When Chris entered his home it was as if peace had settled around him, he saw Hope as she bounded forward. Her ringlet curly brown hair bobed as she pranced to him. he swept her up and hugged her close. Her energy wound around him as her small wings settled against his shoulders, "Daddy, I missed you!"Her sweet voice met his ears.
"I missed you too." he spoke.
"Are you leaving again?" She asked and he looked at her, those innocent eyes. he shouldnt be touchign her, her light would be dimminished by him. He crushed her close again before setting her on her feet.
"No." He said before moving for Lebaux to enter, he swept Hope up as Chris made his way to his room. As glad as he was to see his daughter, to be back being so close to his Mistress... he wanted to be alone. He was becoming a monster, one not fit for his daughters love.
Ambrosia walked the halls as she shrugged off her gaurds, they were trying to persuade her not to go out, they had seen the Paladin's forces in the region again. That was a blessing in Ambrosia's ears. She ignored them and stopped only when her sons gaurd stepped between her and the door. "Move out of my way Sen."She spoke.
"Forgive me my Queen." He said as he held his ground. "I cannot let you go out."
"On whose orders?" She demanded, she needed to leave, she needed to find Chris. He had denied her admittance to his mind, and she feared he was ill. She felt her enrgy wind out as she glared at Sen. He didnt answer so she started forward again.
"Is this about Lucas' father?" Sen asked.
"Zeke is away." Ambrosia shook her head in annoyance and froze when she saw Sen's eyes darken, she looked at him, wondering if he had figured it out. She decided now wasnt the time to deal with him. She phased out of the castle, and into the Lust District, she shook herself and melded into a disguise, she wanted to see if Chris was well, she wouldnt approach, just check.
Chris stepped from the shower and stared at his reflection, his mark had begun to glow slightly, he pressed his hand to it and sighed. What was happeing to him, he felt the rage just under the surface, and it wasnt his desire for Zeke that had spawned this reaction. Six months ago before he left to hunt he'd met up with Zeke in a battle that lasted too long, left him aching in more delightful ways than just victory. Ambrosia had even met up with him before he left, so he wasnt desiring them any more than usual. Their secret meetings were becoming harder and harder to do, but they managed. Something else was going on, he felt the darkness inside hism and it was feeding on his fear. Feeding on everything inside him.
He looked down and screamed as he saw the blood on his hands, he jerked and looked back down, seeing them as clean as they were when he stepped from the shower. He cursed and closed his eyes, he jerked again when he heard pounding on the door. Wrapping a towel around himself he opened the door to see Lebaux there, his eyes wide, he seemed relaxed as he noticed Chris was fine. "What is it?" Chris asked.
"You screamed." Lebaux spoke.
"No I didnt." Chris walked past Lebaux and went to his room, he
sat on the bed and held his hands out, sure enough he saw blood
dripping down the palms he knew were perfectly clean. He shook in
fear and hung his head in shame, he was losing it.