Off we go, into the wild, BLUE yonder
*Julian had been back in The Realm for several weeks now, and gthe situation had become somewhat clearer. There were huge holes inm his memory, and more importantly, he had somehow lost The Blue, a powerful sentient magic that he once wielded. The question now was what to do to remedy the situation. He could not just hope that all would be returned to him with a snap of the fingers, or a wiggle of his nose. No, these issues were much more important, and that meant he needed help. Luckily, two other members of The Faceless had returned to the fold, and could lend a hand, if they chose to do so.*
*Maeve, the stoic vampire, was in Tokyo proper, so it was a sim[ple matter of leaving a message in her room, to come and speak tpo him in his office. Bree Ravencroft, however, was not so easily located, Julian decided to send out a message with the magic he did still possess, a search spell that he hoped would find her well, and hopefully willing to help him. She was a great ally of the young wizard, but she also had a life of her own, as did all of the family. Hoping the intrusion would not be a large one, Julian sat in his office, mindlessly stroking the head of his new buddy, the dog that must be named.*
*Eva had found the kindness in Julian Montgomery. He had given her a home and purpose to survive and thrive in the Realm. She watched him and her footsteps followed behind him. She was an 'undead' and he was a 'live' person. She kept mostly to herself. But she was like Julian's shadow when she followed behind him. He had her loyalty and her trust. The few meager gifts she could offer him. She knew he was seeking something and he apparently had valued it. He seemed to be searching for something. She did not know what it was but she wanted him to find it.*
*The halls were void of 'life' when she had joined the coven. Julian had informed his people were away at that time. That had changed in the following weeks since his return. The halls had slowly come alive with the arrival of Maeve. She did not know the woman. She watched and decided to observe the woman. She knew the woman was important to Julian Montgomery. She had ceased any shadowing of Julian. Bree Ravencroft was next to return and the halls seemed to pulsate with more life. She had studied the coven logs to know a little of Maeve and Bree Ravencroft. She too was highly regarded by Julian. She would watch and observe what unfolded. She felt that these women help and advise Julian.*
*Julian would connect them at his time and covinence. She would wait and see what would transpire in good time. Time she felt was of essence for Julian to find what he was seeking.*
*As Julian waited, he thought about the new member of the coven, Miss Evaine Sterling, and whether she may have a role in this quest he was about to embark on. She was awful young, but he had been impressed by the work she put in to strengthen herself. Nodding silently, he reached for the phone on the desk, and pressed a button. Presently, Mr. Hatashi walked in, and smiled a question at the seated wizard.*
"Hiro...please find Miss Evaine, and ask her to join us here."
*The butler, of a sort, quirked an eyebrow at Julian.* "Us?"
"Yes Hiro...I am ready to proceed, and have called a few of the others."
*A bigger smile appeaared on the elder man's face.* "Very good sir." *Then, Mr. Hatashi turned on his heel, and left, to attend to the finding of the young woman in question. Soon, one of the expected women entered his office, and when she greeted him, Julian rose, came from around his desk, and gave the woman a warm hug.*
"It is good to see you, Bree. It has been a while, I know. If it was not very important to me personally, I would not have troubled you, or anyone else for that matter."
*Maybe the hug was a bit much...but, the fact that he actually remembered Bree, and their friendship, was a great thrill for him, and the emotions that brought just had to be acted upon. Julian moved back behind his desk, and motioned to one of the seats in front of it.*
"Have a seat...we are expecting others shortly."
*Eva Sterling heard a knock on her door. She had been seated at her small desk. She had been typing on her laptop She was grateful for the interruption and she smiled as one more knock sounded on her door. She walked quickly to the door She opened it to see Mr Hiro Hatashi*
"Your presence is required in Julian's office." *Mr. Hatashi spoke to her. A surprised but curious look was in his eyes.*
"Thank you, Mr.Hatashi" *Eva bowed toMr. Hatashi. He was worthy of her respect. He had been kind to her. "I will come immediately." *Eva followed behind Mr.Hatashi. She squared her shoulders. She wondered what Julian wanted to see her about. Whatever Julian Montgomery needed or wanted from her. She would do it with no questions asked.*
*She arrived at the door of his office. She waited for Mr. Hatashi to enter the office. She walked behind him. "You needed me, Julian." She stood waiting for him to speak.*
Claudia had arrived with Julian, he had been kind enough to open his home to her and she had readily accepted his offer. The lady of old would never be submissive, but obedient she would be within this house that was now home.
Her rooms were decorated in a classic fashion. Some would have called it outdated, but some were wrong. Having been raised in New Orleans, the blonde vampire was a great lover of all things classic and the heavy dark wooden furniture she had found in her quarters had immediately been to her liking.
Touching her hair and a quick glance in the mirror told Claudia her looks were restored and the grub of being buried and the sleeazy motel she had staid in were washed off completely. She was ready to head down to the Montgomery office as the leader of her coven had requested and that also meant meeting the other members of the coven.
She had already heard that some of her old friends and acquaintances were away and probably wouldn't return for a while, but there were some that she had vaguely known. Would meeeting them refresh her memory? And would they remember her?
Someone entered the door and left it ajar as Claudia rounded the corner. She didn't pause, but only knocked on the door to signal her arrival.
*Julian was living many a male's dream at the moment, surrounded by beautiful women. If they were not all gathered here for a situation that was so serious, he would be able to laugh at himself, but this was not the time. Still, he smiled welcoming at all that had assembled in his office. Then, he searched for the words to begin this meeting of the minds. When they came, he started to speak.*
"Thank you all for joining me here. Some of you have been with The Faceless for a long time, and others just entered our family recently. I thank you all equally for answering my call. You are here to help me with a problem that affects me personally, and professionally. I left The Realm some time ago, but I cannot remember why I left, or where I traveled. I feel like I was alone most of the time...I must have taken care of myself somehow, since I am quite healthy. Other than that, it is all a blank."
"I also cannot remember key details of my life, like who my parents are, or why I named this place The Faceless. There are too many holes in my memory, and I need to fill them all if I am going to be able to be Julian Montgomery, and lead this coven. I asked you all here to help me do just that, by delving into my mind, and erasing the roadblocks that are keeping me from accessing the history of my life."
"If any of this is uncomfortable for any of you, please speak up, and I will totally understand if you cannot help. All I ask is for your honesty."
*Eva Sterling sat quietly as Julian Montgomery revealed the reason he had called them to his office. It was to help him with his own issues and concerns.*
~What the h3ll.~ *She thought to herself. Eva rarely speak to others. She was new at being an 'undead'. She had struggled to learn what she needed to know about being a Vampire. Now she found out that Julian Montgomery had trouble remembering certain things and he needed their help.*
*Eva was seated in a chair. She sat apart from the others. She kept her eyes on Julian She felt nothing but loyalty to her coven leader. She was grateful for all he had done for her. He had accepted her with no qualms. He had provided her with a home and restored her self respect. She owed him and now she could repay him.*
*She spoke up in a clear and calm voice.* "You can count on me to help where needed." *She did not know much about Julian Montgomery. Perhaps she could aid the others where they needed some help. She had little enough to give period.*
*She looked at Bree and watched her reaction. She set her mind on helping Julian and the others If she had one good quality. It was her refusal to give up."*
For some reason meeting the others had been not awkward at all. It had just been...
She knew Bree Ravencroft, though the girl had grown into a woman in Claudia's absence and she remembered Maeve who looked still her stoic self.
The new girl looked...well...new; driven, ambitious and eager. >you can count on me to help where needed< it sounded from one corner of the office.
>Oh boy,,,< Claudia heard next to her and Maeve looked like her mind was acin to process everything happening at once.
The newest memebr of The Faceless felt a bit like Maeve looked.
On one hand she was gla that Julian immediately included her in coven matters, but on the other hand...how was she to make a useful contribution to this?
The atmosphere in the room was already permeated with something that hit the fan without her piping up.
She remembered Julian from the Secret Soiety as being pompous and self-righteous. As being as secretive as a fourteen year old girl not bothering to hide her diary, but writing OFF LIMITS on it, as being as secretive as a superhero hiding his identity and looking as if he were fighting the urge to wear his uderwear over his jeans. Claudia had been part of establishment and harsh to deal with when Julian was a new leader and now she was a novice in his coven....
"I struggle with a similar issue," she said softly. "Although I was not present in the Realm during the period you wish to fill in, perhaps we can help eachother to reactivate our memories."
And she would most definitely learn if her perceptions of old were even close to the truth. claudia had a black-and-white view of the realm and had made a name for herself being harsh and ruthless after Ozymandias had bestowed the gold on her.
Would she learn that not everything that wasn't absolutely cutthroat was immediately weak?
Her own memory came back to her in bits and pieces, fragmented beyond recognision and she was starting to see that large holes would always remain. A lot was lost on her forever and it was going to be a lifelong challenge to hide that from others if she wished to regain her status. But if Julian could function with a similar issue, they could learn from and support eachother.
It was good to belong again, even though her new home was in turmoil.
She liked these people she once had ignored. As for now, the best way to ensure this was mutual was to not contribute to unravelling th past.
*Julian nodded, grateful that the people in the room had the strength of character, the fearlessness, and the faith in him to embark on a mission that wasn't very easily defined. He himself had no idea what exactly would be needed to accomplish this mission. But, that's fine...The Faceless specialized in delving into the unknown spaces of The Realm.*
*He knew that Bree, Maeve, and others could fill in the blanks, but it would not be the same. It would be like hearing the story about someone else, a biography of a stranger. No, Julian needed to relive these memories himself, to know how they truly fit into his life. As he ruminated, Takashi started to make the office ready, arranging several chairs around a round table, while also supplying refreshment for all. This could take hours, or longer, and comfort should not be sacrificed.*
"Thank you, all of ylou, for helping me with this issue. Hopefully, everyone will learn a little bit about themselves while on our journey. I want you all to understand, there could be danger in what we do. I do not know what these blank spots are, whether they are perhaps a product of my brain protecting itself from somethimng, or an attack on my mind that is ongoing"
*Julian stood, and walked around to the round table, standing by one of the seats....the one with the Skittles by it, of course.*
"Also, we may be dealing with a much more powerful magic that I once wielded, that has somehow abandoned me. I do not think The Blue would hurt us, but..."
*Julian sat, his hands extended, waiting for the others to join him.*
"Once our hands are joined, we will begin. Mr. Takashi will watch over us, and raise the alarm if anything dangerous manifests."