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Post by Elijah Emmanual-Wheelan on Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:55 pm

When Elijah really thought back, he could remember being shown pictures of burns in Health Class.  The different degrees of them, having to picture match on tests and remember what treatment was best for each type.  Looking in the mirror at the still very fresh burn under his right collarbone, the boy frowned slightly.  He couldn't really tell what degree it was...the pictures they had been shown in class were much clearer, but if Elijah were to take a guess, the pendant had done some pretty bad damage.  A little worse than he remembered a second degree burn looking, but not as bad as a third degree burn.  Not that it mattered, it wasn't like the boy could "properly" treat it.  Something had kept him from getting some nectar or ambrosia for it, but he had gotten his hands on an aloe plant.  Between washing it regularly, putting on copious amounts of aloe juice on it, and wrapping the burn area with fresh bandages, Elijah figured it would be fine...though it would definitely leave a nasty scar.  A burn like this would probably take at least three weeks to heal properly...it was day two and the burn wasn't looking much better then when it had first happened.  Despite his stubbornness, Elijah had allowed Jack to clean it and wrap it that day, though he had spent most of the day before refusing to let Jack even look at it.  His boyfriend felt bad enough about the whole thing to begin with, the small boy didn't want him to feel worse by seeing just how severe the burn was.  So he was keeping it under wraps (literally), but still cleaning it and changing the bandages regularly.  A severe burn would end up infinite times worse if it got infected.  Elijah was stubborn, but if he would rush for the ambrosia and nectar if there was even a hint of an infection.  The boy had a feeling he'd be fine with it, though...a Goddess wouldn't cause a burn like that and then cause it all kinds of complications.

At least, that was what Elijah figured.  Venus hadn't done much aside from frustrate him since she had claimed Jack, but frustrating the boy was a little different from dangerously infecting a burn.  "I suppose Jack could always nurse me back to health," the boy said sarcastically, splitting open a stem of aloe and squeezing the juices onto the burn.  With a shaky breath, Elijah shut his eyes as the juice cooled the burn.  Good old fashioned burn treatment.  "At least I could survive in the wild," the boy snorted, placing the aloe plant back down on his bedside table.  "Providing I had an aloe plant handy..." it wasn't the best.  Some sort of burn ointment would be better...not just help the healing, but the scar that would be left behind.  The boy could probably find something if he did enough searching.  River could probably even whip up some potion or something to put on it.  But something still held the boy back.  Especially from going to River.  Even with the whole story, the son of Discordia knew his best friend would freak out about the whole thing.  The past three months dating Jack had been rough for the friends.  River still had all sorts of issues with Jack...which Elijah understood to a certain degree, but he was pretty sure that his boyfriend should have gained some sort of credit by this point.  If the son of Venus was faking the whole thing to get laid, he was doing a terrible job.  Especially after proving to Elijah how much he loved him.  Powerful gifts from Goddesses weren't just fooled like that.

Nonetheless, River would have something to say about it all.  Something or other about...something or other.  This wouldn't be easy for her, no matter how Elijah explained it all.  He'd try, though.  Over the past few months, the boy had found that it was best to avoid talking about Jack when he was with his best friend.  It was slightly exhausting, he couldn't lie, but River was just as important to Elijah as Jack was.  And between him splitting his time as evenly as possible and trying to avoid talking about his boyfriend to his best friend (and vice versa), the boy was ready to tear his hair out.  The son of Venus was always ready to try, but River wouldn't tolerate spending too much time with Jack.  "If anyone is as stubborn as me..." Elijah mumbled, grabbing the clean roll of gauze off his table.  It worked, for sure...River and Elijah had enough similarities that they were able to be best friends without killing each other and enough differences that they were able to be best friends without killing each other.  The boy wouldn't want it any other way...aside from the fact that River had been his first real friend at all, Elijah couldn't imagine being that close with anyone else.  Though it was getting to be a heavy burden, needing to make sure his best friend and boyfriend never crossed paths.  "It's not like they're the two most important people in my world or anything," the boy said sarcastically to his reflection.  Staring another moment, the boy sighed.  The still bright red burn stood out horribly against his pale skin.  In fact, it probably looked even worse because of how pale Elijah was.

"I have to tell River," Elijah suddenly realized as he stared at the burn.  Not about the burn, but about how Jack loved him.  The whole story (minus the burn).  Maybe River would lighten up a bit if she understood that Jack loved Elijah.  That Elijah knew it, thanks to the pendant.  She couldn't keep denying it with that sort of evidence.  And even if she wasn't completely okay with it, it may be a step in the right direction.  That was that...Elijah would go to find her as soon as he had finished taking care of the burn.  River was the boy's best friend, this couldn't go on forever.  Sooner or later the girl would have to come to terms with the fact that Elijah was dating Jack.  Sooner, hopefully.  In the meantime, Elijah would have to make sure he didn't cringe too much when River hugged him while the burn was healing.  Getting ready to wrap up the burn, Elijah jumped slightly as the door to his room opened, dropping the roll of gauze.  "Bracchae!" Elijah exclaimed as he saw it roll under his bed out of the corner of his eye before looking up at who had opened the door without knocking.  Of course, there were really only two people who did that anyway.  "Gods, River!" the boy breathed.  "Don't frighten me like that!" burn forgotten, Elijah just took a deep breath.  Well, at least River had come to him before he had to go off wandering to find her.

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Re: What the Evidence Suggests ((River Halvorson))

Post by Will Solace on Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:22 am

River happily poured her finished potion into a Ball jar, watching the silver and purple liquid swirl together.  Trivia was the goddess of witchcraft.  River always assumed that witchcraft extended into potion making, but she had never been all that interested in that side of things.  Besides, Camp Jupiter wasn’t outfitted for that.  They didn’t seem to have the materials or the facilities for brewing potions.  And as far as the girl knew, she was the only child Trivia had.  Camp Half-Blood, though…Camp Half-Blood was a different story.  They had a whole cabin dedicated to Trivia.  Or rather, Hecate, as they called her.  It had taken a bit of convincing, but River had finally made her way into the cabin.  Oh, what a sight it was!  Hecate’s cabin was set up for everything.  The girl hadn’t gained enough trust to really look around, but they had allowed her time to brew one potion.  The back of the cabin had fire pits in the floor, several cauldrons, a giant potions cookbook, and a mass of ingredients.  The girl had settled on a potion for Euphoria.  It didn’t look super easy, but River loved a challenge.

The end product had been a success.  It had been beyond a success.  One sip was all it took for her to feel ridiculously happy and accomplished.  She vaguely wondered if that was what it felt like to be high.  She had never done any drugs, but she had heard stories.  If this was what a high felt like, it was no wonder people craved the effects.  The rational part of her brain warned her to be careful with the new potion-drug, but at the moment, she didn’t care much.  She just wanted to enjoy the high.  She cleaned up her mess, put out the fire as she had been instructed, and thanked Hecate’s children.  Her departure was somewhat delayed, but when she realized why, she laughed.  Hecate’s children didn’t mind letting (half? Quarter?) siblings use their stuff, but they wanted payment.  By ‘payment,’ they didn’t mean cash.  They just wanted a bit of the finished potion.

River gave each a small bit, they shared a brief moment of mind-boggling, euphoric high-induced conversation, and then River was on her way.  Where was she supposed to go from there, though?  The beach wasn’t far from where she was.  That sounded like a lovely idea.  She could strip down to her underwear and take a swim in the ocean.  That would be good for a nice summer day.  At the edge of the sand, though, she swerved, doing an impressive 180, and walking in the other direction.  Nope.  The beach was a terrible idea.  The beach had water and waves and currents and an inability to breath and all kinds of terrifying things.  The beach was not a good place to go.  So where else could she go?  Oh yeah!  Elijah!  The girl hadn’t seen her best friend in days.  How was that even possible?  She hadn’t exactly been busy.  Elijah was, though.  He was running the legion and spending time with his boyfriend, Jack.

Maybe she should go visit Jack instead.  Jack was bad news.  He had stolen her best friend’s first kiss, caused him all kinds of grief, and then started dating him.  River ought to go and give him a long-overdue piece of her mind.  After all he had put Elijah through, he didn’t deserve to be walking around as a free man.  Or in one piece.  Or happy.  Or completely unharmed.  Or…no.  Elijah.  River had to go see Elijah.  It had been too long.  She needed to say hello to him, to give him a hug, maybe share her potion.  He deserved happiness.  The daughter of Trivia wove her way through camp, a wide smile plastered on her face, the liquid Euphoria splashing around in the jar as she walked.  Before she knew it, she was at the Principia.  She opened the door with a flourish and was almost disappointed to see that Elijah wasn’t in the main room.  No matter.  He was probably in his bedroom.

Reaching that door, she threw it open, already talking.  She assumed he was in there, so why not start the conversation?  “Elijah, have you been over to the Greek side of camp?  Oh my gods, they have everything!  I know Rome came after, so they were technically more advanced and everything, but the Greeks here are awesome!  Trivia is almost the exact same goddess in both empires.  The only difference is that they call her Hecate.  Hecate has a couple of kids.  They brew potions and they have tons of ingredients and-“  River suddenly stopped babbling, finally taking in Elijah’s appearance.  He was standing before her without a shirt on.  Oddly enough, that was fairly normal for both of them.  River had walked in on Elijah getting dressed numerous times.  They were close enough to family that River usually just turned her back and kept right on talking.  What caught her attention, though, was the bright red mark standing out on Elijah’s pale skin, just below his collarbone.  Moving the jar to her left hand, River raised her right and pointed at the mark.  “Elijah, what the hell is that?”

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Re: What the Evidence Suggests ((River Halvorson))

Post by Elijah Emmanual-Wheelan on Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:05 pm

It was kind of useful that River showed up before Elijah had to go searching for her.  The two had some sort of weird connection, anyway...outside of River's magical brain probe ability.  The two were best friends...the two were family.  That was just how they worked.  And it was good...most of the time.  Elijah didn't mind that River had just walked on him shirtless.  There had been plenty of times that the older girl had walked in on the boy in various states of undress, and it simply wasn't a big deal.  A quick moment to notice and then River would just turn around and the two would continue on with whatever conversation River had started when she walked in.  If there was anyone that Elijah wasn't overly self-conscious around, it was his best friend.  River wasn't going to judge him for being abnormally pale and scrawny, and she would never make any sort of comment about how much of a weakling he appeared to be or anything.  Not that it even mattered...no one except the daughter of Trivia had seen that much of the small boy.  All in all, there wasn't an issue with River just barging in.  On a normal day.  But normal days didn't include fresh burns that would be incriminating of someone who River didn't like in the first place.  Because Elijah was sure that his best friend wouldn't like the fact that it was Jack's pendant that had burned the son of Discordia.  Even with the whole story behind it, the girl wouldn't be happy.  How was the boy supposed to go into any of this?  He had panicked enough at the thought of telling River what had happened between him and Jack.  And that was without mentioning the burn.  But the girl had walked in and noticed it, nearly right away.  As she pointed and asked the small boy about it, Elijah froze.  A normally speedy mind, stopped.  Of course...needing an excuse and having nothing there.

Scrambling around for something to say, Elijah finally just said the first thing that occurred to him.  "It's a burn," he said rather stupidly.  What else was he supposed to say?  Though it was probably a mistake to put it so simply.  It left too much room for questioning.  "You know, like when something is really hot and burns you," oh Gods...that was even worse than his initial statement.  "But it's no big deal," Elijah added, trying to sound nonchalant.  In reality, the boy knew River wouldn't stand for that.  Even though she had come in in a good mood (something Elijah hadn't completely processed about the Greeks and Hecate and potions), anything the boy would have to say about Jack or how the burn had happened would send her on a quick spiral down.  Forget a spiral, it would just be a quick drop.  And the possibility of having to physically hold her back from hunting down Jack.  The whole thing left Elijah feeling rather conflicted.  Not only would River not stand for half-truths, Elijah knew she'd figure it out anyway.  Well, she would figure out there was something the boy wasn't telling her, and he would tell her.  In the end, the boy wouldn't keep any of it from her because River was his best friend...and best friends didn't just keep secrets like that.  It wasn't going to be pretty, but Elijah wasn't okay with keeping big things back.

With a soft sigh, Elijah knelt down to grab the roll of gauze.  It had come completely unravelled, and the boy wasn't even sure he should use it anymore.  He washed his floor every week, but something like sterile gauze could get really unsterile quite quickly, couldn't it?  Standing with the unrolled roll of gauze in his hands, Elijah looked at River with a slight frown.  "I should probably find some new gauze, huh?" he asked.  "I don't like the idea of using unravelled gauze.  It probably isn't sterile anymore, is it?" unsure of what kind of reaction he would be getting from his best friend, the small boy put the strip of gauze on his table before sitting on the edge of his bed.  "You might as well get comfortable," the boy sighed, moving back on his bed and sitting cross legged, patting the spot beside him.  Since he didn't have any sterile gauze to patch up his burn with, Elijah figured he should just leave his shirt off.  Maybe letting the burn air out a bit would help a little, anyway.  River wouldn't mind...Gods, in this heat, lots of guys had been walking around without shirts on, anyway.  Even if Elijah was more modest (and so pale he was nearly see through), River was basically his sister.  It wouldn't be an issue.  Especially with other things to worry about, like making sure everything was phrased properly for minimal damage.  The older girl was basically his sister, which meant there was a certain need to protect Elijah...even though he didn't need it.  And River had yet to forgive Jack for everything that had happened.  This was going to be difficult.

Shifting slightly and looking down at his lap, Elijah tried to take some deep breaths.  This was going to be fine!  He just had to stay positive...maybe this would even be a good thing...it wasn't like River could say that Jack had somehow manipulated a gift from a Goddess to make Elijah think differently.  At least, the boy couldn't figure out how she would be able to spin that one.  Come to think of it, she would probably try.  The fact of the matter was River didn't like Jack.  She'd do what she could to talk Elijah out of everything he had with his boyfriend.  It had always been that way, and the son of Discordia understood why...the son of Venus had hurt him horribly.  And River was the one who was there with him the whole time.  But things changed, and people changed...Jack wasn't the same person Elijah and River had met all those months ago.  The boy knew that, even if River was still stubborn about the whole thing.  Whether this was a good thing or not, this could be just as much a turning point for the odd world that Elijah, River and Jack existed in as it had been for Elijah and Jack's relationship.  "Brace yourself," the boy mumbled, still staring at his lap.  "And try to keep an open mind.  You're not going to like this, but it's all for the best...I promise," glancing at River, Elijah frowned slightly, waiting for the go-ahead before he started.  It just seemed safer that way.

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Re: What the Evidence Suggests ((River Halvorson))

Post by Will Solace on Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:27 pm

River stared at the bright red mark on Elijah’s chest, at an utter loss for words.  What had he done?  How had he gotten a mark like that?  In her strange, elevated state of mind, she somehow thought of a hickey.  She wouldn’t put it past Jack to leave hickeys in odd places like that.  But hickeys formed bruises, not bright red, shiny marks.  Especially not bright red, shiny marks that looked like they hurt.  No, that was something else entirely, and it worried River.  She stared at Elijah, waiting for him to explain himself.  He finally did.  Sort of.  “It’s a burn…It’s no big deal.”  The girl blinked, trying to make her brain comprehend something like that.  A burn?  The closer she looked, the more serious it appeared.  How was it possible to get burned there?  Elijah didn’t cook.  He didn’t need to.  He wasn’t stupid enough to try his hand at the forge.  So what happened?

She pointed her elbow at him, showing off the small, thin scratch she had earned from climbing trees.  This is no big deal,” she stated simply.  “A burn like that, though, is a problem.  Especially if you have to put gauze on it!  A ‘no big deal’ burn is one you run under cold water and are fine with.  One you have to cover up is not no big deal!  What happens if I poke it, huh?  You’re going to wince, I know it.  It’s okay for a burn to be sore, but not for it to hurt!  What did you do, Li?  I’ve seen you get clumsy and make stupid mistakes, but I think that’s the worst yet!  Fess up!  What did you do?”  She finally stopped talking at the look on Elijah’s face and the way he moved away from her.  Uh-oh.  It was never a good sign when Elijah stepped back.  What was he about to unload on her?

The son of Discordia settled on his bed and invited River to sit next to him.  The girl instantly flashed back to the last time they had sat like that.  “I’m kind of dating Jack Wheelan.”  Get comfortable, brace yourself, keep an open mind.  Those were all code words for I’m about to tell you something serious.  When it came to Elijah, ‘something serious’ always involved Jack.  River set her jar of Euphoria next to the unrolled gauze before sitting down next to Elijah.  Pointing at the jar, forgetting that Elijah had no idea what was in it, she asked, “Am I going to need more of that before I hear what you have to say?  Because if this is going where I think it is, somebody’s going to be in a whole world of hurt.”

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Re: What the Evidence Suggests ((River Halvorson))

Post by Elijah Emmanual-Wheelan on Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:32 pm

Really, Elijah should have known that River wouldn't be okay with his initial explanation.  A simple statement of it being a burn wasn't acceptable when it was your best friend in question.  Elijah knew this, but he had said it anyway.  "Really, River," the boy attempted a nonchalant attitude again.  "You're making far too big a deal over a little burn," why was he even continuing?  Though he didn't want to make it into a big deal.  He hadn't made a big fuss over it with Jack, who was a lot more upset with it than River was (although the boy knew that when he went into details, his best friend would all sorts of lose it).  "Don't poke it!" Elijah yelped, jumping back at the mere thought.  "You'll infect it if you poke it!" the boy tried to gather himself.  "And it'll hurt if you poke it!" he said without thinking, proving his best friend's point in a quick moment.  Looking at the ground, Elijah frowned.  This was going to get really ugly really quickly.  The son of Discordia wasn't even sure how to prepare himself for this conversation.  There were things he needed to say.  A lot of things he needed to say.  And he had no idea how to say them all.  Especially without getting River riled up.  She wouldn't like it.  She wouldn't believe it.  She would come up with excuses and anything she could to make Jack the bad guy.  Because after all these months, the girl still didn't trust her best friend's boyfriend.  If it was anyone else constantly judging his boyfriend, it would make Elijah angry...but she was his best friend!  That just made the boy sad.  There was nothing he wanted more than for River and Jack to be on some sort of good terms.  Even if it was just River tolerating Jack's presence in their lives.  That was all.

River put her little jar down before sitting next to Elijah.  That was a good start...the older girl's presence always comforted Elijah.  The only other person who could do that was Jack.  Probably related to who his mother was, the small boy spent a lot of time on edge and neurotic.  Lots of issues had stemmed from his naturally chaotic nature.  OCD, obsession with time, always neurotic, social issues, a severe volatile side...River had been the first person the boy had ever let in.  And nothing would ever change the fact that she was the first person to get through his walls and stay on his good side.  And one of the few important people in Elijah's life that he had never hit (though that was a whole different train of thought in itself).  When River pointed at the jar and asked if she needed more of it, Elijah frowned slightly.  "I don't even know what's in there," the boy said dumbly.  "Though I'm going to say no.  I need you to be...completely sound of mind," looking over to his best friend, Elijah tried to keep a neutral face.  "And you know I hate when you say stuff like that about Jack.  You need to just..." taking a deep breath, the boy finally figured out how to start.  And it involved making no plans on how to start.  Elijah was good at chaos...and everybody always said to stick to one's strengths and all that.  "Everything is fine, River.  Jack and I had a talk a couple days ago.  And we got a lot figured out.  Because, River..." Elijah took his best friend's hands and another deep breath.  "Because I love him, River.  And he loves me.  And you should know all that before I go into details."

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Re: What the Evidence Suggests ((River Halvorson))

Post by Will Solace on Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:48 pm

River frowned when Elijah took her hands.  That was Bad Sign Number Two.  The first was sitting on the bed.  The second was him taking her hands.  That meant there was big news coming up.  Big, serious news.  Big, serious news that was bound to involve Jack, and Elijah wanted to make absolutely sure River stayed calm.  Why couldn’t he trust her to stay calm?  It wasn’t like she was going to flip out on him.  That was the exact problem, though.  River would stay calm enough around Elijah, but as soon as she was free, she was likely to go hunting Jack down.  As much as it bothered her, Elijah cared deeply about Jack.  She would never be able to do anything about that.  Regardless of what had happened between the two boys, Elijah still had feelings for Jack, he always would, and he was trying to protect his boyfriend as much as he was River.  For someone with such a chaotic mind who fought his way through almost everything, Elijah really did know how to care.  And he made a massive effort to protect the few he cared about.  River tried to do the same, but everything Elijah managed to do blew her away.

The daughter of Trivia took a deep breath, sighed, and tried to relax.  “You’re stalling, Elijah,” she said calmly.  “I don’t doubt that you love him.  You haven’t shut up about Jack since you met him.  I’ve been worried about you.  I still am.  Especially with that burn on your skin!  If you talked to Jack and got things figured out, that’s great, but I still don’t trust him.  Did he say he loves you?  Or are you just assuming he does?  In either case…you have to be careful, Elijah.  Jack’s a son of Venus.  All of Venus’s children are smooth talkers.  They say what they need to in order to get what they want.  If that’s all he said, I’ll bite my tongue and let it go.  It’s time for you to go into details, though.  I need to know how you got that burn.  If Jack gave it to you, I am not going to be happy.”

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Re: What the Evidence Suggests ((River Halvorson))

Post by Elijah Emmanual-Wheelan on Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:35 pm

As much as he would never admit to it, there were times when River absolutely terrorized Elijah.  It was just one of those things...as a daughter of Trivia, she could do all sorts of scary witchy stuff (though Elijah could easily scramble her brains with chaos stuff).  They were kind of on even playing fields, but River was scary when she was angry.  And anything Jack related usually led to the girl being angry.  This was something that the boy couldn't let her angry about.  She would once the boy got started.  And Elijah could sense a certain hesitancy when he took River's hands.  They both knew what that meant.  And as much as the son of Discordia got comfort from the gesture, he knew it set off certain alarms for his best friend.  "River, relax," the boy said nervously, knowing he wasn't helping it all.  That he was probably radiating by now.  Which wasn't fair to his best friend.  It was just...with her track record...Elijah listened carefully as the girl spoke, not knowing exactly where to go next.  His improv had probably been a bad idea, a little thought was probably needed.  "River, please relax...please.  And remember I asked for you to keep an open mind?  This isn't going to be fun for everyone involved if you start making judgements right away," Elijah was practically begging.  He had to make this work...but he had no idea how to.  "Listen...just listen..." okay, now he was begging.  "Jack did say he loves me.  But don't start saying things about how all of Venus's children are smooth talkers.  If Jack was just saying things to get what he wants, would I be sitting here, still a virgin?  Time for that open mind, okay?"

With a deep breath, Elijah met River's soulful brown eyes with his bright blue ones.  "I wasn't okay with it...I didn't believe him at first.  But he proved it in a way that made sense for us both..." letting go of River's hands to point at the burn mark, the boy felt himself getting nervous...this was going to be the hardest part.  And it took a few minutes of silence for Elijah to sort out how to say things properly.  "You've heard people describe their love as burning...a burning passion or desire or love..." deep breaths.  More and more deep breaths, but the boy still felt like he was radiating.  He didn't want to goof this one up.  He probably already was.  "Jack didn't know how to properly convince me of how he felt...so he made me feel how he felt...the pendant that Venus gave him..." River had accused the boy of stalling earlier.  Now he really was.  "You can't fool something like that," Elijah said, barely above a whisper.  "I felt it...and then the pendant got hot.  And it burned me.  It tore Jack up, River.  He didn't know anything like that would happen.  And he wouldn't let me do anything until he took care of it and wrapped it and everything.  This happened, River.  This is how it is, and you can't keep fighting it."

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Re: What the Evidence Suggests ((River Halvorson))

Post by Will Solace on Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:05 pm

The more Elijah talked and asked her to relax, the more on edge River felt.  It wasn’t supposed to work that way.  She was supposed to relax, stay calm, and keep an open mind for her best friend.  But she was doing the exact opposite.  She was feeling antsy, on edge, and agitated.  She knew why.  Part of it was the fact that Elijah had started radiating.  Between her talents and his talents, River instantly knew when he started radiating.  And depending on how bad it got, she could often feel it from a good distance away.  She suddenly felt like Elijah was trying to convince himself as much as he was her.  The other part of the anxiety came from Elijah’s words.  He was still stalling.  Asking her to stay calm was his way of putting off the truth even longer.  At his question, she snorted and shook her head.  “I would hope you’d still be here a virgin,” she replied coldly.  “You’ve got higher standards than that, Elijah.  I’d hope you wouldn’t give it to him that easily, no matter what he says.”  She sighed and sat on her hands, hoping that by doing so, she’d be able to maintain at least a little bit of control if things got out of hand.

Elijah met her gaze and finally started speaking.  He was finally telling her the truth.  Elijah didn’t believe Jack at first.  “Good,” she muttered under her breath.  Elijah still had some sense about him.  Jack didn’t completely have him under his spell.  But he proved himself.  How?  River kept from interrupting.  Now that Elijah was talking, she’d hear him out.  She’d let him say what he had to before saying her piece.  It was the least she could do.  Elijah started describing a burning love.  River believed in a burning desire or passion.  As far as she was concerned, that was thoroughly possible.  There was no such thing as a burning love, though.  She had never experienced such a thing, nor had anybody else she knew.  Deep love was possible, but a burning love was not.  River narrowed her eyes as Elijah got into the pendant Jack wore, and then what the pendant had done to him.  “That f--!” she exploded.  So much for not interrupting.  Her hands balled into fists beneath her thighs, and she had to take a couple of deep breaths to keep calm.  “His pendant did that to you?” she asked, pointing at the burn.  She shook her head.  “How do you know it didn’t just show you what Jack wanted it to show?” she asked.  “It was made for him after all.  I would never expect my crystal to work for anyone else.  How do you know his pendant works the same way for you?”

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Re: What the Evidence Suggests ((River Halvorson))

Post by Elijah Emmanual-Wheelan on Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:27 am

This was getting messy...messier than Elijah had anticipated.  He knew River would be upset, but the boy had to tell her everything.  The truth...because the girl was his best friend and it wasn't fair to hold things like this back.  Forget not being fair...it was just wrong to hold stuff like this back!  "Stop thinking that way, River!" the small boy finally snapped.  There was no way he could keep going like this!  There had to be a line drawn...and a time where Elijah had to put his foot down.  "It's not about having 'higher standards'.  Why can't you just accept that this is how things are?  People change!  Jack has changed!  Stop acting like he's the person he was when we first met...he's not!" Elijah could feel the anger bubbling in his chest...and he tried to keep it at bay, but he was all over the place and the chaos inside him was throbbing, nearly painful, as it started rolling off him in waves and he started radiating worse than before.  For the first time in their time together, Elijah was furious with his best friend.  Why couldn't she just understand?  She was making things so much more difficult...the boy was done feeling like he was stuck between his best friend and his boyfriend.  And he couldn't break up with Jack because River wanted it that way.  And he couldn't tell River to go away because she was his best friend and losing her would be like losing a bit of himself.  But right now, Elijah was fuming from this...if River wanted to walk away...fine, but that was her choice!  Unable to help himself, Elijah let out a pathetic whimper at the thought.  Even through his anger, the boy was not okay with the thought of his best friend walking away.

When River let go of his hands, Elijah almost burst into tears.  He was losing his best friend.  Every second that ticked by, River was moving farther and farther away.  Safety measure or not, the girl was showing anger in her own way.  The boy was ready to stop, just let it go...try to pick up where it didn't matter so much.  But it couldn't work that way.  And then River was speaking, her anger clearly showing through her words.  "The pendant didn't work the same way for me," Elijah said softly.  "It wasn't made to deal with chaos..." the son of Discordia could feel his waves of chaos getting thicker and thicker, rolling more heavily from his body.  "You can believe me or not," the boy felt his tone getting deadlier...and at this point, River wasn't the one pushing him away...Elijah was pushing his best friend away.  It was like she wouldn't be happy until the small boy had broken up with Jack.  Which wasn't going to happen.  But the boy still felt terrible...like he was being forced to make some sort of horrible choice, and he was choosing his boyfriend.  He didn't want it to be like this, but it had been this way from the beginning.  A fear that had been gripping Elijah since he and Jack started dating.  "It's a burn, River.  And it happened because of his emotions..." deadly and flat.  The final defeat.  "If you're going to keep acting like this and not respecting me and Jack, maybe you should just leave," taking a deep breath, the boy tried to keep the tears from spilling over.  But they did anyway.  "You know where the door is," he choked.  "You're forcing me to make a choice, Riv.  And I can't keep up with this push and pull.  Be there for me or don't be there for me.  If you're making me choose, you have to as well."

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Re: What the Evidence Suggests ((River Halvorson))

Post by Will Solace on Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:59 pm

River took deep, heavy breaths through her mouth in a pathetic attempt to keep herself calm.  She would never forgive herself if her magic accidentally exploded on Elijah.  He was her best friend.  He was one of the few friends she still had.  People came and went, situations changed, but Elijah was still here.  River was trying to be there for him, too, but things were going horribly wrong.  How had they gotten into this mess?  River knew it was her own fault.  She pushed Elijah.  She said things that weren’t okay to say.  She didn’t treat him the way a best friend should.  She knew that.  So did Elijah.  And it was starting to affect him in the worst possible way.  He was radiating, more and more strongly by the minute.  For the first time ever, it actually hurt River.  She was so strongly connected to her best friend.  She could sense his radiating and she could deal with it.  She had never seen it this bad, though.  That great connection she had with Elijah was turning on her.  And she realized she deserved it.

River had to struggle through the radiation to make sense of Elijah’s words.  When they finally did, she sat and stared at her best friend for a few moments.  Had he really said that?  Had things really come this far?  Elijah’s tears and the look on his face told her that yes, they had, and it was all her fault.  Slowly, the girl got up and made her way silently to the door.  As hard as she tried to keep things back, her own tears were threatening to overflow.  She hadn’t meant for things to end up here.  What was going to happen now?  Was this the end of their friendship?  River paused in the doorway, and finally turned back around.  “You know what, Elijah?” she choked.  “I know I’m not doing this the right way or even the best way, but I do and say the things I do because I care about you.  You’re family to me.  You’re more my family than Charlotte, Gideon, and Andre ever have been and ever will be.  You want to know why I can’t respect you and Jack?  It’s because I don’t trust him.  You say he’s changed, he’s not the same person.  You need to understand things from my view.  Jack has never given me a reason to trust him.  All I’ve seen is my best friend crying because Jack stole his first kiss.  My best friend physically injured from Jack’s pendant.  Anything good about Jack comes from your words.  As much as I trust you, I’ve learned to be wary of words.  People change their tune all the time.  If you want me to respect you and Jack, he has to show me that I can trust him.”  With that, River turned and slipped from the room.

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