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Post by Sienna Linslee on Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:15 pm

It was still hard to take in that Sienna was back in Camp Jupiter, and that this wasn’t all a very long dream. How long had it been since she’d originally left Camp Jupiter, unsure when she’d come back?

She knew her reasons were valid enough. The Roman had felt trapped, as if the walls of Camp Jupiter were suffocating her. She hadn’t even really known who she was before…change tended to distort how she viewed herself, and Sienna had gone through such radical changes in the last few years that she couldn’t even keep track of who she was and who she was supposed to be. Being separated from Camp Jupiter had been hard, but the girl felt that she had to create some distance so that she could take a sabbatical and get back in touch with herself.

The timing was perfect, really, when she thought about it. She’d just finished her dance program in Manhattan and although the company had offered her an entry-level job, Sienna had turned it down. Between her father’s connections and her own natural abilities, however, Si knew it could open up again if she needed it to. So, fresh out of school and looking for some adventure, it was only natural that she would gravitate to others feeling the same way. Specifically…a certain daughter of Discordia.

Sienna could hardly pretend that she knew everything that went through Lúthien’s mind, but it had been clear enough at the time that the two needed to leave camp. It had been a good move for Sienna for the moment…not needing to worry about rules and regulations and judgment. She had almost thought that she could have lived that way forever. But that hadn’t been who she was either. It was someone she used to be, someone she wish she could have been…but that version of Sienna had been destroyed along with the original Camp Jupiter. Try as she may, Sienna just couldn’t live life loosely anymore and disregard the consequences. For better or for worse…Sienna was growing up.

Choosing to come back to Camp Jupiter had been hard for Sienna. She knew it’d be difficult to reintegrate herself, get to know the new members of her cohort, see whether the legion would accept her back or not. But there were just too many factors pulling her back to camp. Her friends (really her family), her job as Centurion, and the life she had been building in Manhattan…she just couldn’t throw those things away. Not when she’d spent years building this life for herself. Yes, there was work to do to rebuild old friendships and create new ones, but she felt invigorated. Si had really needed the time apart, but now she was ready to come back and try to be grounded.

It had been a few short days since her initial return, in which Sienna hadn’t really done much. Her old bunk was still bare, so Sienna had hastily moved back in, unpacking her stuff and decorating the little bit of wall space next to her bed. She’d been rather reclusive, as she wasn’t really sure where to start or who to meet first. The faces in the Fourth Cohort were all relatively new, and Si wondered if any of them even knew she was their Centurion. The fact that she was very much an old-timer made her a little shy amongst all the new demigods, so she’d stuck to what she knew for the first few days. Training, spending long hours in the arena or the library…she was honestly surprised she hadn’t run into anybody she knew. While she was sure some of her friends were in Manhattan, surely some would still be hanging around?

In the end, Sienna didn’t even have to make the first move. About the third or fourth day following her return, a note arrived for Sienna. Sitting on her bunk as she turned the piece of paper over in her hands, the familiar handwriting stared back up at her. Si wasn’t really sure how she felt about Elijah contacting her. It was true that their relationship had lost a lot of its original animosity, and Sienna had even resigned herself to the fact that her brother was in love with the son of Discordia. Their last meeting had been somewhat civil, and this note really represented the inevitable that sooner or later their paths would cross again. She supposed she could only have been grateful that he’d reached out first…it indicated that he was ready to bury the hatchet. And surely she was, too. Enmity didn’t suit the girl.

The day after she received the note, Sienna resolved to go visit Elijah. She stared into the reflection of the mirror Calla had gifted her last year as Sienna went step-by-step through her morning routine. Nice clothes, well-applied make-up, fancy jewelry…the only change was to the latter, where Sienna added a new necklace to her charge of sentimental jewelry: the pink crystal that linked her to her old friend (Si didn’t entirely understand its power, but she’d seen it in action). As the Roman slipped on the ring her mother had gifted her, Si could still feel the internal battle raging over whether or not to visit Elijah. The ring, whose powers Sienna was slowly starting to figure out, was glowing faintly, as if responding to her emotions. Although the first time it had startled Sienna, she’d seen it enough to calmly gaze at it without an external reaction. Was this a sign that what she was doing was the right thing? She could only hope.

The girl finally set out for the Principia, an almost sure place to find either of the two praetors. She’d opted to leave her weapons belt in the barracks, and the lack of its weight combined with the chilly air prompted Sienna to move quickly. She entered the building without really thinking, and the door closed behind her. Upon first glance, Sienna could confirm that Calix wasn’t there (which really begged the question of where he was, and when Si would see him again). Looking again, Elijah’s familiar outline was present, and Si cleared her throat uncertainly. “Hey,” Sienna began, voice hesitant as she stepped forward, away from the door. She couldn’t really think of much else to say, so she twisted the ring around her finger nervously and shifted her weight from foot to foot. This felt a lot like their very first meeting, although hopefully this time it would go more smoothly.
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Re: Making Amends ((Elijah))

Post by Elijah Emmanual-Wheelan on Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:37 pm

It had been a long time since Elijah had last taken to constantly pacing the floors.  Years, probably.  But with Jack gone, it was one of those things that just seemed to be happening.  Especially when he was alone, whether it be in his room or in the main room of the Principia when he was in there alone.  Pacing helped, because it meant the boy got to be active while his brain was in overdrive.  And it was in overdrive a lot lately...along with everything else the older man did for him, he was something of a therapist.  Because he was always there when Elijah needed to talk and ramble, or just be a calming presence when that was needed.  The boy missed his fiancé's arms around him when his brain was loud...the son of Venus merely being there quieted things really well.  But Jack wasn't there...and though the two spoke on the phone every night, it just wasn't the same.  Emotionally, maybe, but that was...pretty much it.  And it was killing Elijah inside.

He did what he could.  He saw River every day, and checked in with his other friends regularly.  Despite how rough times currently were, Elijah knew he was better than to let it get him too down.  The first couple weeks were a challenge, but he was getting better.  Because it wasn't like Jack was gone forever.  Hell, he'd be back in a couple months for the holidays...but it still felt like a really long time.  Either way, the small boy had to keep going with his life.  It hurt, but he couldn't be defined by his fiancé, their relationship, how things were when they were separate or together...the son of Discordia was his own person, and he didn't want it to be any other way.  It was just so strange, the other man not being there.  And Elijah hadn't really fully grasped how much he took things for granted until things were different.  This, drastically different.  On the darker nights, the boy remembered the month the two had spent apart before their one year anniversary.  It was very different, but at times, Elijah felt like it was kind of the same.  The absence of Jack and all.  Nothing made sense...something that wasn't unusual for the boy, but this was an unfamiliar way and he hated it.

There were other things to be done.  When Elijah had heard that Sienna was back at camp, he decided almost instantly to reach out to her.  Their relationship had changed a lot over the years, and although they had started off on the wrong foot, the boy was pretty sure they were in a very different place now.  At the very least, she was Jack's sister, and the Praetor thought he owed it to him to not be constantly ready to rip out his sister's throat.  Things were mostly better with that whole crowd, now...things had always been fine with Mia and Calix...and Sienna and he had a decent working relationship.  It was just Calla who still detested Elijah, something he didn't even know where to start on fixing...if it was even possible to fix.  But it was all very different with Sienna.  Started off on the wrong foot or not, she was much more open and compassionate to trying again...at least, that was the impression the boy got from her.  So he had to keep trying.  If he didn't do anything about it, Gods only knew if the daughter of Venus would be the one to start.  Elijah was the one who had to make the first move, and he knew it.

So he had sent her a letter to her barrack, and hoped she would come see him...or at least write back.  Elijah wanted to talk.  He wanted to let her know where Jack was, if she didn't know.  He wanted to show her the engagement ring her brother had proposed to her with.  He wanted to see how her time in the city had been, because that was the sort of friendly thing the boy knew he should do.  And he really wanted to talk about where their relationship was.  At this point, the boy didn't want to hate Sienna...for so many reasons.  Yes, she was his fiancé's sister, and that was a big deal, but in general, the son of Discordia didn't want that sort of animosity.  A working relationship, between professionals, was good, but not being enemies was important, too.  Elijah's enemies ended up getting hurt, especially since it was sort of hard for him to control it at times.  So he stressed about it all, and paced in front of the long table in the main room of the Principia.  His fears regarding Sienna were intense...but Elijah could do this.  He had to.

Elijah hadn't been expecting anything when the door opened as he paced.  For a moment, the boy realized he shouldn't be pacing like that where Legionnaires could just walk in, and a moment later, he had stopped.  Professionalism and all.  But when he saw who it was, he let out a soft sigh of relief.  Not only was it not a regular Legionnaire, it was Sienna, who he had been eagerly waiting for.  "Hey," he said in response, unsure of what he should say next.  "It's good to see you...I'm really glad you decided to come," playing with the ring on his finger, Elijah took a deep breath.  Hopefully they could get through the awkward soon...and move on to the important stuff.

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Re: Making Amends ((Elijah))

Post by Sienna Linslee on Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:27 pm

Having started out with a rather weak greeting, Sienna had rapidly begun processing through what should be said next. As the type of person who liked to get things done right the first time, Si stood on uncertain ground while trying to work out how to fix what had been a long-broken relationship with Elijah, and she was so unsure on where to even start. Even though the animosity had faded a while back, there was still some lingering tension and the girl didn’t know how to handle herself around the boy. As Centurion and Praetor, their relationship was a lot simpler. They were professional, respectful, and their interactions were more detached. As Sienna and Elijah…she didn’t even know where to start. Polite? Cold? Jump right into the meat of the problem?

It was almost relieving to see Elijah pacing, as Si honestly couldn’t bear when she was a nervous wreck and the other person was composed. It made her inferior, and it often made the nerves worse (and Sienna was not a nice person to be around in this condition). But if the pacing was any indication, then could it be Elijah was just as nervous as she was? The thought was comforting enough for Sienna to stop her fidgeting and simply let her hands rest by her sides.

Although that was now settled, the nerves were still there. Considering Si had cut off the physical manifestation, they seemed to gather into a pit in her stomach, and she was left speechless at the thought that she might have to continue the conversation. It wasn’t so much the subject matter that left her tongue-tied, but how to approach opening the can of worms. She wasn’t even sure it was appropriate to start off with that. She’d been gone from camp the entire summer and hadn’t spoken to Elijah from even before she’d left. After all that time gone, surely there were things to hear about and things to know? She’d be more comfortable asking where Calix or Jack was, because surely these were answers Elijah would know, and answers Sienna was anxious to know. She hadn’t really imagined that Camp Jupiter would be the exact same from before she’d left, but it hadn’t really been until after she’d returned that she realized it wouldn’t be.

Maybe this would be a safer place to start…asking about camp, the campers, or even Elijah’s own experiences. Sienna considered the idea, playing around with different ways to ask without seeming too desperate about it. Thankfully, thankfully, Elijah took the lead in that regard again (he really had a better track record than she did at this kind of stuff). Sienna gave a weak smile in response to his statement. “I’m glad you reached out to me,” Si admitted, taking another step in away from the door so she could fully enter the room. She felt the desire to play with her jewelry again, so she twisted her hands behind her back and looked around the Principia. It thankfully looked the same as it always did.

“How’ve you been?” Sienna could almost wince at how cliché that statement was. Making awkward small talk wasn’t her favorite thing to do, but Sienna supposed she should get it out of her system before she started asking about the really important things. This unfamiliar cadence was an unfortunate result of a strained relationship between the two, and Sienna would really like to smooth out some of the tension before they could get down to business. In that spirit, she supposed she had to offer something up instead of forcing Elijah to continue reaching out first. “I don’t suppose you have any gossip for me…I’ve been going through withdrawal the last few months.” She offered a dry smile with the statement, and thought over her words. They seemed harmless enough (and true enough, to be sure). As possibly cliché as it could be for children of Venus to thrive on gossip, it made Sienna feel like a part of something bigger. That aside, it usually served as more of an icebreaker than a serious statement (as Sienna always found people to relax when they viewed her as actually human over just an authority figure). She didn’t mind being viewed as shallow, so long as people were comfortable speaking to her.

She hoped what she’d said up to that point could start some sort of conversation. She honestly wasn’t sure where else to go short of actually addressing the reason Elijah had invited her and the reason she had chosen to come. It seemed safer to start this way, with the smaller talk before moving on to the big issue. Looking back at Elijah, the boy’s fidgeting caught her eyes, and she focused on the small movements. He was playing with a ring…definitely a new one. Her field of vision seemed to narrow on the jewelry and Sienna found it easier to look at that than directly into Elijah’s eyes. She vaguely wondered where it had come from, but it wasn’t really the dominant issue in her mind. Rather, she was silently hoping this conversation would actually go somewhere…and not just end in the same tension as the other ones. Elijah looked ready to bury the hatchet, and Sienna was ready too.
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Post by Elijah Emmanual-Wheelan on Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:00 pm

Even from the moment Sienna walked in, Elijah was worried he made the wrong decision, reaching out to her.  It had been a long time that they had been on shaky terms...and at the moment, the boy was feeling unstable enough without this type of challenge.  But that was just the thing- it was a challenge.  Jack wasn't there to calm the small boy's nerves, but that didn't mean he had to stop everything entirely.  In fact, he couldn't stop everything entirely.  Over the years, the boy had learned that, as much as he could lean on Jack, being completely dependent was very unhealthy.  So Elijah had to keep going...whether that meant challenging himself, or taking a break when he knew he needed it.  He really had to take care of himself...in all ways.  Reaching out to Sienna was a good idea.  It was a very good idea.  And at this point, the son of Discordia refused to believe otherwise.  He wasn't a coward, and he could do all of this, even without Jack.  Maybe especially without Jack.  And when he called his fiancé that night, he would be able to boast about the risk he had taken that day.

Not thinking about that was okay too, though.  Staying in the present, and making sure this meeting with Sienna really did go well.  It had to, before Elijah gained boasting rights.  "I needed to reach out," the boy said with a brave smile.  "And not just in a professional way.  I think we need to..." he wasn't entirely sure how to finish that statement, but Elijah had a feeling that Sienna would understand.  She was far from unreasonable, despite that quite possibly being the Praetor's first impression of her.  He was pretty sure she was willing to build a better relationship, especially based on their most recent few meetings.  Sienna was trying, just as much as Elijah was.  There were so many reasons the boy wanted to...fix things.  Although he understood that not everyone was going to like him, especially given his personality, Sienna was different.  She was a good person.  She seemed to have a lot more in common with the boy than others.  She was his someday sister-in-law.  She was a very valuable ally.  Things had to be fixed, and Elijah was ready to exhaust every attempt before admitting defeat.

As the girl stepped into the room more, Elijah stopped his pacing, attempting to root himself to the floor.  He felt himself stiffening up some, and bent his legs slightly to loosen up.  "I've been pretty good," he said softly.  It was mostly honest, though could probably use a bit more info.  "Jack moved to the city...he wanted to start school and all, and it's definitely strange without him here," the boy was pretty sure Sienna didn't know her brother had left, since she had just returned and all.  He was pretty sure the daughter of Venus would understand most of what Elijah was going through by his simple words.  That always seemed like a Venus kid thing to him, though he also supposed a lot of it had to do with Jack just knowing him on such a deep level.  "And how about you?  Is it good to be back?" at this point, the small boy couldn't even imagine leaving camp.  Obviously, since he hadn't left with his fiancé.  He knew he'd know when it was time to leave...and now wasn't the time.

With a soft sigh of relief, Elijah realized that this meeting was actually...going quite well.  He certainly hadn't expected such a decent start, though there was a degree of stiff interaction.  The fact that the two were speaking so well at all was very nice, even if it was the smallest bit strained.  The more the boy thought about it, the more he realized that this was probably the best conversation he and Sienna had ever had.  They were making progress, which was the best thing the Praetor could ask for at this point in time.  The two had started off so bad...but that had been years ago at this point.  It was time to move on...create a good relationship- both professionally and personally...though the professional bit was pretty much working already.  The personal stuff...well, they were doing okay at the moment.  Everything needed a start...perhaps this was Elijah and Sienna's second chance.

"Gossip..." Elijah chuckled.  "I'm sure there's plenty of that...there always tends to be, doesn't there?" he smiled, feeling that bubble of joy when he thought about his own gossip.  "But here's my favorite bit..." the boy held up his hand, wiggling his ring finger.  "Jack proposed before he left!  We're engaged!" that was the best piece of gossip the boy could imagine...and it was about him, so he didn't have to worry about spreading things any worse than they had started.  Things around camp could get bad...and even if he wasn't one of the leaders of camp, Elijah wouldn't feel comfortable talking gossip.  Well, he did from time to time, but never anything big.  It was wrong.  But he was pretty sure Sienna would be happy enough with what the son of Discordia had to offer.  It was sort of a big deal.  There was also the part about soon being siblings-in-law, though he didn't need to mention that right now.  Sienna would get that.  "That's enough gossip...right?" Elijah laughed, feeling a bit better already.

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Post by Sienna Linslee on Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:37 pm

Sienna studied Elijah carefully as an alternative to fidgeting herself. He seemed to be trying to act calmly, the same way Si was, and watching him stiffen like a board took less conscious effort than wringing her hands together. The boy hadn’t started radiating yet, which was honestly a relief, and Sienna hoped the conversation would lighten before things reached that point. She’d like to say Elijah’s radiating didn’t affect her…but her tendency to get overemotional tended to make her more affected by it rather than less. Either way, she’d rather not subject herself (or Elijah) to that. And although the conversation was tinged with awkwardness, it didn’t seem to be heading down the path that the others had. At the very least, there’d be no arguing this time.

Elijah’s answer was pretty standard, and Sienna gave a small nod to acknowledge that she’d heard. Her own question had been vague enough, so she supposed him answering that he was “good” was something to be expected. Although, honestly, he didn’t look good. Or rather, he’d certainly looked better. The praetor looked a little strained, and not possibly only because of this meeting. She wondered what had changed since she’d left…she wondered if everything was alright between the two boys. Si hadn’t seen the son of Venus since her return, and Elijah’s short answer left something to be desired. Thankfully, she was given an answer soon enough, although the girl didn’t really know what to say. “Oh…I see.” Sienna supposed it was only natural that everyone would move on with their lives, but it was weird to think of Jack gone from camp. Granted, she didn’t know him as well as she should, but it still perplexed the girl. And she could see why it would affect Elijah. Long-distance relationships were hard (even from city to city), and the girl hoped everything was alright. Sure, she’d only recently started getting on board with their relationship…but she wasn’t really the type to hope for relationships to fail.

The girl gave a relieved smile at Elijah’s returning question. “You have no idea,” Sienna responded. She brushed some loose strands of her out of her eyes as she considered his question and her answer. Living in the mortal world had always been a strained experience for the girl. Considering the rough memories created following the destruction of Camp Jupiter, Si honestly couldn’t say that she’d had good experiences outside of camp. This time had been different, to be sure, not as depressing as in her later teens…but straining all the same. After so many years in different roles in the two camps, being Roman had become a large part of Si’s identity. She’d needed to separate from that part of herself the last few months, see who she was without it…but she couldn’t honestly say she liked who she had been before integrating Camp Jupiter into her personality. The last seven years had incited radical changes for Sienna, and not all of them were bad. So…yes, being back in camp was relieving, to say the least. “It’s definitely good to be back. Camp Jupiter’s become a large part of who I am.” Saying it out loud felt strange, but it was an important conclusion Sienna had come to over the last few months. It felt good to be able to tell somebody else about that.

Si raised an eyebrow at the boy’s change of expression. She’d always been under the impression that Elijah hated gossip and everything associated with the term. Even if that hatred wasn’t there, the boy didn’t really seem like the type to enjoy either hearing it or sharing it (because of that, Si hadn’t really been too serious about the comment). But Elijah looked positively giddy at the moment. Sienna wasn’t really sure what to expect, but his next statement was completely surprising and Sienna was sure her mouth had dropped from the surprise. Engaged?! If her thoughts turned into words, “engaged” would be bolded and underlined. It took a little time for Si to process, and it took longer for something to click in her brain. Once it did, well…

“You’re engaged?” Sienna squealed, eyes locking on the ring she’d noticed earlier. Now seeing it in a completely different light, the girl had to get closer. She closed more distance between the two so she could get a nice look at the ring (maybe it was an invasion of the boy’s space, but Sienna wasn’t really considering that at the moment). “It’s gorgeous! Simple but elegant,” was Si’s prognosis as she examined the ring. It occurred to her that perhaps she should less attention to the ring and more to the boy wearing it, so she let Elijah’s hand go. She considered him for a moment, considered their long and complicated history, before she decided it didn’t really matter. He was going to be her brother-in-law, and he was going to marry her brother, and that was really what mattered. “Congratulations!” Perhaps a little overdue, but Sienna genuinely meant it. She was genuinely happy for the boy she once considered an enemy. She wrapped him into a hug, but let him go a second later…she wasn’t sure how Elijah would feel about that (not everyone got as physical as children of Venus liked to). She settled for a smile instead. “You’re actually getting married…oh my gods.”
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Post by Elijah Emmanual-Wheelan on Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:15 pm

With some deep breaths, Elijah tried his hardest to keep calm.  He was so scared...after everything that had transpired between him and Sienna, he knew this meeting could go either way.  In all fairness, things had been looking up the last time they saw each other, but that had been quite some time ago, and the delicateness of their relationship was probably precariously balanced.  One thing was for sure, the boy could not start radiating.  If there was anything that would destroy that delicate balance, it was that.  And he definitely didn't want it to be like that.  Despite their strange relationship, the son of Discordia wanted to develop something good with Sienna, even if for the simple fact that she was going to be his sister-in-law at some point, and some point soon.  Elijah needed this all to go well, and to get to a good place with the daughter of Venus.  He played with his engagement ring another moment...it was certainly helping to keep him grounded at the moment.

The girl's short response to his news about Jack moving was...well, pretty much expected, as far as Elijah was concerned.  It was the sort of news that just hit one, especially given the closeness of the parties involved.  Because Sienna was Jack's sister, and she had no way of knowing about any of that, being that she hadn't been around and all.  "He would have liked to say goodbye," Elijah said in earnest.  "But...well you know...you weren't here and all.  He'll be back for the holidays, of course," talking about it sent a slight pang through the boy's heart.  He missed his fiancé more than he could properly vocalize...and he was supposed to be the one good at verbal communication.  Although he and the man spoke every day, it wasn't the same.  Because the son of Venus wasn't there to hold him through sleepless nights, or kiss him, or everything else they could do when they were physically together.  Feeling his eyes water slightly, Elijah took a moment to just look down at the ground until he could force the tears away.

But that wasn't the focus of this all, and Elijah just had to keep going.  Seeing the smile on Sienna's face at his question even made it better...at least things weren't so darkly intense anymore...not with his question about how her return was going.  "I'm really glad to hear that," he said warmly, a smile on his face as well.  His and Sienna's meeting wasn't feeling so scary anymore...because it was actually going really well.  Well...Elijah thought it was, anyway.  And he was pretty sure the girl felt the same.  There wasn't the hostility in the air they had felt at times.  And even though things today had started off a bit awkward, even that bit seemed to be melting away as the time progressed.  "I can't imagine being away at this point," the boy admitted.  "I'm not ready...which is why I didn't leave with Jack.  I think you're brave for trying, though...and brave for knowing you had to come back," it definitely took an extreme degree of self-awareness to know these things...Elijah definitely had to give the girl that one.

The look on Sienna's face when he brought up the engagement made Elijah even more giddy than before.  It was news that he loved to share whenever he got the chance...everyone at camp who cared had heard it a million times already, but the daughter of Venus hadn't, and that was exciting.  In fact, given that she was Jack's sister, it was even more exciting.  "Engaged!" Elijah squealed in response, resisting the urge to start jumping up and down like an overjoyed child.  In all honesty, he wasn't expecting that degree of delight from Sienna...but he loved that he got it.  As she moved in closer, the son of Discordia modeled his ring.  He had no problem with the closeness.  "He made it himself!  Because he couldn't afford a diamond, but he wanted to propose with something...but I think it's the most perfect ring ever," it was true...Elijah didn't need a diamond...he felt his handmade ring was even more special.  He knew his fiancé had worked hard on it, and every dent and bump was real.  Jack had even gotten River to magic it so that the basic metal wouldn't irritate Elijah's sensitive skin.

"Thank you!" Elijah beamed at her 'congratulations'.  He really was grateful she was okay with all this...once upon a time they wouldn't have been able to share this sort of thing at all.  The boy supposed they had both been through enough changes...and had reached a good point in their friendship.  All of a sudden, everything was feeling even more natural and personal and...well...good.  Even with all that, Elijah was surprised when Sienna wrapped him in a hug...and even more surprised that he didn't mind it in the least.  She let go quickly, but the son of Discordia gave her a wide grin, hopefully portraying to her that he was okay with the hug.  This was bringing their relationship to a whole new level.  "Sometimes I honestly can't believe it..." Elijah admitted.  "With everything Jack and I have been through...we've known for a long time we'll spend forever together, but now it's..." he rubbed his ring.  "Now it's real.  Fiancé has a nice ring to it though..." Elijah smiled slyly.  "Don't you think?"

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Post by Sienna Linslee on Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:59 pm

As Sienna took a moment to reflect on the conversation, she was pleased with how the encounter was turning out. To be sure, the beginning had enough palpable tension to be able to cut through it with a knife, but that had dissipated quickly enough. They’d gotten through the obligatory small talk, the less-than-delightful news, all of that good stuff…and although there was more Sienna needed to know, more she had yet to catch up on, this conversation really didn’t seem the place to do it. The kind of news Sienna was looking for was the kind to kill a happy discussion, and that was the last thing Sienna wanted. This was about putting old grievances in the past, something Sienna was quite ready to do.

The praetor had been understanding enough about Sienna leaving, and he hadn’t made a big mess out of it. Not that the girl had been expecting it, but she knew there’d be a big blow-up about it later with some of the others. It was relieving to Sienna that Elijah could be so understanding…it really showed a maturity on the boy’s part that hadn’t been there in the past. This whole conversation was a testament to Elijah’s emotional growth, really, but there was nothing Sienna appreciated more than in that moment when he let the whole thing go. Sienna didn’t respond to any of the continued discussion regarding Jack or her sabbatical (she didn’t have much to say either way), so she chose instead to focus on the happy news that she definitely could muster positive emotions for.

Elijah’s enthusiastic response to her enthusiastic response served to make Sienna even more cheerful, and her smile grew wider. She wasn’t sure if she’d ever seen Elijah so happy before, although a wedding certainly had the ability to lift everybody’s spirits. The wedding…Sienna had to refrain from mentally picturing every little detail of every possible part of it. Weddings were a beautiful celebration of love, with lots of flowers and happiness and centerpieces…she sincerely hoped she could be part of the whole planning process. Besides the fact that she considered herself the wedding expert (armed with binders and magazines and the whole lot), Sienna wanted to be involved in everything. The Romans deserved some happiness after everything they’d been through, and Elijah and Jack were certainly no exception to that. Especially since she’d gotten to know them both, and the ups and downs their relationship had gone through.

The backstory behind the engagement ring made Sienna give a dreamy sigh. “So romantic…” she murmured, continuing to look over the ring closely. Elijah was clearly proud of the effort put into it and his modeling of the ring encouraged Sienna to not back away. However the boy acted on a normal occasion, he didn’t seem to mind Si’s closeness at the moment. The girl enjoyed a good love story and despite some rocky patches Jack and Elijah’s relationship was surely that. Her brother definitely knew all the tricks to romance and this engagement ring was just another example of it. “Tell me about the proposal,” Si urged, finally letting Elijah have use of his hand back. “Where did it happen? What did he say?” The daughter of Venus took a moment to breathe and let Elijah answer the questions, but she was starved for knowledge. Perhaps lack of her own romantic life contributed to this, but she was dying for this kind of talk. She just didn’t discuss things like this with anyone anymore, which was such a shame. The girl practically lived on this kind of happy gossip.

In the middle of a discussion like this, it was almost hard for Sienna to believe she had ever harbored ill feelings for Elijah. At the moment, it was two young adults squealing over a proposal, rather than two enemies or two professionals. They could almost have been normal mortals with normal lives (not that Sienna ever wished for that-anymore-but it was nice to pretend sometimes). Sienna nodded along to what Elijah was saying, her mind half in the conversation and half in wedding-planning-mode (regardless of whether her suggestions would be taken or not). Si shot Elijah a smile at his question before humming in approval. “Husband will sound better.” She accompanied the words with a small laugh. “You two are so adorable, honestly. Picturing married life yet?” Although the question was said with a joking tone, Si meant it seriously as well. Although the idea had once made Sienna’s blood boil, she had come to terms with it and she was at the point of accepting it completely. She could only imagine what Elijah must be feeling about everything. Although she hadn’t asked about nerves or anything yet, the girl was sure the praetor must be feeling it. That would be discussed in time, she was sure, but she wanted to hear about everything positive first. Sienna always had been a “good news first” kind of person.
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Post by Elijah Emmanual-Wheelan on Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:01 pm

As the time ticked by with Sienna, Elijah found himself breathing easier and easier.  They were actually getting along...they were more than just getting along!  The two demigods, who couldn't stand each other for so long, were having a good conversation.  A friendly, casual conversation that had nothing to do with professional duties or issues like that.  Although the boy truly had no idea what had triggered such a sudden change in their relationship, he was quite grateful for it.  The Praetor knew he was quite disagreeable and often rubbed people the wrong way, but it wasn't like he meant to.  It was sort of just the type of person Elijah was...and it had gained him many enemies.  Though some relationships brought out the best in Elijah, most took extra management to maintain properly.  That was sort of where he and the daughter of Venus had been through most of their relationship...struggling to keep things civil and professional most of the time.  But apparently, something had changed...and they were in a much different place than they had ever been before.  The thing was...the son of Discordia was quite happy about that.  He didn't want an enemy in the girl, for many reasons.  This was a start.

Sienna was still admiring his engagement ring, and Elijah was still beaming.  "He even got River to magic it to keep it from irritating my skin," every bit of the story was important, and the boy wanted to tell all of it.  And his fiancé's sister wanted to hear it all, which was so special to Elijah.  They were mending a broken relationship...because they were both trying to make it work...and they were succeeding.  That in itself was completely exciting to the boy, let alone the whole conversation.  The son of Discordia just wanted to share the good news all over...and Sienna was listening to him, very excitedly.  In some ways, it seemed like a trivial matter to bond over, but at the same time, it was monumental.  Elijah was pretty sure that at one point, Sienna would hate to have him as a brother in law.  Their relationship was terrible, and for quite some time, it didn't seem like that was going to change.  The boy was very grateful it was changing, though...he liked things much better this why.

Bonding over Elijah and Jack's engagement was so nice.  It was wonderful news, and, as the boy saw it, right up a child of Venus's alley.  "It was actually sort of..." the memory brought a smile to Elijah's face, even thinking about how rough that day had started.  "We had been fighting.  I was angry that he was leaving, and we had sort of avoided talking about it for awhile.  So he was trying to make me dance, but I was just angry...and hurting.  And I sort of...lost it on him," the boy knew this part of the story wasn't sweet or romantic at all, but it was still a necessary part of it all.  It wasn't like he could ignore that part...it was what had led to the good part.  "And he just kind of blurted out that he wanted to be able to dance with his husband at our wedding," Elijah could still remember the look on Jack's face when he burst.  The realization that had washed over Elijah.  "I was sort of...dumbstruck.  And all I could say was you didn't get down on one knee...so he did."

Elijah twisted his ring around his finger, smiling widely.  "It was perfect...even the fighting made the proposal all the more sweeter," the boy closed his eyes for a moment, remembering the look on Jack's face as he had sunk down to one knee.  The way he had held up the handmade ring.  The sheer joy that had surged through the son of Discordia in that moment.  He wouldn't have changed any of it...not even how angry they had been initially.  And now he got to share it all with someone...and it was mending what was at one point, a very broken relationship.  At least, that was how Elijah felt about it.  This was definitely doing something productive for him and Sienna.

They had truly found a way of connecting, and Elijah was overjoyed.  Opening his eyes, Elijah chuckled at Sienna's words.  "Husband will sound much better," he laughed.  "And all it entails...there's just so much, and I never even thought about most of it.  Honestly...I never imagined I'd get married at all.  Now...thoughts just..." the boy waved his arms around enthusiastically.  Although he was typically great about verbal communication, some things were still beyond him.  "We've already decided we'll hyphenate our last names...and we think 'Emmanual-Wheelan' sounds nicer than 'Wheelan-Emmanual'.  So...I guess married life is sort of working it's way in..." the boy gave Sienna a dazzling smile.  "I'm so glad you're on board with all of this...and are sharing it with me.  With us," Elijah wanted Sienna to know how happy he was with all this.  "I love being able to share this with you, Sienna.  Truly."

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Re: Making Amends ((Elijah))

Post by Sienna Linslee on Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:11 pm

Sienna hadn’t really realized how mundane everyday life could be until something special punctuated the daily routine. Every day always went the same way with training and paperwork, so much so that they seemed to blend together after some time. It was an unfortunate consequence of leading such a domestic life, and the regularity of it all was something Si had struggled with for a long time. It largely contributed to her long break from camp (it wasn’t necessarily the only reason, but it played its role), and it’d been something the girl had been combatting since her return. Every now and then, something interesting occurred that broke the pattern, but it didn’t happen often enough for the girl. A wedding, however, was an incredibly exciting event that required work and attention and certainly didn’t qualify as mundane or uninteresting. Although Si wouldn’t have pegged her brother and the praetor as the happy couple, she was getting used to their relationship and slowly getting on board with the fact. The news of their engagement was definitely enough to continue pushing her in that direction as well.

The entire thing was just so sweet, and Sienna couldn’t help but want more details. Besides the fact that a wedding was a rare occasion, even the barest trace of romance was slowly dwindling as well. Perhaps it was newfound rigor on the Romans’ part regarding training and maintaining the legion, but there just wasn’t enough interesting gossip anymore. Not enough couples forming, not enough drama…so Si was happy to have something interesting like this to turn her attention to. Hearing the details behind the ring sparked Sienna’s interest further, and Elijah’s story made all the small imperfections of the ring seem that much more endearing. Jack certainly knew how to orchestrate a proposal.

Although the details regarding the ring added to the total ambience of the event, Si was glad when Elijah finally started sharing details of the proposal itself. The whole thing sounded very Jack-and-Elijah, and the fighting-turned-to-loving progression seemed to accurately reflect the whole love and chaos thing the couple had going on. It wasn’t the kind of story a hopeless romantic would come up with, but it was appropriate for the two and romantic regardless. Si listened carefully to the first part, and her face broke into a grin at the end. So Jack-and-Elijah. The girl could almost picture something like it in her mind, and Elijah seemed to be doing the same thing (which added a nice touch to the story). Si folded her arms behind her back as she thoughtfully went over what Elijah had told her. It was all so sweet, and the two boys so obviously loved each other deeply…it sort-of dampened Sienna’s mood when she thought over the lack of such a relationship in her own life (weddings always seemed to do this to her…)

The girl snapped out of it soon enough, and brought the smile back to her face. She wasn’t going to depress herself with details like that when there was so much to be happy about. It was Elijah’s moment (as it would be for some time), and it was much more cheerful to think about that. Si hummed in approval with Elijah’s next few statements, and some laughter escaped at the boy’s wild movements. Some things were better said that way, the girl supposed. “I see you’ve put a lot of thought into this.” Si gave another laugh. She was glad to see Elijah was positively responding to her statements, and she was honestly happy to see him so excited. She didn’t know what the boy had gone through in the past, but he deserved to be as happy as he was now. “Praetor Elijah Emmanual-Wheelan,” Sienna tested the name out-loud. She gave a brief pause before nodding. “Sure does sound good. Thumbs-up from me,” Si continued with a light tone. She accompanied the statement with a physical thumbs-up.

Elijah’s last few sentences brought the conversation back into focus, and Si quieted down to give his words proper consideration. After years of a messy relationship, with many tense moments and uncivil words shared…Sienna was glad they had managed to bury the hatchet. She could never have guessed, when she first met the boy, that they would come to this point, but it was an important milestone for them. One of many, she hoped. Sienna returned Elijah’s smile and responded, “I’m glad too. I know we haven’t always gotten along…but I really want to be a part of this with you two.” Si considered her next few words. “Maybe we can officially put everything in the past and start over?” She held out her hand for a handshake and waited for the boy to consider her words. Both his actions and hers signified that the two were ready for a fresh start…but Si would really like to make it official. Weddings were a time of new beginnings, and Si hoped that maybe this could be a new beginning for the two Romans as well.
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Post by Elijah Emmanual-Wheelan on Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:39 pm

This was all just so...surreal.  It had to have been...years now since Elijah and Sienna had met.  It certainly hadn't helped anything that their first meeting had been as awful as it was.  Maybe if they had gotten off on a better foot...but that didn't matter anymore.  At least, this meeting was making it seem so.  The fact that the two seemed to have reconciled was spectacular.  And it seemed to be even more than reconciliation!  After all this time, and even though Elijah was engaged to Sienna's brother, the boy wasn't sure he would ever reach this point with the daughter of Venus.  Gods only knew he never had with Calla, and probably never would.  Sienna had every right to hate him forever...but apparently they just needed the right place and the right time to come to terms with things.  And not just that, but be able to make nice, and maybe form something of a friendship.  It certainly felt like that was forming...it was more than a possibility by now.  At least the way Elijah saw it.

And maybe it was sort of silly that the beginning of fixing things was starting with Elijah and Jack's engagement, but maybe something like that was just the right thing.  Yes, it was a big deal in the boy's life, but Sienna didn't have to care if she didn't want to.  In some ways, it would have seemed only fair for her to be cold about it all...maybe a little grumpy that her brother was engaged to someone she couldn't stand.  Honestly, the son of Discordia wouldn't have been surprised.  He knew how Venus kids could get, obviously, and their emotions could really run the gambit.  But Sienna had gone the opposite of what he had seen coming.  And Elijah was so grateful for that.  "It's hard not to," the boy laughed.  "I mean...I feel like all of it has been running through my head ever since we got engaged.  Which I guess makes sense, but...it's also sort of strange," as someone who had never thought he'd find love, Elijah was certainly enjoying the next step he and Jack had taken.  He loved his fiancé more than anything...and he knew it showed.

"Praetor Elijah Emmanual-Wheelan," the boy agreed happily.  "And Centurion Jack Emmanual-Wheelan.  We definitely got it right," he laughed.  He thought their names often...it really did just sound so right.  The sheer ecstasy of it all was overwhelming sometimes, but mainly in a good way.  And it was nice hearing someone other than himself and Jack say it.  They said it enough.  Now Sienna was on board too, which was incredible.  It was one of the best "gifts" Elijah could imagine.  "Thanks," he laughed.  "It is quite nice to hear it coming from someone other than me and Jack.  We say it enough...I'm glad we have your approval, too!" the more the two talked, the giddier Elijah got.  This was all such great stuff...and to think it all came out of his and Jack's engagement.  The boy was truly delighted that others were starting to share in that happiness.  He would announce it to the world if he could.

Sienna's words truly struck something deep inside of Elijah.  She really was ready to make these changes in their relationship, just as he was.  It was one of the best things to come out of his and Jack's engagement...if he did say so himself.  This sort of thing really made all the difference in the world.  Not only was the girl best friends with some of Elijah's close friends, like Calix and Mia, she was his fiancé's sister.  Having her support meant...more than the boy could properly say.  And he was usually quite good at articulating these things.  "Not having to get along doesn't have to last forever," the son of Discordia smiled, a sort of comfy happiness falling over him.  "And we want you to be a part of this with us.  That's partially why I called you here...so...thanks for the whole domino effect," Elijah gestured pointlessly, hoping Sienna had some understanding of how happy this was all making him.

Elijah took a deep breath, beaming at the girl's words.  "Yes, I think it's time," he said brightly.  Ignoring Sienna's hand, the boy pulled her into a hug, much like the warm hug she had given him earlier.  It definitely felt more natural, even at this point.  "Thank you, Sienna," he said softly.  They had this chance to start over, and they had both been ready for it...which was an absolutely amazing feeling.  There was plenty to be grateful for in the whole turn of Elijah's life...if he had known all of it when Jack proposed in the first place, he wouldn't have believed it.  And now...he couldn't be happier with all of it.

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