To Troy

Jul. 25th, 2013 08:36 pm
balancingminds: (serious)
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When he stepped through the door and feels the ground shake, he briefly close his eyes in a small prayer that this plan will work. Then walked through to the quiet rowing deck of a trireme as he adjusted his tunic, his sandals and the leather and cloth seemed like not enough to make him disappear here.

The thoughts that swirled around were hard to understand as they were Greek in dialects he'd only ever read mixed with another language that must be Trojan and a deeper layer of thoughts that he didn't dare to touch.

He ran a hand through his hair to mess it up as he was aware that while his coloring would help him to blend in, this was a strange land where he didn't belong.

Date: 2013-07-27 09:04 pm (UTC)
chrysopteron: (red lips and statue's face)
From: [personal profile] chrysopteron
Iris nods, wordless.

But then day changes to night.

And they're no longer sitting near the outskirts of Troy. They're standing, in a dimly-lit room Charles has never seen before.

Iris grips Charles' hand. Stay behind me, kyrios.

Date: 2013-07-27 09:10 pm (UTC)
chrysopteron: (traditional lady)
From: [personal profile] chrysopteron
"Welcome, Iris Chrysopteron."

"And the new stranger to the land of the Greeks. Welcome to you."

"But you should not be here. We will take care of this."

Date: 2013-07-27 09:17 pm (UTC)
chrysopteron: (traditional lady)
From: [personal profile] chrysopteron

"Any way we please. It is an easy thing for us."

Iris finally opens her mouth to speak, and the crone with a spindle in her hands raises a finger for silence.

"We do not fault you, rain-messenger. Do not fear."

Date: 2013-07-27 09:32 pm (UTC)
chrysopteron: (golden winged)
From: [personal profile] chrysopteron
Iris' head snaps to look at Charles.

"And you, rain-messenger? What do you say to this? I do not believe you are surprised."

"I am not, my Katakl├┤thes. There is no surprise when his thoughts are my own."

"In more ways than one, we see. He is a seer."

Date: 2013-07-27 09:43 pm (UTC)
chrysopteron: (traditional lady)
From: [personal profile] chrysopteron
"He sees not the events yet to be, but men how they are now. The reasons underneath the actions."

Iris shifts her feet as though ready to take flight.

"He is the first in my life I have loved beyond duty. I would ask to go with him, back to the End of Worlds.

"You told me I would be made to make choices."

Date: 2013-07-27 09:47 pm (UTC)
chrysopteron: (Default)
From: [personal profile] chrysopteron

"Perhaps she no longer knows who she is, seer. You ask complicated questions."

In an uncharacteristic reaction, Iris smiles. You have no idea.

Date: 2013-07-27 09:54 pm (UTC)
chrysopteron: (ewer)
From: [personal profile] chrysopteron

"Would you be willing to return the sigils of your office?"

Here, Iris hesitates.

"Will I lose my wings, as my sister did?"

Date: 2013-07-27 10:01 pm (UTC)
chrysopteron: (traditional lady)
From: [personal profile] chrysopteron
This is the first time since being transported here that the light in the room has risen. There are three women - presumably - sitting in low-backed chairs on a small dais.

Atropos, when she speaks, does so completely hooded.

"I have no charge with you yet," she offers simply.

There is no cord to be cut here.

Date: 2013-07-27 10:06 pm (UTC)
chrysopteron: (traditional lady)
From: [personal profile] chrysopteron
It is hopeful.

Iris holds out her free hand, letting her ewer and her staff materialize out of the aether. When they do, they almost immediately move from Iris' hand to Klothos'.

"We will return you to the shore now. You must leave immediately."

"I understand."

Atropos finishes with, "You will return, rain-messenger."

Date: 2013-07-27 10:12 pm (UTC)
chrysopteron: (watching us mortals)
From: [personal profile] chrysopteron
You will return, rain-messenger.

And -- they're back where they had once been, before the conversation with the Moirae.

"Are you alright?" Iris asks. "Not many mortals meet the Moirai Thanatoio and live."

Date: 2013-07-27 10:16 pm (UTC)
chrysopteron: (studying you)
From: [personal profile] chrysopteron
"I will be."

It's the only response she has at the moment.

"What do we do to leave?"

Date: 2013-07-27 10:20 pm (UTC)
chrysopteron: (rainbow)
From: [personal profile] chrysopteron
The tents will do.

Iris lets Charles lead the way back to Milliways.

Before she leaves, she sets a rainbow over the river Thaumas.

I will return.


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