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1 Fire and Ice on Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:47 pm

The summer court of the fae was still in the throws of the summer solstice feast, despite their queen having fallen ill only a few short days ago. The smell of fresh flowers and apple cider wafted through the air, it was a scent even a human nose would have followed to its blissful end. But not this fae. No, Demetria despised it. Her delicate nose was wrinkled slightly at the smell that assaulted it as the heels of her boots made a dull click against the warm wooden floors with each stride she took. The summer palace had never held any beauty for her. It was everything her own home in the winter court wasn’t, and was everything that humans loved about the spring and summer. The winter palace was forever scented with pine and had the same silence to it that came with a night of fresh snowfall. If not for Yule, she doubted the humans would ever have worshipped her own people at all. But here she was, approaching their banquet hall, silken hair as dark as the long winter nights swaying with each purposeful stride she took. The moment the doors opened, all the frivolity turned suddenly silent, fae grabbing hold of the ones next to them as though she were some kind of harbinger. 
“Oh please, don’t stop on my account.” Her velvety voice purred, lips pulled into a sardonic smile.

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2 Re: Fire and Ice on Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:29 pm

The summer prince wasn't much into the celebrations that his mother had insisted on. The harvest was in and their people were joyful. He didn't see anything to be happy about. The world as he knew it was slipping away while these people danced and shared their glee.
It was almost a relief when Demetria marched into the great Hall. The others were silent as he got to his feet. Ash towered above the other Fae, his skin bronze and his eyes a crisp blue. "Well..." He purred, making sure to give the winter Fae a once over. "You certainly know how to ruin a feast, don't you?"

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3 Re: Fire and Ice on Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:46 pm

Demetria poured her lips and slowly shook her head. “I’m hurt, you threw a little party and didn’t invite me?” She shot back, slender fingers picking an apple from one of the long tables as she made her way to the throne. Demetria was never more of a winter Fae than when standing amongst all the summer fae. While they were sun kissed and almost glowing, she was pale, as though constantly bathed in moonlight. While Ash had bright blue eyes, her own were a pale grey, though there was a ring of blue circling her pupils, like ice spreading across a pond. 
The summer fae were a warm and peaceful people, but one look at Demetria would reveal the long blade that hung from the belt around her shapely hips. Every fae of the winter court was trained to fight from an early age, their future Queen even more so.

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4 Re: Fire and Ice on Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:05 pm

"Why would you be invited, my dear?" Ash laughed, shaking his head. "We like to enjoy our autumn festivals. Not be reminded of the icy reception one would get from you." He made his way through his people, never one to back down from anything. "There is nothing here for you, Demetria." He hissed. "Be on your way." His own honey colored hair fell over his shoulders as he kept his eyes locked on the princess.

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5 Re: Fire and Ice on Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:12 pm

Ash was indeed rather imposing, when he needed to be, and certainly towered over his winter counter part. Demetria simply smiled and took a slow bite of the apple she had been holding, her gaze continuing to hold the prince’s. “Oh, there’s time, Ash. You have no betrothed, and your Queen is dying. This time next cycle, it will be me sitting on that hideous throne.” She finally purred, tossing the remainder of the apple at Ash where it began to freeze in his hand.

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6 Re: Fire and Ice on Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:26 pm

Ash didn't let go of the apple. Instead he crushed it the juice becoming icicles that shattered loudly in the silence. "Our queen is fine, Winter. Don't trouble that pretty little head of yours over rumors and whispers." 
Behind him his twin sister rose from her seat at the table, her own green eyes glittering with anger. "You were not invited to this event, Demetria." Autumn said in a royal tone. "How did you get past the guards?"

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7 Re: Fire and Ice on Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:34 pm

Demetria’s gaze flicked over to the second in line to the summer throne, though she didn’t let her eyes linger for long. “Oops...” Again she smiled as she looked up at Ash from beneath her dark lashes. Slowly the winter princess lifted her palm up for Ash to see the blood that stained her fingers. “I guess I broke protocol, huh?” She purred.

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8 Re: Fire and Ice on Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:18 pm

Ash shook his head. "There are laws, Demetria. Our parents have upheld the laws for centuries. You know what happens if you take something from us. "
Autumn nodded. "Our laws are clear. Blood must be repaid. "

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9 Re: Fire and Ice on Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:24 pm

“Then by all means, feel free to come and take it.” Demetria challenged, fingers on the hilt of her sword now. “If you think you can, princess.”

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10 Re: Fire and Ice on Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:50 pm

Ash stood in front of Demetria, shaking his head. "Do not come into my home and threaten my people." He said firmly. "Your actions will be met with swift justice."

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11 Re: Fire and Ice on Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:58 pm

“And I am allowing you the chance to take your precious justice here and now.” Demetria replied. “Unless... you find yourself incapable?” She added with a wicked grin. “Your little guard dared to refuse entrance to me, he paid for breaking the treaty you apparently like to quote. No member of the royal court can be refused an audience with their own counterpart.”

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12 Re: Fire and Ice on Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:47 pm

"This is not the time for a meeting and you well know it." Ash reminded her. "You are preying on our time of celebration."
He dropped the ice apple finally allowing it to shatter on the ground. "I need no wife. My mother is still well and fit."

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13 Re: Fire and Ice on Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:53 pm

Demetria gave a quiet snort of laughter. “Perhaps you say that because no one but your sister will have you.” She mocked, circling around Ash like the predator she was. “You say your mother is fit and well? No Fae Queen misses the ending feast of her own season.”

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14 Re: Fire and Ice on Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:43 pm

"Her season is Spring." Ash said slowly, looking ahead of him. Autumn was still on her feet. She was moving closer. She and Demetria had never gotten along. She didn't trust the ice fae. She knew what the woman was capable of. It didn't matter that she hadn't done anything yet.

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15 Re: Fire and Ice on Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:52 pm

It was well known through all the fae courts how unpredictable Demetria could be. Even her own mother chastised her for it, but with The other half of her own twin offspring wasting his time in the human realm, she had little hope of reigning her daughter in. The dark haired fae threw back her head and laughed, every glass of water in the banquet hall turning to ice in an instant. “Oh please, you expect me to believe she left an entire season to you already? You are a child! A useless, pathetic little boy!”

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16 Re: Fire and Ice on Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:59 pm

"And what are you? You are no queen. You are a spoiled brat!" Autmun shouted. Ash turned his head, giving his sister a dark look of warning.

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17 Re: Fire and Ice on Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:02 pm

It was too late. Demetria has bypassed Ash completely and has frozen the floor behind autumn, allowing her to slide the other woman back towards the throne until she was forced to fall back into it. “Better a brat, than in love with my own brother.” She sneered, leaning over Autumn with her hands on either side off the throne. “You think i don’t see the way you look at him. That, my lovely... is hunger in it’s rawest form.” She added, now nose to nose with the princess.

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18 Re: Fire and Ice on Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:46 pm

Autumn shook her head. She adored her brother but not in that sense. There was another. But she could never let anyone know it.
"You sound jealous." She hissed, narrowing emeraled eyes. "Or maybe it is something you know alot about?" She added with a little snort.

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19 Re: Fire and Ice on Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:29 pm

Demetria smiled thinly and finally took a step back. “Jealous? It’s disgusting.” She hissed. “But then again, so is your entire court.” She added, simply to be cruel. “I will be watching you, Ash, the moment the sun sets on your final day as a bachelor, we will be at your door.”

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20 Re: Fire and Ice on Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:41 pm

"We?" Ash snorted. "Are you planning to bring your brother?" He waved off the winter princess as if she bored him and turned away. "Be gone with you. You are ruining my party."

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21 Re: Fire and Ice on Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:57 pm

Demetria again flashed Ash that icy smile. “Unlike some, I have no need to hide behind my brother.” She purred, long hair whipping out behind her as she did finally grow bored of the exchange and decide to leave.

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22 Re: Fire and Ice on Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:19 am

Ash was silent as he made his way to his mother's chamber and seated himself at her bedside. He'd abandoned the party, no longer able to celebrate with the others. He watched as the healers tried in vain to restore Rayne to herself, knowing it couldn't be done.
"She came...just like you said she would." He said softly, reaching out to brush the hair from his mother's fevered brow. "You can't leave us. The people need you. I am no leader."

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23 Re: Fire and Ice on Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:09 am

Rayne smiled at her son and reached out to pat his hand. “You are the leader they need.” She assured him. “I knew Demetria would come, only because I know how she thirsts for power. She will hound you, my child. Do not let your guard down even for a moment. The winter court are not known for their patience, that girl even less so.” She paused to cough and suck in a wheezing breath. “Please, find your queen, give them no room to encroach upon us.”

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24 Re: Fire and Ice on Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:21 pm

"There is nothing wrong with you, mother." Ash said firmly. "I will continue to serve our people as your son. And what about Autum? She will not survive without you."

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25 Re: Fire and Ice on Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:20 pm

“That is why she needs you.” Rayne breathed. “You must protect her from Demetria and her darkness.” She added, pausing to cough once again. “Please, promise me that even as king, you will ensure her safety.”

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26 Re: Fire and Ice on Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:52 pm

"I have always watched over Autumn." Ash answered solemnly. "You will never have to worry about her." He sighed deeply, resting his head in his hands. " It's not Demetria I worry about around her to be honest. It's... Her brother... "

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27 Re: Fire and Ice on Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:03 pm

Rayne smiled slightly and shook her head. “The boy has his head stuck in the world of humans. So long as he is pre occupied there, there is no danger of him returning to romance sweet Autumn.”

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28 Re: Fire and Ice on Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:18 pm

"Perhaps I should pick a suitor for her?" Ash sighed. "That will solve many issues." He rubbed at the stubble on his chin. "What about me? Do I have your blessing to bring Lillian back here with me?"

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29 Re: Fire and Ice on Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:35 pm

“It would solve the problem of her safety, but... I fear she would react badly to it.” Rayne breathed. She closed her eyes and simply lay there for a long moment. “But it must be done. As for Lillian... you know you can’t bring a human here.” She told him sadly. “This is not their world. You have seen what they did to their own side of the veil.”

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30 Re: Fire and Ice on Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:04 pm

Ash shook his head. He couldn't marry a fae, especially not one of the summer kind. They bored him. They were nothing special. At least the humans were something to wonder about.
"Who do you suggest I get to be her mate?" He asked motioning the maids come and care for the Queen.

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