All's fair in love and war

Description: Bannick/Harrow

Leas

    Summer-sky to Opal
  • Priestess
  • Played By: Jenn

    Territory Priestess
    Dea al Mon Kaeleer
    6 Posts    30 marks
All's fair in love and war
« on: March 21, 2020, 11:08:50 AM »
She tossed her small daughter in the air one more time to here the bright and brilliant laughter fill her home. One last time for however long this would take. She'd sent word to her husband, that dark man who was her love, to come and to bring his queen when he was ready. Her own would be along shortly, a pigeon sent to tell her so. Leas was not worried for the wildness that may happen but she worried that her husband would have to choose sides and she would take great pains to ensure he never did. She did not want a bitter and angry husband if he was forced, only the loving and gentleman she had now.

Opposite sides of an invisible wall never deterred her from loving her Bannick and now would not be the same. It was high time Sorcha and Harrow met, high time that these two fierce queens met on neutral ground and high time they figured everything out. Leas had no trouble offering her home to the pair of them when Sorcha had asked. She trusted the hornless queen to keep them safe. A peal of bright laughter brought her mind back to the issue at hand. Her eyes crinkled as her face glowed with love for the little girl that looked more like Bannick than she did Leas.

Not that the woman minded. Bannick was stunningly beautiful and if Vanya was the same when she grew the more luck she would have. "Are you ready to see papa?" she asked the little girl as she brought her forward to nuzzle at cheeks and neck to hear more squeals of delight from her. "Pa!" the little girl laughed, "Pa!" Leas squeezed the girl as sensitive ears caught sounds outside and she knew the chaos might have begun. Child on her hip, antlers strung with gifts and baubles from her husband. Her opal and summer-sky twinkled in the mess of the gems and jewels.

"We shall let that silly papa in," she said as she moved towards the door to let Bannick inside. It would be Bannick first, she needed to bask in his love and attention before bringing everyone else in. She needed to warn him of what Sorcha wished to speak to Harrow about now that the shield was completely destroyed Door swung open to frame the large man that was hers. Breath caught at his sight, she was always amazed that he was hers every time she saw him. "Come, husband," she said as she moved aside for him, "You explained they would need to wait a few moments before they could enter?"

She could only hope his queen would heed her request. She did not know Harrow. Did not know how much respect she would have for someone else, she only knew that Sorcha would wait until Leas signaled her to join. She could only hope Harrow would do the same.


@dergon

Bannick

    Sapphire to Gray
  • Warlord Prince
  • Played By: dergon

    Dea al Mon Kaeleer
    26 Posts    369 marks
Re: All's fair in love and war
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2020, 09:16:49 AM »

He'd brought reinforcements. Probes stretching outward, Bannick tried to gauge the number of men the hornless queen had brought with her. Behind him, Harrow waited with her escort. She would only allow the one, his heart shaped horns the backdrop behind her shoulders. Bannick was not sure he was enough should things go poorly.

But at least he could trust the praying Prince to keep Harrow distracted. Allow him the few moments he'd requested. That his wife had requested. "Wait here." Glance hard over his shoulder for the diminutive queen behind him. Harrow smiled, cloudy brown eyes looking right through him.

"Of course," she promised with all the blitheness of a child.

Bannick didn't trust her for a moment. He knew she was eager to meet the territory's queen. To show herself as the greater force. Closing his eyes so that none could see them roll skyward in long suffering, Bannick left the trees for the clearing of his wife's house. Could feel the quiet warning of his own craft sunk into the ground. Little things he'd left behind to ward her.

He had to dip his head and tuck his chin toward his shoulder to fit through the door. Antlers too broad to make entry easy. Wife and daughter there to greet. Bannick bent low over them, grinning into small hands that patted at his face and tugged at his hair and horns. Fangs carefully shielded so that no one was hurt.

"I did, just as you asked me." All his women wanted something from him. Some asked for easier things than others. Leas never asked for much, but this might have been the hardest thing. Controlling Harrow had always been outside Bannick's abilities. Or anyone elses. He hoped this Tempest fared better when it came to tempering her.

But he doubted it.

Circling Leas' waist, Bannick pulled her close for kissing. Chaste ones, to spare their child. And the queens, should they decide not to wait as requested. "Her patience will not hold for long. She is eager to meet the hornless queen." Pressing his nose to her cheek, Bannick stroked Vanya's hair and breathed them in. These were his. His wife. His daughter. His loves. Little pieces of his heart that walked free of his body. And far from it.

He wished the queens would just disappear.

Leas

    Summer-sky to Opal
  • Priestess
  • Played By: Jenn

    Territory Priestess
    Dea al Mon Kaeleer
    6 Posts    30 marks
Re: All's fair in love and war
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2020, 07:40:47 PM »
"And I am grateful," she told him with a gentle touch. Eyes were liquid as she watched him with her child, so gentle with the daughter that was theirs. It was always a delight to see him with Vanya and it warmed her heart. She couldn't say that it was a shame that Bannick served another queen, more volatile and perhaps more violent than her own. Bannick's choice was his and his alone, Leas would never judge him for it.

A soft murmur as he pulled her to him, peppering light kisses on her mouth. She could stay here forever, Leas knew just as she knew that it was an impossibility. "Neither will Sorcha's," she admitted quietly, "But I am a selfish wife who would have her husband to herself if only for moments." And savor the calm before the storm. Storms that are spoken of in darkness and webs. She sighed softly as she snugged into his side and shifted away.

"Sorcha is off kilter," she said as she sat at her table and began her warnings, "The shield falling left a hole within the territory and she is attempting to patch it even as she tries to grow it." Sorcha wanted Dea al Mon to be one with the rest, to be open to trade and travel but she also knew that it needed to be done slowly. More slowly than had been allowed.

"I do not know that she won't offend Harrow, but I have her promise that she will be civil. She wishes a truce if not an alliance," Leas went on further, "And she does not want war with Harrow." At least not right now. "Can Harrow contain herself do you think?"

Bannick

    Sapphire to Gray
  • Warlord Prince
  • Played By: dergon

    Dea al Mon Kaeleer
    26 Posts    369 marks
Re: All's fair in love and war
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2020, 09:47:09 AM »

There was no amount of craft Harrow could summon, or blood she could feed him, that soothed his soul quite like the presence of his wives and children. These precious moments shared just between them were his anchors. It offended some, and outraged others, that he would have so many.

But Bannick needed them. And he loved all of them, whatever some accused. Everything in him set right as Leas pressed close to his side, and Vanya wrapped her chubby child fingers around the base of an antler. Bannick served Harrow, served her faithfully and loyally. She was his queen, and no other tempted him. But his family was the center of his heart. What he lived for.

"They will understand. Or suffer it even if they do not." Because Bannick would have this too. And since he walked the world for Harrow, she must give it to him just as he gave her so much. As for Sorcha, he could not speak. He did not know her except she was given his wife's respect and service, and so much be worthy of it. Leas was not a fool.

Careful not to grab as she pulled away, Bannick settled Vanya on his hip more securely. If he must release his wife, he would still cling to his child. He followed Leas to the table, but did not sit. "A hole how?" Harrow had kept him close and not allowed him to investigate. She claimed she was worried about a trap, either from within or without the territory and had commanded him to stay close while she schemed.

He had watched to walk the edges of what had separated him from friends made through spear to spear threads. Soon, he hoped. Setting Vanya on the table, Bannick tickled her feet, smiling fiercely at her giggling as  he listened to his wife's warnings.

"Harrow rarely contains herself, but she also rarely shows herself in full, I think." It was hard to speak of politics when all he wanted was to gather his women close and listen to them laugh until the baby fell asleep. And then to listen to his wife make decidedly different noises.

"I do not think she is interested in war. Simply growth, which cannot be achieved without mingling with the hornless." But Harrow did not want to bow to them. A worry Bannick did not speak. Harrow's goals would be his own. "Let them measure each other as queens. Surely they will see it can be done without violence. You have served. They will have trust we are not monsters."

Unless Harrow unveiled herself as one.

Leas

    Summer-sky to Opal
  • Priestess
  • Played By: Jenn

    Territory Priestess
    Dea al Mon Kaeleer
    6 Posts    30 marks
Re: All's fair in love and war
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2020, 10:47:02 AM »
Leas was not bloodthirsty, she was calm and steady, a clear pool in a thundering cascade but her smile was savage at the corners at the idea of Bannick protecting what they had here. It didn't matter that it was an impossibility, the idea of it was enough for her and to remind her that as much as she loved him, he loved her. The savage nature of her smile smoothed and settle into one of contentment as Bannick held their daughter close. The little queen her payment for service given.

Contentment and love settled deeply on her even as weariness coated her words. She watched her husband tickle Vanya's feet, her own chuckles a match for the wild giggles of that precious child. "Her cousin is dead," she answered with a sigh, "No longer an enemy to contend with, the backlash of the shield falling flattened the woman's camp and her with it but her dissenters.. Her dissenters are still out there hoping to take control from Sorcha. It's led to a power vacuum and one she isn't sure she can win."

Leas had only met Bannick's queen a few times and she understood his words. Harrow was chaos and wild, something that could bring her entire world crumbling down but she never showed all the cards in her hand.

"Sometimes there can not be growth without war, Bannick," she said softly before reaching out and laying a gentle palm against his arm. Would Harrow take her Bannick from her in more ways than servitude? It was always a fear that Leas had and one she ruthlessly smashed down at the moment. That fear would bar her door from the queens and that fear would see her steal the three of them away.

A gentle nudge across her psyche barrier, a polite knock and a curious one of the queen she served and Leas' eyes blinked slowly. She sighed and pressed fingers against them before looking back to her husband. "I suppose it is time then," she said softly, "Sorcha is tired but she will do what she must to unite her territory even if it means a truce with Harrow. Tell your queen it's time, my husband, Sorcha is ready."

Bannick

    Sapphire to Gray
  • Warlord Prince
  • Played By: dergon

    Dea al Mon Kaeleer
    26 Posts    369 marks
Re: All's fair in love and war
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2020, 07:54:36 AM »

Bannick nodded as if he understood these things. Within the herd there was scheming, but not of this nature. It was more foreign to him than hornless society, the idea that people would plot against their queen. None would think to depose Harrow. Not because of her Jewels, but because she was their Queen. Mother Night sent and Darkness blessed.

"They seem strange, and fickle creatures. Why do they not just bow and have done with it?" He questioned, glancing from child to wife. Worry made a knot rise between his eyebrows and tightened the skin around his eyes. Was it because Sorcha did not believe herself capable enough? Harrow had never exposed a single sliver of doubt to Bannick. He was certain she was incapable of possessing them, let alone sharing them with others.

Covering Leas hand with his own, Bannick scowled. "As you say. But I can see no need for war between these courts." Which was not the same as not being able to see the possibility. Bannick's stomach felt empty. And his heart too full. He would just have to be careful. Be watchful. And hope. Hope that stupid buck of Harrow's had more control of her than Bannick did.

Kissing Vanya, Bannick stood and passed his daughter back to his wife with a nod. It was time. He kissed Leas too. Lips cool against her forehead as he summoned his queen. "All will be well." He promised her, wary of the way she framed her words. As if they already saw Harrow an enemy they must invite to their beds. Worse still, he could not promise she was not.

*Come, Lady.*

 

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