FlameThe sun was setting on the Russian planes, setting the icy white snow aflame with beautiful reds, yellows, pinks, creating a kaleidoscope of colour that was breathtaking.
Light seeped slowly from a lone house that stood just at the foot of a mountain. The caramel brown wood planks of the roof were bowed from damp, creaking in protest after years of shouldering the falling snow.
Inside, it looked as though nobody had inhabited it for ages, though the various benches, full of thread, needles, fabrics and peculiar looking books and liquids, were scratched from much heavy usage.
It smelt musty, and the damp clung to everything that stayed. The cold was a problem too, and the flickering flames of the candelabra on the walls did nothing to help.
Not that it bothered the man now stood in the middle of the damp wood floor. He wore simple, thin robes that were adorned with symbols in gold. His slightly greying hair snaked down his back in a messy plait.
In his thin hands, he held a messi
What is cold?
Or my personality...?
They say I am.
Blue eyes to match my disposition.
But I'm not cold.
It may look like I'm emotionless,
Maybe even uncaring.
But I want to smile.
Even if it looks strained.
I want to laugh...
Even if I sound fake.
I want to open myself to someone.
I want to feel like I'm loved.
To express myself,
And not risk rejection.
Even when the whole world is against me.
Even when I'm fighting for my life.
A refuge from the loneliness.
A safe haven from the hurt.
II: Memories...?Saïx led Terixanph to the Grey Area, where multiple members were either sitting or standing.
They had been talking to each other, but the whole room quieted and all eyes turned to the newcomer, curiosity burning.
She kept her eyes to the floor, still silent after only being created a few days prior, and she really didn't want to see everybody staring.
"You will begin your training tomorrow. For now, Luxord will show you around the Castle."
A blonde man with piercings on his ears and sky blue eyes stepped forward immediately and bowed.
"Of course. I'll show the lady round~"
Terixanph looked up slightly at him, and her head throbbed.
"I'll show you round~ Anything for a lady."
A blonde man chuckled and offered his hand, leading... someone along the hall...
"It's all right if you don't want to now, we have enough time." Luxord said, looking slightly puzzled at her. She just shook her head.
"It's... fine... I have... a headache, t
ColdIt was the middle of winter, and unseasonably cold for Vegas, with frost licking at the windows and freezing wind snaking underneath the doors.
Top Hat was shivering madly. The heating had broken and it didn't look like they could get it fixed any time soon. Rhi had taken the kids to her apartment and bought as many heaters as she could find.
Top Hat and Rhi were on uneasy terms at the time, so she refused to go.
Ace hummed merrily as he went round filing the last of his stray paperwork. He didn't seem bothered by the cold.
Throwing down the blanket that she'd been trying in vain to warm herself up with, Top Hat looked at her husband in disbelief.
It was a miracle that he wasn't bothered by the cold. He was only wearing a sleeveless shirt and combat trousers.
"How are you not freezing?!" Top Hat said, willing her teeth not to chatter.
"Oh? I don't know, diamond~ I just don't feel cold as much as you do~" Ace shrugged and went back to filing.
Ace stopped and turned r