save your fears for tomorrow
Hotaru Kaito
the Valkyrie
Masseuse

Age: 28 | Height: 5'2 | Race: Attuned x Abandoned | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: Nomadic
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#1
you are such a soft and messy thing, nobody knows how to take care of you
Before she left for Kings End to seek out Deimos, Hotaru had her own letter to send. One to Juniper, the only Fae she knew. Remi may lead these lands, but sneaking under his skirts wasn’t something that settled well with her. Hotaru may be happy to take any advantages she could to climb a ladder, but this was no ladder. This was something else entirely, and as a mother she would not leave any blind spots remaining.

She cannot move far from the Wildwoods with the twins, and won’t venture towards the Stonesong for fear of running into Ronin, but even in the wake of birth - drained even with Vai’s magic to bolster her - Hotaru cannot bear to remain in one place too long. Especially with feline and avian instincts alike that claw at her insides, uncomfortable with the fact that Vai’s cottage is not her own den or nest.

The twins are awake and active as she sits on a blanket by the river, gently rubbing their backs as they kick their legs and fist the fabric from where they lay on their stomachs. Sharp heterochromatic eyes watch for any signs of impending sleep, ready to turn them onto their backs as needed. But for now she simply sits cross-legged, waiting for Juniper’s arrival, and listening to the rhythm of the waterfall.
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Juniper Dubois
the Amberwing
Greatwood Guardian / Diplomat

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#2
JUNIPER
you think i'm happy because i'm smiling,
but it's the easiest thing to do
Juniper was glad to receive Hotaru's letter; after having to tell Deimos that she'd seen no sign of Hotaru, it set Juniper's mind at ease. Whatever politics might fall between them, Juniper felt relieved to know that Hotaru had made it safely out of Halo, given her condition.

Now, as Juniper approached Hotaru, it was with a smile at the sight of the babies. So she'd come through childbirth safely, another relief. Coming to sit down with Hotaru, Juniper said, "Hello, Hotaru. I hope you -- and your children -- are well."

The conversation might end up turning to hard subjects, but it didn't have to start out that way.
if you looked a little closer,
you'd find my eyes aren't smiling too.



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Hotaru Kaito
the Valkyrie
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Age: 28 | Height: 5'2 | Race: Attuned x Abandoned | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: Nomadic
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#3
you are such a soft and messy thing, nobody knows how to take care of you
Juniper’s arrival is quiet, but not too quiet for ears attuned to a cat’s. Hotaru turns her head with a tired but no less welcoming smile. As Juniper comes to sit beside her on the blanket, the Valkyrie brushes her hair back over the shoulder it had fallen over, still somehow regal even with exhaustion painting hues of purple around her eyes.

“They came early, but Vai has assured me they're quite healthy. Now it’s just me who needs to catch more than a few hours of sleep.” A soft laugh escapes her. The darkness feels farther from her with Juniper here, and Hotaru feels more like herself. “What do you know of what happened in Halo?” Had someone managed to contact her, or even better, find her? In many ways the answer will help settle her own fears about the fate of Noah and Deimos.
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Juniper Dubois
the Amberwing
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JUNIPER
you think i'm happy because i'm smiling,
but it's the easiest thing to do
"I'm glad to hear it." Juniper smiled at Hotaru, concealing her concern at how tired the woman looked. Part of her wanted to offer assistance looking after the twins, just because it was always Juniper's instinct to help, but Juniper had no experience with children, and many other duties to keep her busy. Still, it prompted her to ask: "Are you ... alone? In raising them, I mean."

Juniper had heard rumors that Remi was the father of Hotaru's children, but no truly credible information, so she didn't want to assume.

And then, turning to the business in Halo, Juniper grew even more serious. "Noah came to tell me what happened, and I've spoken to Deimos as well. They said that Morgan led a force of Ascended to attack and retake Halo, and that you surrendered rather than watch such a battle harm your people." There was no judgment in Juniper's voice for this last fact -- rather the opposite. She approved of the former Wardens' commitment to their people.
if you looked a little closer,
you'd find my eyes aren't smiling too.



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Hotaru Kaito
the Valkyrie
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Age: 28 | Height: 5'2 | Race: Attuned x Abandoned | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: Nomadic
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#5
you are such a soft and messy thing, nobody knows how to take care of you
Though she knows the Fae live long lives far beyond her own, Juniper strikes her as particularly young at heart, tender and kind in a way Hotaru both envies and flinches away from. It is both a balm to her tired soul and a burning sensation that lingers in the wake of it, unsettling the bones of wrought iron and spine crafted from ligaments wrapped around bone harvested from those she'd felled over the years. A dark, toothy thing inside hissing at the implication that she alone is not capable of protecting, loving, rearing. Still - it is not enough to remove from her the deference one must adopt when speaking to a woman with power like Juniper has. Hotaru's control is far too impeccable, even brought low as she is. "Yes and no. Remi is involved in their lives, and will be forever, but we are not in any way together as most are accustomed to. But the others I had who I might have relied upon...I do not know if they made it from Halo safely." And here gorge rises in her throat, a reflex from revealing any kind of weakness, and from the terror that still consumes her as the days continue without word.

Except Juniper has word, and Hotaru spins as much as she can to face her, a dark sort of desperation in the shadows that play across her pretty face. "He came to you? He and Deimos - they live? Are they well?" Harmed in any way? If not, then it is merely a matter of time before they find one another. She is sure of it. She must be, if she is to keep hold of the will that keeps her standing these days.
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Juniper Dubois
the Amberwing
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JUNIPER
you think i'm happy because i'm smiling,
but it's the easiest thing to do
"Yes, I spoke to Noah and Deimos both. They are both all right. I apologize; I should have led with that information," Juniper added, now that the vital words were out. It hadn't occurred to her immediately that Hotaru would have had no more word of her friends than they had of her. "They both asked after you, but I was unable to tell them anything. I believe they've both left the Greatwood, however -- Deimos told me he would be living in the Wilds for the time being."

Now Juniper almost wished she had asked for more details, so that she could tell Hotaru where to find Deimos -- but then, with the twins, she doubted Hotaru would be doing much traveling. And, of course, when one could not lie, it was sometimes best not to know sensitive information. If any of Halo's new leaders were to seek revenge against Noah or Deimos for the coup, Juniper could -- had to -- truthfully say that she didn't know where they were.
if you looked a little closer,
you'd find my eyes aren't smiling too.



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Hotaru Kaito
the Valkyrie
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Age: 28 | Height: 5'2 | Race: Attuned x Abandoned | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: Nomadic
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#7
you are such a soft and messy thing, nobody knows how to take care of you
'Alright.' Such a simple word, and while appreciated, overall meaningless. Not at all Juniper's fault in her wording of course, but Hotaru has so much more she wants to know. How are they emotionally? Physically? Do they have further news of Halo? Do they now of the birth, the twins, of why she could not seek them out earlier? Do they resent her for it, unknowing as they are?

But all the same, she is stunned silent with relief that at least they are alive.

"The Wilds?" blurts out before she can control it - certainly uncharacteristic, but considering everything...well, Hotaru will not loathe herself too deeply for the mistake. It reveals far too much about her insecurities; why had they left her? Why had they not sought her out after Juniper let them know Hotaru was in the Greatwood? Shaking her head slightly, golden hair rippling around her in long waves, Hotaru tries to focus.

"I'm sorry, I didn't mean to get distracted. I asked you here because I know Remi has said I can stay, and he is one of the Guardians, but I don't want to stay on his favor and connection alone. That's not who I am. I wanted to know you as more than two leaders who once met and spoke." Friendship, perhaps? It's a distant thought, but Hotaru has scarce few of them. Even an amiable relationship with Juniper would make the Greatwood feel less massive and isolating.
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