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It was happening more often now. The air shivered with the dark magic that was flowing more and more freely through London, leaving all it touched with a feeling of unease, and promising nasty nightmares and troubles to all who felt it in their bones.

Tonight dark creatures came slithering out of the sewers. Ghosts of the dead with cruel hearts, shadows of villains and wicked souls... They were welcomed into London with open arms, appearing and vanishing, and causing pain wherever they wandered.

Tonight the people of london caught a glimpse of the danger coming. A danger that was making itself more and more known as the year continued on.

(OTA! Wild magic is back, though it doesn't have to be evil, it can just be pestering or annoying if you'd rather this time around. You are only limited by your imagination (and what you care to make your pups suffer through). The only thing of note is that for those who are sensitive to magic, it will seem even stronger than the last time.)

Date: 2017-08-30 03:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] harrowgate
His flame... his magic. It wasn't gone, but it wasn't there the way he expected it to be, the way it had been for the last decade and more of his life. Felix was too exhausted to panic, and so the helplessness of his current state settled into his chest like a lead weight of fear. "How did I get... where are we?"

Date: 2017-08-31 12:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pecked_by_birds
"Apologies, I may have tampered with space and time for just a moment. I didn't think you were fit to walk," Prometheus said. "I didn't think about it at the time, but that likely didn't help how you're currently feeling."

Date: 2017-08-31 03:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] harrowgate
Felix rested his spinning head in his hands, though he tried to watch Prometheus through his fingers -- caught between his own exhaustion and his inability to trust anyone trying to take care of him. "What..." he tried, but realized blurrily that what do you want with me? was perhaps not a productive question. Instead he tried, "Why... am I here?"

Date: 2017-08-31 10:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pecked_by_birds
"I just thought you might prefer to land on a sofa rather than cement," Prometheus shrugged. "I can take you back, if you like, petal... You don't seem to be in any fit state to be alone though," he added as the kettle came to a boil.

Date: 2017-09-01 04:05 am (UTC)
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Felix didn't want to be alone, though if he could have chosen his company, this was not what he would have selected. His panic was subsiding, but he still wasn't thinking clearly. "I remember coming out of the Mirador, but then... I... I blacked out?" He frowned, unable to remember. That blank stretch in his memory, however brief, was almost more frightening than the blank patch where his magic should be.

"You... didn't have to help me," Felix realized out loud. "You don't even like me."

Date: 2017-09-01 02:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pecked_by_birds
"I don't?" Prometheus asked. "Or am I just not as charmed by you as most undoubtedly are?"

He shrugged then, indicating it didn't much matter either way, and brought over two mugs of tea. He held one out in offering to Felix, then sank down lazily into a chair beside him.

"I'm not expert on wizards, petal, but it would seem whatever enchanting energy is currently coursing through London doesn't agree with you at all."

Date: 2017-09-02 04:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] harrowgate
Felix thought quite certainly that Prometheus disliked him... but his memory was something of a muddle. Perhaps he'd gotten it backwards.

He accepted the tea, and the heat in his hands was enough to allow him to ease the defensive hunch of his shoulders. Felix held the cup close to his chest, like a shield rather than a beverage. "We were reinforcing the defenses," the wizard mumbled into his cup.

For an instant, he tensed again; once long ago he'd been severely punished for not speaking clearly. He swallowed hard, and when he spoke again, it was with careful elocution. "It isn't enough. We can't hold it back. I've... never overspent myself before. I didn't think I could."

Date: 2017-09-04 01:37 pm (UTC)
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The titan nodded in understanding, listening rather than speaking for now. He was no wizard after all, and even his vast amount of knowledge didn't make him omniscient. He did, however, know that not even all the gods were omnipotent, and after a moment he offered what little knowledge he did have.

"No power is truly unlimited, in my experience. It requires tending and replenishing. ...You and yours are fighting something very powerful, and very old. As old as the earth itself, I imagine. This energy flows through all of the Earth, from the black mountains to the valleys lost deep beneath the sea, I'm not certain it can be held back. It would be like wrapping a rubber band around your finger, you might stop the blood, but other problems will quickly arise... Starting with the loss of that finger."

Date: 2017-09-04 06:06 pm (UTC)
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Felix's magic was shaped by metaphor, and he understood Prometheus' all too well. He had always found the Cabal's members themselves rather stifling, but he believed in their shared purpose. The Virtu and the Mirador protected the country. That had been true for over a millennium... hadn't it?

"You think we may be strangling London in our effort to protect it. It's... possible. It's not impossible. But there's no record of anything of this magnitude for hundreds of years. By all of our calculations, our methods have been working. They've always worked."

Date: 2017-09-06 01:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pecked_by_birds
"I'm not certain of anything, only suggesting one of many possible scenarios. That's the trouble with foresight, you can see the troubles ahead, but you can't always see what's going on right now," he shrugged, pausing to sip his tea. "I don't think you and yours are the cause though, only that it's something to consider while building the dam."

Date: 2017-09-08 03:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] harrowgate
"We're supposed to protect England," Felix said quietly into his cup. "That's what the Virtu is for. We can't hold it back, or stop it. We can't fulfill the only bloody thing the Cabal really exists to do. My magic has given up on me and we're no closer than we were when none of them believed me."

Date: 2017-09-08 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Prometheus sympathised- Or, perhaps, empathised. He wasn't sure which it was, really. He only knew he felt for the phoniex, with his singed feathers and wilting plumage.

"I wish I could tell you all will be well, and that you'll find a way- But even I can't see the outcome of all this," he confessed.

Date: 2017-09-09 04:36 am (UTC)
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"I wouldn't want to know, even if you did," Felix answered, automatically but not insincerely. He had no foresight, of course, but he thought he could see something. Fuzzy around the edges, as if he and Prometheus were set at an odd angle from the rest of the world. His odd eyes did not quite focus entirely.

"This isn't the only thing I'm going to lose, before this is over."

Date: 2017-09-09 09:35 pm (UTC)
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"No?" Prometheus asked, gently urging Felix to continue.

He could tell the wizard was struggling with his sight, but even if he could have helped with that, he wouldn't have. He didn't need to know the mortal well to understand he didn't take kindly to being touched or fussed.

Date: 2017-09-09 11:15 pm (UTC)
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For a beat, Felix just stared at Prometheus without comprehension. What had he said? A second later, his brain managed to replay his own words for him, and he shook his head faintly. "I... I don't know why I said that. I'm not... feeling quite myself."

With his magic gone quiet and exhausted, he felt strangely disconnected from reality. When he tried to focus on Prometheus, the other man looked... strange. Felix frowned as he tried to focus on him and his vision refused to resolve. "I can't... too many faces."

Date: 2017-09-09 11:39 pm (UTC)
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Prometheus hesitated, but after a moment put his tea down and got to his feet. He couldn't fix whatever was wrong with the wizard, but he could help centre him. ...Maybe.

Well, he could give it a go anyway.

"Shh, it's alright petal," he soothed, crouching down in front of him to get a better look at those odd eyes. "Try and focus on me, just me as I am right now in this form."

He didn't touch Felix, he didn't think that would be well received, but he opened himself up in a way he didn't often these days. His body language was welcoming, inviting the man to touch if he needed to. ...Though he did find himself wondering if he ought to call Robin. He knew the wizard well after all.

Date: 2017-09-10 04:43 am (UTC)
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Had Felix not already felt rather unreal and disconnected, he might have been entirely flummoxed regarding how to respond to such patience and kindness. He wasn't accustomed to it, and yet, Prometheus' calm tone worked remarkably well. Felix's struggling attempts to speak drifted off into understanding quiet, and he closed his eyes for a long moment before trying to open them and focus on Prometheus again.

It wasn't easy. It felt like every face he'd known -- and many he hadn't -- of Prometheus' was trying to overlay itself on all of the others, all at once. This wasn't magic. This was something in Felix's head that he'd never experienced before.

"You didn't choose them all," Felix mused abstractly, but whether that was something he knew from Prometheus himself, from Robin, or from no source at all, he couldn't say.

Date: 2017-09-10 07:52 pm (UTC)
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"Oh, I don't think I picked any of them, petal. I don't think it works that way," the titan assured him, keeping his voice low and soft. "Or maybe I did pick some, subconsciously. I'll likely never know."

Date: 2017-09-10 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Bit by bit, Felix's mismatched eyes seemed to clear and were no longer trying to cross against his will. He was silent for a long time, but when he finally appeared able to focus on Prometheus, he asked quietly, "Am I losing my mind?"

Date: 2017-09-10 10:10 pm (UTC)
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"Perhaps," Prometheus replied, his head cocking slightly to the left as he considered the wizard. "There are worse fates though, petal. Of that I'm certain."

Rising to his feet, the titan moved to sit beside the wizard.

"Minds are funny things though. Sometimes when you think they're rotting, they're simply fermenting."

Date: 2017-09-11 12:57 am (UTC)
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"I don't know that I want my mind to turn into wine," Felix murmured absently, watching Prometheus as he moved. His hands were still wrapped around his cup, and he sipped from it occasionally, but his attention shifted between Prometheus' face and the other man's hands, watchful. He didn't object when Prometheus sat next to him, but neither did he move any closer.

"I can't go mad. Shannon would leave me."

Date: 2017-09-11 01:32 am (UTC)
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"Your lover?" the titan assumed, making no move to touch or spook the wounded creature. "Oh, dove, in my experience it takes far more than madness to end a relationship. In fact, sometimes a bit of madness makes love a bit more fun. ...Well, unless you get homicidal. That can put an end to things quickly."

Date: 2017-09-11 03:52 am (UTC)
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Felix's eyes widened with horror. "I'm not... I won't kill anyone," he whispered, somehow managing to sound as if Prometheus had just suggested that he ought to. "I can't. I'm... bound. Cabaline oaths."

Date: 2017-09-11 02:19 pm (UTC)
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He could see he'd ruffled some feathers unintentionally, and so the titan fell silent for a moment. Prometheus was many things, but he wasn't cruel. Devious on occasion, sure, but never intentionally unkind- Not when he was in control of himself.

"You need to relax," he said finally, hesitating before offering something a bit more personal. Prometheus wasn't one to open up, not to mortals. He took pride in being a teacher, a protector, and that meant being a bit above it all. ...On this occasion, however, he presented himself as a peer, of sorts.

"At my most unstable, in my moments of clarity I meditate. It's hard, near impossible sometimes, but it helps. If you like, I can put some music on, and you can just sit here a while. I only intended to paint this evening, you'll not be in the way if you linger."

Date: 2017-09-11 07:14 pm (UTC)
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That brought about a flood of near instant relief that practically seemed to melt the tension out of Felix's body. Yes, that was familiar. That was something he understood.

Slowly, Felix nodded. "Someone once taught me... you meditate on the image of an egg. You let the egg hatch, and what comes from it gives you insight to what troubles your mind. Do you know that one?"

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