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Epimetheus wasn't like Prometheus when it came to powers and magic. He had power, sure, but he'd never mastered it the way his twin had. He hadn't needed to, really. He'd never been trapped in the mortal realm after all, he came and went as he pleased- Using portals. ...Portals he generally had others open for him. However, since he was traveling alone lately, the only way to pop back home for a bit was to crack one open himself, using the only spell he knew to do so. A very blunt spell, honestly, that Prometheus had scolded him time and time again for using. 'Spells like this aren't like garage door openers, you know. They don't just open one portal, they'll open any in range,' the other titan had scolded, though all Epimetheus had said in return was 'What's a garage door?'.

That had been some time ago, but Epimetheus had used the spell many times since. He'd never noticed any ill effects personally, and didn't have the foresight to see how it might go a bit wrong. So this morning when he'd popped home to see Pandora, he'd gone on as he always did- Oblivious to any trouble he might be causing elsewhere.

(Portals are opening and closing all over london, letting things into the city from other places, times, ect. The sky is the limit here! Have anything you want slip through into the city- Or maybe let your pups go stumbling through one themselves? The choice is yours! This post will be open all next week, so tag in and then check back often! As always, we trust you guys not to go too crazy with this power, but please, no wrecking the city or doing anything that might cause gamewide issues without checking in with us first. Also, like any plot, feel free to have your pups sit out or be completely oblivious to the chaos. Assume that Torchwood and the like are keeping it out of the papers. ;) Have fun!)

Date: 2017-05-27 10:29 pm (UTC)
harrowgate: by honeybread (vulnerable)
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Felix glanced at him and it lingered for a long moment, the look in his eyes strange and remote. There wasn't time to tell Fin about how he'd hidden from punishment years ago, when he had been half-feral and too small to bear the drunken abuses of the man who more or less owned him and the other children he'd grown up with. There was no time at all. Silent (for once), Felix made for the depression in the soil, tugging Fin along with him as he ducked down behind the bushes, curling himself up as small as he could go.

The steam engine came rumbling down the track, but Felix couldn't force himself to look up at it, too busy holding his magic in place against the forest's pull. The train looked like it would not have been out of place in the Victorian era, and though the lettering on the sides of the cars were legible, the words were strange. Corambis. Esmer. Names of places and destinations that did not exist in England. Nor, indeed, on Earth at all.

Date: 2017-05-28 12:43 am (UTC)
finlay_flynn: (actor)
From: [personal profile] finlay_flynn
Fin was bolder, or maybe just foolish, and he peeked out just enough to watch the machine go by.

"Cor-am-bis," he read, sounding out the word and frowning in confusion. "That mean anything to you, Felix?" he asked in a hushed tone, sinking back down as the train rattled on. "I feel like I've heard that before. ...Some book or play or- I keep thinking Hamlet, but that can't be it."

Pulling out his phone, he started to google it- Only to remember he had no signal and tuck the device away again.

He looked like he might start rambling on some more, but paused when he glanced over at Felix. It was hard not to notice how not himself the wizard seemed, and though he knew better, he found himself reaching out to touch the other man, his hand lingering in the air between them.

Date: 2017-05-28 05:35 am (UTC)
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"Latin," said Felix in a quiet voice as the noise of the train clattered past them. "Roughly. Meaning 'two hearts' or 'both hearts,' if it were an actual word, which it isn't. It isn't the name of any place in England. And they don't have steam engines in Faerie."

They both knew what it meant. Felix didn't want to say it out loud and make it too real.

"We need to find the portal," the wizard finally said, attempting to pull the scattered pieces of his composure back together. "I don't want my final legacy to be known as the man who deprived the Earth of Finlay Flynn."

Date: 2017-05-28 09:37 pm (UTC)
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"They might think you're doing them all a favour," Fin laughed, pleased to see Felix starting to bounce back a tiny bit. "I think I can still feel it though. Let's go deeper into the woods."

He paused a beat, aware that there was something in the air that wanted Felix, and then put his shield back up around them. "If you can make sure I don't fall on my face, I can keep us safe."

Date: 2017-05-29 01:30 am (UTC)
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Felix was still for a moment, then bumped his arm under Fin's hand, silently and awkwardly offering that touch to guide him. Finlay was willing to give up his sight to keep them both safe. If he could do that, then Felix could manage to deal with being touched for a few minutes.

"London, at least, would go into mourning if you didn't come back. Probably all of England. Now, if I don't return, it will only be Shannon, but he'll make it at least as painful for the country, I'm sure."

Date: 2017-05-29 01:58 am (UTC)
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Fin held on lightly, mindful of Felix's sensitivities, his other hand stretched out before him slightly, controlling the shield around them.

"I think it's better to be missed deeply by one, don't you?" Fin asked quietly. "Though I find it hard to believe Shannon's the only heart you've ever touched, Felix. ...Should we wind up lost in these woods forever, however, I hope you can cook. I'm a dreadful chef."

Date: 2017-05-29 05:25 am (UTC)
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Felix did his best to aim them for the patch of forest that Fin had been interested in earlier, without any sense of direction and no desire to open up his magical senses to this place. In reality, he had no idea where they were going. "All the more reason to find a portal back to London, lest we risk starvation because neither of us can identify edible berries," he said dryly.

Date: 2017-05-29 10:51 pm (UTC)
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"Mmm, and we probably can't live off the only mushrooms I know how to identify," Fin replied, slowly coming to a stop.

"Were getting closer. I can feel it," he said, flinching when a branch snapped somewhere behind them.

Date: 2017-05-29 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Felix jumped as well, because up until now the woods had been silent. No birds, no woodland creatures, nothing but the occasional breeze... and the automaton. He passionately did not want to see what had snapped that branch. Felix took a deep breath, closed his eyes for a moment, and cleared his mind of everything except the magic that lived inside him.

When he opened his eyes again, he shuddered and faltered for a step. The shadows were palpable now, curling like oil smoke through the trees. It wasn't magic, not exactly, that waited in these woods. Felix had no name for it. But he could see the flickering that Finlay had sensed, now. He just wished he couldn't.

"You're right," said Felix softly, tightly. "I see it. Don't turn around. I don't want to know."

Date: 2017-05-30 01:01 am (UTC)
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Fin nearly made a joke about how he wouldn't see even if he looked, but the air was thick with something that left him deeply uneasy. The time for humour had passed.

"Would you think me a coward if I suggested we run?" the fae asked, his voice barely more than a whisper.

Date: 2017-05-30 01:27 am (UTC)
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"Not in the least." Felix knew neither of them would make it without the other at this point, Fin running through the dark, and Felix tripped up by shadows. He shifted his large grip to Fin's hand, so they wouldn't lose each other, and whispered breathlessly, "Go."

Date: 2017-05-30 03:22 pm (UTC)
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Fin held on, trusting Felix not to let him run headfirst into a tree. ...He panicked a little though, letting the shield weaken to restore his vision a bit. It left the world a blurry and dark mess, but it was good enough to know he wasn't about to stray off a hillside or into a rock.

He gripped Felix's hand far tighter than he'd ever usually dare, hyper aware of the noise they made as they dashed towards the glimmer that promised them a way home.

Date: 2017-05-31 03:01 am (UTC)
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"Just ahead," Felix gasped, stumbling through the forest at Fin's side, steps uneven and breath short. But his aim was true, and the magic unfurled in a spiral ahead of them. Something hot and sickeningly damp breathed at Felix's back, and he knew they were out of time.

He curled an arm around Finlay's waist and shoved, hurling him forward to the portal.

Date: 2017-05-31 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Fin let out a startled sound, tumbling through the portal, refusing to let go of Felix's hand, even as he fell to the ground.

Date: 2017-06-01 03:02 am (UTC)
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Felix knew it was irrational and probably stupid to tackle Finlay through the portal, but the woods were closing in around him and something akin to panic took over his rational mind.

The air was different when they crossed through, which Felix could sense even as they overbalanced together and toppled over. Grass, leaves, and small twigs crunched under his hands. The light was significantly brighter, and that heavy weight of shadow was immediately lifted. Felix felt unmistakably that they were home.

"Finlay?" he asked, lifting his head.

Date: 2017-06-01 04:19 am (UTC)
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There was silence for a long moment, and then Fin let out a low moan of pain.

"Felix," he replied, letting the shield down and wincing at the ache in his back."Are you alright? ...Are we home?"

Date: 2017-06-03 04:34 pm (UTC)
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Felix pushed his weight off Fin as soon as he felt on solid ground and could manage to move, flopping over onto his back and looking up. Trees overhead, still, but just beyond the leaves stood brick and glass buildings, recognizable signs of civilization.

"Yes. I... think that's my flat," he sighed, somewhat dazedly. "I think we're in the garden behind where I live."

Date: 2017-06-03 06:56 pm (UTC)
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"Oh? Well, thank fuck for that, hmm?" he replied, letting out a laugh that was less a show of mirth and more a release of nervous tension.

Sitting up, Fin rubbed his eyes, even though he knew it neither helped or hindered the return of his vision. He couldn't see well, but he could feel the difference in the air. Yes, this felt like London.

"Felix, about that place... I'm no genius or expert, but- There was something about it. Something that felt- I don't know, connected to you. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it's just my magic playing tricks, but- I felt something."

Date: 2017-06-03 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Felix hesitated to admit that he had felt something, too. That his magic had felt, not more powerful, but more comfortable there -- in a way Felix had never experienced before. If he'd never crossed through the portal, he never would have known the difference.

He pushed himself up as well, giving himself a brief excuse not to answer. No one really knows where you came from. Not even you. Felix's internal monologue often sounded disturbingly like Malkar.

"I don't think it was your magic playing tricks," Felix finally said, running his fingers through his hair as if the most important thing right now were personal grooming.

Date: 2017-06-03 11:07 pm (UTC)
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"You need to be careful then, Felix," Fin said softly, wrapping his arms around himself as his vision slowly came back in full, offering an only slightly murky view of the wizard. "Whatever's in those woods, that world... It wants you."

Date: 2017-06-03 11:52 pm (UTC)
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Felix drew in a deep breath, watching Fin sidelong as the other man's vision came back to him, so he could judge the moment when he needed to bring up his guard again. Yes, this looked to be about time.

"Well," he said briskly. "It will have to get in line. Do you want to come up for a drink?"

Date: 2017-06-04 12:23 am (UTC)
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The young fae seemed to consider the offer for a moment, before finally bobbing his head in agreement and pushing to his feet. "I could fancy a drink, actually," he said, combing his long and tousled hair back with his fingers before offering Felix a bright smile.

"I mean, we did fight a giant robot, yeah? You sent that thing toppling, I felt the earth shake under us, Felix. That's definitely worthy of a tipple and a toast."

Date: 2017-06-04 04:48 am (UTC)
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It was just shy of actual praise and so Felix was able to accept it, returning Fin's smile with a crooked one of his own. "Yes, I can assure you that really happened. You kept it from grinding us into a pulp, you know. If you like, I'll narrate the whole thing for you."

He climbed up to his feet unsteadily, but managed to stand up and brush himself off. "Come along, then? If Shannon's home, you'll shield me from his wrath, hm?"

Date: 2017-06-04 01:34 pm (UTC)
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"Why would Shannon be cross?" Fin asked, brows raising slightly as he started to walk along at Felix's side.

Date: 2017-06-04 03:46 pm (UTC)
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"I slipped off to another world without him, got up to trouble, and had an adventure," Felix explained, leading the way to the rather posh, modern building's electronically locked back door. The small electronic eye flicked from red to green when Felix approached. He didn't even have to gesture to unlock that door any longer (and the cameras never noticed a thing). "Wouldn't you be cross?"

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