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Uvogin

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Uvogin turned towards the pulling against his hand and looked down at the young Princess. He listened in silence that persisted long after she finished talking.

The hand that she held slipped from her light grasp and, as it had many times before, cupped her cheek. He hadn't ever been exclusive to a woman before. Would they play husband and wife, then? Them? These killers, pretending at love? Eyes as vibrant as jade enticed him, drew him in the longer he stared into them.

In truth, he was scared. Once a slave passed from one owner to the next, then a mercenary that displayed no long-term loyalties. Now he sat, loyally, as the man closest to the God-Emperor of Amol-Kalit, and found himself becoming more and more absorbed in the woman that almost killed him.

This commitment scared him.

"No," he whispered, "there is nothing bad about that. You have every right to expect that of me, but... I am not perfect."
 
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Nym's brow creased briefly at his answer, that 'but' causing her cheeks to warm slightly and her gaze to fall in awkward foolishness.. Her hand rested on top of his, pressing his touch more firmly against her cheek as she turned her head slightly to press a kiss against his wrist with a deep sigh.. "I don't know anyone who is..I certainly am not." she answered quietly against his skin before lowering his hand from her face and letting him go.

Dispirited eyes wandered over his face again, as though searching it for words to say. She found none. She only found her throat aching as she tried to say anything at all and so she cleared it and offered a weak smile at him.. He'd called her his, and it'd gave her such a sense of pride whether he thought he was perfect or not. He had come so far in his life, he was impressive, a formidable opponent, a Captain and he was beautiful.

Nym didn't do relationships, nor commitment but she didn't think she'd have much difficulty in resisting other men with him around. He did not disappoint, in any way shape or form, he was perfect to her. And yet he made her feel both strong and weak all at once...the weakness was difficult to ignore, she wasn't used to it.

"I should go...Please forget I said anything.." she laughed under her breath and pressed her lips together tightly before anything else spilled out. She rolled from the bed to stand and secure the sheet around her.
 
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“No,” Uvogin was quick to grab hold of her wrist as she rose, and didn’t let her step away. “I want you to stay. Please.”

He pulled her so she would stand in front of him, and focused his eyes straight ahead on the sheets that covered her.

“I,” his voice trailed, “will not force you. But please do not leave.”
 
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Nym's gaze remained on the doorway as she felt his hand wrap around her wrist and hold her there. She felt too vulnerable to stay, afraid of looking any more pathetic than she currently did. Who the fuck did she think she was? A Princess? Of what?... She deserved nothing.

She didn't look back at his face until his second plea. The way his voice trailed off..how was she ever supposed to resist any of him? As she lifted her hand to rake her fingers through his hair absently she wondered which one of them felt the most vulnerable right now. They were both damaged, that much was certain, and clearly they both had their own uncertainties.. "Alright.." she answered, the word tumbling out in a soft sigh.

"You'd never have to force me to stay, Uvogin." she frowned.. "I want to." she assured him quietly and her jaw clenched.
 
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Uvogin pulled her in and nestled the side of his face against her stomach. The Captain deeply sighed and let his thoughts wander. Her warmth, the assurance behind her tone, was a welcome comfort to him.

She had the freedom to come and go as she pleased, to see any number of men or women that she desired, yet she chose to stay. His imperfections were glaring, and she had witnessed his insecurities firsthand.

Yet she chose to stay.

Uvogin laid back on the bed, pulling her with him, and tightly, almost desperately, held her in a tight embrace.
 
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Her lips and eyes creased with a soft smile as she looked down at him. The sight of him holding her like that made her chest ache like every ounce of breath was pulled from her lungs. Her arms wrapped around him to grip a gentle hold of his hair and she curled into him to press her lips down on his head. She took the comfort that she needed from it, glad he'd stopped her fleeing from her own vulnerabilities, and now he wordlessly emphasised his want for her to stay.

It was difficult for Nym to conjure any semblance of self-worth..yet in this moment he seemed to need her, at least it felt that way, and it wasn't anything she was used to feeling. She'd never known how much she'd longed for it. She was a mess, like a beaten dog suddenly shown care and affection and so confused by it her mind was a constant turmoil of fear and doubt. He'd been open with her, willingly making himself vulnerable, but she didn't see something to fix or run from. She saw someone who was just as broken as she was, someone she could at least in part understand and who might view her as something more than a weapon.

Nym allowed him to pull her to the bed with him and cocoon her in his arms, to a safe refuge from her inner storms and a calmness that soothed her. She'd never been held so tightly, and yet if it were possible for him to hold her tighter she'd welcome it. A smile warmed her expression as she settled beside him, content to lie there and listen to their gentle breathing and trace a fingertip over his lips, gazing so intently at every divot as though they could map out ancient seas and tell her everything she didn't know. If she looked up she'd find herself at the mercy of the wind-stirred waves in his eyes that she was growing too accustomed to falling into.

A pregnant silence fell between them for a long moment as she thought of leaving on her mission without him, and she considered forgetting about her betrayer and letting it go, but the thought was brief.

“Are you sure you won't come with me when I leave?.." she sighed deeply. Truthfully she didn't trust any of the other men and intended on going alone, but the thought of being alone now was almost painful.
 
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They soon found themselves laid together, sheets messily thrown over them. Her head laid on his chest which rose and fell with each breath, and his hand rested on the back of her head, his fingers entangled in long, silky hair.

Uvogin rarely, if ever, laid with somebody like that. He had always gotten what he wanted and simply moved on to the next.

“So you’re following through with it? Do you seek answers or revenge?” He looked at the ceiling, contemplating his next words. “Somebody must look over you, regardless.”
 
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Fingertips traced small circles on his chest as she thought on his question and she sighed deeply as the answer didn't come as easily as she'd have hoped. "I don't know...Answers first, perhaps both." she frowned. She wanted to be more forgiving than her father would have been, and yet the hurt she felt over the matter was festering in her mind so much that the rage came in waves, crashing against her when she least expected it.

"My life has been different here.." she chewed on her lip, as though the thoughts that threatened to escape them were treason, and they would have been had her father lived. "I can't help but think they did me a favour. But they didn't mean to, and I can't forget that.." she lifted her gaze to his face as she stretched.

"I don't trust anyone else..." she half smiled, but as she reminded herself that it was unwise to trust even him her smile fell away and she dropped her gaze to nuzzle her cheek against his chest.. "I'll be fine on my own." she assured quietly.
 
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“You do not sound convinced,” A large hand gently rubbed the back of her head. “Nymeasha, if you want me to help you, then I gladly will. I understand how it feels to be betrayed.”

He has seen it in others as well. A simple, small betrayal that completely changed their lives.

The silver-haired assassin, betrayed by her own people.

Countless others in his past.

“Perhaps I can pass on some of my knowledge to you,” he breathed a soft chuckle.
 
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Nym's slender brow arched and she looked up at him with emerald pools that sparkled with intrigue as they so often did as she looked over his face. "Yes, perhaps you can.." her lips twisted and she rolled on top of him to lay on her stomach, her chin resting atop her laced fingers on his chest.

"My father had been betrayed countless times, and I had been the one to pass punishment on most of them. It was my sole purpose in life, my only reason for being, and now that that it comes to dealing with my own betrayal, now that I have a choice to make.. It's more difficult than I imagined. Now it's on me.. Killing people because I'm told to do it is just a job, the decision isn't mine and so I can't take the responsibility or blame, not really." she huffed and frowned at him. "Now I have to decide who I am."

She fell silent for a short moment and tilted her head at him.. "Who betrayed you? What did you do?.."
 
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"Hm," he idly rubbed the back of her head again, "it was an employer, during my early days as a mercenary. Small-time merchant, thought he could acquire my services and get away without paying. That he did, left me in a bad spot too." He took one of her hands and placed it over a scar on his abdomen.

"Got that from it. Tracked him for a fortnight, killed him in his sleep." He breathed a heavy sigh. "Turns out he had powerful friends. Somehow, bargained my way out of being gutted on the streets."

It was a memory he could look back on and smile at. "Taught me caution, and to only do a job with advanced pay."

Uvogin lightly kissed the top of her head.

"I'll go with you, whether you wish me to or not."
 
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Her fingertips ran gently over the scar as he placed her hand on his stomach, her brow furrowing at his story. She propped herself up a little and let her eyes wander over all of his other scars and tattoos, all of his other stories and she pressed her lips down on a few of his old wounds.

"I wouldn't have asked if I didn't wish you to.." she answered and lifted her eyes to meet his gaze, trying to suppress her smile now that she'd gotten her way, but she failed and her smile shone all the brighter as her lips travelled continued to caress each scar that decorated his well seasoned torso.

"I'll have to find ways of repaying you for your services." she smirked, her eyes sparkling with shameless flirtation.