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I can't take it back, look where we're at, @ADAM CONANT
PERMALINK // POSTED ON: Oct 15 2016, 10:59 PM
Moving in with Adam was a very natural 'next step' for the couple. He had proposed to her and now they were living under the same roof for the first time which had a whole bunch of new 'firsts' for the two. All part of the future that they wanted with each other, she supposed... Either way? She hadn't been this happy in a very, very long time.
It hadn't taken her too long to settle into the massive mansion that Adam had managed to get his hands on. She had visited him there and had stayed the night there more times than she could bother counting at that point.
She had added her own personal touches around their home; his bookshelf had copies of her favorite spell books and classic reads. His kitchen housed her favorite snacks, the sofa in the living room had her blanket thrown across the back... Little hints that she, too, now belonged there with him.
It was a quiet evening; she wasn't sure when Adam was due home but she was certain she could find some things to occupy her mind around the house. Some tiding up, a few movies with a glass of wine...
The cleaning had come before the movies; the blonde making her way out onto the front porch to hang a few of the floor mats that were freshly washed out to dry in the cool evening's breeze. It was on her way back inside that a thick, old-looking book with a white card attached to the front caught her eye on the ground nearer to the door.
As she picked it up to inspect, the blonde was easily able to see her name scribbled across the once-blank, white card as if being addressed to her. The handwriting didn't belong to anyone that she knew and her friends were the only ones that knew of where she was currently residing.
Making her way inside with the curious-looking book, Cassie closed the front door behind her as she moved to sit down on the sofa, placing said book on the coffee table in front of her. Her fingers tracing over the unfamiliar dust-filled symbols along the hard front cover as she did so.
The binding creaked as she lifted the front cover open. Her fingers moving to trace over the writing on the inside of the cover. It was Latin... at least from what Cassie could tell. It almost looked like a letter someone would have written on the inside of a cover before giving the book to a loved one as a gift.
"Invocare..." The title of the page that she was now glancing at. Her blue eyes moving down the page to the words written there in a language that she wasn't at all fluent with. "Lirach Tasa Vefa Wehlic, Belial..." Shaking her head gently, Cassie flipped through a few more pages. All of them seemed to be about the same; a Latin title with a Latin prayer-like chant on the page below. It wasn't a spell book... she knew a grimoire when she saw one, but it was definitely a curious little thing that she knew Adam would find just as intriguing as she did.
Closing the book with a yawn, Cassie figured it best to leave there for him. For all she knew it was meant for him anyway. That, or it was a practical joke that she just wasn't understanding be it either from him or their small group of mutual friends. If it wasn't, Adam seemed to have more resources to figure out what the book was and what its purpose was than she did.
The blonde witch wasn't even half-way back to the kitchen when the lights overhead started to flicker. There wasn't an obscene amount of wind happening outside and she didn't know the home to have any electrical issues but those thoughts quickly dissipated as the lights went completely out.
Everything was eerily quiet as Cassie stood between the living room and the kitchen as still as someone could be, trying to hear for anything even remotely off. Her eyes were on the front door for a moment as if expecting someone to alert her to a temporary power outage, but she wasn't in an apartment anymore. There was no landlord to care for these situations when Adam owned the home they both resided within.
Moving her blue-eyed gaze back to the kitchen, a tall, dark shadow of a figure was standing there before edging out of sight behind the wall that cut it off from her view altogether. The blonde's heart pounding wildly in her chest as she backed up a few hurried paces until she was running herself out the front door and out into the dark front lawn.
If this was a practical joke, she was going to kill whoever was behind it but something told her that whatever that book was... Whatever that book did had something to do with whomever - or whatever - was in their home.
PERMALINK // POSTED ON: Oct 23 2016, 09:06 PM
Being an adult wasn't something that any member of Cassie's circle seemed to have a solid grip on, but they were all trying which was what mattered, wasn't it? Melissa and Nick were working things out after him having been killed and brought back. Faye was welcoming motherhood alongside a new boyfriend; Diana was finding herself after losing herself a time or two along the way... And Jake was, well, Jake.
Even Cassie and Adam found themselves newly engaged and living together, but she couldn't deny that sometimes it felt like they were kids playing house, especially when something went wrong. When there was a leak with one of the pipes or when one of the windows needed to be resealed... Cassie never knew who to call because it had always been something a parent or a guardian would ensure was tended to.
Needless to say, seeing someone standing in your pitch-black house when you hadn't invited anyone in? The blonde witch felt like she was five years old, needing to crawl under the nearest bed to escape whatever boogieman her mind had created, only she knew that her mind wasn't playing tricks on her. Someone was in her home and there was no one there that was going to make this situation disappear.
Seeing headlights on their way up the street had Cassie trying to wave the car down from the middle of her large lawn, something that was pointless as the car continued right on past her. It was a second set of headlights that grasped her attention a touch too quickly; the blonde tripping over what she could only assume to be a leftover branch from the last storm they had had as she met the ground on her hands and knees, quickly pulling herself up in hopes of being able to gain the attention of this car, unlike the last.
As it pulled into her driveway, it was then that Cassie realized it was Adam rather than some random stranger simply using their road to get onto the next. She quickly rubbed the dirt from the palm of her hands onto the thighs of her skinny jeans as she continued to run to her fiancé, closing the distance between them just in time for Adam to question what was going on.
"Someone's in the house! There was a book... and the lights went out and someone was standing in the kitchen!" She was a bit out of breath purely from the shock of the situation; her heart was still pounding a touch too wildly in her chest so her words were coming out a bit louder and a bit more frantically than she had intended.
With a deep breath, Cassie tried to calm herself by at least a fraction in hopes of explaining herself a bit more clearly. "I thought it was you playing a prank but obviously..." Obviously it wasn't a prank if Adam was standing right here, unless he had gotten other members of their circle involved but she doubted any would be cruel enough to go through with such a prank without at least giving her a hint or a heads-up...
PERMALINK // POSTED ON: Jan 22 2017, 12:42 AM
Cassie had never really been the type of girl that just ran away from whatever problem was standing her down; she hated being a damsel in distress and quite often felt as though she needed to prove to those around her that she was anything but. No one saw her as weak... at least she didn't think[/i] so, but given just how many horrible things had happened to her (or had happened to someone she cared about because of her?) it was hard to believe that anyone thought she was self-sufficient enough to be able to stand up for herself and make it out of a situation alive.
If it hadn't been for the fact that she had absolutely no damn idea who - or what - was in the home that she shared with Adam, Cassie would have had no qualms in dealing with the situation as best as she could. Granted, that would have to be without magic simply because Marcel had rules that forbade witches from practising within the city limits... but that didn't mean that she couldn't find a way around that. Cassie might not have been physically stronger than beings in her circle - like Adam or Jake - but she could be resourceful when she needed to be.
As Adam slid his phone out of his back pocket and into her hand, Cassie furrowed her brow at him almost in confusion; it was as he told her to take it and wait in the car that her blonde head was shaking in disbelief. She wasn't going to call for help while he stormed in there to face only God knew what; the last thing that Cassie could handle was losing the one person that she had ever loved, especially because she had been doing what she was told and was patiently waiting in the car.
"Like hell I will." Her words were falling from her lips as his own were pressing against her forehead in a gentle kiss. Adam knew her better than to assume she'd do as instructed; Cassie had never done well with taking orders. She could tell that he was trying to find a way out of the conversation with her in hopes that she wouldn't put up an argument, but Cassie knew there was no way in hell he thought he'd be successful in doing so.
Truth be told, thinking that Cassie would do just that was something that the old Adam would have done or expected of her and while Cassie knew that Adam had changed so damn much in the course of time that they had known each other, the last thing that she wanted was for them to fall back into bad habits. She didn't want the beginning of their lives together to start on the wrong foot which was precisely why Cassie had absolutely no qualms in nipping it in the bud, so to speak.
PERMALINK // POSTED ON: Mar 24 2017, 09:39 PM
If there was one thing that Cassie found herself worrying the most about, it wasn't her future, her health, some future career or another... It was Adam and his fascination with dark magic. Wasn't it natural for someone to put their significant other's health and happiness above their own? Cassie was absolutely no exception to that, of course.
It went beyond a natural fear, of course. It was no longer a secret that while experimenting with dark magic, Adam and Faye had had a bit of an affair with each other that had resulted in Adam fathering a child with the one female that Cassie had always failed to get along with.
That wasn't to say that Cassie no longer trusted Adam; she had hated the choice he had made and she had spent more than enough time trying to hate both he and Faye for their shitty decisions. She had to trust that they could both move on from that and that they could both turn their lives around and refrain from ever falling back into the same bad habits.
The blonde witch let him pull her into his arms; his breath warm against her ear as he whispered into it; goosebumps spreading themselves along her arms at the mere mention of Adam using dark magic. She respected that he was his own person and she knew that she had absolutely no right telling him what he could and couldn't do... but that didn't mean that she had to support some of the things that he chose for himself. Dark magic included.
"You don't have to use dark magic..." She knew it was a losing battle; there was really little point in even trying to argue her case here. If they were in danger, he'd do everything in his power - be it good power or dark power - to protect them both. If not for their own sake, than for Davina's because that girl didn't deserve any more loss than she already endured in her young life.
Heaving a gentle sigh, Cassie shook her head gently in reply to his next question. She might be willing to bend where dark magic was concerned, but there was no way in hell she was going to let him act as a human shield; her life didn't matter more than his did and she was more than capable of taking care of herself...
"No. We go in together. That way, if it is something... we can take care of it together."
PERMALINK // POSTED ON: Jun 25 2017, 05:21 PM
There were definitely some benefits to falling in love with someone that was like you in a great many ways. Understanding, for one... Knowing that the person you gave your heart to understood the things you did and why you did them. Respect was another; if they could respect their own choices, they were easier able to respect yours, given nine times out of ten, they'd be making the same choice you had.
That said, there were also a few downsides... Those that knew Cassie and Adam knew just how often they bickered, fought and feuded over the most trivial of things. It boiled down to the fact that they were so damn alike in so many ways that they often ended up clashing. They were both stubborn to a fault, and they were both independent and protective. They wanted to defend those around them as much as possible while walking into danger with their head held high.
Even as he informed her that he would do whatever it took to protect her, Cassie knew that the anger she felt at how reckless that statement happened to be wasn't justified. She couldn't be angry at her soulmate for doing the same thing she knew she'd do; she would do anything and everything in her power to protect Adam, regardless of the cost.
Feeling him taking her hand into his had her nerves calming even if only ever so slightly. She squeezed his gently; the tension of the situation catching up to her, as was realization that he'd be quick to jump in front of her if something jumped out at them. If she could keep a good enough grip on him, she might be able to prevent him from making any stupid mistakes.
The blonde was quiet as Adam pushed open the front door that hadn't even fully closed behind her when she had run scared out of the house. Everything was dark; a light in the kitchen flickered every now and again, but other than that, there wasn't much light guiding their way and Cassie knew offhand that any spell to bring forth a ball of light to ease them into the house would be met with repercussions from Marcel and his goonies.
All seemed quiet until Cassie's body jumped the moment a door down the far hallway slammed shut; she was shocked she hadn't screamed out, but perhaps that was because she was too in shock in regards to the entire situation. It was like they could never catch a damn break...
"Maybe we should just call..." Who, the police? As if they'd be equipped to handle something centring around either magic or demons...
Shaking her head gently as if to void what she had been trying to say, Cassie corrected herself. "Maybe we should have back up..." Be that in the form of someone else from their circle or otherwise.
PERMALINK // POSTED ON: Dec 7 2017, 09:05 PM
Their circle of friends wasn't exactly in the best place after the last few years had torn them apart limb from limb. Everyone had made bad choices and everyone had blamed each other (and themselves) for said bad choices. Still, they were all alive, together and were desperately trying to move on from the past towards bigger and better things, but that didn't stop pettiness from plaguing the young adults every now and again.
It was the girls - well, more so Cassie, Faye and Diana - that still struggled to stay on stable ground. Diana still had a few harsh comments for Cassie (for reasons the blonde still struggled to understand) and sometimes just hearing Faye's name had Cassie cringing.
That was why her blue eyes couldn't help but to toss Adam the softest of glares as Faye's name was the first he decided would be the best to call. Deep down, she knew that Faye was the right choice. Not only did she have connections to the Mikaelson family (now that she was sleeping with another one of them), but Nick and Melissa deserved their privacy, and it wasn't like Jake or Diana were around enough to rely on...
His phone was still warm in her hand as she scanned through his contacts in search of Faye's name, though her concentration was broken as the door had slammed shut so roughly that it had Cassie's hand pulling from Adam's as she spun around to see where the noise had come from.
"Jesus..." The curse was muttered under her breath as the blonde could feel her heart hammering away in her chest. Blue eyes turning back to the man she loved as he beelined for the book she had abandoned on the coffee table when vacating the house the first time around.
It was common sense to take the book with them, given Cassie highly suspected it was what was causing the mayhem, but she still couldn't quite wrap her mind around what it was and how the hell a book could cause that much destruction. It wasn't even a spell book; she had seen enough of those over the last few years to know that much...
His question caught her somewhat off guard; of course she had read it! If someone sent you a weird book, the first thing you did was investigate what it was and that often involved reading a few pages, did it not? Then again... how often did an anonymous being send a book in a language you couldn't understand...
"I mean... Just a page or so; I thought you guys were screwing with me! Someone knocked on the door and left that on the doorstep! I thought you were trying to freak me out..."
PERMALINK // POSTED ON: Jan 2 2018, 02:52 PM
Shaking her head vehemently, Cassie knew for certainty that she hadn't even finished a page in the book, let alone a spell. At least not that she knew of. "I-I don't know! I mean, I don't think so! I just read the first few sentences to myself!" Had it been a more traditional spell book, Cassie might have known what she had been getting herself into, but having people with fairly good senses of humour in her life, it was only natural she had assumed this was some drastic prank or another rather than the real deal.
"Who would even leave that here?!" Faye didn't have a death wish; surely the brunette knew Cassie would tear into her if she left something like that out for Adam to play around with after everything their group had already been through. Nick was daring, but he wasn't dangerous, and Melissa kept him on a short enough leash to prevent him from getting into anything this stupid...
Jake, on the other hand... Well, he was unaccounted for in about a thousand different ways and if he were to come back now and see Faye had moved on, had two children, and his brother was back from the dead... Okay, maybe Jake might have motive to start screwing with everyone, but why Adam and Cassie? They hadn't done a single thing to him.
Okay, that was another lie. Adam did sleep with Faye and they did have a supernatural child together. One that a great many people wanted dead (which was a whole other possibility; this could all have been for Davina), but Jake wasn't ruthless enough to wish harm and death on Adam or his and Faye's child... was he?
"I'm going to text Nick..." Faye wasn't going to know any more about this than they did; her only connection was her Mikaelson-of-a-boyfriend and Cassie doubted he'd be eager to help a group of people he barely even knew. Nick, on the other hand? He knew a thing or two about dark magic, and on top of that, he might at least know what Jake had been up to. Maybe he hadn't reached out yet, but that wasn't to say that Nick hadn't at least been tracking his brother's whereabouts to keep tabs on him.
In a quick text to one of the two Armstrong brothers, Cassie handed Adam his phone back, not quite knowing if he'd approve in her change of direction. She and Nick had been fairly close since he had been brought back, but other than that, Nick had been laying low with Melissa for quite some time now.
"Maybe we should try and grab a few things and stay in a hotel for the night? At least until we can figure out what the hell is going on and who's behind it..."
PERMALINK // POSTED ON: Mar 30 2018, 11:07 PM
As stubborn as Cassie was, she had to admit — even if only mentally to herself — that Adam was correct in stating that they needed to leave the house, even if only for the night. They had no way of knowing what it was they were up against, or if it would continue to plague their home until something was otherwise done about it. At least this way, they could take the book that had been sent to their home to someone who could translate the pages and trace the origins of the mysterious texts.
"Alright, fine." There was a sarcastic sense of defeat in her voice, one that Adam was surely all too familiar with by now. A tone that signified how much she hated admitting he might be right, because it fuelled his need to constantly rush in and play hero to situations she'd rather see him steer clear of altogether.
While she hated the thought of Adam venturing upstairs alone, she had to admit that she had absolutely no desire to explore the rest of the dark house, herself. If he wanted to play brave and collect some of their things to get them through a night away from home, power to him. Still, there was no way she was going to leave the house without him; if something were to happen to him in the time it took him to grab a few things from upstairs all because Cassie had taken the easy way out and went to the car? She wouldn't forgive herself.
"I'll wait down here for you, and then we can head outside together and wait for Nick." Because wasn't that what they had agreed to when they had mutually decided to give their relationship another go? That they would be in things together instead of separately? "Just grab some clothes, toothbrushes and our phone chargers..." The rest they could figure out as they went. "Just be quick and be safe, okay?" Because that was all that mattered.
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