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The Hyena

"I know you didn't want to kill me."

This is a fuckin' novel SORRY GUYS i had to

Busy couple of weeks. Ended up being talked into going to dinner with Farren. Had an emotionally-charged talk and walked away from it no less conflicted.. If not more so.. Especially when he mentioned the end of his marriage with Lalitha was inevitable.
During a night of drinking with Cree and Taras ended up telling them about the dinner, unaware that Taras was Lalitha's ex boyfriend.. And that apparently he very much wanted to rekindle that relationship.

Went unaware of her blunder for about a week when she noticed Lali and Taras in the forest together. Asked Farren only then how he knew Taras, remembering she'd got Farren's number from the man's phone in the first place. Found out Taras's real name, his relationship to Farren and Lali, and the fact that Lalitha wasn't returning any of his calls and just.. :///
Invited Farren over with the sole premise of just being there for him when she had to tell him what she'd seen in the forest that day. But Farren came over seeming SLIGHTLY pissed at Rhea's own involvement with Taras...

"That guy's a warlock, Rhea. He could have killed you."
"He wasn't going to kill me, I had something he wanted."
"You were sleeping with him, weren't you?"
"Yeah, I was. Got a problem with that?"
"I do. He was using you to get to Lali."

But she'd known Taras before he'd know she knew Lalitha. And, "is it that hard to believe someone might just want to be around me."
"With him? Absolutely. He uses people for a living, Rhea."

And when he told her that she wouldn't be speaking with him anymore.. "Did you just come here to pretend like you have some semblance of control over me?" Also, "You're assuming I wasn't using him myself as well."

When he asked just what she was using him for, told him not to make her spell it out.. It'd been a purely physical relationship on both their ends.
Broke it to him then what'd she'd seen of Lali and Taras in the forest earlier that day.

"Please, for the love of god, tell me you have something to drink here."

Ended up getting mildly trashed after that, conversation turning more mild and care-driven. Wound up in her bed and kept him overnight, even being nice enough to make breakfast for him. All in all kept things innocent.. Which begs the thought that having men sleep in her bed and not actually sleeping with them is getting kind of old.

Today, talked a bit with Cree, telling her about how Taras knew Lali and how she'd spent the night with Farren to which Cree wanted to know where the heck she meets these people.. IDK Cree.. And also asked if she'd slept with Farren. Of course, was able to answer 'no' which is still frustrating.

Enjoyed some peaceful time with the small doe along with Talla, Ross, and Monroe for a short time when he joined. Got a little tense when she noticed Farren around though, wondering what his reaction would be when he picked up a certain scent regarding Taras and Lali that she was all too aware of herself. Watched Sance and Farren have some interaction in the distance and turned to leave when it seemed Farren wasn't going to.. lose it.
Except Sance came over and was staring at her.

"What do you want?"
"I'm growing dangerously restless."
"Is that some sort of threat? Because I think you can do better than that."

And even though Sance was half her size, the female was certainly threatening. The form didn't fool her, Rhea was already well aware of what Sance was.. But there were no glasses to smash her hand into here, no weak human body to overpower. Couldn't help but wonder what chance she stood against the woman in this form, so definitely egged her on.

"What's this all stem from, hm?"Her voice drops an octave, eyes briefly cutting to Farren in the distance, "Jealousy?"

In the end though, she quietly decided it really wasn't worth it. Remembering her recent promise to Veton to try and be more polite and with Farren's already rough day in mind, turned to go. Told Sance to go find her fun elsewhere. But Sance was having none of that..

When Sance gave a quick bite to her ass, Rhea wheeled around and went after her. Just as swiftly forgetting said promise and current situation. Angered by the female's speed, though did manage to land some savage bites. Not that they did much to her. Tried to avoid her spikes for the simple fact that.. they were spiky.. But clipped them once or twice in her pursuit.
Single-minded in her endeavor, didn't realize just how badly Farren got himself hurt when he jumped on Sance to try and grabbed her. Pretty much ignored his involvement altogether, singularly focused.

Tried to jump up and grab Sance when she climbed up onto the wall at the graveyard, but ended up being stabbed by her spikes when the female fell back onto her. Screeched like a baby bitch then and furthermore when Sance got her pinned on the ground.
Knew she was pretty bad off then, but nothing some towels and stitching couldn't solve. So when Sance finally let her go, bit out some more words to her before seeing Ross coming with Cree and promptly vanishing.

Felt pretty low doing it.. Especially to Cree... but didn't want anyone going to the trouble over her when she could take care of it herself. She just wanted to go home, stop the bleeding, and take a fucking bubble bath and forget all about vampires and soulless men.
Didn't realize just how bad off she was until she noticed the bleeding wasn't stopping. Curled up in her tub to avoid getting the blood everywhere, she realized she'd soaked three towels and the wounds to her side and back just weren't stopping. She couldn't remember ever bleeding like that, not so quickly. She was quick to draw the conclusion that Sance must have put some type of poison on her spines.. But that meant Farren was also bleeding out somewhere.. It was alright though, Sance would help him.. and then Veton by proxy. He'd be fine.. Of course she had the portal to Veton's but.. decided against doing that to avoid the risk of drawing care away from Farren and towards herself.

More or less came to the conclusion that this is how she would die, alone in her bathtub. Felt a calm sort of acceptance and stopped trying to fight the blood loss. Heard a banging on her door and told whoever it was to piss off. Couldn't she just die in peace?

Sance told her Veton was worried she wouldn't stop bleeding.. Which uh.. yeah. You poisoned me, bitch.
But Sance said that it was just her natural venom and she hadn't had control over it.

Had never been happier of that little fact that the Vampire couldn't come into her home unless she invited her.
Was told that Sance couldn't go home if she didn't have Rhea with her.
Not that Rhea believed that. Veton would forgive her.
But Sance did say she could still tear the hinges down and send someone in after her.

And that was the thing that actually got he moving because Sance was NOT going to rip up her door. This was a RENTAL. Managed to drag herself into the living room, wanting to cry because she got blood all over the Persian rug Veton had gifted her. Didn't make it to the door, ended up swallowing her pride to invite Sance in.

Wad whisked away to Veton's Palace where Maverick promptly began working on her. And he was yelling at Sance which shocked her. She didn't even know Maverick could yell.
Got a few transfusions, the young doctor also able to stop the bleeding. When asked where she wanted to sleep said she'd be fine sleeping in Veton's bed.

Was feeling quite relaxed and peaceful through it all, perhaps a culprit of the blood loss. But when Sance was about to take her to Veton's room, patted her and told her she'd known she hadn't wanted to kill her. Not that way at least. That would have been too easy a way and Veton would have been able to pick out the perpetrator immediately. Sance was too smart for that.
Sance said she hadn't realized just how much they'd bleed, even from a single scratch.
To which she replied that, well, now she did.. glad to be a test dummy

"It would not have been an issue of had not been you two," she heaved as she rested her arms on the table. "I wanted to see you here by my hand... And now here you are and it was an accident and I feel like a fledgling."
Eyes have drifted closed and Rhea looks oddly.. peaceful. "Not like I haven't been asking for it."
"I suppose this is even now," she groaned with her chin on her arms.
"I guess so."

It was a conversation she'd have to mull over another time.

When Veton came to his room, asked about Farren. Not that she was all that worried, she had the upmost faith in Veton's skill and assumed he'd been the one to attend to the man. Still, felt some relief when he said he was fine.
Veton told her to tell her blue friend not to interfere or sass him next time.

Immediately knew he was talking about Ross and asked, "Did he make fun of your glasses?" She knew Ross had been holding onto that one for a while.

He did.
Made sure Veton knew Ross only had the best intentions and that he was a good friend.

Ended up trying to make a move on Veton because it's been too long, I almost died earlier, and men keep sleeping with me and not SLEEPING with me.
But Veton was more concerned with the holes Sance had given her than the hole Rhea was focused on :/// So ended up just sleeping next to him, AGAIN. Not that she'd complain.

It's been a peaceful sort of week for her. Still recovering from her wounds obtained last week, though everything is stitched and healing nicely, courtesy of Veton.

Had a conversation with Veton that she'd dreaded the evening he'd stitched her up. After Sance, Kacie, and Lucio ROASTED her. Told him of her fling with Farren and was surprised by the lack of reaction. Was told he didn't hate the man as much as they both seemed to think he did. And was told he had no claim on her which caused a pang of SOMETHING she told herself she shouldn't be feeling. Further felt that pang when she asked him about the last person he'd slept with.
Learned a little more about the situation going on at Veton's Palace. Learning they were at war with another coven. The conversation took a somber turn and she decided to ask him if he was free that night, thinking he needed a distraction from all that was going on in his home and with his family.

"I was under the impression that you wish to distance yourself from me."
"Regardless of what we are, or what we're not, I care about you, Veton."

Took him to her apartment which was surprisingly the first time she'd ever taken him to one of her homes. Was lowkey self-conscious of the small place given his affluence. It was cheap, sparse, and she didn't even have any silverware yet. He offered to give her a couple of paintings he had in storage. Accepted, because if no one else was seeing them, why not?
Made him a drink -because she may not have silverware but she does have alcohol, priorities- and let him pick out some movies to watch.

It was nice. The first normal night she'd spent with the man in.. years. Didn't even try to jump his bones.

After that night spent some time healing and got to know some of the Brooks family, spending an evening with several of them at Nix's place. Learned that the one Farren had almost killed (Johnny) was also part of the family. Caught Cree up to speed on recent happenings when she woke up from some sort of hibernation

Yesterday, found Vigolfr horribly wounded with a medic (Lee) working on him. Offered her help and mostly just stood to keep the sun out of the medic's eyes as he worked. Finally a job her fatass could do well. Thanked the stranger and offered her name and learned his. Remained by Vigolfr's side for the rest of the day, later joined by Cree, Nix, and Johnny.
It was obvious Vigolfr was uncomfortable with the unfamiliar males given his state. Passed a look and Johnny asked Cree if she wanted to go somewhere. Didn't stop them but did pass a colorful threat to the male should any harm come to Cree.

Ended up getting Vig a drink and asked if he had somewhere safe to stay and heal. He only planned on remaining in the forest, so offered him a bed and shower if he'd like. Not only because she was fond of the male, but because the situation hit really close to home for her.
Took him to her apartment when he accepted and introduced him to the glorious inventions of plumbing and pizza. Picked him up some clothes as well since he was decked out in full armor.
Shared the bed with him that night as she only had the one and couches were lame. Plus the giant of a man would never fit on her's anyway. Which marks the second time in a week Rhea's had a guy in her bed and not had sex with them. What's the world coming to.

Rhea continues to stick her nose where it doesn't belong and no one is surprised.

Lazed around for a minute with Romulus before witnessing some confrontation between Umay and Lieva. Wasn't prepared to touch that with a ten foot pole so wandered off, but paused to stare at Maggot.. YOU..
Was surprised and annoyed when Mathias showed up and plopped right up against her. Started out irritated, told him if he was looking for some reaction, she wasn't biting. But when Rom showed up to stand on the other side of Matty. Suddenly became a smug bitch because she was sure Rom would help her tear the guy apart if it went that way.. Us big guys like to eat, y'know. So, teased and aggravated the Vampire. Really was just trying to make him leave. Tried to make him uncomfortable too but that didn't work :/
Gave up, later followed after Rom when she thought she heard some commotion.

Found the commotion: a fight between Rota, Rom, and Ragnarok. Needed no context to insert herself into that. Quickly became tired and dizzy with Rag's stamina, but keep reinserting herself into the brawl. Others were also involved from time to time (Maddox for one). Nearly had a heart attack when a small cub (Sionnach) ran for the fight. Distracted them for a bit while Rag and Rom had a standoff. Umay helped. Made nervous when the cub went over to Rom.
Barreled back into the fray when Rag charged the cub and Rom. Eventually it died down, but paced, aggravated she hadn't even gotten a meal for her efforts. Cracked up though when the cubs attached themselves to Rom, and RAN when he tried to make her help.. Sorry, you're the chosen one.

Passed by ANOTHER confrontation between Farren, Lalitha, and a stranger (Johnny). TEF FIGHT NIGHT
Caught the tail end of it, watching Farren slam into Johnny. Didn't grasp exactly what it was about, but found herself pissed that Farren was half running over Lali to get to Johnny. When it came to a standstill, there was a shouting match that made the whole thing make a lot more sense. Farren was mad Lali had drinks with a dude while he was in a coma.. wait you were in a coma?!
Lali insisted that nothing else happened between her and Johnny beyond that. But Farren was pissed and didn't seem to believe it. Felt there was a double standard there, after all she'd spent plenty nights with him while he was still married that had not been nearly as innocent, but Lali called him out on it. A nearby Kiss had a good point too. DID sort of catch Farren's point that it wasn't the same, he hadn't left he'd been in a coma.. But still.. just let your wife be normal and hang with people, man.

Checked on Lali when Farren left. Bitches gotta stick together.. (Also notable that last week Lali and Rhea had a little chat and decided there was no reason they shouldn't be friends just because she'd slept with Farren, not knowing she was married to him. Which wow, you're a better woman that me, Lali.)
Tried to stop Farren when he was going back up to Lali who was checking on Johnny. Was told he was going to take him to Veton's. Wasn't too satisfied with that, told him he didn't need to play both the executioner and the hero. Lali had it handled.. He shouted at Lali and told her to take him to V's though.. And before he left told her it would be their last meeting. Just glared at him, not sure how to respond to that.

Had noticed Veton's presence in the forest and wondered what sort of questions it would bring up, her involvement in the situation. Has yet to tell the Doctor about her fling with Farren and wasn't looking forward to that conversation, knowing their acute dislike of each other.
Thought Lali was just going to take Johnny to a different healer and breathed a sigh of relief. But apparently Farren had gotten to V pretty fast and the Vampire came over to collect Johnny.
Brief intermission of Lali going to -presumably- beat up or yell at Farren.

Mildly embarrassed. Hasn't gotten herself beat up in over a month. I think? But now that Veton was here, she of course had to get into something and face him with ribbons of hide hanging from her. When he asked if she was coming, told him yes.. Hard to get out of it now..
Lali came back in time for V to portal them along with the heavily wounded Johnny to the Mansion. Didn't think about the fact that she was armed with blessed weapons as she usually was in New York until they arrived in the main hall. DID remember her little conversation with Lucio in which he told her she'd probably be killed if she came there again carrying such weapons ahaha.. But felt safe enough in the presence of the Lord of the house.
Veton told her he would be seeing to her wounds after he was done with Johnny. Didn't argue because he left no room to with his tone.. but did roll her eyes pretty hard at his back. I'M FINE.

Had Sance as a babysitter as she went to go get some much needed alcohol with Lali. The more time passed, the more bloody her clothes became and the more sore her body felt.
Then it's bed time, but to be continued...

What the actual fuck.. What a month.

Took up renting a shitty apartment in NYC as she continues to carry out some jobs there.

Visited Veton. Acted mellow as hell for once and came at him with only the offer of her help. Learned of him throwing Mathias out of the coven entirely. Felt guilty? Childish satisfaction? In the end, didn't feel like she did or could do much of anything to help V. Mostly because she thought he seemed hesitant to let her.. Just suck my blood, V..

Almost murdered Mathias with a holy knife. Stopped herself though and told him to get the fuck out of her house. Did stab him pretty bad though. Ruined her rug.. But then she just turned around and made Zenzi save him.
Zenzi was not amused.

Actually killed a guy who I forget the name of.. Fuck that guy.

Got drunk and had every intent of laying into Farren for the salty looks and cold shoulder he'd been giving to her. But turned out stunned and downright submissive when he threw her down instead and said some choice words that made her heart hurt. Not going to think about it though because he DEFINItely didn't mean what he said. Right? Yeah..

Got a phone sent to her by her boy toy/sugar daddy (Taras). Invited him over for a booty call but then pulled a knife on him because how tf had he found out where she lived. Stalker.
He appealed to her vain side though with some nice words. So, didn't murder him either.. Well.. COULDN'T because he literally melted her knife with what she KNOWs is voodoo. Fuck the voodoo.

Farren gave her the flower. What. Stop. You fucker, I like flowers.

Ended up at the same bar as Mathias one night. Begrudgingly accepted the offer of a truce of sorts.. even though he stepped on her farren flower.. Got drunk and played 20 questions.

Romulus is an A+ blanket in the snow.

Met Nix and messed with him a bit because he's cute. Swell guy. Agreed to prank his brother, Bronx, when she got the chance with the promise that she could make him super flustered if she was as forward with him. Hell yeah. Gotta get the kicks somehow.

The end.

Lately has been throwing herself into various jobs and and 'side projects'. Partly because she honestly needs the money, secondly to avoid contemplating the place at which she's found herself in life. Frustrated and discouraged by recent failures and shortcomings and eager to be useful in some kind of way. At the same time, outwardly appearing apathetic and generally disinterested in most things.
Has lingering nausea and sickness from a self-inflicted poisoning she brought upon herself as part of a harebrained scheme that not surprisingly failed. A gnarly looking burn spans the right side of her face and neck from a job gone sideways. Can't seem to catch a break but keeps trucking on regardless.

Spent a night feeling sorry for herself. Comforted by Cree and a bottle of liquor. Returned to the forest yesterday to sulk and was approached by Kissare. Told him why she looked like shit in general when he asked but left out the personal, emotional bits. Pretty much just told him about the issue with Mathias.
Felt no need to hide her intents towards the man, it wasn't a secret. She was quite certain he'd already know she'd be wanting to hunt him after the threats she'd passed to both his friend and coven leader.
Found out Kissare knew Mathias, which was hella interesting. Mildly surprised and highly pleased when the Rosamygale offered his blood to help her in her plight. He told her the vampire had thought his blood 'smelt delicious' and could possibly be used to draw him out. Also, it may cause some unpleasant side effects if he were to drink it.
Accepted the offer, with the promise of a favor in return. Parted with introductions and was told he'd bring her the blood later.

In the meantime, left the forest to head to NY. Took a small knife with her and had it blessed, which is fucking expensive and she's running low on funds.. But then went back to Koninkryk and filled the knife's hollow hilt with a blood-thinning poison.
Gave the knife to Cree, explaining how to use it effectively. Gave her a little lesson on where to aim and best ways to use it in general.

Went back to the forest for the evening. Spotted a bird-like creature lingering nearby (Taras) and the scent was vaguely familiar but she couldn't quite place it. Not until she went up and the other spoke, telling her she was tall in this form, did she recognize him as 'Taren'. Vaguely surprised the man she'd had a one-night-stand with was also a forest dweller. But then changed her mind and decided she wasn't so surprised.. that was her luck. Did invite him over to sit, pointedly putting herself between him and Talla and Cree.
Highly amused when Ross came and promptly shoved himself between herself and Taras. Ross knows his friend is a hoe and needs to be stopped (':

Spent the night there. Joined by Cree and then later Kissare who gave her the viles of blood. Also he's hilarious.

Wow.. this is a long one, folks..

Had an interesting night with a stranger (Taras) whom she thinks is named Taren. But we'll talk about that later.

In the morning, was joined by Cree by the ruins when she entered the forest to chill for a bit. Departed not long after catching a little sleep. Headed back to NYC, working on the job she'd taken up there.
Didn't remain there very long either however -maybe half a day. Went home to her cabin afterwards, surprised Cree wasn't there and assumed she was still in the forest. Went to join her there, only she wasn't there either..
The freshest scent she found was where she'd left Cree earlier in the day, and other than her own scent there was one other.. Mathias's.
Her blood ran cold and she stood there staring blankly at the spot for a couple of minutes until Ross snapped her out of it. He told her that he had seen Cree there earlier with another and then described the male who of course sounded like Mathias to her. It only confirmed the conclusion she'd already fuckin' LUNGED to in her head.
Ross asked if he could help. Told him to stay in the forest in case she just came back here. She was heading for Veton's and the attitude she was walking in with was going to make things a little.. risky.

Stormed into Veton's literally yelling for him while she marched through a few of the main halls, only drawing up stale scents of Mathias. For the first time, came toting weapons actually fit for truly harming vampires. Wheeled on Veton when he appeared behind her, demanding to know where Matty was and that he'd taken her friend.
Veton told her he wasn't there and that he doubted Mathias had taken her. If she had a strand of Cree's hair though, he could get someone to locate her. It was clear he was already aggravated by the accusation, and it also seemed she'd come at a bad time.

"I do not have time to let you attempt to tear my palace apart."
"I don't have time to tear your palace apart! Because it looks like I am going to have to handle him myself while you handle more important matters."

She could already tell he wasn't there, and by Veton's skepticism, assumed she wouldn't be getting much help from him in the matter of actually locating Mathias himself. And she wasn't about to waste time trying to find a hair of Cree's, bring it back, and wait for the person Veton spoke of, and wait for whatever voodoo magic it would entail.
She'd warned him last time she saw him that if he didn't get control of Mathias, she would. And she was prepared to carry out that promise. It was clear he wasn't believing Matty had done what she was accusing him of. So, she decided maybe he'd believe her own capability of committing some heinous act.

"Regardless of what you do or don't believe, you damn well better find someone to spare to find him. Because if I find him first, and he does have Cree, it will be handled. Trust me."

All she could hope is that he'd take her seriously. Mathias had hunted Veton for years, she'd learned. He had to know his typical -and not so typical- haunts where he might have Cree. Best case scenario, one of Veton's own carted Matty off and dropped Cree back in the forest. Or just collected Matty. She was certain she'd eventually be able to find Cree; really her biggest fear at the moment was just getting Matty away from her.
Rhea knew if she found him first, and god forbid he'd hurt Cree.. she didn't think she'd be able to keep herself from going after him with a murderous intent. She wasn't so keen on committing an impulse kill like that, not with all the other factors involved. Despite everything.

Apparently it was a very bad time though. Veton told her that there were many lives hanging in the balance, waiting on a decision he was postponing to deal with her. And he was clearly upset at the accusation she posed, that she seemed to be mocking him for valuing the life of a stranger over his coven. By that time he'd grabbed a hold of her shoulder and was pressing into her a bit uncomfortably.

"My life is hell right now and you only bring more accusations based on what? A smell? A rumor? And then you decide it wise to threaten me in my own home?"
"I'm not assuming, I'm drawing a fucking conclusion based off evidence. You're the one here assuming that he's done no wrong.. The only thing I keep fucking assuming is my worth to people. Maybe one day I'll learn. Let me go, Veton. Me and my inconsequential problems will get out of your hair."

She was about to leave, knowing she'd wasted enough time already. But, remained to hear his answer..
He countered that all she knew was a young, unstable vampire she'd done her damndest to anger since she hadn't been able to draw out his own wrath.
And about her value to him,
"Do not dare go that route. I waited months for you, unknowing whether you were dead or alive." His hand released and he took a step back. "If you know me as you claim, then you do know that the way you speak to me in these halls, that you are utterly free to go, all this, that I do indeed value you. If I did not... You know I am not known for my mercy."

But she reminded him she'd more than paid for her mistake of throwing heated words at him around the time Mathias and her had met. That she'd done nothing more to the man, even after he'd just about murdered her.. Just as she'd promised. And wanted to know what was she supposed to do then, just let him keep hunting her and now her friends? Was she just supposed to sit there and twiddle her thumbs while no one did anything to stop it? After all, at the very beginning of all this, Veton had told her he preferred her to come to him with any issues with Mathias so he and his own could deal with it. But as far as she was concerned, he hadn't upheld his word there.

"Excuse me for not seeing that value at the moment, when you let your own get away with nearly murdering me, and now kidnapping my friend.. I've come here to bring accusations because I value you because I don't want to hurt you by truly harming Mathias. But I can't keep going like this if you're going to just write it off as him being young and unstable. You're blinded by your care and investment in him."

He pointed out that she was armed to take on multiple people.. not just Mathias. Which, FAIR. But also, she was armed to the teeth wherever she went, so.. it wasn't anything special. She had no desire to hurt any others of his, her fight was with Mathias alone.

He told her, "No one is hunting you. You and he have your thing. But he has hidden away and I certainly lack the time to go hunt him down. Though, if you think it would be cute to leave the hand of a member of my coven or whatever at my door, you will force my hand. See that your hatred does not spill onto the rest that have done nothing to harm you."

And that really was all she needed to hear.. She was on her own with it. Which should not have bothered her at all, she'd handled worse. But it did.. It hurt even more that he assumed her to be barbaric enough to sabotage others who'd done no wrong against her.

"Thank you for finally making it one hundred percent clear. I'll stop annoying you with such trivial things."
Despite her biting words, she looked more and more like a wounded animal as she went on. "I'm not a fucking barbarian." But did she really believe that?

With that, she left. Biting back emotions to focus on the task at hand. She really had no clue where to find Mathias so she started around where he'd jumped her in NYC a couple of weeks ago. Caught no scent of him there. Went to her cabin after to start the next plan, but was immediately relieved to find Cree there. Well sort of.. she was out cold on the floor.. So, like HALF relieved.

Scooped the woman up and laid her down on the couch. Cree woke up, just barely. Told Rhea what had happened and for probably the first time in her life Rhea had actually made a CORRECT assumption. Mathias had found her in the forest, chatted her up, bit her, sucked her blood, then stolen her away to his home. Thankfully, the necklace she'd given Cree had gotten her back to the cabin.
Cradled the woman and couldn't help a few tears from falling. Told Cree how sorry she was. She should have warned her what Mathias looked like.
But Cree told her she'd done know wrong and she could never be angry with her and Rhea just.. Cried some more. Took her to a genuine hospital to get a couple pints of blood. Stole the woman back to her cabin when they wanted to keep her there for the SUSPICIOUS anemia. Got her settled down there and went to the forest mostly with the intention of telling Ross that Cree was okay. MOSTLY.

Spoke to Ross briefly, assuring him they were both fine. But then went and wandered. Noted Farren's and Lalitha's scents and avidly avoided them. Started to get a suffocating sort of feeling, everything from the past few days jumbling her mind. Wasn't ready to face the emotional pain of it all. So turned to what she knew and went looking for a fight.
Except.. no one was stepping up..
Noticed Plague was around and started to think that might be a good solution. He didn't seem the type to pull punches.

Went up to the Vampire, despite him having Chitz with him. Asked if he was busy.. like okay i see u kind of are but this will only take a couple minutes i s2g. He said yeah he was.. but what did she want.
Told him she was in the need of finding herself a little bloody, and he'd seemed pretty good at that. Surprised -but in a good way- when he straight up lunged at her.
ANd Plauge does NOT pull punches. After the brief BEAT DOWN. Told him she appreciated it and left him to his former company, mind a lot clearer for it.

Had a thought then to ask Farren if he knew a way she could find Mathias. He'd seemed connected enough and did have a place in New York. Even if Cree was back, she was done risking not addressing the issue of Mathias.. since no one else was going to apparently. And it all seemed like a much easier, straight forward task now with her emotions temporarily quieted again.
Found him with another, simply told him she'd like a word when he had a minute. Blood still dripping from her at all. And left them.

He came staggering over. Told him to sit tf down before he fell. Then, explained what happened with Cree. Asked if he would know a way to find Mathias. All in all very neutral toned.
Farren told her that he didn't go looking for scum in the sewers so, no, he wouldn't know.
Also, "You interrupted a talk with my daughter so that you could ask me how to get revenge on someone? He's a fucking vampire, Rhea. What exactly did you expect? I'm sorry that he drank from Cree, but you're close with a coven leader. Of course his followers are going to be around you."

Which.. was not expecting to be met with such hostility. Also she hadn't know that was his daughter, obviously. Didn't even know he had a daughter. Made sure to tell him that. And,
"Why the hell are you being such a prick about it? Excuse me for thinking you might care that something had happened to her.. What did I ever do to you?"

"I care. Maybe if you cared more, you wouldn't have put her in a situation where she would be exposed to something like that. She is helpless after all."

And that stung. "Oh no, you don't care.. You used me until your better option came along and now I'm not even worth a passing word." Which was a low blow and reaching but.. She certainly felt that way since his harsh words were leading her to believe he'd had no care for her at all.
She went on, "There's nothing close with me and Veton's coven. You know what he told me when I went there to try and find her? He didn't have the time for it. He thinks I'm a fucking crazed barbarian ready to cut down every one around him. And maybe. I. am... I haven't so much as looked Mathias's way in weeks, before Cree even came back. So don't you dare imply this is my fault, that I don't fucking care!"

Farren also told her to learn some better coping mechanisms because she'd scared his daughter coming up to them looking like she'd gone through a wood chipper.
Retorted that how was he lecturing her on her coping mechanism when he could hardly even stand. It was obvious he'd turned to pills or bottles today. Maybe both.

Their voices escalated and tone and soon they were nose to nose, Farren began stepping into her to back her down.
"I did not use you! You can be mad all you want that I am a married man, but I did not use you. I won't play the if game, but if Lali were to have not returned, I have little doubt that we would have grown close. I devoted my life to her. I am sorry that things did not work out with us, I am. But do not come here forcing harsh words upon me."
He also told her to never talk about his coping mechanisms.. she didn't know him.

"I forced nothing on you, I came to you as a friend and you immediately cut me down for it."
She mostly ignored the first part of what he said.. It didn't matter, not now. But she felt he'd shown her exactly what he really thought of her. So, told him, "But don't you worry, I won't make that mistake again."
She was beyond done feeling belittled and worthless.
Mentioned also that it must just be fine for him to talk about her own coping habits since HE knew HER so well.

He turned to leave then, lashing his tail across her face. Which, also surprised her. Thought for a split second about grabbing that tail and laying into him but.. she didn't. Just stood there dejected, wondering how she'd gotten to this point and what was so wrong with her that people threw her out so easily.

Saw Ross come towards her, but vanished before he could say anything.

Ended up back at her cabin. Checked on Cree and cleaned up her wounds so the woman wouldn't have to look at them when she woke. Then, grabbed a bottle and her horse and rode out to the nearby sea cliffs. Drowned in the bottle there while she threw rocks at the ocean below.

Has found herself ending up at Farren's place a LOT over the past few weeks. Sometimes with Cree, sometimes without. Undoubtedly felt herself growing close to the Kingpin and enjoying his company despite their butting heads at times. Found herself trusting him as well which is a feat enough in itself.

Hung out with Lalitha and Farren yesterday with ZERO idea of their connection.
Went over to his place later to bring him a small gift in the form of a bottle of scotch-like liquor she'd found for him. Immediately set on edge when he said they needed to talk.
He didn't beat around the bush, and told her straight out that he'd never expected her to come back, but she had.. That the woman they had been sitting with earlier was his wife.
Was told of Lalitha's depression, what had drove her to leave him.

Didn't even know how to respond or process that, really. But it hurt in a way that surprised her. Perhaps didn't really realize how attached she'd become to him. Ended up mostly angry at herself because of that. Didn't say a whole lot to Farren, just gathered her things to leave, set the bottle of scotch along with his portal ring down on his counter.
Before she left he told her he'd never have done the things he had with her if he'd have known Lali would be coming back; that he'd never meant to be disingenuous with her. And, that he was sorry.

Had a lot she meant to say, but in the end just said,
"It's fine. Take care of your wife."
And left. With no plan to return.

Refused to address the warring emotions within herself. Instead, immediately sought a distraction. Found herself heading for New York and hooked up with some old friends and some old not-so-friendly friends. Took up a job at the behest of one that promised to be lucrative but more importantly would likely end up bloody which was truly what she was after if she was honest with herself. Physical pain complimented emotional pain so nicely. Sometimes, it was enough to even mask it completely..

Ended up at a rather sleazy bar, scooping out the place. Didn't spot her original target at first. Did meet someone just as interesting, however..

Yesterday, had a couple of tense conversations.
First one was with Dallas regarding the incident in which Rhea had killed Niklaus and injured Dallas's sister (Kenna) in the process. The Wolf came seeking a little more info on what had happened, which Rhea was blunt and honest about. Kenna had simply gotten in her way in her attempt to defend Niklaus. Also, the other passed along a threat that if her sister ever came to her that bruised again as a result of Rhea, their next meeting wouldn't be so pleasant. Simply said she didn't see why Kenna would ever want to be in that situation again, so there was nothing to worry about (':
Didn't mind the exchange or blame Dallas at all; she'd do similar if Dallas had been one that had roughed up one of her own. Still, wasn't exactly apologizing as she felt justified in what she'd done.
Had to cut that exchange a little shorter than she would have liked as another had come up (Stella) also wanting to speak as well. And she can only handle one unhappy customer at a time..

Somewhere in there Cree came up. Told Cree to go find Farren and she'd see her later. Juuuust in case things got dicey.

At first, aggravated by Stella's pushing to allow her to portal Rhea to another place when she'd come up. Said she'd seen that look before that she was seeing in her's and Dallas's eyes, and it could lead to bloodshed. However, she wasn't inclined to shed Dallas's blood and she assumed vice versa, otherwise she might have led with that.. Nor was she willing to be taken anywhere by this stranger especially with the scents she was sporting. So bluntly told Stella "No" before finishing her conversation with Dallas.
Once she had finished up with Dallas, turned her attention to the white female. Hit first with the scent of Mathias which clinged to her. Skeptical and weary because of that alone, but plopped down before the other and appeared relaxed anyway. This was her bed she'd made and she'd damn well lay in it.
Mildly surprised by the fact the other had come to apologize on Mathias's behalf. Said that he'd made a mistake, that she was scared for his life, and wanted to know what she could do to make up for it in regards to both her and her "boyfriend".

For one, told Stella she should be afraid for his life, as should Mathias himself. Second, there was no bribe or apology she was interested in. Third, Veton was not her boyfriend and Mathias was going to have to make his own amends with him. She admired her attempt on his behalf, but it wasn't her fight.
Darkly pleased when Stella told her Mathias was scared. The other told her she didn't blame her for not accepting the apology, she wouldn't. Also found out the other's girlfriend was the wooden doe she'd killed several weeks ago, Oleander. Said she asked only one thing, that she didn't seek either one out to do harm, but she wouldn't blame her if there came a need to defend herself. She asked so as a favor, saying she would offer her own aide in the future for it.

Told the doe she didn't need to bride her in regards to that request. Rhea truly had no desire to seek either out. Though had told Stella she was very ready and willing to kill Mathias if he came around her again. Oleander? She had no real opinion of the Wooden one. They were even there, as far as she was concerned.
Got and received some introductions then. Stella left with an offer of aid despite what she'd said. Returned that, appreciating the nature Stella put forward.

Returned to Cree and Farren afterwards tired and thoughtful. Farren asked if she'd like a drink. Said she could stand one or several. So, left with both to his placed to get fucked up.

Has been away from the forest for about a week. Started out staying at Farren's place with Cree for a couple days while she healed up a bit and got some of her strength back.
Time was then spent cautiously visiting New York City. Took a couple days, but found a priest to bless several weapons and bullets, for a price.

Paid a visit to Veton's mansion sporting a firm resolve. Fully prepared to face the wrath of him when she said what she'd came to say. First, told him what Mathias had done to her, as it seemed he hadn't been told. Then said that if it came down to it and Mathias came at her again, she wouldn't hesitate to kill him like he had with her; she was ready and willing. Told him if he didn't get control of Mathias, she would.
Surprised by Veton's response. Watched him barely suppress rage and was still dumb enough to egg him on even further.
Ended up trying to leave but he stopped and just kind of held her before vanishing. Was directed to go see Maverick, and did so. Following orders for once. Mave ended up giving her some blood as she was still obviously pale and weak from the blood loss she'd sustained.
Left feeling better Physically, but emotionally torn.

Her other time has been divided at Koninkryk with Cree, or at Farren's doing.. extracurricular activities.
Today, decided to take the trip back to the forest.

Ended up staying at Noah's for a couple days. Still pondering the man's kindness. Was told that people could help just for the sake of being helpful. But there was a big difference between helping an old lady across the street and bringing a half-dead, well-armed stranger into your house to patch them up and feed them.
Was told she could repay him at some later time with dinner or drinks or something if she was so inclined. Like bud, I'm feeling like I owe you a whole damn restaurant.

Did learn he was from the forest and had sensed the same about her and he seemed to have a vague understanding of what had been done to her by her marks. Got a little advice on moving forward, that maybe it should be handled delicately. After all, immortals were pretty good at being.. immortal. But when was she ever delicate? Also reminded that vampires needed to be invited into a residence.
Voiced that she wasn't going to let them make her feel like she needed to hide or constantly look over her shoulder. They'd gone far enough.
Plotted murder while watching Disney movies. Or sort of.. Went back and forth with different solutions, only truly deciding that at the very least, she needed to be ready.

Eventually left the cop's apartment and returned to her cabin. Still looking a couple shades too pale and feeling incredibly weak. Racked by a constant headache as well.
Apologized to Cree for being.. herself. Told the woman what had happened and that she wasn't sure exactly what she was going to do, but to be cautious -especially of strangers- for a bit.

Left for the forest sometime thereafter. Single-minded in what her next step would be if she did nothing else.
She needed blessed weapons.

But first and foremost, just sought out a bit of comfort. Snuggled up to Xanos, then Vesper, Ross, and Talla. Remained there for a while before departing.

Ended up going with Cree to Farren's later. Had it in mind to ask him about blessed weapons. Knew his hate of a certain vampire so figured he might be able to help her with that. Went and laid down in one of his rooms while Cree tried on some outfits though, the question could wait. Besides, she was exhausted, hurting, and weak.

Was asked what happened by Farren soon after she'd hit the bed. Told him bluntly about the incident with Mathias. He wanted to know if Veton knew but.. she wouldn't know. Still contemplating whether or not she should go to him. Wondered if he'd been able to smell her on Mathias or if he'd fessed up to the little fiasco.

Farren then told her that he figured she'd gone to Veton's, and that was where she had been the whole time. After all, he had a place in New York and Cree had told him that's where Rhea had said she was going. Told Cree as well not to worry about it, and she'd come and spent the night with him when she'd fretted over her because Rhea had told her she'd be back in a few hours.

Rhea sat up straight then,
"Let me get this straight.. You thought I rolled out of your bed and into his? And thought I had stood up my best friend for a fuck?"
He admitted he was wrong and had just wanted to quiet Cree's worry.
Threw a pillow at his head and tried to ESCAPe. Fully planned on walking right out his front door to just leave and start walking before she said anything she regretted. She needed to get a handle on the hurt.

Except Cree latched onto her leg and Farren grabbed her wrist before she could. Froze and told them both to let her go.
Farren told her she couldn't leave until he apologized, then proceeded to do so. Said he was sorry they weren't there for her.
But, "I didn't need anyone there."' It would have been a lot worse in her eyes if one of them had ended up hurt because of it. That wasn't the reason she was upset.
Cree told her she needed to rest. Farren told her to stay for a couple of days.

Quietly panicked for no good reason and found herself disassociating when they wouldn't listen to her and just let go. Old and dark memories stirred.
Couldn't seem to rationalize the fact they just didn't want her walking off somewhere and getting hurt or passing out in the freezing cold. Even though Farren literally told her he wasn't about to let her go pass out in a snow bank.
Cree suggested she go out to the patio instead.
Just repeated herself, told them to let her go. They did. And she did end up just going out to the patio.

Got out there and tried not to throw up, had to use the railing out there to keep herself upright. Remained there for a good thirty minutes while Farren and Cree watched a movie.
Used the time to stop FREAKING OUT. Not entirely sure why she was.
Then, addressed the hurt in herself. Pained not by the fact that Farren nor Cree had gone looking for her, but by the fact that they'd both so easily believed she was shitty enough to stand Cree up and seriously disrespected Farren while she was at it.
Ended up coming to the conclusion that if people kept calling a spade a spade she was probably.. a spade. She could handle strangers thinking her to be awful, but it stung thinking her friends thought the same.
Started out hurt and mad at Farren and Cree.. But ended up turning it on herself. Only finding herself to blame. Because if they'd believed she'd been a bad friend, then she probably was.

Came back inside, only made it to the couch before collapsing there. Farren came and told her she was sleeping in a bed, that she could sleep in her bed with Cree and he'd sleep in the guest room. Told him she wasn't kicking him out of his bed though.
He carried her in there, told Cree to look out for her and tried to leave.
Grabbed HIS wrist this time and told him to lay down and made some space for him by the two of them. Cree won him over then with her pleading Cree-eyes.
Cree is the cutest and stuffed pillows all around them and proceeded to lay basically over top of them.
Despite her still raw and mildly gnarly attitude, cuddled them both. Drifted off to sleep fairly quickly.

Was found sometime after falling unconscious in that grimy alley by a cop (Noah).
Woke up in a bed and immediately tried to get up.. Fell.. and had to he helped off the floor. Realized with rising anxiety that her weapons had been taken from her. Paranoia set in despite the man having perfectly good reason to confiscate them, and despite his assurances she was safe and he was just there to help her.
Couldn't bring herself to believe him, much as she'd like to. Even though he had patched her up and been nothing but kind.

Ready to snatch her weapons and flee so she can ponder the next move in the deadly chess game she's entangled herself in.

When will the universe stop picking on Rhea? Stay tuned...
Spent a short time in the forest before she grew restless. Had it in mind to check up on some people she'd not seen in several months in New York City. Stopped by her home. Told Cree she'd be gone for a bit, but when she got back that evening she'd teach her how to ride a horse and take her into the nearby city of Bandari.

Grabbed two guns before leaving for NYC, because she hadn't exactly left the place on the best of terms about a year ago. Still, didn't think it'd be an issue. But, better safe than sorry.
Took a short cut through some slums to reach her destination because normally people don't mess with her. She can be just a tiny, small, little bit intimidating..
DID NOT expect the sudden appearance of a certain Vampire.

And by appearance I mean he grabbed her and drug her into a back alley with a hand covering her mouth.

Only Mathias didn't know her nearly well enough. Rhea wasn't going to scream..
She was going to kill him, and he'd just wasted a hand.
Managed to shoot her assailant in the stomach before he knocked the gun out of her hand.
Started cussing, "You fucking dumb, piece of shit, mother fucking-" but her words were cut off by a harsh punch to the back of the head that had her seeing stars.

She was quicker than a normal human, but not nearly quick enough. He had her slammed against a wall and caught pretty easily.. Save for the bullet to his stomach. Except it wasn't a blessed bullet, so she knew it'd do little damage.
Pissed, first and foremost, that she hadn't noticed him coming. Even as a human her sense of smell was pretty stellar.
But, she knew she was outgunned. Not that it helped her seething attitude. Bared her teeth at the man, cheek against a cold concrete wall. But he told her to put the teeth away, they wouldn't help her here.
WELL YEAh.. Told him he'd been too cowardly to take her on in a place where her teeth would have saved her.

Then he pissed her off some more.
"Guess what happened to me the other night? I called you a cunt to your boyfriend and he just about dropped me. Some fuckin' leader that is, eh?"
Ohhh.. She was getting some blessed bullets if she made it out of this alive. Blessed bullets, blessed knives, a blessed spear. Hell, she'd bless her fucking canines.
"if you're asking me for advice, I don't think being an idiot is something you can fix," she would know.

Was told she needed to remind herself she was human here. Crushed her arm to the point the bone gave under the pressure, but just easy enough it didn't truly break. Bit her cheek hard enough she drew blood, refusing to cry out from it.
"Now, I think you owe me. Especially after the God awful things you said about my fucking family."
Hit bit into her. Drawing out blood she didn't have to spare.
Found it funny.. But maybe that was the blood loss. If just to spur his anger on further said,"taste alright? Your boss sure seemed to think so.."

Thought he might drain her dry, but was vaguely surprised when he let go and stepped back. Was told that was how his family had been killed. And as much as wanted to kill her, he couldn't.
Which sounded like a personal problem to Rhea.
She felt the need to remind him that for one, she'd never known his family. Anything she'd said against them were just that.. words.
Also, wow you didn't kill me, so kind. "Am I supposed to thank you for that? Fucking.." Almost called him a fucking pussy.. but hey, maybe she wanna live a little bit. Instead she trailed it off, trying to hobble away with a hand against the wall, as if she was just going to walk away at that.
She should have left, she could have safely gotten home now that he wasn't touching her. Was it the blood loss or something else that kept her from doing it?
Whatever the motivation, it was a mistake.

"You made fun of my family. Told me that if I had done a better job, they would still be here. I was there! And I couldn't do anything about it!"
He rammed into her once more and slammed her head into the wall. Blood ran down her temple and she wondered with a sick interest how much of the stuff she might have left flowing in her.
"I hunted your fucking boyfriend for years. And one day he caught me and decided I would be his pet project. You think I wanted to be like this?"
"What do you want me to say, Mathias? That I'm sorry?" she was.. well.. before this fiasco.. Was she still? That apology felt rather dead now. Her words were slurring slightly by that point as well. "Is that what you're here to do? Beat an apology out of me.. Will that make you fell better somehow?"

Rhea wasn't sure which part of it made him let her go again, but he did. This time without the support, she collapsed to the concrete. Didn't watch him leave, but knew when he did.
Should have went for home or somewhere then!
Instead she just curled up on herself there, feeling incredibly tired, cold, and worn.
Last thought was one of sick humor she'd ended up where she'd belonged; in some dirty, dead corner like the gutter rat she was.

Passed out there.

Flesh . . .

Name: Rhea *

Sobriquets: Ree ; Na-nuh
| The Hyena | The Bone-crusher |
- The Reisiger - Roach -

Biology: Heavy hyaenidae and cervine influences.

Gender: Female

Pansexual ; Heteromantic

Age: Mature adult

Stature: Large & sturdy

Scent: Natural scent is akin to burning grass. Often smells of blood or carrion.

Speech: Jennifer Hale ; #c76033

Sounds: Very vocal.

Aura: Heavily masked.

Diet: Largely carnivorous. Avid scavenger.

Visuals: Pinterest - Tumblr (nsfw!)

Status: An idiot

Depth . . .

Demonstrative | Boisterous | Curious | Persistent
Impulsive | Zealous | Discourteous | Cynical | Extroverted | Pragmatic | insouciant | Stubborn
Loyal | Attentive | Confident | Cooperative | Gregarious | Versatile | Considerate

"Your mind lay open like a drawer of knives."
- Philip Larkin, Deceptions

x At her core, Rhea presents as a hedonistic, self-destructive creature who can become paradoxically self-sacrificing and considerate to those she loves. Most of her actions can be pinned to a desire to keep her inner circle safe, herself entertained, or her stomach full. Not one to keep to a strict moral code, she simply does what she deems necessary in the moment. In this way is quite impulsive, often acting before thinking a situation through. Very little is black and white to her, rather most things are seen in shades of grey. Choices weigh heavily on the circumstances and those involved.

"Let people feel the weight of who you are and let them deal with it."
- John Eldridge, Wild at Heart

x Even if it is sometimes shown in unconventional ways, she is driven by a desire to keep her those she loves safe and happy. Motivated in maintaining a certain 'peace' around her, if only for the sake of these close familiars. She is quick to throw herself between a close relation and any who seek to do them harm. Attentive and loving to those who earn her loyalty and largely unempathetic to those she feels no connection with. Is rarely purposefully antagonistic to those unknown, but may not always considered civil or friendly upon first impressions.

"Did you cut your hands on me?
Are my edges sharp?"
- Sufjan Stevens, Enchanting Ghost

x Lives by a pack mentality and strives to surround herself with relationships wherever she goes. Good or bad. At her best working as part of a unit and keen on noticing the most subtle cues of others. Most often found in the presence of familiars or imposing herself on strangers. Not keen on ‘fitting in’ but will make subtle changes in mannerisms to mirror those around her. Can and has made it alone -and finds herself alone quite often- but would much rather have the numbers stacked in her favor.

"Fierce, fireless mind, running downhill."
- Robert Lowell, Waking Early Sunday Morning

x Rhea can be considerate, loving, and accommodating in situations involving close relations. Rougher emotions are more easily displayed, but she certainly has the capacity to express herself in a softer manner. Once loyalty is earned, she is such to a fault and vehemently opposed to turning her back on a loved one. Readily hands out compliments, kind words, and encouragements but has an acutely difficult time accepting these things in return. She never seems to know how to handle the kind words or gestures of others. It is much easier to rattle her with sweet talk than a string of curses.

"I don't know how to stay tender with this much blood in my mouth."
- Ophelia: Act IV, Scene V

x Despite there clearly being soft and kind sides to the female, a sharp tongue, quick wit, and heavy hand are more common means of expression. Agitation in the female may manifest itself in the form of aggression and those drawing out her irritation are often met with violence. Definitely not above being vindictive or savage, the hyena is certainly capable of cruel or heinous acts if she deems it necessary. Quick to fall back on this harsher side of herself. Often tries to find 'appropriate' or socially-acceptable outlets for her violent tendencies.

"Call me whatever you like; I am who I must be."
- Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

x All in all, she has a relatively low self-image. Understands herself to be brash, sharp, and hard to swallow in many cases and often discredits any kinder qualities she has. A rough exterior lends her to cover up most insecurities with ease. At the end of the day couldn't narrow herself down to being good or evil, kind or mean-spirited. While in fact others' views of herself may differ wildly, as she has the capacity to be any one of these things given different perspectives.

"She had been both good and wicked and everything in between. She had been both at once, too, until it was hard for her to even tell the difference anymore."
- Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

x As a rule, quite genuine with close relations and strangers alike. Not one to put up false fronts. While crafty and underhanded at times in her schemes, she has very straightforward aims. Incredibly expressive in her body language which further conveys a sense of honesty in her interactions. Unapologetically herself even if she's in the midst of spinning some elaborate lie. She seems to have a very good grasp on who she is; confident and self-assured for that reason.

"She wears strength and darkness equally well,
the girl has always been half goddess, half hell."
- Nikita Gill

x No one has ever been able to call the female 'shy' by any means. Many situations bring forth a general weariness but she is gregarious at her core. Loose with and easily swayed by certain personalities, words, or actions. Social as she is, the hyena remains cautious of intimacy with the most tender parts of her kept under lock and key. 'Gives' herself to others pretty readily in a physical sense but typically puts off an emotionally unavailable air.

"Filled with stardust, wearing the bones as the shield and the skin as the cape. Fighting every day and opening up for the new wounds in the hustle of hiding the old scars.”
- Akshay Vasu

x Not a maternal creature, but nurturing in her own way. Quietly protective over any perceived innocence in children or adults alike despite often remaining emotionally distant to such individuals. Terrified at the thought of bearing children or being solely responsible for one. Takes birth control religiously to combat this, even when the chance of pregnancy seems relatively low. Readily takes up the role of ‘fun aunt’ when given the chance, however.

"This is the strange way of the world, that people who simply want to love are instead forced to become warriors."
- Lauren Oliver, Requiem

x Typically, Rhea maintains a certain laissez-faire approach to life. More apt to let things go than hold on to vendettas or negative judgement. Chastisements from a friend are taken to heart but insults from a stranger usually roll off broad shoulders. When it comes to strangers, her good graces -not to be confused with trust- are easily won though can be swiftly lost when striking certain cords within the female. Quick to express her displeasure when her buttons are pushed.

"Girls like her turn into women with eyes like bullet holes and mouths made of knives. They are always restless. They are always hungry. They are bad news. They will drink you down like a shot of whisky. Falling in love with them is like falling down a flight of stairs."
- Holly Black, Black Heart

x Over time, the Hyena has developed a mild persecution complex. Her paranoia can be hard to spot when she’s in her element. Easily comes off as self-assured -and is, in most cases- but around unfamiliar people, or in an unfamiliar place, that paranoia becomes more obvious. Her life up to this point has taught her not to trust too easily. People have taught her this as well.

"Don't believe everything you think."
- Robert Fulghum

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