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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:51 pm

"My memories of that day are better buried."

"Get them out, Cody; you'll feel better." Rien whispered. "You won't need to avoid them any longer. Just tell me." She demanded as she kissed him with greater passion.

"I was riding with my father, patrolling the borders of our lands when the girl came..." Cody's voice broke off.
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Postby Riencuran » Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:58 pm

Inwardly she wanted to hit him. This was like pulling teeth, trying to get him to talk.

She kissed him again and again. "And? Go on, Cody. Tell me everything from that day. What happened when the girl came?"
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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:01 pm

Cody was silent for several minutes; determined to get him to talk, she intensified her kisses; one of her kisses was broken off mid-course as he tackled her.

"Why do you care, so much; what does it matter to you?" He demanded suspiciosly. Apparently Tarquin wasn't as fully under her control as she had anticipated; no matter, she had tamed him before, and she'd do so again.

"I know you've been suffering because of her death, Cody; I want to help you get over the matter." Rien lied.

"Why don't I believe you?" Cody demanded. "I know what you want; you want me to betray Melika of Dale."

"Why would I want such a thing? Cody, I care only for you; I want what is best for you."

"I don't believe you." He insisted as Rien pulled him into his arms, kissing him.

"Cody, I would kill myself if it would mean that you would stop suffering on account of what happened that day."

"You would?" Cody replied, half-believing her.
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Postby Riencuran » Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:09 am

(Apologies for the short replies. My brain was shutting down by that time.)

"Of course I would." She said with as much truth in her voice as the assassin could muster. The whole business really shouldn't have been this hard. Cody was a weak-willed, foolish mortal; he should have succumbed to her by now.

No matter. Soon enough he would be begging to please her, and then Melika of Dale would die. Tarquin, in a fit of rage and grief, would hopefully then kill himself once he came to his senses.

"I would do anything for you, Cody, if it meant your suffering and your pain would be lessened."
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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:27 pm

"Anything, Rien?"

"Absolutely anything." She whispered.

"I don't believe you." He muttered, turning his back on her; she grabbed his cloak, clinging to it.

"I'm in complete earnest, Tarquin."

"You say that now, but you wouldn't back up your words if I asked you to--"

"Asked me to what?"

"I'm not even going to bother; I know how you'll react. I won't waste my time and your time."

This was frustrating, she needed him to kill Melika of Dale. "Tarquin, just tell me.'

"No; it'd be an exercise in futility."
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Postby Riencuran » Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:50 pm

"Tell me, Tarquin. I told you I would do anything to ease your pain. What is it?"

"You wouldn't do anything."

"Yes, I would." She growled. Anything to make him kill Melika of Dale. "Tell me."

"It's really a waste of time to even ask you."

"Tarquin, tell me, before you wear out the last of my patience. What is it?" The elfess demanded.
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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:19 pm

"You wouldn't be able to handle it on an emotional level--or any level for that matter. You're hardly known for being level-headed when you hear things that do not please you."

"I'm being remarkably calm and level-headed." Rien replied, forcing herself to remain so. She needed Tarquin to kill Melika, so that Kain Kadoa of Khand would not kill her. Then Tarquin would be her slave, and things would return to normalcy. The White Tower would be ruled with Cody as puppet-leader and Rien pulling the real strings. She was so close to her goal, it was tantalizing.

"You're certain?"

"Completely."

"Marry me, and be a faithful, loving, supportive wife."
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Postby Riencuran » Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:34 pm

The silence was deafening. Even the nightlife of the forest was quiet as a tomb. Riencuran's face as smooth as stone, and then her control was gone.

"You want me to do what?!" She exploded. A small flock of birds nesting in nearby trees took flight.

"Are you out of your mind?! You arrogant, disease-ridden, addle-brained snaga's son! Marry you? Marry you!" She was on her feet, wrist blades in hand. "I'll make you an eunuch before I ever marry a filthy Mortal wretch! Wife, ha! I'll be faithful to wanting you dead, loving as you kiss my feet as my slave, and supportive as you kill that cursed Melika! Marry you?!"
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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:44 pm

"Thank you for proving my point; you care nothing for my wishes, yet you expect me to defer to your own wishes." Cody noted coolly.

With that, he rose and began packing the camp.

"Where are you going?"

"I'm going to take you to Khand, then return to my busienss. You'll be happier with your fellow darksiders."

"They'll kill me." Rien spat.

"I'm sure you'll manage to avoid being killed." Cody replied cheerily. "A pity you're not willing to consider my offer; I may have an a solution to prevent them from killing you."
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Postby Riencuran » Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:49 pm

"What could a pathetic mortal do to prevent the Dark Lord of Khand from killing me?" She scoffed. "Besides, it's not as if it matters to you. You couldn't care less if I was dead, alive, or being tortured slowly for the next thousand years."

She took a few breaths, calming herself. Anger led to irrational thinking, and that would lead to her certain death. She had to remain calm.

Cursed mortal. He knew what his question would do to her. Melkor, she loathed him even more.

"I won't let you take me to Khand. I'm not going to die."
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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:11 pm

"You'd be surprised what I can do to prevent the Dark Lord of Khand from killing you." The raven-haired mortal replied seriously. "And you know nothing of my feelings." He added, pulling Rien into his arms and giving her a single, passionate kiss. No enchantments, no enticements. A kiss. unbidden, unexpected.

He saw Rien tremble in delight and felt relieved. She had apparently enjoyed it. Perhaps she would be more amenable to his offer of marriage, and to his offer to preserve her life.

"You liked my kiss, I see."
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Postby Riencuran » Wed Aug 15, 2007 4:47 am

She slapped him, wrenching herself out of his embrace. The assassin trembled in fury, her grey eyes stormy.

"How dare you?" She hissed. "If you ever do that again, I will make you an eunuch."

Her wrist blades were out once again, although this time she felt more willing to strike. "I won't fall for your tricks or your kisses, mortal. I am older than your ten-times great grandfather, and I cannot stop Kain of Khand. He would kill you in moments. And was that kiss supposed to persuade me to reconsider your ridiculous, laughable offer of marriage? I'd rather risk being killed by the Dark Lord than ever become your wife."
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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Sun Aug 19, 2007 5:47 pm

"It's a pity you feel that way." Cody replied; she saw him rising, moving away from her, and entering his tent, utterly unconcerned that she could kill him easily with his back exposed.

"I could kill you now, Tarquin." She warned with a hiss.

"You won't." He replied confidently. Unsubordinate mortal.

"I liked you better when you were my slave."

"You have the ability to enslave me again, yet you dare not. Perhaps you fear the consequences?"

"I fear nothing."

"Of course not." He retorted drily. "I'm going to bed, and riding for Khand in the morning to make the arrangements with Kain of Khand."

"You're crazy."

"Am I really?"
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Postby Riencuran » Sun Aug 19, 2007 6:01 pm

"Yes, you are." Infuriating, arrogant.... "If you think for one fleeting moment that I will set foot in Khand, especially with you, you're past insanity. I'm not suicidal."

Maybe while he slept she could burn his tent down. He hadn't bound her, and she had flint in a pocket of her tunic.

"You may ride for Khand on the morrow, but I do not." The elfess said firmly. If he tried to throw her over his horse like the last time, she'd strike him with her blades.

She wasn't bound, she had her knives...if she didn't want and need Melika of Dale killed so badly, she would have left while Tarquin slept. But she needed the Stewardess dead, and Tarquin was the perfect one to do the deed.
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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Sun Aug 19, 2007 6:11 pm

When Tarquin arose that morning, both Rien and Cody were greeted to the sound of approching hooves.

"Light rider, probably female." Cody guessed. "Elven horse."

"She won't find us." Rien promised darkly. Cody dangerously grabbed her wrists, forcing her wristblades to close; had she chose, she could have reopened them upon his fingers, but she needed him whole so he could kill Melika of Dale. Curse the mortal.

"Greetings, travelers." A blonde-haired elfess greeted them. "It is a strange sight to behold a man and an elfess travelling together."

"Unusual indeed." Cody replied. "What brings you to the Misty Mountains?"

"I am travelling from Rivendell to Gondor, and wouldn't mind an escort; are you headed south?"

"We are, but further than Gondor I fear; still, we can see you safely there."

"Actually," Rien interjected, "We'll see you every foot of the way. My servant and I will see to that."

"He certainly doesn't act like a servant." The elfess insisted.
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Postby Riencuran » Sun Aug 19, 2007 6:33 pm

Riencuran spoke to Cody through their mental link. "Humor me in this one act, and I will show you the way to Kain of Kadoa's camp, so you can make whatever arrangements you have in mind."

If she could get him back to the White Tower, she could once again try to make him kill Melika, and she could return to Khand and not die. Time was running out; the full moon was approaching, and before it rose in the Khandian sky, Melika of Dale needed to be dead.

"Play the part of my servant, and I'll personally escort you straight to Lord Kadoa's tent."
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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Sun Aug 19, 2007 6:39 pm

"Why should I believe you? You have often lied to me in the past." He demanded mentally, and their conversation continued in the same medium.

"Cody, I'm in complete earnestness about this, why would I be lying?"

"For one, you have no intentions for me to leave Gondor."

"Of course you can leave Gondor." She insisted. After he killed Melika.

"You swear this is true?" He demanded.

"I stake my very life on the claim that you will appear before Kain of Khand." On second thought, it would be great enjoyment to watch him grovel before the lords of Khand and confess his deed, before she killed him for making her suffer so and refusing to kill Melika.

"Very well; I will hold you too that." He promised, then turned to the elfess.

"We will escort you to wherever in Gondor you intend to journey."

"I thank you, young sir." The elfess replied.

"Don't talk to my servant." Rien insisted. "If you have anything to say, say it to me."

"He still seems very outspoken for a servant."

"I like my servants that way." Rien replied hastily as the elfess looked at her thoughtfully. "How much longer till we arrive at the gates of the White Tower, boy?"

"Three weeks, m'lady." Cody replied.

"That's not good enough." Rien snapped. The full moon was in ten days.

"M'lady; that's as fast as our horses can travel; else the beasts will drop dead in their tracks, making our journey longer."
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Postby Riencuran » Sun Aug 19, 2007 6:48 pm

"Your calculations are obviously off, then. We're riding all day and most of the night. We'll stop for a few hours to rest the horses, and then continue on again."

She paused, thinking for a moment. "And there's a shortcut through the Gap of Rohan. We'll take that as well. I want to be in Minas Tirith in less than two weeks."
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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Sun Aug 19, 2007 6:52 pm

Thanks to Rien's grueling pace, the group arrived at the White Tower very early in the morning of the 10th day; the horses were spent, but they were quickly handed over to stableboys to be cared for. The other elfess vanished into the crowds upon arriving at Minas Tirith.

Weary, Cody went to his bedroom in the White Tower to rest, Rien followed him.

"You know what I want, Cody." She whispered seductively as she lay next to him. "And you're too weary to fight it any longer; I want the job done today."

"I won't betray Melika." Cody replied in a weary voice. Rien knew that she could use no spells on him; Melika would detect them, she would have to use his own weariness against him.

"Do this, Cody, and I'll ask nothing of you again." She purred.

"That's what you said the day you set me free."
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Postby Riencuran » Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:00 pm

"Kill Melika, and I swear, it's the last thing. I'll leave your life forever. You'll never see me or hear the slightest whisper about me." She kissed the hollow of his throat, and then nibbled on his ear, her hands slipping underneath his shirt.

"Just do this one, little, simple deed for me, Cody." She accentuated her words with languid, teasing kisses.
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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:04 pm

"This is a trick."

"It's no trick, Cody; all you have to do is one clean kill, and you won't so much as hear rumors of me if you do not wish it." She assured him as she nibbled at his ear, pressing her body against his. He began kissing her passionately, his desire for her increasing.

"You can have all of me, Cody; just kill Melika." Rien purred.

"I'd be executed by her guards before I reached her; it's an impossible task."
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Postby Riencuran » Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:11 pm

"Melika trusts you. Tell her you wish to speak with her about the assassin that tried to kill her earlier, to discuss my punishment. You'll be alone with her, for she won't suspect you of trickery. You kill her swiftly, and return to me, and we will leave the city. You'll never see me again." She kissed him lustfully, deeply, sensually.

"I'm not even asking you to make her suffer, Cody. A swift, clean kill. She won't have time to even cry out. Kill Melika for me, Cody. Kill Melika of Dale."
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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:17 pm

At that moment, several guards burst into the room, surrounding the bed.

"Riencuran Elenath, you are under arrest for previous jailbreaking, plots to kill the steward of the tower, and fraternizing with enemies of Gondor." The captain of the guard announced as the guards hauled Rien away.

Having an idea, Rien grabbed her abdomen and grimaced. "Not so rough, good man; I bear a child." She whimpered as the guards began to spirit her off.

"What did you say?" The captain demanded.

"I bear a child, Captain; Tarquin's child." Perhaps she could get him in trouble with her, or perhaps her sentence could be lessened by this ploy.


"Is this true, Tarquin? Does Riencuran bear your child?"

"I know of no such child." Cody replied tiredly. "And Riencuran loathes me; she would bear no child if she knew it to be mine."

"Very well," The captain replied, prepared to spirit her off. Rien knew she had precious few moments to convince Cody she bore his child and was ecstatic about the matter--and that her earlier scorn over marrying him was a cover for the fear she felt as she considered whether to tell him about her 'pregnancy'.

"Come along, Riencuran Elenath." The captain of the guards ordered.
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Postby Riencuran » Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:30 pm

Rien had never consummated any union with Tarquin--Melkor forbid she ever had to resort to that. But he was so weary from riding hard for ten days, she was hoping his mind would be too tired to think clearly.

"It's against your laws to imprison a child-bearing woman. My child is Tarquin's." Riencuran insisted.

"I've never known you in that respect, Rien." Cody protested.

Rien stared at him, before promptly bursting into tears. "I can't believe you could forget such a thing. I give myself to a man, and he forgets it ever happened."
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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:41 pm

"You are correct only in part" The captain of the guards replied when Cody again denied that he could possibly be the father, as he had known her not. "The fact of the matter is that pregnant women may be imprisoned--just not in the cells in the White Tower."

Rien waited with baited breath.

"You will be taken to the cells for women beyond the houses of healing, and kept there."

This was not acceptable; she had to be present to prod Cody into action, time was running out.

In desperation she threw herself at Cody. "At least, offer to marry me to take away some of my disgrace." She begged, hoping to stall for time. Instead of taking him to his 'wedding', she would take him to Melika's personal chamber, his sword sharp and his will ready for action.

"You have no desire to marry me, and you lie about being pregnant." Cody forced out tiredly. "Please, take her away." He advised the captain of the guards.
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Postby Riencuran » Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:46 pm

She hated groveling. She hated begging. Cursed mortal.

She began to weep even harder. "The father of my child denies me, permitting me to be treated thus. A fellow darksider would have more decency." Rien clung to Cody, on her knees. "Cody, please, remove some of my shame and make me your wife."
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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:00 pm

"You're lying." Cody insisted as Rien grabbed his feet, kissing them devotedly. Tiredly, he pulled her up to his level. "Very well, I will marry you, for the sake of our child." He promised; they went with the guards down the hallway, where Rien asked the guards to fetch the priest for her; Cody was too tired to undertake the duty. When the guards had gone, she led Cody to the blacksmith's shop and had his sword sharpened.

"No excuses Cody, it's time." She purred.

"I won't do this." He insisted. She pressed her warm body against him. "I think you will." She replied, already relishing the scene where she took him to Khand while Carum and Kain openly mocked their enemy for slaughtering a fellow-lightsider.

He pushed her away weakly, stumbling to the ground. "I won't, Rien; I'll leave this moment. I refuse to be a part of your schemes."
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Postby Riencuran » Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:09 pm

She went to his side, kissing him slowly. "You will do this, Cody. You will do this for me, or I'll kill your baby. I'll take rue, I'll stab myself, I'll swallow poison." Her hands roamed his body, stroking his skin. "Who will die, Cody? Melika, or your child?"

She suddenly withdrew her presence, and watched him coldly. "Make a choice, Cody."
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Postby Lord_Tarquin » Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:31 pm

"I don't believe you." He insisted with an effort. "You're lying, Rien." He added with clarity. "My mother lost a child barely two months in her womb, two days after she learned of her pregnancy, the child was dead. I remember my father was away and I was with her as she delivered the child; if you are telling the truth, cut open your own abdomen and show me the child as it lives." He demanded.

Rien was momentarily stunned.

"You lied to me." Cody confirmed. "Depart from me; you have dishonored me."
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Postby Riencuran » Mon Aug 20, 2007 7:57 am

The hard truth sliced into the elfess like a sword; she was going to die. Kain would kill her for not completing the task assigned, Melika of Dale would kill her for her crimes against the White Tower. No one was allowed to attempt murder and get a simple jail sentence, and a dark assassin in the payment of the Khandian dark lord would be the last to be exempt.

She didn't want to die.

Kain of Kadoa didn't care about her. Riencuran was just another expendable assassin, no matter how much she had tried to show otherwise. There was a plethora of assassins in Khand; he didn't need her. It was of little consequence if she lived or died, and it seemed as if dying was next on the agenda.

"Call for your guards, then. Toss me into a cell." She sat down on the stone floor, her head resting on her drawn-up knees, and whispered a prayer to Melkor, whom she was certain didn't care either.
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