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Post by Niemand on 13th February 2018, 11:43 pm

The god of war paced the length of his 'temple'. It was yet was not there due to the Western influence. While the structure still stood where it had, it had become a bit lost to mortals. This was one of the reasons why Ares would retreat to it from time to time. There wasn't any danger to him being discovered there and it wasn't like any of his family really came to the isles much anymore. No, they preferred to stay where their main base of power was situated. While most of his places of import had moved across the globe as they had, there were some that had stubbornly refused to go with the flow and stay rooted in their original place. Ares was more than grateful for this fact.

What was causing his restlessness was the waiting. One would think that he would be used to such a task seeing as most wars had plenty of waiting. Yet, this while being very similar was quite different. Scowling, the god stopped his pacing and glared off as if the wall had greatly offended him personally. There were too many unknown variables. He needed to know what was going on. There had been no abnormal movement or indication that his uncles brats were anything but unclaimed demi's. Oh he, along with his uncle had known when they had gotten to the camp. As of yet the kids hadn't brought any attention to themselves that showed whose children they were and it was frustrating the god of war. It hadn't helped that his dear old uncle hadn't laid claim to them either.

There was only one way he could find out what was going on, but he daren't approach her yet. She had needed time and he'd given it to her. He could only hope that Persephone had taken his advice and gone to Aphrodite. Perhaps the woman could talk to her, advise her, and see that she should let things play out. Or, perhaps let him in on what her husband was thinking.

Feeling the urge to let some of his pent up anxiety and built up energy out, Ares was very tempted to 'beat something into submission with a stick' as it had been put once. Instead, he spun on his heel and went up to Olympus. While he was always on alert, he was doubly cautious now while he had plans in the works. Going to the observing hall, he stopped at the edge and sat, lounging comfortably as his eyes searched below and watched.

Unsure how long he'd been there before he was being observed, Ares resisted the urge to turn and look. While it was unwise as being both Ares and a warrior to leave one's back unprotected, he was sure that he wouldn't be murdered here. Keeping his silence he tried to feel out who it was and when he did, he was a bit surprised. Deciding it was best to allow her to make the first move, he waited.
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Post by Holly on 14th February 2018, 12:55 am

In recent days, Persephone has found herself wandering. Not with any particular destination in mind, save for wherever her feet take her. The gardens of Olympus are always beautiful, but if she's honest she's hardly noticed.

It's hard to admire her mother's handiwork when it feels like there is a rock situated just under the bottom of her ribs, pressing down and reminding her of exactly what kind of trouble is on the horizon.

Civil war. Gods fighting gods in a way not seen since Menelaus and his allies set sail for Troy all those eons ago.

After Ares let her in on his plans, she sought out Aphrodite, though pouring out her worries to her friend did little to ease her worry. Arguably, it strengthened her anxiety when her friend's only advice was to lay low and let the rest of the Pantheon sort it out. Loath as she was to follow it, Ares' advice rapidly became what guided her actions. With her husband remaining stoically close-lipped about his plan of action, she has no choice but to follow what others have told her to do.

She hates it. She hates being in the dark and unsure - endlessly fretting over what might happen to her if her husband makes a mistake.

For all that she resents being abandoned alone in the underworld for months on end, she finds herself longing for quiet days in the palace playing fetch with Cerberus or doing something equally inane. No threat of war, no Ares, no Hades, no worries.

On this particular day, her feet draw her down the sleekly paved walkways to the observing hall. Her leather sandals tap quietly against the smooth stone floors as she ascends the stairs and steps through into the cool shade within. Tiers of galleries leading up to the ceiling cause sound to carry oddly. The sound of two people bickering in one of the higher tiers creates a strangely muffled rumble in her ears.

There are more stairs to climb up to one of the gallery tiers, and she's so preoccupied with her own thoughts that she hardly realizes that the gallery is occupied until she's turned off from the landing and is staring at the back of a very familiar curly head.

Of all the people she had to stumble upon in her wanderings, it had to be him.

Part of her is tempted to back out and leave before he realizes she's there, but instead, she sets her shoulder against the marble column that forms part of the arched entry and studies him. The moments draw on, and she can see the set of his shoulders changing as he fights his urge to turn and see who's observing him. He knows she's there, and she sees no reason to pretend otherwise.

"I don't think I've ever seen you sit still like that," she comments, folding her arms across her chest as she leans into the cool marble pillar.
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Post by Niemand on 14th February 2018, 1:07 pm

Almost quirking a smile at that, Ares realized that no, she hadn't ever seen him sit still. He wasn't really the type of person to do so. Very rarely would he, but then even at the obligated bi yearly solstice meetings he'd be drumming his fingers waiting for the tedium to be done. That being said, it was rare that the god of war ever really relaxed. Keeping his gaze on the earth below, he pondered over why she could be here and decided to not think too deeply and just accept this fortuitous circumstance. If it really was such a thing. It could go just as their earlier encounters did forever locking them into that particular dance.

Giving a noncommittal noise, Ares wondered why she had come to this are of Olympus. If anything he would have thought she would be in the gardens. Then again, she might be avoiding her mother so the gardens would be the last place she would want to be. While he had 'daddy' issues, she had 'mommy' issues.

Finally, he turned his head to gaze at her with a neutral expression on his face, eyes guarded. He took in her stance and saw that she wasn't having any easier time than he seemed to be. A vindictive part of him was pleased at that. It was that old adage about misery loving company he supposed. It was that part of him that like to antagonize and watch people squirm. Turning back to look down at the world below he lazily gestured for her to join him she was so inclined. He didn't feel the urge to inform her that she didn't know him as well as she thought she did. Everyone knew he was more a physical being and while he preferred his actions to speak for him, there were times when it belied how he truly was.

"I'm surprised mommy let you off your leash," he stated to open things up and to push her buttons.
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Post by Holly on 15th February 2018, 10:08 pm

She hesitates, weighing the guarded look in his eyes against the snarky comment on his lips. Some things never change, no matter how bad the circumstances get, and Ares' need to push her buttons is one of them.

"I'm surprised your keeper hasn't muzzled you yet," she retorts, her blithe tone contrasting starkly with her wary posture as she slowly crosses the space between the doorway and the balcony and perches on a chair beside him. Up close he seems...Tense. Between the guarded look he gave her and the stiff set of his shoulders, it seems he's as unsure of the situation as she is.

She's not sure how she feels about that. When a tactician like the god of war is feeling the strain, it's probably not a good sign for someone like her.

"I didn't figure you for a people watcher, either," she adds, glancing at him side-long before bending forward to gaze through the banister at the passing figures below. A pair of dryads converse softly near one of the pillars, pausing only when another dryad streaks past pursued by a satyr.

It seems to be business as usual for everyone but a select few, and she can't help but envy the willowy women with the leaves tipping their fingers. Ignorance is bliss, and she'd very much like to be ignorant of all of this.


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Post by Niemand on 15th February 2018, 10:41 pm

Oh how he would have loved to have made a comment about the muzzle and he was sure it showed in his eyes as he fought to contain his laughter. In fact, that comment alone brought up some images that he was sure she hadn't meant to invoke. Doing the wise thing and erring on the side of caution, Ares actually kept his mouth shut and let it pass. It wouldn't do either of them any good to bicker, especially here. The moment of suppressed laughter no matter how fleeting, buoyed him and he did feel a bit grateful for the unknown pick me up.  Instead, he settled for opting to respond to her second comment.

Arching a brow at her, expression a combination of skeptical, annoyed, and a bit amused. "And what kind of warrior would I be if I wasn't a 'people watcher'?" he asked. What did she think that fighters did? They had to watch their opponent's movements and pick up their next moves by what their bodies telegraphed. Giving a sarcastic smile he stated, "Fighting is more than just swinging swords around and hoping to get lucky enough to stick the pointy end in the other person."
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Post by Holly on 15th February 2018, 11:17 pm

She realizes after the fact that her words could have an alternate meaning. Once upon a time she would have blushed, embarrassed by her slip, but now she just shrugs it off. Ares can think what he likes, but she knows what she meant.

"Could have fooled me," she answers, unconcerned as she folds her hands in her lap and settles more comfortably into her seat. It's not the softest chair, but it's much preferable to her seat in the underworld, which makes it bearable. Smoothing her skirts - navy blue today - she shrugs in answer to his question.

"Just seems a bit too sedate, that's all." She's still adjusting to the realization that he isn't always in motion, and this plays into it. She's never thought of him as someone who could relax - always on guard, always scheming, always planning his next move. She realizes now that she was wrong about him, and it niggles at her.

She prides herself on being good at reading people. Their intentions, thoughts, feelings are usually reasonably evident to her, but he seems to exist in a blind spot that she didn't know she had.

Or you're just naive, she thinks to herself, pursing her lips thoughtfully. Your self-estimation is far too high for someone who spends half the year away from Olympus and is about as politically shrewd as a concussed satyr.
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Post by Niemand on 18th February 2018, 7:47 pm

Resisting the urge to explain about how its actually a lot harder to be an efficient fighter than one would think and the intricacies than she believed, but kept kept his mouth shut; with quite some difficulty. That was another thing that had always rubbed him the wrong way with his family. None of them realized that it wasn't just swinging swords and getting lucky. Yes, luck played a part in it, but there was more to it than that. It irked him that he got all the grief yet his sister Athena was never painted with the same brush. She insisted on involving herself in war to become one of their gods and yet no one had anything but praise for her. He had wanted to sneer at them and had, before he embraced being the black sheep of Olympus and making it his own.

Nearly snorting that Persephone believed people watching to be too sedate for him, he gave her a shrug. It wasn't as if he broadcast his interests aside from those he was known for because of his obsessiveness (trying to kill Heracles and constantly pursuing Aphrodite) or those he allowed and wanted known (his meddling). However, something like this, he supposed it would seem out of character. If one dind't know him and how he used it to advantage. While he was impatient he could wait for the opportune moment if he believed the wait to be worthwhile.

"And what would you have me do then hmmm, your Highness?" He lazily glanced over at her. Amusement and curiosity danced in his eyes. "Plucking the wings from a certain thief's feet? Or cackling madly over a map trying to overthrow Olympus?"
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Post by Holly Yesterday at 12:17 am

It's all too easy to imagine him laughing maniacally while plotting the best way to tear Olympus apart. The general consensus among the Pantheon is that Ares is something of a loose cannon; obsessive and vindictive, careless of the consequences of his actions so long as he gets what he wants, which fits all too well with his bloodthirsty image.

Some parts of it are real, she knows. The single-minded determination and something of the flippancy towards potential consequences especially, but she finds it hard to reconcile the picture painted of him by the other deities with what she knows of him. By all accounts he should have just left her to flounder in the mire created by his machinations, and yet he didn't.

She supposes that she ought to be grateful. He could have let her make a mess of things without a second thought, and his advice, so far, is proving helpful in keeping her clear of fallout. It's more helpful than her husband's sulky silence, to say the least.

Her lips twist, stopping halfway between a grimace and a smile. There's amusement hidden in his expression when she turns to face him, but the knot of stress under her ribs adds a barb to her reply.

"Not cackling, no." Her gaze turns sidelong before shifting to the intricacies of the pillar beside her. "We both know that something so overt isn't your style."

She knows it's probably a mistake the minute the words leave her tongue, but she can't help it. She can't just play along with his needling like nothing happened, not when he's practically brought the sky down on her head.

Should she be grateful for the warning he gave her? Probably. Is she beginning to regret getting tangled up in his mess? Absolutely.
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Post by Niemand Yesterday at 2:28 pm

It was what broke his control and Ares laughed unrestrained and full of mirth. He hadn't laughed like this in awhile, but it was rather amusing. It seemed that the deity that should understand him the least was coming to know him better than the others it would appear. Unless, there were parts that she didn't overlook as some of their family did. Her memory didn't seem to be as short as the attention span of a child. That was the contradictory nature of the Olympians, or what Ares had observed. Grudges and deeds done against the gods were remembered and yet all good deeds seemed to have been forgotten shortly and one must prove themselves again or were ignored in favor of punishing you for your misdeed.

Relaxed completely, or almost there, Ares let the amused smile linger uncaring if he had brought attention by his moment of merriment. It didn't matter to him if they were seen seeing as they weren't doing anything aside from talking. Like he'd be as careless as those satyrs to do anything that could be construed as offensive or inappropriate towards Persephone while in public. While at times he would subtly try something, today wasn't one of those days. What was the point if your only audience are below you and wouldn't really appreciate the efforts gone into the show?

Which had his gaze stay on the goddess since she had yet to leave or state her intentions. Knowing might not have had the intention of seeking him out, Ares was curious as to why she hadn't left yet. She could have upon seeing him there left without comment. That she had stayed spoke volumes and he was trying to figure out what exactly she was trying to not say. Assessing her he decided to be blunt. "Why are you here, Highness?"

They both knew it couldn't be for Hades as this was her period of being free from the Underworld. Any messages that the god wanted sent up was usually done a different way. What Ares really wanted to know was more than why she was in Olympus. Or why she found herself in the same room as Ares. He supposed he wanted to know why she was staying in said room. Why she had even decided to approach him.
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Post by Holly Yesterday at 2:48 pm

She jumps in her seat, startled by his boisterous laughter shattering the muted peace. It rings off of the high ceilings, and she has to fight the urge to hide her face as the dryads below look for the source of the noise.

A smile lingers on his lips, and she shakes her head. She really ought to stop replying to him altogether, because he has far too much fun at her expense. At least his mirth has eased the tension that pervaded their little alcove; it no longer feels like there's a weight on her shoulders keeping her from taking a full breath.

"I went for a walk to clear my head and ended up here. Finding you was pure coincidence." She sighs, brushing at a leaf stuck to the fabric of her skirts. "Lucky me."

She turns, one eyebrow arched as she studies his newly relaxed expression. "I assume you're not just here to watch Satyrs chase Dryads all day."
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Post by Niemand Yesterday at 3:13 pm

A lip twitched at her choice of words. Again he almost makes a quip, this time about how the Fates would object to the term 'coincidence'. Instead, Ares took the sarcasm as he deserved it. His eyes had followed her hand movement and it seemed that she still hadn't lost that habit of hers. It gave her nerves away but at the same time, it seemed she learned to make it appear natural. That alone was one of the reasons that he had come to like her. Persephone was a lot stronger and had more depth than the other gods thought and Ares loved being able to the one to peel those layers back and discover them. It came with observing people which also partly wove itself into aggravating and pushing buttons to see how they would respond.

Ares' lip curled in disgust at the thought of watching the absurdities that were much loved and romanticized by humans. Did she really think that he'd been doing that at the beginning? Mentally he shuddered. If he wanted to watch something like that he'd just have to visit Dionysus. No, his mind had been elsewhere and this was the last place he believed someone would come looking for him.

"I would say luck was on my side," he leered not answering her question. It was habit and one he couldn't really nor wanted to break. She was very attractive and while he knew that they weren't likely to get back to the way they'd been before this mess is resolved, he could still look. There was also the fact he wasn't quite sure how to broach the topic with her.

"Olympus isn't really the place one would go to clear one's head." If anything it was the place to create more drama. At least the Greeks had one thing right about the Olympians. They constantly had something going on that would cause strife or fuel an escalated argument.
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Post by Holly Yesterday at 4:02 pm

If they hadn't had that conversation in her quarters all those days ago, she might have been pleased to have his attention on her; to feel wanted.   Though she still thinks him handsome, the resurgence of her wariness puts a damper on her attraction.

She rolls her eyes. It seems he truly does have a one-track mind when it comes to her, and she has to wonder what good it does her.  It hardly makes sense to distance herself from her husband by running into the arms of someone who sees her as a pretty plaything and little else.

"It's no worse than anywhere else."  She flicks the wayward leaf, sending it fluttering into the space beyond the railing.  "Better here than sequestering myself in my quarters and going mad of boredom."

He hasn't answered her question, but then again he rarely ever does.  Pressing him about it will only make him more evasive, but she's hardly in the mood to just let him get away with it.

"So you were here watching Satyrs. 'What kind of warrior' indeed," she drawls, her lips tugging up into a half smile.
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Post by Niemand Yesterday at 11:27 pm

"Touche," he responded. He supposed she could be right. This was where he had wound up as well, was it not? To give her credit, this would be the last spot anyone would look for her either. Then the next bit of what she said registered and Ares gave into his revulsion that she could think such a thing even in jest. His eyes narrow even though its not with real malice. "Perhaps I was contemplating genocide?"

Ares couldn't say patricide or regicide as he'd tried that one already even sanctioned and it hadn't stuck. It wasn't as if Olympus would much miss the satyrs. They were more a nuisance. The only one that really felt anything toward the walking furballs were the questionably the Dryads, and their designated leader Dionysus. With his brother being stuck in that prison of his, it wasn't as if there would be quick retribution.

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Post by Holly Yesterday at 11:42 pm

Genocide is not where she thought the conversation would lead, and both eyebrows travel upwards at his rhetorical question.

"Well, that wouldn't be very nice. They haven't done anything to you," she replies blandly, fighting to keep a straight face. He seems genuinely surprised by her comment, which might just be a first, and she's entirely too pleased with herself for pulling it off.

Admittedly the furry fiends aren't her favourite beings on Olympus, but they're relatively harmless. So long you're not a Dryad and don't make eye contact, they'll leave you alone. One of the few benefits of living in the Underworld for half the year is that she only has to deal with the shades of satyrs and not the live versions.

"I'm sorry, did I hit a nerve?" She looks away, staring up at the ceiling as she tries to maintain an expression that doesn't involve an amused smirk.
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Ares scoffed at her amusing statement. They were offensive just to look at and more often then not the walking shrubbery agreed with him on that score. How was she to know that the creatures had gone against him by leading a few demigods safely to that blasted camp. It had been worth it just to see the look she had given him to his question. He preferred when she was more expressive rather than trying to be stoic or the mask she donned whenever she was at one of the courts.

"It seems as if I'm boring you," he stated as he stood up, eyes on the column of her throat. Tilting his head as he gazed at the goddess he again wondered why she decided to 'clear her head' where he was. She should have turned and left. Allowing his suspicion to show on his face, he queried, "What's your angle?"
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Her gaze doesn't move from the frescoed ceiling as she considers his question. She's not sure she even has an angle at this point; she went for a walk, and he just happened to be occupying the first alcove she turned into. If anything, her 'angle' was to stay as far away from him as possible until she could sort out her feelings and the mess she's in, but it seems her luck had other plans.

"I could ask you the same thing," she counters, glancing at him out of the corner of her eye. "For the record, I didn't have one. I went for a walk trying to get away from everyone else's angles."

She doubts it's the answer he wants, she doesn't care. She doesn't owe him anything, and if he chooses not to believe her then it's his problem.
He invited her to sit, so she sat, more out of habit than anything. If he wants to jump at shadows over something as small as her sitting with him, then he can do as he pleases.
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