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Kate's Gift, Kate's Familiar (LadyKate43 & Asterous)
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Author:  Asterous [ Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:06 pm ]
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He always fought, against everyone and everything. Naturally this ended with many beatings and punishments, not to mention the stern talks from his masters. Did he ever learn? Not really. It never seemed to get through to him that he was to behave, that's what he had been breed for. It was several long years before the slave began to show any sort of submission to which Lady Malora and Lord Draco were grateful for. This harsh treatment continued for years, until the creature turned 18 and deemed ready.

He fought at first, like a wild animal as the men appointed to transport him from Lord Draco's manor to that of the Lyons. He had earned a violent smack across the face as one guard pulled his hand back, having been bitten by the thing. Recoiling from the men, the slave shrunk back in the cage as it was covered and loaded up. It was a long trip and the constant jolts and bumps kept the slave from getting any rest, even if he wanted to.

When they stopped it was a relief. The slave felt rather than saw the cage being carried once more, a cover had been thrown over top, obstructing any view. It wasn't long before the men dropped the cage and the slave heard their retreating footsteps. Holding his breath and listening, he slowly let it out when it was clear they wouldn't be returning.

Crouching as much as he could the slave slipped a hand through the bars and tugged on the covering, watching it fall in a pile on the floor. The sight that met his eyes was not familiar. Slumping against the bars, the slave sighed and closed his eyes, hiding the slightly glowing green cat eyes. His black hair fell forward into his face but he made no move to brush it aside, too exhausted.

He wasn't sure how much time had passed when his ears picked up the sound of the door swinging open. His back was towards it but he could hear the soft sounds of somebody coming closer.

"Hello are you alive?"
The question caused a small smirk to form on his face before vanishing just as quickly. A small exhale of air accompanying it.

"I am soo sorry. I just received a note you arrived."
At this he opened his eyes to look at whoever this person was, no one had ever apologized to him before. Was it a trick? His eyes locked on to hers, an air of disbelief and suspicion shining in them.

Author:  LadyKate43 [ Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:48 pm ]
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A large cloth was piled in a heap on the floor. Kate held a carpet bag and candle stick. The flame revealed a dark form slumped against the bars of the cage. Kate was taken back by the condition the creature was in. The animal was covered in rotten food, sinew, and dried blood. He had swollen eyes, cheeks, and lips that were dry and cracked. The cage was metal and over the door. In big red letters, a sign spelled "Ferocious Beast."

She opened the cage with a wave of her hand and sat on the floor. "You poor thing. Come out. I will protect you. I am Lady Katheryn Lyons. You may call me Kate or Katie. I am a healer mage. May I hold your paw or hand, please."
Kate spoke in a soft, tender, confident voice. Her heart broke seeing the neglect of the being with cat like eyes. She did not fear the form as he was in no condition to fight. She did not move or look him in the eyes. She gave no sign that she was a threat. He had been taunted and beaten enough.

Author:  Asterous [ Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:16 pm ]
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The slave watched the woman, curiosity and skepticism filling his thoughts. He was waiting for her to do something, anything -- strike out at him perhaps -- but it never came. Instead, he flinched slightly, eyes flashing towards the cage door as it opened with a wave of her hand. A mage than? He made no move as was probably expected, listening instead to what she had to say.

As she spoke the slave tried to figure out why she was being so nice. What was she planning? No one was this nice for no reason. He remained motionless for a few minutes as silence filled the room before ever so slowly inching towards the opening. Slinking into the open the slave was well aware of the pains racking his body, wounds that had started to heal over broke open with the movement while bruises flared once more. Cringing slightly, a slight whimper escaped his throat before the slave pushed the pain away as much as he could and knelt a few feet from Kate.

Author:  LadyKate43 [ Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:36 pm ]
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Kate watched as he painfully crept out. He yelped as he stood up. Kate watched as he 'curled up, sat on his feet, then placed his hands at his side.' Kate nodded to him, it was alright to be seated next to her. "Welcome, my gift. You are in the House of Lyons, suite in the palace of King Atria in the city of Seville.
"Your in pain. I know your hungry." Kate removed an apple, warm apple cider, and chicken breast from her bag. "I am unfortunately the niece of your Mistress, Lady Malora. I received a letter, that you a present for my upcoming Winter Fest. You may eat all you want. Speak freely. I know your starved. After you've eaten, I will give you a bath and you may rest. Please state your birth name. Place you hand in mine. I want to heal you."

The mage hand fed him pieces of torn chicken, sliced apple, and pour him warn apple cider. She holds to his nose, a mug of apple cider. "Smells good." Kate can tell He was cautious to trust her.

Author:  Asterous [ Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:03 pm ]
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He listened to Kate, the name of the place sounding familiar but not ringing any bells. As she removed the food from her bag, he couldn't suppress the growls from his stomach. He knew however that if he ate too much he would just make himself sick so he had to control himself. All focus was drawn away from the food at the mention of his previous mistress, a faint hiss escaping his lips at the name. This was the first time he had actually heard why he was here, he had had some idea but hadn't expected someone like Kate. A brutal slave driver, yes or even a pit fight leader. This was something else entirely. He continued to listen to Kate as she spoke, his eyes fixing on her. Was this some sort of test? When he had spoken previously he had always received a beating, and no one had ever healed him willingly.

A few moments ticked by before he said or did anything. Watching Kate he hesitantly answered her question.
"Jasper. My name's Jasper." It had taken him a few seconds to remember his name after so long without it, it sounded foreign on his tongue. He waited, waited for someone to hit him but nothing came. Her next order was a little harder to comply with, but he knew he had to obey. Forcing his hand forward he placed it lightly in hers, ready to jerk it back should he need to. He hesitantly accepted the pieces of offered food, nibbling them at first with his eyes trained on Kate. Gradually he ate with a little more confidence until she held the cup of cider under his nose. Having a strong sense of smell it was very strong and he pulled his head back a little, glancing down at the cup before slowly accepting that too. What was she planning? Heal him and gain his strength back just to make him struggle with some task? Sipping the drink he watched Kate, trying to figure out her intentions.

Author:  LadyKate43 [ Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:31 pm ]
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Kate nodded as he experieneced new spells and tasts. The mage knew her demands confused the male. She only gave him nods and no smiles. He was very weary of her, she knew, she would have to work had to earn his trust. He was slow progress. Kate wa releived he placed his hand in hers. "You are doing well Jasper. You will feel warmth and the pain will ease. I will not allow you to suffer. Breath easy. I am not a master mage yet. I have medicine, herbs, and salves. My hands will never be used to harm. Jasper, take a deep breath and close your eyes."

Kate waited for him to close his eye before releasing her mana. She felt him hesitate placing his hand to hers as she cradled both of her hand, holding his like taking a delicate flower. The mage slowly released a warming heat that became hotter as his body healed. Slight scratches and deep bruises healed instantly. Deep wounds would take longer. "Better?" Let me know when you feel like walking. I am going to bathe you and let you rest. Do you have nightmares, Jasper. Your allowed to stay in my room if you need to. Meaning if you are scared to sleep in your own room."

Author:  Asterous [ Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:51 pm ]
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Jasper listed to Kate, trying hard not to pull his hand back immediately. He had relaxed a fraction listening to her but tensed up when he was asked to close his eyes. His breathing increased in speed a bit as his mind went through every worst case scenario it could process. When Kate didn't make any moves against him he forced himself to calm down, even just a little. He took once last glance at Kate before slowly closing his eyes.

At first he only felt a small bit of warmth which wasn't all that bad, it was when it increased in intensity that he began having doubts again and wanted to pull away. He shifted his shoulders as he felt the bruises across them heal, similar to the numerous other small cuts around his body. When Kate next spoke he jumped a little, his eyes opening to look at her. He merely nodded when she asked if he felt better -- he did, better than he had in a long time. The thought of walking wasn't a concern, he had walked with broken bones before, walking now seemed like an easy feat...bathing on the other hand was another story. The feline side of him protested the idea, rejecting the idea of water, but the other side of him longed for it. This inner turmoil lasted a few moments, ending in a slight huff of annoyance at himself. Nightmares though? Could he tell Kate that yes, he did suffer from nightmares? Every night in fact? No, better to keep that part of himself hidden away, at least for now.

Carefully he moved his legs out from under himself, stretching slightly -- amazed at the lack of pain he felt. He also hadn't realized how tired he was but with food in his stomach and the majority of his aches gone his exhaustion was begin to show with the way he held himself and the yawn he attempted to stifle.

Author:  LadyKate43 [ Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:02 pm ]
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Kate knew the healing mana was working and she released his hand and spoke softly, "Jasper, please lean on me, as we walk to the bathroom. For now, you may stay in my room. No shame in speaking to me. I will never hurt you. Have you had a bath? You may touch me to walk."

Author:  Asterous [ Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:11 pm ]
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As his hand was release he held it with the other close to his chest, his eyes never leaving Kate. He listened to her again, hearing her orders. He was once more hesitant in touching her, or even in being touched himself but so far she hadn't hurt him which counted for something, right?

He stood, though slightly awkwardly after being in the small cage for so long. He stumbled a bit but otherwise managed to hold himself up. He felt a mixture of embarrassment and shame at Kate's words. He once more shook his head at her question regarding baths before risking to speak again.
"Why are you doing this?" He asked, his head tilted to the side slightly, an eyebrow raised in question.

Author:  LadyKate43 [ Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:37 pm ]
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Kate hopped he would not fall as he got his footing. "Jasper, very good. You spoke. Ask me anything you like. I need to prove to you, I am not a typical mistress. I want you to know, I never owned a slave. Papa, does all the retraining. So if I mess up, please tell me. Take a few deep breaths, your going feel like a fish out of it's bowl. I am in uncharted territory. I will do my best to limit your choices tonight. Tomorrow, I will give you more. Take my wrist if your overwhelmed. I am going to take you into town."

The mage stood to her feet and extended her hand, "I assure you I am stronger than I look. Please, do not fear me. I am being kind because that is how I am. My friends say I am too trusting. I can take care of myself. I do not fear you. I am a healer mage and took an oath not to harm. Come take my hand, you need a bath. Your my gift and I take care of presents. Besides, I hate what my Aunt's done to you. I will not allow anyone to harm you."

Author:  Asterous [ Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:51 pm ]
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At the sound of his name Jasper flinched a bit, expecting a slap or something along those lines, but just like before it never came. He continued to listen to Kate. Never owning a slave? wasn't that what nobles did? Jasper was confused by this but tried not to let it show. Instead he focused on his breathing which had increased ever so slightly without his knowledge. At the mention of going to town he was overcome with memories of being weighted down by boxes and other things, mocked, and scorned for both his appearance and position as his Master and Mistress turned a blind eye, continuing with their spree. He was just an animal to them after all.

He looked at her hand skeptically while listening before tentatively reaching for it with his own, which he noticed was slightly trembling. When she said she didn't fear him Jasper wasn't sure what to think. All his life he had been seen as an abomination for what he was, never treated like an actual person before, and here this girl was treating him beyond what he felt he deserved.

Author:  LadyKate43 [ Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:33 am ]
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Kate knew this was a huge step for him. No slave was allowed to touch anyone, unless they did harm to him. The red-haired fox looked at his trembling had. She was asking to break so many rules in so few minutes. She did not care, he had to learn to unlearn, Kate, kept her word.

Kate held his hand and a moment, before holding him, steady. She could see in better in the hallway lamp light. The mage placed his arm around her upper back. "Now you can walk better. I am going to teach you not every touch is to be feared. Jasper, put your body in my hands. After, I put you in bed, I want to hold you in your smallest form. Do you know how it feels to have your fur brushed and petted? All cats need to be petted."

Author:  Asterous [ Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:20 pm ]
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So many things he had spent his life learning, or having had them beaten into him were being turned upside down right now. Kate was making him go against everything he had been trained for. His mind was scattered and he didn't process Kate moving him until he felt his arm around her back. His mind snapped back to reality and he immediately tried to pull his arm back, already thinking of the beating he would receive for such an act. His whole body was shaking and he closed his eyes as his breathing increased. His legs threatened to give out but he forced them to hold up, keeping his head down and eyes closed.

He heard what Kate said and it relieve a small fraction of the worry and stress he was experiencing. He was so far from his usual routine though, his sense of normal, that the small indication of something so gentle such as being held, brushed, or even petted seemed foreign to his thoughts. He had grown so use to being abused and mistreated at the hands of others he wasn't sure if he could trust anyone with himself.

Author:  LadyKate43 [ Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:38 pm ]
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Kate felt his whole body quiver. She held him a moment before leading down the hall to a huge bathroom.
"Your doing well. I am going to let go of you. Watch me draw your bath. You may take a bath any time you want. Tomorrow, I will trim your hair and shave your beard." The mage saw terror in his eyes.

"I am going to help you get out if your clothes. You may touch the water. Then tell me if want the water warmer." The mage adjusted the knobs.

Kate gathered Egyptian cotton towel, shampoo and let him spell sage and herbal, green soap in a bottle. She grabbed sandalwood scented oatmeal bar of soap, and jasmine conditioner. When the water was 1/2 way full in the claw-footer, ceramic tub, she held out her hand. The mage helped him out of the rags and into the tub.

Author:  Asterous [ Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:54 pm ]
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Jasper was only half aware of being led down the hall and into the large bathroom. He heard Kate's voice and settled ever so slightly, watching her draw the bath while still talking to him. He couldn't remember the last time he had bathed properly but he was sure it hadn't involved an actual bathtub or so many scents.

As Kate gathered the towels and such Jasper carefully dipped his fingers into the water, swirling them around in the warm, clean flow. He wasn't aware how caught up in this he had become until Kate's return forced him to jump lightly as she passed the scents below his nose. They smelled nice, a little strong -- definitely something he was not suppose to touch.

As Kate helped him undress he once more became weary of the water but pushed the thoughts aside as she helped him in the tub. It was strange being in a bath, even stranger having someone care this much about him. With his previous mistress she didn't care -- couldn't care less about his well being. Little by little he forced himself to relax before he made himself sick. Fear still shown in his eyes, replacing some of the suspicion from earlier.

Author:  LadyKate43 [ Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:26 pm ]
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Kate noticed his interest in the water and being able to sniff the bottles. He looked at her with terror in his eye.

Kate slowly held her hand to his cheek, "I am so soo sorry your scared. I am going to clean you hair with my fingers, pour water over you head two times. "Breath, I am going to wash your hair and body. I know you have hurts, this is new feeling. I cannot promise, I will not hurt you, I will do my best not to harm you, but afterward, I will cover you with save and oils. You will never wear rags anymore. You are now a member of the House of Lyons because you were given to me. You will wear better clothes. I will keep you warm, dry, in good health. Please hold your nose and put your head under water."

Author:  Asterous [ Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:42 pm ]
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At the touch of her hand, Jasper forced himself to not pull away though still expecting a slap. He inhaled sharply at the mention of pouring water of his head. He knew it wouldn't hurt him but still he found himself tensing, his heartbeat pounding in his ears. At Kate's order to breath he tried to bring his breathing under control, a small whimper escaping him when he failed to do so -- failed to comply with an order! He focused on the sound of Kate's voice, the only thing calming in his life at this point. Slowly he gained control of himself and listened to what else his new Mistress had to say. A member of the House of Lyons? That wasn't right. He was a possession, like any slave. Used and owned. But he liked the sound of being warm, and dry, but pushed it away as being too good to be true.

He heard Kate's order to put his head underwater but he wasn't sure if he could bring himself to do that. A memory of being held underwater came to the front of his mind, a punishment from refusing a command, or from injuring a guard -- that he had done plenty of time's before being completely broken. Shaking his head he held his eyes shut.
"I...I can't do it." He whispered more to himself than Kate.

Author:  LadyKate43 [ Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:01 pm ]
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Kate saw he was too distraught and her heart broke, as his fear forced a whimper and said 'I can't', as she asked him to dunk his head. The mage put her hand over his hand stroked his head. "Jasper, calm, easy, breath, I will get a pitcher to wash your hair." Kate stood up and got a pitcher under the sink. She filled it with clean warm water. Kate then knelled beside him and gave him a wash cloth. "Please hold your head down.

Author:  Asterous [ Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:18 pm ]
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Jasper felt Kate's hand on his and the one stroking his head, knowing she would feel him shaking. He knew he had disobeyed an order and he couldn't get over it. He listened to her, and tried to follow what she said, tried to calm down. As Kate left momentarily to get the pitcher Jasper managed to calm down a fraction, his breathing still a little too fast, and a slight tremble running through his body. When Kate returned he turned his head to look up at her, trying to read her expression to know if she was upset with him. He was expecting her to be angry, her slave after all had disobeyed a direct order and within a short span of time had caused so many problems.

He hesitated before accepting the wash cloth, eyes never leaving her. When he was asked to hold his head down he did, shoulders tensing with the motion and eyes closing once more.

Author:  LadyKate43 [ Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:55 pm ]
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Kate saw he squeezed his eyes and held his shoulders stiffly. She slowly poured water slowly over his head. Kate poured the green liquid into the palm and gently massaged his filthy hair. The water in the tub turned brown from dried blood, dirt, dried skin. "Your hair is so soft and lovely. Keep your head down." The mage washed and felt bumps and bruises She could feel he was beaten daily, as gripped the tub, whimpered, and shook with fear.
When she finished his hair, she wrapped a towel over his hair. She slowly held his head head up; dabbed his bruised and swollen face. "Jasper. Your hair is done. The conditioner will make your hair soft and shinny."

Kate then soaped another washcloth. "I am going to remove your collar. I need to clean your neck. I will get you a special necklace with you name." Kate removed a horrible, thick, black, leather with silver spikes. She removed a tiny metal tool, that pried a shock device and with a click, the collar fall into her hand. The mage dropped yo the floor.

She slowly took his hand and held it. Kate washed his left hand, she noticed his nails were cut to the quick. She washed his arms, chest, neck, and back. His back covered in scars, lash marks, and bruises. "Cry out. Hold onto me." Kate blinked tears and sniffled as her heart beat out of her chest. "I hate her for doing this. No one deserves to be treated like this."

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