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    ((This thread is for plots revolving around Saer Akore in his home. It is not an open thread.))

    The manor is a large, stone building of three floors. A porch extends out from double doors at the front, and steps leading down to the stone walkway.

    The front doors lead to the second floor foyer. To the left, a large sitting room with the biggest, most luxurious fireplace the manor has to offer. Furs spread in front of it, and surrounding these are several sitting chairs for guests and permanent residents alike. An offshoot of the sitting room is where Saer's office is, down a small hallway.

    The office is grandiose, like everything else the demon owns. It boasts a broad desk and chairs for clients, several book shelves and a side glass door which leads to the gardens off the side of the manor. And, as per the norm, a fireplace which sits behind Saer's spot at his desk.

    To the right of the foyer are the dining room with the attached kitchen. The table and chairs are enough to seat up to 10 guests. Through a pair of swinging doors is where the kitchen resides and the most likely place to find Beatty, or 'Cook' as she goes by most days.

    Immediately forward from the foyer is a set of stairs leading straight up. Directly to the side of those stairs is a nondescript door. Behind that door are stairs leading down to the basement.

    There is no fireplace in the basement.

    Upstairs is a hallway with a series of doors on either side. The last door on the left is Saer's room. The rest of them belong to the staff and servants of the house. And in every one of these rooms, you guessed it, a fireplace. Though the second largest of the house belonged to the master bedroom.

    Currently, the occupants of the house include Beatty (Cook), Reece (Butler and manager of the estate), stablehands Zach and Elena, and Angele who is...Angele.
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    The time between the Dancing Fox Inn and Saer's manor had been, from the demon's side, silent. Though it wasn't an angry silence. It was more...musing.

    Not until he'd opened one of the double doors to his home did Saer actually speak aloud, calling. "Reece!"

    The manor's butler came quickly. He was an elderly gentleman, the sort people expect to be a butler. His once brown hair was mostly gray, especially at the temples. He wore a standard black suit with a gray shirt and black tie. "Yes, Lord?"

    The demon gestured to Nixa. "This is Nixa, the one whom the furniture should have arrived for."

    Reece nodded to confirm, but didn't interrupt.

    "If you would, I'd appreciate you showing her to her room. I have some things to prepare downstairs for her training --"

    "So soon, Lord...?"

    The look Saer gave the butler spoke volumes. It wasn't upset in the slightest. But it spoke clearly that he knew exactly what he was doing.

    Reece offered a bare glance at Nixa, but then simply nodded. "Of course. Miss Nixa, if you would please follow me."

    The butler went for the stairs. Saer went to the left, through the spacious sitting room, and down a hall to the back.
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    [Saer's Room]

    A smile is given to Reece. It's a calculated smile, but on the outside should appear sweet. She needs a friend or two here, someone she can trust other then Sear. Because truly, she does not trust him at all.

    Of course, Reece. She follows him wherever he leads her. As soon as they're out of ear shot of the demon, she asks the butler, and how did you come to serve our Lord, Reece?

    If it weren't for the covering politeness, she'd spit the word out as sarcastically as ever. Did she trust Reece? Most certainly not.
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    As Reece led her upstairs, he merely offered another sharp (almost nervous?) glance at her when she asked her question. He cleared his throat, and continued to lead her without misstep. "Erhm...The usual way, I presume Miss Nixa." An evasive answer. Reece didn't trust her any more than she trusted him. He'd been forewarned.

    He turned to the first bedroom to the left and pushed open the door for her, then stood with his hands folded in front of him. He didn't enter, but he left the doorway wide open for her to do so if she wished.

    Nixa's room was furnished much the way a hotel room might be. Queen-sized bed with rich wine colored sheets and comforter, a standard desk in one corner, a cherry-red dresser with matching chair, and glass french-doors which led out to a small balcony. There was also a small bathroom attached. And every piece, every surface inside was newly enchanted to withstand audacious amounts of heat.
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    ((...Oops, I was typing 'Saer's room' for so many posts I did it in my last one. Oops!))
    Anyways...

    I feel like I'm staying in a motel room. Commented Nixa as she entered and looked around. It's not an irritated comment, just an interested one. She turns to thank Reece before exploring her new room.

    She begins to set up. This involves her pulling books and bones and reagents from her bag and putting them everywhere. She likes it cluttered. The skeletons she assembles with a quick spell which serves to hold them together, but she can only put up three before she runs out of space. Books pile the room, floor to ceiling, and Nixa begins to feel completely at home.

    Last of all she sets up her enchanting corner. On one side: Star, and the other: Much more complicated star with extra points, scribbles and markings, all of which make sense to her. Scattered around this, seemingly at random, are a great number of reagents from bottled blood to flowers, to skin pieces.

    Then she mostly just waits for someone to call her somewhere, while reading an alchemy book.
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    ((lol. I knew what you meant.))

    After she'd made her comment, Reece returned it with a non-committal noise, then left her to her own devices so she could settle herself to her room in peace.

    It was roughly an hour later that the butler returned and knocked on the doorway (as the door had remained open), and only poked his head inside. "Miss Nixa, Lord Saer is requesting you down in his office...He says you should leave your bag behind as you won't be needing it, and only to bring yourself." To his credit, the butler delivered the message with a straight face, although something in his olive green eyes was silently praying she wouldn't cause too much fuss. With Angele living in the manor, he'd had about all he could take with high-maintenance charges.
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    Nixa simply gives him a warm (i.e. completely fake) smile. Of course, but I think I shall bring my bag nevertheless. That's less a case of distrust and more a case of her never walking anywhere without it.

    Actually, truth be told, Nixa had piled her room with so much stuff in that hour that she's surprised he can even see her reading on the bed from the door. She walks around towering piles and back to the door before realizing something.

    Ah, Reece? Ummm... Wow, Nixa's actually a pretty good actress, she even manages to get herself to blush as though embarrassed. It's just such a big house and I don't really remember the way back down?

    Truthfully, she wants to see whatever look Saer gives him, maybe she'll be able to work out what's going to happen by that look. Aaand there may be a little truth to her not paying attention to where she was taken...
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    The butler frowned when she mentioned bringing the bag, but otherwise said nothing. He was the messenger. He'd delivered his message. That was all he could do and, truly, all that was expected of him.

    Reece had waited for her, fully intending on leading the way. Such that, when she made her request, the old butler actually did offer her a genuine smile and a single nod -almost a bow- in answer. His eyes crinkled at the corners when he smiled. It brought a remarkable amount of warmth to his otherwise serious face. "Of course, Miss Nixa. If you'll follow me, I'll be happy to escort you."

    Well, she was certainly acting nice. The poor butler had nothing but whispers and rumors to go off of. But so long as she was nothing like Angele, well...that was all he could really hope for. Time would tell.

    He led her down the hallway of rooms, to the stairs, and back to the main foyer where he turned towards the sitting room.

    Through the sitting room, there lay another hallway. It was down this hallway where Reece led them until they came to another large, oak door. This, he rapped on once, then simply opened and gestured for her to enter.

    Saer was leaned back in his chair behind the desk, his ankles crossed and feet propped up on it as he went over a stack of receipts and papers. Things he'd put off doing yesterday to...well...Nixa was pretty well aware of what he'd been doing the day before. He didn't glance up as the door opened, but continued to read.

    Reece murmured quietly to her after she'd stepped past the doorway. "If you'd like, you may have a seat. Lord Saer will be with you shortly." Something in his eyes...The way the butler looked at her, it was like he was trying to send her some sort of message. He'd suggested she sit, but something in the way he said it spoke more than that.

    And with that cryptic glance, he gently closed the door behind her.
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    Thank-you Reece. She gives him a nod which she hopes says 'yes, I got the message'. What the message actually meant though, well that was anyone's guess at this stage.

    She took a seat, and decided to match him. He was currently ignoring her. Fine. She pulls out that same book from her bag and delves into it once more, completely silently.

    Nixa flicks her eyes to every corner of the room, taking in detail, before flicking them to the demon, then quickly back at her book. Alright, whatever was about to happen, it wasn't anything good. mentally she prepares a few spells, just in case.
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    Saer sifted through the receipts with little concern for her, though he was fully aware of her presence.

    The room was a spacious, stereotypical office with the exception of the fireplace that currently burned warmly behind him. To his immediate right were a pair of french doors that led out to some of the manor's gardens. The walls of the office were otherwise lined with bookshelves stacked with various knick-knacks and, of course, books. His desk was a rich deep chocolate brown that was large enough for a person to sleep on, if that was their wish. It was mostly organized save for the stacks of papers he currently went through, making short notes with a pen.

    He made one last scribble, then re-settled the stack as he spoke quietly to her. "Reece is exceptional at his job, so I know it wasn't he who forgot to tell you to leave your bag, but you who ignored the suggestion."

    He placed the papers in a neat pile at the corner of his desk, then leaned back with his hands behind his head, raising an eyebrow at her.
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    I saw no reason not to bring it, Nixa says, not even bothering to close the book. She knew it may irk him, only having a part of her attention, and not the largest part at that.

    She flips a page slowly, skimming a few sentences. Unless you were planning on some less-than-warm welcome and didn't want me using anything from it. But let's hope that's not the case. Let's really, really hope that wasn't the case. Nixa was tired and didn't feel up to another struggle. It had been weeks since she'd properly slept without any interruptions.

    She doesn't even flick her eyes up to judge his reaction to the words, too caught up in the current section of her alchemy lesson, 'Brewing with Blood'.
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    The demon's smirk as he watched her was entirely too pleased for the offensive manner in which she was acting. Wouldn't he normally be getting irritated? Growling? Yet there he sat, calm and collected, just as much as his answer. "Well, Princess, that depends entirely on your attitude here today."

    He stretched his arms out and leaned back more, crossing his ankles and propping his feet up on his desk. "Though, with each act of disrespect, the chances go down quite a bit. I'd say you're well past your third strike, though there's no reason you can't dig yourself out of it." And, as if to prove his point, he nodded gently at the book in her hands. "Now, put that away, set the bag aside, and we can talk, or we can get straight to it."
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    Vivilandra, she corrects, as she's going to start correcting him from now on. Won't that get irritating quickly?

    Sighing as if he's wasting her time, Nixa closes the book and places it back into her bag. It's obviously not very orderly in there as she just seems to stuff everything she takes out back in without a thought. The bag she keeps at her side however, not willing to put it down.

    Yes?
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    Saer sighs quietly and shakes his head, sitting up once more. "I had hoped we could do this an easier way."

    He stood up and went over to one of his bookcases which had cupboards and drawers. He opened up one of these cupboards without looking at her and began gathering a few choice items. "Your lack of respect is disheartening. You forget quickly how it was I came to own you. That it was by your own hand. And that you wished to learn everything you could from me. Yet you make it next to impossible to teach you."

    He went over to the desk, in front of it now, not too far away from her, and sat one hip on it as he started putting the items down. Nothing too harmful: From a small, pull-string linen sack, he pulled some pieces of silk and a ball. Then he placed the linen sack on the desk as well. At the bottom of the sack was a small loop which may have been manufacture error, or it may not have been. Once he'd finished, he crossed his arms and looked down at her, his voice still amazingly patient. "Why is that?"
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    ((Oh, and good morning! ))

    Nixa watches him set up everything, completely interested in what he's doing. What IS he doing? She's a little concerned, but again, he couldn't hurt her. Could he? Had he been lieing? She shifts a little uncomfortably.

    I want to remind you that I'm not a slave, but an apprentice. You don't 'own' me, I chose to be here. Or so she tells herself. Although really at this stage she knows that's not the case. The moment you are polite - well and truly polite and considerate, not this odd deceptiveness you have - that is when I will respond with kindness. Not a moment before that.

    She was never even particularly respectful towards Draaxar, but the difference was that Draaxar had never really threatened her, and Saer has. On several occasions. This made her especially more defensive, looking for weaknesses, irritations, the like. Really, it's her greatest character flaw, and she knows it.

    She doesn't ask what the objects are, as she's aware she'll probably find out soon enough.
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    ((And a good evening to you!))

    When she 'reminded' him of what she was, he couldn't help it. His eyebrows rose, then the laugh burst out. He shook his head and had to put a hand on his chest to try and stop himself. "Oh, Princess...Denial is powerful." A couple more chuckles left him as he turned to look at the items on the table, then with that same arrogant smile, he looked once more at her. "We of the Daemoenica" when he spoke the word, there was a faint growl and click to it. It wouldn't have been able to be said from a normal human throat. "--are known well and truly for our lies. But do not be fooled by that when I say I can be, as you say, 'truly polite and considerate'. And if you recall, I did try to be...but it was you who spit on my hand."

    With that point, he smiled again that predatory smile, and stood with one of the silk strips in his hand. He stepped over to her side and looked down at her. "Now, answer me this, and answer me truly. Do you really wish to learn all you can from me? Think well, Nixa Vivilandra." He spoke her name, fully, for the first time, like a soft caress. "Because if you do, I will expect cooperation in this, your first training session. It will not be easy for you. You will not enjoy it. But it will be to your greatest benefit."
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    Nixa pricks up immediately when he mentions lessons, and even more when he says her full name. Well... Vivilandra is only a title, but it's the closest thing she has to a name, so that's enough to make her relatively happy.

    Who cares how difficult the lesson was? She'd enjoy it no matter what as long as she learned something valuable. She couldn't be less intimidated despite all the warnings.

    Without 'thinking well', or even really thinking at all, she cheerfully chirps yes, of course! Full co-operation! And she watches him closely with her intense red eyes.
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    Saer raised his eyebrows faintly at her, all traces of that amused smile gone. The seriousness was quickly overtaking every bit of humor which usually acted as a nice shield to the rest of the demon within. His voice was a dark purr. "Very well."

    He went past her to the most open part of the room. "I will ask again, once more only, for you to leave the bag on the chair. You will not need it. If you cannot meet even so small a request, then you are not the willing pupil you just claimed to be."

    And if, finally, she did, only then would he give his next request.
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    Sighing again she stands. It seems an effort for her to take off the bag and set in in the chair (which is probably slightly burned if it isn't one of the fire-proof ones), and she even hesitates several times. The bag holds everything. Everything.

    But she's very curious, and very keen and she finds she can indeed leave it. I don't see why I can't keep it with me, but fine. It's gone. Happy now? It's clear she's remarkably irritated with having to leave it behind, especially when in a house full of people she doesn't know or trust. But she follows him out nevertheless.
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    "It's a start." Saer motioned her over to where he was, in the most open part of the office. He held up the piece of silk between his two hands. "Now, if you would put your wrists together and hold them out in front of you, I will tie this around them." He was being extremely forthcoming, and would continue to be, so long as her cooperation didn't wane.

    He didn't look amused any longer, nor predatory. Rather, his face was stony, almost business-like.

    The silk was enchanted and reinforced, just as everything else needed to be to be touched by her too-hot skin. The demon himself would have a difficult time burning and breaking it.
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    Again Nixa hesitates. She wants to question it, and she doesn't particularly want to be bound, especially not around her claws which were needed for magic. But... it was a lesson wasn't it? And he couldn't hurt her! Oh the naivety of Nixa.

    After a few moments she put her claws in front of her as he had requested, deciding half that he meant no, or at least little, harm, and half deciding that he'd just use the Command Word if she didn't. So she was being a 'good little girl' like he was after.

    Nixa also wonders then why he didn't want her to have her bag, as she couldn't reach into it while her claws were bound anyways. This was all becoming more and more suspicious, and Nixa didn't like it. But a lesson was a lesson, and she was co-operating at least.
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    When she held out her hands to him without complaint, the first hint of a genuine smile passed over Saer's face. It wasn't so much a curve of the lips but a softening of his hard expression. His words were soft as he leaned closer to her, his lips right next to her pointed ear. "Thank you...." He'd almost added the 'Darkling' nickname to the end of it, but allowed it to simply hover there. She still wasn't open to it. And he was patient.

    Standing so close, there were many things he could have done, and by his demeanor, all of them in that moment would have been pleasant. As it was, he traced his fingers from her elbows, to her wrists, so long as she would allow. It was not a harsh touch. It was sweet. Even when he began tying the silk around her wrists in an impossible knot, he was tender.
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    Alright, all Nixa's hesitance is drained when Saer pulls that close and whispers sweetly without the use of any derogatory nicknames. She lets him tie her up without any more misgivings, a very foolish thing to do.

    She closes her eyes as he whispers. She's almost ready to do just about whatever she's asked for now, but there's one last thing she has to do to make certain she'll be alright. A little sorrowfully she pulls her mind from the current track, runs a single, important memory across it until the lesson has seeped back into her mind, then returns back to the on-goings in the study. This takes no more than a few seconds. She continues to stand quietly, obediently, not answering his whisper but waiting for whatever was to happen next.
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    If he could have, Saer would have relaxed with her. But he knew what lay under that calm in Nixa. He was well aware how fast the switch could be flipped. It was not his intention to do so, but he couldn't let his guard down.

    Sliding his hands back up, he rest his palms on her forearms and leaned close once more, one of his silver crescents brushing along her cheek as he spoke quietly, soothingly into her ear. "Throughout this lesson, I give my word there will be no fallacies, no lies from me to you. So know I speak truthfully when I say I swear no harm will come to you so long as you do as I ask." He turned his head then, only the faintest bit. It may have been an accident, but this demon rarely did anything by accident...his lips barely brushed the edge of her ear. "Do you understand?"
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    I understand, My Lord, she breathes gently. As Saer's face is next to her ear is stands to reason that his ear is fairly near her own lips. The light words send small puffs of heat across his cheek.

    Eh, it didn't really matter anymore if this exercise would bring her harm anyways, as the mental image she'd just recalled served to protect her in a rather curious manner. But it also served to calm her as she's aware of what it does.

    Act- hey wait, did she just call him 'my lord'? Wow, it wasn't even sarcastic, and she's surprised herself. That's the first time she's said it without meaning it as an insult, or as a ploy to try and gain the favor of his servants. Huh.
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    Her response brought forth a quiet, purring growl from his throat. Perhaps more startling, if he'd taken the time to consider it, her breath on his cheek more than the words themselves spurred the contented noise. His voice was the softest whisper. "Good..."

    He took the moment to raise a hand and touch his fingertips lightly to the opposite side of her face. He turned at the neck so his nose brushed against her cheek, enjoying the moment for one breath...two...then he spoke again. "Now I'd like you to relax your jaw. I will be taking away your powers of speech with physical bindings." With each step he took, his vigilance rose, anticipating her lash back. Thus far, he'd been pleasantly surprised.
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    Uh... no, that didn't sound pleasant. At all. And Nixa's eyes show a brief bit of alarm. She needs her voice! How else was she to add the verbal component to the spells?

    Still, it had to be only for a brief time. Not only are dragons known for their quick healing, but also she still couldn't believe that Saer would permanently maim her. By casting her eyes downwards, she conveys her submission and follows his commands.

    The only things conveying her shortening of willingness to obey is the clenching of her claws and the smallest spark of defiance again in her eyes when she looks back up at him.

    ((Fun physical fact: the cord connecting your voicebox to your brain only really needs to be a few inches long, however through evolution and not original design, in every mammal it actually travels down the neck, loops around the aorta, and travels back up to the neck to the voice-box! That's why it's easier to damage it than it should be.))
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    The demon met that defiant gaze, one finger lightly stroking along her jawline, he spoke genuinely as he watched her. "I know this is hard for you. You are doing well."

    He reached his hand over to the desk where the ball rest, small enough that it would not cause her discomfort once pressed just behind her teeth, on top of her tongue. But she would not be able to speak any words once it was in place.

    He held the rubber ball up next to her lips, and it was enchanted as the rest. Heat could not touch it, could not melt it or alter it. Before pressing it past her teeth (if she would still allow it), he spoke again quietly, soothingly to her. "Will you permit?"

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    ((Think about how long it must be in giraffes! ))

    She doesn't understand why it's necessary. She doesn't like it. There are definite flickers of doubt, yet she nods and opens her mouth for him to place the ball instead of protesting.

    Really, she was already tied up, what's the point of protesting at this stage?
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    ((Lol. Which reminds me of a terrible joke: Why do giraffes have such long necks?

    Because their feet smell.

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    He saw the wariness in her eyes, but he also noted she did as he asked and even nodded.

    And normally...normally he wouldn't care. He would be pleased she had simply done as he asked. And true, part of him was pleased but another part...Another part squeezed something in his chest to see that look in her eyes. The moment he realized he actually cared, he shoved the implications vehemently aside.

    Nothing.

    Truly, it meant nothing.

    The demon was almost as good at lying to himself as he was to others.

    All this passed in a flicker across his gaze, a brief moment, and he brushed it off, instead reverting back to old habit, treating her as he would any other girl under his training.

    He tried to convey to her, with his own gaze, that he understand what it cost her to follow through with these commands. And to bolster her, he murmured quietly in encouragement. "Already, you are doing better than most girls on their first day. You should be proud." He cupped her chin lightly in his free hand to help guide her, then pressed the ball gently past her teeth. And even in this, he was tender. Once in place, he showed her another silk band, and so long as she didn't move, he tied it around her head so it held the ball firmly in place.
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