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Stratos Caelus ([personal profile] auspex_caelo) wrote2016-06-24 12:21 am

And the Stars Turned Back [for [personal profile] smartass_captain ]

Once they’ve picked up Felix, Stratos leads the way back through their door. It’s left to his little brother to unseal the wards and stay back to set them back in place before following. The tribune-turned teenager conjures a light – that he can do, still – and shows Jim up the sloping tunnel beyond. The stone walls look like a mix of natural erosion and worn masonry, lit by intermittent torches mounted along the way.

It looks like a straightforward path, bending this way and that but leading steadily upward. Stratos, however, is well aware of the illusions laid to give that impression and he keeps Jim close. He’s frowning deeply as they climb, trying to ready himself for what’s to come. Trying to convince himself that all will go well when he presents himself to his subordinates.

It feels like a much longer climb than usual, though his legs can’t be that much shorter.

“Are you hungry?” he asks Jim over his shoulder abruptly. That’s one thing he can be sure of remedying anyway.
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[personal profile] smartass_captain 2016-06-23 11:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Jim's looking much smarter in his tunic, trousers, and boots than he was in his oversized undershirt. With his baby chick blonde hair and blue eyes he could almost pass for a Tamrielic youth, though decidedly not an Imperial one.

He very nearly blurts out that he's been to Skyrim already and that they can just use Felix's PINpoint, but one look from the younger but bigger Caelus brother makes Jim shut up on the subject immediately. Despite his size and changed age Jim is still remarkably independent. He needs to be coaxed into taking Stratos' hand when they begin their climb. Plus, he's never just..gone through the door to get into Tamriel, so this is something of an adventure to him.

His eyes are as wide as saucers the whole way, trying to take in everything he sees around him. He scrambles to keep up in the climb, resorting to using his hands to help himself along on the steeper bits of incline.

"A little bit." Comes the truthful answer as Jim struggles to keep his breath. He's got energy to spare, but he's also the smallest of the three of them and the climb is starting to wear him out. Not to mention all the running around he did in the Nexus before they headed this way.

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[personal profile] smartass_captain 2016-06-26 05:59 pm (UTC)(link)
"But I love apples!" Jim exclaims, raising his finger into the air as if to put more emphasis on Felix's point. Felix is the best, okay. Knows what Jim likes. "Though I don't think I"m allergic to a lot of stuff yet. It depends on if I"m really the me I was forever ago or If I'm Me-me and just small again."

That probably made no sense to anyone whatsoever except for Jim, but he understood what he means and that's what matters most.

"If I really am like I used t'be, then I haven't..." Even the chipper lens of youth doesn't stop Jim from tripping over his words with the memories of Tarsus and the torture he underwent there. The starvation, plague, abuse. He takes a shaky breath but bounces back alright. It has and hasn't happened to him in this body. His memory remembers it, but he's too young for it to have happened to him yet.

"Been exposed to th'stuff that made my body all messed up." Jim finishes quietly, serious for perhaps the first time since this whole ordeal started. Voice quieter.
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[personal profile] smartass_captain 2016-06-27 07:59 pm (UTC)(link)
"Mm, yeah. To lotsa foods and medicines."

Jim nods along, averting his gaze form Stratos's. he's grateful for Felix's input, saving him having to talk about it too much. For one thing, it's really hard for him to explain some of it the more his mind adjusts to being this young again.

"Bad stuff happened." He says simply, before glancing up at Felix. He's safe with them though, right? He feels safe with him and Stratos.
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[personal profile] smartass_captain 2016-06-27 10:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Jim doesn't wriggle out of the half hug Stratos has him in while they walk, enjoying the weight of Stratos's arm across his shoulders. Enjoying being cared after. It's such a weird feeling. He doesn't remember....being cared for like this. Not really.

"As long as the bandits stay 'way." Jim doesn't like bandits they are smelly and mean. Huff. He's fine letting Felix talk for him but what Stratos chides him Jim shrugs slightly, looking up at Felix.

"Aren't you the big brother now? A..anyway, he's right. I don't understand a lot of it, but Felix's magic an' potions have never made me sick."
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[personal profile] smartass_captain 2016-06-30 05:16 pm (UTC)(link)
"Felix knows more 'bout my illnesses than just about anyone, cept for Bones." Jim points out quietly, gaze falling. Felix is always looking after Jim. He wants to protect Felix, too. But he never gets the chance to. He wants to be strong too.

Childhood determination mixed witha quick temper means Jim is a bit on edge, but it's not a temper tantrum in the making. Just a quiet childhood promise that he'll protect Felix and Stratos no matter what.

"Sorta. Security specialists. Soldiers. We've got a whole squad on th'ship. They're s'posed to keep the scientist folks safe and junk when we're on missions."
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[personal profile] smartass_captain 2016-07-01 03:33 pm (UTC)(link)
"My best friend." Jim says quickly, looking up again. "An' the best doctor in Starfleet. Like a healer, 'cept with science." The idea of giving Bones magic is downright terrifying to Jim. The good doctor is dangerous enough with his hypos. He hurries to keep up, knowing they must be close. But he's definitely starting to tire.

"The gods are pretty real here." Jim concedes. What with space being their dead bodies and other crazy things Felix has said. It fills Jim with curiosity and wonder every time he thinks about it. It's so different form his own world and the sky beyond. "Must be a very good job." Respectable, he means.

Jim hangs back a little once the ground evens out, reaching up with one hand to hold onto Felix's hand as they head for the mouth of the tunnel.
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[personal profile] smartass_captain 2016-07-05 01:43 pm (UTC)(link)
"He's always upset." Jim points out with a shrug, but then quieter and to the ground. "I don't wanna worry him over somethin' he can't fix. If we can't fix it soon, I'll tell him but..."

Jim's afraid they'll try to stop him from coming and going to the Nexus if he says anything.

"Anyone who's your guys's friend can't be bad. I'm sure I will." Nodding eagerly he squeezes Felix's hand and seems to get a second wind of energy to make it to their camp with no complaints.
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[personal profile] smartass_captain 2016-07-06 01:41 pm (UTC)(link)
The last time Jim was here it was in the midst of winter in Skyrim and it was gorgeous then. It's gorgeous now, too, with more greenery visible along the steep slopes and the deciduous trees in full leaf to match the conifers and their year round deep emerald.

He's so busy craning his neck every which direction to take in the views that he doesn't notice the soldiers waiting for them at the entrance to the camp. Jim startles when the woman speaks, and Felix's shifting closer to him makes it easier for him to tighten his grip on the other's hand. Stranger danger is a very real thing in Skyrim. Jim has already had to learn that the hard way.

"Hi." He waves with his free hand to Yolande. "I'm not s'posed to be little neither. But they don't have magic where I'm from so I gotta get help from these guys. Also, you shouldn't talk down to Stratos an' Felix. Stratos is super important, duh. An' Felix is th'best..." Words are hard. Big boy words, Jim. "Th'best envoy form your world. Really helpful, always watching your door thing."

Nailed it.
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[personal profile] smartass_captain 2016-07-06 10:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Good because Jim will defend Felix to his last no matter what size he is. And he supposes Stratos now too. Definitely Stratos now too for being an awesome big brother that he never really had.

"I thought magic was like common here." Jim pipes up, looking disappointed in the knights. "How hard is this to understand?" His arms craossed in a facsimile of his captain face and stance, but really lacking in any real authority when he's just so small and precious and saying stupid kid things.

Jim tugs at Felix's hand and nods toward the men as they move toward Stratos' tent. "Why's everyone dressed like their help? I thought the banners and pomp an' circumstance was like the Imperial's thing. Also, she should be nicer to you." HUFF.
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[personal profile] conjuredskies 2016-07-07 07:04 pm (UTC)(link)
"Magic like this isn't common at all, youngster," comments the remaining knight with them, shaking his head. The initial alarm is starting to wear off, but he still mislikes all of this. "And depending on where it comes from, some magic is much worse than other kinds..."

That warning delivered, he moves out of ready earshot as they head for the tent, and Felix is free to offer his own explanations. Jim has short legs, they have an excuse for lagging behind.

"Most of the troops here are knights," he says, "which always means they bring their servants and squires along with them. Our ones don't have many followers, actually - you see him? And her? They're knights too, they just don't wear their armor all the time. It's too heavy, and it spends most of the time being cleaned and polished anyway."

He chuckles. "As for Yolande, she's... never liked me very much."
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[personal profile] smartass_captain 2016-07-07 07:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"Oh, so some of them are the help." This makes a lot more sense to Jim, having chosen to ignore the remaining knight's warning as that of a guy who doesn't know anything because clearly magic laden Tamriel should know about magic and he's obviously wrong. You know, until Felix confirms this at some point in the future.

As for Yolande well, Jim actually clicks his tongue at that, seemingly in disbelief that there is anyone in any world who wouldn't like Felix. Were he his normal self he'd find it amusing and even sarcastically offer a 'i wonder why?' with an accompanying knowing grin. However, his childlike black and white loyalty doesn't allow for such humor. Which means he's affronted that someone could not like Felix for any reason other than them being objectively wrong or bad.

"You need to hang out with people who appreciate you more." Ideally people who appreciate Felix AND have something to eat or a place to sleep because man Jim is getting worn down.
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[personal profile] conjuredskies 2016-07-07 09:32 pm (UTC)(link)
"Exactly." Felix laughs softly, not to attract attention. "Being a legionnaire is better, I think. Even if we sometimes get worse jobs, at least we're not here to hold someone else's cloak."

He's never really been what people call 'good with children', but as far as Felix is concerned, young!Jim is just as charming as his adult counterpart. Albeit in a very different way, obviously. Sure, he may never live it down if Yolande starts on his being defended by a little boy, but still. How could he not smile at that loyalty?

"I do," he points out. "Why do you think I spend so much time in the Nexus?" He nudges Jim's shoulder playfully, just before they head into the tent. The heavy flap is held aside by the remaining knight, who's apparently set to guard the door.

Inside are lots of dragon sigils, plus space for a big square table and furniture to spare, including a whole bunch of simple folding chairs. Felix will help Jim settle onto one and pull another closer so they can sit together. Yolande lights a taper from one of the two covered braziers and goes around lighting some lamps for them.

Stratos has gone to one of the chests near the back, looking through the officers' snacks until he finds a small bag of apples to go offer Jim. Sadly it's a bit dry - fresh fruit is harder to come by in this world.
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[personal profile] smartass_captain 2016-07-09 11:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Jim squeezes at Felix's hand, as if to reassure the other that he cares very much for Felix. Even if he's a runt right now and can't show Felix the kind of affection he's used to getting from the captain. It's for the best, considering the state they're in right now.

Inside the tent things look a lot more like Jim expects them to in an Imperial camp. Lots of sigils and important looking things. The small captain thanks Felix quietly for the assist rather than fussing about how he can do it himself. He would fuss if there weren't so many people around. He doesn't want to draw attention to himself. Plus Felix sits next to him and that makes Jim give a tiny shy smile.

"Oh!" Sparkling blue eyes regard Stratos with wonder and gratitude at the snack. "Thanks!" He hadn't wanted to complain but he was really getting hungry and...oh well his mouth is already full of apple now. Dry or not, he makes a pleased hum to be eating one of his favorite things.
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[personal profile] smartass_captain 2016-07-10 06:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Jim freezes in his seat, a small piece of apple still sticking out of his very full mouth and a fruit in each hand. A less intimidating creature does not exist in Tamriel at this moment.

"Muh?" His voice is incredibly muffled by the apple in his mouth. He looks between Yolande and Celann, more than a little confused at the bows being turned his way. Not quite sure what to do, he scoots to the edge of the chair with a few wiggles and noises of effort before dropping to his feet and giving a hasty bow back, hands and mouth still full of apple.

He looks back at the seat and makes a face before continuing eating. He has to finish at least one to get a free hand to climb back up into the seat.

"Hi." Muffled.
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[personal profile] smartass_captain 2016-07-12 05:33 pm (UTC)(link)
"Imma space cap'n." Jim declares proudly around his snack while in Felix's arms. Puffs his tiny chest out even. It is apparently an impressive thing to be. Then again, coming from a nine year old it could be as made up a profession as 'professional sweets tester'.

Om nom nom go the apples in his hands.

Jim's quiet for a moment, mostly because he's eating but also because he's listening to Celann and Yolande talk to Stratos about being alone if people find out and wait...

"What's their Dad hafta do with this?" No that's daedric Jim and..actually that means nothing to him either as a term.

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