Ariana's log, Chapter 135
"So, should I wander around at night and see if (the vampires) come
Friday, November 25, 4
Ariana hardens her skin and dispels a small part of the area affected
by the witchcraft spell. There is a loud pop, and she and Flora are
knocked on their asses. Flora asks if it worked. Ariana says she can't
tell, since it's a witchcraft spell. Whimsy's tutor is the one who
created it. Ishmael approaches them from the other end of the hall,
investigating the popping noise. Ariana tries to warn him about the
spell, but is too late. Ishmael starts advancing on Ariana. Flora says
she'll find Granny Witherall, and leaves Ariana to handle Ishmael.
Lovely. Ariana tells Ishmael that he's being influenced by a spell, and
reminds him that he has a wife, but Ishmael keeps moving towards her. She
tries to escape by dropping through the floor, but Ishmael grabs her and
comes with. He begins fondling and kissing her, much to her dismay. She
emerges in the passageway that leads to Whimsy's tower and begins
hammering on the door. Ishmael turns her around, pushes her against the
door, and begins working her skirt up. Elaine says that Whimsy isn't
accepting visitors. Ariana swears and says Whimsy had better come deal
with this, because it's her damn tutor that caused it. Whimsy opens the
door, causing Ariana and Ishmael to topple to the floor. Whimsy puts
Ishmael to sleep and helps Ariana crawl out from under him. Both Ariana
and Whimsy are rather cranky. Ariana sarcastically remarks that that was
some inebriation spell. Whimsy claims she thought Ariana could handle it.
Ariana points out that the two magics interact explosively, and she has
no way of knowing if her dispel even worked. If it was so easy, why
didn't Whimsy deal with it? Whimsy doesn't have magic. She adds that
Granny claimed she couldn't undo the spell. Ariana finds it hard to
believe that Granny couldn't remove her own spell. Whimsy says she'll
deal with Ishmael and asks Ariana to make sure the hall is blocked off.
Ariana goes to do so, but notices that people appear to be walking through
the hall without any ill effect. She catches a glimpse of a ratty skirt
vanishing around the corner and concludes that Granny finally got rid of
Ariana goes to her quarters in the castle and shakes for a while.
Eventually, she gets a Trump call that she can't identify. She resists,
but it's too strong. She readies a dagger and accepts the call. Caine
appears and comments that he already has a dagger. He asks what kind of
magic that was earlier today. Witchcraft. Ah, in that case he assumes it
was Whimsy. Her tutor, Granny Witherall, actually. Behind Caine, Ariana
sees Ishmael jumping up and down. He seems to be yelling, "I'm sorry."
Caine pops Ishmael in the ribs, causing Ariana to smile slightly. She
tells Caine that Granny appears to have removed the spell, so the affected
area is safe again. Caine thanks her and ends the contact.
Shortly afterward, Ishmael begins trying to Trump Ariana. Every ten
minutes. Ariana ignores him. Eventually, he comes up to her quarters and
begins knocking on the door. Ariana won't open it, and tells him to go
away. He shoves flowers under the door and says he's sorry, it was a
spell. Ariana knows. He continues to apologize. Ariana says she
understands that it wasn't his fault, but she needs to be alone for a
while. Ishmael isn't looking forward to telling Maddy. Ariana says Maddy
can contact her if she wants to talk. Ishmael thumps his head against the
door for a bit before heading off.
Ariana stays in her castle quarters until after lunch, then returns to
her townhouse. She cancels her classes and spends the rest of the day at
home with the children. Lucien notices her quiet mood, but doesn't ask
about it .
Ariana continues to be quiet that evening, so Lucien asks if he should
sleep on the couch. No, she'd rather have him with her, actually. He's
guessing something happened? She explains about the lust spell and her
encounter with Ishmael. She knows it wasn't his fault, but the experience
has brought back some unpleasant memories from when Brand raped her.
Lucien tries to lighten her mood, telling her that bringing Ishmael to
Whimsy was mean. Ariana says she could have brought him to Maddy. He
says that would have been really cruel. He understands why this is
distressing her, and suggests that things will look better in the morning.
She's hoping. He holds her close during the night, and she has very
peaceful, relaxing dreams (thanks, no doubt, to Vincent).
Saturday, November 26, 4
Ariana feels much better in the morning, and seeks out Edwin after
breakfast. He appears to be in a bit of a temper, but is still polite.
Ariana says she'd heard he had a bit of an altercation with Whimsy the
other day, and explains that Whimsy was under the influence of a lust
spell. This makes a lot of things clear to Edwin, since he understands
how horrifying that would be to Whimsy. Ariana hopes he doesn't think
she's being too much of a busybody. He says that hasn't been his
impression of her.
Ariana elects to skip her usual sparring session with Ishmael, but
resumes the rest of her normal routine. She warns her staff at the
hospital not to travel at night, claiming that there have been a rash of
attacks on people recently.
Ariana has lunch at home, then goes looking for Nicholas. He's
nowhere to be found, so she tries to find Random, instead. While she's
searching for him, a page leads Alex to her. He asks to borrow her Trump
of Meander. She's agreeable, and overhears Alex's side of the
"I'm sorry, is my hair not right?"
"I was wondering if you could speak to that Granny
"Ah, that makes me nervous."
"Ah well, it seems like that's taken care of."
"You did agree to, it's not like he's a great orator or
"Well, have a good time on the Disc."
Ariana notes Alex's eagerness to get rid of Granny. It wouldn't have
anything to do with the flowers Granny left outside of his door, would it?
Well, that was a rather childish prank, but he's more concerned about his
relatives. Oh yes, she's sure that he is. He returns her Trump and
Ariana finds Random and tells him that she knows of a Borge, Jasmine,
who knows quite a bit about vampires. Random agrees she might be useful.
He's in the middle of something, so he asks her to relay a request for
Jasmine's aid to Alex, since he has contacts in Borge. Ariana does this
Sunday, November 27, 4
Ariana spars with Ishmael for the first time since the lust spell
incident. He goes easy on her, letting her get a lot of blows in. This
does seem to help her overcome some of her edginess, and she's relaxed a
bit by the end of the session.
Random Trumps Ariana and brings her through to the meeting with
Jasmine. Caine, Julian, Alex and Gavin are also there. Jasmine asks
everyone a lot of questions, trying to bring herself up to speed on the
situation. After sunset, Shard is brought in. Jasmine is very interested
to see him and grills him pretty thoroughly. He's somewhat evasive in
some of his answers, but she's persistent. When she's done with her
questions, she says that she's pretty sure Lasker is a high-powered
vampire, although not as powerful as Shard. The fact that the vampires
are able to move through Shadow is disturbing. Ariana explains that Brand
gave Lasker a Trump deck in exchange for detaining her. Jasmine asks if
she knows if Brand taught Lasker how to draw Trumps. She can't be sure.
Basically, Lasker bit her, then pulled out a Trump deck and left. Ariana
asks if vampires could gain the power to shift Shadow by biting an
Amberite. Possibly. Jasmine says she'll get back to them when she has
Tuesday, November 29, 4
Ariana has lunch with Maddy, who mentions that she's learning
witchcraft. Ariana is happy for her. Maddy explains how she hates being
a doormat, and that she's hoping she can protect Ishmael this way. Ariana
cautions her not to put all of her faith in that. If she does, and
something happens that's beyond her control, it will be harder for her to
deal with. Ariana learned this the hard way, especially after she lost
her child. Maddy says she thinks losing your child might be easier than
having it die. Where she grew up, children often didn't live into
adulthood. Ariana grew up in a similar environment, which is probably why
she has so many children. Maddy mentions that Ishmael isn't happy about
her learning witchcraft. Why? Because she's learning with Whimsy. Ah,
so he thinks Whimsy will do something horrible to her? He's very
overprotective. Maddy asks if Ariana is OK about what happened last week.
Ariana says she knows it wasn't Ishmael's fault, and nothing really
happened. Maddy says Ishmael would never hurt her. She knows, the
experience just brought back some unpleasant memories. Maddy gives her an
inquiring look. Ariana explains that she was raped once by someone she
knew, which is another example of a time when her power was not able to
save her. Maddy says that almost happened to her, until she grabbed his
balls and twisted. They talk about Ishmael for a while, and how he wants
more children. Ariana suggests Maddy tell him if she doesn't want more.
She's tried. Ariana says that she has that problem with Lucien, too. He
tends to have some traditional Chaos attitudes where women are
Wednesday, November 30, 4
Ariana goes to the Disc to see if she's had any responses to her ad,
but so far, there are no takers.
Thursday, December 1, 4
Ariana finally manages to assume a true faerie form. She continues to
practice, in an effort to make the form easier to assume and maintain.
Sunday, December 4, 4
Morning. Ariana misses her period, so she checks to see if she's
pregnant. She finds that she's about two weeks along. Which dates it
back to the Pattern walk she did. She walks back into the bedroom, where
Lucien is still lying in bed, and asks if he remembers the conversation
they had after she walked the Pattern. Oh, they've had so many
conversations... The one about him making himself infertile because she
didn't want to get pregnant. Oh, is she pregnant? She throws one of her
metal balls at him, hitting him in the chest, and tells him to stop lying
to her. Lucien claims he got her pregnant because she's happy when she's
pregnant. Just think, soon she'll be able to feel the baby move... She
throws another ball at him, which he dodges. He asks if she's really all
that upset about the baby. She's upset that he lied to her. He wanted it
to be a surprise. Yes, but most surprises you can return if you don't
like them. She could do that here. No, she can't. And he knows that she
won't. He says it would have been a shame to waste the opportunity after
she walked the Pattern. She points out that she can conceive without the
Pattern. True, but Pattern children are strong children. She reminds him
that he was always telling her that children could be used against their
parents. After what happened to Grayson, she decided that Bryan would be
her last one. Lucien says that maybe he wanted this child. She looks
thrown for a moment, then says she wishes she could believe that. Is he
trying to repopulate his house? He reminds her that he has no house,
anymore. Although, he could start a new one... Only if it meant he'd
stop doing jobs for Nicholas. Well, he could tell Nicholas that he
couldn't leave Amber, because he has a child on the way. Would he?
Possibly. She'll believe it when she sees it.
In the middle of the argument, Ariana receives a Trump call from
Ishmael. He tells her that Maddy's upset, and it's not his fault, and he
forgot, etc. He eventually tells her that he got Maddy pregnant after he
walked the Pattern. Ariana begins ranting at him, saying all men are
alike, and he didn't forget, etc. She throws one of her metal balls at
him, and he breaks the contact.
Ariana returns her attention to Lucien, saying that it's hard for her
to trust him when he lies. He says he'll try to do better. She doesn't
know how she can believe him. She yells at him some more until he throws
her over his shoulder, walks into the bathroom, runs a cold bath, and
dunks them both. Ariana shrieks, which wakes the entire household.
Lucien lets her go when she seems to have calmed down a bit. She begins
changing into dry clothes, saying she's going to visit Maddy. He asks
what the children will think. She offers loudly to explain that their
father is an asshole. Well, they probably know now.
Ariana Trumps Maddy and comes through. Maddy is in her bedroom, with
Ishmael out in the hallway, pounding on the door. Maddy is furious with
Ishmael, since she just had a baby three months ago. Ariana tells her
that Lucien got her pregnant with Briana only one month after she had Ana.
And when she told him about it, he called her his little baby factory.
Ishmael yells that he would never call Maddy that. Maddy wants to leave
before Ishmael bashes the door down. Ariana suggests they go to her
summer house, since no one is there right now. Maddy likes this idea.
Ariana Trumps to the summer house with Maddy and her baby. They
commiserate for a while about how rotten men are. Maddy wants to cut
their husbands off from sex for the whole nine months. Ariana thinks it's
a nice idea, but she doubts they'll stay angry for that long. She
suggests that Maddy just cut Ishmael off until she's not mad at him
anymore. Eventually, Ishmael tries to Trump Maddy, but she asks Ariana to
help her block it. Then Ishmael tries to contact Ariana, but she won't
Some time later, Whimsy contacts Maddy. When Ariana identifies who it
is, they decide to answer (not that they could stop her). Whimsy says
she's heard the news, and wants to know if Maddy is coming to their
witchcraft lesson. Maddy asks if Ariana can baby-sit Clare. Sure. Maddy
goes through to Whimsy, leaving Ariana with an adorable three-month-old.
Ariana finds that taking care of Clare lightens her mood a bit. Maddy
Trumps Ariana and returns a while later, and they spend the night at the
Word is sent out that the new ambassadors from Faerie will be
presented in two days, on December 7.
Monday, December 5, 4
Maddy has morning sickness. Ariana is more fortunate. Maddy appears
to have already gotten over most of her anger at Ishmael and decides to go
home. Ariana returns home as well, and finds Lucien snoring in bed. She
attempts to dump a bucket of water on him, but he was faking and avoids
it. Ariana is disappointed. He points out that he wouldn't have lived
this long if he wasn't aware of when people enter his bedroom. She tells
him that it's a good thing she doesn't have morning sickness, or she'd
really be mad at him. He says this pregnancy will be much easier for her,
given her current level of shapeshifting. Overall, his attitude isn't
very apologetic. Ariana bets Ishmael is being much nicer to Maddy.
Lucien says he thought she'd gotten enough of Ishmael the other week. She
looks hurt and leaves.
Ariana takes the boys to Maddy's to play with her kids. Maddy is
bawling her eyes out because Ishmael built her a greenhouse. He's being
so nice and solicitous that Ariana bursts into tears as well, which
confuses the hell out of Ishmael.
Ariana returns home that evening to find roses, chocolates and
chocolate-covered strawberries waiting for her. Lucien even apologizes,
saying, "Sometimes I can be an ass, and this day was one of them." Ariana
bursts into tears again, then hugs him. Once she recovers, she notes that
he hasn't asked if the baby's a boy or a girl. He claims it doesn't
matter to him, but asks which it is. A boy. She asks if he really meant
it when he said he wanted the baby. He claims he did, adding that maybe
he's starting to feel his age. So, what is she going to name this one?
What makes him think she's thought about that yet? Faith. Well, she does
have a few possibilities... She suggests Adrian, Dorian, Gaelan, Ian,
Kevan, Nathan or Ryan. She's favoring Ian or Ryan. He likes Dorian. She
figures they've got a while to decide. She tells him that if he'd just
told her he wanted another child, she would have been willing. He didn't
need to deceive her. He claims he couldn't pass up the opportunity. Ever
since the powers changed, he's wondered how easy it would be to conceive.
What if she truly hadn't wanted another child? He knows her well enough
to know that wasn't an issue. She says she honestly had meant to stop,
pointing out how uncertain things are. He says there's always an excuse
not to have children, just like there's always an excuse to have children.
Still, she would have preferred to have a say in the matter. He points
out that most couples aren't able to choose when they have children. She
knows, but she'd still like to be informed the next time he decides to
take advantage of an unexpected opportunity. He says he's decided to stop
meddling with his plumbing at all in that respect, saying he misses the
surprises. Ariana misses how she used to be able to trust him, without
wondering if he was lying to her. Lucien says he would never
intentionally hurt her, and he loves her dearly, but beyond that he's
tired of making promises that he ultimately can't keep. Ariana says she's
not asking that he promise never to lie to her, since everybody lies at
some point. She just wants to him to do it less often. All right, is
there anything else? She asks if shapeshifting will hurt the baby. No.
Why not? The baby will be as adaptable as she is.
Tuesday, December 6, 4
The Faerie ambassadors are presented at a late afternoon gathering.
Ariana attends with Lucien, Jalana and Shannon. Much of the family is
there, including Benedict and Nicholas. Nicholas seems worn down to
Ariana. It's nothing obvious to anyone who doesn't know him, but the fire
has gone out of him. Both of the ambassadors are women. L'Wren, the
Seelie ambassador, has pale, golden hair and bright green eyes. Macavery
Mor is the ambassador from the Unseelie Court. Ariana introduces herself
to both of them, then spends some time talking to L'Wren. Whimsy
introduces herself to Macavery, who stiffens and gets a wild look. L'Wren
asks Ariana what prompted that reaction. Ariana warns her that Whimsy has
a Faerie Ward. L'Wren braces herself as Whimsy approaches and introduces
herself as the Justicar. She even extends her hand to Whimsy. After
Whimsy leaves, L'Wren needs to lean on Ariana a bit, and Ariana helps her
over to a chair. L'Wren asks why Whimsy doesn't just take off the Ward.
Ariana says she thinks Whimsy fears retribution if she isn't protected,
given her job. Both ambassadors bow to Alexandra, who says that's not
necessary. They say it is when their lord is present. Ariana looks
around for Jack upon hearing that, but doesn't see him. She sits next to
L'Wren at dinner, and chats with her in the faerie language. L'Wren is
startled to learn that Ariana has a faerie soul, saying that just doesn't
happen. Ariana says she's been told that before. She offers to help
L'Wren if she has any questions about life in Amber. Grayson hangs out a
lot with Macavery, and dances with her after dinner.
"Do you think you might want to say something to (Ariana)?" -- Random
"Your place or mine?" -- Sean
"If you don't understand it, it's usually magic." -- Caine to
"That would mean a lot of things are magic to Ishmael." -- Sean
"Thanks a lot, Reeshau. You've been very helpful." -- Caine to
"That's a first." -- Kris
"The dagger in the spine I can forgive (Caine)...leaving me as Reeshau
is calling for more quality time in the 'Tween." -- Alex to the group
"A witch's spell? I didn't know we had witches." -- Maddy
"They're new." -- Ishmael
"So, should I wander around at night and see if (the vampires) come
out?" -- Gavin to Caine, Random, Julian and Shard
"Bring (Molly the succubus) to the School of Wizardry, watch enrollment
drop." -- Matthew R.
"No, enrollment would be up, grades would be down." -- Sean
"The concern that you're almost displaying is touching." -- Alexandra
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