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969223 No. 969223 ID: c1eaac

Chapter One: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/897839.html
Chapter Two: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/924496.html
Disthread: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/124957.html
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No. 969780 ID: 70df1e

warn her and duma about eligos. or better yet straight up lie and say that eligos is in a very serious relationship with someone to ruin his chances. peak comedy
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No. 969781 ID: b1b4f3

>>969775
It's hard to come to a reasonable conclusion without more info. Ask her what Eligos has been talking to her about. Warning her is good, but phrase it with respect. Something like, he can't possibly have good intentions so she should be on her guard.

Also, you just happened to have an angel-forged knife sitting around?
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No. 969998 ID: 26262d

Maybe Eligos jut want to be nice ! who knows !
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No. 971524 ID: c1eaac
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971524

> Also, you just happened to have an angel-forged knife sitting around?

Yes. You have several angel-forged weapons, actually, collected from angels you killed during the war. It's not the weirdest thing you've seen soldiers collect.
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No. 971525 ID: c1eaac
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971525

You turn away from Umara to fix yourself a drink, putting a kettle on for tea rather than pouring a mug of coffee from the still-warm pot. It's too late for coffee - it would keep you up all night if you had some now.

"I didn't know you and Eligos were friends," you say, cautiously.

"We're not," Umara says, with a snort. You can hear her tearing open the package behind you. "Last time he came to see you, you were over at Or's, so he stayed to chat with me. Only for a little bit." She pauses. "He's kind of a prick."

"He is," you agree, with a snort. Eligos is one of your oldest friends, but there is absolutely no denying that he is kind of a prick. "What did you talk about?"

"Not a whole lot. Mostly what I do when I'm actually being a human, in the human world. He said he knows some humans who keep summoning him to hang out with them, so we compared notes." You glance over your shoulder just in time to see Umara shrug. "I told him I sometimes got bored around here, and he offered to send me some books in English, so I took him up on it. And then he left."
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No. 971526 ID: c1eaac
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971526

Huh. You didn't know Eligos had been traveling to Earth with any frequency, nor that he apparently has secret humans he's been keeping from you. Do Or and Murmur know? Probably not, or one of them would have come running to you with the gossip. That's something good to hold over Eligos's head later.

"Eligos is kind of a prick," Duma chimes in, a little belatedly. "I heard he's been flirting with diplomats -"

Before any of you can go any farther down that particular road of gossip, there's a sharp knocking at the front door that cuts Duma off.

"You gonna get that?" Umara asks, shooting you a sidelong glance.

You grimace. You weren't expecting any company at all tonight, and you're definitely not fit to be seen by any nobles who aren't in your close circle of friends - who are all at Jasper's party. You suppose you could ignore whoever's at the door, or go peek and then decide whether or not to ignore them. If you ignore them completely, there's also a chance that a servant will hear the knocking and answer the door regardless.
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No. 971528 ID: 70df1e

go take a peek and then decide whether or not to ignore them!
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No. 971537 ID: 242298

take a peek! let's see who's at the door before we slam it in their face (metaphorically)
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No. 971559 ID: 629891

peek! peek! peek!
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No. 971601 ID: 44b1b5

"I'll go see who it is. Umara, if Elegos happened to sneak any spells or whatever other nonsense in there that you might cause some mischief on his behalf with, do inform someone about it before deciding what to do with it, I don't care who. I'd be rather cross if you happened to go up in flames with the east wing, and nobody could say why that was."
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No. 971670 ID: f8a67b

just open whoever this is that's life baby
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No. 972168 ID: c1eaac
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972168

"I'll go see who it is," you say with a heavy sigh, leaning on your cane as you turn to leave the kitchen. Your leg gives an ugly twinge, warning you that you're doing too much walking, and you ignore it.

"Don't burn the house down," you tell Umara. You can hear her snort behind you as you make your way out.
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No. 972169 ID: c1eaac
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972169

The front door, luckily, is just down the hall from the kitchen. You approach the foyer brusquely, looking forward to returning to the kitchen, making your tea, and getting off your feet. Hopefully it's just a courier at the door, or a servant someone else sent over with a package. You never get many unannounced house guests (except for Duma), and you hate it when you do.

Being sure to stay hidden from sight, you lean around a corner and try to spy whoever is standing on your doorstep through the long windows that flank the door.
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No. 972170 ID: c1eaac
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972170

...oh, God damn it. What is he doing here?

"Camio, I know you're in there," Eligos says, looking entirely unamused. "I can hear your cane on the marble. Let me in, will you?"
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No. 972171 ID: 70df1e

let him in we have no choice
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No. 972172 ID: 2593ae

can't hear him there's a door in the way
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No. 972351 ID: 5131ce

>>972172
yes
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No. 972365 ID: dbd72b

>>972172
This. Also, ask why he's here before we let him in
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No. 972867 ID: c1eaac
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972867

"I can't hear you, there's a door in the way," you say, as deadpan as possible. Eligos already knows you're here, so you finish rounding the corner, leaning on your cane just a few feet from the door.

"Camio," Eligos says, exasperated. "Will you please-"

"Why are you here, Eligos?" you cut him off, genuinely curious. It's not late enough for dinner at Jasper's to have ended, and even if it was, Eligos is not exactly the first person you would expect to turn up on your doorstep, alone. The two of you don't tend to interact one on one, without Or as a buffer.

"Well, if you must know, my date ditched me," Eligos says. He looks embarrassed that he even has to say it, which is a great look for him, in your opinion.

"Is that all?" you ask, because something tells you he's holding back.

"No." Eligos sighs. "He ditched me to fuck Murmur. Are you happy?"
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No. 972868 ID: c1eaac
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972868

"Yes," you say.

You open the door for Eligos, and he steps inside, immediately shucking off his cape and handing it to the nearest servant, who comes running down the stairs just minutes too late to answer the door. They give you a long-suffering look, and you return it before resigning yourself to following Eligos to the nearest sitting room. You don't like how he walks around your estate like he owns it, but you do like an excuse to sit down.

"Who was your date?" you ask once you catch up to him, lowering yourself into one of the sitting room's plush armchairs. You feel instantly less tense with your weight off your knee, though you're still not thrilled to be hosting company.

"Marax," Eligos says, and smiles thinly when your eyebrows shoot all the way up. "I knew Murmur was bringing Azza, so I figured I would bring someone he didn't want to see. Obviously, it backfired."
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No. 972869 ID: c1eaac
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972869

"So why come here?" That's the real sticking point, as far as you're concerned. Eligos had no real reason to leave the party. He comes to parties without a date all the time, and usually still leaves with someone or other on his arm. Hell, he could have turned his charm onto one of Jasper's servants, if he'd felt like it. He does have a reputation for fucking other peoples' servants.

"I was bored," he says, stretching out in the seat he claimed for himself. "My date was gone, and I only really showed up to make a fool out of Murmur, anyhow. You know I don't particularly like eating angels. And I couldn't even find Ornias to tell them about Marax and Murmur getting together. I think they went off somewhere private with Prince Glasya-Labolas."

At that, Eligos gives you a catlike smile, like he knows he's provoking you. He's not far off. You like Glas, but you care about Or more than you care about anything else in your life. Jealousy pools in your gut, and you try not to feel ill will towards Glas, but can't quite manage it at the moment. You think that maybe you were wrong to turn down Or's invitation to the dinner party.

More than anything, you think Eligos has already overstayed his welcome, but you can't just say that. It's rude. Maybe you should just pick a fight with him to make him leave on his own.
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No. 972876 ID: 6f0bd4

mayhaps eligos is too busy dining with angels to dine on them
or too busy "dining on them"
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No. 972877 ID: 70df1e

tell eligos if hes just here to antagonize you, the can get out. if he wants to talk without being a bitch then he can stay.
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No. 972884 ID: f63434

absolutely pick a fight w eligos, he wants to dig the knife in he's gonna get it bacckkkk
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No. 972938 ID: ce39da

"I don't think Glas and Or will get up to much beyond demons being demons - I'm more worried about what other decidedly unromantic trouble he could get up to this time. Tonight is his first time at Jaspar's estate, and I heard from Or that his invitation was rather sudden after he witnessed that incident involving the angel."
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No. 972966 ID: dbd72b

Glas was clearly hitting on you harder than Or, so this is the opposite of a problem.

Buuut, if you need some space to deal with your feelings, trying to out bitch Eligos isn't going to happen, he's a professional.

Normally, it's a loss to let someone know they're getting to you, but then, normally someone wouldn't beat the living shit out of some brat twenty feet away from Satan himself at Satan's own fancy party, now would they? Let Eli know he's pushing it. Gently(-ish).

If he still wants to play stupid games after that, you can give him stupid prizes.
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No. 972979 ID: c1eaac
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972979

"Eligos," you say, warningly, giving him a look to let him know that he's pushing his luck.

"What?" he asks, eyes wide and innocent behind his glasses. "I just thought I would update you on how Ornias's night is going. I thought you might want to know, considering you turned down their invitation to dinner."

"You are antagonizing me," you say bluntly. That's one thing you have going for you that most nobles don't - you say what you mean, instead of talking around the truth. Some people find it refreshing, and some find it inappropriate at best. "If you came here to do only that, you may leave."

"You wound me, Camio," Eligos says, like he still has no idea what you're talking about. "Aren't we friends?"

You consider this for a long moment, so long that Eligos looks almost uncomfortable. Good. Let him sweat for a minute. He deserves at least that much.

"Yes," you say, finally. "But only when you are not being a bitch."
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No. 972980 ID: c1eaac
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972980

Eligos blinks, and then laughs. You doubt he's learned his lesson, but at least you can say you warned him. If he wants to keep playing stupid games after this, you'll make sure he gets stupid prizes in return.

While you were making Eligos sweat, one of your servants quietly brought a drink cart in with a bottle of wine and some glasses. You make a mental note to find whoever it was and thank them later, and fill up a glass for yourself, having a feeling you'll need it to make it through the rest of this conversation.

"Where's your human?" Eligos asks, immediately proving you right. He looks around the parlor owlishly, as though Umara might appear out of thin air.

"Not here," you say, unwilling to give him any more than that.

"Did she get the package I sent her?" he asks. "She didn't mention what sort of books she liked, so I tried to include a little of everything from my English collection. I'm not expecting them back anytime soon, so -"

"She got them," you say. Umara seemed pleased about the books, too, but you're obviously not going to tell Eligos that. You don't want to inflate his ego any more than it already is. And you have no idea why Umara was so happy with those old books, anyway. Should you have been buying her books this whole time?
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No. 972981 ID: c1eaac
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972981

"Oh, excellent." Eligos smiles. He pours himself a half-glass of wine and swirls it idly around the glass, watching it for a long moment. "You know, I was going to suggest we go somewhere more private, but if your human isn't around..."

You blink at him, once, before the pieces begin fall into place. Ah. He's flirting with you. It's hard to tell if he's course correcting because you told him to stop being a bitch, or if this was his plan all along, but knowing Eligos, you're pretty sure it's the latter. Usually Murmur is Eligos's go-to pity fuck, but obviously Murmur is a little busy at the moment.

You're pretty sure you could ignore this. In fact, you are almost a hundred percent sure that you could play dumb and pretend not to know Eligos is flirting with you, at least up until a certain point. You could also just...be normal and see where this goes, but you have a cup of tea and two vastly more tolerable guests waiting for you in the kitchen, and you definitely prefer that to Eligos.
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No. 972982 ID: 70df1e

do some even more intense calculations to figure out if fucking eligos would make him more tolerable or give him a big head about everything
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No. 972985 ID: d7f01b

play dumb! make him work to seduce you! it'll be something to roast him for the next time you all get together for tea.
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No. 973022 ID: dbd72b

>just rejected
>opening jealousy gambit
>famous servant fucker
>asked after Umara

He's definitely fishing, and on the rebound. Seems to have backed off Umara when you were short about it, which is good, and that'll last... as long as it does. Whether it's successful is another matter, given her opinion of him.

What's your relationship with Eligos? Is he pity-fuckable? And how put off (if at all) would Duma and Umara be if you go for it?

Let things play out a bit while you think.
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No. 973028 ID: 49fb4e

bruh, your tea is getting cold
def play dumb for a little bit but like he ain't reheated tea fuckable
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No. 973029 ID: b1b4f3

How put off would Or be if you diddled the dude?
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No. 973031 ID: ce39da

Is immediate flat rejection on the table? A simple "no" should suffice - don't outright accuse and dump him on his head until he gets obvious, though; we do not want to be wrong about this.
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No. 973426 ID: c1eaac
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973426

> What's your relationship with Eligos?

You've known Eligos since you were both fairly young, when you were still Ornias's personal attendant, and he was Ornias's bratty cousin. You weren't friends, then.

You and Eligos have a sort of mutual respect that you're both older - he's much more mature than he used to be, and you're a lord instead of a servant. You see Eligos and Murmur every week at an exclusive teatime that Ornias hosts just for the four of you, and you would (however begrudgingly sometimes) consider Eligos a friend.
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No. 973427 ID: c1eaac
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973427

> Is he pity-fuckable?

Yes, but certainly never your first choice.

> How put off would Or be if you diddled the dude?

Or...probably wouldn't care that much, but you doubt that you or Eligos would ever tell them about it in the first place. You would probably be too embarrassed to, and Eligos doesn't make a habit of bragging about his sexual conquests. For all of his faults, he's very discreet.

> And how put off (if at all) would Duma and Umara be if you go for it?

Not very. They're both aware that you fuck other people, and neither seems to care very much. You suspect that Duma, at least, has other partners on the side as well.
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No. 973428 ID: c1eaac
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973428

Eligos is still talking, and you haven't been paying attention, so you have no idea what he's saying anymore. He probably has no idea that he's essentially flirting with a brick wall, which is fairly amusing. You're thinking about rejecting him outright, so you can get back to your tea already, when someone begins urgently pounding on your door for the second time tonight and makes you jump out of your skin.

"I didn't know you were expecting visitors," Eligos says, arching an eyebrow.

"I wasn't," you growl. There really shouldn't be anyone else at your door tonight, but at least going to check who it is will give you an excuse to leave Eligos here, if you like. You could also ignore it, and let the servants take care of it while you stay with Eligos.
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No. 973430 ID: 70df1e

stay because all that running back and forth to the door is probably not very good for your knee. your servant will tell you who it is, right? and whether or not you can send them away?

in the meantime share a long suffering look with eligos, because being around unexpected guests is tiring, regardless of whether or not they are pity-fuckable
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No. 973432 ID: ce39da

This knocking sounds a bit more urgent - see who's there (though I'm sure the servant who was already there can handle the door for you). It's a good enough excuse to get away from Eligos, anyway.
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No. 973434 ID: 08b8d8

>>973430
Agreed, definitely have someone else get that. Rest your knee. If it's that urgent, they can come stumbling dramatically into your tearoom. I'm sure it'll be fine.
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No. 973465 ID: 1f9895

chair cozy
let someone else get the door
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No. 973774 ID: c1eaac
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973774

You share a long-suffering look with Eligos, hopefully communicating exactly how disinclined you are to pick yourself up and get the door again. Your knee feels much better now that you're sitting down, and your chair is cozy - and, while you could take or leave Eligos being here, at least you know exactly what you're getting into with him.

"Veri," You say loudly, calling for the servant who took Eligos's cloak just a moment ago. You assume they're still hanging around here somewhere. "Will you get the door?"

To your surprise, Veri appears in the doorway almost instantly. Their face is several shades more pale than it was before, and they look significantly shaken.

"I did, my lord," they say, trying to communicate something to you with their eyes that you can't quite understand.
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No. 973775 ID: c1eaac
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973775

Unfortunately, you don't have to try and understand for long, because suddenly King Satan is barging into your second-favorite sitting room.

"Camio!" he says delightedly, apparently not noticing Eligos - or simply deciding not to address him. Satan's eyes are bright, and he's grinning at you like he's very, very pleased with himself. "I was in the neighborhood and thought I'd drop in on my favorite lord of Hell. How are you?"
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No. 973776 ID: 70df1e

exhausted.jpg

but he is literal actual satan so like. dont send him away. look disgruntled though. do you WANT to be his favorite lord of hell?
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No. 973778 ID: fbb227

HAHAHAH HOLY SHIT

on a scale from 1 to 10 how surprising is this? Also, what's the expression on Eligos' face right now?
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No. 973782 ID: b1b4f3

>>973775
Greet him... uh... in some appropriate manner. He's not exactly dressed formally, I'm not sure how formal you should be. Greet him like an honored guest?
Eye and knee are still bad, but otherwise doing fine. Eligos is paying a visit, which is... also fine.

Offer your hospitality.
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No. 973804 ID: 19e09d

oh fuck
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No. 973831 ID: ce39da

Spit-take, but like, deadpan.
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No. 973901 ID: bb4e71

the years start coming and they don't stop coming

offer him a beverage; maybe he will want something besides wine and you can finally get your tea
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