Hades snapped bolt upright the cries catching his attention, his brow covered with sweat and every square inch of him aching insanely. The room was dark except for the dull burn of the fire long turned to embers, a moment as his mind adjusted realising the cries that had unnerved him were his own as he glanced around.
“Fuck Z’ress what the hell have you done to me, having me screaming in the night like some lost child” He pulled his legs out of bed sitting on the edge now.
As he adjusted to sit on the bed, a soft and tentative knock was presented at his closed door. The voice on the other side was just as cautious, surprisingly heard through the heavy wood. “M-master Hades? Is everything alright?” It was Jade.
Hades stood unsteady on his feet as he made a step forward he missed the edge of the bedpost landing on a heap on the floor “Apparently I’m not” he muttered in frustration, he looked to the door for a moment before pushing himself to seat “Jade it seems I’m going to need a little help”
The door creaked open, the hinges moaning from the strain winter had placed upon them. Jade stood at the other side of the door, in a white robe, that Hades had seen peek from beneath her brown. She stepped through closing the door, then turned to face him clasping her hands before her then hesitated. Jade moved with the grace and elegance in a rush to him, now her dark hair was loose around her shoulders and flowed down to her thighs. Jade curled an arm around his back while it was stead and gentle in support to lead him with a hand cupped at his elbow to guide to move him to the bed. “Master Hades…Forgive me, I am going to get Sarantha. She has not seen you as of yet.” Her almond slanted beautiful eyes were wide with concern, as she released her hold from him, that warmth of cherry blossom caressing his senses faintly.
As she aided back into bed he caught her eyes a deep stare before diverting his eyes “Not often I will fail to argue, but considering I can barely think straight, and pretty sure my chest is going to explode, it may be best” Hades again erupted into a coughing fit skirting his head past her to spray the floor in blood “Something isn’t right” he caught her hand pulling her toward him “Thank you”
Jade curled her bare feet up into her chest as the coughing fits caused more blood to spit upon the floor again, appearing again fearful of the sight. As his hand caught hers in a pull close, after he was finished cough, she placed a hand on his back, then lifted her long sleeve to wipe at the corner of his lips, strange since blood seemed to repulse her. A stain was stark in contrast upon the white of her sleeve. “I will make tea and return with Sarantha.” She said while rising, in the moonlight slipping through the window and the embers dying the robe was near transparent to reveal her figure beneath, even the contrast of tattoos beneath that covered her back and right arm.
She clasped her hands while leaving the room just as quietly as she had arrived. Once in the hall she advanced to a guard, speaking softly, timidly for them to send word to the kitchen to boil water and offered him a small pouch. “Please have these leaves placed in the pot, deliver it to Master Hades’s room. Um…can you point me to Sarantha’s room, please?”
Once she was pointed in the direction, Jade walked with her elegant and light steps, hands clasped before her and moving to the side as other guards would approach to bow her head and then be on her way. It took her sometime, since she was unfamiliar with the castle before she finally located the room Sarantha was to be in. Tentatively, she lifted her hand to knock on the door. “Mistress Sarantha…?”
The door opened just enough to see the grey cowl of the aide beyond “Yes may I help you?” She asked softly “I’m afraid our Mistress is not to be disturbed unless it is an emergency, she is currently meditating so as to gather her balance” The aide smiled softly a straight smile that carried only the curtesy she had come to portray for her employer “Unless it is dire I will have her seek you out first thing in the morning Miss?”
“Master Hades, has…coughed up blood twice. Once earlier and just only a little bit ago. So…I think, that calls for her attention…” Jade whispered, while looking down to her hands with her head tipped only slightly, the trace amount of blood on her sleeve a staple of her point made. “He has made complaint about his bruising.”
The aide frowned looking to the newcomer “Lord Hades was deemed suitably fit to not require immediate attention, stubborn old fool at” her words were silenced as a hand reached above to open the door, beyond stood Sarantha now in a green dress that seemed to flow and shimmer in the light.
“You must forgive my staff, they seem to forget I am not a child” The aide bowed awkwardly falling back into the room as Sarantha stepped just inside the door “He has coughed up blood, and is refusing treatment, a stubborn man he is yes, but fool Hades? Perhaps not. Nevertheless I should go make check his injuries for myself, perhaps next time he won’t be so rash in sending me on way?” She held her hand as in a request for direction to Hades room, the three aides now falling in line behind the two of them as they walked.
Jade’s shoulders slumped to the aide that spoke, looking down to her clasped hands while tugging on the blood that stained the fabric of her sleeve. But, the instant the aide was silenced, her eyes lifted to the sight of Sarantha and then immediately down. “Y-your staff was only looking out for the wellness of you.” Jade nodded in affirmation of her words. “Thank you, Mistress Sarantha. I have tea brewing as we speak to be delivered to his room.” When Sarantha extended her hand for a lead, Jade nodded in a small bow, turning to lead Sarantha back through the halls, while she got lost once but then backtracked to correct the path. Blushing a slight, embarrassed to the misdirect, but when she stood outside his door, Jade knocked the sound as always tentative and soft. “Master Hades? I have Sarantha.” She opened the door to enter within while keeping her head down awaiting for the healer and the aides to enter before closing it. Remaining back and next to it, away from the others, awaiting the arrival of the tea.
Hades groaned as Sarantha approached him “What have you done to yourself Hades” She spoke soft as she simply sat beside him the back of her hand to his forehead before shaking her head “You sent your poor assistant, she is your assistant correct? You sent her to bed and prayed you’d wake up in the morning hmm?” Saranthas voice was sharp yet not angry as if she were scolding a child.
“I was fine until the blood” Hades retorted though the fight in his voice was all but gone and attempt at defiance and a man who knew he was beaten. “Well judging by the heavy bruising, I’d say there are internal injuries, you lack your brothers healing ability” the fact she pointed out Hades lack of vampiric ability drew a loud huff from Hades, somewhere between frustration and annoyance.
“Oh stop acting like such a child, I suspect you’re injuries were worse before” She paused as if recollecting a detail “Z’ress was it? She healed both you and Aerian in some way, enough to prevent death but far from enough to render you a threat” She smiled softly “But then she was clearly smart enough to realise you are always a threat, even injured in this manor, put a blade in your hand and you’ll fight?” Hades nodded sharply Sarantha simply smiled as she turned her attention to Jade “I’m afraid I didn’t catch you name on account of my staff trying to throw you out, but you mentioned tea, could you slip some of this into his” She offered a small pouch “It will help with his healing, or at least slow his internal blood loss and allow those parts to heal, sadly the bruising will have to go naturally” She patted Hades arm gently “And at least allow him to sleep, though he should not be left alone, the drug is heavy and if the cough returns he may need a hand clearing the mess”
“Oh so now you’re trying to kill me?” Hades muttered half through a playful tone “And if you die who will protect us? Be a good boy and drink your tea, let the young lady help you out and for goodness sake be a gentleman to her” Sarantha smiled as she returned her attention to Jade “Just a pinch every 6 hours for the next day or two, and extra pinch if he’s too cranky”
Shortly after Sarantha arrived at his side, there was a knock on the door, of which Jade looked up and moved to open it accepting a tray from the maid just outside with a bow of her head in thanks. Proceeding with her light steps to place it on the desk, but remained otherwise motionless beside it, hands clasped and eyes down.
“Oh…Jade.” She whispered softly in her light musical voice, eyes lifted for the moment at being address by Sarantha with the beautiful eyes shifting from her to Hades. Slowly, hesitantly, Jade advanced to accept the pouch offered by Sarantha with a look to it, then back to her. While she was shy and tentative, the focus to the healers words was taken in. To the mention of a mess, Jade trailed her eyes to the splatter that was on the floor from earlier and most recent then to her stained sleeve, but nodded solemnly. “Yes, Mistress Sarantha. I will tend to his will being.” She then remained still while her hand cradled the pouch, as though it was full of delicate porcelain. Jade turned slowly, moving to the tea pot on the tray, while lifting a small metal tea bag, opening it and then putting a pinch of the concoction within. Then placed it back within the tea pot with the lid on to seep, turning back to face the two with her hands clasped and head down.
Sarantha smiled softly “If there’s a problem please call me immediately” And with that she swept from the room her aides in succession behind her, as the door closed Hades sighed softly “My apologies Jade, less than a few hours into your new duties and things are already complicated. I also owe you a new dress” He looked to the dark stain on her sleeve “seems I’m in worse shape than I thought, on the upside” he groaned as he shifted to sit a little less awkwardly “I’m not dead yet”
Jade lifted her gaze after Sarantha left the room with her entourage, her beautiful brown eyes shifting to Hades. No sooner had he adjusted, then she was at his side to assist him in sitting comfortably with an appropriate stack and fluff of the pillows to support him with placing a strain upon his body. “Sometimes, Master Hades, the road to recovery can be hard.” Her whimsical voice chirped softly, though, she had turned to gather a chair to place at his bedside and lofted the tray with the tea pot and cup to set upon the top of the furniture. But then moved with the elegant and dance-like grace to the hearth, kneeling down to begin another fire with the logs provided, again this was in the methodical manner. On her lean down on her knees and hands, her hair spilled over one shoulder into a dark glistening pool upon the floor, exposing the top portion of the tattoo that was hidden beneath the collar of the white robe. Once the fire had caught upon the wood, Jade proceeded to sit on her knees with her feet tucked beneath her bottom.
Her hands moved flawlessly to handle the tea pot with precision and grace, truly it was a sight, as though this was a religious procession. Even the flow of her sleeves was swept with grace, Jade then stood from her seated position with her proper posture and grace, settling so lightly upon the edge of the bed that it barely registered her weight. Jade lofted the cup with her slender fingers, holding it with both hands with the digits were an extension to press the rim to his lips, awaiting his acceptance of the tea. As the smell hit him, it was exotic in a sense of tea that he was not entirely used to. But, it was robust in earthiness, but held a floral flavor and the pleasance of the aftertaste masked the medicinal herb very well. Her almond slanted eyes were fixed on his lips, awaiting the moment to his release of lips from the edge to withdraw, to hold in her lap. “The tea should help as well. It is called Black Dragon Tea, sometimes, Oolong. It will help give your immune system a boost, plus the medicine from Sarantha.” Her tone of voice held a whisper of pride at being able to introduce Hades to the exotic tea, then placed the cup upon the palm of her hand with a splay of fingers in support to silently offer him another sip.
The tea was strange but oddly nice to him as he drank in slow sips, the temperature just right as he took without resistance. “The problem with recovery is impatience and as I’m sure you’re aware I don’t do too well with patience, or being a patient come to it. Still I have you and for that I am grateful” His eyes caught sight of her tattoos and instinct to draw back the fabric quickly quelled.
He took another sip with a smile, it was a steady pace he finished the cup the effect of the herb already beginning to set in as the room swayed slightly around him, he went to move only to halted abruptly “You should have the bed, if I’m to be watched like a child you should at least be able to do so in comfort” He tried again and again was halted “And you’re not going to aid me to the couch are you?” His last came amused at the thought of this woman keeping him in place “I will make things up to you, I promise you that”
A flush of color rippled up her neck to melt into her cheeks at his compliment to her, though she tipped he chin in silent respect and acceptance of his words. After the tea was emptied from the cup, she half-turned to place it down upon the tray, then faced him. Lifting a hand to place on his chest. “No, Master Hades, you are recovering and I would not wish for you to sleep upon a couch. You will be much better in resting to lay as you are on the comfort of a mattress. I will sleep on the couch, before other arrangements can be made tomorrow.” Her words still held that air of a musical quality, her brown eyes meeting his with a plead. She adjusted his pillows to lay down and strip his support in a sit, then assisted him to lay down. Jade leaned forward to gather the tray and rose from the side of his bed, while still that grace in her move was still astounding in her poise and the hair fluttered behind her only adding the beauty of the length to her thighs. She opened the door and offered the tray to the guard outside and bowing her head, but, then Hades heard a request for a bucket of soapy water and scrub brush to be delivered with a towel.
A short time later, such arrived, Jade declined assistance. While she was frail, Jade carried the water as though it weighed next to nothing. Moving to the side of the bed, tucking her ankles beneath her bottom again and rolling up her sleeves, beginning to scrub at the stone floor to lift the blood that lingered.
Hades watched her silent though his mind had clouded with the medicine issued him by Sarantha he was still aware enough to watch, his pain had long since vanished amidst the effects. “You can ….” His voice trailed as he tried to make the request sound less like it would “It will get cold, especially when the fire dies down, and to keep it warm you’ll be up and down, so it makes sense for you to sleep, here. I would prefer my assistant not freeze to death on her first night in my employ. There is room enough for us both in here”
He simply lay and watched her clean up the mess he’d made, now his own heartbeat thudded now on the inside of his head.
Jade paused in the scrubbing, lifting the back of her hand to wipe at the sweat that glistened like beads of diamond upon her porcelain skin, portions of her dark hair clung to the side of her face and neck while settling upon the tuck of her feet beneath her bottom. Her beautiful brown eyes looked to him, while bowing her head. “Master Hades, I intend to remain within the room tonight. I will sleep on the couch but I will not be far.” But, then she returned to pouring out some water and drying the ground at his bedside, the hair spilling over her shoulder but such offered him a closer view of her neck tattoo, it was full of color and still in his muddled mind difficult to discern the colors to objects. “Rest, Master Hades. I will add more logs to the fire before I lay down to rest, your comfort is priority in order for your health.” She finished and stood, gathering the bucket with a dunk of the scrub within, in that elegant and graceful steps, moved to the door and opened it. Handing the bucket outward to a guard, bowing her head in a small step back to close the door. Jade then returned to the bedside to settle within the chair.
Hades would have argued had the medicine not put him down and out, his chest rose and fell though occasionally it would be awkward around the sharp stabs of pain he was now blissfully unaware of.
The morning air was cold enough to cause him to shudder as he stretched out in a yawn then growled in pain as his body remembered the problems he was suffering. “Urgh give a guy a break” he muttered as he shoved a pillow under his back, in that moment he simply watched Jade.
Apparently during his blissful, but, not entire restless night of sleep, the couch had been moved adjacent to the bed with the desk moved a slight to offer the room. Jade was sound asleep, her breathing rose and fell in a steady rhythm. The white robe that only had a stain on the sleeve, now had a twin mark to the other and upon the location of her knees. By the bucket of soapy water near his head board, he had possibly coughed enough last night to make another mess because an irony taste lingered in his mouth. Her dark bangs swept to the side with the wisps dripping down over her calm and peaceful porcelain face, the way she was folded upon the couch proved that she was cold but the foetal position she was in assisted in the warmth. The dark fall of her incredibly long hair was swept back out of his sight. The room, while whispering of the frigid winter, held an aroma of the soapy bucket near to him and the faint touch of Jade’s scent of cherry blossom.
Hades pulled one of the blankets from under him moving enough to allow him to place it down over her, quietly he made his way to the fire restacking the wood and flicking the embers until they caught hold of the tinder and set them ablaze catching the logs quickly. He sat watching the fire for a few more minutes his mind on her breathing as the chill was beginning to be taken by the fires heat.
As the blanket was placed upon her, unconsciously her hands lifted from beneath to curl around the edge to draw the fabric closer around her. Otherwise, she remained with the steady and calm breathing, it was clear that the cold was not unfamiliar with her nor strange accommodations. After quite sometime in silence, he heard a shift of fabric, the glide of the blanket warm upon his shoulders, while Jade had awakened. “If you wished a fire, Master Hades. You simply would have had to tell me and I would have gladly obliged.” Her voice was dusted with the husk of newly wakening, the musical note still present in the softness of her tone.
He smiled softly his hand sliding over hers “You were sleeping and from the way it looked its been a long night, least I could do” He drew the blanket round as he watched the fire “Besides fire helps focus me, try to forget the fact my body despises me right now, you should rest, I’ll be OK for a little bit”
He stood making his way to the door, more strength in each motion that he had the night previous as he cracked open the door to offer order to the guard to bring food for two and something warm to drink. The voice replied a customary “Yes Milord” and footsteps echoed down the hallway as Hades closed the door.
“We will eat and then work out what the day will bring, I hope I haven’t scared you too deeply I know it’s a lot to throw at you on your first day, but I’m alive and that is down entirely to you so again thank you” Hades smiled as he settled back infront of the fire.
“It was of no trouble, I am glad to be able to serv–assist…you, Master Hades.” To the contact of his hand that slid over hers, a sharp gasp parted her lips and her slender hand jerked back as though being burned, but, she tilted her head down. “I apologize, Master Hades.” She remained in her standing position while Hades rose to move to the door, clasped hands before her to his return with a lower of her gaze.
“I had given orders to the guard to ensure that the kitchen help places the tea leaves I gave to them on your tea specifically.” The husk had lifted and the musical quality returned to her tone. “At least, allow me to make you more comfortable.” Jade moved to the couch, moving behind it to push and pull, a feats that was surprising giving her frame and size, it was easily done. Such would be easy to overlook given the oversized clothing upon her that concealed details of her shape more than moments as the fabric tensed on the white robe. Eventually, such ended being placed before the fire, far enough to not be a hazard but close enough to allow a cushion to the warmth.
Hades watched her quiet and thought filled before his eyes went back to the fire. The room was now nicely warm, the crackle of the fire strangely satisfying and relaxing. “Ever since I was a child” Hades frowned at the statement “Yes I was actually a child once” he smiled “I always hated been ill, hated the fact it takes me longer to heal than my brothers, and yet thankful that my recovery doesn’t rely on a need for blood. I always bounce back and I’ve always been thankful for that”
Hades shifted slightly before resting his head back “But I’ve always done it alone, relying on others was never a strong point with me, multiple trust issues, envy, guilt a whole long list of reasons why I shouldn’t be near people. But loyalty that’s one value that took a while to learn. A family that’s the tricky part”
Jade moved to settle upon the floor while tucking her ankles beneath her bottom, beautiful brown eyes fixed upon the flames dancing beneath the hearth, as though listening to some unspoken tale. After a time in silence, she lowered her gaze to her hands clasped in her lap. “The things I have learned…Life is amazing. And then it is awful. And then it’s amazing. In between the amazing and the awful its ordinary, mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heart-breaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life…and it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” She then glanced to the door as it was knocked upon, a maid delivering the food for the morning meal. With such regal posture, Jade rose and walked to the door opening it and accepting the tray with a tip of her head downwards and partial bend at her waist. She turned as the door closed, moving to set the tray down on the floor, though, went to gather a chair to place such on with the medicinal pouch in her hand.
Once returning to the couch, she leaned down to gather the tray to set upon it, then focused on placing some leaves within Hades cup. Each motion with the tea pot was a ceremonious dance, a display of grace and beauty. She then offered him the plate of food while setting his cup down, looking to him as Jade patiently waited for him to begin eating before tending to her own.
Hades took a drink feeling the warmth surround his body with a smile as he drew the plate into his lap, a slow methodical approach in the way he ate. He did motion her to help herself wanting to ensure she ate just as well.
“You should eat, enjoy what we have while we have, the winter likely won’t afford us it for long” Hades shrugged softly, the Mansion had its stockpiles but often even for them luck would run out and leave them having to work harder toward the end. The fire crackled in the background as the room had now warmed.
Jade quietly shook her head while motioning for him to begin eating. When he began, she removed the black chopsticks from a fold at her robe, beginning to pluck at the fruit and meat. Every so often she would lift her beautiful warm brown eyes to him, but, when he would glance her way Jade would look down with a light flush against her neck and cheeks. Her dark hair pooled around her like a luscious waterfall about her, a few times when she would gather the tea to sip, he saw the fabric stretch upon her arm against the white bold lines of another tattoo was revealed but still was muddled. The wood crackled and flames whispered to fill the silence between them.
After they had finished eating, Jade guided his tea to his lips in a lean, this was ceremonious and gracious. But, after that was finished, she placed the empty cup on the tray, gathering such with her hands to move to the door of the room. Extending the tray with a bow of her head and gracious thank you. She returned to settle on the floor with her feet tucked beneath her bottom, beginning to tend to the fire, hair parting enough in the stretch to reveal more bold lines of a tattoo upon her back hidden beneath the robe.
Hades felt the effects of the herbs given by Sarantha a fog at the edge of his conscious state that eased the pain but dulled his motor sense leaving him to piece together the images he had seen. The tattoos just beneath the surface of her clothing an intriguing detail seldom seen.
“You have an appreciation for body by choice? Or marks of your previous owner” His words came before his brain caught them only for him to snap his words off “My apologies, seems Saranthas medicine has rendered my mouth idle of my brain” He shifted awkward under the words now returning his eyes to the flame “It is inappropriate of me to pry”
Jade hesitated now, looking down to her hands in her lap and then up to the flames beneath the hearth. “One only needs to apologize when another has been wronged.” She stated softly in that musical tone, appearing as though it was a quote that was ingrained within her mind. “No. The tattoos are not upon my body as a symbol of those that owned me but dedication to my family, to never be forgotten.” Her tone had grown even more softly to the end, as though, such weight upon a memory caused sadness to surface within her. “Would you like to see them? I must ask because I will be showing far more skin then is deemed appropriate for a female.”
“I would” Hades replied softly “I have a fascination for such things, and inappropriate as it may be I will do nothing but be a gentleman” Hades shifted again trying to ease the aches, while the pain was dulled it wasn’t forgotten now dulled to an awkwardly annoying ache that required him to shift his positioning. There were occaisionally the footfalls of folk as they passed the room but for the largest part they had silence aside from themselves and the fire.
“We wont be disturbed, thankfully it’s forbidden to enter an Elcarus Lords room without prior permission, something that does not apply to yourself I may point out, you are permitted in and out of my chambers as is needed” His intent to convey trust between them was followed by his ever awkward shift in comfort and eyes on the fire.
Jade appeared to hesitate at first, though, lifted her hair to sweep over her left shoulder, fingers working to loosen the tie of her robe. As all things with her, this was just as graceful as everything else. At first she removed her right arm from the sleeve, then her left, while folding down the fabrics to expose her back.
At first in the shadows it would take a moment to take in the entire piece covering her back from the nape of her neck to her tail bone in a sweep down. Focusing in was a bold colours of blacks, greys and reds; slowly forming in to a phoenix adorned by four red flowers strategically placed. Aside from that, the shape of her back was delicate and strong to bare such a detailed tattoo from the shading and features to the bird to the flowers.
On the crest of her right arm was a water lily flower, coloured the same as her back in rich blacks, reds and greys. Extending out in a flowing design to represent water by the means of black bold and subtle lines leading down to a few inches from her elbow, within was a magnificent koi fish swimming up the current in a vibrant red with orange accents. The detail from the splashing of a fin and even two petals placed upon the design.
She remained silent while the delicate slope of her neck to her shoulder offered a perfect silhouette of this female, watching him from the corner of her eye for his reaction, both her arms lifted to conceal the feminine bounty from his view even though her back was to him.
Hades watched the design as it was brought into view, the delicate work seemed to sit well upon her as she undressed before him. For a time he simply looked admiring the work in thought. “I must admit that is some incredible work, in some painful places, your tolerance must be something to behold”
He sat simply watching her just for that moment before standing “I have never seen work so beautiful or fitting upon a woman, thank you for allowing me to see”
There was a long moment of pause, upon her exposed neck, a flush of colour lifted to his complement upon the tattoo and her appearance. “One has to accept pain in order to tolerate such.” Jade stated simply, while slipping her left harm within a sleeve, in the adjustment and to his angle, he caught the fullness of a side view of her full bosom, though she guided her arm within the right sleeve and adjusted the fabric to pull a cover upon the tattoos. Attention down to fix the tie of her robe. “You are welcome, it is very rare anyone is allowed to see such markings upon me.” Jade glanced behind her expecting to see him sitting but surprised to angle her head to see him standing.
“Pain is not often a consideration for us considering there are not so many stupid enough to confront anyone named Elcarus, but as you have seen it does happen” He shrugged softly “It is how we use it that makes it worthwhile, and while I would enjoy reaping an unholy revenge upon Ceremon and Z’ress for the mess they’ve made, I have things that must be attended” Hades opened his own wardrobe looking over things within before finding something, without though he dropped his bottoms, now completely naked with his back to her.
Suddenly he halted “Oh ….. “ his words trapped “Forgive, I … oh bollocks” He muttered quickly tugging on his clean trousers and a shirt to follow, his flesh vanishing beneath the dark cloths “Sincerely I apologise, oh crap” he was grateful of the shadow from the open door that hid the slight redness his cheeks were now displaying “I didn’t even think”
As Hades found clothing then dropped his bottoms, he heard a small yelp of surprise spent from Jade with a rustle of fabric denoting that he had caught her unaware when Jade was facing him. She remained silent now, her hands clasped before her, as always with head down. When he found her exactly as he had pictured, close to the couch but back to him, the dark hair flowing over her shoulders and back, the length extending to the back of her thighs. “I…I will go get dressed, Master Hades. Give me a few moments to return.” She very quickly turned to escape the room and shortly after the door opening to her own was heard with a close.
Just as she spoke, Jade returned a few minutes later with the brown silk rob and the orange obi belt, hair gathered up in a bun, secured by the two black chopsticks. She stepped into the room with her hands clasped and head down. “What is it you wish to do today, Master Hades? Sarantha spoke for you to rest.”
“And I will, in a fashion, but I’m not to sit with my own company nor do I wish to isolate you either” Hades replied softly “So we will attend our duties, ensure the families coming to the Mansion for the winter are settled, and you will ensure I don’t die, or otherwise over exhert myself” He was still holding the embarrassment of undressing in front of her without thought, but ensuring he looked as ever himself.
He walked back to his desk pulling open a draw to pluck a pouch of coins “And this is payment for the service you have provided thus far, which you have more than earned considering so far you have wound up cleaning up my blood, chasing our healer for me and been scared half to death because I don’t think” He smiled offering the pouch “And you are my assistant not slave so there will be no complaint of being paid”
Jade remained reserved as always, head bowed and hands clasped. With her hair drawn up in the bun, she looked more formal then before, while still slender and graceful, still without shoes. As he addressed her she lifted her head with her beautiful almond slanted brown eyes fixed on him, tipping her chin respectfully while nearing him to accept the coin pouch to stow away in a fold of her robe.
“Thank you, Master Hades. I will be then with you during this day, but, understand when I say to rest that we do such. I would not care to have to use force upon you, this is not just for your benefit but those close to you. So do not be stubborn, Master Hades, I will take care to make things not appear more than they are with your injuries.” Her tone was soft musical and strong with seriousness.
“You’re far too new for me to be a pain with, don’t worry, nothing over straining, and should I tire I will listen” He smiled softly as he pulled his cloak down wrapping it about his shoulders “But I must be seen to be doing what the people have faith in me to do, I wouldn’t feel right lazing in bed all day while there are things to be done”
He opened the room door and nodded to the men outside who disappeared down the corridor” Hades stepped out waiting on her to join him before they headed for the guest wing of the mansion.
Jade nodded compliantly, while straightening and keeping her hands clasped before her, walking just outside the door with her light steps and the graceful flow of her body with the extension of the fabric just as complimenting. As she entered the guest wing, in the presence of all the others bustling around, Jade appeared to shrink into the background, still exceedingly shy and tentative around others.