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Elektra Devereaux Puzzle With a Piece Missing

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP undercover Agent/Enrollments CoordinatorPoppy
45 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

Australia was a shit hole, well, that was Ash’s less than pleasant feelings at that moment as he stood in the window and watched the gnomes swelter in the heat. It wasn’t the first time he’d wondered at the wisdom of the International Wizarding Police. It seemed entirely possible that they had sent him here hoping that under more heat than his raised in the rainy country of England body could handle that he would crack and spill all his secrets. If this was the case they were not entirely wrong. At this moment he’d tell them that he wet the bed and masturbated to unicorns if they would allow him to go somewhere with a better weather system. Neither of these things were true, well, he did masturbate but not to unicorns.

The uncomfortable weather was not helped by the fact that tension in the house was still high. Ash had not yet corrected his earlier behavior and revelations that he was considering going to Azkaban to repent for his sins and become a free man and the several other things he’d said in that exchange. In this he did not include the point where he pointed out that sex with Elektra would be desirable but at the time very much beyond his capabilities. That statement he stuck by, though, had not said as much to Ele herself.

Once again he found himself in the house with just the other adult and two cats, all of whom seemed to be avoiding him enough that he had the time to study melting Gnomes. As one of the Gnomes in question noticed him looking then decided to use that moment to lazily flip him a middle finger, the British born Wizard decided that perhaps, just perhaps, he should stop putting off the inevitable conversation and turned too go find the Ele.

That was when his laptop started a merry tune. A tune he’d not heard for a long time and not one he was expecting. A sigh escaped him and for a moment he considered ignoring the call but he also knew it was futile, she would just keep calling. So with another sigh he walked over and planted himself in front of his computer and clicked the answer button.

“Hello Meera, to what do I owe this pleasure?” he asked dryly, leaning against the top of the computer desk and looking into the annoyed face of his older sister.

“You said you we’re in Australia on some business with your lot.” started the very annoyed looking woman on the screen, scoffing when he answered in a affirmative “You are lying, Ashkur.” she cut him off as he went to respond “We know you are in Australia, Little Brother, but we also know now that you have been arrested, tried and are working for some wizarding police. We also know you are currently on the run after having kidnapped a woman! Kidnapped, Ashkur, you must release this woman right now and hand yourself back in...”

“Woah, woah, I have not fucking kidnapped anybody. The rest of what you said is true though. The fuck...who told you this?”

“A nice girl named Estelle Devereaux, I think. She visited Mum and told her all these stories about you. Stories that have our very disturbed Mother even more disturbed. She punched one of the nurses Ash! Punched! Why are you looking like that? Why aren’t you saying anything? Askur Rames Gastrell, you tell me what’s going on now!”

“Meera, listen to me carefully. Move Mum too another home, if Estelle shows up again you are to ask that she is removed from the building...do you know understand? Meera! I’m serious...” then he turned around the chair and saw the person he really didn’t need to see standing nearby.

“I have to go, Meera. I love you.” he then cut her off before she could respond before turning back to the person behind him.

“How much of that did you hear?”

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP Undercover Agent, Receptionist, Former Quidditch Star★ LilyCat
33 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

Elektra had barely spoken to Ash since their confrontation when he was absurdly drunk, and the tension from it could be felt in the house. The girls knew that something had happened, though not what, and Nina appeared to be blaming Ele for whatever was wrong, and giving her the stink eye a lot of the time. Well, so much for the tentative bonding that they'd been managing, it looked like she would be back to square one. At least Elena wasn't aware enough to understand, and still wanted to be around her aunt and cuddle with her in the evenings, but she wasn't even two years old yet. Given time, she might end up disliking Ele as well.

Today though, Elena was at daycare, she enjoyed the social time with other kids, and Elektra was doing some exercises to try and strengthen her shoulder a little more. It was never going to be what it was, but that didn't mean she was going to let it completely whither until it was completely useless. She could do things with it, so long as she avoided placing too much stress on her arm, and that was something to her. It also meant that she could focus on something and not think about the man who was moping around the house.

At least, until she heard the computer call from the main room. It rang for long enough that she was about to get up and go answer it herself, except that Ashkur did. Still, she decided to go take a small eavesdrop in case it was someone from the offices. What she managed to hear was the name he called the other person, telling her that it was a family call, so she should give him some privacy. It sounded like he was just copping a serve for lying to them after all. Probably deserve it to be honest, maybe he would at least listen to his family when they called him stupid.

Having started to walk away back to what she was doing, the woman froze in her steps at the mention of a name she did not expect to hear. It had been a long time since she'd heard that name, or spoken to the woman that it belonged to, a troubling history that made Elektra wonder just what in the hell Ashkur knew about Stell. She walked back toward the room to stand in the doorway, her gaze set on him in a questioning manner when he saw her and wound up the call.

"It's a small house that's currently silent, and sound echoes... I heard enough," The blonde responded quietly, her arms then slowly crossing in front of her, "Why is Estelle visiting your family, Ash? What do you know?" Her younger sister was mentally troubled, Elektra knew that. And it bothered her deeply that she was apparently contacting someone's family and lying about him kidnapping someone. This was not a great situation, not by far.

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP undercover Agent/Enrollments CoordinatorPoppy
45 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

Ash wasn’t entirely sure if he wanted to know the answer to his own question. If he was lucky she would have perhaps heard the bit about his supposed kidnapping of someone and how he had not be overly honest with his family. He knew he’d get some backlash for lying too them from many corners but, well, one had to know the Gastrell family too really be aware of why their own magic wielding child may have opted to not divulge vast quantities of his life. There was also national security to think about with his Mother whose dementia made her liable to spout any and all kinds of nonsense at anyone passing.

Hell, he’d had to take a year out of his career a few years back to track the woman down when the voices that lived in her head had told her she needed to sell everything she owed, disown her entire family and live in a brightly colored van somewhere in London. That was closely followed by her ‘You are the devil’ episode she had which bounced between himself and one of his Brothers. Luckily she had the sense to realize they both couldn’t be the devil when they were together, so, that had been the tacit for fighting through that.

Though if asked, whilst stood here facing Elektra knowing that he had been with holding information, important life altering information for their entire acquaintance, he’d have much rather been chasing his Mother around the west and east sides of London than having to have this conversation. Estelle Devereaux made his Mother look like a member of Mensa if compared.

Ash sighed as Elektra asked the obviously question, running his right hand through his hair for a moment as he wondered how to exactly explain everything he knew and tell her the things he suspected and hazard a guess at the rest.

“She visited my Mother, I suspect, too piss me off.” he said slowly, pushing himself to his feet “Which has worked, but, I also suspect that she was aiming for this conversation too happen.” turning towards the top draw of the computer desk he waved a hand causing the draw to pop open before he reached in and pulled out a green bound notebook.

“I first became aware of your younger sister through Emilia. This was also the first time I was informed that Emilia had a successful identical twin sister. You. I wasn’t much interested in any of this information at first, after all, I used information to extract money or favors none of which this information could get me.” he held out the green notebook for her to take from him.

“However, as Emilia developed not just a working relationship but a close and deep friendship, it became clear the connection between Estella and you was something more troubling. A few events happened that are outlined in the diary you have. Some of it is written by me, other parts by Emilia.” once the diary had passed hands, he stepped back “Read it, then I’ll answer every question you have.”

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"I gathered that much," Elektra had heard, after all, the conversation between he and who she assumed to be his sister. What she wanted to know was why. It seemed very strange that he would know her younger sister at all, especially since Emilia certainly hadn't tried to make contact with her, not trusting that the girl wouldn't have handed her in to authorities. It was just one point of contention between Ele and Estelle that had created a wedge in their relationship. While Ele wanted to protect Emi, because their sister had acted in her defence all those years ago, Estelle had blamed Emi for making life more difficult. But all this was history, or so she had believed. Now she wasn't sure what to think, given Ashkur's assumptions for his family being contacted.

The notebook was accepted while she listened to him continue his explanation, and Elektra flicked through it, reading over bits and pieces, immediately recognising her twin's handwriting in many places. The information in it detailed events that had occurred that Elektra had some basic recollection of. People who had met with accidents and some who had disappeared. These were events that happened all the time, and happened so varied and with no pattern at all, but there was one factor that appeared to link them all together. They had all been people that she'd met, even if only once, people who Estelle had known about as well, since Elektra had still been taking care of the younger woman for a few years while she went through school and university. There was a former rival from years ago. An ex boyfriend. A friend of Estelle's who had wanted an interview for their University paper.

And some others as well. The more she read, the colder Elektra began to feel, until she looked back up at Ash.

"Why didn't Emilia tell me about this?" It probably wasn't a question that Ash could answer, but it was one that Ele sure wanted answers to. She wasn't sure what to think or believe right now. She knew their younger sister had been clingy, overly so, and didn't like it when she didn't have much of Elektra's attention, that's why Ele had eventually put her foot down and said that Estelle needed to go make a life for herself. It had resulted in a fight between them where Estelle left, followed then by regular phone calls, sometimes begging forgiveness, other times ranting and raving, sometimes talking casually as though nothing at all was wrong. The blonde weaved a hand through her hair and set the notebook down.

"I don't even know what questions to ask..." The woman huffed out a sigh with a shake of her head, before looking across to him again, "How does she know who you are? I mean, visiting your family is a little overly personal for you if she is simply watching me. How does she even know your status? That you were captured and arrested, let alone forced into working for the IWP?" Because Elektra was fairly certain that her sister couldn't predict that she'd have ever met Ashkur, or know that he would even be involved with Ele's twin.

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP undercover Agent/Enrollments CoordinatorPoppy
45 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

Whilst Ele looked through the note book which contained an over view of information, along with some parts he really hoped she skipped over, Ash went to make a drink. A non alcoholic drink at that. Flicking the kettle on he set about grabbing cups, coffee and various other bits and bobs that go with making a the sort of coffee that would be needed with this type of conversation. It had to be at least luke warm since he foresaw it being thrown at him sometime in the near future. Just as he was pouring the hot water into one of the cups was when Ele asked the first and most obvious question.

“I imagine it was because she didn’t want to worry you.” he replied mildly, though he suspected it went deeper than that “After all, you had a successful career, a good life. She wouldn’t have wanted to up end that for something she was already dealing with.” well, the truth was they had both been dealing with it. The truth, sadly, also meant that Ash was more involved in her life than Ele really knew.

Ash stirred both drinks slowly as he listened too her questions, knowing that when he answered them it would change everything between them. Picking up the cups he turned around and left one on the counter side for her, sipping his own slowly as he mulled over how to respond to her many questions. Gently he placed his own cup down and looked directly at her.

“Estella and I have a history, of sorts.” this was going to be, in his opinion, the hardest part of the conversation “Emilia figured out rather early on about Estella’s fixation with you, but, she couldn’t get close to her for reasons I assume you are more aware of then myself. So, Emi asked me to...develop a relationship with her instead.” he gestured too the note book “This relationship was how both Emi and I were able to gather that much information, keep track of her movements and more importantly...keep her away from you.”

“How she knows about my situation is simply because she’s a bloody good stalker. Your sister is very talented at getting information when she needs it and twisting things to fit her own needs. I imagine her visit to my very sick Mother was her trying too not only let me know she was around but also too draw me away from the ultimate object of her obsession.” picking up his coffee he sipped it again “That’s you, if none of that was clear.”

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33 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

"Bullshit," Came Ele's instant response to Emilia's apparent reasoning for not telling her about any of this. "There would have been another reason, because she knew that I fucking hate secrets, and that she could tell me anything." Apparently not this, though. She didn't know what could have made her sister keep this kind of information from her, but it surely had to have been a good reason. Still, even so, that didn't explain what Ash had to do with it. Even if he was Emi's friend, why would this have taken any of his interest, and why would he know so much about their younger sister?

And there it was. Ele's frown deepened as she listened, though she wasn't sure what she was more angry about: the fact that Ashkar had been sleeping with her younger sister, or the fact that he had been keeping all of this from her the entire time they'd been working together. Hell, they'd been living together for almost the entire year, and he'd never once mentioned that he had known Estella as well.

"And you just... decided it was best to never mention any of this to me? That you and Emi had been keeping a track of my younger sister who is apparently dangerous. That she is dangerous. That she's been stalking me. That you fucked her. You didn't think to yourself at any point that this kind of information might be something that I should probably know?" Elektra's hand slapped down on the journal as her glared at the man. It was bad enough that he'd already been an ass the other week when he was drunk, but to now find out that he'd known so much more about her, about her own family, than he'd ever admitted to. She honestly didn't know what to think right now.

"You realise that the girls would be in danger, right? Why the fuck didn't you ever tell me any of this before? Why did I have to find out by overhearing a conversation about my sister paying a visit to your family??"

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP undercover Agent/Enrollments CoordinatorPoppy
45 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

Ash did his best to remain impassive as Ele absorbed everything he had said and then turn around and spit it all back at him. He was very aware that in this situation that he was the one who had acted wrong. That he should have said something, but, the truth was that he had no idea how to even start that sort of conversation. This was compounded by the fact that previous too the last year of his life Elektra had been for all intents and purposes his jailer and not the person she was now to him. His loyalties had lain with Emilia and she had asked him to not repeat what they knew too anyone.

This included Elektra.

He could say that, he probably would, yet it was a poor excuse for the secrets he had been keeping and the one about her sister wasn’t the only one he’d been hiding. Ashkur could explain away his own behavior to himself, that keeping secrets was how he grew up. That information was power and it was only power when it was used at the right moment for the right thing. That was how he have survived the life he’d been given and the one he’d chosen.

It took a lot of his will power not to flinch a little when she broke down his carefully cultivated relationship with Estelle into ‘fucked’. Though sex has been a component in the ‘relationship’ and a relatively large one it hadn’t been the entire thing. The relationship itself had caused him his own share of grief, one of those had been what kicked this off. Estelle wasn’t just obsessed with her sister, she had a much lighter fixation on him too.

He waited until she had finished saying all she needed, though the mentioned of putting the girls in danger made him almost slam his coffee down on the table. Taking a deep breath, he looked away from her briefly trying to contain everything that he was wanting too say. The problem was that Elektra had every right to be pissed at him and nothing he could say would make this right.

So, he concluded, he might just put all his cards on the table and go from there.

“Yes, it did occur to me to tell you about it, however, when this,” he said gesturing between them to suggest he meant their own situation “started my loyalty was with Emilia, who had asked me to never tell anyone else, including you. On top of that at the beginning you weren’t someone I felt particularly keen to just divulge information too. Then, that changed, and too be honest I had no fucking clue how to broach the subject.”

“As for the girls, I didn’t think prior to that phone call that she would...” he trailed off, running a hand through his hair for a moment. He was about to say another half truth but stopped himself “She can’t hurt the girls, if Emilia is dead, then the girls can’t be hurt. Which leads to another thing that I know.”

A heavy sigh escaped as he turned his face back to look straight at her “You, Emilia and the girls are pureblooded witches.”

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33 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

The woman watched Ashkar as he listened to her, almost annoyed that he wasn't responding directly to her, and was waiting. Though she could see the small effects that her words had on him at least, bare flickering within his eyes and small twitches. She was more than just a little angry, despite how calm most of her words were. In all honesty, she didn't even know if she had the capacity to blow her top with all these secrets he'd kept from her. She wanted to, but she didn't even know where it would start or end, and right now simply wondered if there were more answers that he held, perhaps something pointing to her twin.

"Didn't know how to broach it? How about something like 'ok, sit down, there are some things I need to tell you'?" Ele shook her head as she began to pace, she needed to do something to let off some of the tension that had built up within her. There was annoyance not only at him, but at her sister. Emilia should have made sure she knew all about this stuff as well. The fact that she'd been living with a man for a year now, and he knew it all when she didn't only made her angry and upset and hurt that no one had even considered that she would want to know. To have been able to at least be of some kind of help, maybe. Who knows what could be different if she'd been let in on things? It didn't help that Ash continued to imply that Emilia was dead.

"She cast some kind of blood protection spell or something?" Ele took a guess, finding herself annoyed that she could actually imagine her sister doing that. She rubbed her face with both hands. The girls were safe if Emi was dead. IF she wasn't dead, then where the hell was she? Ele knew the truth, deep down she knew, but wanted it to remain an unanswered question still, for now.

"So what?" Ele's tired voice asked, when Ashkar mentioned their blood purity. She didn't know how that was possible, but did it really matter compared to everything else? "Obviously, if that's the case, then our real parents didn't give a fuck about us. What's our blood purity got to do with anything?"

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP undercover Agent/Enrollments CoordinatorPoppy
45 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

Ash didn’t see the point in denying that she had a point, that there was a way for him to sit him down and explain everything he knew, in detail. He had ample opportunities within their time together to have popped the lid off that can of worms. The truth was though not only did he never really feel like he could find the right time but also that the more time that passed the more the issue was pushed further back in his mind until it was something he never really thought about. That was until it had popped up and bit him in the ass. He sighed deeply, whilst waiting for her to finish what she was saying.

“It wasn’t just Emi. I was involved. It was put on the girls to protect them against Estella. This is what led down the path of finding out about your blood status and something else.” he said, picking up his coffee again and sipping it. The mixture of bitter and sweet taste that his coffee had somehow didn’t bring its normal satisfied feeling. Placing the cup down Ash knew he was not only rocking the foundation of Elektra’s life but he was very soon going to make it so she questioned whether she would have to report his activities to international wizarding police.

“Though that wasn’t necessary too the enchantment itself. When we were discussing the whole thing it made me think about something Estella had told me in more of her more...” he trailed off thinking for a moment of what the best word would be to explain her younger sister in that moment “candid and vulnerable moments.”

This time though, Ash didn’t wait for Ele to make some snappy comment about what might have brought around such a moment in his presence, instead he decided to plough on with the cryptic thing she had said.

“She said that she’d tracked your mother’s lineage for a while and ended up stumbling across the fact that your mother was actually a Squib. That the Devereaux surname you all share was from a pure blood wizarding family, which actively disassociated themselves with non magical members of the family. This is likely what caused your Mother to become an alcoholic. She’d jump from this too tracking your biological father. It was during this she discovered that, despite her long held hope, you are half siblings and actually...your biological Father holds the name Bellerose.”

Turning away from her for a moment, he made his way back over to the desk. Pulling open a different draw he pulled out a small stack of files.

“As I am sure you can imagine this piqued my interest. So, I personally did some...shall we say, digging?  Into the subject and these are the dossiers I made of the people I uncovered. Emilia has seen these; she’s even written notes on them, which I asked her not to do.” turning around he placed the files down where she had put the notebook.

“The top one is the most recent, I’ve actually made that up over the last two months. I recognized the name Bellerose from someone who attended Tally. I followed, bribed, blackmailed and other things I’m not going explain a few people and...” he paused, stopping and flipping open the top folder to reveal a moving picture of a young dark haired woman “Her name is Artemisia Elene Bellerose. She is your half-sister on your fathers’ side.”

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33 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

Elektra rubbed her temple as she listened again. There was deep annoyance over the fact that this had all been kept from her, despite the very slight relief that the girls should at least be safe. It was one less thing to worry about, at least so long as she didn't go and get killed or something. She hadn't spoken with Estella for a few years now, and wasn't up to date on the younger sister's mental state. She had worried for her, of course. But she knew that if she'd reached out then Stell would have tried to find a way to get back into her life again, and that had only ever led to butting heads over her obsessive and possessive nature. The  mention of Estella's 'candid and vulnerable moment' almost resulted in a snappy correction over what Elektra assumed was sex, but he had continued on quickly and she bit her tongue in order to listen.

"I still don't see what's so important about our blood status," It wasn't involved in any of this, or at least Elektra didn't think it would be, though knew that her sister would have been no doubt quite upset to know they had different fathers. She didn't care about the reason her mother was an alcoholic prostitute. She could have done something for herself, but hadn't even tried... not even after having children. She held no sympathy or fondness toward the woman, remembering having been contacted by her after she had made a name for herself, only to be asked for money. The name Bellerose was familiar though, a prominent name around France and Spain.

The dossiers were picked up, the woman flicking through a couple of them with mild annoyance still, noting the extras that Emilia had added, no doubt after having checked them out for herself to see what more she could glean. She inhaled deeply, coming across Anthony Bellerose, her supposed father. She had heard about him, at least. His arrest for abusing a child, followed by his murder within jail, had made the news over in Europe.

"I know the name," Ele said, her voice still prickly as she glanced at the first one again, having only given it a cursory one at the start. The young artist had been popular in Europe the past couple of years, even Elektra had gone to see some of her work. She'd also happened to be the child who had been abused, and looking at her now it made Elektra feel mildly ill that they shared the same animal of a father. "How much of this does Estella know? Because this girl will be in danger if she comes to Australia, if we're going on the fact that she's got some possessive obsession when it comes to people near me," Elektra was biting back on her annoyance over how much the man knew about her family. More than she even knew. He'd held all this and never mentioned a thing, which not only pissed her off, but shattered the trust that had built up over the past year or so.

How could she trust someone who had known so much about her family and never said anything? Especially with the important details of her crazy half sister, and the threat she posed to anyone near Elektra. She couldn't even look at him, despite the strained calm in her voice. She was angry, so much more angry than she could ever remember being before.

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45 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

There was little more him to say now that all the cards were on the table. He watched Elektra as she moved to look through the dossiers he’d made up. These people were her relatives, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. None of them were the sort of people who would accept who he was, though, Elektra they would accept. The girls they would accept. The dossiers, if nothing else, opened the door for them to have a wider family, well on the Devereaux side of things. The Bellerose should be actively avoided. Ash had heard all about the wizard who was Elektra’s biological father.

Whilst waiting for her to finish her brief look through, he flicked one hand and sends both cups of coffee floating back towards the sink. He couldn’t stay here, that was something he knew right there and then. She would need time to take everything in and revaluate their entire situation. So, whilst she was looking at the information he’d given her Ash was considering what he should take with him and which location he would go to.  He has several locations in the area he could go too when needed, a safe house.

Then Elektra spoke again.

“I don’t know what she currently knows. I haven’t had dealings with her in years, thankfully.” the thankfully was added as more of an afterthought “This girl is in Australia. She went to Tallygarunga, a Sturt. It’s all in there, last known address and the one for her art studio.” he sighed and run a hand through his hair before speaking again “If Estella knows this information, then yes, this girl could be in a considerable amount of danger. But, I would also guess that she’ll be low down on the list of people she is watching.”

This was the point when he felt it was best to remove his self from the situation, well, the home at least. Turning to the desk again, he closed the laptop before picking up a piece of paper and pen. On it he wrote down the address of the place he would be staying.

“I think it’s best if I go for a few days and give you time to decide what you want to do with the information and our arrangement. I’ll let the IWP where I am but won’t disclose any other information.” he said, putting the address on top of the pile of dossiers “That’s where I’ll be. I have placed extensive protection spells around this house. I’ll come back in two days to renew them, I’ll try and come when you aren’t here.”

He paused for a moment, one hand resting on the address he’d placed down looking at it for a few seconds taking a deep breath before reconstructing his emotional walls, something he would need over the next couple of months. He then looked towards where his room was and decided that he didn’t need to linger and cause more emotional strain than he already had.

There was only one thing he needed to say before he left.

“Elektra, I understand that my actions or lack thereof around this wasn’t the right thing to do, despite what I believed.” he said, even now trying to dodge around saying the words he really needed to say “It was never my intention to hurt you.” that said, he turned away and picked up his normally discarded wand from the top of the desk and his leather jacket from the back of the computer chair.

“I’m sorry.” he said finally, putting on his jacket as he turned to head towards the front door.

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33 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

Elektra wanted to toss the dossiers, in all honesty. Why should she care about any of those people? The Devereux side clearly hadn't care enough to have wanted to intervene with her or sisters' lives when they were younger, and if they were anything like her mother, they'd only be after money if she decided to contact them. Fuck them. She didn't need those kinds of people in her life, and neither did the girls. And so, after that thought process, the woman dumped about half the dossiers into the small bin next to the desk. She had no intention of ever contacting any of them, there was no point in keeping information on a bunch of strangers as far as she was concerned.

"If Estella is even thinking about coming to Australia, she'll probably find out quickly enough, which means someone will have to warn this poor woman. She's already been through enough," Ele knew the stories, she'd been around the school long enough, and people tended to gossip with receptionists. She'd heard about all kinds of students, past and present, and found it almost ironically tragic that this one happened to be her half sister. At the same time, she wasn't sure she wanted to be the one to go have to tell her about there being a potential psycho around that she might have to keep an eye out for... or to drop the news that they were related. But then, she didn't have to say anything about that. It  might even be better if the Artemisia girl never found out at all.

"Do whatever," Ele said as he mentioned staying elsewhere and only coming back when she wasn't around. She was too angry, too overwhelmed, and too tired to bother even arguing it out at this point. He knew the girls would miss him, and so did she. Nina would blame Ele, of course, but she was just going to have to deal with that when it happened. "I don't care if I'm here or not here when you need to come by, but you can't vanish from the girls' lives. You have to still spend time with them," She could deal with it, if it made Nina and Elena happy.

"Hurt me? You..." The woman sighed and threw her hands up, before they flopped down to her sides. She then lifted one to rub at the bridge of her nose, "You've kept important information regarding my life, the life of my sister and her children, and a bunch of other family and bullshit that I had no idea about, from me... and we've been living together for a year or so. I don't even know how I feel right now, about any of it. And the worst part is... I still wouldn't even know about it if I didn't hear your conversation before. I don't even want to ask how long you would have kept all this from me... I just..." She shook her head.

"Yeah..." Elektra heard the apology as he made his way to the door, but she didn't stop him. There was too much she had to wrap her head around, too much he'd kept secret from her, that was directly involved with her. She needed time to work her head out, to sort out everything she'd just learned, and exactly where he stood with her right now. It was difficult to feel like she could trust him, and part of her hated that she knew she had started placing a lot of trust in him the longer they'd been around each other.

Perhaps a little space was a good idea.

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