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 Intriguing to Say the Least
Alistar Hund a level Drow/Elf from Alluum

The great library made him feel giddy. Tomes upon tomes waited to be cracked open and the knowledge they held studied for the benefit of the greater good. Who was he kidding the greater good was an after thought for him. It was for his benefit that he came here. Not only was this a place where he could brush up on his anatomy and herbal based studies, but it was a great place to ferret out gossip. It was mainly the reason why he was here. Not only could he scope out potential clientele but also a target.

While low key it was a time honored tradition for erasers to try and steal from the vanguard class. His mother had been the first to successfully steal from the class and he would be the second, there was no doubt about that. A small cry of delight came from him as he stumble upon Serkan's Atlas of Humanoid Anatomy as well as Reddinglotts Principles of Biochemistry. He had left his atlas full of annotations at home, much to his displeasure, and while he could have written home for it to be shipped to him the state of his room when he had left would make it hard for his brother to find it. He was not going to waste his brother's time just because he wanted to volume to thumb through. The Biochemistry text was really what he was excited about, it had been he next course of study before he left and to be able to continue it gave him a sense of joy.

Books in hand, he stepped out from behind the shelves, taking in the number of people that surrounded him as well as how many tables were full. Noticeably and not surprising the front few tables were full, he caught snatches of conversation as he passed but then quickly tuned them out as soon as he figured out he was wasting his time. There was nothing to be gained from them, unless you counted that Nila was cheating on Hale and some poor kid couldn't keep up with his mentor's training scheduled but didn't have the guts to tell him important information.

The feathers caught his attention first, the brilliant green and purple contrasting with black feathers and his pure white hair that went to his shoulders in uneven waves, like he gotten fed up with his hair and just hacked it off. His own hair was braided back to the crown of his head before turning into a ponytail. Red feathers seem to sprout from the sides of his temples and ponytail where he had tied them in, they fluttered with each step he took.

His gaze traveled downward taking in the scars that framed his left eye, white against ashen gray skin. There was a story behind those markings, he was sure, whether or not it was an interesting one remained to be seen. He was of a lean build, a striking figure. It was the spiked sliver cuff that took hold of his interest. With a smirk he adjusted the clasp of his black cape before sitting across from the boy. As handsome and appealing to him as he was, he was a potential target. He made no move to converse with the stranger, instead he opened up the Biochemistry book and began to read, taking notes every so often in the notebook he had brought with him. He had learned through various dealings that silence was the best way to get someone speaking. People, even those who were naturally reserved, didn't take well to someone invading their space without an explanation.

A waiting game ensued.

@scarlet . 613 words

Notes: Being a huge nerd and wanting to make Kuro uncomfortable without ogling him like he really wants to.

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Kuroko Alestere a level Drow from Alluum
WHILE THE RHYTHM OF THE RAIN KEEPS TIME
The difference between days off and holidays was practically nonexistent for Kuroko, the only thing it affected was whether or not he met with Thobim for some extra training. Every day he woke up at dawn, priding himself slightly on not needing an alarm clock. Adjusting to the meager light in his dorm had been a little difficult, but he still kept up his internal timing. He went for a run in the morning and whenever he felt himself get bored, the drow would give himself a slightly ludicrous challenge. Whether it was recite something in his head while sprinting up a steep hill or leaping to the fourth branch from the ground in the woods, they kept progressing until he felt he was awake and slowly lapped back. His showers were quick, rinsing off any sweat before slashing off his daily chunk of hair and rebraid and clip the feathers into his hair. After staring at his own green eyes in the mirror for a few moments, Kuroko decided it was going to be a library day.

His walk there was automatic, thoughts wandered around some of the information he’d gained in the last few days, wondering what exactly to look into today. He had just been studying the implications of runic magic on the bodies of non-magic users, and as Kuroko scanned the shelves, his gaze landed on the thesis he’d spotted the other day regarding the potential physical advantages of reintegrating rune use. Slipping the bound copy off the shelf dislodged some dust, pulling a small pout at the idea that no one had thought to touch this in the while. But then again, the Great Library was almost nothing if not dusty.

Kuro immediately veered away to the tables near the front; even if he got lucky with no one sitting down at his table, the surrounding chatter was certain to be unbearable. The drow found a comfortable spot a decent ways back in the corner to settle down at, taking out a notepad and jotting almost unconsciously as he absorbed each page faster than the next. His concentration was incredible and usually once he got the chance to get into the pace, little would disturb him from taking in all the information he desired. Of course, he hadn’t really anticipated company.

The approach had been entirely in his peripheral. While outdoors, Kuroko would certainly have paid more attention but in the library that was a service for thousands of students, he’d learned to tune out the random wanderers at least while he had things to do. However, one particular student decided that they didn’t want to stroll around the library anymore and pulled out the chair directly across from Kuro. He attempted to stay focused, leave them be, but by the time the newcomer took their seat and cracked open their book, the drow had to peek up and see who his company was.

Smirking. Kuro couldn’t help but notice the tug at the edge of the man’s lips. His gaze trailed them for a moment before taking in the rest of him. Drowen, though there was a mix of something from the light eyes and the desaturated hair. Soft. He closed his eyes for a second, unsure about where that thought came from though the man did seem to have rounder features. And, more importantly, no intention of talking. He could deal with that. Kuro kept the book up in front of him and his hand kept writing, though at this point it was mainly gibberish just to maintain the appearance that he wasn’t staring. Eraser, from the cape. His feathers were bright red and drew attention back up to his face. The hair was light and tended to, it almost made having long hair look worth it. The sides were shaved which brought him to the tattoos that pushed all the way down to his wrists. Interesting.

At that point, the drow went back to reading his paper, though he realized he was nearing the end of it. Unfortunately, he’d somewhat ruined the notes he took with the meaningless scratch that took over while he’d been observing. A glance up, and he almost felt irritated at that ghost of an expression on the other drow’s face. Maybe he was imagining it from earlier. He finished the last two pages and considered rereading the thesis to avoid dealing with the decision before him but he wasn’t that desperate. Placing his material flat on the table, Kuro tilted his head slightly to read the title of the book his company was buried in. Biochemistry, with an anatomy book sitting to the side. Looking back up to the man’s face, Kuro felt his throat run a little dry, maybe because he found himself searching a little too hard for an expression to read. How unnecessary. He cleared his voice quietly and folded his hands on the table, waiting for a small acknowledgement before speaking.

Are you doing research for something or is that just some light pleasure reading? You look like you’re into it.” Kuroko flicked his gaze back down to his notes, going through to motions of rereading them as he wondered why he didn’t just look him in the eye. Then again, maybe the guy didn’t want to have a conversation so in that case he wasn’t going to come off like he was invested in talking. Or maybe just having someone sit there without talking had been weird, since he’d found a lack of truly quiet people since he’d come here. "I haven't seen you here before."


@Alistar Hund . 930 words . poor boy already feelin helpless but gotta keep it lowkey bc the thirst comes later
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Alistar Hund a level Drow/Elf from Alluum

He was aware that he was being watched but continued as if nothing was out of the ordinary. Long fingers turned the page but he had ceased reading when he had noticed that he was being watched. His pen tapped out a steady rhythm as he waited for the stranger to speak. His mark seemed to be a quiet one. One that enjoyed solitude rather than large crowds and loud noises. Which was fine with him he enjoyed the challenge of getting into one's head and the quiet ones were the most fun.

Finally, his mark spoke and he looked up to answer only to be rendered speechless. His mark's eyes were a starling shade of green fleck gold and purple, they practically glowed. While his body appealed to him on many levels, his eyes were what captivated him. Unconsciously he leaned forward, trying to formulate so response to his question, and then the spell was broken as his mark looked back down. He blinked, releasing a breath leaned back in his chair, resting on the back two legs.

Interlacing his fingers he rested his hands on his chest, stalling for time as he trying to remember what question he was suppose to be answering. Reading for pleasure or research, right. " Both. I happen to enjoy studying the body and anything that is related to it medically wise. So really it's a win win, had I not been accepted into Evercrest my next route would have likely been to go into the medical field. As for not seeing me around, I haven't really been anywhere besides Hangman's Point since I was accepted." His mark had yet to really look at him again, staring intently at the text in front of him while taking notes. His brother did the same thing, he was never able to acquire the skill. His focus was either on the book in front of him or the person asking the question never both. Which made no sense to him as,in a mock battle, he could focus on one opponent and keep tabs on everything else around him with no problem.

The urge to change this made him place the feet of the chair back on the ground and lean across the table. His pointer finger resting under his mark's chin, lifting up his face, making him look up towards him. Purely a selfish desire to once again gaze into green depths. " And you, what is it you read for?"

@scarlet 415.words

Notes: Kuro needs a blindfold.

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Kuroko was used to having people look at him, whether up due to his height or at his feathers and odd complexion and even understandably at the scars that marred his face. However, that was never with the degree of intensity that he felt this complete stranger stare at him. He flipped his pen over his fingers as he pretended to concentrate while debating the experience. There was a weird sense that he wasn’t even looking at him in a way, but through him or at something specific. Kuro watched the drow seemingly lean into those few seconds, as if he was anticipating something but it was also impossible to tell now that the moment had passed. He heard the squeak of the poor misused library chair as his company decided to rock backward, though he forced himself not to look. Was there a reason not to though? He bit his lip for a moment as he wondered. If he was curious, there really was no need to act so ashamed was there?

But the answer to his question came, leaving Kuro at an impasse on how to respond. He had provided enough information that he could continue a conversation on the basis of his would-be medical career, all of it was sure to be fascinating if the man was a genuine lover of knowledge. The drow crossed out a misspelling in his notes that caught his attention for half a second before turning back to the decision at hand. Somehow he managed to think a little too hard, not noticing the movement until it was too late. His pen froze a centimeter above the paper as a jolt went through his body.

The gesture was small but his head moved easily with the life of his company’s finger. There was something almost terrifying about someone initiating contact like this, Kuro couldn’t remember the last time someone had purposely touched him. His eyes widened from the shock and he was left staring into the face of this complete stranger. A stranger who was asking a question that went in one ear and out the other. He really needed to remember it, but the seconds stretched out as he continued staring. The drow scanned the man’s face for any immediate explanation, his rounded lips betraying an intention or a glint in the soft blue eyes. He couldn’t be sure. Then blinking slowly to refocus. The question had been about reading.

“I read for interest mainly, there’s a lot to know out there. It’s not really… restricted to any one subject.” Kuro swallowed to clear his throat a little. He felt like he was being interrogated for whatever reason, this stranger coming out of nowhere and physically getting him to converse. Not that it was forceful or anything, but different. This wasn’t a situation he really understood. Was this how people interacted in whatever area this person was from? He definitely hadn’t read about it in any of the novels he’d read in childhood or recently. Was there a proper reaction to having someone touch ones face? He wasn’t pulling up answers, so he resorted to the last option.

“Is there something on my face, or did you have a different reason for that? I was still listening to you, y’know.” The drow cringed internally at a little bit of his native outland dialect marr the end of the otherwise typical Alluumnian. Getting off guard did that to him, but it didn’t make him feel any better about it.


@Alistar Hund . 586 words . does not compute what is happening help him
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He released his mark's face as he spoke of his reading habits. His next question made mischievous grin form on his features as a chuckle escaped him. He was unashamed of his actions and had no qualms with explaining himself.

" I particularly enjoy staring at you, especially your eyes, but you're a bit of a tease with them. Letting me get a full view of them and then ducking your head down. It's frustrating for me to say the least. Gold and purple holding a delicate balance in those green deeps, such a lovely contrast and you want to hide them. Not that I'm not up for a chase. Goddess's know I enjoy a good chase." He once again leaned froward purposely invading his mark's personal space until they were inches apart. May I know the name of the fine specimen in front of me or shall that be denied to me as well? "

@scarlet154 .words

Notes: Kuro he's an ass, punch him and run away.

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A moment of lingering and the contact was gone. But the two of them were still looking right at each other, Kuro felt his chest tighten with a sense of discomfort. More than looking, it was staring. Maybe he was most unsettled by the fact that his company was smirking, then laughed at him. Kuro was still holding his gaze and searching. Blue eyes, light hair, darker skin but not even as dark as himself. He found himself incapable of drawing away from the man’s smile for more than a moment.

The bluntness of the following statement left even Kuro incapable of keeping a straight face. His lips held apart with a gasp of surprise. Air was caught in his throat and he felt the need to hide his face but with the man leaning so close to him already there was nowhere to hide. But with his request for a name, the drow managed to close his mouth and held an expression with a ghost of a smile.

“That was… poetic. I almost want a citation.” He tilted his head down a little to feign adjusting his pen for a second before gazing back up through long, white lashes. Kuro was definitely not used to this kind of attention. His lip was going to bleed if he bit it any longer. But perhaps it was a bit of class pride kicking in, letting an eraser faze him with a few words was out of the question. He slowly pulled his arm up on the table and leaned his face into his palm which was only an inch further from where his companion had hovered.

“You seem to be asking for a lot of things from someone you just met though. I’m more inclined to agree if there was an exchange perhaps. I’m sure that sounds fair?” Kuro actually pushed a small half-smile forth and slightly raised an eyebrow to him. But the neutrality of his expression returned with his other hand outstretched. “Kuroko Alestere, Vanguard. And you might be?”


@Alistar Hund . 340 words . can he actually play it cool tune in for more at 9
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