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Immortal Insanity or Innocence 1. Liyu. Conberma on Deviant. Art. Immortal Insanity, or Innocence? Chapter 1. 0: Repelled.
By Arceus. Conberma (Liyu Conberma)At times it seemed as though things were getting better when it came to acceptance, but then the whispers would begin again, fuelled by some new spliced rumour. Where they came from, no one could say, but the result was a gradual drawing away of the few people who had started to warm up to Benonic. He was left once more with the small circle he'd started with. Even the mask hiding his “smile” no longer seemed to make a difference.
Some of the rumours said their queen had gone mad, or that Benonic was fed with the flesh of prisoners in the dungeon. There were plenty more, but the worst one of all was that Benonic had placed a spell on the Royal family to make himself look like a victim and be brought into the castle. When he heard these lies, Benonic’s eyes would go red for a moment. If it weren’t for Athena’s lessons teaching him to control his temper no matter what the circumstances, he felt it would be the easiest thing to go wild again. But he would rather kill himself than shame her and the others who had displayed such care and trust in him.
To keep the unreasonable nervousness from growing too pronounced in the garrison, Athena felt forced into making sure he went unarmed at all times. Even the training by Alexei had to be moved to a less visible location so that he didn't continue to be a spectacle. The fact that he was being taught to use any weapon at all seemed to aggravate things even more among the soldiers. Based on what they knew of his diet before, everyone assumed he would have no trouble eating raw meat, but the purple hedgehog surprised them by politely refusing it in favour of meat properly cooked. Even so, he seemed to prefer fish to anything else, slowly becoming a pescetarian over time.
Athena carefully watched his reactions and finally came to the conclusion that there was something secretly traumatic about the way he didn't seem to like red meat.. Semira was, it wasn't all that far- fetched. The speed of his progress in sign language astounded Clara. His grammar was less than perfect, but he'd reached the point where he could communicate most topics in a clear manner after only five months. In her estimation, Benonic would be able to master most of what she could teach him in less than a year and his education would have to be taken to the next level by a more advanced teacher. Alexei and Reveka had picked up enough that they understood his basic needs, but for the most part they were the only ones who even made the attempt. It was only Clara and Athena he could really talk with.
That continued isolation stung fiercely, so he worked hard to learn his letters in the hopes it would make a difference to be able to communicate by writing. As much as Mortesen tried his best to oblige Athena’s wishes, it was still a little too hard for him to go along as if it didn't bother him. Every time he saw them together, with his wife smiling genuinely at the deformed child, he often found himself riled. He always had to force a smile whenever Benonic’s gaze locked to his—one more of discomfort, to be honest, but he tried for his wife’s sake.
Things naturally remained frosty between the young hedgehog and Rakar. Whenever the two of them looked at each other, they became defencive. Benonic couldn't get used to that dark aura, and Rakar was convinced that this boy wasn't who or what he appeared to be. The king's brother didn't say much about Benonic since he hadn't been able to find out anything in the Royal Library, but the one time he did, Athena happened to overhear him. She burst into Mortesen's study and grabbed Rakar by the neck of his outfit, dragging him close so that she could shout as loudly as possible into his face. After railing at him about his unfounded presumptions and prejudice, she warned him never to bring up such a thing ever again.
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Her husband had to pry her fingers off and remind her that overreacting like this couldn't be good for the baby. Rakar was much more discreet after that. The weather turned cold as winter swept down from the north. Cosium Castle's walls held back the freezing winds and snow, protecting its inhabitants like a concerned mother. Daily life slowed to a crawl as the bustle accompanying autumn work and preparation was replaced by the new season that made everyone sluggish.
The sun hid her pale, beautiful face for days at a time, leaving everything washed with damp grey and white. Sometimes when his lessons with Clara were done and there was nothing to do but read, Benonic spent the afternoons staring out a window into the frosted world, sitting beside a covered charcoal brazier (which was the only source of heat he felt comfortable around). Memories of winter after winter, huddled in a corner of his cage with a patched wool blanket kept returning. Even when the circus staff had the presence of mind to cover his prison, the freezing wind always found a way in to menace him.
At times the temperature was so low that his body stopped completely and he would sleep for days, experiencing a sort of miniature hibernation that left him weak but alive. Repeatedly Semira would come to him, bundled in warm clothing and one hand bearing a violet flame. He continued to take the young hedgehog aside every day to practise with his knives. There were plenty of empty rooms scattered throughout the castle that could easily be put to use as private training grounds. The activity was quite welcome, but Benonic was still too young to realise the skunk understood that he needed a distraction from his thoughts. He also showed Benonic how to whittle, and once he had the concept down, a pile of little wood shavings could always be found in his room. Taking a faceless piece of wood and giving it life appealed to him in a way he could not entirely explain.
They were all gifts to his new mother. Athena praised each crude effort, assuring him that she treasured every single one. Once the harsh turbulence of the weather settled, Athena often coaxed him into joining her in a tour of the castle grounds that had been transformed by a carpet of white.
She was growing visibly larger and often stopped to sit, but being out in the fresh air was too tempting for her to continue hiding indoors. Sometimes Mortesen came along, but he didn't speak much and almost never addressed Benonic. Shortly after the first snow, Reveka brought news of a talented midwife in Cosium Town. Apparently a mother had been suffering terrible labour for a whole day with no progress and her family feared for her life and the unborn child's. Then a lynx came to the house, and within an hour the baby was born and the mother recovering.“You'll need a midwife, and I've spoken to all the families she has assisted since she arrived here. Every one of them attests to her complete devotion to care,” the old servant said to Athena and Mortesen. She is waiting outside.”“I would like to speak with her.”As Reveka went to the door, Athena poked her husband in the back.
Anyone who gets close to you ought to be.. She threw him a look that said he was being overprotective, but if using his Royal gift kept him from hovering over her all the time, she wouldn't complain. He was so nervous about Benonic, especially since his gift required him to hear a person's voice in a language he understood in order to sense whether they were sincere or not. Athena prodded him about the way he relied on it too much, but she couldn't exactly stop him. A lynx in her late twenties stepped inside the room, her fur a deep, marine blue. Her hands and the tufts of her ears were a dark grey, and she wore a dress that looked Coizard in style except for the long, draping sleeves.
She clasped her hands together and bowed rather than curtsied to them.“King Mortesen, Queen Athena.” She also had a slight accent so that she pronounced the queen's name as 'Asheena'. Winters there are terrible. I arrived just before late autumn and immediately found work. My mother was a professional midwife and taught me everything she knew, so I think my experience with birthing is quite advanced compared to that of most of the ones here.”“We do want the best.” By the look on Mortesen's face, his wife could tell he'd found nothing untruthful in her words yet. Since the health of one is nearly always the health of the other, though, I can be very demanding about a mother's diet and exercise. I have been called 'scolding' and 'critical' in the past.”Athena gave a little laugh. In the end he asked if she would like to be Athena's midwife and stay at the castle.
She agreed on the condition that she still be permitted to assist the other women in Cosium Town whom she had already agreed to help. A little past midwinter, a reliable elder gifted with weather- sense detected a change coming and predicted a brief thaw that would last a week or so. Alexei leaped at the opportunity to hold Athena to her promise back during their ordeal and announced he would be marrying Trina the Skunk.
The idea of marriage had to be explained to Benonic. He had always accepted “families” without giving much thought to how they formed in the first place. Watching preparations for the celebration therefore gave him a sense of curiosity, but also sadness. He refused to fool himself into entertaining the notion that he could share that sort of relationship with anyone. The town square was swept clean of snow the moment a warm sun shone down, and at Alexei's behest a local Fire- wielder even melted the block of solid ice that filled the fountain.
Then on the third day of the thaw, two large families of skunks from the countryside descended on Cosium Town, supplying traditional wedding fare and decorating every inch of the square they could possibly reach. Not all of them could fit into the castle's chapel that sunny afternoon, but those that couldn't clustered together in the courtyard outside the doors.