Explanation, if you missed it! : https://www.bungie.net/en/Forum/Post/256751222/0/0 Shadow's amber eyes glow brightly with excitement. The purple glow of the reef compliments her awoken skin nicely. It was her first time here, yet vague memories pulled in the depths of her mind. She remembers this place, if only a little... "Good luck out there, hunter!" The cheery voice stops her thoughts short. She turns back to the Queen's Wrath and nods once. "Thank you." The guardian moves along, irritation pricking beneath her skin. "Are you alright?" Her ghost floats after her, hovering over her shoulder. "Yeah..." the hunter glances back again, confused as to why something about that woman pissed her off. She was rather nice after all. Her relaxation as she distances herself from Petra doesn’t last. Her eyes widen in shock. In a heartbeat the hunter's hand is at her gun and the other already holding her knife. Her ghost chirps in alarm, following his guardian's panicked gaze. "Guardian, relax!" [i]Relax?![/i] Shadow stares wide eyed at the vandal a few feet away, speaking with a few other guardians. "What do you mean, relax?! That's a fallen!" She struggles to keep her voice down. Ghost twirls his shell anxiously. He would hate to have to explain to the Queen why one of her servants was dead. "He belongs to the Queen, remember?" She pauses, calming a little as she raises an eyebrow curiously and observes him up and down. "He? How can you tell?" Ignoring the question, ghost gently nudges his guardian’s shoulder. "His name is Variks. Petra said to talk to him. You'll be working with him." [i]Working with him! A fallen? Ha! No way! [/i]Regardless, the hunter bites her tongue and cautiously moves foward until she’s close enough for him to notice her. The other guardians had dispersed, leaving the two alone. The fallen turns his head to her with a sharp clinking of his chainmail mask. Shadow draws in a sharp breath as she found herself staring into the very blue eyes of what was [i]supposed[/i] to be her enemy... She had never been this close to a fallen, unless she was stabbing them. But for some reason, something calmed the agression in her almost instantly in his curious glowing gaze. Her hand falls away from her knife slowly as they stare at eachother. His odd growling and clicking sounds break her out of her trance and she was once more thoroughly disturbed. "Hello." She holds out her hand, attempting to hide how uneasy she felt. He stares at her as if she'd grown a second head- and then makes some gutteral noise causing her to flinch, hand gripping her knife again. Did fallen laugh? What a weird noise. She makes a face. "Ahh, a guardian... It is good to meet you yess?" He leans in far too close for comfort and she shrinks away nervously. His voice is unessecearily loud and high pitched, echoing around the reef. She decides she doesnt like it. Or the creepy way he's staring at her. Or him. The hunter's rude behavior doesnt seem to deter him at all as he presses on. "You speak to Variks, of House Judgement." He straightens himself rather proudly and slams his staff against the floor causing her to jump. "Good to meet you," she mutters, feeling awkward from her reaction. The hunter swears she can see some sort of a smirk behind that mask, and it lights a fire in her stomach. [i]Im not letting him think im scared of him! Smug b*stard![/i] He blinks all four glowing eyes at her and she shivers. "You have traveled far from your light..." he leans in close again, observing her thoroughly. "You will tell me your name?" "Shadow... you can call me Shadow." She narrows her eyes suspiciously at him. He ignores her cold stare, remaining friendly and takes a step even closer to her.[i] This guy doesnt know when to quit! [/i]She holds her ground this time, staring straight back at him, drawing herself up to her full height. She's still at the very least, a head shorter. The hunter realises she's been staring too long when he leans closer. She can feel his warmth against her and she blinks rapidly, her confidence evaporating fast. "Sorry, its just- ive never talked to a fallen before" she admits nervously. He makes those clicking noises again, sending shivers down her spine. [i]I dont want to know whats making that sound.[/i].. "'Fallen'. An unflattering name" he growls softly, sounding hurt. It was odd to understand this creature, and even more odd to think they actually thought of anything other than murdering her people. And now she was working with one? "Oh- uh- im sorry-" "We are Eliksni," he corrects her. "E-lik-sni" she pronounces making a face. How odd. He snorts in amusement, shifting around, and its then the guardian's attention is drawn to his arms. She stares wide-eyed with open curiosity. [i]I dont remember any fallen having those...[/i] "Are you staring at my arms?" The sharp anxiety in his voice catches her off guard. "Oh, um, i- im sorry?" she stutters as he backs away from her, his head lowered. [i]Does this guy have split personalities?[/i] The hunter remains just as confused as her ghost as to why she's apologizing or stuttering at all. His little black shell twitches and he watches her intently. "Where Skolas cut me?" He grips his staff tightly, refusing to meet her gaze. The vandal spits the name like poison. "Look away," he commands sharply. [i]What? Why? Thats awful... [/i]She can hear the bitterness in his voice. There's a moment of silence between them before she responds gently, "Alright... I'm sorry." An urge to get a move on and immediatly hunt Skolas down begins nagging the hunter's mind. She rotates the knife in her hand, and takes a deep breath. “Its been nice meeting you, Variks." His name feels odd on her tongue but for some reason she wants to say it again. "I should be going now." The vandal shakes his head as if to clear it and straightens himself again. "I look foward to working with you, guardian. You and me, discuss our plans very soon, yeesss?" [i]Does he want me to leave because of the arms thing? Have i upset him? Do fallen even have feelings? Why do I care? Why does he keep saying yes?! [/i]A million questions with hardly any answers scatter about in her mind. She realizes he is watching her patiently, his hands clasped together tightly. "Oh. Yes, we will. Ill be in touch." [i]To catch Skolas. Not because i want to talk to you[/i], she adds silently. They stare at eachother for a long moment before the hunter begins feeling odd and unsettled and finally starts to back away. "Perhaps i will see you sooner... rather than later..." his cheerful goodbye calms her and she blinks. Was this fallen really different from the rest? Could they really trust him? She needed to know more about him. The guardian makes a mental note to ask her ghost later. She walks away, prepared to go to her ship. The hunter looks over her shoulder. His piercing blue gaze hadnt left her, and she meets it one more time. Variks tilts his head to the side in what she may have described as an adorable gesture... Her ghost hovers over her frustratedly. "Guardian? Are you ready to go?...............Hello?..............Shadow?.... [i]Shadow![/i]" "Huh?" "Hey..... are you okay?" He floats around infront of her, breaking their eye contact. She blinks and flinches back, startled as he begins scanning her body. "Whats the matter?" She asks irritatedly. Her ghost stares at her with that intense little blue eye wandering over the features of her pale blue face. “Your heart was beating so fast, i was worried." "Oh." Heat flushes into the guardian's chest as she transmats into her ship. Ghost doesnt seem to take the hint to be quiet and presses the subject further. "Did he scare you?" [i]Yes[/i]. She waves him away from her face, eager to be on their way. "Of course not.... come on, lets go already."