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ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴏᴅᴛᴇᴀᴍ ᴏғ ʜᴀᴅʀɪᴇʟ ([personal profile] hadrielmods) wrote in [community profile] hadriel_logs2016-05-16 10:28 am

Event Log: Dreamwalker

Who: Everyone!
What: The Dreamwalker event
Where: In your comfy bed and your sleepy head.
When: May 16th-26th
Warnings: Good dreams, weird dreams, bad dreams, straight-up nightmares. Please remember to tag for warnings in the header if things are going to be bad!

Have you been having trouble getting a good night's sleep? Tossing and turning, unable to rest those tired eyes? Or maybe you don't sleep at all, and never have. Not to worry! For a little while, you'll have no trouble at all falling asleep - in fact, as night falls, you'll find yourself overwhelmed with exhaustion whether you want to sleep or not. Lay down and rest your weary head, friends. Everyone could use a little extra sleep.

But what will your dreams bring? Something happy, images of a perfect day? Something hopeful, something you've wanted for a long time? Maybe you'll dream of anger, of the face of your worst enemy. Or maybe - just maybe - you'll have a horrific nightmare, and wake screaming, covered in cold sweat.

Not before others have time to see it, though. As you sleep, as you dream, the other residents of Hadriel, friends and enemies and people you've only met once, might find their way into your dreams. Or you might find your way into theirs - and then have to deal with someone's else's nightmares, or hopes, or anger. For the next ten nights, you'll find yourself either a host or a visitor, and no matter how you try you won't be able to stay awake once night falls.

Sweet dreams, Hadriel. Don't let the asshole fear gods bite.

► This log covers May 16th-26th.
► Feel free to make your own logs as well!
► Please tag headers of threads with content warnings where they apply
► Please put your character's name and open/closed in the subject line of your starters!
► You can't die in the dreams, but if you somehow manage to trip and fall and kill yourself getting out of bed, please report it on the death post.
bekommen: (for fear tonight is all.)

fear; also cw abuse.

[personal profile] bekommen 2016-05-19 01:32 am (UTC)(link)
[This scene is all too familiar in uncomfortable ways, from the shabbiness of the room to the way ungrateful piece of shit rolls out of the man's mouth. It all too sharply reminds Nick of herself and her mother, only she'd grown bigger than her mother by the time she reached Adam's age, and she'd fought back hard enough that her mother changed her strategy to wielding only words. Words don't leave visible marks, after all. Words are harder to prove.

For all the time and effort Nick's spent telling herself she was free of her mother's influence, she's unprepared for just how hard watching this scene unfold hits her. A heavy, cold weight drops hard in her stomach, and her heart picks up a galloping pace. She stares at Adam's silent mother - why doesn't she say anything? She can clearly see what's happening - and she watches as she says and does nothing about the horrorshow unfolding in front of their eyes.

And it's too much. Because what's happening right now is wrong, Nick feels it deep in her bones, the same way she knew every time her mother said something equally horrible to her or slapped her for standing up for herself that it was wrong. It's unfair. And she may not have been able to fight back until she was old enough to physically overpower her mother, but she can now. So she jumps to her feet from where she's been sitting in a chair, fingers curled into ready fists at her side.]

Hey! Leave him the fuck alone!
unknowable: (breaking out of this two-star town)

[personal profile] unknowable 2016-05-20 05:22 am (UTC)(link)
[Adam has always been too afraid to fight back. It's not only that his father is bigger and stronger than him, it's also that his father has resources he doesn't - a gun, a truck, drunk asshole friends. There isn't a way for Adam to win, not unless he manages to get out somehow. And maybe that's cowardice, maybe it is just fear in the end. Maybe he's just not strong. Maybe it's that on some level he thinks it is fair, that he does deserve it. That if he were better, somehow, if he were what his father wanted out of a son, none of this would happen.

But Adam is smart. Adam knows that even those thoughts, in and of themselves, are a symptom of abuse. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean he can make himself stop thinking them.

He's tense, expecting another blow. He doesn't expect movement or loud words, and he looks up, suddenly frozen. His father turns, brow furrowing as he glares.

Stay out of this. This is family business.

He looks ready to turn on her, but he hasn't let go of Adam yet. Adam is afraid to say anything, but he doesn't want her to get involved. He doesn't want anybody to get involved.]

You shouldn't be here.
bekommen: (we are standing on the edge.)

[personal profile] bekommen 2016-05-23 03:31 am (UTC)(link)
Family doesn't mean shit, asshole. If you're gonna hit your kid like that, you got no right to call yourself family.

[Something Nick always wanted to tell her mother but never could; it's satisfying, being able to say it now, even if it's not to her. People like Nick's mother and Adam's father are all the same, in Nick's opinion.]

No, fuck that - he shouldn't be doing this. He's your father, for Christ's sake.
unknowable: (maybe it's the heat in here)

[personal profile] unknowable 2016-05-25 06:21 pm (UTC)(link)
[Intellectually he knows that. He's read things, he knows what abuse is, he knows it's wrong and his father should not express his anger with fists and angry words. But this is how it's always been, and on some level Adam has trouble believing it's really abuse.

Maybe that's not so surprising, when his father scoffs at the word and his mother reminds him he brought it on himself. He looks between Nick and his father, concerned for her safety, ashamed at being seen like this. So weak.]

Look, it's not - I'll take care of it, you should go -

[He doesn't want anyone seeing this sort of thing, not really. And his father is infuriated by her words, spitting on the ground harshly. And why would he stop himself from attacking a girl?

He swings, ignoring his son for the moment, aiming for the intruder.]
bekommen: (gimme shelter.)

[personal profile] bekommen 2016-06-03 06:12 am (UTC)(link)

[Nick stands her ground, staring Adam's father down. Only by the time his fist makes contact, she's not her any more, exactly - she's taller, bigger, a larger-than-life antique porcelain doll, dressed in impractical piles of black ribbons and lace. Her skin is a hard shell, and despite the crack in her forehead, she doesn't shatter. When she speaks again, her voice is distorted, but still recognizably hers all the same.]

Pick on someone your own size, asshole.
unknowable: (you say you wanna move on)

[personal profile] unknowable 2016-06-04 05:10 pm (UTC)(link)
[Adam stares, momentarily stunned, but at least he's familiar with magic, with strange things that seem like they should be impossible. His parents aren't. His mother lets out a little shriek, quickly muffled with her hands over her mouth, and his father steps back. For a moment Robert Parrish is clearly frightened, clearly has no idea how to respond. But his anger and bluster take over before long.

What the hell?

He turns and runs to the other room, scrabbling for something, and Adam tenses.]

He has a gun, you have to go.

[He's not sure whether a gun could hurt a creature like her, but it could certainly hurt him.]
bekommen: (we are standing on the edge.)

[personal profile] bekommen 2016-06-14 06:14 pm (UTC)(link)
[Gunshots won't hurt her - she's been shot before, and with the exception of Chris' extremely lucky aim for the crack in her forehead, the worst she's endured from a bullet is surface scrapes. She moves to place herself between Robert and Adam.]

Not unless you come with me.
unknowable: (but I like to keep some things to myself)

[personal profile] unknowable 2016-06-19 02:30 am (UTC)(link)
[He doesn't want to - it feels like putting her in danger, and it feels like a defeat as well - but he doesn't seem to have any choice. And at the same time, it feels like something he's already done, even if he can't remember. It's almost easy. He makes a split-second decision.]

Okay. Let's go. But we have to run.
bekommen: (gimme shelter.)

[personal profile] bekommen 2016-07-04 07:26 pm (UTC)(link)
You first. Go, I'll follow.

[Once he's safely out the door, she'll change back to her human form and dash after him. She's slower and less agile in her hulking, stiff Morphus.]
unknowable: (mass of blood and foam)

[personal profile] unknowable 2016-07-06 02:53 am (UTC)(link)
[He doesn't want to agree, to leave her there behind him, but he's committed to this now.]

Be careful.

[Adam looks at his father, more in fear than apology, and goes out the door quickly.]
bekommen: (for fear your grace should fall.)

[personal profile] bekommen 2016-07-10 10:42 pm (UTC)(link)
[She watches Adam's father closely to make sure he doesn't have any designs on coming after them, and once she hears the sound of the door close with Adam safely on the other side, she changes back to Facade and makes her way out of the door, waving for Adam to follow her away from the trailer.]

C'mon, we gotta get outta here.
unknowable: (I wanna breathe that fire again)

[personal profile] unknowable 2016-07-12 11:48 pm (UTC)(link)
[He follows. It's a dream, so it's not so strange to see her change form, somehow. Maybe she's not real. Maybe she's just another part of the dream.]

What did you do that for? He really would have hurt you.

[Adam knows that. He knows his father won't flinch from hurting people who aren't his son, even if Adam's always been the easiest target.]
bekommen: (i don't want anything anyway.)

[personal profile] bekommen 2016-07-18 01:00 am (UTC)(link)
Because he's a fucking asshole, and someone needs to stand up to people like him. Today, that happens to be me.

[It's not like she's on a crusade; Nick's much too self-absorbed to have anything resembling noble aims or a mission statement.]

He can't hurt me. No one can, not when I'm like that.

[Which isn't entirely true, Nick just hasn't yet met her match as a Nightbane.]
unknowable: (slipping in my faith until I fall)

[personal profile] unknowable 2016-07-19 05:02 am (UTC)(link)
[He doesn't really know what to say to that. It's not a heroic thing - she wasn't trying to save him, exactly, and that makes it easier to stomach. It's like Ronan's anger. It's anger for its own sake, not for him, and Adam can deal with that a little better.

He's not quite prepared to say thank you, though.]

What was that? You, I mean.
bekommen: (for fear your grace should fall.)

[personal profile] bekommen 2016-07-24 05:00 pm (UTC)(link)
[She doesn't really expect thanks, and wouldn't entirely know what to do with it if it were given, so it's fine that he doesn't.]

I'm ... I'm not really human. What I am, it's called Nightbane. We change like that - we look human to start, but something happens, and it makes us turn into something else. Something like that.

[She frowns at the memory of her Becoming, but pushes it aside, because it isn't what's important at the moment.]

I just found out, not even like a year ago. But that's what I look like when I change.
unknowable: (could call my heart its home)

[personal profile] unknowable 2016-07-26 04:30 am (UTC)(link)
[Adam has seen enough strange things in the past year or so of his life that he can't really be shocked or horrified. On top of that, this is a dream, and everything already seems more distant and unreal. So he nods, simply accepting what she has to say.]

And it makes you stronger. That must be useful.

[Because really, that's what's important, right?]

I guess I'm not quite human anymore either.
bekommen: (gimme shelter.)

[personal profile] bekommen 2016-07-27 03:45 am (UTC)(link)
Not really.

[She may be stronger against physical threats in Morphus form, but it hasn't helped her develop inner strength at all. In Morphus, her insides are hollow, and it's too often reminiscent of how she feels on her worst days - and she's had many worst days since coming to Hadriel.]

What are you, then?
unknowable: (maybe it's the heat in here)

[personal profile] unknowable 2016-07-28 06:25 pm (UTC)(link)
A magician, I guess. Or something.

[He's seen what she is, so he might as well be a little honest about himself.]

I sacrificed myself to a magical forest on a ley line. It gave me some ability with magic, and... other things.
bekommen: (for fear tonight is all.)

[personal profile] bekommen 2016-07-30 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
[Here she stops in her tracks and turns back to Adam with a hard stare.]

Sacrificed yourself how? And what's a ley line, anyway?
unknowable: (slipping in my faith until I fall)

[personal profile] unknowable 2016-08-01 11:57 pm (UTC)(link)
It's like a power line, only for magic.

[He shrugs. It's always strange, talking about it like this.]

The forest needed to be awakened, so I gave it part of myself.
bekommen: (mad bull lost its way.)

[personal profile] bekommen 2016-08-09 01:58 am (UTC)(link)
A part of yourself like what, cut off a finger or something?

[She looks mildly horrified at the idea of this.]
unknowable: (one single static frame)

[personal profile] unknowable 2016-08-10 08:52 pm (UTC)(link)
[He almost wants to laugh, but he doesn't. It could have been that, or more. He knows what happened to Noah.]

No. My... help, I guess. My agency. I sacrificed my hands and my eyes for it to use.
bekommen: (for fear tonight is all.)

[personal profile] bekommen 2016-08-11 01:39 am (UTC)(link)
So it's like - what, using you as a puppet or something?

[That's still kind of horrifying.]
unknowable: (tell me what you find)

[personal profile] unknowable 2016-08-12 06:31 am (UTC)(link)
I still have control of myself.


I see things when it tries to communicate with me, and back home I would do things to help it - to let the power flow better, make it stronger. It doesn't force me to do anything, but it can get restless if I don't listen.
bekommen: (gimme shelter.)

[personal profile] bekommen 2016-08-13 04:05 am (UTC)(link)
Well, shit.

[There's still a vague sense of alarm creeping up the back of her neck. The idea of something like a forest having desires is something she finds just a little unsettling.]

What does it want? Like, why does it need to be stronger?

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