Benjamin's Return.

As the previous time, Benjamin is in another world in a different time-frame than Nortrig, which is what made any attempt to directly contact him in his mind, fail. Still ancient Rome, still the same place, the same situation, same hate and rage within. Differences: it's been only 2 years and something happens to awake that warrior spirit within him for good, something he would think impossible to happen.
In Nortrig, it's the day in which Althus , Jack and Dorian were brought back from war. Where he is, it's late night, he is in his cell with his hands chained, unable to find any rest. Jackil is still in operating theatre. That's when the impossible happens, a rather rare phenomenon in fact. Benjamin could clearly hear Jackil's voice in his mind. At first echoing from a far but then always closer and more clear, begging him to help him, to save him, with a broken and crying tone. And it continued for some minutes, literally freezing Benjamin's blood in his vein.
He didn't give even the time to doubt it could not be true, he jumps up and starts to make a whole mess into his cell, an unbearable noise to drag the guard in there and when he manages to, he wraps the chains blocking his hands around the neck of the guard, killing him in few minutes. Done that, he steals his keys and frees all of the other slaves and gladiators kept in the cells, fomenting them to start a revolution and make a massacre of their slavers. He simply runs away in the mess.
Luckily enough he wasn't kept in Rome itself but much northern. In few hours he manages to reach the forests leading to the uncolonized territories, where the barbarians are. And it doesn't take long before he comes across some of a Teuton tribe. Luckily enough it doesn't take him much to convince them to be one of them who was captured and enlaved by the romans, which definitely buys him some help from them, even though very little.
All he really wants to know from them though, is if any Auriold might be in the place. And he knows how to investigate: "Any sign of Gods/Any witch/witchcraft/druids/unexplained phenomenon in the area lately?" It bought him information about some suspects regarding an "evil God" inhabiting the deepest area of the dark forest. And again, luck was on his side. The so-called Evil God was indeed an Auriold who fled from Nortrig to escape Necromancy accusation and execution. Piece of cake for both. The young Auriold, in exchange of being allowed to return home to his mother, accepted to help him return to Nortrig. But Benjamin refused to return immediately, first he needed to know what's the situation there. So, he convinced Tumul to write to his mother -in hope she'd be still alive- and ask her a few questions regarding the place at the moment.
When they received the answer, it was a relief for both. Not just she is alive, but thanks to Maedre she is in a much better situation than she was when the son was forced to escape from the world. Harry is not the King, Anthony is and he was beyond surprised and stunned to learn that his father became a God instead.
In any case, having learnt that Harry is not the King, he asks to portal back home immediately, or better, to the Temple of Fiared. First things first, he wants his powers back in case he should come across Harry on his way to his family.
The High Priest meets him immediately and returns him his full original powers, also answeing a few questions regarding the world, more in details. It's where he also finds out that the draft occurred one year ago and that two of his children and one grandson went, among them Jackil.
Learnt that Jackil and Dorian are still under care and in Doctor Robstein's manor, he heads there first of all. Hearing Jack screaming struck him very deeply, it made him a priority, mostly after finding out he is in critical state.
The servant who opens the door doesn't even know who Benjamin is, he thinks he must be a friend or something, so he just points him the rooms in which his sons are.
He rushes upstairs and enters the room in which Jack is kept. Almost his whole body in bandaged and he has many wounds all over his face and neck. He approaches the bed, on which Tomiel too is, knelt, crying while looking at her father. As Benjamin arrives though she quickly goes off the bed and recoils, bowing her head and looking down with her arms behind her back.
Benjamin doesn't say anything to her for now, he just looks at his son, feeling dreaded to see him in this condition. «I came as soon as I could...» He murmurs. Right then, Doctor Robstein notices him and heads into the room, recognizing Benjamin only after having approached him and looked at him with wide eyes for some time. «Your Highness...?!» He is beyond surprised, almost shocked. Though he quickly approaches Tomiel and tells her to go downstairs for some time.
As they remain alone, Benjamin asks him about what happened to Jack in detail and how serious his situation is, and Robstein explains everything to him, how he was caught in the explosion of the mine, how he shielded the captain, how most of his skin got burned in the explosion and the surgeries he had to perform, but reassures him on the fact that Jackil is totally out of any danger now, the skin is re-growing perfectly and in the end he will be left with just some slight scars as a memory of the happening, that he is keeping in a forced coma in order to spare him from the pain he'd feel in that state, but within the week, he should be able to leave and return to his home in a decent state.
What sort of confuses Benjamin is that when he heard Jack's voice, three days before, he was already unconcious. Doctor Robstein explains him that it can occur, when very intense dreams occur, that an asleep mind can be capable of unexplicable phenomenons like that one. And Jackil is most likely re-living the horrors he lived in the last year in his dreams, which he could do nothing to prevent. He can spare him from physical pain, not from his mental sorrow.
Anyhow, some minutes after, while they are still speaking, Richard came to visit Jack and see if Tomiel wants to return home, and finding her crying downstairs, prevented from being with her father for "no apparent fair reason", being he pretty annoyed and frustrated by some fact, he goes upstairs quite angrily, and not recognizing Benjamin from behind, he starts to "spit poison" against Doctor Robstein for "Preventing a daughter to be close to her father in the moment he needs the most, to grant a private meeting with some "random unkown man"". Happy ending, he got a punch from Benjamin so bloody hard he fell on the floor, breaking his glasses. "Benjamin, is that you...?" He couldn't mistake his punch with any other, he knows it too well.
Doctor Robstein helps him to stand up and Richard actually hugs Benjamin soooo tightly for some moments. Then steps back, clears his throat and pretends as if nothing happened. "Well, welcome back. I too am glad to see you after these years. -.- "
Without saying much, he leaves the room to go to visit Dorian after, aware he will probably give him an heart attack.
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2 | Aug 14th 2015 08:00
Kaeya «Be grateful it was my money and not yours!
How serious?
Yes...I would have preferred to find a different scenario when I came, but with what I heard, I was expecting even worse...»
Kaeya «Three? I seemed to remember it was more.»
He grumbles something. «I was tricked by my own brother, deprived of my powers and imprisoned in a past version of Earth, very past. I used to massacre people without any other specific reason than because someone decided either me or the other had to die, a job requiring some fantasy at times.»
Kaeya He gives Dorian a "you doubt I will?" glance as his last words. «To steal the throne from me. Until he remembered about our "big brother".»
Kaeya «I know perfectly where he is and I can't wait to visit him.
How many fingers he has left?»
«I shall see what can be done on the matter, I have a pretty huge list of things to do before, and in regards, I best be on my way. Goodbye to both, I shall return tomorrow to visit. I can't ensure I'll manage to restrain Amelis to come.» He indeed takes his leave.