Steffana Meets Vriker (Again!)
So, after losing everything, Steffana meets up with Virker on the beach, first she is freaked out that he knows her, but she feels drawn to him, because he seems so vaguely familiar.
Vriker is purposely coming back into her life, to help her reconnect with who she really is. after this first conversation, he tells her, if she wants to , know more about him, more bout herslef, meet him, on this beach, same time, same place tomorrow.
The next day she meets him, he creates a portal, directly to her house, explains that it is her house, she is pissed. She is angry, she hasn’t been paid for her work as island manager, angry she hasn’t gotten any of the proceeds from all of the high profile rentals of her house.
After that meeting with Vriker, she calls up Gracen, demands cancellation of all future appointments becaus ehse is moving back into her house.
Her calendar has been insane since she was fired. Kieron did not announce her termination to anyone, everyone is angry, about her lack of responsiveness, Darius, Gracen, the cancellation, Gracen just loses it. Goes off on Stef for being so irrepsonsible, not returning calls, not checking her (mail – need a more exotic word for that).
Steffana explains that she has been relieved of all of her duties as island manager.So does Steffana, accusses Graen of lying to her, using her house, without her permission. Gracen claims she asked Kieron. Steffana claims she should hav asked her. Gracen says something smart- like”if ony that had been possible.” Steffana gets angry, “What do you mean by that? Why doesn’t anyone ever say what they mean?”
Gracen complains that everyone has suffered losses because of Steffana and they can’t afford to suffer those losses again, demands that whatever is going on between she and Kieron be fixed,a nd leave the isladn out of it. Stef, says she will nnot, she is leaving Kieron, she is moving into her house nad that’s final.
Graen, says, this is an issue for Leevian. And so… they take it to Leevian. Leevian asks her if she serious about leaving Kieron. Steffana says yes, Leevie wats to know why. She asks her sisters what do they think about her marriage, is it happy, is it one where she feels respected, appreciated, valued- no it’s drudgery, and orders and being a solidier in a war that I didn’t want or start- and, I’ve had enough.I want out.
“Steffana, surely, even you have go to understand, it’s not that simple.”
“Why wouldn’t it be. I don’t want to- I won’t participate in this marriage anyore.”
“well it’s not your average marriage, it’s an alliance, nad alliances…well they can’t be disturned, without disturbing a lot of peoples livs…all of our livs, for example, me, gracen, Sasha, cavey, Darius…we are all caught up in this alliance…and we haven’t even begun to talk about the war…what that means.”
Gracen- “what about your children?”
Anyway, at the end of this conversation, Leevian agrees to help.
“Steffana, I think you need to set some firm boundaries…moving out of the house is a good start. Begin there…and, we shall see.”
“We shall see? do you not understand where I am at, I am done with this man. I am done- Leevian, and I don’t need your prmission to leave him!”
Gracen and Leevian talk about, Steff aftr she leaves, unsure of what is going to happen with her. Talk about Steff’s lack of stability, and then the boy, Quaidan…Gracen wants to know if Leevian knew of his abilities, Leevian said she did not know. Leevian decide that they hav to support Stef.
So next Stef starts kicking it with Vriker, he starts reintroducing her to her music, trying to get her to connect with it. With Vriker she does gain flashes of memories to her old self, it’s like deja Vu, fleeting.
She is basically hanging out with Vriker everyday for two weeks, misses all her appointments, claims that she is with her sisters, considers how to tell Kieron she is moving out, knows it will be a really big deal.
Finally breaks the news to her security deatil, as soon as Kieron gets word, he’s in her face, tellinger her she’s not going anywhere. She asks him why would she stay? He has taken everything away from her that she ever cared about.
“You are my wife. The mother of y children. You are not ever leaving. This is your home.”
So, aftr that, he puts a surveillance bug on her, finds out about her affair with Vriker, threatens to kill him. But first, he goes to cavey, gives him the serveil, asks him to sort it out, get together a report of all the pertinent activity.
Cavey, tells Leevian, tells leevian that Vriker, needs to leave Steffana alone, Kieron will probably kill him…and that will cause all kinds of statis between Kieron and Jaoquin
Leevian finds out about the surveillane, gets pissy with Steffana, for taking that risk. Explains to her that Kieron is dangerous, must be dealth with carefully, he will kill Vriker, and Vriker is trying to help her. She tells her she was careless, muct let him go.
“Why is everyone always talking about how much they trying to help me? ”
“Because you need it!”
“It ends Steffana…the thing with Vrikier must end, now.”
So- the relationship with Vriker gets shut down. When she tells Vriker, he is upset, but understands, tells her that they can always meet at Joaquins territory. She doesn’t like meeting with Jaoquin, he makes her nervous, but she agrees that she can and she will.
She and Kieron get into an argument about that and other sthings, Steffana says she is bored, and what does he expect. he says he expects her to grow up But fine, needs something to do, she’s going to have another baby, because he needs an heir and a spare. They get it on. he gets her preggers, she is very angry about it and then starts to wage her own war against Kieron.
Steffana is angry for the surveillane of her, goes to Leevian, asks for surveillance for Kieron. She gets it.
Meanwhile, she meets with Jiko, to get her island back. Her sisters are shocked by the agressive movs she is making. Leevian and Gracen, ask her if she is sure about this, Kieron is no one to play with. He is dangerous, do you understand teh risk you are taking?
I think I do. he thinks that he can punish me, take my children away from, force me to have more, take away everything that matters to me….did he think I would never fight back?
So….she negotiates with him- after meeting with Jiko, she demands to be put back as island manager, demands a salary commensurate with her experience. He balks at that, says everything that is his is hers, why should she need a salary, she is a queen who has everything anyone could ever want and she hasn’t ever been demied anything.
That’s hardly the point. I want the saem things that everyone else has. I want something that is mine, that you can’t take away from me. I’m going to start a music school.”
he tells her she is not…she says she is, she is doing it for Quaidan, it will help him,and Kellisie – and they are going to need it, you’ve sent them off to those god awful places, with all those horrible people they have nothing in common with, to suck the life out of them, liek you’ve done to me!
She was really angry – huse was shaking. So, he gives her what she wants, her job back, a salary,- but not the school. She decides that she is going to do it anyway, goes behind his back, talks it over with Vriker
She does the thing with the mistresses. Then she tells him, that she is starting the school, and she is doing it with the help of Vriker, and he’s going to fund it, and he is not going to stand in her way, anymore.
He tells her that’s not happening, he will kill him, if she tries- don’t test him. The next day her kids come home. She shows them the house, tells them about the school…. Quaidan is imprssed with the portals – he creates one, to get to the kids, then he frees them, and takes them back the house.
Aall of those special kids at the hhouse, while she’s there (what gets her to go into the room that rtips up all of her memories?) well all the times she has been setting up the school, the room that is closed off has been calling to her, the attcithe storage facility in that house, she walks in, sees images of her, as a rock star, it all floods in on her, she is frightened, Quaidan feels it, her fear, he tries to reach out to her, but Kiaiyon, who was sent to assasiniate Quidanexploits that fear, and turns it to fire, alarms go off, the house is clearly on fire, most of the children leave, via a portal Quaidan creates for them,
but Quaidan and Kellisie are is looking for Steffana, she is trapped, though, Kaiyon saw to that. She is trapped in the storage facility the house is burining, she is sending thoughts to her kids, get out, out, – they won’t leave, the house explodes,
Steffan awakes, to Jaoquin, he tells her everything, that her children are gone and the house has exploded….with that she seizes.
Okay so at this point switch over to Kieron. He’s been fighting this war with Russaria for, forever, he finally conquers it via the sheer rage he felt over his chrildren’s death. He quickly figured out what happened that Quaidan freed the deadly child assasins and then they proceeded to kill him, his sister nad nearly steffana. He goes to Jaoquin, asking for the children. Joaquin refuses. This causes beef between Jaoqhuin and Kieron, But he knows that he can’t be distrracted. he’s got to finish the war- and as a result he goes all scorched earth.
he made a formal declaration of it- whcih, he hadnpt done ebfore, his prior conquests had all been political – he got the land via agreements with territory holders, and stabilization agreements, a relatively peaceful takeover, of lands not quite fully occupied by Russarian forces. After the explosion, he dicided to go full on war, taking the territories over, by force. he went into cities, completely destablilizing them- he had his sheild up over half of Russaria, a very stable base for complete attack and Borton had no idea that thsi was coming.
There will be an unusual number of civilian causalities…
“I don’t care.”
A brutal reign of terror, the assasination of Borton. Russaria was his…for what it was worth, in taking it over he had practiclly desimated it. He crushed his enemy completely. Did he feel vindicated, yeah somewhat. Then he got the news Steffn was going to die, he felt terrible, had completely ignored her, never visited her much, and now she, liek his children would be gone. Shocked to see her, she barely looked alive, he cried. Begged her not to go. Miraculously she recovers. makes a comback.
They try to resume their relatonship, but it’s super awkward now, her kids are dead, adn she remembers everything.
Vriker: Steffana, that was quite a gutsy move you pulled on the VWIP, you are finally getting back to yourself huh?
Steffana: I’m sorry, do I know you?
Vriker: Do you?
Steffana: You seem familiar, vaguely familiar but-
Vriker: Say no more. I know your whole tragic deal and I really don’t want to relive it, as heartbreaking as it all was…especially for me.
Steffana: for you?
Vriker: yeah, that’s right for me. Completely forgotten, just like that, and unlike Kieron, I had no legal claim and so
He shrugs his shoulders
Steffana: are you implying that we-
Vriker: Of course! Are there any other kind of implications that could be made between someone like me and someone like you?
Steffana is shocked and intrigued.
Steffana: well, where did we meet?
Vriker: That is a long fairly complicated story.
Steffana: apparently they all are.
Vriker: when it comes to you? Yeah.
Steffana: I just want to know the truth.
Vriker: do you?
Steffana: Why does everyone keep asking me that?
Vriker: because you have to remember it yourself Steffana, and it’s been years and years and there has been nothing. Certainly, you have your reasons for forgetting.
Steffana: if I ask you one question, just one question, would you promise me to answer truthfully?
Steffana: me and Kieron, were we happily married before my accident.
Steffana: I knew it. I belevie you! Thank you, for telling me the truth! Finally!
Thinks about that reflectively and then asks.
Steffana: And you…you were the one to come in and try to relieve the unhappiness…you were my indiscreation?
Vriker: aut, aut au… that is a second question. I only agreed to one.
Steffana, thinking back reflectively: it doesn’t matter…I’m pretty sure that you were. Hmph! I had an affair! Me!
Vriker: Oh Steffana, there is so much more to you than that. You were quite literally, a rock star.
Steffana, laughs, You know I like you. You’re funny.
Vriker: too bad I’m so serious. Why’d you do it Steffana?
Vriker: Just walk away from everything that you ever wanted?
Steffana: I don’t know…I don’t remember. Will you help me?