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Damage Control

Private W2 D5 MM Nessa Nate

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#1 Nessa


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  • Relationship StatusBeginning a Relationship with Perrin

  • OriginCentral Dominance Plantation

Posted 01 August 2017 - 03:24 AM

Nessa burst into the crewhouse, huffing and puffing from having sprinted the whole way back here - and without using pewter, since she'd left the Smoker behind. She'd go back and train like she was supposed to later, but for now, she needed to fix what she'd somehow managed to screw up. If Datura was supposed to be her teacher now, and Datura hated her, would she be shipped off somewhere else?

She didn't want that; for one thing, she knew they wouldn't ship her back to the shop, and for another, this place was actually pretty nice, other than the whole isolating-her-from-her-friends thing. She'd still have to figure out how to solve that particular problem, but while she did, she had it pretty good for right now, and she didn't want to ruin it.

She'd intended to ask some of the crew members where to find Nate, but there was no need: he was out and about, supervising the shop floor and making sure everyone was doing what they were supposed to be doing.

"Nate!" she called out, still gasping for breath as she approached him. "Nate, I need your help!"


#2 Nathan


  • Datura's Right Hand Man

68
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  • Age39

  • Relationship StatusMarried

  • OriginLuthadel

  • Allomantic StatusPartially Hidden

Posted 01 August 2017 - 03:33 AM

Nate turned away from his supervision of the operations and frowned as he registered who was calling out to him. Nessa. Who was not supposed to be here right now. He took in her appearance, apparently having just run from somewhere and the cry for help.

She was supposed to be with Datura. Where was Datura if Nessa was here?

He crossed the floor to meet Nessa halfway, shoving down a blanket interest or worry from the workers on duty right now. If something had happened and they needed to rescue Dat, he'd make the call, but for now he didn't want Nessa bursting in alone to cause a panic. The others didn't know her very well. Hopefully they wouldn't think too much of her.

He, on the other hand, was greatly panicking. Nessa wasn't supposed to be left alone, which meant something had gone wrong. Possibly very wrong.

"Nessa," he said, taking hold of her arm as she reached him. "What are you doing here? What happened? Where's Datura? Were you attacked?"


#3 Nessa


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Posted 01 August 2017 - 11:59 PM

"I don't know," Nessa said, trying to slow her breathing down. "She ran off. We were training, and talking, and I asked her a question and then suddenly she got all weird and left. She didn't come back here?"

Wouldn't Datura have wanted to come back to her office? Maybe she'd gone out; Nessa probably would have, come to think of it. Get out, and breathe, away from everyone and everything. But if that was the case, where had she gone?


#4 Nathan


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 01:58 AM

Nate allowed his panic to fall from "all-consuming" to "of great concern" and stared Nessa down, trying to figure out what exactly had happened. Datura had said Nessa was supposed to be watched. She wouldn't have just left.

He shook his head in answer to her question. "No, she's not here. You two weren't supposed to return for a few hours. Was there a threat or something she had to take care of? What did you ask her? What did she say?"


#5 Nessa


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 02:28 AM

Nessa's breathing finally began to slow as she got herself back under control, and she lowered her voice as she and Nate talked. She had a feeling none of them wanted her yelling about what was happening, after all.

"She was needling me about Perrin," she admitted with an awkward blush. "She uh.. she asked if I love him, and I said I don't know because I don't know what love is like. Then I asked her if she knew, and she just got this really weird look on her face and left. She told me to keep practicing on my own, and I'm going to, but... it just felt wrong to leave it. And even I know you're the one who fixes things around here."


#6 Nathan


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 03:31 AM

Damn it, Dat.

Alright, well that explained it. Datura got her own nonsense thrown back in her face and had likely stormed out with a temper tantrum. Never mind that if anyone else in the crew had disobeyed the order about leaving Nessa alone, she'd have had their head. No no no, Datura got slightly upset and threw everything out the window.

And like usual, he was the one who got to deal with it.

Nate let out a hard sigh and, hand still holding Nessa's arm, he tugged her towards the door to the warehouse. "Come on, walk with me for a bit." He caught the eye of Barre, one of the floor leaders. "I'll be back in a bit, Barre's in charge until I get back."

The gruff woman saluted, then barked orders to the men to keep working, apparently eager to show she'd be more than able to hold down the line while he was away. He prayed it wouldn't take too long to sort through all of this.


#7 Nessa


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 12:13 AM

The next thing Nessa knew, she was being guided by the arm back out of the crewhouse. Why did he have to pull her by the arm? Couldn't he just tell her to come? It wasn't like she'd just wander off; she'd been here practically a whole week already and she hadn't tried to sneak away once. Only to see if she could, which shouldn't count at all since she hadn't gone through with it.

"Where are we going?" she asked, once she'd properly caught up with Nate. She gave her arm a gentle tug, trying to pull it out of his grasp. "To find her? Or are you taking me back where she left me?"


#8 Nathan


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 12:23 AM

"We're just... walking," he said, somewhat stiffly. Not for the first time, he wished he could turn his Allomancy upon himself, Soothe away some of his frustration. Sometimes he wondered if Datura had been specifically placed in his life to cause him trouble. Sure seemed like it on days like this.

Well, if she was going to make his life difficult, he was entitled to take precautions.

He walked Nessa a ways down the docks along the river, until he was certain they were out of tin's range from the crewhouse. Southbridge wasn't exactly built for casual strolls, but even when they had to weave around docking equipment from other buildings and such, there were always ways to get through.

"Alright," he said, turning to look at her without breaking stride. "Here's the situation. Datura's the crewleader. She has a reputation to maintain with the crew and she demands respect at all times. But, you're in a unique position, because you're working much closer with her than most of the crew ever do. So, that being the case, there's probably some things you should be aware of. Understand?"


#9 Nessa


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 12:43 AM

Just... walking? But where, she wondered, and why?

The first answer seemed to be down the river, in a random direction, until they were a pretty reasonable distance away from the crewhouse. It was a good place to talk and not be overheard; with the noise of the water and the docks, their words would be drowned out for anyone who tried to hide and eavesdrop, and the area was open enough that they could probably spot anyone who tried anyway.

So this was a talk about Datura. And, Nessa guessed, topics she should avoid at all cost. It made sense; Datura was a passionate person, and passionate people often had sore spots that got them all riled up and more likely to become reckless or violent. She'd discovered one by accident just now, apparently; did Nate want to make sure she didn't blindly stumble into any more?

That would make sense, and it was definitely important. So she just nodded her understanding but kept silent, letting him speak.


#10 Nathan


  • Datura's Right Hand Man

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Noble Socialite
  • Age39

  • Relationship StatusMarried

  • OriginLuthadel

  • Allomantic StatusPartially Hidden

Posted 10 August 2017 - 03:26 AM

Nathan took a steadying breath, shoving his hands in his pockets as he considered where to start with this. If Datura found out, she'd be livid and probably hurt that he thought she couldn't control herself should Nessa mention something accidentally. But, well unfortunately, sometimes that was the case.

"Being a crewleader," he finally settled on as a start, "especially for a crew this large, can be a hard job sometimes. She's good at it, and she's good for this group, but there's always another side of the coin. For someone in Datura's position, it can be... difficult to get close to people. It can be lonely."

It felt odd to talk about it. There was a slight sense of betrayal in sharing one of Datura's personal secrets with someone extremely new to the crew, like this. But no one else had this kind of one-on-one access to Datura the way Nessa did, aside from perhaps Nate himself. Their crewleader was a volatile mix, prone to explode unless carefully handled. He didn't want Nessa to get burned because she said something she couldn't have known would set Dat off.

"Relationships and that sort of thing can be a sore subject for her. It's best to avoid the topic entirely if you can. If somehow it comes up, try to avoid asking her anything personal. Prying into the personal affairs of a crewleader is usually a bad idea in general, but I can tell you that in Datura's case, it's possibly dangerous. I don't want you to get hurt, alright?"


#11 Nessa


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 03:21 PM

Nessa nodded thoughtfully, thinking over what Nate had said. He had some very good points, but that didn't explain why Datura felt it was alright to needle Nessa if she herself had complicated feelings about relationships. She had to be careful how she asked about it, though; a question like that could easily be taken as argumentative, when really all Nessa wanted was to understand. So she took a deep breath, letting the breeze off the river ruffle her hair. When she spoke again, she tried very hard to keep her voice calm, without any trace of challenge. It was harder than she thought.

"Why did she keep on about it with me, then? She kept asking and kept asking and kept asking all these things about him, and about him and me, and wouldn't let up. I hear what you're saying, and I'm not arguing, but I wouldn't have asked her what I did if she hadn't brought it up first."

She sighed. She thought she'd made it good by being brought here, and for the most part, that was still very, very true. She had regular meals and a real bed and the only time anyone touched her was in harmless ways, like Nate leading her out the door just now. But it also seemed like life was getting more and more complicated by the second.






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