Despite Raya's attempt not to startle him, he jumped. Seeing that it was Raya, and not his mother, he relaxed a little. "Hi," he said softly, and then gave her a small smile. He'd missed her. Well, he had kind of missed other people in general, in all the time that he had been kept inside the house. But he had also missed her specifically. He liked her.
Post by RAYA ILIYANA DRAGAN on Dec 25, 2016 18:02:03 GMT -6
When the boy jumped despite her intentions, Raya frowned slightly. No matter, he had calmed down quickly enough that she didn't feel the need to address it. "How have you been, little one?" she asked as she knelt down to his height. Towering over children who were already jumpy would probably just make them more nervous, so she didn't mind ducking down a little bit.
Xavier liked Raya. She was nice. And now she was at his level so he could talk to her easier. He shrugged his shoulders. “Okay. Kinda bored. I haven’t been out on my own in a while.” And he’d read all the books that he had, and then again, and then again. He needed to go see Aaron soon, and see whether he had any others he could read - that would be nice.
Post by RAYA ILIYANA DRAGAN on Jan 7, 2017 0:01:00 GMT -6
Raya frowned slightly at his answer. She assumed that it meant he hadn't been out with anyone but his mother, if he'd been allowed out anywhere at all. "You don't have any friends you could spend time with?" she asked gently. She didn't have her own friends, but it tugged at her dead heart to think of a child without any. Children were the people who often needed them the most, because they were still learning to form relationships.
"Well I have Duke," he said. "He's a werewolf. And he lives kind of near me." Easy enough to walk to, and he hadn't gotten lost doing that yet. "But I got in trouble for going out. So mother was making sure I didn't sneak out again," he shrugged his shoulders. And then she wouldn't let him if he asked, so there was no point asking. But he was outside now, and that was okay. "What have you been doing?"
Post by RAYA ILIYANA DRAGAN on Feb 3, 2017 13:23:04 GMT -6
i'll shape your belief.
If she thought about it a certain way, Raya could understand getting a bit iffy about a child wandering off on his own, but at the same time it wasn't as though he could be easily injured. It was the other people that were more at risk. Perhaps that was why, though, Raya didn't often give thought to people she didn't personally care about. It's what made her good at her job. It was easy to steal when you didn't have to think about how that might hurt the family you were stealing from. "Oh, I see," she said after a moment. "Is she very protective of you?"
Her answer for the things she'd been up to was never particularly child-friendly, but she was willing to sugarcoat it for him. Perhaps one day she wouldn't, when he was only a child in body and not in mind. "I've been doing a lot of work, so I've been traveling all over."
Xavier nodded. "She doesn't like me going out of the house without her. Says something might happen." But he was a vampire, and nothing had happened yet, so he thought that he was going to be okay. "Except then sometimes she disappears when we're out, and then it's my fault." He shrugged his shoulders.
"What sort of work do you do?" he asked curiously. He wasn't sure if she had told him that before and he'd just forgotten, or if he hadn't asked. "Where was the best place you went?" She got to go everywhere, and he'd been stuck inside his house. That didn't feel very fair.
Post by RAYA ILIYANA DRAGAN on Mar 10, 2017 10:11:58 GMT -6
i'll shape your belief.
Raya supposed she could understand being protective from the standpoint of a mother. Though she didn't have any children of her own nor would she ever have any, she could clearly remember how her mother acted when she was small. "Well, that's not fair if she's disappearing and then blaming you," she said with a small head shake. "Are you usually distracted by something when she disappears?" Not that she was trying to blame Xavier. She was only trying to get all the facts.
"I... work in trade," she said. Hopefully he didn't notice her moment of hesitation. She couldn't very well tell the boy she was a professional thief. That wouldn't go over well at all. She also didn't really have a favorite place because she didn't stay somewhere long enough to enjoy it. Frowning in thought, she finally said, "Have you ever heard of Bulgaria?"
"No! I mean..." he paused. "Sometimes I'm looking at the things in the shop windows? But I'm not that distracted," he pouted. It wasn't his fault. He wasn't the one who went wandering off and disappeared. Well. Most of the time.
"In trade? So you trade stuff?" He was a little bit confused. Maybe she'd explain it a little more, and then he'd understand better. He didn't like being confused. "Uh," he squinted. "I may have done?" There was lots of places he'd read, he couldn't remember them all.
Post by RAYA ILIYANA DRAGAN on Apr 21, 2017 23:37:55 GMT -6
i'll shape your belief.
She laughed softly. "Perhaps you should try to keep a better eye on her and less on the shops?" she suggested gently. "Since she clearly can't do that for you." A fun little role reversal where he was in charge of keeping up with his mother and not her with him. Raya wasn't sure he'd go for it, but it was worth a shot.
"Something like that yes," she said with a nod. "I take objects to people and they pay me for delivering them, either with money or with other objects." What a poor way to explain her thievery. Why did she even really care if the boy knew she was a thief? "It's another country in Europe, a bit east of here on the mainland. It's where I grew up."
Xavier huffed a little bit. "I'm the kid," he muttered. That wasn't his job. Though maybe if he wanted her to stop telling him off it was a good idea. He huffed even more. This wasn't very fair.
"Oh, okay." That made sense. He thought. "Do you trade lots of interesting things?" He asked. He liked interesting things, and learning about stuff. It was good. He was still trying to think about whether he had heard of Bulgaria, but he wasn't sure. East of here? He squinted, trying to picture a map. "So like...near Russia?" That was east. Right? Right. "What's it like there? Is it very different to here?"
Post by RAYA ILIYANA DRAGAN on Jul 22, 2017 22:56:35 GMT -6
Smiling faintly, Raya reached out to ruffle his hair. "Sometimes the kids have to be the responsible ones," she told him. It happened far more often than it should have. Parents were meant to keep their little ones safe, not the other way around. Unfortunately some people weren't fit to be parents.
She thought for a moment. "Some of them are interesting. Mostly it's just old stuff that's worth a lot of money, but sometimes it's other stuff too," she explained. She'd never really put much thought into the objects she dealt in. That wasn't something necessary to get the job done. "Kind of near Russia, but not quite. There's a few countries in between them. It's a bit different, yes, but most places are. They even speak a completely different language there."
"That's stupid," he huffed again. He was only little. He shouldn't have to be responsible. He didn't know how to be properly responsible. He just wanted to wander and explore, and then expect his mother to find him later. He shouldn't have to be the one keeping his eye out for her.
"What sort of interesting things?" Aaron had interesting things in his shop, maybe they were like that? Or just other types of interesting stuff? Xavier was thinking that he needed to find a map later so he could figure out exactly where Bulgaria was, because trying to picture the world in his mind wasn't working too well. "You know another language?" That was cool. He wanted to know another language. He wanted to know everything.
Post by RAYA ILIYANA DRAGAN on Aug 1, 2017 21:19:00 GMT -6
"It is a bit stupid, yes," she agreed easily. "But it'll keep you out of trouble more." She was of the mind that people who couldn't handle children shouldn't have them, but all the same she was quite glad for Xavier. It was almost like having Mikhail back again. She wanted to protect the little boy with everything she had.
She shrugged. "There's all kinds. Mostly stuff like you'd see in a shop though." Collectibles, antiques. Things that were one of a kind. She didn't quite understand the fascination with Bulgaria now though. It really wasn't that interesting. Though maybe that was because she'd lived there for nineteen years. It obviously wasn't foreign to her. "I know a couple languages," she told him. Things she'd picked up in her line of work.
Xavier gave an exasperated sigh. This was dumb. Adults were dumb. The world was dumb. These sorts of things just didn't make sense. He liked it better when things made sense. Everything would be so much nicer if things made sense.
"Oh, okay," he said. He liked looking at the things in shops. Like in Aaron's shop, that had lots of different interesting things. "Do you? Which ones?" he asked her. That was exciting. He was boring and didn't know any other languages. Maybe he could learn?