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POSTED: 28 Apr 2013

"Does it?" Evelyn responded doubtfully. "The tricky part is trying to stop them from teleporting everywhere. Your father's proven with his vanishing act that it can't be touched."

Evelyn was amused at Alex's response, particularly when he slumped his head on her shoulder. She ruffled his hair to tease him when he called himself an employee.

"You're my son first," Evelyn informed him affectionately. "And no matter what you do, I'll always love you. But Alex, all I'm asking is for you to be careful. We don't know what other side-effects your…" Evelyn paused. "…curse has or might have. The people we're traveling with are dangerous, too. I want you to be careful around them, alright?"

She wasn't particularly fond of the Medjai that were accompanying them. Her memories were foggy and her encounters with the Medjai were unusual. She couldn't quite place a finger on why she had awoken in the healer's tent when she had, especially sore.
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POSTED: 28 Apr 2013

"I'll be the picture of discipline and good behavior." Alex assured his mother as he ran a hand through his hair to re-set what she'd ruffled out fo place. "You won't even recognize me as your son I'll be so behaved." He even saluted, after bouncing from the bed to stand in front of his mother.

As Alex saw it, this was just another adventure, only this time he wasn't Imhotep's prisoner. So far, already a million times safer! And if the Medjai managed to defeat an army of Anubis warriors, certainly whatever else life threw at them would be small potatoes. The curse was a slight...discomfort, but it was all temporary, right? He'd just enjoy being able to reach the top cupboards while he could, because it would probably be over before he knew it.

"Don't worry, mum." Alex said cheerfully. "We've got all the Medjai to keep us safe until we find dad. And Ardeth, he's like the ultimate Medjai! Dad trusts him, so I do too."
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POSTED: 29 Apr 2013

Evelyn smiled, but when she heard Alex's next remark, Evelyn felt her heart melt. How could she tell him that she appeared to him as a complete stranger already? The only thing that reassured her that he was her son was his mindset—it was just like her little boy.

Guilt for not being there when it happened crawled up her spine every second after that, but she made sure to not let Alex see any sign of it.

"Oh really?" Evelyn feigned a joking tone, "We'll see about that. If you behave, you'll get a raise in your allowance." The raise in his allowance wasn't a joke, of course—she meant it, so long as it meant keeping Alex enticed to be careful and stay safe.

"I wouldn't put faith in the Medjai entirely, Alex," Evelyn looked towards him, refraining from mentioning her experiences. "To them they're entering foreign territory. They have other things to worry about than our safety, you know. Besides, I think we might encounter your father sooner than you expect."
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POSTED: 29 Apr 2013

There was a look over his mother's face that concerned Alex. He wondered if it was something he'd said, and was about to ask when she offered to raise his allowance. His brows rose up at the thought of a bit more spending money. He'd certainly need it, right? He's bigger now and everything.... "Deal!" He agrees quickly, and holds his hand out for a handshake, just to make it official. "Now you can't go back on it."

Alex tilted his head to side and gave his mother a slightly confused look. "Yeah, I know. But until then...I mean there's no way dad would let us go with anyone bad." Neither would his mother for that matter, Uncle Jonathan was about as villainous as things were allowed to get, and he was more cheeky than anything. And it's not like they'd ever been to Ireland either....really it was foreign to all of them.

"I'll be careful, mum." Alex says, bouncing on the balls of his feet. "I won't need rescuing or anything, promise."
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POSTED: 29 Apr 2013

Evelyn laughed and shook her son's hand. It pleased Evelyn that despite his adult size, he was still childish. "I can go back on it if you misbehave." She hugged him, and then grinned, "And if you don't finish your studies while we're abroad. We don't know when we're going back home, you know."

Evelyn was surprised by Alex's confusion, and the fact that he believed that the Medjai were good people. His remark about Ardeth being the ultimate Medjai had proven that, and that didn't please Evelyn that Alex had looked up to men like him.

Dumbfounded, Evelyn responded, "I don't think your father had much of a choice on who he left us with. When people do a vanishing act like that, they're not given many options." Or at least that's what she believed. As she thought about Rick, she prayed that he was safe and that this entire trip to Ireland would be worthwhile. If he wasn't, she wasn't sure what she'd do.

Evelyn crossed her arms over one another. "You won't be getting into any mischief at all, Alex."
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POSTED: 30 Apr 2013

"I said I promise!" Alex said in a slightly defeated tone. He frowned and crossed his arms over his chest. He was trying to reassure his mother and it seemed to have the exact opposite effect. But...no mischief? That was like saying no fun. And quite often it wasn't that Alex was so much looking for trouble as it just happened....he couldn't really be blamed for all those times, right? ...Right?

"I'll behave." He muttered, lightly nudging a book with his foot. This wasn't so much his usual outing with his parents as just different scenery while he did his studies. He probably wouldn't even have much time to do his usual amount of exploring.

"But...you know dad's okay." Alex said with a glimmer of worry in his voice. "He's not gone...just somewhere else." Despite his unwavering faith in his father there was still the worry in the back of Alex's mind. What if his father was just human?
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POSTED: 01 May 2013

"I'm counting on you, you know. An O'Connell doesn't go back on their word." She responded teasingly, shortly after noticing him nudging a book. "What types of books have you been reading, Alex? Things from home, or?"

"I know," Evelyn responded, smiling faintly as she sat down on the bed. "But this isn't like our previous expeditions, Alex. We're lucky that he wasn't thrown into an uncharted island with no civilization." Not that that would stop Evelyn from finding him, because nothing would—she cared for her family more than life itself.

It was only comforting that Rick was in Ireland, and she knew exactly where to look when they arrived. But it was also troubling when she had found Rick's wallet in their tent. While she knew that he would take care of himself, Evelyn was concerned about his food resources.
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POSTED: 01 May 2013

"Books from home." Alex says with a shrug. He hadn't been able to get anything new before they took off, and instead had loaded up on what he thought he'd need for the trip. Mostly, it was books of Egypt and Egyptian mythology. He was determined to figure out this riddle, and he was certain the answer was in books.

The thought that his father getting thrown off into Ireland was lucky surprised Alex. He'd never actually thought about it, but yes, it could be much worse. What if it was like this when they searched for the other amulet? What if it was hidden somewhere they couldn't reach? He sat back down on the bed, feeling slightly uneasy with the daunting task of seeking the amulets.

Restore the balance. Oh yes, it sounded so simple when it was just words on paper...

"Oh!" Alex said out loud, remembering more about his experience. "The mark." He said, pulling down the collar of his shirt and turning to show his mother the patch of skin on his back. "I can't remember what this means....but it's not a birth mark."
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POSTED: 01 May 2013

"A mark?" Evelyn repeated, arching a brow as Alex showed her what was on his back.

"It's…the Eye of Horus," Evelyn responded after a brief moment of silence, her right hand clasped her mouth. Her voice sounded choked, filled with concern. Evelyn was thankful that she had been sitting; otherwise she was absolutely certain that she would have lost balance from seeing a tattoo on her son's back.

While Evelyn was against tattoos, another thing was to see her nine year old son with one. She trusted him not to do anything stupid like getting tattoos, but how could she be absolutely certain that whatever had happened to him was responsible for this mark and not a Medjai? Needless to say, Evelyn wasn't comfortable with it, and it showed.

"Alexander O'Connell, you better not be lying to me and using your experience as a reason for this tattoo." Evelyn scolded. How could she be absolutely certain of his word? She wasn't there….

She wasn't there.

"Your father has a tattoo just like this on his hand. It has various meanings, but it is also a symbol for protection."
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POSTED: 03 May 2013

"What?" Alex asks in a childishly high pitch voice as his mother accused him of getting a tattoo on purpose. "You really think I deliberately went out and asked someone to put that on my back?" He frowned, pulling his shirt back up and adjusting the collar. He couldn't leave the house without an escort and now his mother was asking if he'd sneaked away long enough to have ink forcibly injected into his skin. "Look, I know I sometimes do reckless things, but even I have a limit!" And it turned out that limit was anything with needles.

Right. That where he'd seen it. Alex knew his father had a couple of tattoos, but had never been really clear on where he'd gotten them, and apparently until about last year neither was his father. It was an odd thing to have in common...mysterious tattooing.

"Well...that seems like a good thing." Perhaps....did this mean he was under some supernatural protection or just...marked? The whole situation was a bit unbelievable, even considering all they'd been through up until now.
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