|Regina Mills (mostresilient) wrote in wariscoming,|
@ 2015-09-24 10:03:00
|Entry tags:||regina mills, rose hathaway|
WHO: Regina Mills and Rose Hathaway
WHERE: Regina’s private Caribbean Island
WHEN: [Backdated Like Woah] Late April 2015
WHAT: Regina and Rose go on vacation
Since purchasing the small island approximately 20 miles to the North-West of Guana Island’s North Beach Villa, Regina, had visited once. She had placed her faith in the workers that she had hired to build the property and ensure that the island was in fact hospitable. With Rose’s help she had put together her trustworthy team of the best contractors, engineers, interior designers, plumbers etc. They were the very best that money could afford. No expense had been spared. Enchanted Island Paradise contained a state of the art kitchen with brand new steel appliances. There were five fully furnished bedrooms each with their own ensuite. An additional two bathrooms could be found away from the sleeping areas. Located to the east of the pool and closer to the beach you could even find a half bath. Each bedroom led out onto the Early in the construction her contractors had suggested using some of the additional space to set up her own personal gym but Regina had other plans for that space. Her home in Lawrence lacked an official office and if she ever decided to spend a lengthy period of time at her vacation home it would be useful to have one. So, with quite a few well drawn out suggestions, Regina, received an office that was an exact replica of her own from Storybrooke. A little piece of home in this strange world.
Some might consider purchasing an entire island and building their own villa an excessive investment but frankly the former queen could care less. This villa was to be her sanctuary -- her oasis -- from whatever hell the Seal threw her way. Which had seemed to be happening more frequently of late. Two weeks suddenly had dwindled down to a matter of days. A week if they were lucky. No sooner had Regina accepted Emma Swan’s presence in her life had she gone into labor and then spent days without her magic. And if that had not been enough the untimely arrival of her “soulmate” just recently had finally broken her hold on her sanity. It was time to take her first vacation of the year. Three weeks was perhaps too young to take Xavier into the warm tropical climate but that is what she had magic for. He would remain entirely comfortable the entire trip while she enjoyed some much needed peace and quiet. And a little heart to heart with the other Rose in her life. It’s funny how things just seemed to all fall into place at the right moment. Perhaps fate was on her side for a change.
Once Rose had arrived at her home, Regina, sent their belongings on ahead with a flick of her wrist. They would follow it shortly. Their destination was just outside the main entryway into her villa. Turning to the younger woman she offered what she hoped was a comforting smile before placing her hand gently on her arm and whisking them away. When the purple smoke had dissipated the villa stood in front of them.
“Welcome to Enchanted Island Paradise, my dear.”
Rose needed this nearly as much as Regina did, maybe more. Time had done her some good in slowly getting more of her old self back, but she was still so consumed with guilt and regret over the things she'd done as a Strigoi and just being in Lawrence was like a daily reminder of those things, just as every moment she spent in the cabin she'd wished for at Christmas was a reminder of everything that felt out of her reach now. So many memories and every the good ones only made her feel worse. When Regina had asked her to get out of town, Rose had realized a change of scenery might be just what she needed, even if she wasn't sure she deserved it. She didn't deserve any semblance of peace after what she'd done.
So, she tried to focus on what Regina was dealing with, on the fact that she was sure Regina could use the company, someone to talk to. That's what she was here for, not for fun or whatever else, no matter how much a part of her looked forward to spending so much time under the warmth of the Caribbean sun.
"Holy shit," she blurted out when they arrived and she took in the view. Her eyes had been closed for that brief moment when they traveled via Regina's magic and when she opened them, her jaw had dropped and her eyes widened. The villa looked like something a movie star would own and the view was absolutely breathtaking. Being able to watch the sun rise in Lawrence since her restoration had felt like a gift, but this- there were no words. Rose could feel tears stinging at her eyes as she took in the beauty that surrounded them now.
"This is really yours?" she asked, finally tearing her gaze away from the amazing view to look at her companion.
Regina chuckled softly before responding, "yes, it is, every last square inch. And I do have to say that the team of professionals I hired outdid themselves. Pictures do not do it justice." And how right she was about that. Though she hadn't been to visit until now she had received photo's from her project managers on their progress. She had even received an album of digital photos showing her the beauty of the property. But none of them did Enchanted Island Paradise any justice. It was far more beautiful in person.
Shifting Xavier in her arms, Regina, gestured for Rose to continue walking into the villa. Their bags sat in the entryway but moving them into their rooms could wait awhile. First, the grand tour needed to be taken.
"There are bedrooms on either end of the house. Later you can choose whichever one you'd like. The kitchen as you can see is right over here. My office is over in that direction and the family room over here. Each bedroom has its own bathroom equipped with a bathtub and shower." As Regina spoke her free arm pointed in the direction of each place she spoke of. And taking a few steps towards the pool she continued with, "and perhaps the most important area of the entire property is just through here. If you thought the view out front was spectacular just wait until you see this."
Rose nodded, still in awe of the place. It looked and sounded pretty awesome. Rose hadn't been sure about doing this, coming here. The last thing she deserved was a luxurious vacation, after everything she'd done. She told herself she was here partly because Regina was having a hard time and she owed her. And partly because Regina hadn't really given her much of a choice. Now that they were here, a part of her was glad she'd agreed. She felt instantly guilty for that, for letting herself enjoy the view or anything else after the pain she'd caused others.
Forcing a smile, though, she followed Regina as she led her through the place. "After you, then," she said, trying to sound less conflicted than she felt. It was a good thing Dimitri had helped her learn to conceal her emotions little better. She definitely didn't want to bring down Regina's vacation with all her own issues.
Try as hard as she might, Rose, just wasn’t able to keep Regina from detecting that something was amiss. She was the queen of hiding her emotions behind a mask. Most assumed that she was always angry and downright evil. But those were truly just masks to hide her deepest emotions. The emotions that she couldn’t bare to let anyone see. Though a few times she had dropped those walls and let others see them.
Taking a trip to the island was as much for her as it was for Rose. For the moment she wouldn’t push her dearest friend to open up about recent events. That would make her far more hypocritical than what she considered normal. But later that evening she most definitely would.
“No, we’ll walk out there together,” Regina said and then slowly moved to place her hand on Rose’s arm. Gently she began guiding them both to the back of the property. Which conveniently had the best view of the ocean that surrounded them. Once they’d moved far enough outside that they could both take in the view, Regina, stopped and asked, “So, what do you think?”
Rose didn't think she was really fooling her friend, but she hoped she was doing a good enough job that she wouldn't screw this trip up for her. Whatever she deserved or didn't deserve, Regina needed this time away and she needed it to be enjoyable. She deserved that and Rose was determined to give it to her.
The hand on her arm startled her more than it should have, but it was in the way that touch, in general, startled her after becoming a dhampir again. Things felt different now. Her senses were sharper than a human's, but still so much duller than they'd been as a strigoi. Beyond that, it was still startling to feel the emotions such contact evoked in her now. It was almost painful to feel so much after the only emotions she'd known were the hunger for blood and power, the thrill of taking a life. It made Rose sick to think of how much she'd enjoyed it. That, somehow, made these newly awakes emotions harder to bear, but at the same time she craved this sort of contact with another person.
"Okay," she agreed, letting Regina guide her as they walked next to each other. But in her current state, Rose probably could have agreed to anything. She hadn't really gotten her real, self back yet. Still, she could definitely appreciate the view they found moments later. Rose could only stand there and stare a moment before answering Regina's question. "It's beautiful," she breathed. "I've never seen anything like it."
A gentle chuckle escaped Regina’s lips when Rose finally spoke. It certainly was beautiful and just what they needed. It was too bad that the Seal had sent Katherine and Gaia home. They’d love it here and never want to return.
“I don’t think many have ever seen a view quite like this one. They truly outdid themselves”
Just as she was going to add more, Xavier, began to fuss. She tried to gently bounce him to see if that would soothe him but his cries only grew louder. Regina had fed and changed him before they left purposefully. So, she knew that it wasn’t that. When she brought him up closer to her face and began talking to him his cries began to diminish.
Regina would have been shocked had she not anticipated this to one day happen. Xavier was the son of Gregory House. And he was going to be just like his father. She whispered as much to him as she placed a kiss on his little nose. Turning her head she looked at Rose again and said, “Why don’t we each get settled in and then we’ll figure out our agenda for the rest of the day.”
Rose nodded quietly and turned to go back inside. After Regina showed her to the bedroom she’d be occupying, she started to unpack what little belongings she’d brought with her. It wasn’t much. Rose had never had a lot of money, even on a guardian’s salary, and here in Lawrence, she’d had to mostly rely on the gift cards that came with her welcome package. Lissa had money, thanks to the wish baubles, but Rose never liked to take advantage of that when she didn’t have to. It meant she was hardly in rags, but she also didn’t have an extensive wardrobe or a lot of other belongings. That was fine. She didn’t need much. It just meant that it didn’t take her much time to unpack at all.
Once she had her things put away, Rose changed into the swimsuit she had brought with her and pulled some shorts and a tank top on over it. She didn’t know what Regina had planned for them, but she kind of hoped it would involve getting in the water at some point. Sitting around idly wasn’t something Rose was any good at. She needed to be active and a good swim actually sounded kind of awesome.
She spent a little while exploring the villa before she returned to the main living area of the house and stood appreciating the view of the world outside. It really was beautiful here. Something about that was comforting. She remembered something she’d told Dimitri what seemed like a lifetime ago. Strigoi didn’t see beauty in the world. If she could appreciate the beauty that surrounded her here, it was a kind of reassurance that she wasn’t one of them anymore. That didn’t erase all of the horrible things she had done, but it was something, at least. It was a start.
When Rose had been showed to her room, Regina, took her son and made her way to the master bedroom. Upon entering the room she contentedly smiled. It was designed above and beyond the guidelines that she had given to her decorator. As had the rest of the property. Purchasing an island -- even a small one -- and building a custom villa on the land was quite an extravagant expense. But the former queen had unlimited funds at her disposal thanks to the Seal. And while her intentions were to use it for the betterment of the displaced lives in Lawrence it was all right to be selfish from time to time.
With a quick wave of her hand all of her belongings as well as Xavier’s found their way to their proper resting places. Having magic -- though it had been the root of a number of her problems -- was quite useful at times. When she had gotten herself and the baby changed into proper swimwear, Regina left the master bedroom and made her way out to the pool. As she stepped back out she conjured a small beach tent on one of the lounge chairs and made her way over towards it. Laying her son inside, Regina, cast a shield spell that would repel the sunlight. Xavier was still too young to be exposed to the sun and even if he were old enough he still needed to be protected. There was only so much that sunscreen could do to protect him.
Once the baby was settled on his bed of pillows inside his small tent she settled herself on her own lounge chair. With a flick of her wrist a bottle of red wine and a glass appeared on the table beside her. She would offer Rose a glass of wine once she had joined her. For now she would relax and enjoy the warm Caribbean air.
Rose eventually made her way outside, where she found Regina sitting on a lounge chair. There was one there for her, too, it looked like, and a bottle of wine. She hesitated for a moment before joining her friend and the baby who was settled in a little tent on top of one of the chairs. Rose wasn’t really okay with being around people, yet. She’d shunned the company of others since her restoration. That was something she was making an effort to slowly change, but that didn’t mean it was coming easily to her. Being social had once been second-nature to her, but a part of her wondered if that Rose hadn’t been lost forever. Dimitri had told her once that his ordeal as a Strigoi had changed him. Eventually, the old Dimitri had come back, but it had taken time. She wondered if that would be true for her. Would she ever be able to find the person she used to be? Or was she going to be forever changed by what she had become and what she had done?
Shrugging off the temptation to just take a walk alone on the beach, Rose moved to join Regina. She helped herself to a seat in the chair next to Regina and the baby. When she was offered the glass of wine, she again hesitated. Rose wasn’t much of a drinker anymore and she’d never had that much wine. In school, it had been mostly cheap beer or whatever she and her friends could steal from their teachers’ not so secret liquor stashes. After school, well, Rose didn’t think guardians should drink around their charges, so she and Dimitri rarely indulged. In Lawrence, she might have the occasional drink with a friend, but mostly she tried to stay sober. She didn’t know when Lissa’s life might depend on it.
Lissa. The thought of her friend evoked a variety of emotions in her. What she had done to her was the worst of it all. She knew she was probably hurting her even now, but Rose didn’t know how to face her best friend after the horrible things she’d done. A part of her thought Lissa was better off without her, anyway.
Suddenly, a glass of wine sounded really appealing. She nodded her head at Regina’s offer and once she had the glass in her hand, she downed it in one large gulp. Probably not the way you were supposed to drink wine, but with the dark turn her thoughts had taken, she probably would have downed the whole bottle if Regina had handed her that instead of the glass. She didn’t really have a reason to stay sober here. They were miles away from anyone, Regina was more than capable of defending herself and Xavier. There was no one who needed her here and suddenly the idea of getting really drunk seemed like a really awesome one.