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It was autumn, the wind was slightly cold as it blew through the trees of Axemouth. The sun slowly broke through the clouds, the lights in the building where the detective agency, ‘The Order’ worked from were on, even this early in the morning.

Damien stepped through the doors to Diane's office. He sat down across from the mocha skinned woman with narrowed eyes; he hated to call someone else 'his boss', but this was part of working for a business instead of yourself.
"I expected you not to come." Diane said calmly, watching the male in front of her as his messy jacket and dress pants already bringing dust and 'soot' on her chairs.
"You ordered me to." Damien said gruffly, moving to pull a cigarette from his pocket and placed it in his mouth. "Why are we here?"

Diane gave a small smile, "You're meeting your new partner." She said as Damien's nose twitched slightly.
"I don't need a new partner." He replied sharply, getting a tilt of her head from Diane. "I've been doing this long enough I can do it alone."
Diane shook her head slightly and placed her hands on a pile of papers that sat on her desk. Damien knew exactly what those papers were, his contract. Of course she'd bring it out to push the fact that he signed it to make him work with his 'new partner'.

"You know it's company policy." Diane said gently, "We work with the 'buddy system', we can't just have you going out on these dangerous missions on your own."
Damien grumbled to himself and chewed on the end of his smoke, "Bullshit." He hissed before Diane narrowed her eyes towards him as she leaned forward on the desk.
"Don't argue with me, Mr. Elk. You're part of this company now so you're under my rules." She said before a knock on the door echoed through the office and she straightened up.

A mousey man poked his head into the office to look at Diane and Damien, "The new recruit is here, Ma'am." The secretary, Stuart, spoke quickly. "Shall I send him in?"
Damien looked away from Stuart as he wanted to set his cigarette alight, while Diane nodded softly to him. "Absolutely Mr. Stuart, that would be fantastic, thank you." Diane said as Stuart nodded and left the room quickly.
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When the door next opened, it was to let in a rather lanky man. He was quiet as he briefly surveyed Diane and Damien before he closed the door behind him.

"Apologies for interrupting," he said, adjusting his black tie and forest green vest. His tone was rather flat, making it unclear if he meant the apology or was just trying to be polite. He also had a faint English accent - he must have moved recently. "I'm Jeremiah Devereux. It's nice to meet you both." He rested his gaze on Damien. "Are you my partner? The paperwork mentioned I would be assigned one."
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"You're not interrupting." Diane said with a small smile as she motioned for him to sit down. "This is Damien Elk, he will be your partner." She looked to Damien as she watched him stare towards the newcomer quietly.
The hidden-fae watched the man carefully, he slightly tilted his head before he nodded towards Jeremiah, "As Diane said, I'm Damien."

He uncrossed his arms finally and offered one to Jeremiah as a handshake. "Have you done this sort of work before?" He asked after a moment, "I will warn you it's not for the faint of heart."
"Damien, don't scare him." Diane said lightly, getting a glance from the male with a raised eyebrow. She returned her attention to Jeremiah. "I'm sure your skills are more than adequate, I enjoyed your CV you sent us."
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Jeremiah sat down and gave Damien a quick, firm handshake. He only seemed mildly perturbed by the other man's question, and even then, only briefly.

"It's alright," he said to Diane. "I imagine that he didn't see my CV. I don't mind sharing." With that, he refocused on Damien. "Until a year ago, I was part of a detective agency in London. We mostly searched for missing people and stolen objects. Sometimes we discovered gruesome things in the process. I can assure you, my stomach is not turned easily."

With that answered, he redirected his attention to Diane. "I will say, the job ad was quite the read as well." While he had striven for easy cheer, skepticism had crept into his voice.
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Damien listened to Jeremiah with a tilt of his head. He nodded at the statement before closing his eyes for a moment, This was good; he needed a partner who wasn't scared of getting dirty.
He glanced over towards Diane as Jeremiah started to speak to her.

Diane gave a small smile, "I'm glad you found it interesting." She nodded, "I'm glad you could start so quickly, we don't like our Detectives working without partners." She said with a glance towards Damien, who narrowed his eyes towards her. "Damien does a lot of the... Harder cases, so I'm glad you're not squeamish." She gave a small chuckle, "Of course, we'll start you both off with easier tasks so you can learn how to work together properly."

Damien held back the grumble that stuck in his throat, twisting the cigarette in his fingers slightly. His slightly pointed ears flattened slightly out of his hair. He breathed in slowly and closed his eyes before he breathed out.
"Have you got a place to stay permanently?" He asked with a glance towards Diane, "I have a large house and a few spare rooms; I tend to offer housing to partners, makes it easier to do planning on longer cases and all of that."
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If Jeremiah noticed the way Diane glanced to Damien, and the way he looked back, he didn't comment on it. Instead, he responded to her, "That sounds ideal. We should be functional before we tackle more complex cases. I'll do my best to catch up quickly though - I would hate to think of those complex cases languishing or being reassigned because of me."

When Damien offered housing, though, something peculiar occurred. Jeremiah visibly tensed as he turned to look at the other man. His defensive posture almost suggested he was waiting for Damien to admit he was kidding. When no such words came, he nodded hesitantly. "That... makes sense. I have been having trouble renting an apartment- apparently the last tenant left behind a 'disgruntled brownie', which I will admit, I don't understand." He cleared his throat. "We can discuss rent and bill division later, if that's acceptable."
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"There is no rush in terms of adjusting to the stuff here." Diane said with a small smile, "Damien will be alongside you, and he's done this sort of stuff for a while." She said with a weak chuckle, "But of course, we'll get to work on cases tomorrow. I'll let you two get acquainted today and Damien can show you around Axemouth if you'd like him to?"

Damien gave a small shrug, "No need to pay rent, bar from buying your own food." He said, "I can cover the bills easily." He ignored the fact that Diane just offered him as a tour guide, "As long as you don't mind animals." He said as he moved to take the smoke from his mouth, still unlit, "You will have your own space of course, if you need another room for an office that can be arranged."
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Jeremiah looked between Diane and Damien, clearly uncertain. "I'd rather not impose on him. I'm sure between cases, I can get acquainted with the city?"

He had just begun to relax from Damien's comments when the man mentioned animals. All the tension swept back over him. "Animals? Why? What do you keep?" He was clearly going for 'casual curiosity', but his tone and posture screamed 'strained and barely restrained fear'. He seemed to be aware of that and cleared his throat. "Nevermind. It's probably fine - and if it isn't, I can hardly tell you what to keep in your own home. I'll have to see the size of the bedroom before I decide if I need a separate space for an office." The shift in topic was rather abrupt and seemed to do nothing for his new nervous energy.
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Damien gave a small shrug at Jeremiah's questions, "You're free to wander in your free time, the offer still stands for a bit of a tour." He said before he laughed slightly, "I only have a cat, she's harmless for the most part." Damien chuckled.
Of course he was lying... Well, half lying; she was a cat, and for the most part she was Harmless. But she was a Fae-Wild cat; a small Winged Feline with a small pair of antlers- much like you'd expect from a jackalope. She was his guard animal, and could be dangerous when she needed to be, but she wouldn't attack someone without proper reason to.

Unless of course, it was Damien; Who had many different scratches and bite marks due to her.
Damien raised his eyebrow at the topic change and nodded once. "That's understandable." He said with a rather nonchalant tone, he looked to Diane to see if she had anything to add.
"I'll get you back here tomorrow morning for the first proper mission." Diane said with a small smile, "That way you can get used to the city a bit. Plus we'll need to get your badge and authority stuff for here." She said with a tilt of her head, "Of course we won't drag you too long, I don't know if you have something else to do or not today. So unless there are more questions, you're free to wander off?"
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