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14 December 2011 @ 06:23 pm
[Filter: Jasmine]

So what do you say we go on another date? Say...tomorrow? Or whenever's good for you, really.

It's great that we're spending more time alone together lately. I...I really love being with you, you know!
Mood: flirtyflirty
12 December 2011 @ 01:35 pm

Arisa simply does not know when to quit...! I've told her no so many times and she continues to ask, it's as if she thinks I'll give in if she does it enough! Well, she can ask me until she's blue in the face, but as a Lady of Karnach, I will never allow myself to be used in such a way!

Even worse, she's become absolutely insufferable towards others...especially her poor sister! It's a wonder Tiana still has any confidence left with how Arisa tears into her and her efforts these days. And poor Bryton, it's gotten so unbearable that he'll take any excuse not to spend any time at home!
Mood: aggravatedaggravated
11 December 2011 @ 05:07 am
[Filter: Verity]

I don't like the sound of all this happening in Kasrae. What do you think?
Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
09 December 2011 @ 05:27 pm
...I suppose I should let everyone know that things have gotten much better. The justicar has been a big help in sorting out the inheritance, it's been much more relaxed. Even Dickon is behaving himself these days...he even made an impassioned speech to the justicar about why Mary should inherit Archibald's cherished piano.

I would like to apologize for my behavior prior to this. Stress was getting the better of all of us, I suppose. Hopefully things will continue to get better from here.
Mood: relievedrelieved
07 December 2011 @ 09:28 pm
Joshua's so cute!!! He's been helping his daddy all week and snuggling with him to make him feel better. I just wish he'd help me more cuz I've been doing everything all myself ever since Joshua got sick and at least Demi's helping Anton too cuz she's so much better with that than I am but the house is really gross and it's so hard to keep up and it's all Anton's fault! He should of been helping me with Joshua all along and if he was gonna get sick he could of at least been sick at the same time and he'd be able to help me now but he had to hide and then he got sick anyways!
Mood: amusedamused
07 December 2011 @ 07:48 pm
Annie, you need to tell me what kind of cake you want~ I've already written down everything else, and what I'm going to make for dinner, but I can't remember what kind of cake you told me! And if you want chocolate, I need to go pick up some stuff at the market for it ... When you have a sec, please~

Arthur~ I hope you're coming to Annie's party! You know I don't know what I'd do without you there.

[Filter: Arthur]

And also, we should probably make plans for that romantic dinner I promised you~
Mood: happyhappy
07 December 2011 @ 06:08 pm
[Filter: Those in Kasrae and Rayla]


Lady Eve, we've landed. Everybody's okay here, with us. But the city is ...

Dragons, it's a mess here.

They've closed off the walls, and we're lucky enough that we were allowed to land. They're evicting people from their homes left and right if they live anywhere near the walls. People are charging triple for a loaf of bread, a bunch of merchants are making noise about wanting the doors to open ...

I, um, Lady Lara's talked to her father about this and he's said he's doing all he can. Apparently his advisor is helping him keep things under control, which is a good thing, because Dragons, it seems like it's going to go out of control any minute. It's always just a minute away from a riot, and there are .... um, there's corpses. In the streets.

I think we need to try and get Lord Henry out of here.
Mood: distresseddistressed
05 December 2011 @ 06:43 pm
[Filter: Elizabeth]

I can't stay in this house any longer. Every where I look, all I can think about is Destin. Everything reminds me of him. And I just- I need to be somewhere where I can be quiet and alone and not afraid that he'll come walking through the door.

I'm not leaving the city. You were right, I can't risk hurting the baby, it's not their fault their father is ... My father has a place he stays when he has to attend the Council meetings. It's not even close to as big as here but I don't even care about that right now.

You're welcome to come any time.

Please don't tell Destin where I am.
05 December 2011 @ 02:35 am
[Filter: Private]

A letter from the Grand General of the Dentorian armies, requesting his support against the threat in the West.

Well, of course.

I should have -- expected this. Someone is responsible for it, after all. They killed his men in the passes, and were willing to slaughter fellow Koriners to get what they wanted. No matter how much talk there had already been of war, nothing had been decided, and that is not the way to declare it and take the political high road. Even I know that much.

But I can't --

Dragons, I can't.

Even if I had the men to commit to this, I wouldn't even -- I don't know where the hell I'd send them. The Houses want protection against the Dentorians. The Dentorians want assistance routing out the Houses. No matter what I do, here, I --

Well, I don't even know what to do. Not a single clue. And nobody here can agree on that, either. It seems the only stance everyone can nod their heads at is sitting here and doing nothing and tending our own gardens until we see what's going on over there. And as for that No, I can't even

... I liked her. I always liked her. Lady Anemone. Of all the nobles that have been through the Rayla Academy since I've been here, I think I liked her the best of them. She was well spoken and intelligent and I always sort of felt a ... connection to her. Maybe I would have been like that, if not for everything. If not for my life. But her regality, how strong she is, how well she chooses her words and how she actually thinks things through. Maybe that could have been me. Maybe ...

She has enough pain to deal with. I wish ...

Well. Well, there's at least one thing I can do for her. I'll be gentler than some professional missive would.

[Filter: Lady Anemone]

I hope that you're all holding up, over there.
Mood: sadsad
05 December 2011 @ 01:49 am

I keep hearing all sorts of intriguing little things about this party Edalene is throwing tonight for Raezi Saedri~

It's going to be out in the desert, there are going to be pavilions, it's going to have horse races, there's going to be traditional nomadic storytellers and mystics there ... I hope they have fortune tellers and charm-makers! I want to get a good luck charm!

You must be so honoured, Raezi Saedri! This is a big deal! I don't even think Edalene makes this big a fuss about my birthday, and I'm family~! You should say a thanks to your Goddesses!
Mood: excitedexcited
01 December 2011 @ 03:57 am
[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

I really do know.

[Filter: Public, in Atsirian]

Tell me -- does anyone ever swim in this water? We usually don't in Cleraine, but, well, you know, that's our drinking water, and our everything else water. You know how we Atsirians are with our water.

But this water -- the one off the coast, not the one underground -- looks large and expansive and also it's apparently full of salt, which makes it useless for drinking, or any of those other things that we consider so highly in our love of water.

I think it sounds amusing. Who else thinks that it sounds potentially amusing?
Mood: embarrassedretarded
30 November 2011 @ 11:51 pm
[Filter: House Karnach and Gideon, in Atsirian]

Where does she find the nerve.

Fine. If that woman wants to purposely antagonize us, then -- fine. There are consequences to such actions. She will learn a few of them, before this is all settled out.

I swear if that woman ever sits the Council I may go mad.
Mood: angryangry
30 November 2011 @ 11:23 pm
[Filter: Private, in High Dentorian]

I'll want as many as I can possibly gather in attendance. This is not some declaration to be made once in a hall of simpering lords to be passed on to the people by courier. That won't work, here; they'd burn the couriers and riot all the worse for being scolded.

This is something they must hear from me, directly, as many of them as possible, as loudly and forcefully as I can manage. Scold them enough to make them see what reactionary children they are, then follow it with an inspirational message, something to refocus all of their energy. We want them to hate the enemy; I won't discourage that. But it is the enemy beyond the border they must concern themselves with.

The guard is hesitant to halt most of the demonstrations. I'll make sure that is enforced much more strictly, after this. Reinforce the message with physical action, a warning that I intend to be taken very seriously. There will be no more public beatings, humilations, murders, rapes. We are better than our foe. That is the message that must be sent, and which must be believed.

Emeron must be united in that belief and this cause, and working with all efficiency toward furthering the war effort by spring. That is the goal.

When Tarmon returns, this will be my city.
Mood: determineddetermined
01 December 2011 @ 12:09 am
[Filter: Lord Keran]

Do you think the leader of the rebels is up here with the rest of the ones burning villages? I didn't think they would come onto Sarrca lands at all, but ... if they are, maybe the people leading them are here, too. I mean, since they've always been rallying against Sarrca ....
Mood: curiouscurious
01 December 2011 @ 03:07 am
[Filter: Private]

Ugh. This is no use. Every time I try to set him up with a girl in some way, he ruins it. I've found pretty ones, I've found clever ones, and I've found ones that are willing to throw themselves into bed on a moment's notice! I don't know how the hell he's managed to mess it all up! I don't care if you still want me, Tim. I want you to stop trying to fuck me, and start fucking working for me. You even got Clara commenting on you. And that was a long time ago too!

I just about at the end of my rope with you. Ugh, this is so bad. I need you to stop screwing everything up so I can get back to work and not have to do this! You can either be on my side, on my terms, or I'm going to have to find a way to make you less unstable. You're going to make me do things that I really, really, really, really don't want to do! And all because you have a stupid crush on me, and you think you can prove yourself.

I'm not taking you back, and you'd better stop making such a scene about it. I can't afford a scene right now... Ugh.
30 November 2011 @ 10:42 pm
Father Mulcahy~ I really must thank you for the lovely time at the tavern~ I think we absolutely need to arrange an outing like that again, in the near future. You seem so much happier when you let yourself, oh, relax a bit~ ♥

[Filter: Elden]

And it was a rather illuminating experience, surprisingly~ Kelara, was it? I never imagined we'd find so many people willing to talk. And it only took a few free rounds~
Mood: cheerfulcheerful
30 November 2011 @ 10:34 pm
[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

Oh, this is going to be amazing.

I don't think I've ever looked forward to Feldri, before~ Well played, old man. The look on her face alone, hah. I wonder if she'll just wither like the dried up old bat she is, and blow away on the dunes, for us~

Nice thought.

Shouldn't be long, now~
Mood: amusedamused
30 November 2011 @ 10:29 pm
[Filter: Celeste]

Ugh, okay. Well, I can hear them on the other side of that stupid door listening in, and I'm not going to give them the satisfaction.

I don't know why they're doing this, or what they want. What is this about? Everything's fine.
Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
30 November 2011 @ 10:02 pm

I'm calling in a justicar anyway, and there is absolutely nothing anyone can do to stop me! So there! I'm going to! I'm going to see this ended one way or another, no matter how stubborn and silly and ridiculous Rebecca and her entire family insist on being!

And I'm sure every single person here agrees with me, Rebecca, so there!
Mood: infuriatedinfuriated
30 November 2011 @ 09:54 pm
[Filter: Private]

I don't want to play spy for

Ugh, I just

It's not that I don't want to help Kim. I do. I just hate -- lying to people.

Which is completely ridiculous, because my entire life is a lie. Now more than ever! What moral ground do I have to stand on, here.


[Filter: Anton]

I wish you'd stop scratching those. I can tell when you have, you know.
Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
01 December 2011 @ 12:34 am

If I have to look at another piece of paper today, I think I'll scream. Actually, this book is made of lots of pieces of paper. [slight pause] I just screamed. I think the guards are coming now.

I should do that more often.
30 November 2011 @ 09:30 pm

I think I'm ready to move on, now. I haven't found anything new here in a long time, and I'm starting to get restless. It's always strange to walk down a street and realize you recognize most of the people you see. I even know most of their names.

It's definitely time to move on. I was thinking about visiting Tarra, next. It's the only big city I haven't searched, yet. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the libraries there. Or anything about the city at all.
Mood: nervousnervous
30 November 2011 @ 09:16 pm
[Filter: Demi]

Okay look. Leanne's husband is probably going to throw me off his property next time he sees me, so -- so I need to ask a favor.

Could you talk to her? She knows you. I mean, not well, but you at least have an in, and ... please? She doesn't trust Nathan and I, and there just isn't enough time to do this, who knows when that slimebag is going to leave, and drag Kim off with him?
Mood: angryangry
30 November 2011 @ 11:49 pm
[Filter: Keane, Lirit, and Damien]

It won't be long now until we actually reach Varise. We need to finalize a strategy. My thoughts are that the basic seige formation should be effective. Send scouts in to find any weaknesses, while our main troops are used to make sure no one one gets in or out. The only downside is that seiges can take quite a bit of time.
30 November 2011 @ 08:47 pm
A little bit of paranoia is good for you, isn't that true?

The suspicion that you may be, at this very moment, being hunted. Even if it proves untrue, it never hurts to stay in practice. It's been a very long time since I've had cause for concern. I'd forgotten how utterly alive it makes you feel. There's a feral sort of power in knowing that there could be someone after you whose entire existence demands your death. Knowing you'll do anything to turn the tables on them, instead.

Of course, you'll have to be very, very good to get the better of me. If you're out there, I do hope you're ready for a challenge.

It's far too quiet.
30 November 2011 @ 11:21 pm
[Filter: Franelcrew]

Okay, I just got back from taking a look at the next puzzle and it looks like it could actually be fun. It seems to be some sort of big game, with holes and pegs. I'm not exactly sure what you do with them but I'm sure we'll figure that out fast.

Also, I don't think it could be dangerous in any way, unless you stabbed yourself with one of those pegs. So, well, be careful with the pegs. It should still be fun though. I hope.

It would have been more fun with some extra heating though~
01 December 2011 @ 03:18 pm
[Filter: Rayla]

So, the bandits haven't gotten tired of sacking and pillaging villages yet. The attacks are getting further spread from each other. Like they know we don't have enough men to deal with them all. And if I have to keep dividing my men like this, they're right.

Could stamp them out if we concentrated our defence in one area. Could.
Mood: grumpygrumpy
01 December 2011 @ 12:09 am
[Filter: Erin, In Kilian]

I must say, you've put a lot of effort into this. It's hard for to think of another student who has progressed as fast as you've managed to despite a difference in your principle element, and our unique circumstances. Not that I doubted you could do it, I simply didn't think you'd take it in as fast as you have.

Can you still feel the artifact in the distance despite your new training?
30 November 2011 @ 11:00 pm
It is shaping up to be an interesting day. I have just come across a crate full of dried figs. Now, I must admit it is not a favoured or frequent ingredient of mine but it has been sometime since I had a moment to try my hand at something new. Already, I have a number of ideas I would like to try out, as well as an afternoon that can be cleared in order to allow it. If all goes well, I should have some interesting dishes to be tasted this evening.

[Filter: Private]

I think the boys would have liked them.
30 November 2011 @ 07:57 pm

I really must concede that Sir Connor is doing very well in his position. I honesty think that we'd reach a good many more impasses if not for his help in mollifying Caraela Eshene; he always seems to know precisely what to say. It's most impressive. There is something to be said for a sitter who understands the value of listening, improving, refining ...

So many of our meetings before his appointment ended in frustration. That's certainly improved.

Of course, we will be glad for more help all the same, when her Majesty deems a new appointment appropriate. We do what we can, but there are only so many theoretical shelves to set these things upon, hm?
Mood: busybusy
30 November 2011 @ 08:55 pm
[Filter: Elizabeth]



I'm staying at Emery's tonight. I don't know what excuse to come up with to feed to Father because likely Maire's gone to him about all of this by now. Can you -- if she hasn't gone to him, can you please cover for me. I need to try and think of what I'm going to do.

And you can yell at me all you want later, Lizzie, I promise, but please, not now.
Mood: distresseddistressed
30 November 2011 @ 10:49 pm
[Filter: Private]

Happy birthday to me ...

[Filter: Former Mera ... and Verity]

Keir's troops should be well on their way to Sylea now. I tried to talk them out of it again but no one was listening to me. I really hope this doesn't end in a disaster for them but I can't see it ending any other way. Sometimes, when I close my eyes, I

I think it might be time to figure out another place for me to go, if I need to.
30 November 2011 @ 07:47 pm
[Filter: Dentorians]

They tell me that we're very near the pass, now. It's entirely possible that we'll arrive by tomorrow evening, if we can keep this pace -- which I cannot fathom we'll have any issues with. The men all seem as anxious to be there as I am. And I must warn you, though I'm sure you've calculated the numbers beforehand; there are quite a lot of men with us. And women, as well, of course.

I do hope it's warm, there. I've heard tell that it's the last time any of us are likely to be able to feel our feet, you know, once we're beyond the border it's all snow and misery and pining for a fire. I'm beginning to wonder if my boots are adequate to the task before us, sigh.
Mood: cheerfulcheerful
30 November 2011 @ 10:39 pm
Well now, isn't it a lovely day. No? Well, it is for me, at least. Nothing like travelling the open road to bring tranquility to the mind. Granted, the open road is not quite as hospitable as it once was but still, I quite enjoy it.

[Filter: Lady Canti and Lady Francisca]

I am terribly sorry that I was not able to say farewell in person. Things were beginning to get uncomfortable for those of Korin birth. Still, I am very ashamed to have been forced to flee, after all the hospitality your family bestowed upon me.


[Filter: Private]

Yeah. I think they'll buy that.

If the Dragons love me at all, they have to.
30 November 2011 @ 11:35 pm

Ooh! Raezi Saedri!

Hee! I heard someone say that it was your birthday very, very soon! Is that true? Ooh, I bet that it is! When is it! I want to know!
Mood: chipperchipper
30 November 2011 @ 11:34 pm
[Filter: Franelcrew]

Somehow I thought these would be easier when we first encountered them, but they proved to be more than a match for us. The joke is on them however. We've solved the last one, finally. At least I believe we have. The doors to the next one are open.

I'm ready for a drink.
Mood: relievedrelieved
30 November 2011 @ 07:30 pm
[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

Whatever so what. Fuck you, Reeve, sorry your favorite agent is a horrible bitch with a life mission of making life difficult for my entire fucking family, fuck you. What were you expecting??

Right you just expect everyone to deal with your shit because you're you and you were so surprised when Edalene finally had enough! And I don't think you realize just how angry this entire stupid shitfest makes me, either, you actually literally don't. Wow.

Whatever who cares.

And fuck you Arthur I fucked her first.

[Filter: House Karnach, in Atsirian]

Have I mentioned how much I wish Felizia didn't have a journal? I open it and there she is, why the hell does everyone like her so much? For fuck's sake! Bad enough I have to listen to all the gloating and preening and her stupid sycophants in person all the damn time, why couldn't she have just stayed the hell off here. Completely unfair.
Mood: bitchybitchy
30 November 2011 @ 09:28 pm
I have spent all day thinking up all of the wonderful drinks that I should make Lydia try, and organizing them by when the most appropriate time to try them would be, as well as which ones still taste good if you drink them together. It has been a terribly grueling task, but I think I am finally finished. It is a rather long list, but I do believe we have plenty of time to get through it. I hope you're ready to start trying even more great tasty drinks, Lydia!
Mood: busybusy
30 November 2011 @ 06:53 pm
[Filter: Private]

Ah ... Dragons ... that could have been so dangerous for her ... I'm so glad that it wasn't serious. She was just a bit spooked, so ah ... we've avoided anything horrible. Ah ... I couldn't even imagine what I would have done if she had gotten seriously injured. She ah ... it's such a good thing that's she's such a calm animal. To think, just like that ... right in front of me. It all happened so fast. It barely took a bit of wandering on her end.

If Lila hadn't come to help as fast as she did, I don't even know if I would have been able to calm her down so well ... ah, it really doesn't take very long for something to go wrong ...
Mood: relievedrelieved
30 November 2011 @ 06:34 pm
[Filter: Private, in Kilian]

Mm ... it's been a while since I've written like this, hasn't it? I ah ... I'm always so distracted with one thing or another that I forget to write or ... well, to even open this book in days. When I'm not taking lessons from Sir Dougal, I'm catching up on household chores, and even when there is nothing left for me to do she ... she always manages to find something for me to do ...

Though, really ... I am thankful for my tutor ... if it weren't for him I don't know how I would manage to practice as I do. Mm ... and even stepmother seems pleasant towards him. She ah ... she's actually tolerable when he comes around.

I do wish that father would come home more often, though ... it seems as if he's been more and more scarce as time goes on. I suppose his research is important, and it seemed as if he had made a breakthrough, the last time I spoke with him ... but even still ....
Mood: discontentdiscontent
30 November 2011 @ 08:26 pm
[Filter: Sir Elden]

I do believe you had mentioned a private matter you wished to discuss the other day. If you are still interested, I have time today, or even tomorrow if that works better for you? I would hate for you to think that I have been blowing you off since our little tavern outting.
Mood: curiouscurious
30 November 2011 @ 08:17 pm
I hate to be the one that's gotta ask, but anyone know how long til we get to our next stop? What I wouldn't give for a nice bath and a cold drink. This warm water we got's better on my throat than nothing, but something cold would be so much better. And a good night's sleep. Dragons, what I wouldn't give for a good night's sleep. The one good thing about being laid up for so long was that I had the best bed I've ever slept in. I miss that bed.
Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
30 November 2011 @ 09:12 pm
[Filter: Queen Edalene, in Atsirian]

Hello, Your Majesty. I was hoping you might have time to discuss my sister. I am afraid that I cannot help but notice that she does not seem to be pulling her weight on the Council, which of course reflects quite badly on my family and Taleth. I wondered if you might have any suggestions about how I might be able to improve the situation.

[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

After all, it is your-
30 November 2011 @ 10:07 pm
[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

I have half a mind to convert just because he had the audacity to tell me I couldn't.

[Filter: Public, in Atsirian]

Well, I really did have fun last night. Thank you so much for the invitation, Raezi. A quiet little affair, for the most part, but a pleasant one. It was nice attending something a little more pulled back in tone, after some of the more spectacular events of late.

I feel I really should return the favour, though you and I are getting into a bit of a habit of that. I have a set of tickets to a concerto at Raishene Hall this Saturday night -- the owner is a business associate of mine, and I've been supplying her sopranos with their stage jewels for years. I think I have an extra one I can afford to just give away out of fondness.

I don't suppose you'd been interested in attending?

Ah, and of course, my appreciation for the event goes out to everyone who was involved. And, for that matter, everyone who attended. After all, a party is defined by its attendants in many ways, isn't it?
Mood: cheerfulcheerful
30 November 2011 @ 09:02 pm
[Fiter: Destin]

[writing is uneven, written from a shaking pen]

Don't you dare try coming back here tonight! I never want to see you ever again! You are- you just- You make me sick!

Tomorrow I'm going home and Violet's coming with me. Don't expect us to ever come back.

[writing is still uneven and now smeared as well]

[Filter: Elizabeth]

Oh Dragons, I [long pause] I was right. I was so right and it was terrible.
30 November 2011 @ 08:42 pm
[Filter: Private]

November 30th


So much to write about but nothing to say. What more is there? The world seems to be coming to an end for everyone. I don't understand it but neither does anyone else.

Perhaps this is the only way to become equals.
01 December 2011 @ 12:37 pm
[Filter: Derek]

Ah, darling, I think you are truly not far behind us now. One of our guards has sighted another carriage north of us, carrying House Allba's standard. The children are so excited. We will slow our pace and be waiting for you.
30 November 2011 @ 05:34 pm
[Filter: Private]


Still the same.

[Filter: Public]

This country never does change, does it? Guess I haven't been around the entire country, just yet, so we'll see. I guess it's not such a bad thing, sometimes.
Mood: blahblah
01 December 2011 @ 12:13 pm
It's been quiet at the Scales. It sounds boring, but it's actually been kind of nice. There's less sailors around trying to touch me too. It's too bad it can't be like this all the time, or the boss'll think of letting one of us go. And I still need this job, even if I hate it.
Mood: anxiousanxious
30 November 2011 @ 06:02 pm
Well, Rebecca, I'm not quite sure this is what you meant to accomplish, but nobody at court has been able to stop talking about the show you and Autumn put on.

You will be coming back to court, soon, won't you? I know you were very angry last night and you might have said a few things you didn't mean, and we'd all certainly miss you if you held to that. It's just not the same without you here! I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks so.

In any case, if you got a little carried away in the heat of the moment and didn't think about what you were saying, I'm sure we'd all understand.
Mood: quixoticamazed.