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08 February 2011 @ 04:17 pm
[Filter: Oscar, in Kilian]

I know I haven't been gone very long yet, but just the same I thought I'd let you know I'm well, and that I hope the same is true for you and the rest of the family.
Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
08 February 2011 @ 07:00 pm
I'm sure everyone will be happy to know that our poor consumers have caught on to Tallys's awful potion trick, and our business has been slower than it's been in months as a consequence.

It's awfully difficult to make a living when your primary source of income is herbalism, and your customers can't trust what you're putting in the bag. Who would have imagined.

Luckily, I have a plan to save the shop, and it involves coloring roses. Isn't she lucky to have me?
Mood: amusedbemused
08 February 2011 @ 07:09 pm
[Filter: Private]

How's it almost Rose Day already? Last year was the best Rose Day I ever had and I could barely walk. It ain't too much to ask to get a chance at that again is it? And Mark ain't just going to disappear on me neither.

I gotta get this over with.

[Filter: Mark]

Hey. You were writin something before... all that happened. You wanted to talk?
Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
08 February 2011 @ 08:35 pm

You need to stop working and come out of your workshop cuz you're working too much and it's your birthday and you shouldn't even work on your birthday cuz it's your birthday and working on your birthday isn't any fun!!!!
Mood: bouncybouncy
08 February 2011 @ 08:59 pm
[Filter: Private]

Might as well let Mom know what's going on, and the gang back home. Sure, they won't be able to write back, but it's better than waiting till we get to Eina. Who knows how long that'll take us.

Anne and Kate are sure gonna let me have it, heh. Those two always tried to play the big sisters, even though I'm a few years ahead of 'em! Jason thought the whole bandit deal sounded like a great adventure, but even a guy as carefree as him won't think this is exciting!

Yeah. I'll have to start on that letter tonight.
Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
08 February 2011 @ 09:27 pm
[Filter: Private]

Oh, my!

What a completely and utterly bizarre situation!

I never actually thought Amelie might be right. I thought, surely she was exaggerating, or misinterpreting! Or -- surely something, anything other than what she assumed! But, diary, I'm telling you, truly from the bottom of my heart -- it seems to be true! This Sir Jason, he actually does seem to ... well, fancy me! He actually blushed a bit, when Amelie left us there together. He blushed! Amie is the one that's always flustering boys that way, never me, and I didn't even have to do anything at all. I just stood there like a silly idiot and asked him how his evening had been, and that was all it took. Just the sound of my voice!

And the conversation wasn't awful or awkward at all, after the first little bit. He was actually quite charming, I'll admit. He's new to court, you know, and some of the things he says are a bit strange, and he doesn't have very many connections or friends at all, but all of that will surely improve with time. He spoke a bit of his family, and he asked after William, I suppose Amelie must have told him, and really, I just can't find a single thing to complain about. Isn't that odd? I thought for certain this would all be an utter disaster and over with within a day or two, and I'd have sworn Amelie to never speak of it again, and that would be that.

But now, I think he may just ... well, Rose Day is coming up, quite soon, and it would be nearly unthinkable for him to do nothing, after all that, and oh, goodness, what a situation!

I should make him a basket ... I really should. It would be awful of me not to, if he truly is interested, and can you imagine? If he gave me a rose in front of the entire court and I had nothing to reciprocate with at all? After everyone saw us talking and dancing, together?

But if I do, and someone hears of it, and mentions it in public, and Jack catches wind of it, and -- !

Ooh, I'm just not sure what to do!!
Mood: surprisedsurprised
08 February 2011 @ 09:47 pm
[Filter: Aes, in Atsirian]

I'm ... actually rather nervous, for the holiday. Expectations are so high ... haha, it's strange. I've never truly participated, my entire life, not seriously, and now all of a sudden the entire country is waiting with bated breath to see what grand thing I manage for the Queen.

Mother is taking care of most of it, of course, but ... still.

Ah, but that isn't to say I'm not looking forward to it. I hope you don't mind my rambling at you, this way. You're just the only one I can think of to talk to about these things, and ... haha.

I don't suppose you have any grand plans for Rose Day, Aes?
Mood: nervousnervous
Maire of Lysel
08 February 2011 @ 10:07 pm
[Filter: Destin]

I have great news!

I talked to your father today and he's agreed to give you every second Monday night off from work. I know it's not as much as I would have liked but at least it's something. It will be nice to be together, just the three of us. Violet and I both miss you so much.

[Filter: Lizzie]

I managed to convince your father to give Destin more time off, just so you know.

Are you feeling any better?
Caitlin of Bresa
08 February 2011 @ 10:14 pm
[Filter: Peter]

Love, have you had a chance to make arrangements for that girl and her family? Debby has been behaving better since that terrible ordeal, however ... I am still concerned, so long as that influence is out there, lying in wait. It may seem foolish to worry so, but ...
Father Forbes of Megam
08 February 2011 @ 10:20 pm
[Filter: Private]

Everything is perfect! Maybe Destin's suggestion really was for the best. I wouldn't have been able to get musicians before. Maybe it has all worked out for the best then? It's still not a complex proposal, but it's... me. I'll be there in person this time too, which should drastically improve my chances.

This is my second proposal. This time, I think I've done everything right, not simply for the day of it. Elizabeth is the only woman who has never broken my heart. Almost two whole years of nothing but good times. I don't think I am making any sort of mistake here at all. We're so good together, how can she even...

No! I'm not going to jinx it. Dragons, Forbes, you should learn from your mistakes.

Now for the perfect invitation.

[Filter: Elizabeth]

I've heard through the grapevine that you're free tomorrow night. I was hoping we might get one last date in before we enter our third year?
08 February 2011 @ 10:27 pm
[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

None of this with mother makes any sense at all. She's always been so strong. What could be happening? I don't have any answers, and the people will demand them, soon enough. But I can't disappoint her, either, out of the question. If it cannot be her, then it must be me, and I must be every bit as strong as she isn't, right now. The people's faith is shaken. They are whispering and wondering what has happened to the Chosen Prophet, why she cannot address them herself, if the stories are all true and she is what she says. And there is nothing I can say to that, nothing, because they are right.

It just doesn't make sense, and I feel like a fool, pretending otherwise.

And on top of it all, I cannot stop myself from thinking of all of that, with Dairanne. She writes me, asking for advice! On courting James, of all things. The very thing I have wondered about and dreaded hearing of, and she comes to me. And --

... And it's these situations, what I am doing here, that help me to realize what a child I've been. I'm glad to answer her truthfully. What time do I have to waste on boys, when I have the faith of an entire city resting on my shoulders? None. Rose Day and wistful thoughts and -- charmers like Joseph and projects like James, I haven't any time for it at all. Mother dallies with Adrian, but -- that's all it is. A dallyance, and more for show than anything else. I saw this coming ages ago, didn't I? When he first began writing about Dairanne, I saw it coming.

So let them play their games with dinner and roses. I have sermons to write, reassurances to give, a congregation of thousands with fears that only I can assuage, right now.

Holy Three, please let this thing pass. Whatever has mother so unlike herself. Please.
Mood: stressedstressed
Damien of Noye
08 February 2011 @ 11:08 pm
In the dead of last night I took my remaining me, and we boarded the Ice Dragon. I was expecting to meet resistance, and not outright surrender. They had less supplies than I thought. They were finished with the rats, and were almost farther than shoe leather. The only thing they do have a lot of is fresh water. Regardless, the ship is mine.

We're fashioning a new mast on the shore, and we kept the sails from the other ship. I've condemned the remaining crew to indentured service until we reach a port. Just enough food to survive, not enough to get enough strength back to plan to take back their ship. We should be able to handle them until I can get a real crew. Islands that are actually protected under the Megami flag are not much farther south.

I found invasion plans in the hold. Not simply ones for Noye, either. Long term plans, things that wouldn't be fulfilled within his lifetime. Korin was the first part of his plan to gain some kind of army. From these maps, I'm somewhat certain Megam was his actual goal. Though, I find it more likely that if he'd tried it, he wouldn't have gotten past Megam's navy.

Maybe with all of this out of the way, I will actually be able to get to why I am out here in the first place.

[Filter: Private]

I should burn these plans. Dragons, I should have burned them already. These are the weak points of every coastal city in all of Megam. How did he even think he would do it? There's not enough men in all of western Korin to do what he wanted to do. One city, perhaps two, but they would be taken back nearly as fast as they were taken. Korin armor is not suited to jungle climates, it keeps heat in. He couldn't seriously outfit the numbers he wanted in the armor he needed.

There are good reasons other than not wanting that territory that Korin hasn't ever attacked Megam seriously. The man was insane. By proxy, if anyone else ever saw me with these plans, they would think I was equally insane. I'm already going to be touring the seas in a former pirating vessel. There's no need for me to look the part.
08 February 2011 @ 11:39 pm
[Filter: Private]

Ugh, they don't even realize they did anything wrong.

Of course they don't. That's just my parents! How could anything their pampered, clueless, rich behinds ever say offend a city girl? She's lucky they're even talking to her. And allowing this little ridiculous crush of Halster's to get this far. She practically doesn't count as a human being! She sells produce!

Dragons, I'm going to need to deal with this. Somehow. Because ...


[Filter: Mianne]

Well, hello, there, my beautiful bride-to-be! And how are you on the crisp, cool, and blustery winter evening?
Mood: frustratedfrustrated