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13 February 2011 @ 11:11 am
I gotta hand it to you Amalea. Those roses are flying off the shelves. One customer went and bought a dozen of them at once. I think we're going to have to get another few dozen before we open up shop today to keep up with demand.

Didn't think they'd be this big of a deal. They're just roses.
Mood: impressedimpressed
Leisa of Rhia
13 February 2011 @ 01:56 pm
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Well~ It looks like I'll be back to my old tradition this Rose Day. Now to decide which lucky man will get a free meal tomorrow...I must admit, I have missed this. There's not nearly as much pressure as preparing a meal for a significant other!

[Filter: Private]

...I liked that pressure, though. Knowing that that the meal I made for him was special, that he was special. I wonder if I'll ever have that again...
Mood: trying to be excited
13 February 2011 @ 02:23 pm
[Filter: Private]

Well, it makes sense that she'd pick two days before Rose Day to finally come clean. I just knew that Kevin kid was bad news, I knew it all along! Using my sister to make some other girl jealous, that's one of the dumbest tricks in the book-no, the dumbest! Ugh, I can't believe someone as sweet as Tina could've fancied herself in love with such an idiot.

No wonder she was so eager to come out here, to get away from the memories of love gone wrong. Guess it runs in the family!
Mood: RAGE
Caroline of Nallen
13 February 2011 @ 04:42 pm
[Filter: Thomas]

Thomas, I


Dragons, I ...

I'm sorry for how difficult things have been lately, for everyone.
Lian of Veirnan
13 February 2011 @ 04:59 pm
[Filter: Lissandra, and Linnell]

We should have talked about this earlier, but ... what are we going to make for Father for Rose Day this year?
13 February 2011 @ 05:05 pm
[Filter: Private]

I suppose I should do something for Lord Grigory...just to thank him for his hospitality to Edeyn and I. I don't expect anything in return, of course, but it's okay. I'd prefer that to getting a rose from

[Filter: Those back at House Veirnan]

I just thought I'd write to wish you a happy Rose Day in advance...just in case I forget to write tomorrow.
Mood: eh
13 February 2011 @ 06:11 pm
[Filter: Private]

I've thought about and thought about it, diary, and I just don't have a choice! I will make him a basket. Nothing very fancy, just enough to be polite, just in case he does have a rose, for me ...

It's much better to be safe than sorry. People are much more likely to discuss an unrequited gift than a normal exchange, after all. This is really the best thing I can do to keep gossip to an absolute minimum ...!!

[Filter: Public]

I just heard one of the troupes of musicians that will be playing a court tomorrow rehearsing, and they are just lovely! They're not from around here, I think, but I couldn't place their accents at all. They must do quite a bit of traveling. It's no wonder they're so very well rehearsed with all manner of love songs, when they live such a terribly romantic lifestyle ... there were a few songs I didn't even recognize! I wanted to ask if they'd composed those songs, themselves, but I think they were terribly embarrassed to be overheard at all. I'm so looking forward to hearing them play, tomorrow!
Mood: nervousnervous
Ethne of House Karnach
13 February 2011 @ 06:25 pm
[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

Gideon has been rather quiet about his plans for tomorrow, hasn't he? This may be the first year the two of us haven't been embroiled in some all consuming project, so perhaps it's no surprise.

... I really shouldn't be so nervous, thinking of it that way.

Scallops, wild mushrooms, and pepper cream sauce, I think, and a bottle of that western wine he likes so much. Simple and elegant, the way it should be. I'm sure whatever he has in mind will be similar in scope.
Mood: nervousnervous
13 February 2011 @ 07:06 pm
[Filter: Elden]

Now, is it just me, or are certain members of our little troupe heading straight for a heartbreaking disaster, tomorrow~?

I would warn them, but, hm, I doubt they'd believe me~

What a shame~
Mood: amusedamused
13 February 2011 @ 07:09 pm
[Filter: Private]

The guards change at midnight.

That's the key. It must be the key. That's when I could get in. It wouldn't take long to free him. I'm sure it wouldn't. Keran knows his people are all loyal to him. They're too scared not to be. He would only have guarded the Crow against himself. Not against someone coming to him.

That's when to do it. Midnight. They guards leaving would be too tired to wait for their replacements. The ones coming on could be distracted. Just for a few minutes. That's all it would take. Just a few minutes. I could do it. I could.

I ...

... I don't know if I can.

I'm so ... scared.

Maybe it would be better to just ... wait. Maybe Keran won't break the Crow. Maybe he'll just ... just kill him. Maybe he'll never find out. Maybe ...

Maybe ...

I'm so scared.

[Filter: Lysander]

I ...

I miss you, Lysander. I miss the life we had. I miss Mera. I miss it all so much. This is all too hard.
Mood: scaredscared
Elliot (Adrian)
13 February 2011 @ 07:23 pm
[Filter: Private, in Old High Megami]

Ahaha ~ lovely.

I have no idea what's expected of me. None. A rose, undoubtedly, and ... more, perhaps, but -- her mood, of late, and she's just been so unpredictable, with -- and none of us even has any idea what the nature of her affliction is, after all of this time. I can't determine if she is sparing us some awful news, or simply too embarrassed to speak frankly to us, those she is supposed to trust most.

I'll just -- some simple gesture, yes, and let her decide where ... where that all goes. Women here expect that, no~? Appreciate it, even.

We'll have to be seen in public to avoid a whole new wave of unpleasant talk. Surely she realizes that~

Dragons, what a mess.

This was all so much easier as a wandering charmer ... Dragons, it feels like another life ...~
Mood: worriedworried
13 February 2011 @ 07:31 pm
[Filter: Private]

Ugh, I hate Rose Day, now.

I mean, I always hated Rose Day! But now ... I don't know. Neither of us are saying it, but Eri and I are both thinking about Reiz, and it's this big stupid gulf between us that nobody wants to acknowledge but either of us can ignore! It's impossible to ignore, I mean ... yeah.


It's so stupid, Mark has somebody. Mark! Mark, who never leaves his room! How can Mark get somebody, even if it's just somebody messing with him, before me? Ugh.

Is it so ... crazy, that I'm just lonely? I get the feeling, sometimes, like I shouldn't be. Like, I'm way too cool and smooth and awesome to be something like lonely, right? I don't get lonely, I get awesome!

I am lonely.

I really, I don't know. I really want somebody. I really wanted Reiz, but, yeah, that ship has more than sailed. But I just want somebody.

Never had a real boyfriend in my life. What the hell is that?


Stupid Rose Day.

And I really, really miss home. And I really, really don't want to go home. Whatever.
Mood: blahblah
13 February 2011 @ 07:36 pm
[Filter: Demi]

It's embarrassing for me that I don't know this, for some reason. It feels like I'm admitting something unfortunate to ask, but ...

The Houses of Healing where you've been working ... are they near the area of town where Daisy's florist friends live? Or at least, near enough that they're not a long ways out of your way?
Mood: curiouscurious
13 February 2011 @ 07:44 pm
[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

I really, really need to just not think about tomorrow, for a bit ...

I'm so nervous. I wish I could just not do it, but I can't just not do it, not now. Lady Mother knows what I'm doing, I'm sure of it, and she wouldn't be happy at all if I backed down. She would say it's weak. She's think badly of me, and I don't want her to have any reason to do that, not ever.

I need to get it out of my head!

[Filter: Public, in Atsirian]

[there are many stylized sketches here of faces here. all are making varied, and exaggerated expressions]

Does anyone recognize the faces ...? Some of you should, I think. In fact, I think some of them are some of you. You see, they're the members of the Jewel's Council!

Actually, I've been drawing them all a lot, lately. I've found that I can exaggerate features a little bit, and it makes the faces more interesting and the expressions more ... hm, I don't know exactly how to say it, but it makes the expression look more ... defined? I've been working on this technique a lot over the last year. And they -- well, you, I suppose ... you have such interesting faces, and all manage to look so different when all beside each other. It's perfect for this sort of practice ...

I hope no one takes offense, at least. I'll stop, if anyone does ... but Mother likes seeing these drawings. She says that she likes seeing how I can make someone's thoughts obvious by drawing them on their faces ...!
Mood: nervousnervous
13 February 2011 @ 07:45 pm
Oh wow, Rose Day is REALLY soon! Is everyone ready?? I bet we're gonna sell a lot of jewellery and fancy stuff tomorrow! And I've got to go buy some flour and eggs and butter for Daren! A butter cake, like how Miss Kessla taught me! Maybe I'll give some to you too, boss, since missus boss isn't here, and Miss Casey's probably doing something with Miss Karia! You LIKE cake, don't you??
Mood: bouncybouncy
Messenger of LOVE
13 February 2011 @ 07:48 pm

13 February 2011 @ 07:58 pm
[Filter: Fartgus]

You should just tell me what to cook for you so I don't cock it up. Let's not pretend that there's anything especially grand and special about me having to puzzle out the best selection of food, all by myself. I just want to get to work as soon as possible, tomorrow.

Unless you want to be surprised~ In which cause I'll just bloody well make fun of you.
Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Rhoswen of House Karnach
13 February 2011 @ 08:08 pm

Little brother, I hope that you're almost finished that stack of papers I gave you! It's been going on five days, now, and I need them done by the next Council meeting~ Have you been focusing?

I'm busy with my husband tomorrow, I don't want to be chasing you around all day!

[Filter: Ethne, in Atsirian]

I think it's going spectacularly!
Mood: chipperchipper
13 February 2011 @ 08:10 pm
[Filter: Men in Franelcrew]

In my years I've managed to pick up a number of skills quickly enough. Unfortunately, this cloth rose business is not one of them. I think I have only managed to mangle whatever strip of cloth I've been working with in the attempts.

I may need to be shown how to do it again, I think.
Eriena//Brendan of Keirnan
13 February 2011 @ 08:28 pm
[Filter: Lorcan]

I thought you might be interested to know, cousin, since I have previously expressed my ... concerns to you. I have decided to give Glenn the benefit of the doubt in his actions on the New Year. I may have been ... quick in my assumptions, and he eventually did express contrition for it, and so I have decided to move on and forget that it ever happened. Or at least try my very best.

... I am sorry, also, that you cannot be with your wife tomorrow. Grandfather was never the most ... sensitive to this sort of thing, was he? That is very unfair to you ...
Mood: optimisticforced optimism
Lissandra of Veirnan
13 February 2011 @ 08:41 pm
[Filter: Private]

Sometimes, I admit, I wonder how it would feel to receive a rose for Rose Day. A symbol of acknowledgement from a man who finds me attractive. I would be pleased, of course, and happy. But I know it will be some time before I receive my first rose. I am only sixteen, after all, and it is unlikely Father has even thought of a suitor for me. Still, I think it will be good for my ... diplomatic development if I had some contact with my male peers.
Mood: indescribableindescribable
13 February 2011 @ 08:45 pm
[Filter: Private]


Can't I just sleep through all of Rose Day? Would it really be so difficult? I just ... don't know how I'm going to stand it! I should just stay inside, so I can keep away from couples looking like they're having the time of their lives ... Seeing them is just going to make me feel awful.

At least it's just a day. A day, and then it'll be over, and I won't have to think about it again until net year.
13 February 2011 @ 08:51 pm
So, anyone out there doing nothing for Rose Day? Can't be the only one. So I don't have any family, or anyone I could be bothered cooking for. Doesn't make me some kind of freak. probably says more about you, if you think I am.
Mood: apatheticapathetic
13 February 2011 @ 08:53 pm
[Filter: Ree]

Imagine it wasn't much of a birthday to remember for you, this year. Probably isn't going to be much of a Rose Day either.

And everything's fine, in case you're wondering.
Mood: grumpygrumpy
13 February 2011 @ 09:13 pm
[Filter: Private]

Well, I certainly am getting along in the years, aren't I? Mm.

You were the younger than I am now, when you sent those men to me with Aine, weren't you, Mother? Just a little girl, I was, in so very many ways. Was it easy for you to turn her away? To give her to your sixteen year old daughter, instead? I will never, ever regret how it turned out, for you would never have been willing to let her go, but still, I do wonder at how long you thought about it before making your choice.

I'm always forced to conclude that it mustn't have been for very long.

Mm, silly little thoughts, these~ And they do always lead to the headaches, don't they? I should just avoid them altogether, but I'm certainly not clever enough for that, yet, haa~

[Filter: Franelcrew]

Haa, well, girls, I think I'm done setting up our little kitchen for tomorrow morning! Now, just so you know, I'll be in there for most of the day supervising, and you're free to come in whenever you like to get whatever you have to get done~ Hopefully the fires all going will keep the temperature high enough that I won't freeze myself to death, haha~

I'd hope that everyone is willing to spread yourselves out over the day, now. I'm not sure exactly how many of you there'll be, but it's going to get very, very cramped if everyone comes at once!
Mood: pensivepensive
13 February 2011 @ 10:30 pm
[Filter: Druce]

I'm really not ... sure what to be doing about tomorrow, Druce. Everyone will see me if I go into the kitchen, and I don't think I could make anything on my own. Especially not when so few supplies, here. If I do go in, there'll be questions, especially from Nessa, and everyone will assume the truth if they know it's you I'm cooking for ...

... but I want to do something. I should, shouldn't I?

I don't know. How important is this, really? Would you be disappointed if I couldn't? Oh, I've never had to worry about it, before ...
Mood: embarrassedshy
13 February 2011 @ 10:54 pm
Woo, I'm exhausted! I'm trying to get all of my work done today, so I can close up tomorrow without any guilt, but it's taking a lot longer than I thought it would! My eyes are starting to get dry, and my fingers ache from holding the needle all day! I have little grooves in my thumb!

Still, I really want to try my best ... Brian's been so out of sorts for so long, and I really think that making a big deal over him for Rose Day could help put a great big smile on his face ♥! I'm going to get up really early tomorrow, no matter what time I go to bed at, and spend all morning cooking! I really want this to be special ...

But I need to make sure to finish all my work, so I guess I really shouldn't be writing when I still have two dresses left to finish, and it's already getting late ...

Heehee, I'm probably going to lose all the money I save by working late just by spending it on lamp oil ♥
Mood: optimisticoptimistic
13 February 2011 @ 11:02 pm
[Filter: Private]


How did I end up on speaking terms with Davan, again?

... he's just an informant, isn't he? He's in a position to find out information about the other side of the war, and it's worth getting him to tell me whatever he can find out. It'll be easier for Ree if she only needs to look into one side of things. A good leader finds resources wherever she can. He's convenient, right now.

Heh. Yeah.

Except none of that is it.

... I need to watch it, there. He's proven time and again just what he is, and I might start thinking that I've moved on and put it behind me, just because I turned him away when he showed up crying and wasted, but ...

It's as easy to talk to him as it ever was. And ... I have to start worrying about myself, when I find I'm checking my journal to see if he's written to me, yet. And not for the information.

[Filter: Public]

Those magic rose wagons never stop amazing me. How do they get here, even when there are little wars breaking out across the country, again? They must be dedicated.

Or maybe it's just how much we're willing to pay for the damn things, up here. Heh, something tells me that's a little closer to the truth of it.
Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable