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22 April 2011 @ 12:48 am
[Filter: Private]

The girl does seem to adore him, but it doesn't make it any less uncomfortable to watch them together. Twenty years old she may be, but she never looks a day older than thirteen. Some day soon, he's going to get tired of playing devoted husband, and go back to his bitter, whoring old self, and then that poor thing ...

Well, there's nothing I can do about that.

At least she's done wonders for Hilary. She's still ... there's a long way to go there, I think, but I don't feel quite like she needs my constant supervision, anymore. I was actually glad to see her go out with Eudora, this morning. They get on well.

Hm. Actually, with Hilary out ...

[Filter: Leana]

Sister, I have a moment now. I trust you still want to talk about this matter you've been trying to get my attention on for weeks, now?
Mood: okayokay
22 April 2011 @ 01:10 am
[Filter: Benedette]

Oh, Dette ...
Mood: distresseddistressed
Helene of Karnach
22 April 2011 @ 03:37 pm
[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

Ohhh, should we even be here right now? We couldn't have known in advance that Edalene would be preparing to get married, but she did warn us not to leave so quickly. I wonder, if we left now could we make it back to Razen in time for the wedding...? Oh, but after all the time we spent traveling just to get here that would be silly.

I suppose if I were truly miserable we'd have an excuse to leave, but the culture difference is simply strange rather than unbearable, so far...
22 April 2011 @ 05:57 pm
[Filter: House Veirnan]

I just thought I'd tell you that Edeyn and I are almost home...we should be there by Monday afternoon, at the earliest. I truly look forward to seeing everyone again!

[Filter: Private]

What will he say? Should I tell him what Lian said...? I still can't believe he would say that, but I suppose it will all depend on his reaction when he sees me again...if he's happy to see me, Lian must have misunderstood him somehow.
Mood: anxiousanxious
22 April 2011 @ 06:09 pm

Ahah, I must say, I feel almost sorry for everyone not in Razen right now. At first, it was just an aura of excitement, but now, well ... it seems the entire city has transformed itself for Her Majesty's wedding.

It's an exciting time, to be sure. Most Jewels are already wed when they're crowned. Actually seeing a Queen share water with her consort, well, that's a once in a lifetime experience. I don't blame anyone for their excitement. I find myself quite easily caught up in it, myself.

Razen is going to actually seem dull when this all passes, I think.

[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

The conspiracy will need to be real. That's the most important and the most difficult part of this.

The Prince won't be fooled by a fake plot. He's far too thorough to miss any details, and far too clever to be taken in by a sham, even a good one. There will need to be actual contracted assassins, and they need to actually think that Lord Matthew was their employer.

That's the first hurdle.

I could ask Westa. She must have her dirty contacts in the city. I know my sister, and she wouldn't have scrupled at such things, not like Mother would have. But ...

For now, let's see how far I can get on my own.
Mood: workingworking
22 April 2011 @ 06:15 pm
I keep hearing people say "oh, you keep expecting to feel different after you're married, and then you're shocked to realized you feel exactly the same."

Well, they're all crazy!

How can anyone possibly feel the same? The world is bright, wonderful, and perfect! You're married to the most wonderful women in the world! You're her husband! You're going to be beside her for the rest of your life! You're going to eat meals together, share a bed together, have beautiful children together, grow old together!

I don't just feel different, everything feels different. I swear to the Dragons, colours are even brighter.

Maybe those people just don't have wives as perfect as mine. That'll be my working theory.
Mood: bouncybouncy
22 April 2011 @ 06:28 pm
[Filter: Private]

And she doesn't want to leave.

... I understand her. After all, isn't that why I keep buying out other girls, instead of myself? The world is terrifying, and Best Dress is the only home we know. I'm the same as her, really. I do understand.

But ...

But it's different for Camilla, now. She's reached the end of her tether, and it's only a matter of time before she snaps. I see the way her hands shake when she lays out her tea. She stumbles over her words with clients. And there have been complaints that her service hasn't been wholehearted. When men pay to be made happy -- they want to be made happy.

Loren will find some use for her. He'll put her down on the first floor with the hearth whores, lower her rates. Or just sell her bond off to a more conventional whorehouse, if she's had enough.

For some of us, for me, Best Dress is better than the alternatives, but for Camilla ...

She needs to accept my help, if she can't pull herself back together -- and I sincerely think that she can't, not now. She might find only another hell, taking her chances out there, but at least she'd have a chance ...
Mood: blahblah
Seraphine (Elina)
22 April 2011 @ 07:09 pm
[Filter: Private]

Go away.

I am not who you keep saying I am. I do not work for you, or anyone with you. I just -- just leave me alone.

Please just leave me alone ...


[Filter: Sir Philip]

Ah, good sir~~ I have a question for you~
Mood: crappycrappy
Lady Cerise of House Allba
22 April 2011 @ 07:26 pm
It has been nice, just laying around and being pregnant! I was feeling so tired before I decided to let the stewards pick up on my duties, but once I did ... it's been so much better!!

But I still feel bad about it. It's supposed to be my job, taking care of all of those things. I keep telling myself -- it's just like Lady Cylina said!! Other people can do that work, but only I can take care of my little baby and be sure that nothing goes wrong! No one can help me with that, and Rylan's heir is so much more important than anything else ...

I can't help feeling like I should be able to do both.

But ... it really has been nice.
Mood: worriedworried
22 April 2011 @ 11:22 pm
[Filter: Private ; Atsirian]

And here we are. Without incident. I suppose I should be surpised. Perhaps I will be, after some rest.

The Moon Festival is in days. I wonder if we will even make an attempt to celebrate.

[Filter: Franelcrew ; Trade]

It seems we are being thought of as a particularly large mercenary group. I suppose there is little else we are likely to be, to outsiders. At least news of what happened in Aelvir has indeed not spread this far.
Mood: tiredtired
22 April 2011 @ 11:33 pm
[Filter: Private]

Hn, she does seem quite saddened by the loss. It is still far beyond my understanding. She couldn't have possibly have thought of keeping the thing. Oh, the scandal that would cause.

I wonder what Father would have thought~ Oh, he would be horrified that something so terrible had happened to his precious Hilary. He would have done anything to make it go away. Such a pity he will never understand what has happened to her, or even sympathize with what she has endured. Perhaps it is better this way. He will always have the image of her as she was, instead of this sad, despondent thing she is now.

[Filter: Eudora]

My darling, you have been so very kind to my sister. I just thought I should let you know that your efforts have not gone unnoticed~