Figured you out

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Offline Elspeth Kerr

Figured you out
« on: March 30, 2017, 01:15:00 AM »
There's a million reasons
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It would have been infinitely easier to send out an official summons for her escort. (The fact that she had that power now was still sinking in.) In fact it would have been infinitely easier to have an escort that wasn’t equal parts dedicated to avoiding her and making sure she didn’t find another escort. Of course that would have been easier and less infuriating and interesting in the long run.

Right now it was bordering on infuriating.

She’d kept her end of a bargain not to go wandering off without telling Bran but now she couldn’t actually find her wayward escort. Had he left the residence while she’d been otherwise occupied? It was possible. Which would have made her careful hunt of the residence pointless.

Hands settled on her hips, Ellie huffed finally shaking her hair out of her eyes and tugging on the invisible bond between them. *Lord Sumner?* The question was sent along a Summer-Sky thread and she tried her best to keep from tapping her foot, *Are you trying to catch your death swimming again?* Mother Night she hoped he wasn’t. The water was far too cold for any sane person to willingly get into it. Of course she’d stopped considering Bran completely sane quite a while ago.
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Re: Figured you out
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2017, 08:43:44 AM »
*No.* Yes. Bran jogged up the back walk of the house, the door swinging open in front of him. He was toweling his hair, the grey sweater he'd pulled on that morning sticking to the still damp places on his skin. Bran paused, hands and feet stilling at the same moment, the grin on his face slowly shifting as he took in her annoyance.

*Warming spells.* He added with a bit more seriousness. He wasn't particularly good at them, but enough to keep himself from catching his death. Though not always good enough to keep from catching a cold. *Lady Kerr.* He added, with a polite bow, the towel swept from his head and vanished. He should have more sense, with that summons along the Summer-sky.

It always sent a electric jolt down his spine when she did. More so now that she did it along the familiar thread of the Summer-sky.

*How may I serve?* He wiped the smile from his face and put away the last vestiges of that strange elation swimming always gave him. There had been lutrani in the water today too.

Offline Elspeth Kerr

Re: Figured you out
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2017, 11:47:04 PM »
There's a million reasons
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The no might as well have been a yes and Ellie had to fight down a smile. Of course he’d been out swimming. Of course. The annoyance was there or at least it was trying to be there but really, Ellie had to make an effort to maintain it. Effort that was ultimately not worth it after a few moments. She’d berate him for swimming in winter another time. Or maybe not at all. The healer was tugging at her to at least comment and she finally gave in.

“You need to more careful about swimming in winter.” She chastised, ”Even with the warming spells.” She’d have happily bundled him up in the biggest blankets and towels she could find but she had to be annoyed with him. At least marginally so. But that was proving to be harder than it should have been.

“Bran,” there was that smile attempting to creep back in along with the lapse in protocol, “I was hoping to see a few of the performances in Jadera this week and well...I need an escort.” Ellie could have and in past months would have happily run off to Jadera and to the street performances on her own but running into the wall that was Bran had largely curbed that. Not that she wouldn’t still slip off if given half the chance. ”Would you mind terribly if you have to come along? I can always find someone else if you’re busy.”
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Re: Figured you out
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2017, 09:51:06 AM »

"Yes, lady." Bran bowed again to show he heard, and accepted, the command. He would be more careful. A reasonable request that did not imply in any way that he had to stop swimming in winter. The was half a crooked smile on his lips, eyes sparking when she addressed him by name. The familiarity always sent a frisson down his spine, even if he did cant an eyebrow at her for the lack of Protocol. But there were alone, so he decided not to address.

Performances. Bran definitely would have preferred catching cold in the water than going to plays and concerts in Jadera. But if he had learned nothing else in all his years of play escort, first to sisters and then to ladies, it was how to sit through something that bored him to tears, with perfectly portrayed attention. Escorting was very much like acting, Bran mused.

"It would be my pleasure to escort you, Lady Elspeth." How could he not? It was his job. All his busy work included escorting her. And Bran wouldn't let her get so far as Jadera without him by her side. Not if he had a choice in the matter, which in this instance, he did. He inched a bit closer, seeing that she'd forgiven him for skinny dipping in winter. "How many were you thinking of attending?"

Would she attend after parties? Bran couldn't imagine her not being invited. She was a Queen, and a beautiful one. He would attend those with her as well. Performers were a riotous bunch and she'd need guarding. Though there was little to nothing he could do to prevent her from...

Well. Plenty enough time to face that if he had to.

Offline Elspeth Kerr

Re: Figured you out
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2017, 12:27:55 AM »
There's a million reasons
Why I should give you up
He'd be back in the water by the time she dismissed him. Ellie was absolutely certain of it and she shook her head at him. So long as he didn't catch his death then she was happy. Happy and strangling down the flutter of butterflies in her stomach. No need to acknowledge that flutter of feelings when it could very well send Bran scurrying back to the water and away from her. No those were better off buried deep and forgotten.

"Oh, one or two. Anything more than that and people may start to complain." she nodded, hands moving from her hips to combing through her hair absently. "People won't like it if I spend too much time away from the district." She had responsibilities now. People expected their queen to be present. Not leagues away for her own entertainment even if that was very very good entertainment. It wasn't an unreasonable expectation but it wasn't one she particularly liked.

Still absently redoing her braid Ellie frowned for a moment before grinning. "Have you ever been to any of the performances, Bran?" A perfectly innocent way to get more information out of her escort. Maybe she could get him to open up a bit more. They couldn't very well stay in awkward silence forever.
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Re: Figured you out
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 04:14:15 PM »

What was she doing? It was hard to watch her hands, but make it appear as if he were looking her in the eye and paying attention. He was paying attention, but Bran was captivated by her hairs. Fingers combing her hair. Fingers redoing her braids. It made his body tingle. He felt sleepy and half aware.

"Someone is always complaining," he complained. Without an ounce of irony. Why did she need to braid her hair? It had been fine before. He licked his lips and tried to attend to the conversation. Dragging his eyes away and finding her staring at him. Had she noticed? What was she thinking?

What was he thinking? Bran didn't know. Not much, probably.

"Not the new ones. But I've seen some. With my sisters, and such." And such. He had trouble admitting there had ever been anyone before Ellie. The relationship didn't need to be sexual, or beyond the usual nature of escort duties. He felt uncomfortable discussing it in front of her, much less speaking bluntly of such things directly to her.

And now he lived a quieter life than he had before. Tiptoeing an invisible line he'd drawn himself. If he wasn't alone, he was with Elspeth, attending as his duties permitted. At times slipping closer when he wasn't needed at all. And then at others running as far as the tether that bound them let him. But he ran to no where and no one. Running more from himself than her.

"We'll make a trip of it. A long weekend. They can't begrudge you a chance to see the seasons newest plays." If he could stop them from such nonsense he would have. But this was Little Kaeleer, and the stage was in the blood of half the Territory. It was the tourist those very stages brought in that fed the rivers of marks moving through it. "Two or three nights isn't many." Especially if he could get her all to himself for those days and nights. No sharing with the rest of the court. Raeford, especially, annoyed him.

Offline Elspeth Kerr

Re: Figured you out
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2017, 12:50:22 PM »
There's a million reasons
Why I should give you up
The corners of Ellie's lips curled in a slight smile at his complaint and she had to stifle a laugh. He hadn't realized it had he? Oh what was she going to do with him? Unintentionally amusing as he was. Shaking her head to dispel the last of the lingering laughter, Ellie released her hair from her fidgeting fingers. Unintentionally amusing indeed, at least she'd swallowed down the laughter. No need to have him questioning her sanity.

He'd been to the plays with his sisters and such. She nodded quietly. It was to be expected. Bran had had a life before she'd run into him. He still had a life of his own that she did her best not to pry into. It wasn't her business and it wasn't polite to dig into his personal life either. Even if she was curious. Maybe she'd see if Rae or even Adalyn could get him to open up without her being around. Maybe.

"I've heard the new ones are delightful. They even have new actors this season." She chattered happily, rocking back and forth on her heels. New actors meant new talent and that could only be a good thing. At least in her estimation. "Three nights and I'll just listen to them grumble later." She'd have had her fun by then anyway. And three nights was enough time to see the performances and maybe get a few trinkets from the shops in Jadera too.
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Re: Figured you out
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2017, 09:03:49 AM »

"Three nights." He agreed, fighting the urge to touch the ends of her braid where the hair curled loosely. Three nights. Bran swallowed and cleared his throat. "I'm sure there won't be much grumbling."  He took a half step backward and looked around, finding the house eerily silent. Usually they'd have been interrupted by now, if not twice over.

"Shall I make the arrangements?" He'd have to go sort out which were the new plays to make sure he got tickets to the right ones. And find out which inn was best suited to serving a Queen. Bran made a mental checklist, fingers twitching as he counted off the things he would need to do. Where was everyone? A shy glance at Ellie. He wondered what she was thinking.

Probably scheming to take his temperature. Bran grinned.

He'd need to see the Steward about marks too. Drop a few hints to make sure everyone else was well occupied. Maybe a few extra guards, but not many. The inn would have staff, right? So they wouldn't need to bring any of the other Court ladies...

"Three nights." He repeated stupidly, still grinning. Maybe he'd only book one room. That sobered him. Bran cleared his throat again and looked wildly for the expected interruption that usually put an end to such moments. He swore every time he managed to get this close to her something caught fire. Or her sister showed up. "I'm sure it'll be a lovely time." He said, to cover for himself, as if she had access to his thoughts.

Though if she did that comment didn't really make them any better, did they?

"Lady." He added, trying to smooth things over. Protocol was important.

Offline Elspeth Kerr

Re: Figured you out
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2017, 06:25:56 PM »
There's a million reasons
Why I should give you up

The silence of the house was unexpected but not entirely unwelcome. It meant she could actually organize a little...escape without half the court interrupting her or trying to turn it into a court outing. One day she'd consider taking them all along but this weekend they could stay in Vetin while she was half way across the territory. Stay and likely grumble about her absence until she got back. As much as Bran tried to convince her otherwise.

No grumbling, he'd promised. No grumbling that she could hear, which was likely what he meant. It was pretty much accepted fact that everyone much preferred to have their queen at home and not elsewhere. The little twinge of rebellion wouldn't hold for long if she stopped too long to think about how displeased the district would be. The court and public really could grumble quite a bit when given a chance and reason and she hadn't gotten used to it. If it was even possible to get used to. But that would be an issue for the future, for when she wasn't about to bounce off the walls in excitement at the prospect of seeing a new play or three.

"Mhm, please do. Maybe our steward will be able to muffle some of the grumbling and fussing too." She said with a grin tugging at her lips, "If not...well then I'll have to deal with them when I get back." Yes when she got back. Maybe she'd even bring them gifts to tide them over. Gifts and promises to take more of them along and maybe no more trips for a few months.

"You don't have to be so formal if there's no one around." The added attempt at protocol made her nose wrinkle and she made a face at him. Always so stuffy and formal when it wasn't necessary. Not that she ever saw the need for protocol on most days. "It's stuffy and you're still too wet around the edges to be so stuffy." she scolded lightly, not for the first time considering bundling him up just to be safe. "You should get changed and dry before you get sick or I'll have to find another escort." or find a new escort completely. Ellie didn't find either prospect to be terribly appealing.

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Re: Figured you out
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2017, 09:31:12 AM »

"I'm sure the Steward will have plenty of ideas," Bran added uselessly. The idea of her having to deal with any sort of discontent or outrage over a weekend away annoyed him. He'd have a talk with the Steward about that too. The people could keep their damned mouths shut. Ellie worked hard for them, she deserved some time to herself.

Bran had the good grace to blush as he wiped a drip of water away from his neck. Not that he saw anything wrong with using Protocol while still damp from a swim. It was important. It kept the lines of proper behavior crisp and clear in everyone's minds. It kept the Blood from murdering each other. Kept everyone in their rightful places. Kept queens safe instead of... stalked by overeager males.

"I'm sorry. I will attempt to be less stuffy and wet, lady." A fleeting smile that was chased away by the threat of being replaced. Sobering, Bran bowed. "I'll go see to that then." He searched her face for a clue as to whether or not she'd care one way or another. Bran knew she'd fret if he was ill simply because she was a healer, of course. But what he wanted to know was if the witch herself had a preference.

He found nothing more than he usually did, and bowing again out of sheer agitation and confusion, he stepped around her carefully and retreated to his room.

 

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