On the surface

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Equinox

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On the surface
« on: May 13, 2018, 09:13:21 PM »

An ad in the paper had seemed a reasonable solution upon finding his house a disaster once again. Equinox didn’t like parting with the marks, more coin in the trade and still not cleaning done, but he’d spent them. No choice if he didn’t want to come home to the same mess he left behind when venturing out.

Forgot all about it until suddenly there were inquiries on his table. Apparently he’d have to do interviews, and pick one. Thumbed through the various candidates, squinting at their scribbles. Should have hired someone to do the hiring. But he wasn’t paid quite that well. Should have been! But wasn’t.

Knox sent around for a couple. Was skinning a buck when the first one showed up. Blistery old woman who nearly boiled him alive with her harrumphing. As disgusted with Equinox’s filth as he was mesmerized by the mole on her cheek. It was his blades he was sharpening when the next came.

”This way then.” All shapes and sizes spread from one side of his sitting room to the other. The woman he’d rented the place from had called it a parlour, but Knox didn’t know what a parlour was for. So he used it mainly to put his muddy boots up in and tend his gear. Like his knives. ”Not a big space to clean for a house. And I’m not here much either.”

He leaned on the back of the chair he’d been sitting in. Wing backed and done up in a floral pattern, it had come with the house. And was now discolored from Knox’s road dust. Even if he was clean. Showed and shaved that morning and dressed in clean buckskins and a relatively clean black button up. Metal shavings dotting his hands and clothes.

Ina

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Re: On the surface
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2018, 09:01:18 AM »

She was running out of money again when she saw the ad in the paper. It could have been a coincident but Ina liked to think the Darkness was watching out for her. Travelling alone might not have been the best idea the hearth witch had ever had but Ina would never say she regretted it. She met some people she'd never forget in her travels. For good or ill it had been her decision.

A swift knock on a door had it opening to a not unattractive man. A Warlord by the feel of him. Larger than she was, but really that wasn't a feat. Ina was tiny and it forced her to look up at him instead of eye to eye. Sometimes she wished she was taller and inherited the height from her father like her brother had. She fought the urge to sniff darkly when she saw what was strung across his parlor. Swords and weapons. It wasn't unlike her father at times, though Ina had gotten her way more than once when he had decided to do this in the house.

"Do you often sharpen weapons in the parlor?" she asked as she followed behind him, admittedly admiring the backside in front of her. She tried to keep her tone even with the question. Hard to do when all she wanted was take a broom to his backside for dirtying up what she knew could be a handsome room. Subtle use of her power was seeing a mild change to the dust settling every where. He must travel more than she did. Preservation spells would take care of the dirt and grim that had been ground into the furniture once she had them sparkling again.

"And do you want some kind of example of my work?" she asked again. The last one had and she suppressed a shudder. Of course the last one hadn't been looking for a housekeeper in truth but a plaything. He'd thought to take advantage of a seemingly weak hearth witch, but Ina had shown him the error of his ways. She hadn't been raised in Nharkava not to learn something. She could only hope this one wasn't the same.

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Re: On the surface
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2018, 09:12:09 AM »

Equinox grinned, the corners of his mouth just barely curving upward. But there was plenty of teeth. Drawing his lips back over them, Knox shrugged at her. Sniffing, he was beginning to suspect, was a thing all witches had in common. Especially when they were judging his housekeeping skills.

At least this one wasn’t as old and grizzled as the last.

”I do.” He tacked on to the end of his shrug. ”It has the most comfortable chairs.” And it was his parlor. He could do whatever he liked in it. Parlor. He’d never imagined himself as a man to own one. Sitting room made it sound a little more relaxed and a lot less stuffy. Truly it wasn’t even in his, but rented from an old widow. ”Its that or the dining room.” It had come furnished, which had been the important thing.

Equinox owned one pot, personally. Kept it in his psychic cabinet for cooking on the road.

He made a face at her offer. The other had given him written references. Which Knox hadn’t read, though he’d pretended to. How did one test a hearth witches ability? He scratched at the hollow behind his ear and squinted at her. Tiny bit of a thing. Stupid or brash coming in on her own her own like this.

”Oh. Aye.” Actually the dinning room gave him an idea. ”This way then.” A challenge. Knox had a whole house full of those. Lead through the stained oak doors into the dining room, sliding them both back into the walls. Chewed his lip as he looked at the long table. The runner stained along with the table top. Scorch marks on the fabric and pits in the wood.

”Jobs yours if you can get the damned stains out of this table.” He wouldn’t tell her what they were. Wine mostly, but some of it was blood. ”I’ll even let you pick out the new cloth thingy.” He offered with a cocky twist of the mouth. Generous of him, Knox was sure. Women loved that sort of thing.

Ina

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Re: On the surface
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2018, 11:16:45 AM »

Ina fought really hard not to roll her eyes at the the toothy grin he gave her. It just wouldn't do for her to insult him before he hired her. She could at least wait until she was well and truly dug in before starting the insults. Not that she would all the time. Just when he deserved it and given his unrepentant attitude towards the mess he made, it would be often. "You could always.. Oh I don't know, get comfortable chairs for all the rooms?" she suggested. And if her suggestion sounded like a reprimand she couldn't help that. For a hearth witch she was being quite reasonable at the mess in front of her. She thought so at least.

She cringed when he mentioned the dining room. As if. It was starting to sound less like Ina needed a job and more like this particular male needed a hearth witch more than he needed a mother. Of course, her idea of the male was decidedly not mother like so maybe she wasn't the best choice for the job. She wouldn't let that change her mind though and she followed him into said dining room. What met her eye would have made her grab a broom if her brother had shown it to her.

The table had such potential. The wood dark with more than just stains, the grain fine and the craftsmanship just as. Oh yes. Taking a broom to his fine backside would do wonders for her temperament. The poor, poor table. She waved away his cocky offer, her hearth witches heart already focusing and settling through the spins of magic. Runner was removed, it wasn't salvageable, to much damage had rendered the fabric destroyed. Foolish male.

First the blood stains. As if she wouldn't know the difference between blood and food stains. And then the wine stains. It would take more than her simple craft spells to get the table to where she wanted it to be but it was enough to lift the stains. A lovely color was shown beneath and Ina nodded at the sight. A pleased smile was enough to light up her face and she spun on Equinox, "As if you would've had a choice in that matter." She tapped a foot with impatience, "Well? Have I got the job or not?"

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Re: On the surface
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2018, 03:42:48 PM »

Equinox pretended to think about her idea. Mostly he was thinking about her smart ass mouth while he eyed the array of weaponry scattered about the room. He even tapped his chin in a thoughtful manner. He'd had a squad leader who always did that when he was cooking up ways to punish them for whatever he'd decided they had done wrong that day.

"I could. But this is the sitting room." Knox conceded. Without actually conceding anything. Shrugging, he decided that the idea did not have merit. For many reasons. The main one being.. "Plus, I'd have to buy more chairs that way." Teeth flashing. He wasn't about to spend even more money on a house that wasn't his. One sitting room with comfortable chairs was plenty.

She'd get used to his filling it up with his things.

In the dinning room, Knox got the strangest sensation. A prickling along his backside that he hadn't felt since boyhood. Before he'd grown too big for his father to thrash when the behavior warranted it. Probably just some left over stress from the road, Equinox figured, glancing side-wise at the little witch. She looked none to pleased with his table, but he didn't think it was her making his ass worry about a spanking.

She was practically girl sized. Pretty in the way some women were. Itching to be tossed over a shoulder and carried off.

Her craft made the air lively and the table a uniform color. Eyebrows rising, Equinox gave it a rub. Surface smooth under his fingers. Still felt like wood. He rapped it with his knuckles, just to be sure she wasn't pulling any sort of trick on him. Chuckling, he flashed even more teeth at her.

"I think I'll have to keep an eye on your budget. Keen to spend my marks, I notice." It was easy to give a girl a good spanking when you had her over your shoulder, Equinox reminded himself. She was better to look at than the old woman. Though she didn't seem any friendly. Sassy little chit. He wasn't sure if it was legal to spank the help, though. He'd have to ask someone. He wasn't particularly sure who, though.

Well. All things in good time.

"You didn't run away screaming like the last girl," Equinox lied. "So I guess I've got no choice. What's your name, anyways?" He didn't suppose he could get away with calling her sassy britches.

Ina

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Re: On the surface
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2018, 12:21:24 AM »

"One chair is not enough chairs," she did roll her eyes that time.

She always enjoyed the way her magic worked. Everything clean and right with nearly a blink of an eye. How it filled her with so much promise and light and love. What she didn't enjoy was the rap he gave it with his knuckles. What did he think? That she would spin some sort of illusion spell and pretend to do what she said she would do? Only her own will power kept her from kicking him in the shin.

She snorted to keep herself from squealing out loud. She needed this job. Needed it to make enough marks to move along. She had so much more to see and so much more to do that running out of marks was the worst possible thing that could happen. She hadn't even made it all that far from home. "I'll make sure not to beggar you," she said tartly, "I'm good at bargain shopping anyway, the best stuff for the best price." Her mind was already rolling through a list of things they would need.

"And you didn't try to stick your hand up my skirt like the last guy," she waved a hand, "So I suppose it's a win, win all around." She hadn't meant to say that and her brows turned down in a scowl at the admission. The last man she interviewed with had been a disgusting excuse for a person and it had taken every bit of her hand to hand combat training to fend him off.

"Ina," she answered with a shake of her head to dispel the memory, "I suppose I should ask for yours too, if I'm going to work for you."

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Re: On the surface
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 07:38:08 PM »

Equinox’s forehead knotted. What was that noise? Did she just scoff at his job offer? Dark brow knifing upward in question. She was a wicked one. Knox couldn’t quite get a read on her. Was she pleased or skeptical? Maybe just too damned cocksure. He knew how to deal with that type.

”All women say that.” It was Knox’s turn to snort. Witches and shopping. Equinox didn’t know what it was, but witches sure did like their shopping. Bargain hunting they called it, to pretend they weren’t out shopping for needless things. ”I’ll believe it when I see it.” And he’d be watching. When he was home to keep an eye on the accounts anyway.

He could practically see her scheming away his marks. Face pleasant all of a sudden. Knox frowned. And then frowned harder. He never had much cared for men who took what wasn’t on offer.

”My mam beat me better than that.” Nose twitching in a hint of snarl, Equinox gestured her out of the dinning room. Down the hall that ran beside it and the kitchen. ”There’s a room back here. Leads right into the kitchen garden.” Knox opened the door but didn’t go in. ”If you need it, Ina.” Small and tidy. Closed up since the lady had shown him the place and rented it out to him.

”Name’s Equinox. You cook right?” Because a man got tired of eating camp cooking after a while. Or paying to eat in rooms full of other people. He didn’t like an audience to his meals.

Ina

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Re: On the surface
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2018, 08:41:59 PM »

"You'll find," she said resisting the urge to shake her finger at him, "That I am not most women." Which was true enough. Hadn't her brother told her repeatedly that she was one of a kind? She'd never had a reason to think Kanoa would lie to her. It didn't matter that he was probably telling her things that a brother was obligated to say about his sister, even if she was his favorite sister. "Really though," she said again, "I won't beggar you." Even if it came close she had no problem replacing it.

"No need to get all snarly about it. He won't have the use of that hand for a day or two," she said, still quite pleased she'd managed to break several bones in his hand. She was small and she looked far weaker than she actually was so it had been no real surprise that the former had attempted what he had. But her brother had taught her well and a unconcealed bloodthirsty grin curved her full lips when she remembered the surprise on his face.

"If you don't mind," her brow puckered, "I don't want to intrude." She was thankful he offered the small room to her, the room she had let at a nearby inn was nearly done. She hadn't the marks to pay for further lodging and she had no desire to screw the proprietor for the use of it. Better she stay here where she didn't have to worry about such things. When she'd decided to leave Nharkava and go on an adventure, Ina hadn't imagined she come across the problems she had so far.

"Equinox. Equinox," she said quietly, testing his name out and liked the sound of it, "I do, yes. Why? Are you hungry?" He probably was. Her father and brother always seemed to be hungry and the only thing Ina could attribute to it was the fact they were male. Of course, Vaite was always hungry too. Maybe she was the oddity there.

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Re: On the surface
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2018, 05:49:58 AM »

”If you say so.” Knox was sure he’d heard that line before. All women wanted to see themselves as unique. And they were. But they were all the damned same too. ”Alright! I give up. You won’t make me a beggar.” Knox turned his hands up in defeat, but his smile was sharp. He’d be watching!

”Good.” It echoed in the hall. Sharp and unpleasant. Good. ”But I wasn’t snarling.” He pointed out, as of this were some egregious error. Equinox lead her down the hall to the bedroom. Lounging against the far wall once he’d opened the door, so she could have a look without him hovering or taking up space. Women were prickly about that sort of thing.

”Wouldn’t have offered if I did.” He informed her. ”’Sides that, I’m hardly here anyway. Probably better to have someone on hand and in the house.” No worried about it being ready for him when he got home. And someone to complain to if it wasn’t. Equinox rather liked the idea, warming up to it infinitely. And she cooked!

”Lady Ina, I am always hungry.” He gestured back the way they had come. ”I’ll show you the kitchen.” Eager as a puppy and twice and inconsiderate. ”Do you have a lot of things? Someone can be sent around to help you carry them.” Since he wasn’t giving her much time to settle in before trying to work a meal out of her. Though, come to think of it, Knox wasn’t sure he had anything to make a meal of.

Ina

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Re: On the surface
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2018, 02:07:54 PM »

"I do say so," she huffed at him and was finally unable to resist the urge to shake a finger at him. She was beginning to think that this was going to an odd working relationship. She gave a quick nod of her head when he finally agreed with her. She wouldn't make a beggar of him. She'd promised and Ina always kept her promises.

"Mhmm.. If you say so," she tossed his own words back at him. There had been a decided amount of snarling. She'd seen it, the little twitch of his nose. Of course had it been Kanoa it would have been a full fledged snarl and she would have been hard pressed to keep her giant of a brother from tracking the man down. She suppressed the chuckle at the thought. Her big brother. Big on protective instincts, small on brains.

She followed him to the offered room and entered while he lounged against the door jam. She was acutely aware of him standing there watching her as she went about inspecting what she would call home for how ever long she decided to stay. He was large, not as large as Kanoa of course but large just the same. He took up space and even far away from her he was near enough. She would get over the slightly skittish feeling she had. She'd better anyway. "Alright," she accepted his words. It would give her a little bit of relief from whatever she was feeling if he wasn't around all the time anyway.

"Knowing where the kitchen is would be a good idea if I'm to cook," she said as she followed him out the room and toward the kitchen. She chuckled behind her hand and asked, "Isn't every male?" It wasn't the worst kitchen she'd ever been in and the Hearth Witch immediately moved around the hulking form of Equinox to putter around in it, opening cabinets and the craft ran cold box. "No," she answered absently as she rummaged, "Most of it's in my cabinet. Don't you have any food in here? Can't feed your gut if I don't have any food Lord Equinox." She liked saying his name. Strange.


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Re: On the surface
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2018, 10:06:07 AM »

"I will bite that off, woman," Equinox warned, looking at the finger wagging in his face as if he were a piddling puppy. She was a thing! Too damned small for all that boldness in her. No wonder she was getting pinched by nasty old men. Not smart enough to stay home or keep a proper escort with her. Daft woman. Good thing she was here now, with him.

He knew how to keep his hands to himself until invited. And how to not bite offending fingers without due warning.

"I do!" He echoed in the hallway. The sass. Surely a woman like that had better uses for her mouth. Arms folded across his chest, Knox leaned and watched. Hearth witches. Had to have a look and touch at everything. Prowling the room the way he prowled the killing fields. No idea what she was hunting for, whatever it was she found, room and offer passing muster. He nodded. Good.

"Mouthy," he hissed beneath his breath, more amused than annoyed. But this woman! Cockier than half the men he knew. Far too bold for a woman alone in the world, and hardly shoulder high. "I wouldn't know. You've met that many?" He asked her, eyebrow raised as she pushed by him into the kitchen. This too needed sniffed in that hearthy way.

"Probably not. Just got home recently myself." He scratched the hollow of his throat, chin tipped back so he could get to it. "Eat out mostly. I suppose this is the part where you don't beggar me buying groceries to fill it up with?" Lord Equinox. Very nice. Also the first hint of manners he'd seen out of her so far.

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Re: On the surface
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2018, 12:55:15 PM »
"Sometimes," she admitted when he called her mouthy. She could hear the amusement in his tone and Ina's lips curled into a pleased smile. It was good to know that Equinox possessed some sort of a sense of humor and was less inclined to be fierce in the face of her own humor. She had a sass that had gotten her in trouble more than she cared to admit, but a sass that both her father and brother had cultivated until it rolled out of her easier than politeness.

"A brother and a father for the most part," she shrugged, "Both of whom always seem to want food." What did that raised brow imply? She'd have to ask hm later. She didn't want him to have the wrong impression of her.

Her own brow was raised as she watched him scratch the hollow of his throat. How could a person not have anything worth eating in their home? Ina didn't understand it really. Even if the man had only been home a day or two, food should have been brought in immediately. Ina would need to teach him better. "Eating out all the time and he's worried about me beggaring him," she muttered and shook her head.

"You will find, Lord, that keeping the cold box full is much better at not beggaring you than eating out mostly," she told him with another of those sniffs. Men were the silliest of creatures. "What is it you do for work, Lord Equinox?" she asked, "Not anything that would get me in trouble just knowing you is it?" The question was mostly said in jest. She didn't think it was anything that could land her in some sort of jail but one could never tell.


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Re: On the surface
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2018, 09:04:04 AM »

So there was family out there. He wondered if her menfolk were looking for her. It wasn't particularly safe for a lady to wander alone, even one that didn't smell of weakness or vulnerability. Rodgau was especially volatile. The bulk of Little Terreille's warriors stuffed into one province to guard against Askavi.

She had a look around his kitchen with dark muttering. Equinox pretended not to hear whatever it was she was complaining about. He'd found most women went strange in a kitchen, hearth witch or not. The strangeness varied, but they all got a little off in the face of a stove and a cutting board.

"But then I would have to cook whatever was in there, lady." And cook Knox did not do, except to heat things over a campfire when he had to. Usually he tried to return to the comfort of an inn or eating house. He'd also been known to beg at a strangers door. Meat in exchange for a meal.

"I do many things, lady Ina, none of which you need to worry about." His shoulders rolled as he stepped away from the door. He did as his company and queen bid him. Plenty of trouble, but none that should spill over onto her. "I'll give you some marks, then, and you can fill the ice box to your liking." Wallet called in, Knox counted out what he thought appropriate. He was completely ignorant, sinc ehe often bartered what he killed.

Less often now. That went straight to secret caches to be dealt out as the queen saw fit. Marks sent courier to his house.

"Here." He thrust them at her. "I'll finish my work while you do the shopping, and we can reconvene for this dinner that will cost me less than an eating house. Sound fair?" Later they could go collect her things. His temper would be steadier with a bit of food. And less sniffing. Fussy witch.

Ina

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Re: On the surface
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2018, 09:00:16 AM »
She rolled her eyes as she continued to look around the kitchen area. Didn't want to tell her? That was fine, she'd probably find out at some point anyway but for now it was no skin off her nose for him to hold the secret. Ina knew about males and their need for secrecy. She only stiffened a little when he moved smoothly away from the door, masking the action by closing the cupboard she had opened quietly.

Facing him, she was quite reminded that he was a large man and she was a very small woman. She had no doubts in her abilities not matter what it would cost her but her worries were groundless. The male held out a handful of marks. Her head was instantly filled with the things she would like to fill his ice box with. Meat. He was large and would need meat. Vegetables. Maybe some fruits if she could find some.

Slender fingers reached out and slipped the marks away from his hand. "You won't regret hiring me Lord Equinox," she told him with all the confidence she had in her tiny body. Her chin lifted and she smirked at him, "Don't worry yourself about the marks, Lord, everything will be fine." She'd make sure he had some marks left over just to prove her point. Ina was good at bartering.

"Fair enough," she said with sparking eyes and moved passed him to make her way to the door, "Later then." Market and then inn. She could grab her merger things on the way back and be installed quickly, it wouldn't even take a beat out of the time it would take to prepare the roast she already had on her list. He would never notice the difference. She had a good feeling about this was her only other thought as the door clicked closed behind her. A good feeling indeed.
 

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