A Picture From a Thousand Words

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Shy Laurens

    Rose to Opal
  • Healer Prince
  • Played By: dergon

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Re: A Picture From a Thousand Words
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2018, 09:29:10 PM »

Laurens scoffed, insult flashing across his face. Of all things to accuse him of! This girl! Wretched kitchen witch of a girl. Laurens had never met a girl so horribly rude. Frowning, he kept on. Might as well or she’d be blaming him for that too.

”I would never!” He defended himself, lips pouting, cheeks hot. Worse because he had to touch her. Hand cradling her face, eyes critical as he looked her over. Searching for hurts. Trying to ignore everything else. ”Really!” He muttered to himself.

This was why he preferred brews. Healing from a distance. Safe from all this contact with people. Such a trial. Wearing him down, exhausting him. Confusing him too. He really wished she would quit looking at him while he was about it.

”Good, good.” Still holding on to her as the craft unwound, power seeping back into his own body. The healing down. Glad when she wiggled free of her own accord. Frowning, Laurens rubbed his hand on his thigh, letting go of the last of his craft and looking around the storeroom.

He glanced at her, Chatty Dagny, rude girl, ready and waiting with her notebook. His lips twitched before smoothing, shoulders tucked up around his ears as he got to work. Listing everything he touched. Vanishing supplies away into his cabinet. Not too much as to seem greedy, but whatever the ship needed. Marking things off his own list.

And adding those few things he needed.

”Mm?” Hard to remember he had company. The soft scratch of her writing fading into the background noise. Laurens’ head tipped back, eyes searching the ceiling. ”No. Too crowded.” He knew a lot of the men from the boat liked to go. He’d tried once and nearly suffocated from the sheer amount of bodies rather than the steam.

”Do you?” He coaxed the question out. He’d been taught manners. It was just hard. Not sure if he really wanted to know. Not sure if he didn’t. Feeling flushed and faint. So he vanished a few more things, naming them for her.

Chatty Dagny

    Rose to Purple Dusk
  • Hearth Witch
  • Played By: Jones

    Glacia Kaeleer
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Re: A Picture From a Thousand Words
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2018, 09:56:43 AM »
Dagny didn’t know if being shy also made you more easily upset. This Shy Laurens was certainly both, though. She was glad when the healing was finished. Standing there like a half pint of useless under his red faced glare. Not a thing in common with any healers she knew.

He even wiped his hand off on his pants leg when he was through. As if touching her had disgusted him! Tucking a stray hair back behind her ear she tried not to pout at the paper in her hands. A tall order when you had as much lip as Dagny did. Rude boy.

Making a list of her own while Laurens satisfied his was a good distraction. She could tuck herself out of the way. Let him do his rummaging for a few minutes. He named everything he took, but didn’t take everything he touched. Some of it just looked at then set aside. Boring! Very boring.

It didn’t take Dagny long to forget she was sore at his attitude. At least until he answered he question. Not even bothering to meet her eye or glance her way. Staring up at the ceiling where there wasn’t even the excuse of focusing on supplies. Another reminder that he didn’t like her. She did pout then, while she thought he wasn’t looking. Scribbled down the things he listed after his own question.

She didn’t think it was fair. Not being liked. Mostly everyone liked her at least a little. Even the cook.

”Yes. There are better places than the tourist traps. Cave springs where you can go in private. You just have to know where to look.” They all had favorites, locals and transplants that had lived in Meols long enough. Secret steam caves and hot springs that visitors didn’t flock around and infest. ”What do you do, then, when you’re here? Just sit on the ship?”

Was that what shy people did? She supposed it must have suited them, but she thought it sounded very boring- and lonely.

Shy Laurens

    Rose to Opal
  • Healer Prince
  • Played By: dergon

    Glacia Kaeleer
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Re: A Picture From a Thousand Words
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2018, 09:48:23 PM »

”Huh.” Laurens of course did not know where to look. It might be worth a walk though. He liked walking. He would have to see if there was time after he restocked the ship. Maybe he would put off talking to Valor about their bad behavior regarding kitchen witches so he could have a ramble without any scenes.

He was almost done here anyway.

”What?” Startled from his thoughts. Laurens tucked away his list in his pocket and turned to look at her. Both hands half hidden, bouncing in his pockets. ”No. Well some, but I do other things too.” Shopping and running errands. Laurens frowned. She looked sour still, he noticed belatedly. It took him that long to look at her again. Eyes wandering along the walls while he talked.

”Does your eye still hurt?” Hands slipping free. His fingers did a little dance, as if he were checking to see if all the joints still worked. He came a little closer, not really looking at her again. Watching her sort of from the corner of his eyes. ”It should have took,” he muttered to himself.

Chatty Dagny

    Rose to Purple Dusk
  • Hearth Witch
  • Played By: Jones

    Glacia Kaeleer
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Re: A Picture From a Thousand Words
« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2018, 09:57:12 AM »
Strange on top of his rudeness. Asking what she’d said then answering anyway. At least he looked at her while sidestepping the question. Answering just the bit that suited him without any sort of real effort at making conversation. Even his moment of eye contact was brief, wandering off to stare at the walls instead. It was distracting, her own eyes turning to see what he looked at just out of habit. Frustrated Dagny sighed, eyes rolling into the back of her head. She stood straighter though, watching his hands tuck away his all important list. ”I suppose you must, or else you wouldn’t be here.”

Not that he seemed in the least bit keen. She still doubted he left the ship of his own free will.

”No, feels fine.” Dagny answered, fingertips brushing the soft span of skin between eye and cheek. Sweeping over to test the lid and tear duct too. A hint of mortification as she wondered what made him ask. ”Why? Has it bruised?!” She bounded towards him so he could see better. Half tempted to lift his chin and make him look properly, but she was short enough he could probably see fine even slumped over the way he was.

Another sigh as she remembered he didn’t like feeling crowded. Or touching her. She smoothed her braid as she nodded towards the door. ”What else is on that precious list of yours then? Kitchen things? Linens?” The ships always went through sheets faster than could possibly be healthy. She was very glad cleaning them was not one of her responsibilities.

Shy Laurens

    Rose to Opal
  • Healer Prince
  • Played By: dergon

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Re: A Picture From a Thousand Words
« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2018, 08:55:01 PM »

Laurens pursed his lips, but didn’t comment. She was such a rude girl! Exasperating to the extreme, really. Of course he did things! Maybe he should have let someone else go. Or begged off the duty when it had been assigned to him. But then he had never met such a goading little witch in all his travels. Next time he was staying home, he decided.

”Oh. Well. That’s good then.” Didn’t know why she kept fussing at it if it didn’t. Laurens shook his arms out. Bonu wrists escaping his cuffs before being tucked back in. Arms quickly retraced as she rushed him. Body swaying as he tried not to scramble backward in retreat. ”No! No! It looks fine, but it is very unhygienic to be rubbing it that way.” Cries of mercy turning to a quiet scolding.

Shrugging and scrunching up on himself, Laurens looked her over. She looked just fine. Fingers fiddling with her long red braid. She had more hair than half their ship put together. He wondered if it made her neck ache, carrying it all around like that.

”No. None of that on my list. That’s Essi’s business, that.” He looked at the door. Then peeked again at the kitchen witch. Rude thing. ”I was thinking of having a walk about, after I drop all this off. Valor or Essi will be handling the marks.” Maybe he could get Anders to put it all away to he could sneak off for a bit. Laurens widen his eyes at her. She might make good company. Her mouth was sharp and embarrassing but her lips were nice. And her hair smelled pretty.

Chatty Dagny

    Rose to Purple Dusk
  • Hearth Witch
  • Played By: Jones

    Glacia Kaeleer
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Re: A Picture From a Thousand Words
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2018, 10:22:56 PM »
”My hands are clean.” She insisted, as if that made it alright. Turning to pout as he fussed. There were plenty of males that did plenty of fussing around court. But Dagny was rarely the object of their focus. Actually never. That wasn’t important though.

She didn’t like it.

Didn’t like the way he cringed away either. Strange, rude boy. Couldn’t look at her to have a conversation but watched the path of her fingers through her hair. All furtive and… well… shy. Maybe she’d forgive him again. He couldn’t very well help it if was odd, could he? No one wanted to feel that way.

”Wouldn’t one list have done? Silly to send several people to the same place just because they need different supplies.” She commented. Not really sure how such things worked. Some hearth witches liked to organize and order things. Supply ships was the joy of their days. But Chatty Dagny preferred to pour her energy into people. Making them comfortable, seeing that things were just the way they liked them. Cleaning a room and leaving no trace she had been there at all except for righted books and clean laundry.

That was what bothered her so much about this fellow. She made him so intolerable uncomfortable! ”Oh? Prince Valor?” Dagny asked, fingers lacing behind her back as she started to bob from heel to toe. Cheeks turning just a bit pinker at the thought. If he came so late in the afternoon he would certainly be invited to dinner. ”I wonder if he’ll stay in the house tonight.” She said aloud. Then gave a slow look around them, suddenly aware of how awkward it was to be standing around in a supply closet with a man she didn’t know.

”Are you going to go sightseeing? Or like a walk just to take the air?” There were a dozen tourist traps in the city but there were a few real places worth seeing too. Like the rainbow cave, filled with hanging crystals that would cast colorful arcs of light with just a touch of witchlight. ”Maybe you’ll find one of those hot springs I was telling you about. The private ones.” She offered him a little smile. Then took a long hard look at the still closed door.
 

Shy Laurens

    Rose to Opal
  • Healer Prince
  • Played By: dergon

    Glacia Kaeleer
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Re: A Picture From a Thousand Words
« Reply #21 on: August 02, 2018, 10:47:46 AM »

”I didn’t say they weren’t.” Shy defended, the tip of his nose scalded by her rebuke. ”Eyes’re just delicate, is all.” Some people just didn’t understand! A body didn’t have to be dirty to be dangerous. Though dirty was worse. Ah well. He didn’t have time to explain and she might not understand anyway, she wasn’t a healer after all. She certainly didn’t understand things she ought.

”Essi is fussy about her supplies.” He explained, as if she should know without it being said. He did not elaborate that he was also fussy about his supplies, because, well, it just didn’t need said! He nearly groaned. ”Yes, Prince Valor.” He really didn’t blame her, but he did all at the same time. Cheeks pink and puffed, Shy blew and breath out and gave her some room, since she was going to be that way. ”He likes his ship.” He informed her, with only a hint of pout.

”Both. Mostly for air though. Its thinner, up there.” Shy pointed to the ceiling, meaning beyond that, of course. Where the clouds and ether were. Scratching his elbow, he wondered why she was so interested. ”I can’t be taking that long, I’ve got duties and everyone will be annoyed if I get lost.” Or they would just leave. He would like that though, to see what she’d spoken of. ”You could take me, if you wanted to be nice.” He blurted, having been struck by the idea. His whole body was flush from the abrupt words. Pink from scalp to toes and every in between.

”I’m mean, if you wanted, you could. Or would you?” Shy stammered trying to correct the blunder. He could feel the wrath of his mother (and Valor and Essi and everyone else) right down his neck. ”Please.” He finished lamely.

Chatty Dagny

    Rose to Purple Dusk
  • Hearth Witch
  • Played By: Jones

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Re: A Picture From a Thousand Words
« Reply #22 on: August 02, 2018, 02:48:46 PM »
”Is she now?” Dagny smirked, lifting one red eyebrow. Tone bluntly implying she thought Miss Essi wasn’t the only one. Hearth witches, and she could grudgingly admit healers, had a lot of reason to want things just so. Tending a ship! She couldn’t imagine what that was like. All of those dashing flyboys to keep comfortable. Her cheeks got hot thinking about it.

Crossing her arms over the points of her breast Dagny was pulled her from her reverie by talk of the most dashing of all. Maybe they didn’t get along, the captain and Shy. With the way he practically stomped off at the very mention of the name. A rather sulky inflection to his voice as he suggested the house would probably not be putting Prince Valor up for the night. Shoulders shrugging she sighed wistfully. ”That’s probably for the best. No one would get any work done trying to sneak peeks at him and I’d be left to fetch all the tea and clean the dishes.”

She wanted to sneak a peek too, of course. But not at the expensive of keeping the rest of the household comfortable- which started with keeping the house tidy. Besides, the warlord prince had a way of grinning that made a girl feel… well naked to be honest. Dagny was almost convinced he could see right through her clothes with that terrifying Gray.

”Oh. I wouldn’t know. I’ve never.” She told him, chin turning up to look at the ceiling he pointed to. The idea of flying on a skyship was much more fanciful than the reality. The one time Dagny had, had a reason, she was too afraid. Taking a wagon train down over the ground instead. Cheaper, and without the risk of crashing to a violent death.

Eyes widening she listened while he did more talking than he had so far. And growing even wider as he implied she was not nice to begin with. If he hadn’t gone a rather dire shade of red from head to foot she might have told him she did hope he got lost! But instead he invoked her pity. Just long enough to keep her quiet while he stammered the question out in a much kinder way.

Without apologizing even a little, she did notice.

”Alright, only so you don’t go getting lost, and annoying poor Miss Essi or Prince Valor.” She couldn’t resist teasing. Head tilting she wondered if he could make the climb. That Opal ought to be enough to see him through. ”Bring swimming clothes if you want to try out the spring. It’s very relaxing, so you really should.” Uptight boy.

She wouldn’t tell him about the rainbow cave either. Let it be a pleasant surprise. Because she was a lovely, kind, well-mannered and nice girl! Despite what he seemed determined to think. Shy Laurens indeed.

Though maybe it wasn’t entirely polite to spend the rest of her work day wondering what he’d like standing upright and out of his bundle of clothing.

 
 

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