Bargaining for freedom

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Vesa Reed

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Bargaining for freedom
« on: June 01, 2018, 05:42:14 PM »

It had taken days for Vesa’s body to stop humming. A week at least for the scent of the Glacian warlord prince to finally was out of her hair. And spring before she gathered the courage to tell Sai they would be having a visitor. They’d had Glacian ships before, of course. But this time was different. This time Vesa was the ruling queen and she meant to go aboard.

She arranged and rearranged the drinks on the table. Moved the chairs. Pulled her hair down and then up and then over one shoulder. By now she should have been quite comfortable with her master of the guard. She’d known him her entire life. But now he was hers. And she still felt the child in his presence. He was like a great big scowling uncle. Vesa sighed.

Gave up on having things just right, and prepared her craft in case she needed to soothe him into submission. Because Vesa meant to win if it came to battle. Determined to have her way in this thing. No compromise would do but that she got the tour Valor had promised her.

Valor... shaking that thought from her head, Vesa put away her smile and summoned Sai. Then put on a new smile. This one less wayward and pink cheeked. Friendly without all that pulse pounding... Don’t think of that!

”There you are!” Was her greeting, fingers touching the edge of the silver tray, vines and apples shaped into the edges. ”I had some refreshments and light snacks sent up.” Not a bribe. Just the usual Vesa, probes skittering along his barriers as she checked him. Temper. Body. The usual Vesa worries. She pressed a crisp tea garnished with mint and poured over ice on him. ”Drink. There is something I wanted to discuss with you.” Tell! She would tell him. And then she would do whatever she wanted.

Within reason of course. It was just a tour.




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Sai Rivers

    Green to Gray
  • Warlord Prince
  • Played By: Jenn

    Dendrabelle Master of the Guard
    Little Terreille Kaeleer
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Re: Bargaining for freedom
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2018, 11:28:56 AM »

It was odd that Vesa summoned him. It was even more odd that he answered. It was taking some getting used to, the fact that Vesa was now his queen and he was subject to her commands. Of course she'd worded the summons just so and it hadn't sounded at all like a command. Vesa was like a wayward child, a child he had to watch and babysit far more than he actually liked but he'd made a promise. A promise he would keep. If there was anything about Sai a person should, it was his word was never given lightly.

He sighed as he rounded a corner and came to area she'd asked him to meet her at. She looked nervous and Sai was immediately suspicious. The man took the tea she damn near forced into his hand and sat in the seat she indicated, long legs crossed at the knee and Sai took a sip of the tea. Too much mint, he mused and waited while she flushed and bumbled along. He'd felt the probes the moment he ended and had wondered at that. What had she done?

Vesa was generally an agreeable sort, Sai knew, but he had the sinking suspicion that he was not going to like the ending of this meeting. When she stated she had something to discuss with him his suspicions were correct. Dark eyes glittered as he looked at the little queen in front of him. "And what, pray tell, do you have to discuss with me?" he asked with a silky tone. He was already prepared to tell her no. He didn't care what it was but if it had gotten her worked up enough to probe him then he definitely didn't care if she got all puffed up like a cat.

Vesa Reed

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Re: Bargaining for freedom
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2018, 01:10:42 PM »

Vesa didn't know why he had to sound so sour. She hadn't even asked him anything yet! Simply to join her so the could talk. Drinks and food seen to, since his Grey needed far more fueling than her Opal. But Vesa ate and drank too. A dainty nibble from a scone followed by a swallow of pungent mint tea. Hoped it would settle his temper some. Though she couldn't sense any temper. Just a certain... sulking? She wasn't sure.

Obviously they needed to spend more time together in this capacity. Vesa now in a position to be testing his barriers with her probes. She'd refrained mostly before since he'd belonged to her mother. But since he had stayed as part of her court, they would need to rework their relationship. Straightening her spine, Vesa slipped an ankle over her heel.

"As I'm sure you know," because Vesa not above ego stroking when dealing with people, "there was a delegation from Glacia at Lady Crag's Winsol ball." Vesa tried to keep her smile professional. Focused her mind on the ball rather than the hotel afterward. She had to admit to any of the rest of her court that she and Gideon had not stayed at the territory residence for the evening. "I met with a captain of a skyship, and convinced him to give me a tour the next time they are in Dendrabelle."

Vesa tried not to bite her lips. Mouth thinning, tucking inward. But she forced the smile back on before pressing her teeth into them. It was more than girlhood curiosity. More than just a woman's fancy. She needed to make Sai see that.

"We'll need to do something to garner good will from our neighbors. Especially without food to barter with like we have in the past." Vesa still had to face the spring orchards. The ash had settled into the soil beneath the snow. It would need to be tested before they brought the new trees in to plant. "I thought this would be a good exchange of trust, to begin things."

Sai Rivers

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Re: Bargaining for freedom
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2018, 09:16:06 AM »

Sai hid his amusement at the sudden sense of determination from Vesa. It had been his experience that the little queen had always been less steel and more... Cotton. And now she seemed to have grown a pair. If her words weren't enough to agitate the man he may have applauded her. As it were, Sai could feel hiself moving along the edge. Whether she was at Lady Crag's Winsol ball or not, she had put herself in needless danger. He knew he should have gone to the entertainment of the territory queen. He'd forgone it of course, he was much to busy even for a Winsol ball but now he realized his father had been right.

"Mhmm," he agreed with her, tone non committal and he sipped at the tea, "Who hasn't heard about the delegation from Glacia?" He had and hadn't really cared. Sai's responsibilities were less good graces and more brute force. Leave the wining and dining of guests and such to the queen and steward. Sai was neither and he never felt the need to lick anyone's boots. "Did you now?" he asked as his dark eyes glittered with the gold of his long lived heritage.

He school his face into a chilled mask of control. It wouldn't do to show his anger now, he wouldn't show his anger at all. "I suppose you slipped away from the escorts you were given on top of it?" brow raised with his query. He had no doubt that she had. Like most queens, Vesa had a rebellious streak a mile wide and a hundred feet deep. He never did understand why queens always felt the need to do that.

He controlled the sigh that formed. He knew she was right, knew that there district needed every bit of help it could get, especially after Magda, and he knew that Vesa needed to cultivate friendships. But did it have to be with a skyship captain? "I don't see the harm in it," he agreed and paused to suck down the dregs of his overly minted tea. Turning the cup in his hands he moved to set it back on the table. He was in no hurry to give her the ultimatum. Let her stew in the fact that he had agreed.

Sucking a little at his teeth he sat back in his chair and gave her a steady look, "I've always wanted to see a Glacian skyship."

Vesa Reed

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Re: Bargaining for freedom
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2018, 06:16:02 AM »

Vesa very much did not like when she couldn’t read her people. Or strangers. Left at a disadvantage. Only Sai’s expression to work with. His tone and words. She’d fallen victim to such things before, lea ld astray and lied to. Her probes were not foolproof, but it was hard to be false within than it was without. He had gone stony on her. Shuttered. Obviously disapproving.

”I never ‘slip away’ from Gideon, or any of my other escorts, you know that.” With Gideon Vesa didn’t need to. He’d escorted her to her room and left for his own. What happened in her room was Vesa’s own private business. Vesa widened her eyes at him, brow also rising in faint mimicry of his expression. She was shocked he would think it of her. She hated worrying any of them. Too much a victim of their emotions.

”It was a ball, Prince Sai, there were plenty of people all in the very same room.” It just so happened Vesa had forgotten about most of them. It was wrong on a dozen levels. Possible enemies. Surely no longer trade partners. And Vesa still thought him suited to sighing young beauties more than herself. Lips pursed, Vesa frowned at herself for being so haughty. And for her wandering mind. But she couldn’t apologize for it. She’d lose ground.

Instead of rushing to apologize. Or to make amends by soothing the chill around his edges, Vesa drank. Let Sai stew and look at her that way. Kept all her squirming on the inside. She was no longer a little girl or an apprentice. Dendrabelle was hers. Sai was hers. And all the problems and responsibilities that came with them were hers. Orchards and tempers. She still had yet to try her Queen craft on him properly. Unsure how she would fare against the weight of his Grey.

Not to mention that his eyes promised he would see a dozen of her come and gone.

Vesa’s lips parted. Tongue nearly forming words before she could think. He didn’t?! Vesa hid shock behind her glass. Nearly choked swallowing before she set her drink aside. That had taken far less argument than she’d expected.

”Neither did I.” And she had always been curious. Kept at arm's length by her mother. To see but not see. And be seen. Locked in the carriage like a prisoner rather than an apprentice. Vesa nearly knocked her cup from the table. Body turning toward him. She grabbed at her surprise, this time tempered by dismay rather than lit with pleasure. ”You did not see them with mother?” Had they not taken tours? Of course it wasn’t Sai’s presence for the tour that disturbed Vesa.

”I always assumed you had.” She would taken Gideon too. Maybe they could distract each other. Vesa looked at Sai and despaired. But she kept despair to herself. It wasn’t his fault. And his needs outweighed her wants.

Sai Rivers

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Re: Bargaining for freedom
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2018, 07:36:35 PM »

"Just so," Sai told her with a salute of his cup. She never did slip Gideon or any of the others really. Perhaps he needed to speak to that child himself and find out what exactly had happened at that Winsol Ball. He should have gone himself but Winsol balls had never been his favorite thing. To many people. To many things that could go wrong that set him on the killing edge. An edge he had to be careful or he would lose his balance. "A ball full of people can be just as dangerous as a darkened street corner, Lady. Well you should remember that."

Sai wished she was still a little girl. The little girl that ran around in swaddling cloths. The little girl that had amused him then. How he wished she was still that little girl. It would mean a number of things. Her mother would still be alive and Sai wouldn't be feeling the beginnings of a headache forming in the middle of his forehead. He pinched the bridge of his nose between his fingers to alleviate the pressure as she drank. His hair would be as gray as his jewel before her reign would be finished.

He was pleased she didn't sink immediately into apologies. Or try to sooth him. He liked his ragged and chilled edges the way they were. It allowed him to keep her at arms length and keep his wits about him. "No," he admitted, "I was your mother's Master of the Guard much as I am yours, Lady Vessa, but I was not her First Escort. I made sure she was safe and would come back to me, but no I never saw the sky ships with her."

He had loved her mother deeply in his own way, had chafed at the fact he wasn't her First Escort and first line of defense while out and about. He hadn't been heart bonded to her much the same as he wasn't with Vessa but he'd loved her just the same. Nothing had come of it and soon he'd lost her to old age. Something he could never keep her safe from.

"Assumptions will usually get you in trouble, Lady Vessa," he retorted with a chuckle, "If you don't mind the extra company, I would like to see these sky ships." He reached forward to pat at the hand that had nearly knocked her cup from the table, "I promise not to make a scene should I disagree with something as long as you promise to stay within eye sight of me." Would she sneak out? Go along without him or an escort to get her way? He almost wanted her to so he could lock her behind gray shields to save her from herself.

Vesa Reed

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Re: Bargaining for freedom
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2018, 09:44:36 AM »

"No one would dare, not under Lady Crag's nose." And no one had, but Vesa didn't think reminding him of that fact would help any. Or maybe it would, since violence had happened at the territory court, which was why Lady Crag ruled them now, instead of the late Lady Fields. He seemed upset about too many maybes, pinching his nose and making Vesa inch just a little closer to him. Opal tapped so she could wrap him up in her craft if he needed it.

He did not ask, of course. Vesa wished he would, if he needed it, or even just because he wanted it. She liked sharing that part of herself, good at calming tempers and keeping her males content. When they let her, and sometimes when they didn't. Probes finding the tricky ones that needed fighting to be soothed.

"Me neither, she always left me in the carriage." Saying it aloud sounded childish, but it was their common ground. Left behind by her mother for whatever reasons she thought were best. At least his mood seemed to ease some. Vesa didn't even mind that he laughed at her. Tried to catch his patting hand instead. Knew the contact would settle them both, even if she didn't feed craft into it.

"Of course I don't mind! I think we've both waited long enough to see them." It was settled. Sai would accompany her, the tour as much for his pleasure as her own. He would be a good buffer, anyway, in the event the excitement was more her own than the captain's. "I don't think you've ever caused a scene in your life, Sai." Vesa smiled, certainly not in hers. And promised, even if it pained her to. "Of course. I promise."

Sai Rivers

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    Dendrabelle Master of the Guard
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Re: Bargaining for freedom
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2018, 11:45:47 PM »
Sai chuckled softly at the childish tone to her voice, taken straight back to the times that were so much more simple. Vessa's mother had her own notions in how to do things, leaving her master of the guard at home while leaving her daughter in the carriage were just a few of many. "I suppose there's another thing in common we have then Lady Vessa," he mused with a quirk at the corner of his mouth.

He let her grab the hand that patted hers. He needed the comfort, even if he would never admit it, his life and his job was stressful. Dire. And gave him headaches worthy of a healer. He didn't give any outward appearance that he appreciated her efforts but he allowed her queenly gifts to swamp him for a moment. He needed to do this more often. He needed to allow Vessa to sooth him when he needed it, but Sai just couldn't stop seeing that little girl he chased after for so long. Not the queen she was.

"Good," he said. He didn't quite believe her. He had a feeling that Vessa had wanted to tour these sky ships alone with a simple escort by her side. Sai didn't trust anyone with the safety of this Queen but himself. He had promised to keep her safe and keep her safe he would. Plus, he really did want to see these sky ships up close and personal. It would give him an idea of what he would need to defend against.

"It's settled then Lady Vessa," he agreed with another quirk of his lips. "You would be wrong," he chuckled. He wasn't always the stern man he'd become. He'd been young once. "I wasn't always so serious. I used to be young. A long time ago but I was young once," he mused in a quiet tone ancient memories bringing a soft smile to his harsh looking mouth. He started lightly when he realized he was still holding her hand and Sai set it down gently.

"When will the sky ships be in Dendrabelle next?" He needed to prepare. To train. To make sure his deadly craft was just as deadly as always.



 

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