Himitsu no Sensou
Change everything you are and everything you were
06 October 2015 @ 11:02 pm
Oh no. Someone bought the last pair of curtains of the style I had my eye on. They would have been perfect for my salon. They were just the right shade of pink. I was in yesterday, and they assured me no one was buying though.

Chris, I think I'm going to be the one who is late tonight, I don't want to commission a whole new set. There must be some I like in another shop.
Mood: surprised
07 October 2015 @ 01:52 am
[Filter: Elliot]

You're up early ... ah. Apologies if I'm intruding. I didn't expect you to stay up, when I heard the rustling around ... I think most people are trying to get in as much rest as they can.

-- I hope you're feeling at least a little better. I know one night isn't much, but ... you've been quieter than usual, and ... I know it's difficult.
Mood: curious
06 October 2015 @ 10:48 pm
[Filter: Ebony]


I'm sorry I got mad. Could we maybe talk maybe? If you're not busy. There are still a few hours before court, at least. Um. I don't know. Let me know. I'm going to start putting my dress on.
Mood: uncomfortable
06 October 2015 @ 07:53 pm
[Filter: Verity]

Well, your time up there by yourself is almost over.
Mood: discontent
06 October 2015 @ 09:52 pm
Goodness, it would seem this place has been abandoned for years, hasn't it? How strange that there isn't a dwelling beside it... just the barn.

Mn. It's a dry place to sleep, and out of the forest, at least. I'll get my little oven out and heat it up. Being out of the deepest mist should at least allow us to relax and enjoy a good, hot meal, hm?
Mood: relieved
06 October 2015 @ 09:02 pm
[Filter: Lydia]

Hey! So I was thinking. You've got a bunch of money rolling in right now. The backroom's sort of seen better days too. If I've been hearing things right, the craftspeople of Norey who cater to the wealthy here, they're having a slow season because half their buyers are in Riva right now. Mean, that's terrible for them. Some prices are getting slashed just to get things out the door.

So, yeah. There's some good stuff to pick up if you're interested. Good furniture, fixtures, art, all of this stuff's priced to move. And since it's a Monday night tonight, wouldn't be too hard to get away to check some of it out, huh?
Mood: chipper
06 October 2015 @ 08:57 pm


I think... maybe I recognize this tree stump. See? If you stand like this, it has a face on it. There's the nose, all old and knotty, and there's the eyes.

Maybe we've been here?
Mood: thoughtful
05 October 2015 @ 01:33 am
Well, everyone, Canti and I have an announcement to make!

The official notices are all sent off as of this morning, but we thought some of you would appreciate knowing a little sooner. Besides, I very much doubt the two of us could keep quiet on here about it for another day, let alone weeks while we wait for the post!

We're expecting our first child. Due in early autumn, we believe. And yes, Canti is doing well, and yes indeed, we're overjoyed!
04 October 2015 @ 10:30 pm
[Filter: Lydia and Marigold]


Mood: frustrated
04 October 2015 @ 08:02 pm
I don't suppose anyone has seen any sign of the house we're looking for. I've been listening to everything the boys have been saying about keeping ourselves together, but -- but when I'm not careful, I still start to feel a bit ... loose.

When all the rest of you look into the trees, what do you

I suppose I was hoping a bit of talk might help distract me~ I hope everyone's coping better than I am!
Mood: drained
04 October 2015 @ 10:04 pm
[Filter: Prudence]

These are so much worse than the mists at home ... and it's almost like the path makers thought there's nothing worth coming to out here. I'm getting so tired of keeping myself me. I ... I don't want to complain too much though. Everyone else looks so tired too. Maybe ... maybe it's just an illusion but there's so many sunken expressions.

I'm so glad I have good anchors to walk with. I hope I'm not clinging to you and Patience too hard.
05 October 2015 @ 11:40 am
[Filter: Kiefer]

You mother is very excited over new grandchildren, isn't she? She will know it's still early, but still I think she has to catch herself to not announce the news to all the world. She is of age where she can just leave the household to me, and spend her days fussing over babies. Can you imagine? She was overwhelming when Aaron and Claudia were born, I'm not sure what Martha and Canti will think.

... Oh Kiefer. She's been telling you what she tells me, hasn't she? Giving you the same hints?
Mood: pensive
04 October 2015 @ 09:12 pm
... someone just stopped me in the market and asked for an autograph. Just a stranger, I've never met her before. She said she'd been watching and wasn't sure who I was, just because it was strange to see me out of costume...

And she couldn't believe I was visiting the public market by the Theatre District and not having my food delivered. She wanted to know if I lived in a mansion?

I mean, it's too surreal! Nessarose isn't even a huge part of the show. I only have one song! I can understand someone stopping Dimitri or someone like that, but me?

-- ah! Darn. I'm so flustered I think I left the eggs back there...

Sorry everyone. No omelettes tomorrow after all unless someone else wants to make the walk.
Mood: embarrassed
04 October 2015 @ 09:03 pm
[Filter: Lysander]

You won't apologize, will you?

You aren't going to come around. You aren't going to admit you were wrong. You'll keep defending talking to her, giving her comfort, letting her rest her wearing head on your shoulder and you won't be sorry for it. No matter how long I wait for it.
Mood: angry
04 October 2015 @ 08:57 pm
[Filter: Baethan, in Kilian]

If he knows we're coming is he going to set a trap for us? I know he's confident in his skills, but if he has a whole tower to work with ... I know my father could do a lot with a ruin if he put his mind to it.
Mood: worried
04 October 2015 @ 06:49 pm
[Filter: April]

Well ...

What do you think? I feel so odd taking her up on her offer, but not having to pay as much in rent, or just chipping in on hers ... that would make a world of difference, wouldn't it? Not having to pay for repairs to the roof, or to the windows every winter. We could spend money on clothes, or finery for court, or get ourselves new boots.

Dragons, I wish I was making the sort of money that comes from pegasus flight.
Mood: ambivalent
30 September 2015 @ 09:58 pm
[Filter: Tallys]

I just want to point out that if we're both so determined to make poor decisions likely to get us killed, I think my way is better.
Mood: amused
30 September 2015 @ 11:49 pm
It's been a week, has it gotten there yet, Martha? Oh, I hope it went with the right rider. I heard one of them likes to spend an extra day in the woods, and it's been a really rainy spring, and I really hope the package doesn't get too wet. I didn't think to put it in oil cloth because I'm so used to to the winter being longer, but it's really rainy, and the wives are saying it's going to be even more humid without Megam there anymore.

Oooh, I hope it's alright! I was so careful not to let any of the ink on the drawn patterns run when I was drawing it up, and I don't want it to turn up in Eblar in a soaked mess!
30 September 2015 @ 11:32 pm
[Filter: Scott]

I didn't count on...

I hate them so much now.

Before it was all so... cerebral. This is part of a system that is doing terrible things. Yes, yes, I know. I'm helping stop it, so it's all right.

It's not all right.

Now that I know about Sister Genevieve, I can't look at anyone else here the same. I keep thinking about Maxine, that poor little girl these people murdered. She wasn't a Pillar of Light, not yet. She was just a child! And that makes me think about... about... all the other that this has happened to, over the years. All the lives they've ended... or ruined.


I keep thinking -- does she know? Does he? The cook? The groundskeeper? Who knows what Sister Genevieve does? And who knows in their heart but looks the other way?

How do I -- talk to these people like it's nothing?
Mood: discontent
30 September 2015 @ 08:58 pm

So you're finally on your way. Ah, I'm looking forward to this, really. It's been so long, Marias. And you're even bringing your friends, just as I hoped.

This is going to be so much fun.
Mood: excited
30 September 2015 @ 06:29 pm
Do we really have to be up this early? I'm exhausted after yesterday.

I still can't believe how close my final match was. It doesn't seem fair that I won just because my opponent made a last minute mistake. She had me on the run for almost the entire time.

And of course if Kira had competed I wouldn't have had a chance.
Mood: accomplished
22 September 2015 @ 10:14 pm
[Filter: April]

Do you think they ever get embarrassed, talking in public like that? King Gebann and King-Consort Dagda, I mean. They're so ... they're so public about it. How do they even do it? Do they just ... not have any shame at all? How can they not even flinch?
Mood: tipsy
22 September 2015 @ 10:53 pm
I guess the takeaway in this joust so far is that everybody who thought they could keep training in the old way without focusing on developing their jousting technique is in for a rough next few years. Ebony tore through a number of men who usually put up a good fight, and the only close call so far is a guy whose been on horseback since he was ten. The next couple are going to be hard fights too, but damn. This has been some good stuff.

After this we've got another short melee, and then the Pegasus Knights are up. Looking forward to seeing Rae get up there.
Mood: amused
22 September 2015 @ 09:15 pm
Welcome home, Amaeyra. I do hope your travel was pleasant, and as you can see the children have missed you. But of course, you need not worry. Everything went quite smoothly in your absence.

[Filter: Private]

A bit too happy to see your aunt, aren't you? Especially Lianne, no doubt still cranky over my having disciplined her. I'm sorry I don't intend to spoil you the way I spoiled Mikaela, but those days are long over.

Someday you'll obey because I wish it, not simply to impress your perfect aunt.
22 September 2015 @ 07:17 pm
Are you going to announce the start of the tournament or not, King Consort Dagda? Hm~? We can hardly begin without the approval of the birthday man himself. Everyone is waiting~
Mood: amused
22 September 2015 @ 09:00 pm
[Filter: Raetha]

okay! Um, I talked to them. About our lease... It's official! We're out of her for real at the end of the month... or, earlier, they'd really prefer, but that doesn't really seem fair since we already paid for April, does it? ...

So I think we should stay. -- for April. Obviously...

Just for April.

Now I have to talk to Lady Anemone. That's going to be, um, a lot harder...

Maybe I can wait a bit longer. That... that wouldn't be so bad, right? Just another week or so.
Mood: nervous
22 September 2015 @ 06:57 pm
I really wish there was some way we could bring even more pie with us on the road. I know we're leaving any minute, but --

I mean, it's not that I'm hungry. It's just that going out here in the mist again ... we could use the pie. Even the road to Doolin was probably less forested than this, if it's anything like it was back when we ran into the boys.

And I sort of have a feeling that it's going to be a lot like that.
Mood: pessimistic
19 September 2015 @ 10:44 pm

I don't suppose anyone else is up and feeling very energized? Haa, and then noticed that darkness is falling and that's hardly the time to start a journey?

... this might be our last chance before we're out in the forest for quite some time. How about some pies? And a night of leisure. We can be up with the sun and start off, but, well...

I think we all know there won't be much of this left.

Haa, though I suspect some of you will just sleep through until morning~
Mood: refreshed
19 September 2015 @ 09:24 pm

you all trust me enough for this? i've taken care of brother, but ... i haven't taken care of anyone else for very long.

how long will you all be gone?
19 September 2015 @ 08:17 pm
Okay, it's time to say Happy Birthday to Eina. So far we're still a Kingdom, we haven't been invaded by anyone, no one's tried to depose us, and no one's starved to death since we got the food problem sorted out. I feel like that's a pretty good report on how we're doing.

There's some fun things happening around the city today for that, and then a big tournament tomorrow.

Fingers crossed for another year where people feel safe coming up here to live because we've got big plans.
Mood: content
19 September 2015 @ 07:25 pm
Now we have to walk into town? From here?


Well, if we all fall over and collapse and become lost to the mist forever, don't say that I didn't think we should have landed a little closer.
Mood: sleepy
05 September 2015 @ 10:23 pm
[Filter: April]

-- What are you doing to the curtains?
Mood: confused
05 September 2015 @ 11:37 pm
Ah, well, that's the last of my things! I wish we could pack more, but I -- well, I certainly understand why we can't...

Er... Prudence, or -- Crionna -- honestly, I'm never sure which to call you! -- is your brother awake? I haven't... well, no one has, for quite a while, but I doubt all of us can fit just onto you, so --

Sawyer, You need to stop fretting! They'll take good care of Yoshi, I'm sure!

[Filter: Doolin Citizens]

... you will, right? I swear, he'd rather lose me than that horse!
Mood: nervous
05 September 2015 @ 10:54 pm

Ebony! You need to get up, you wouldn't believe what's going on out there! I swear there's a thousand of those ethereans just outside the window, in the street below! They're chanting and waving white streamers and...

Hm, just what are they doing out there? I need to take some notes! Do you think they'll do a sacrifice... just right here? Now? Just past dawn and outside our window? I don't know if I want that or not! It sure would be something for the research, but I'm not sure I want to watch!

Brr, I need a blanket if I'm going to sit here with this thing open!
Mood: surprised
05 September 2015 @ 10:37 pm
[Filter: Jace]

Are you sure you don't want to ride with me...? It'll be much less cramped... ah, and you'll get to hold tightly to my waist all day!
Mood: tired
03 August 2015 @ 09:39 pm
[this part is very slowly and intentionally written, as if copied]

[Filter: Franelcrew]

[this isn't]

Mood: shocked
03 August 2015 @ 10:57 pm
Alright. If Lawrence says we're going to the boys's house than I will stand behind his decision. And it seems like it's become the consensus.

If we're doing this then we will have to do it smartly, and quickly. We'll have very little spare time, and so we'd best begin making our preparations immediately. If we're late to Taln then some very bad things will happen, and none of us want to be the cause of that.

Also, given that we're asking a lot of everyone who we're bringing, I feel like we should be fully honest to everyone coming about the reasons we're on this journey to begin with.
Mood: determined
03 August 2015 @ 08:25 pm
[Filter: Kail]

I don't think anyone forgot, exactly. It's more that they're... occupied.

Though I'm beginning to think they'll be idiots and parade us all the way to the northwest corner of the country just to -- fulfill some condition they've entirely created.

This is exhausting. And idiotic.

Do you want to abscond?
Mood: annoyed
03 August 2015 @ 08:02 pm
I can't believe --

I can't believe it's him. I can't believe it's him. He -- he's alive, somehow, somehow he's alive, and he met my eyes, and I swear he smiled at my just a little bit, and he might pull through and be really okay...


[Filter: Hunter's Circle and Lionel]

And what do I do now?
Mood: overwhelmed
20 July 2015 @ 09:50 pm
[Filter: Franelcrew]

So ...


That was certainly something. I can't even imagine what sort of magic must be at the base of this ... thing, to just ... produce stew like that. Ha, and after all this time it was a cook pot, wasn't it. Here we were, so sure that we were overlooking some complicated translation. And it was a cooking pot all along!

I suppose this means that we should go to Taln next, doesn't it.

Is everybody feeling ...

What does this mean, exactly?
Mood: nauseated
20 July 2015 @ 11:46 pm
[Filter: Saoirse, in Kilian]

Ah, Saoirse, there's some possible good news for you if you'd like to come to the cellar Nessa's taken hold of. You should be the one to hear it first. See him first. I believe the innkeeper, of course, but you'd know him best.
Mood: hopeful
20 July 2015 @ 08:04 pm
I know that Sophy is only trying to do what is best for the baby and I, but surely a light horseback ride couldn't hurt. It is quite tiring to be secluded to the castle and not able to do everything that I enjoy. She really is a wonderful handmaid, and I think she is becoming a wonderful friend as well. I just wish I could go do something more exciting than quite walks.

Surely someone must have some advice for me! What is a lady to do when she is expecting?
Mood: bored
20 July 2015 @ 09:43 pm
[Filter: Sawyer, Eabh, and Gabe]

What -- exactly did we just see?
Mood: shocked
20 July 2015 @ 07:10 pm
[Filter: Suaimeas, in Danaan]

Are you all right? You look like -- you look sick. Like you've been knocked around the head a few times. That ...

That form.

It's like the mist monsters. Bigger, but. Um. It makes me worry that -- that maybe they have something to do with us? Ever since -- ever since that time at the well, I kept thinking ... they never attack us normally! Why would they have come after us then? And I just thought well, it was the Day of Mists ...

But maybe there's more to it?

I don't know.

I keep going over this letter. Do you think we should show it to Amalea? Tell her what it says?
Mood: frustrated
20 July 2015 @ 09:00 pm
[Filter: Gabe, Kilian]

... we said we'd tell them after the dragon was dead. They killed her! Sort of. They helped kill her...

They definitely weren't in league with the dragon that ate Da. Definitely. And they don't know where to go. And they look worried. And I don't think town likes them the way they used to. So...

... should we tell them now?
Mood: nervous
20 July 2015 @ 07:01 pm
[Filter: Private]

It feels wrong to think about leaving, considering the role we played in the damage the village has gone through, but we have less and less time to linger, less time to savour the relief of somehow surviving near impossible odds. We have to have recovered the last of the treasures and be in Taln by the next Moon Festival, and that is three months away. Perhaps the villagers would prefer us to leave them to their grief, to heal themselves from years of terror, and to stay longer would be like gawking over an accident. Besides, I can't wait to see how time has warped a magical cookpot. It would be too much to hope that it has simply stopped working.

Again, the question of what the Clerics want with all of this remains. The most charitable explanation is that they think to test our worth by using us to clean up and recover priceless artifacts for the sake of their country's stability, but that seems rather out of character. No, I think they want to see if the vessels that carry their brothers' and sister's souls will obey. I think, if I knew my long-dead brothers and sister could be returned to my side, and I was not limited by what is earthly possible, there would be little I would not do to make that true.

I hate that there is so little we can do to resist. I hate that we are just following the breadcrumbs they've laid out for us. I dread that we really are dooming this world by doing exactly what they wish.
20 July 2015 @ 12:33 am
[Filter: Those in Doolin, in Kilian]

Um. I just got word that some of the bodies at the place where they gathered changed to human. The animals are probably going to get bad there in a few days, and so if you wanted to claim any of them before ...

Well, it will be a lot of work. But it's up to all of you.
Mood: pessimistic
19 July 2015 @ 10:18 pm
[Filter: Crionna and Labhri, in Kilian]

I don't think they would want to hear it from me, but there are people here. They're all dead, but they aren't all monsters anymore. I don't even know if they would want to hear that at all.

Maybe they'll want to bury them. Or burn them. Or whatever they do. I always forget. But they probably won't want to leave them for the wild animals.

You know how to talk to them better than I do. So you can decide if you tell them or not.
19 July 2015 @ 09:45 pm
What's going to happen now? Is Doolin really safe again?
19 July 2015 @ 11:37 pm
[Filter: Faith and Lauren]

On the one hand, this is really my field of expertise to begin with. I think we can all agree that Kail needs to be trained with lances to begin with if he's going to be carrying that thing around. On the other hand, I believe we're also all aware of how well the boy takes to training. He tries his best, but . . .

I was wondering if we could all pitch in to help him rather than just taking the entire burden on myself.

[Filter: Nessa]

It's true that the man needs constant attention, and there's quite a few other things you could be doing as well. However, I must once again point out that you're only human, and that you need to take care of yourself as well.

Is there anything I can do that will take enough of the burden off your shoulders that you could sleep for a couple of hours?

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