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  1. ((*sigh* Poking, prodding, groaning... I want to, but at the same time I know not to give in to impulse anymore. You really have to make darn sure about the other person, ya know? Anyhow, I think this one may be winding down for several of us, correct me if I'm wrong? I'll continue as long as others want to, but maybe we should start thinking about something new.))
  2. ((Is Chauncey still around? Celia was addressing her characters earlier...)) Brock Nither he nor Jacob had demanded food or a bed, yet here this woman was already ordering them to sing for their supper! She seemed very pushy, and Brock wasn't willing to put up with it at them moment. He'd come play with the boys when they were alone, sometime. "Well it was nice meeting you, Hanna." He guessed at the name he hadn't quite heard. "I really only dropped in to say hi, so..." He turned to the boy, "You think you can find me Allaphym's house, Lei?" Allisa "Kyrus!" She called after him, surprised by his sudden departure. It was true that this seemed like a safe town, but she still didn't like the idea of him wandering around alone... every town had it's nastier elements. Her father noted her discomfort. "Not to worry, my dear, we'll find him where we find our lodgings." He assured her. Not knowing what else to do, she nodded and they set off to find the beds they'd been promised. A short while and an inquiry or two later, they were rewarded by the sight of a cozy looking little place. Kyrus had found it ahead of them. "There he is." She gained some relief as that small bit of anxiety slipped away. "Kyrus, you must be more careful about moving around alone in a place you don't yet know very well!" She chided him from a distance as they approached.
  3. Allisa Gerald listened as Willaem spoke. "North and west, is it? Well surely we'll find it if we take a look around, perhaps query some of the people around that area." He slid down from his horse as Allisa moved to join him, she having dismounted earlier when Willaem's boys assaulted his steed. "Shall we?" He asked, taking the animal by the reigns. Brock was grinning, taking a boy under each arm and hoisting them into proper sitting positions on his horse. "Why's she gonna be upset?" He asked without any real interest. "We're just showing the lads a good time, right?"
  4. Celia I took the gold from him, a bit stunned by the creation of this lump of precious metal. I brought it to my mouth and bit down on it gently. It was real! My eyes locked on Kyrus as the predatory instincts swirled behind them. "Say, um, boy, er, Kyrus..." There was a vicious struggle going on inside me, greed against what fragile friendship I'd formed with this kid. After a moment of indecision, I smiled at him. "Have a good time, now!" Was all I said, cursing myself internally for being too soft to take advantage of this potential bonanza. Well... I could always change my mind. For now, I was suddenly in much more dire need of that drink. "Buh Bye, and thanks!" I waved cheerily before setting my horse walking on down the road. By the time I got to the tavern, I was wearing a sulky frown. "The Lucky J, huh?" I tied my horse to the post outside and went in, wondering what kind of place Allaphym's suggested watering hole would turn out to be. I ordered myself some bourbon and looked around... clean, more of a respectable eating establishment than the dark watering holes I generally did business in. First things first, I'd need to know what was going on around town if I was going to find any work. I picked out a sensible looking couple sitting alone, enjoying their lunch, and approached them. "Hi there! I'm Celia!" I wondered a bit too late if I was interrupting, but sat down across from them and gave a friendly smile. "I'm new around here, and I'm still trying to get my bearings. Any interesting local news you might share?" Allisa "Yes, I'm sure we're all a bit tired from the journey." She agreed with a nod. "I'm not." Brock put in immediately, shooting a quick glance at the two boys. Gerald smiled slightly, knowing all to well how his son enjoyed clowning around with kids. "Ah, well, perhaps you'll wear yourself out. I, on the other hand, fully agree with my sensible daughter. Did she tell you where to find it, my boy?" He addressed the last bit to Kyrus. Brock approached Willaem with a friendly grin, "Do you mind if I tag along? I might even lend you a hand keeping these young lads entertained."
  5. Now we would need a post from Oracle before I can skip off to rescue Chauncey from the tavern. Don't expect the other person you mentioned to post again, she hasn't seemed interested in Amaranth recently. Not to mention the fact that I'm here... by her choice, we now hate each other bitterly.
  6. Celia "Nice to meet you, boys." I nodded to them from horseback and smiled. "Now if you'll excuse me..." The nearest local tavern was gonna be my first stop, it'd been forever since I had a drink! My horse had taken a couple steps before I reigned in, remembering something. "Uh, Kyrus, why doncha head off'n play with the boys? Younger or older, you take your pick, but I need to head off and take care of something right now."
  7. Well, sufficed to say I am no longer tending the cat of a particular female. This means I have considerably more free time to spend on RPs, should any that peak my interest become active. *now on standby*
  8. Celia "And that's how you tip a goat." I affirmed to Kyrus, as though Jacob had merely been the assistant in my explanation. I was kind of put out that Jacob got one on his first try... it made me want to drop the idea for now, maybe come back later. "Anyway, there'll be plenty of time for goat tipping once we've gotten safely to Hayote." ((With that, I leaned back in my saddle and waited for a fast-forward. Chauncey and OneFeather are still waiting, ya know!))
  9. I dunno. I can enjoy slow as well as anyone else, but sometimes you just need the stimulation of a powerful, fast pace. Taking a more rapid pace, you can let all of your primal vigor erupt in a passionate storm of... um, posting.
  10. Celia The corner of my lip twitched at Kyrus' response. To tell the truth, I only asked his title to see if I could wheedle a bit more info out of him. Kinda strange, but even though I didn't get any I was still kinda pleased by his answer. He seemed to ignore my second question... I guess that's fine. I keep plenty to myself too. That was about when Jacob came over and started up with an embarrassingly formal apology. My mouth opened and closed once as I valiantly fought a sudden and strong urge to burst into laughter. Masking myself in a facade of deep thought, I took a few moments to get myself completely under control so that I could act for him properly. "Thanks, I won't tease you anymore if it bothers you. I'm grateful for your offer of assistance, but I'm gonna turn you down. There's no need to guard a guard, and as for goat tipping I'd rather enjoy the experience with somebody who enjoys it!" It was really hard to take him seriously when he talked like that, but at least he was trying to make nice.
  11. Celia I smirked. "He drugged ya, huh? I guess that's as good a way as any to make sure you don't sneeze at the wrong time." Close to the royal family... he seemed like such a normal kid. "Now me, why did I come here?" I pondered just a moment. "Heh, now there's a question! I wonder if I ever really made a choice? Seems like I've just been ending up in the wrong places at the wrong times." I cocked my head to one side. "Or the right ones, maybe?" It was all true, but there was also the fact that I stepped in to save Brock. That was a decision I made, just because I didn't want Allisa to cry over him. "Ah, well... I suppose it's fate." Curiosity was starting to gnaw around the edges of my mind. Who was Kyrus, exactly? Some noble, I guess, but that didn't really tell me alot. "So is it 'My Lord,' 'Young Master,' or 'Your Highness?'" I asked him after a moment, as though it were a natural thing to ask. For a noble, it might very well be! Not that I would know. "And what sorts of things were part of a typical day for Kyrus back then?" A thought struck me. "If it's hard on you, remembering, you don't have to talk about it. I'm just curious, I grew up in kind of a different enviornment." That was an understatement. I'd been born and raised as a gutter rat!
  12. Celia "You forgot to mention where I lied about anything to you. Oh wait... never!" I stuck out my tongue at his back. To tell the truth, I was really starting to hate Willaem. He never seemed to have anything nice to say to me, and it was irritating having to listen to him complain or criticize all the darn time. I grunted, a little short of breath, and quickly realized it was because my tum was getting squeezed. "Kyrus, hun, loosen your grip a bit." I said, wriggling to give myself a little breathing room. I glanced over my shoulder at him. None of the rest of the group were a whole lot of fun, mostly they seemed interested in getting on my case. Maybe I could be this kid's friend until we got to Hayote? I sure as heck needed somebody to talk to who wasn't gonna pick a fight with me. "So you were saved by Alric too? Mr. Priest does seem to get around." I gave him a half-smile, my mood still a bit dampened by a certain nameless idiot Zaddok. "I'd like to here your story, if you wanna tell it. Who were you before you had to turn fugitive on account of the Zaddok?"
  13. ((Oracle, would you mind deleting the above spam along with my post requesting it's deletion?))
  14. Celia My gaze fell dully upon him, uncertain whether I'd heard him correctly. I brought my hand to my brow, kneeded my forehead, then exploded, "Just WHO do you take me for!? I grew up in the slums making my own **** way on the street, fool! I know how to take care of myself, I know what kinds of men are dangerous, and..." I smirked finally, settling myself back down. "...I know when it's safe to tease. Besides, when was I untruthful back at the base? I seem to recall giving you everything I had on the case, then being wrongfully accused of a bunch of different things by YOU." I snapped my finger out to point straight at him. "Without a shred of evidence."
  15. Celia I snorted. "I hope you mean be careful not to hurt his feelings, 'cause boys pose no threat to me, Willaem. What's more, I've never been 'untruthful' with him without making it super obvious that I'm playing." I let my eyes wander back off in the direction Jacob had taken. "You just remember that men aren't the only ones who can get mean and decide to pick fights... and women don't always fight with their weapons. His training doesn't cover that kind of fight, but if he doesn't learn how to avoid it or deal with it he'll be just as dead. Or worse." My mood soured as my disgust deepened. "And that tantrum back in the cave is all the proof I need that he's not exactly the best at spotting when I'm pulling his leg. Maybe he didn't like my joke? That's fine, but most people I know stop short of freezing themselves over a bad joke!" I vented a frustrated sigh. "I didn't even get to tip my goat yet, either..."
  16. Celia My goat lost for the moment, I rejoined Willaem. Jacob had rushed on ahead, and I'd heard Willaem calling after him. "Again, huh?" I looked out in the direction Jacob had taken, then frowned. My eyebrows drew together and I became serious for a moment as an old memory bit at me sharply. "He could get into alot of trouble if he doesn't grow some thicker skin, you know." My grip on the reigns tightened. "Young guys who always take things so seriously, they're the kind that end up stabbed to death in bar fights over some stupid insult they couldn't let slide."
  17. ((Allisa arrived at the Tavern of the Chaotic Goddess, seeming in somewhat of a hurry. She hopped over the still brawling Alacrity and Axyl and made a distracted beeline for the dancers Alric had joined. "Sorry I'm late." She said, shucking off her mountain gear to reveal red and pink silk dancer's garments underneath. "It's so hard to find time for my daily lesson's any... any... Alric!?" She took only a moment to recover from her surprise. "Oh, is this a tavern? That's not right, I was looking for..." She glanced down at her sensous outfit and blushed. "...um, a tailor. Bye." She beat a hasty, nearly dignified retreat. )) Celia "Tsk! Would've been all in good fun if he hadn't over-reacted and blown a fuse. I tell you, the... GOAT!!!" I kicked my horse hard in the sides and set him galloping almost straight away, intent on cornering and tipping the mountain goat I'd just spotted. Didn't really think about things like, was it on the path? Did Kyrus have a good enough grip not to fall off? Why the heck should I want to tip a goat anyway? Those things didn't matter. What mattered was the task at hand! Or at least, it did until the thing starting hopping lightly up a nearly vertical rock face. I slowed my horse. "Wow! This is gonna take some planning!" I remarked, watching him disappear from sight.
  18. ((Yeah... I sort of introduced her to WOW just recently, and she really likes it. I might have some free time soon, at which point I'll give this RP some more attention.))
  19. Celia Tsk! "You're gonna say something like that right in front of me, huh?" I spat, watching it on it's way down. Stayed liquid until after it hit the ground... a good sign, I think. "Fine. Dish out the insults all you like, we'll see how much good that kind of karma does you later on." A shot a glare that softened to a glance when Kyrus spoke. "You're riding double with me. That'll settle the horse shortage." He was light, which would be easy on my horse, and it was hard not to like a kid that thought I was pretty.
  20. ((Marian, you're using this as your NaNo? Aren't you supposed to use a novel you've written yourself?)) Allisa Gerald smiled. "Come now, my boy, you don't get to my age without learning at least the basics of travel! It's the kids that're having the most trouble." Brock colored at the word 'kids,' "Dad, please! I can handle that dumb four legged brute as well as any other stubborn beast!" He retorted. The mare Brock had been riding snorted and stamped the ground once. Gerald smiled. "Can you? I don't think she agrees." Allisa could see that convincing Brock to give up his pride and ride double would not be easy, but she further noticed Jacob resisting the idea of her sharing his saddle. She wasn't sure of the reason, but didn't want to make him uncomfortable. "Why don't I ride behind Willaem? He's been up this way before, and I'd enjoy the opportunity to hear the local lore."
  21. Allisa "Oh, Alric..." She felt that he spoke from the heart, and regretted having thought so badly of him. It was just so hard to trust men after what had happened with Dredrick! She stepped forward and called after him, "Alric, Farewell! And good luck!" Brock sidled up beside her and mumbled in her ear with a teasing grin, "So are you gonna wait for him?" Allisa flushed, then adopted a serious tone. "I've no interest in men for the moment, so it seems it'll turn out that way regardless." Brock shook his head. "Uh huh. I'm sure that's all." Celia "Ok, that's good." Let's see... which guy? I'm pretty sure the Zaddok kid'd just freak the heck out again if I teased him at all, which wouldn't be much fun. I guess that left Will, though he'd said something about going to the sea with his boys. Guys with kids... that was really too much of a serious situation for me. Seemed I couldn't have much fun with either. How boring! Still, perhaps I can mix up some trouble. "Jacob, why don't you let Allisa ride behind you? She seems to be the least experienced rider here, so I'm sure it'll be a great relief to her." I glanced at her and she nodded. "That's true, though the mare Alric selected for me is very gentle."
  22. I was walking down a dirt road. All was quiet, but I knew. I knew they had come for me. I stopped and slowly drew out my spear. They came from all sides, garbed in the darkest black, and finally my worst fears were confirmed when I spotted the symbol of the National Insurgency Neutralization Journeymen of Antasia. I gasped. "Oh no! Ninjas!" It was horrible, the red juice flew in moments. Tomato juice, to be precise. They pelted me with the watery fruits for what seemed like hours, until I was well buried. "That's for singing that lewd ballad back in Grada!" The lead ninja spat at me, and everything went black. I snorted, woke briefly, turned over, and went back to sleep.
  23. Celia "Alric, you're not coming with us?" I could have stopped two words earlier, but somehow saying suggestive things seemed to have lost all appeal for the moment. Alric retreated to within the cave, and Willaem came out shortly. "Hey, I guess we'll be travelling together after all! Fate works in mysterious ways, huh?" Allisa Allisa and her family exited the cave to find Willaem and Celia with the horses. "Willaem... or Will, as Celia calls you?" She glanced at the mercenary, then smiled at Willaem. "Don't worry, you won't be alone." With her, the last two words of her sentence, were left unsaid but heavily implied.
  24. Allisa "..." Should she have bade him farewell? She wasn't sure. It felt like he was leaving just because she didn't... and added on to that, the fact that he was leaving with such a gorgeous woman? She scowled. There was little doubt for her what the only thing on Alric's mind was. She'd been foolish to think he saved her for any other reason. "Come, father, let us see if Willaem is ready to depart." She said, turning sharply away from the priest. Celia "Yay! It's Mr. Priest!" I bounced up and down excitedly as I saw him exiting the cave. Not that I was particularly happy to see him, but it meant we'd finally be on our way. "Everything's ready to go. Seven horses here mean some people are gonna have to share. I kinda assume Ally's gonna be riding with Twerza, but we need one more pair to ride double."
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