Ain't it Fun

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Morilinde

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Ain't it Fun
« on: April 17, 2017, 11:23:03 PM »
Tagged: Josiah
Location: Shahllene Court Residence
@Notes: There's liquor come have some
Burn everything you love,
then burn the ashes
The air had settled. The sunlight filtering through her curtains turning everything golden orange. It seemed deceptively serene, as if mere hours ago there hadn't been a bloodbath. Mori propped one leg up on the windowsill, arm precariously balanced on her knee and fist against her chin. Her eyes were hazy and unfocused, trained on the horizon but not truly seeing any of it. The air had settled but the undercurrent still lingered.

Blood. Fear. A roiling wave of dark power and Mori hadn't had to ask what had happened. She hadn't wanted to know, the less she knew the longer she'd live. Josiah had bolted to find Iris and she had wisely remained in the residence. Let the poor man run to his queen, her loyalty to Irisviel began and ended with the terms of her contract. If Iris had killed her steward then that would have been on her.

Thankfully, she hadn't. Save the guards that had been carted back in pieces, there hadn't been any unfortunate deaths. Just the pieces of guards and a traumatized household.

Mori sighed and shifted slightly. It would be a miracle if no one quit after all of this was said and done. She couldn't blame them if they did. There were other courts to serve in, less volatile queens even. Though this had proven her right in avoiding them for as long as she had. Volatile and more than a little unhinged.

Mother Night she needed a drink or five dozen.

A quick knock on her door as she called in a bottle and she frowned, pausing just long enough to flick the door open with craft before settling back comfortably on her perch. "Lord Redgrove." she tipped the bottle in greeting but made no effort to move further, "Come in, you look terrible."

Josiah Redgrove

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Re: Ain't it Fun
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2017, 06:23:06 PM »
Inside the walls of Shahllene’s Province court, time had ground to a halt. Josiah Redgrove walked its halls alone, noting for the first time how truly large they were when they were hush and emptied. What was happening, now, behind this endless maze of closed doors?

Letters of resignation, probably. Irisviel Crag’s Steward was an optimist, even at the least of times, but he was not a damn fool.

He was barefoot, but otherwise dressed, although his clothes no longer befit his position at court—they were grass-stained, now, and clammy with drying sweat. On any other day, he might have been humiliated. But today… well, suffice to say the afternoon’s events had put things into perspective.

Was that why he was calling on Morilinde? Maybe. Perspective was something she always seemed to have—perspective, weapons, and hard liquor. When the door swung open in reply to his listless knock, he was relieved to find her curled up by the window and already holding a bottle.

Perspective? No. If anything, he’d come for this: a silent understanding between two people who knew that, sometimes, but especially in moments like these, you really just needed a thrice-damned drink.

“Lady Morilinde.” His voice was hoarse from use; not long ago, he’d put Irisviel to bed and undertaken the long, grim task of explaining to the rest of the First Circle that several guards had been relieved of their lives. “Yes, I know. I think I’ve earned it today.”

The door clicked shut behind him, and for a moment he stood awkwardly in the center of the room, mouth thoughtfully half-open, as though he might say something else. But he sank into a nearby chair, instead, gold-rimmed glasses askew, dark eyes focused on nothing in particular.

“I wasn’t fast enough.” Light, wistful. He turned his gaze on her, then, and tried to will a smile out of a shaky exhale. “Pour one out for me?”

Morilinde

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Re: Ain't it Fun
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2017, 05:57:15 PM »
Tagged: Josiah
Location: Shahllene Court Residence
@Notes: There's liquor come have some
Burn everything you love,
then burn the ashes
He hadn't been fast enough.

She nodded quietly, a swing from the bottle in hand. Who would have been? Certainly not her, even with all of her centuries of training. Mori also had had no illusion that one man would have been enough to stop Iris from tearing apart whoever had earned her ire. Still. Oh how easily the mighty fell. It was a sobering reminder, really, of what they were and what they were capable of.

Another swing of the dark liquid before Morilinde finally moved. The bottle dangled from her hand limply as she slunk off the windowsill and went in search of a glass. "She's a force of nature isn't she?" A force of nature akin to a lightning storm and wildfire all bundled into one. Just as destructive on a good day too. She kept those particular thoughts to herself though. Poor Josiah had been through enough today.

"You weren't fast enough but cheers to being alive, hm?" Settling a glass down on the low table beside Jo and working the cork out of a new bottle, Mori flashed him a wry smile, "Keep the bottle, getting this stuff out of Terreille is easy enough." Even if it wasn't, she could make an exception. The poor man needed it more than she did.

Leaving the bottle and full glass on the table, Mori draped herself over a chair. "Drink and when you're ready tell me which unfortunate idiots got on our dear Irisviel's nerves today."
 

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