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Author Topic: Allies and Desserts  (Read 305 times)

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Allies and Desserts
« on: May 16, 17, 09:38:17 PM »
She pinned her hair up, tucking strands here and there until it fell just the right way.  It wasn't that she didn't take care with her appearance... she always took care of her appearance.  But today she actually cared a little more than usual.  Vadik kept giving her 'that' look about it... but he was an intelligent cousin and kept his remarks to himself.  Mostly. 

"So... are you?"
"Am I what?"
"Thinking of bringing him into the circles?"

She stayed quiet, smoothing her hands down the gown.  On one hand, she wanted to say 'yes'.  On the other... she didn't know him well at all yet.  "I am uncertain."
"No you aren't."
"Fine... I would like to, but I am professionally uncertain."

Vadik chuckled, leaning over to lay a kiss on her cheek.  "Poor little cousin."
"Yes yes.."  She tilted her head to the side, allowing Vadik to get his fill of her scent before rubbing at his jaw.  "You should find yourself a good wife, Vadik."
"Yeah yeah... stop worrying about me.  It's the other way around."

She laughed, twining her arm with his before starting for the door to her rooms.  "Has he arrived yet?"
"Due anytime now.  You aren't going to take him off to the atrium right away are you?"
"I am very tempted."  She grinned, watching as Vadik began to snort in amusement again.  At least he wasn't taking Maseo's presence poorly.  She'd seen it happen before.

Whatever Maseo was... he certainly knew how to use Protocol.  She'd grant him that.  Few people could put Vadik at ease when he started out on guard.  Maseo had managed it.  Vadik liked him... and that made it even harder to continue think logically about the man.  But she was trying.

"Has cook laid out her ideas to exchange?"
"Of course.  She's over the moon about learning something Tacean... and the last I checked in, she had about five books sprawled out over her study desk trying to find the best recipes to offer in exchange."

She shook her head, patting his arm as they approached the room she had set for the meeting.  Already the servants had tidied everything neatly.  Already the room nearly glowed with the light of the sun and the view into Raej took her breath... as it always did.  "Well, I hope he arrives soon.  I'd like to make sure that it looks appropriate for our guest, and I would like.."

"To make sure that he remains for dinner?"  Vadik grinned, winking at her as she scowled.

"You are going to be relentless, aren't you?"
"You have NO idea."


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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 17, 12:04:38 AM »
Maseo had taken a long, relaxing bath upon waking for the day. It allowed him to organize his thoughts while he prepared to meet Raet for today’s business. The High Priestess of Raej would make for an excellent client if Maseo could manage it. Not to mention it would create further goodwill between Raet and the Territory Court. Maseo was struck by the idea how much that outcome pleased him. It would also provide further goodwill between Raet and himself.

The young Queen would be useful to his plans.

He left the bath and readied himself for the day, tying his hair back into a neat ponytail, followed by a dark blue suit. He headed for Raet’s home with Prince Tashiwara, their carriage of teas and pots in tow.

You returned home late last night. We did not expect the Raejian Queen to be so...accommodating.”

Lady Neith was most hospitable. I believe that she’ll be our gateway to further business opportunities in Raej. The doors of this city are opening to us, my friend.” Maseo said.

"Is it only the doors opening to us, my friend?” Tashiwara asked, his tone light.

Maseo wondered if the atrium would be free today.

We must stay the course, Lord Maseo. You came to Raej for a reason. Our benefactor is expecting results.

And our benefactor will have results. There was no prohibition against enjoying ourselves while we do so. Lady Neith is a pleasant woman to spend time with thus far. When that is no longer the case, I will do what is necessary.” Maseo said.

See that you do, my friend. See that you do.

The arrived at the estate just before ten am to ensure that they’d have enough time to speak with Cook and visit with Raet and Vadik. He reminded himself to ask the Warlord Prince to play against for them tonight. Tashiwara wanted to hear this instrument that Maseo described to him, this guitar.

He smiled when they were brought before Raet and Vadik.

Lady Neith, it is good to see you.” Maseo said, while he Tashiwara bowed in tandem to the Queen and her First Escort.

Prince Vadik, it is good to see you as well. Are you ready for us to set up?

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 17, 12:23:48 AM »
She turned as Maseo was escorted inside.. and with the smile she gave, it would seem as if all the world had disappeared.    And where others might think that was simply the Queen in her, it wasn't.  For a blessed moment, she let herself simply enjoy that he had come back. 

And better... he matched her.  Surely he hadn't known, or been tipped off... but a blue suit to match her blue dress?  It was delightful.  Smiling, she inclined her head.  "Lord Maseo, Lord Tashiwara wasn't it?  Thank you so much for coming to assist us this day."  She folded her hands in front of her, giving a light curtsy. 

"Of course we are.  The Queen is most certainly delighted to be hosting such a guest this evening."  Vadik was much less open with Tashiwara here.  Raet inwardly sighed at that.  It was to be expected, but still.  She'd hoped he would maintain his easy humor.  Too much to ask, she supposed.

"Lord Maseo... I was thinking we could start with the chai?  It was absolutely delightful, and I think the Priestess would greatly enjoy it."  Or at least, she certainly hoped so.  Her head turned, eyes widening a bit as the Cook came through the doors with a few bound scrolls in hand.  "AH ha!  I know just which things to offer up!"

Raet's lips twitched... and then a small laugh left her.  "I apologize on Cook's behalf.  She's been giddy all morning waiting for you, Lord Maseo."  Her tone was indulgent, eyes skimming over her hearth witch before turning back to Maseo.  "Should I abandon you to her siege for a few moments?  WE may not hear the end of it if I do not."

Vadik snorted a bit.  "Don't abandon him, little cousin... you should have to suffer the same fate as well.  Lord Tashiwara and I can go about setting up the room while you three do business at the table."

Her face took on a suffering expression, fist clutching at her heart for a moment.  "Alas, I shall be defeated!"

The cook brandished one of her scrolls, laughing lightly.  "Don't pay them any mind, Lord Shingetsu.  They tease me mercilessly every day."

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 17, 12:07:47 AM »
Maseo couldn’t help the bright smile that lit his face at Cook’s entrance and clear dishevelment. He also enjoyed the way that she and Vadik teased each other. It made Maseo think of Sakura and wonder what his cousin was doing now, back home. He pushed the thought away and focused on the people in front of him, striving to stay in the moment so that he did miss any of their cues.

The chai is a perfect choice. I’d be happy to get that started for the High Priestess’s arrival.” Maseo said.

But Vadik had other ideas. The Warlord Prince suggested that Prince Tashiwara join him in setting things up, leaving Maseo to Raet’s company, along with Cook. Maseo started to speak up, but Prince Tashiwara was faster.

That is an excellent idea, Prince Vadik. Lady Neith and Lord Shingetsu should address this matter with Cook. I have some other recipes that I can share later as well. Cook, I would speak to you later, if you’ll allow it.” the slightly older Tacean said.

Cook nodded and smiled, glad that she’d hear from both men today. Tashiwara and Vadik moved on, conversing quietly and leaving Maseo with Raet and Cook.

Oh, I’m not worried about them, my Lady. I’m prepared to enjoy my present company to the fullest before she must do queenly things once more.” he said, moving forward to take her hands and kiss them gently. He rose and smiled, before greeting Cook.

I have three recipes I know by memory. I have written instructions for three others. How would you like to do this?” Maseo asked, moving to stand beside Raet and placing his hand dangerously low on the small of her back.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 17, 04:42:50 AM »
Those lips on her hand had her eyes dilating.  She could tell.  It took everything she had to not flush and stammer like a young girl not past her Virgin Night.  But Cook was taken with Maseo.  The woman was too distracted to notice as Raet pulled herself together, her smile wide and delighted as she watched the woman begin to unroll her recipes. 

"Now you've gone and done it.  She's going to drown you in her cooking knowledge."
"Oh surely not.  Most of my dishes are from Raej and Pruul!  Drowning only occurs in the springtime!"

Raet rolled her eyes, her weight shifting her just a little closer to Maseo as she felt his hand settle so low on her back.  It felt like a hot brand held at bay only by the thin material of her gown... and it was delightfully distracting.  She wasn't nervous about meeting the High Priestess.  She'd heard the woman was wonderful... and even if the woman turned out to be a complete shrew (unlikely as that may be) she was certain she couldhandle it.

The High Priestess would not be trying to take her place, after all.

No, what she was nervous about was Maseo being able to watch her as she worked.  For some reason, that set her stomach to rolling about.  Her chin lifted, eyes glittering as she watched Cook begin to explain some of her more simple dishes to Maseo.

"Personally, I recommend her meat pies."
"Oh she so adores those.  You should have seen her eat them when she was younger.  Where all of it went, I have no idea."
"Cook!"  She actually flushed a little, her fingers raising to cover her lips.
"Well, it's TRUE.  I once watched her put an entire pie away all on her own."
"I had been learning how to feed the land that day.  I was STARVING."
"Pfah.  She'd still do it if she thought that Vadik wouldn't tease her."
"... he teases me anyways!"

Cook grinned, cackling a little before nudging hte recipe towards Maseo's hand.  "Yes, you must take that one in exchange for one of your dishes, Lord Shingetsu.  That flush is so rare.  Very worth it."

Raet's cheeks went a little pink.  Oh that damned hearth witch knew JUST how to put people in their places.  "Ahem.  At any rate... she isn't wrong.  The meat pie is an excellent dish, and most people in Raej would crawl through a flood to get to Cook's kitchen if they had to."

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 17, 11:40:46 PM »
Oh, I could hazard a guess.” Maseo said, in relation to where all the meat pies might have gone. The hand at the small of her back moved a fraction of an inch lower, though the Seduction Craft he focused through his fingertips at that moment made it feel as though he was gliding his fingertips down the length of her spine. He was glad that Vadik wasn’t here currently. This was probably skirting the bounds of decency. Raet moved closer to him, though, and Maseo took that as a signal that she was at least enjoying herself.

Cook, I will gladly trade for your recipe for meat pies. Perhaps I can learn to make them and send you one to try? You could grade my following of your directions. Maybe, if it’s worthy, I’ll even let Lady Raet try.” Maseo said, smiling at Cook. He hadn’t yet even looked at Raet, merely keeping his hand upon her, one part possession and one part guardianship. He was her Escort, currently, and Maseo would honor that position with the trust placed in him by Prince Vadik.

Can I ask for any spicy dishes that you have? I have enjoyed spicy food since I arried in Raej and I can find anyone willing to add the spice to my personal taste.” Maseo said.

Maseo accepted the recipe and conjured one of his own, handing it to Cook. “This is a vegetable dish that requires very little in the way of cooking or seasoning. You’ll spend most of your time cutting and preparing the vegetables themselves.” he said.

But once the vegetables are ready, you can enjoy them over rice or even with meat. There is a second recipe here as well, for making wine out of rice. It takes a bit of time, but I promise that it is well worth it in the end.” Maseo told her.

He spared a glance at Raet and smiled.

So you say she ate an entire pie on her own?” he asked suddenly.


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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 17, 04:50:15 AM »
She was watching as Maseo and Cook exchanged their recipes.  She was... distantly, even paying attention to which dishes they were exchanging.  But she wasn't certain she'd remember exactly what they swapped, because truthfully... truthfully the feel of his fingertips was that startling to her nerves.

She could almost swear she felt lightning tingling along his fingertips as they slid down her spine.  She could taste craft in the air, and she didn't even mind.  It was delightful.
What would it feel like to be naked with his hands playing such delights over my skin?

The very thought had her cheeks flushing a little, her breath sucking in over her lips before she managed to school her face.  She musn't let Vadik realize she was so... out of sorts.  It might ruffle his feathers that a male was affecting her so... in such a public way.  No, she had to get this under control.

And she was going to have to put her foot down and subtly demand Maseo's attentions... or seek elsewhere to take some of the pressure off, anyways.  Though that last option was not nearly as appealing.  Perhaps part of the appeal was that he held himself just out of reach..  She'd never really had to chase a male before.

She found she sort of enjoyed it, even if it was certainly an exercise in frustration.  She drifted around him, her hand trailing over his back.  Tit for tat... she let a bit of that cool summer sky drift down his back, as if she'd crawled under his clothes and let her lips blow her breath over his skin.

If he was going to dance so dangerously, so was she.  Her lips turned in a taunting little grin, eyes tilting in his direction as he finally deigned to ask about the pie.  "It might surprise you just how much I can put away, when I wish to."

Cook giggled, gently 'thwacking' Raet's arm with her rolled up recipes... newly acquired.  "You behave when the Priestess arrives, young lady."
"Always, cook.  If I were to embarrass you, I'd never hear the end of it."  Raet beamed, inclining her head in the woman's direction before turning her attention back to Maseo.

"Cook gets away with quite the prodding, I'm afraid.  She's been around me since I was thirteen."  She'd also been the one to demand that Raet eat after her Queen was murdered... though she'd been kind and made the dishes soups that were easily gulped down. 

"I would ask you if you wished to go for a walk, Lord Maseo... but i would hate to keep you from your work if you believe you must assist Lord Tashiwara.  I would not mind watching, you know... it would be interesting indeed to see how Taceans prepare for such an important meeting."  She smiled, her eyes locked on his face as she let her thoughts wander to what else she wouldn't mind watching.

Seeing what he looked like without that wonderful blue suit, for instance.  That was certainly something she wouldn't mind watching for a while.  If she was lucky, she might even manage it some time today.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 17, 01:02:44 AM »
Maseo loved the feel of her Craft against his skin, smiling even as he made his final exchanges with Cook. They promised each other that they’d meet again soon to discuss the recipes and how they’d gone. Once Cook left to return to the kitchen and oversee the meal being prepared for the High Priestess, Maseo turned his attention back to Raet once more. It hadn’t taken them long to incite each other.

I’d love to go for a walk, Lady Raet. Prince Tashiwara is enjoying his conversations with Prince Vadik and showing him how all of this works. I also may have spoken very highly of Prince Vadik’s musical talent. Tashiwara plays several instruments and I think they’ll get along well.” Maseo said.

Something tells me they won’t really miss us unless we’re late to meet with Lady Abbasi.” Maseo said, leading her away from the area and out into the estate proper. He looked over the adornments and decorations once more, seeking anything that gave him deeper insight into Raet and her life. He did not remember asking her if she had siblings, nor did he mention his own family to her. He wanted to keep their conversations fresh, so that she never felt bored or lacking for discussion.

I think I will arrange a business trip to Dena Nehele in the near future. There is a vineyard in one of their Provinces that I think would do excellent business here in Raej. Rich wines that go well with several foods. You’d probably amaze your Court with your connections that far away from Raej.” he told her.

His hand remained on her lower back, though not as low as before.

Where would you like to go now?” he asked.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 17, 01:30:42 PM »
"I've always been a little curious about Dena Nehele.  I've heard that the sun coming over the vineyards in the morning is divine."  She smiled, her hands folding in front of her as they walked.  To outsiders, they'd look perfectly acceptable.  His hand was in an appropriate place, her hands were visible...

But in reality, she was letting that summer sky craft run up and down his spine.  She alternated it between the soft mimicry of breath and the light teasing touch of nails.  Just the sheer fun of it had her lips tilted upwards, a little.  A small and impish little grin that most here in the Court had yet to really see.

"Well, I've yet to show you the guest rooms."  That smile twitched.  "I suppose you should know where those are, as I hope you will likely use one eventually.  Vadik insisted they be at the other end of the estate from my own rooms."  She chuckled, rubbing her fingertip over her lips.  "To be honest... I'm glad he thinks in such a way.  I certainly don't.  I spend more time thinking about how to fix problems than predicting problems showing up in my own house."

She paused, suddenly, her hand moving out in front of Maseo.  Giggling children dashed across the hall, freezing as they realized they'd just stepped in front of her.  She laughed lightly, bending over a bit to look them both in the eye.  "You aren't in trouble.  But next time, make sure you watch where you are going. There will be important guests that enter the house on occasion."  She grinned, reaching out to ruffle their hair.  These two boys always made her laugh.  "And tell your mother I said to relax.  Queen's orders." 

She straightened up, shooing them away before glancing at Maseo.  "Those are Cook's little ones.  They can be... rambunctious.  Should you ever wish to be highly entertained, just watch them for twenty minutes.  Just yesterday, their mother was chasing them down with a rag to try to clean them up.  They were naturally filthy again within ten minutes."

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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 17, 11:40:50 PM »
Maseo thought that he had prepared himself for Raet’s revenge, in which she tested his limits with her own Seduction Craft. He wasn’t immune at all to the sensations coursing up and down his spine, but he’d not expected her to affect him like this. They walked and he wanted to find a dark place and make her pay for her temerity, but she stopped him as they crossed a particular threshold.
 
Cook’s children raced through the area, but stopped upon seeing their Queen. He watched them focus on Raet with rapt attention while she gently admonished them against running about. Maseo’s attention was also focused upon her as he watched her speak to them, hold their attention, and showed them both the gentle strength of a ruler and the warm attention of a mother. That called to something within the Warlord, something he thought he’d buried long ago when he left home. While he was not bound to a Queen and truly didn’t care to serve one unless it served him first and foremost, he owned that if he had to serve a Queen...Raet was worthy.
 
Then she sent them on their way. When she turned to Maseo, he was watching her with a mix of humor and something else, something darker and more hungry than before.
 
You know, I think I’d like to see those guest rooms. After all, I’ll probably use one soon, right?” Maseo asked.
 
When she agreed, he followed her to the area where the guest rooms were located. He pulled her into the first unoccupied room that they came to and closed the door, locking it shut with Craft.
 
It’s a shame a that your room is on the other side of the estate. But I suppose it keeps men of ill-intent away from you.” he said, his hands settling at her sides.
 
It’s a further shame that the High Priestess will be here soon.” he said, leaning in to kiss her throat.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 17, 04:18:45 AM »
You know, I think I’d like to see those guest rooms.  The timbre of his voice had lowered.  She wasn't certain if he had noticed.... but she certainly had.  Her heart picked up its pace, her breath shallowing out a little as she felt that tingle of awareness beneath her skin.  She felt as if he had gone predatory on her... and it was thrilling.

So naturally, she agreed.  She continued with that graceful sway, the touch of her Craft on his skin light and teasing as she showed him to the guest wing.

Admittedly, she was a little surprised by the sudden spin into a guest room.  But the catch in her breath was far from frightened.  Her eyes intead turned up, studying his face as she brought her hands to the top of his arms, feeling the way his fingers flexed against her hips. 

He was teasing her again.  Reminding her of how little time she had alone with him.  The man was a master at it, she had to grant him that.  The thrill of his lips touching her throat had a soft sound escaping her lips, her head tipping up to grant him ever more access.  He was right. They didn't have nearly enough time to truly explore.  But that didn't mean she couldn't cheat, a little.

She let her Craft freely explore beneath the soft fabric of his shirt and suit.  She let it play over every muscle, gently stroking and scratching whenever she felt him stir.  And all the while, her hands slid up his arms, slowly linking behind his head so that she could enjoy the sensations he granted her with his kisses and hands.

"You could always stay the night, Lord Maseo.  The offer is always open."  She couldn't help but notice her own voice had gone a bit husky... a bit too breathy to be unnoticed if anyone in the court were to hear it.  No, if they heard any of this, they would immediately know that a male had caught her attention.

If she were another Queen, that might not be so shocking.  But she was Raet Neith, and notoriously picky.  Prior to Maseo, only Healers really got such sounds.  And never in situations like this.  She doubted she'd be calling on a Healer for that particular need anytime soon.  No... she was going to wait.  She was going to wait until she could get Maseo to capitulate... because it would be worth it.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 17, 12:24:48 AM »
Maseo rested his forehead against Raet’s, his breath slow and husky as they stood so close to each other. He did not know that she was picky or how rarely she voiced her enjoyment of enjoying carnal attention. What Maseo did know was that they either had to stop touching each other or use this room to take away the edge from their desires before the High Priestess arrived. His fingers tangled in Raet’s hair and gently tugged, raising her mouth to meet his in a deep, lingering kiss that he’d wanted to give her since last night.
 
I could definitely stay.” he said when the kiss broke, taking  a deep breath. “But that would be tonight. Or another night. What plans do we have to help each other now? You can’t go to this meeting with your focus scattered.” he whispered, thinking once more of the atrium.
 
Her Craft was doing its work, hardening him for her grasp when she brushed against him. It would be just their ill luck if Vadik and Tashiwara came searching for them right now. It would be even worse if one of the house staff found them, for that information would probably go directly to her First Escort or her Steward. Or one of the men in her Circles. They’d want to preserve their Queen’s honor, which meant separating her from the foreigner who held her spellbound. Maseo, for his part, had his own instructions that required Raet and her Court to serve their purpose.

He liked her and didn’t want to ruin her. Maseo knew he would do just that.
 
But if that was the case…
 
He guided her away from the wall and laid her down on the bed.
 
Do we have time to...talk?” he asked, hiking up her dress a bit.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 17, 02:32:45 AM »
"Talking wasn't what I had in mind..."  No, talking wasn't what she had in mind at all.  The feel of his hands skimming along her calves as he lifted the bottom of her dress had her twitching.  The images in her mind were... not at all appropriate.  It was a little shocking just how quickly this male could make her forget what she was supposed to be doing, and only focus on what she wanted

Some part of her felt mildly guilty about it... but mostly she thought that no one could really expect her to always put others first.  Sometimes a woman had to take care of herself. Surely anyone else would understand that?

She growled, a little, before settling her mind.  It wasn't going to at all be a slow or leisurely exploration... but truthfully, she wasn't in the mood for that right now.  She felt over warm, heated beyond belief.  It had her hands dropping, settling at his wrists before she twisted about, angling herself above him.  Where before he had taken his kisses, and she had let him because she enjoyed it... now she was taking them for herself.

She wasn't rough about it.  Simply.. insistent.  She fed at his lips, her fingers moving to undo the bindings on his suit.  "We have a little time... to talk."  She whispered it above his lips, intent on removing the clothing that covered him from her physical self.  She could have just vanished the things... and she was very tempted.

But no... not yet.  Not until she was certain that he wasn't going to demand that they stop.

Sure, he'd ... sort of .. brought up that they hadn't much time.  But he hadn't actually said no yet. 

Cook... keep Vadik and Tashiwara busy for me.  I need a little time to unwind before the High Priestess arrives. 
Of course, m'lady.  I'll pester the handsome lord for recipes.

Her lips grew into a smile as she finally settled her hand against his chest, her skin nearly burning with the heat he'd stoked during his last visit rising to the forefront.  "Cook has Lord Tashiwara and my cousin in hand, Maseo... we have time."

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 17, 10:13:31 PM »
Excellent, my lady. I have a number of topics I’d like to cover. Shield the room.” Maseo said, and his last words sounded a lot more like a command than a suggestion.
 
He rose from the bed at that moment and stood before her. His fingers moved beneath her dress, nails grazing the outside of her thighs as they wandered upward toward her hips. His use of Craft was more noticeable now, drawing out the sensation of his fingers moving up each precious inch of her soft skin. Maseo’s eyes were alight with curiosity, wondering how long she’d hold out before she lost control of herself.
 
His fingers reached her hips and he vanished her underwear. Then he finished hiking up her dress and knelt between Raet’s thighs, spreading her legs enough to bare her nether lips to him. The Warlord’s kiss went deep, his tongue finding heat and wetness unexpected while he held her hips in place. Raet would vanish her dress, or she wouldn’t.
 
She would shield the room, or she wouldn’t.
 
Either way, Maseo would finally learn as many of her secrets as he dared. His lips and tongue worked in concert, teasing her pearl and drawing her to climax as fast as he dared. If he only had a short time before the High Priestess arrived, he’d make sure that Raet’s meeting did not suffer from the young Queen being distracted by their mutual torture of each other through Seduction Craft.
 
His hands reached up to lace fingers with Raet’s, moaning in enjoyment while he had his fill of the Raejian Queen.                             

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 17, 10:35:04 PM »
He was commanding her... and she couldn't even be angry about it.  There was something magnificent about him in this moment.  It took but a moment of thought to use her Green to raise a shield around the room to silence listeners from any sounds he wrung from her.  If she hadn't been so wound up, she'd have thought she wouldn't need it.

No Healer had ever gotten her to make more thana few sounds, after all.  But Maseo?  She was already aware that he was the exception to her usual silence.  The sudden loss of her undergarments had her eyes widening, lips parting in desire as he seized upon her body with those delightful lips.  It was like lightning had been set against her body.  She almost forgot to Vanish her dress.

She did NOT forget to vanish his clothing.  She wanted to feel as much of him against her as she could.  The feel of his fingers lacing with hers as he feasted on her made it that much more intimate, that much more... more.  She was arching beneath him all too quickly, unable to help herself as he drew the stress straight out of her. 

He brought her screaming, legs trembling with the effort to not trap him in place.  But she wasn't done.  Not even a little.  As she caught her breath, she sat up to stare at him... and then smile.  "Get up here, Maseo... I have a few things I'd like to tell you too."

And if he did... well, she'd already done the work of vanishing his clothing from his body.  It wouldn't take long at ally to glide her hands down his skin and let her lips cover his cock in one long greedy gulp.  He'd seemingly made it clear that they had no time for a more fulfilling meeting of the flesh... but this would be more than enough to sate her desires for a few hours if she could get him to stay the evening.

And Cook had not sent a warning, just yet, that anyone was looking for them.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #15 on: May 30, 17, 12:22:22 AM »
Maseo sheathed himself inside Raet, waiting a few heartbeats for her grow accustomed to the feel of him within her. She was hot, and tight, and wet, all of the things he needed and had denied himself for a long time. He’d partaken of the Red Moon House when his need was greatest, but it was never fulfilling. He always felt a little less when he went to the Red Moon House and chatted with the women there before getting to the business of sating himself.
 
He did not feel that way with Raet.
 
His thrusts were hard and deep, and he kissed her to trap her screams between them. Soon, his lips were kissing her jaw, her neck, her throat while he lifted her left leg. Maseo pounded himself into her, his own grunts and groans growing louder as the minutes passed. His fingers laced with hers and he pinned her hands over her head while their bodies moved together in unison.
 
When he’d taken his fill of her screams in this position, he withdrew and turned Raet over on her hands and knees. He sheathed himself in her cunt once more, his hands grasping her hips. His thrusts were faster now, harder, and he lost himself in the feel of her around his cock, claiming the Queen to his heart’s content. At some point, one his hands reached out to tangle in Raet’s hair, and the Warlord admitted to himself that staying the night this evening would be more enjoyable than he’d previously believed.
 
When Raet climaxed to Maseo’s enjoyment, he moved to lie beside her, his cock rigid against her ass. He’d lost track of time. Had it been an hour? Only half-an-hour? He did not want to ruin Raet’s pleasure, but he also didn’t want to draw her ire, either. Still, he guided her hand to wrap around him and stroke while he whispered in her ear.
 
Are you relaxed now, my lady? I’d feel badly if your went to your meeting as wound up as you were yesterday.” he said, kissing her shoulder.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #16 on: May 30, 17, 02:15:00 AM »
It was not everything she'd expected.  It was infinitely more.  The sensation of him breaching her body, the feeling of his spear thrusting into her so deeply, was everything she'd ached for.  Her lips parted, and his matched hers.  He swallowed ever scream, every gasp, every moan that he could pull from her... and he pulled plenty.  Her hands were trapped against the bed, kept from exploring him as he pushed her to ecstasy.. beyond it.

She was shaking by the time he turned her over... and then he was within her again.  Where she found the strength to maintain the posture she couldn't say.  All she knew was she needed him to continue... and as strange as it was, she was pushing herself right into him anyways.  She'd have sworn her muscles wouldn't move, and yet for this?  For this they ignored all of the trembling to regain that sense of electric release.

She lost track of time.  She didn't care.  By the time he'd settled beside her, she felt as if she were glowing.  She even laughed, a little, before turning her head to look at him over her shoulder.  He was folding her fingers around his cock, and she found herself all too eager to please.  "Oh yes... more than relaxed, my lord."  She whispered it, her hand tightening just enough to put pressure on him... and then slowly drag her hand up and down.

"But you?  Are you as relaxed?  I would hate to be an improper hostess."  She whispered it, her eyes remaining locked on his. The strain of this position on her neck was nothing.  Seeing his face, the way his breath hitched when she found just the right rhythm... that was worth it.  He would come back.  He had to... she needed him to.

None of her Healers had been able to match such pleasure so quickly... she wasn't willing to let him just disappear into the city so quickly.  "Or are you planning on waiting until we have more time to... relax?"

She smiled, letting her nails lightly tease at the base of his cock while she laughed in delight.  They did, after all, have a meeting... and it would be interesting to see if they could maintain their professionalism in front of such guests.  If he didn't release... he might have a harder time of it.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #17 on: Jun 01, 17, 12:13:12 AM »
I’ll be more relaxed if you were to say, climb atop me and rock very, very slowly. But not yet.” Maseo whispered, nipping at her shoulder while she stroked him. He half-sighed, half-moaned as her hand glided up and down on his shaft, trying to keep his mind in the present and not on all of the things he wanted to do, needed to do to her. She’d already had a taste of what he offered. Maseo’s left hand reached over and grasped her breast, gently catching her nipple between his his index finger and his thumb.
 
Her encouraged her to stroke him faster and harder, feeling his climax build until he released. His body tensed while Raet emptied him, his eyes rolling back until the orgasm relented and the world reasserted himself. They were in her palace, exploring the guest rooms. Now that they’d enjoyed this one, Maseo saw it as only fair that they christened every room as such.
 
He released a deep sigh as Raet settled in beside him and he kissed her forehead.
 
You are a proper hostess, Lady Raet. But we will do this again soon. You have more to show me.
 
*Lord Shingestu.*
 
It was Prince Tashiwara. Maseo vaguely recalled that the man had followed him here for today’s meeting.
 
*Yes?*

*The High Priestess has arrived. She has been waiting patiently for some time.*
 
Maseo let his eyes close.
 
I think we are late for the meeting. Not quite the first impression we were going for.” Maseo grinned.
 

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #18 on: Jun 01, 17, 12:29:36 AM »
She felt him glide between her fingers like silk-covered steel.  The way his voice hitched, the sound of his groans... they were music to her ears.  She leaned closer, pressing her body close to his as she rode the little aftershocks he experienced.  He released, the explosion splashing against her body.  She didn't still her hand.. not yet.  She made it ride out his orgasm, feeling the way his wet pleasure spilled over her hand and against her skin.  Her eyes gleamed, her Craft greedily scooping up the sensations his emotions gave off in THAT moment.

Satisfaction.  Delight.    It made her feel a rush of satisfaction to know that she'd brought such ecstasy to the male that had so easily ensnared her senses.  She wasn't the only one that felt this tug, this need...   It was no Bond, but it was... something.  She had no words for it.  But she did know she wanted to keep it as long as she could.

She brought her hand up to her lips, her tongue gently slipping out to touch her fingers and slowly trace his flavor up into her mouth.  It was a shock to her senses, her eyelashes fluttering in delight... and so she initially missed his statement.

It echoed in her ears, her body shivering from the effect of his voice upon her skin.  "Hrm?"  Late for the meeting.. the meeting... "Oh hells!"  She flushed, her hand dropping from her lips as her her lips parted in surprise.  Quick as could be, she was vanishing the mess from her body.  From his.  She quickly brought his clothing back from her cabinet, looking around in dismay.

"Oh hells..."  She turned, quickly pressing her lips against his.  It was a burning kiss.  Demanding, longing... and frustrated.  "Worth it... and yes, we will discuss many more things... when you've the time."  Her body was still singing as she twisted about to try to find her dress.  Why couldn't she find...

Well admittedly, he'd been very distracting.  But it took her a moment to realize that he had vanished her dress.  Her lips parted in a laugh, fingers reaching out to stroke his jaw.  "I need my dress, Maseo... I somehow doubt the Lady Abbasi would be understanding if I walk naked into the room."

And she was gutsy enough to do it, if she thought it wouldn't ruin her chances at maintaining stability in the province.  The feel of his hands as he fit her blue gown back over her with that ruffle of craft that felt distinctly like Maseo had her shivering.

"This time, yes.

Oh that sentence.  It made her skin rise in goosebumps, her eyes widening at the implication that he would likely not be so accommodating when they had more time.  She was looking forward to it.    Very... very forward to it. 

Her hands reached up, carefully scooping her hair back into a neat twist that she pinned in place before giving him a smile.  "You look... positively delicious, Lord Maseo.  Truly.  Let us not keep Lady Abbasi waiting any longer, hrm?"

She actually did feel a little guilty about that.  She'd not intended to be late.  She'd meant to release some of the pressure, and then get back to business.  It was a mark in Maseo's favor that she was so distracted... and she let her nails move down his arm lightly in gratitude as they walked.

Entering the room, she beamed a bright smile.  "A thousand pardons, precious guests.  Something came up."  Quite literally.  But she didn't give any hints by the expression on her face that she'd been involved in something quite so literal.  "I do hope that my cousin and Lord Tashiwara were able to make you comfortable while you waited?"

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #19 on: Jun 02, 17, 12:14:01 AM »
Maseo couldn’t help himself. He laughed as she fluttered around, trying to get back in the mindset of a Queen meeting a dignitary. He almost wanted to send her along while he rested, content to sleep off the post-climax haze that had settled into his mind. Of course, Raet wanted her dress back and Maseo had to string together the presense of mind to return it. He returned her hungry kiss, though it ended far too soon for his liking.
 
Rising from the bed, Maseo put his own suit back on and smoothed out his hair.
 
We will revisit this later, Raet. Mark my words.” Maseo said.
 
They arrived to meet the High Priestess in short order.
 
--
 
Nailah Abbasi was just a touch annoyed.
 
She’d heard good things about Raet Neith from a number of people, Prince Odji among them. She was pretty, kind, poised, and she ruled with a servant’s heart, something Nailah could only say for one other Queen in Raej. The rest of them annoyed her beyond words, but she had to play nice with them if her goals were to be met.
 
Lady Neith’s tardiness, however, grated on her nerves.
 
*Where is she?*
 
Peace, Nai. She may be detained.
 
Kontar was so damned irenic, so reasonable, that she wondered if her baby brother held fire for anything these days. He seemed content to go where life took him, rather than seize what he wanted. Whenever Nailah attempted to discuss future plans, Kontar responded with some version of “What will be, will be” and it tore at Nailah’s sanity that her younger brother appeared to have no ambition or drive for anything save “enjoying life”.
 
Nailah reminded herself to push Bakari and Tsekani harder with their lessons from now on.
 
The First Escort and an exotic-looking man that Nailah had never met were playing music nearby and attempting to strike up conversation. Nailah participated only lightly, though the music was enjoyable enough between the pair. She sat at the table in the chairs provided while Kontar asked questions about the instruments. The minutes ticked by and Nailah’s irritation increased.
 
Then Raet arrived with another man, this one more familiar to the High Priestess and she wondered if, perhaps, the Lady Neith had kept them waiting to indulge herself. She took a deep breath and remembered Syeira’s words. The Queens were the key. She could not afford to make an enemy of them.
 
No need to apologize.” Nailah said, her gaze shifting to Maseo. “We understand. It is good to finally meet you, Lady Neith. This is my brother, Lord Abbasi. He is my escort.
 
Nailah fell silent to let Kontar introduce himself. Her back was to him as she moved forward to greet Lady Neith, so Nailah did not see her brother’s expression. But then the scent of sweet honey, warm wind, and the softness of contentment assaulted her senses like she’d just been force-fed every sweet thing in the world at one time and her body could not take it.
 
Nailah’s knees buckled as she tried to right herself.
 
What is happening to me?
 
Prince Tashiwara moved to her aid, confusing her. She looked to Kontar.
 
Her brother was wholly focused on Raet.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #20 on: Jun 02, 17, 01:10:37 AM »
She felt terrible about keeping the Priestess waiting, she truly did.  And she was going to make it up to her.  She had every intention of it.  She was already sending directions to Cook and the Steward to ensure that everything was made perfect for the rest of the evening.  She had even turned, intending to greet the Lady's brother as was proper.

Her body froze.  Just stopped.  All the world... stopped.  It was like the softest wind brushing over the stone of her fence, bringing with it the sweet scent of warm sand and fresh crops gathered from the river.  No, that wasn't the right description.  Her breath hitched, her eyes locking on Kontar.

He was hers.  And she was his.  She could feel it, like tiny threads having snapped into place and tied her soul to his, his to hers.  "Lord Abbasi.."  She said it quietly, the world suddenly speeding back into motion around her.  With Vadik the bond had been a sweet recognition... but nothing like this.

She needed to touch him.  Not in the same way she needed Maseo... no.  This was... this was something else.  Something deeper.  As if she would not be whole if he did nto come to her this instant.  But she was not going to demand it of him.  With a shaking breath, she straightened up and bowed her head.  "It is an honor to meet the both of you."  She should be speaking to Nailah.  And she was.  But she could not take her eyes off of the Lady's brother.  She hadn't forgotten Maseo.

She truly hadn't.  But she could not ignore the male that belonged to HER either.  Did he welcome it?  Did he even WANT it?  Oh sweet darkness.. if he was upset by the Bond her heart was going ot break.  She steeled herself for it.  She knew just how much many males were not willing to be bound.  And yes, they often said it was a GOOD thing for htem... but she knew the Bond, in theory, could make a male feel a false sense of peace.

She would never force that on someone.  Especially not someone she was so deeply tied to.  It would feel like drawing a blade across her own skin again and again. 

How she wanted to cross the floor, though.  How she wanted to place her hand on his cheek, and feel his skin against her fingers. How she wanted to  take his scent in up close, and not from this small distance.  The emotions swirling within her chest felt like the nexus of a storm... a calm center surrounded by the flashes of lightning and thunder that made her usually-ordered world seem chaotic and uncontrollable.

This was unexpected.  She'd met hundreds of males in the last few years... and no one other than Vadik had ever Bonded to her.  Maseo, whom she had... something... at play had not bonded to her.  So why this one? 

The question didn't drown away the joy, though.  There was... joy, in the discovery.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #21 on: Jun 06, 17, 12:29:19 AM »
For all his calm demeanor, Kontar Abbasi did not know peace.
 
Not until this moment.
 
He was trying to soothe Nailah’s prickly feelings, thninking to himself how much like a Black Widow his eldest sister could be without conscious thought. They just had to get through this meeting with the Queen of Kemet and then Kontar would go and see Nima to prepare for her Virgin Night ceremony. He’d been looking forward to it ever since they first discussed it. Each day that he spent in Nima’s presence made him like her a lot more, enough that he considered that Nima’s Virgin Night didn’t have to be the only time they enjoyed each other. Nailah had been probing for information about her, which Kontar would discuss with Nima later.
 
Somehow, he figured that Rais had spoken about to Nima to Nailah.
 
He wished that he’d told Rais not to do that.
 
Those thoughts, however, were destroyed like sand castles before the tide as Lady Neith entered the room with her escort. Lord Vadik and Prince Tashiwara had been excellent company, despite Nailah’s growing annoyance. But Lady Neith entered and they both rose. There was a scent in the air, one that reminded him of every single wonderful night he’d ever spent under the stars in his travels. The scent that reminded how good a great meal was, how cool the desert grew in winter, and the sensation of family all around him.
 
Lady Neith was better than all of those things combined, burning them away and refilling the hole in his heart, one that he didn’t know was there, with a peace and contentment that came solely from her. Her presence. Her smile. Her walk. Her joy. Her very being.
 
She is mine.
 
Vaguely, Kontar was aware that something was wrong with Nailah, but his sister had help. She would be okay, he knew. She always was. Later, he would feel guilty for not helping her, for taking away the constancy of his presence these last years. Now, though, Kontar couldn’t even spare her a thought.
 
He moved toward Raet with determination, stopping only when he was within arm’s reach of her. If Vadik worried at all about Kontar’s intentions, those worries would be assuaged the moment he dropped to his knees before the Lady of Kemet.
 
My Lady, I am Kontar Abbasi. I do not know that I am worthy of you, but I am yours. My life is yours to spend as you wish. And I will never abandon or forsake you, so long as you will have me.” the Warlord said, remaining on his knees before her. He moved forward and threw his arms around Raet’s waist, hugging her to him as though she was the only thing that kept him anchored to the world.
 
And she was.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #22 on: Jun 06, 17, 02:33:59 AM »
She was aware of Vadik moving forward when Kontar did... but her hand went up, holding him at bay.  Her eyes were locked on Kontar's, wide and ... surprised.  This sensation was so unlike it had been with Vadik.  She had... somewhat foolishly come to think of it, assumed that all bonds would be similar.  Vadik's Bond to her felt like a warm blanket wrapped around her body, keeping her safe and comfortable on a cool desert night.

This.. this was entirely different.  The closer he came, the more it felt like.. like lightning flickering across her skin.  In the most wonderful, electrically pleasant way possible.  He dropped to his knees in front of her, and she felt elated. 

He wasn't turning away?  He wasn't turning away!  Forgotten, for the moment, that perhaps his sister would not be happy about this.  Forgotten, for the moment, that the High Priestess of Raej was not an enemy Raet wished to have.  In this space of a breath, there was Kontar and Raet, Raet and Kontar... and when he wrapped himself around her waist she found her hands moving to settle at his shoulders.

Unbidden, uncontrollable; her Touch settled into his skin and soaked him through.  It was like being drowned in peace, in love, in caring.  She moved her left hand, gently tipping his face upwards to look her in the eyes.  For a long moment, she simply studied him.  The dark amber brown of his iris', the deep depth of his soul.  He was weighed, he was judged... and he was found to be perfect.  "You are more than worthy, Kontar... and more than welcome."

She gave him her smile, gently tugging on his arm.  "Please stand.  Such formality isn't necessary."  The world breathed, her attention moving to Nailah before registering surprise.  "Lady Abbasi.  Are you alright?" 

It wasn't normal, her inability to focus outside of those who had her gaze.  But Kontar had entrapped her attention for those moments... and even still, she could feel the desire to stay in that cocoon of warmth and peace.  But still... the world impinged.  Reality had needs.

The High Priestess of Raej was struggling, and Maseo was at her side... simmering.  She inwardly winced.  The timing of this event could not have been worse.

Even still... she wouldn't regret that it had happened.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #23 on: Jun 09, 17, 09:50:03 PM »
Kontar felt Raet’s Touch suffuse his skin and peace such as he’d never known flowed from her to him, all of the worries that he’d had before today fading away like closing the door on the ocean. The world simply fell away and Kontar Abbasi felt as though he’d just come home after years away. Raet drew him to his feet and Kontar held her gaze, taking in every inch of her face and every facet of her person. He needed to know her, to remember her, and now he felt like he had all the time in the world to get to know this woman that the Darkness had bound him to.
 
Maseo watched the proceedings in silence, his expression neutral. The Darkness worked in mysterious ways and there was no knowing when a male would find his Queen. Some found them early and spent their lives with them. Others did not find them until late in life.

Maseo no Shingetsu had never found his personal Queen. Before today, before this moment, he did not care to find her. He enjoyed his life and the freedom he owned, such as it was.Yet as he watched Raet and Lord Abbasi, anger clawed at Maseo’s heart. Getting past Vadik would have been easy, given enough time. While the Warlord Prince was devoted to his Queen, Maseo had already made progress on getting to know him. With Tashiwara keeping him busy, Maseo had time to get to know Raet on a...deeper level.
 
But with a second bonded male at her beck and call, Maseo would have to be far more subtle. He’d have to work much harder to bring Raet to his side. He watched the pair of them fawning over each other and his mood darkened.
 
This...is a complication.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #24 on: Jun 09, 17, 10:00:15 PM »
The anger of the High Priestess ran deep.
 
The sweetness and joy that radiated from Kontar and his Queen was enough to make Nailah physically ill. She watched them, joined together by Mother Night and the Darkness, and felt the world lurch on its axis. In a fell swoop, she’d lost her little brother to a woman who did not know him. Who could not possibly know him well enough to value him. The injustice of the matter made her want to lash out with her Red and obliterate Raet Neith for taking Kontar away from her.
 
She could hear Masika laughing herself sick right now.
 
Nailah took several breaths, looking around the room, looking anywhere other than at the pair before her. She caught a glimpse of Lord Shingetsu, stone-faced and still, watching the scene as well. He’d entered the room with Raet. Was there something between himself and the Queen? Had this bond upended whatever designs he had upon her? Cold anger flowed from him, like ice water, and Nailah considered him once more.
 
She needed to determine Lord Shingetsu’s motives in this Court, and soon.
 
This is a momentous and joyous occasion. Mother Night has brought together two souls in a Bond that transcends description. I have not seen a Bond occur before now, but I am happy that my brother is blessed.” Nailah said, offering a bow to Raet once more.
 
Lady Neith, please be careful with my baby brother. He’s the only one that I have and I know that he will serve you well for the rest of your lives.” Nailah said, her tone genuine.
 
Perhaps it would be best if we all left you two to speak for a bit?” she said, looking around the rest of the room.

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Re: Allies and Desserts
« Reply #25 on: Jun 09, 17, 10:27:32 PM »
The emotions in this room were running high.  She was quick to start shielding herself from it... at least, from most of it.  She wouldn't shut Kontar out... not yet.  That would be ... rude... and cruel.  So she kept that open, at least, while trying to maintain eye contact with Nailah.

The woman was upset.  She 'knew' that... and yet she could do nothing about it.  The Darkness made bonds where it wished.  Raet's hand tightened on Kontar's arm, just a little, as she took a deep breath before inclining her head. 

"You have my word, Priestess... Your brother will be treasured and cared for."  She said it quietly, her shoulders relaxing as Vadik made his way to her side.  For better or worse, Vadik and now Kontar made her much more comfortable with their nearness.

She carefully removed her hand, her fingers tingling again as she felt the urge to reach out and touch him again.  This newfound fascination would be... inappropriate in public.  So she was going to manage it.  She was going to manage it.  She was going to manage it.

"Prince Vadik, if you would not mind handling this business while Kontar and I speak in another room?"  She turned her attention to Vadik, lifting an eyebrow.  The Prince was clenching his jaw, but he nodded.  She couldn't be too surprised.  This was.. unexpected.

"Lord Abbasi... shall we?"  She lifted her arm, touching Maseo's arm lightly.  Her eyes slid over his face.  Studied him, before offering a comforting smile. "We won't be long.  Could you continue with the Chai, Lord Shingetsu?"

She had to speak to Kontar.  She had to make sure that she hadn't injured this meeting with the High Priestess beyond recovery, and that she would be able to count on the Priestess' support...

And that he was not simply drowning in the Bond.  The thought of him regretting such an event twisted in her heart.  But better to ensure that he understood she was not going to force anything from him now than to find him regretting ever meeting her later...

So she left the room.  Feeling a bit cowardly doing it, but she left it with Kontar in tow anyways.

They needed to settle this, and they had to do so as soon as possible.  She'd caught that flash of anger from Nailah as the woman recovered from the sudden shock of things. She'd felt the chill of Maseo's anger.  That room was a powder keg waiting for a match.