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Author Topic: Over And Over The Light Hits The Dusk  (Read 244 times)

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Offline Riia Lindgren

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Over And Over The Light Hits The Dusk
« on: Apr 03, 19, 02:08:56 PM »
It was nearly time for the Valdis sisters to arrive. Finishing up her notes, Riia packed up her things into their folder and tucked it into the larger stack that held what she was working on for that week. Even though there was plenty to occupy her mind in that stack, she felt herself reviewing a conversation she had had with her cousin, Ulric, just a few days ago instead.

Tell me, cousin, why have you not established your own Court…

It nagged at her, that question. Before, she could easily dismiss it, hide from it. She had never been a Queen that wanted to rule – she thought she would drive her Court crazy with her detail-oriented ways – and she has always been content to be out of the spotlight of things. She was a background manager, not a stage performer. She preferred it that way. It let her worry about the little things without looking like she was really worrying about the little things.

Riia sighed softly. She had been going over that conversation for days now and it still didn’t budge from her mind. The District of Ilsalmi was open. Why should she not take it?

Riia could think of a dozen reasons, every one of them a paltry excuse that Ulric would have dismantled efficiently and rudely. Remembering how he had done so with the barest of smiles at her heated her blood again. Her cheeks flushed. She exhaled and tried to calm down. Since when did she care what Ulric thought of her or her reasoning?

Whatever debate she wanted to get into with herself again would have to wait. The Valdis sisters would be arriving soon. Meya Valdes, ruling Queen of Salo, would be meeting with Miina Kalas, while Riia…entertained? No, entertained was not the right word. But neither was this a meeting. It was somewhere in between those two things. While Miina and Meya met, Riia would spend the time with Meya’s younger sister, Mikaela, who was also a Queen. Riia had heard a lot about Mikaela and her love of projects. Also, she was a dual-Casted Queen. But the blessings from Mother Night ended there, apparently. Mikaela wore the Rose, an outward sign, according to the Dark Religion, that Mother Night had found something in Mikaela wanting.

As Riia walked to go meet the younger Valdis Queen, she mentally ticked off all of the projects that Mikaela was heading. It excited Riia to speak with another Queen who kept a full plate of community-based things. There was more to ruling than paperwork! Well, even if Mikaela wasn’t ruling, there was still more to being a Queen than paperwork.

Armed with that knowledge, Riia smoothed the imagined wrinkles from her conservative skirt and soft sweater outfit she had on that day and walked towards the parlor where Mikaela would be waiting.

Offline Mikaela Valdis

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Re: Over And Over The Light Hits The Dusk
« Reply #1 on: Apr 16, 19, 12:28:06 AM »
“Mother wanted you to come along. Lady Lindgren has two cousins. Lord Hjalmar. Widowed. Terrible. But single now. Prince Ulric. Handsome. Most likely out of your league. You should look to get to know the woman. Make friends. Perhaps try and make yourself a powerful match for our family.” Meya filed her nails as she spoke, the sparkling Ring on her finger shining in the light that filtered in through the window. Mikaela, dressed in a simple A-line white dress, froze.

“Oh.”

It is not like the Priestess Queen had not seen this coming, but she had thought she had, perhaps, a bit more time. She had hoped, in vain, that her sister wished her to accompany her to Ivalo in order to expand her understanding of ruling and negotiation. Kaels knew it was stupid, fool-hearted, to have thought that, but she couldn’t help it. There were small townships open, smaller than even a village that she might could rule. Possibly. If she could work up the nerve to ask her family.

“It’s time to think of the future, Mikaela. Perhaps you were a disappointment to the Mother, but your children might not be.” The words were a slap to the face, but nothing that the Queen wasn’t used too. She sat there, composed, her blue eyes drifting from the window to the Province Queen.

“I just…I don’t want to marry.” The words were simple. Concise. Not challenging.

“Don’t be ridiculous. You will marry. Someone well-stationed. You will have children. It is one of the more useful things you can do.” Her sister spoke of it as if it was like choosing a new outfit, when she had yet to marry herself and she was the eldest. Mikaela did not point this out.

“I am doing many useful things within Salo.” Even now, the time she was taking to attend this meeting, was time away from the orphanage or the altar where she gave therapy.

“Yes, little spare tasks to keep you occupied.” Meya dismissed them out of turn.

“They are more than that, Meya. People—” Mikaela was cut off by her sister raising her hand, silencing the Priestess Queen.

“Don’t lecture me, Mikaela. Do what mom and dad wish. Or do you want to disappoint them, again?”

There was no answer in return as the pair exited the coach and went their separate ways. Anderson hopped down from driving the coach, intent on escorting her. It was his first foray outside the Valdis grounds since his Jewel had been broken and Mikaela held his arm tightly, proud of him. He was doing wonderfully. The pair entered the parlor and poured themselves a glass of tea while they waited for their host.

At her entrance, Mikaela put her cup down, stood, and extended her hands in the proper Protocol greeting to the other woman. “Lady Lindgren, it is a pleasure to meet you. I hope you don’t find I’ve overstepped, but I asked around and heard you enjoy reading. So I picked a volume from my families library to share with you in greeting.” The Queen called in an old book, a deep red with dye. It was an ancient history of Glacia, describing the territory long before they were alive or even there great grandparents. It was decidedly different, not guided by the tri-casted Queen, but still an enthralling read. 

Offline Riia Lindgren

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Re: Over And Over The Light Hits The Dusk
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 19, 02:01:28 PM »
Mikaela struck Riia initially as diminutive. But maybe that was the wrong word, Riia decided, upon second glance, as she strode forward to accept the Sisterly greeting. There was strength radiating from the Rose Priestess Queen but something about her reminded Riia of a dragonfly’s wing – crystalline, beautiful, but far too delicate to be anything more hardy than fragile. And the way she spoke, almost as though she was afraid to…

Riia chided herself. She was reading far too much into things. Like usual.

A warm smile appeared on her face, not entirely all feigned, as she thought about what she looked forward to in this meeting – sharing information about each other’s projects. That thought put Riia’s natural inclination for overthinking to the side for a moment, diverted. “I do, indeed, enjoy reading!” she told Mikaela brightly as she took the book. It was old, she could tell, as her fingers gentle caressed the front cover. “I thank you, but you didn’t have to bring a gift, you know?” When she thought that might come across as rude, she winced. This was already off to an awkward start. “Sorry, I didn’t mean it that way. We’re both Queens. You’ve overstepped nothing.” Mikaela might not see it that way, given her Rose Jewel, but Riia was determined not to let Jewels determine the frosty formality of the conversation.

“How is the tea?” she asked Mikaela after nodding her head in greeting to her escort and then sitting down to pour herself a cup. “The cooks are trying a new blend and I’m not sure I like it yet. Maybe I just haven’t found the right tea.” She picked up her cup, blew on it to cool, but didn’t sip at it yet. Again, she smiled warmly at Mikaela as she said, “I’m glad we get a chance to talk today, rather than having to attend a meeting between Province Queens. I know it’s for a purpose but I can’t imagine Lady Kalas gets to have small talk with someone else of the same rank like we get to. And I’ll be honest, Lady Valdis, I’m extremely interested in all of the projects you do in Salo. I’ve been hoping to get some of the same things off the ground here in…”

She paused for a moment as the depth of her impending decision caught her. If she left to take Ilsalmi, those projects would never begin in Ivalo.

Before her mind could run away with all of the implications of that, both good and bad, Riia shook herself gently and finished her sentence. “Ivalo, if not in another places as well. I was hoping you could give me some insight, since you’ve had such success with yours!”

Offline Mikaela Valdis

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Re: Over And Over The Light Hits The Dusk
« Reply #3 on: Jul 23, 19, 12:03:58 AM »
“Many people say that, but I enjoy giving gifts. I’ve found the right gift, no matter how small, can be the start of a great friendship.” Just a small touch that reminded the other that someone cared for them, had cared enough to think of them. Mikaela rarely received such things and she knew how much they meant to her when she did.

Taking a sip of tea, the Priestess Queen nodded appreciatively. She often grew different teas in her greenhouse and she would love to speak with the cooks to see what herbs they used to create this flavor. “If you ever care to experiment, I grow a special variety of tea in my greenhouse. I cross-pollinated a winter flower with a summer one and the result is quiet delicious.” She would even give Lady Lindgren some clipping if she wished to start growing it herself.

The Queen let the darker jeweled Queen lead the discussion, content to let her long lashes fall over her eyes as she glanced every now and then to check on her broken Warlord Prince that hovered silently by the door. At the woman’s words, Kaels took another long sip of her tea, tapping her long nails on the edge for a moment. “Yes, it’s best the Province leaders have a chance to talk.” Although she yearned to be there, in the room where the decisions that would affect her province were being made. She knew it wasn’t her place, but she wished it was. She wished dearly.

At least, if she couldn’t be there, she could be speaking about her true passions in life. It was so rare that a darker jeweled Queen wished to hear about her community work. ““Thank you, Lady! I must admit, I could talk about the immeasurable benefits of community work all day. It’s not just something I do to keep myself from being idle, but something I really care about.” She smiled brightly, her full five feet-one inch frame raising in her seat and emanating with excitement. “I would love to help you with any project that you wish to start. I would have loved to have a bit of support when I first started, so I’m more than excited to offer any to you.”

Although, Riia wouldn’t have to work nearly as hard as Mikaela had thanks to her Green Jewel, which was a blessing. Kaels could just imagine how much more effective her programs could be. “My main work is at Vinna’s Place, an orphanage for White to Yellow Birthright children and at a local alter counseling heavy minds. Black Widow’s might heal Chalices, but Priestesses can fix mental troubles that can be just as harmful. I spend four days at Vinna’s place and one day a week counseling individuals that are depressed, anxious, worried, or have been through trauma. Otherwise, I am overseeing a Queen’s Gifting Program in the overlooked places in Salo and a community gardening project. In Fall, I will start planning the Spirit Festival as well.” She took another sip of tea.

“I know no one has asked, but I believe a Queen is most effective when she is immersed in her community. I hope you feel that way too. What kind of project where you thinking of starting? Does one of mine interest you in particular?”