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Author Topic: This Thread I Weave Around You  (Read 333 times)

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Offline Lydia Kalas

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This Thread I Weave Around You
« on: Sep 08, 18, 06:20:40 PM »
In the days following Queen Brenden’s death, an unease rose within Glacia. The question of leadership still was yet to be addressed but Lydia was confident that the Territory Court -- what remained of it -- would make the right decision. She, in the meanwhile, had other matters to handle.

While awaiting word from the High Priestess of Glacia regarding a great many spiritual and judicial matters, Lydia continued to spread her influence elsewhere. Ivalo, if nowhere else, would be certain where it stood in regards to the Dark Religion and its loyalties. She had openings in her staff for another maid and needed to fill it. And she had just the promising young girl in mind.

If asked to articulate her obsession with the Tostain family, she would gracefully state that “obsession” was quite the inappropriate word to describe her plans for the family. “Investment” would have been her more preferred term, and one she could back with statements about how she planned to allocate a certain portion of her funds into their business since the Prince Leif had done such magnificent work. She would not, because she honestly could not, reveal any sort of other reasoning behind why she gravitated towards that family, particularly that Light Jeweled Prince.

As vexing as it was, sometimes there were moments when one wanted something and had no logical reasoning behind it.

This was, apparently, one of those moments.

Dressed simply, for her, in a dress topped with dark red and skirted with creamy white, she left with her guard Abelard for the Tostain Jewelers store in Lohja. She hoped to time her arrival to a moment when the Prince was out on delivery or another errand. In order for her plan to work, she needed some private time with his sister Analise. She, of course, came armed with additional reasons for her visit, like requesting another piece of jewelry, so that no one would question why there was a small tin of fine tea imbued with a mild compulsion spell keyed to target the unsuspecting witch.

Lydia did not particularly like using compulsion spells but she felt that this was her only recourse. The Prince had been so oddly protective of his sister, keeping her from conversation, that Lydia knew she had her angle of approach almost immediately. The Prince would have definitely declined her offer to join her staff and she understood that. He was, after all, ill-suited to be a guard and Lydia already had a fine butler attending her.

But maids, maids she could always use, and her Prince Kain never minded having another plaything.

She entered the store and paused far enough away from the counters so that it was obvious that she was here for someone and not something. Her cool gaze idly slid across the metal and jewels offered to customers as she waited for someone to attend her.

Offline Leif Tostain

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Re: This Thread I Weave Around You
« Reply #1 on: Sep 08, 18, 06:44:18 PM »
Three deliveries.  Leif was out on three deliveries this day, and two of them he was more than happy to go out for.  The items ordered were for Light Jewelled customers - likely ordered on behalf of their Dark Jewelled or Blood family, but the point was he would be dealing with Light Jewelled.

The third, and worst, he saved for last.  Mostly because it wasn't the first time he'd delivered to that particular address, and he disliked having to remind the older female that he was uninterested in sex.  That wasn't entirely true, of course, but he truly wasn't interested in sex whenever THIS customer was in front of him. 

He honestly felt like his dick shriveled up and died every time he had to go near her.  He'd considered cutting all of his hair off, but she woudl remark on how he would be 'so handsome' if he would just cut his hair.. and Lady Cyvrik was probably the reason his hair was as long as it was now that he thought about it.

He'd told Analis to mind the store - as he always did on these sorts of days - and quietly hoped that she wouldn't have to deal with anyone too particularly odious.  He'd rather be there to keep an eye on her, and deal with the more troublesome clientele himself, but it was less safe for her to go out and do the deliveries than it was for her to be in the store doing her work.

Analis handled clients just fine, typically.  Today was oddly busy, really, and she had the feeling it had something to do with the fact that everyone was trying to 'cheer themselves up' after the death of the Star of Kaeleer.  When she spotted Lydia Kalas, of course, she was a little nervous but quickly scurried around the corner to greet the Priestess.

"I'm so sorry, Lady Kalas.  It's been an absolute madhouse today.  Were you here to order something?  My brother is out for a bit longer yet, but I could take down your specifications or write in an appointment if you would like."

The Priestess had brought tea.  'A gift', she'd said.  Analis was more than happy to brew it up and settle the Priestess into the backroom, where everything was tidy and awaiting her accounting after the shop closed for the day.  She even managed to close the place down 'for lunch', just to ensure that the Priestess did not feel slighted in any way.

It was a little nerve wracking to be the focus of a Red Priestess, especially the Red Priestess.  But Lydia Kalas, for all her Jewel and obvious stature, seemed as if she was trying to be somewhat friendly.  Leif would have been more on guard.  She knew that.  But she wasn't quite sure how to handle it, other than to play the good host and pour the tea.

And that was what Leif came back to.  After unlocking the door to let himself in, and hten locking it behind him, he proceeded to undo the tie in his hair as he started for the backroom.  Analis would likely be going over the numbers, and she'd be able to hand over the details for any orders that had been made, and...

And Lydia Kalas was in his fucking backroom.  There was a moment of frozen time as he stepped in, his fingers in his hair, and his eyes narrowing on her as a moment of male territorial instinct reared its head.. and then he swallowed it all back and proceeded to tie his hair back up in place.

Lydia Kalas was here.  In his office.  With his sister.  Drinking tea.  Already he could feel ice travelling down his veins and pooling in his stomach.  He wasn't sure Protocol had ever been so hard to use as it was in that moment, but he managed.

"Lady Kalas.  I wasn't aware you were here.  Was there something we could do for you?"

Offline Lydia Kalas

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Re: This Thread I Weave Around You
« Reply #2 on: Oct 19, 18, 11:34:57 AM »
Once the sister apologized and offered to take Lydia’s specifications, the Priestess smiled and inwardly anticipated triumph. “I shall not take up much of your time then but perhaps we could discuss this over a cup of tea?” Lydia suggested. Refusal would be impolite so Lydia expected Analis to agree. Ah, this was working perfectly.

Moments later, the tea was poured, the spell was triggered, and Lydia was slowly filling the mind of Analis with the idea of becoming a beloved companion of one of her own household, Yvetta Danielsen. It was the perfect sort of lure. Bit by bit, Analis would want to spend more time with Yvetta, which meant that Leif would want to escort her there and possibly chaperone that time, which ensured that the Prince was a more familiar presence at the Kalas household. Eventually, Lydia would figure out how to ensnare Leif as well, but for now, his sister would work just fine.

As her next intended prey strode into the backroom, Lydia’s smile became frosty and pleased. “Prince Tostain,” she greeted politely. She set down her drained cup and smiled with glacial warmth at his sister. “Your wonderful assistant was just jotting down some specifications for my next commission over a bit of tea,” she said almost conversationally, as if this was completely normal. The spell layered into the tea suffused the praise with far more warmth than Lydia actually used. Analis would see Lydia as being genuinely friendly.

Lydia’s attention turned back to Leif. “You did such a marvelous job on the bracelets that I thought perhaps another piece was in order,” she said. “Another bracelet, of course." Lydia wore no other necklace aside from her Jewels and she was not about to commission someone Mother Night viewed as inferior for a new setting for such a precious thing. "I have given my expectations to Analis. I have no doubt that you will meet those expectations admirably yet again.”

With practiced grace, Lydia rose and her attention went back to Analis. “Thank you for your time, Lady Tostain. I shall see you soon?” That question in her voice would send chills down Leif’s spine. Lydia never questioned – she commanded. And the fact that she was questioning his precious little sister about a future appointment was great cause for concern.

When Analis agreed, Lydia’s expression was politely pleased. “Yvetta will be so pleased,” she said. Let Leif investigate into that statement after she had left. As she moved slightly to leave, Lydia’s attention went back to Leif. “And, not to be so impolite to you, Prince, you are more than welcome to visit as well,” she said.

She could almost taste his fear.

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Re: This Thread I Weave Around You
« Reply #3 on: Oct 23, 18, 02:54:41 PM »
Lydia Kalas commanded his sister to see the Priestess again, and Leif's skin grew cool.  There was no change in his eyes, no change in his stance.. but the air grew cooler nonetheless.  For a brief moment, he considered the virtues of murder.  Could he successfully take off the damned female's head?  Could he rip out her heart and shove it down her throat as a lesson to all Dark Jewelled to leave his precious sister in peace?

The very image was enough to soothe some of the riled temper in him, and habit kept him in check.  Lydia Kalas had not raised a hand to his sister, not yet.  He had no excuse, not yet, to do anything so rash. 

Instead, he simply bowed as the Priestess left the building, waiting in silence until he was certain she was gone before coolly inquiring of Analis what all of that was about.  Hearing that the Priestess was commissioning a piece did not soothe him.

Hearing that Analis wanted to visit a friend who worked for the damned woman was also not soothing.  He'd never heard of this 'Yvetta' before - and Analis shared everything.  What was Kalas up to?

And what could he do about it, even if he knew?  He was furious when he began working on the Priestess' new piece, exacting his vengeance for the frustration in the hammering of metal and the carving of decoration.  He hammered, chiseled, sanded, and acid washed each piece of metal with painstaking care - hoping against hope that the aggression in the making would help clear out some of the aggression in his heart - and then fit each piece of crystal into place to finish the bracelet in record time.

The attempt to vent away his anger in the process didn't work.  Worse yet, this was probably one of his better pieces.  Maybe the trick would be to infuse the damned things with hate, giving them that extra 'something' the Dark Jewelled of Glacia seemed to enjoy so much.  After bundling everything up, and putting on one of his nicer suits, he sat down for Analis to braid his hair back.

This wasn't going to be like the last time he'd gone to the Kalas estate.  The last time he'd gone there was purely for business.  This time? This time his beautiful little sister was going too, on a 'social' visit.

This time he'd have to remain as her Escort, and do his damndest to guard her from the most predatory monsters he had ever seen.  Sometimes he cursed his father's inability to just... kill them both.  Would that not be more merciful than all of this?

Offline Lydia Kalas

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Re: This Thread I Weave Around You
« Reply #4 on: Nov 08, 18, 01:59:38 PM »


They were seen into a small sitting room with lavish chairs all facing each other around a low table. After a moment, a servant came in with refreshments, and a long moment after that, Yvetta Danielsen came in. She greeted Analis as if they were something of familiar friends with a bright smile. The door to the room was never closed so they were never totally in private but it was nearly an hour before they were joined by another.

Lydia glided into the room but did not sit. Her dress was a geometric white on black, with her Red Jewel nestled gently between her breasts. Her practiced smile bore a hint of warm approval at the two women chatting fondly, thanks to two very subtle compulsion spells woven around them. So far, her plan was progressing just as expected. “It warms my heart to see you two getting along,” she said with practiced sincerity. “Yvetta has long been without a companion here and I do aim to keep my servants happy.” It was mostly true. Favored servants -- those that understood their place in the hierarchy of the Kalas household and pleased their mistress as expected -- were kept happy. Those that groused or went about unhappily were not treated with such favor, though it could hardly be called abused.

Although, in Yvetta’s case, there were days when the Prince could be a bit...rough.

Lydia’s gaze fell upon Leif. Such a perfect little guardian he was being. His insistence on escorting his sister and not relaxing his guard told Lydia so much about what he feared. And how to use it against him. She briefly considered pinning him with words meant to lay bare his intentions and provoke his anger, just to see what would come of it. But she was playing a long game here.

“I do hope this has not been a boring hour for you, Prince,” she said. With a tilt of her head, which gently swayed her wavy golden locks, she asked, “Would you like for me to see if one of the male servants is available to keep you company? It would aggrieve me greatly if these sorts of visits became a thorn in your side because you were not offered the same social opportunity.”

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Re: This Thread I Weave Around You
« Reply #5 on: Nov 08, 18, 02:38:33 PM »
Watching Yvetta and Analis socialize did not soothe his soul.  It didn't make things worse, no, but it did not make things better either.  Still, watching the two females socialize was probably not the worst thing that he could be doing while he was in this particular hell hole.  This cage was gilded, and it was beautiful - and it was empty.  It had no soul - or if it did have a soul, the soul was so indifferent to others it might as well not exist.

But indifferent, empty?  It was better than hateful. Better than antagonistic hatred.

When Lydia entered the room, he rose to his feet as was only right and proper.  She was the High Priestess of Ivalo.  Whether he liked her or not was irrelevant.  Protocol demanded respect, and so he gave her the respect she was due.

That he fantasized about taking the damned female's head off didn't matter, in this moment, because keeping Analis safe was more important.  "I find that watching over my sister is never boring, Lady Kalas.  There is no need to add to your household's workload."

Leif summoned forth the black box that held Lydia's bracelet, holding it forward in the palm of his hand.  "Your delivery, Lady Kalas.  Should it meet your standards, I will be more than happy to take the payment due in full."

He was sickeningly proud of his work on this bracelet.  He'd used anger, hate, frustration... and it had been his best work.  Was his father right?  Was there something wrong with him that such dark influences would shape the best art of his years so far? 

If he were to make weapons with that emotion, would they surpass even his father's work?  Yes.  They would  That's why he doesn't want me to do it.

His lips turned in that familiar professional smile, and still he waited for Lydia's judgement.  "I am not the most social of creatures, Lady Kalas.  Please, do not trouble your staff on my behalf. So long as my sister enjoys her visit, she may take as long as she pleases."