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A naive Black Jeweled witch has destroyed the Territory Court. From its ashes a new court is being constructed, one run by a manipulative killer. As the blood runs in the streets of Goth from open gang warfare, the Steward of Little Terreille begins a gambit to rebuild the Territory from the ground up and challenge the Star of Kaeleer.
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Author Topic: Keep 'Em Coming  (Read 575 times)

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Offline Vester Hall

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Keep 'Em Coming
« on: Jun 06, 19, 08:46:06 PM »
Having been at the court for a bit now, Vester had come a long way from where he was when he arrived, physically anyway. His injuries had healed, thanks first to the Warlord Prince who had found him, and then further Healing from the Rockland Court Healer. Vester had never heard of a Warlord Prince with that much Healing skill, but he supposed it made sense with being related to at least one other Healer.

He was just hungry all the time, and he was afraid to ask for more food. What if he ate too much? Then what? Would they kick him out? It wasn’t like he was able to do much around the court right now. He’d been recovering and now... he lacked training. And what was he supposed to do, anyway? How could he be someone’s escort without any Jewels to protect them?

The thought brought his mind to the Yellow he no longer wore, and to the Offering he would never wear. He pushed those thoughts aside, then, and went back to thinking about hunger. Maybe there was something in the kitchen. Vester had his arms crossed, grasping his elbows with his shoulders hunched as he made his way to the kitchen. It wasn’t a mealtime, so he didn’t think he would be allowed into the kitchen. That’s how it had always been on the ships he was on, anyway: no food except at meal times or unless it was offered to him, which it never was.

Upon reaching the kitchen, Vester leaned in just enough to scope it out. Empty. Perfect. He slunk in, casting his gaze over the counters, and he spotted some sort of pastry with jelly in the middle. He remembered having them at breakfast a few times, and the ones with raspberry were his favorite. Vester hurried over to them and picked one up, eating it in two very large bites, and then he picked up another.

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Re: Keep 'Em Coming
« Reply #1 on: Jun 06, 19, 10:17:07 PM »
Rachyla hummed a cheerful tune as she made her way back to the kitchens. It had been her habit of late to deliver a midmorning snack to Lady Ackley’s office. Today though, she’d baked more than was necessary and she thought she might take the extras and see if perhaps she could track down Mara - she’d really liked the other woman and hoped maybe they could be friends. Offerings of food made a great icebreaker in her experience.

Just before she entered the kitchens though, she sensed someone at her counter. The Hearth Witch peered around the doorframe in time to see a young man pick up a fruit danish. Her brow creased at the rapid manner in which the pastry was consumed. Had he even tasted the food?! When the boy chose a second danish, Rachyla slipped in. The young man was small, thin and she had the uncontrollable urge to feed him.

“Would you like some milk with that? Or maybe some tea?”

She didn’t want to spook him - she wanted to feed him up. Rachyla glided to her coldbox, not looking directly at the young man. Opening the door to rummage through it, the Hearth Witch kept her back to the young man but her attention on the Warlord behind her.

She turned around, a plate of cheese and cold cuts in her hand. “My name is Rachyla. Who are you?”

Assuming the young man didn’t bolt, Rachyla walked over to stand at the counter with him, stopping about five feet from him. She set the plate down and slid it towards him, snagging a chunk of cheese before she did so.

She popped the cheese in her mouth. “Hmm. Gouda is the best  cheese. You should have some.”

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Re: Keep 'Em Coming
« Reply #2 on: Aug 11, 19, 09:20:14 PM »
Vester had the second pastry almost to his mouth when a voice startled him enough that he nearly dropped it. He steadied himself and started to put it back. Surely there he was not allowed to just come in here and eat, right? Having extra food on hand just seemed phantasmagorical. But no, she had offered him tea or milk to go with the pastry. Vester turned slowly to look at the witch whose kitchen he had invaded. The cooks on the ships he was on were both women and neither took kindly to having someone walk in and sneak food off of them. He had done that exactly one time each just to see how it would go.

He wasn't quite sure if he could trust this one, so he didn't immediately answer her. Instead, Vester turned to keep her in front of him as she moved about the kitchen, frowning the entire time. The frown only deepend when she pushed another tray of food towards him.

"Vester," He said in response to her introduction. Would she call in a spoon to whack his hand as he reached to take a piece of meat or cheese? That seemed likely based on his past experiences. But still... just the smell alone was drawing him in.

"Um, milk would be good," Vester answered her belatedly. "Please." He remembered to add after a beat. And another beat later, he decided that she was probably far enough away that he could at least swipe something off the tray and dodge her if she was just testing him. He took a bit of the danish and then quickly snatched a piece of cheese from the tray.

"I haven't had gouda before," He said then, looking at the cheese. For a long time, he ate exactly what was given to him without complaint, so he definitely was not going to start complaining about food now. He nibbled on the corner and decided that it did, in fact, taste good and then popped the rest into his mouth, which he would have done even if it was gross. His eyes never left the witch, still filled with suspicion.

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Re: Keep 'Em Coming
« Reply #3 on: Aug 13, 19, 05:37:03 PM »
"Good choice," the Hearth Witch smiled when her unexpected guest chose milk. She moved to a cabinet and pulled out an oversized clay mug. She took that and moved back to the coldbox where she filled it with fresh milk. "Vester is a nice name, I like it." As she spoke, Rachyla eyed the young man thoughtfully then mixed a dram of honey into the milk, dusted it with nutmeg and used a tiny bit of Craft to gently heat the concoction.

It was easy to read the suspicion in Vester's eyes and body language so Rachyla didn't crowd him. Instead, she set the large mug down and crossed to the other end of the kitchen. "It's warm so be careful." The admonition was tossed over her shoulder.

"Normally," she said as she practically climbed into a cupboard to get something from the back. “I wouldn’t recommend you have the pastry before you had something more substantial but…” she grinned at Vester when she emerged. “This is your first time in my kitchen right? It's a special occasion!”

She bustled about, gathering a variety of fruits, spices and other basic ingredients. "Have you been here long?" She wanted to ask why he was so wary of her, but couldn't quite find the words without sounding accusatory.

Her next cycle through the kitchen saw several bowls, knives and a few whisks join the fruit and spices on the work table in the middle of the kitchen. Rachyla pushed a bowl of apples, a small paring knife and cutting board to one end of the work table.

"When you're done eating, would you mind peeling those apples for me?" As she spoke, she was quickly pitting cherries into a bowl at the opposite end of the work table. She smiled at him, "I'd enjoy the company."

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Re: Keep 'Em Coming
« Reply #4 on: Aug 25, 19, 07:42:54 PM »
As Rachyla spoke, Vester's stomach dropped and he froze. Was this it? He hadn't had permission to eat the pastries he had, but she really hadn't seemed to mind, especially when she was offering more food. Had he failed a test? But then she continued, calling this a special occasion and relief washed through him. He hoped that his feelings were not showing on his face too much. That always drew more attention than he wanted on the ship.

"First time, yes," he mumbled with a nod. "I haven't been here too long. A couple of weeks." The first part of that, he had been holed up in a recover room belonging to the court's Healer, who was apparently related to the Warlord Prince who had rescued him and brought him here.

While continuing to eat, Vester watched her gather all the items she needed. He knew what some of them were for and others were foreign to him, but she seemed to know exactly what she was doing, which wasn't surprising. While he hadn't been in the kitchen before, he had been eating food made by her and she was really good at her job. While her back was turned, he snatched another pastry. The meat tray was nice and all, but the danishes were even better.

"Um, sure," Vester said, eyes slightly wide at being caught with another pastry, though she didn't seem to mind. He made sure to chew before swallowing rather than eating it in two bites like the last time. He wasn't sure if she meant with the pastry he was eating, or when he was full, but he decided to err on the side of caution and after wiping the crumbs off of his fingers, he pulled the knife and apples towards him to begin slicing.

"What are you making?" he asked as he peeled. It was kind of nice to be asked to help rather than ordered to, especially because they thought of him as peccable, so they had watched him like a hawk. Would Rachyla do the same?

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Re: Keep 'Em Coming
« Reply #5 on: Aug 26, 19, 06:42:52 PM »
Rachyla did her best to conceal her worry when Vester began peeling the apples before finishing the cheese and cold cuts. The Hearth Witch was almost positive the clearly edacious young man was still hungry. She would have to make sure he ate more before he left and guarantee that a basket of snacks accompany him when he did. Nothing made her happier than feeding people who were hungry and Rachyla would take it as a personal insult if Vester quit her domain still unsatisfied.

She smiled in response to his query. “I thought I’d make some preserves. I use them in the danishes - ” she nodded to the plate still on the counter.  “And I thought perhaps I might try frying up some fruit-filled donuts tomorrow.” She hadn’t actually planned on doing this until later in the afternoon, but there was always something she could make.

 She whisked sugar and lemon juice into the bowl of cherries. “What flavors besides apple and cherry do you think I should make?”

While she waited for his reply, Rachyla covered the bowl of cherries and carried it to the coldbox. While there, she put a few pieces of fruit into small covered basket that she left in there  before returning to the counter where she began sifting together cinnamon, cardamon and more sugar into jar to roll the finished donuts in.  She would add more treats to the basket before giving it to Vester, but she didn’t want the young man to think he was being ignored.

When all the apples had been peeled, Rachyla took the bowl from Vester, setting the abandoned plate in front of him without making a fuss about it. If he didn’t eat, that would be a different issue.

Rachyla was determined to feed her visitor and wouldn’t take no for an answer.

“Do you like music? I’ve heard there’s some wonderful musicians in town but I haven’t had the chance to hear them yet.”

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Re: Keep 'Em Coming
« Reply #6 on: Nov 08, 19, 12:33:40 AM »
Vester wasn’t sure what preserves were, exactly, but he guessed it was probably something like jam. He hadn’t had that made from apples before, but he had liked strawberry jam as a child. Either way, he’d try any food once. Food for him had been scarce enough over the last few years that he wouldn’t turn down anything.

The apple peels started to form a small pile on the counter in front of him and Vester’s eyes went from them to Rachyla and back. After a few glances, he popped a piece of the peel into his mouth, figuring they shouldn’t go to waste. Besides, there was enough of the flesh of the apple on them that they tasted good. Belatedly, he wondered if she had plans for the peels, too, but she hadn’t scolded him for eating so far.

“Um…” Vester wasn’t sure what other flavor options there were. “Maybe peach?” Sometimes he was allowed off the ship when the pirates stopped at pirate-friendly places. One time, Vester had managed to steal a peach from a vendor without getting caught. It had been the best thing he’d tasted in a long time.

The apple peeling didn’t take long, and Vester was munching on the last of the apple peels when Rachyla swapped the bowl for the plate of cold cuts. His stomach rumbled quietly and Vester felt his cheeks flush a little in response. He was reaching for more food when Rachyla brought up music.

“I do, but, well-” He wasn’t sure how much he should tell her, or how much she already knew about him. He’d told the whole story to a couple of people in the court, like the Healer because it was required. Now, he couldn’t help but hope that he could start over, so he wouldn’t be known as the pirates’ captive. He just wanted to forget. “I spent a few years on a ship, so the only music really was what the crew sang sometimes.” He wasn’t allowed to participate, which he was fine with.

 

 

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