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Author Topic: A Duty To Care For You  (Read 806 times)

Description: tag: Taryn Kerry

Offline Adam Rhyne

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A Duty To Care For You
« on: Dec 15, 16, 03:12:07 PM »
Adam was not quite humming a happy little tune to himself in the kitchen, but if someone listened closely, they would have caught the soft starts and stops of his breath as though he was actually humming a song without any music attached to it.

The cocoa he was stirring was thickened with some fresh cream and had a hint of lavender from the garden. It was possibly the last time they would have the summer herbs fresh without preserving spells to keep them since winter was rapidly approaching. Even now, frost could be seen on the ground most mornings, giving everything that dusting of white before the sun rose to chase it away.

The scones on the tray nearby were also laced with that same lavender, except they had a criss-crossing of cream icing to sweeten the herbaceous taste. Adam was no baker but he was eager to provide things from the garden for the cooks to use, and he tended to listen to them prattle on proudly about their cooking skills. Besides, it provided him with a lot of knowledge, from which herbs went best with what meat to if Lady Kerry liked the biscuits served last night.

The tune continued on in his head as he loaded up the tray and made his way towards Taryn’s office. It was the First Circle’s “duty” to gently remind Lady Kerry to take breaks throughout her busy day, and this was one of the easiest ways Adam had found to do so. Some days, he showed up with her coat and the promise of two horses already saddled. Some days, like today, he showed up and offered his simple company as a distraction. And it rarely really bothered Adam that he wasn’t as powerful or aggressive like some of his Brothers in her Court. He served Lady Kerry in his own way by caring for a different set of her needs: comfort, confidant, and company.

“Special delivery!” he called brightly after knocking his knuckles against her office door. There was no hiding the smile on his face. Adam may have not been interested in Taryn romantically, but he was still her bonded male and, like all bonded males, he was smitten with her. Just other males were better at hiding it, he supposed.

Offline Taryn Kerry

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Re: A Duty To Care For You
« Reply #1 on: Jan 15, 17, 03:22:28 PM »
The coldness of winter had begun to seep into the stone walls of the Keep faster than the maids could place warming spells on them. Fires were constantly lit in the rooms to bring another source of heat that was not craft based. Clan Kerry had long ago learned more practical ways to keep warm than wasting Jewel strength on warming crafts. This allowed them to remain at the ready should an attack come. It was a tradition for the Clan that went back hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. Taryn wrapped the warm sweater around her shoulders and wondered if such tradition really needed to be adhered to.

Adam’s appearance at her door brought a smile to Taryn’s face. He reminded her that the Darkness worked in mysterious ways. Where she was deficient of knowledge for gardening, odd for a Queen to be sure, he held knowledge enough for the both of them. They were a unique pair but Taryn valued his friendship and the unique bond that the Darkness had blessed him with. And his patience with her dog.

Chase jumped up from his place before the warm fire and bounded across the room towards Adam, threatening to knock the Warlord over with his enthusiasm. 

“Chase, sit!” Taryn commanded and the dog looked forlornly at Adam as he sat down. His barely contained excitement at seeing someone in Taryn’s offices made his tail wag so furiously that his whole backside was shifting on the stone floor at the entrance to her office.

“Adam, sit.” Taryn said teasingly and pointed to the worn leather chair that she kept in the office just for these types of visits. Males at Court always needed to be involved in her life one way or another, and many enjoyed disrupting her day. Though Taryn expected that this would be a lovely distraction if the smells coming from Adam’s tray were any indication. “What treats have you brought me today?” She asked eagerly.

Offline Adam Rhyne

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Re: A Duty To Care For You
« Reply #2 on: Jan 27, 17, 11:35:31 AM »
“Down, Chase, down,” Adam said with a fond laugh when the dog bounded up to him. He couldn’t honestly be mad at the canine for his enthusiasm, even if he managed to knock over something. Dogs were dogs and did dog things. Luckily, Chase was mostly well behaved and listened to Taryn’s command to sit (wouldn’t any male do the same thing with a Queen they loved?) and so Adam was able to enter the room without spilling the hot chocolate.

And when Taryn told him to sit, he laughed again. “I am, I am!” he replied with an equal lightness to his voice. He set the tray down on the table, sank into the comfortable leather chair, and motioned to the tray's contents even after Taryn asked. “I thought you’d like some hot chocolate this morning. It’s still pretty cold out and you’ve been working on those documents since right after breakfast. The cooks were getting worried you’d work straight through lunch so they made some scones with the last of the fresh herbs from the garden. I made the hot chocolate from a recipe my mother used to use.”

He picked up one serving for her -- a slightly steaming mug and a warmed biscuit -- and used Craft to float it to her, setting it down on a free space away from her papers. He picked up his own mug and said, “I figured I’d keep you company for a bit too. I’ve got a book to read and Chase probably wouldn’t mind his ears getting scratched for a bit. Unless you need my input on something. What are you working on today?”

Offline Taryn Kerry

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Re: A Duty To Care For You
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 17, 12:10:50 PM »
The skill of multitasking was absolutely paramount for a Queen to possess. At least if she had any hope of productivity during her day. After all, a Queen’s attention was always going to be split, as she owed much to the people she ruled, the land she tended to, and the men who served.

Taryn smiled as Adam tried to get Chase to obey. While Chase did, in fact, know the command for ‘down’ he had proven to be mighty stubborn. It seemed that, as of late, the only people he listened to her Taryn, Osin or the House keeper. Though every male in Kerry Keep listened when the House keeper gave her orders. The last man who thought to disregard a direct order from the formidable woman had found himself on bread and cheese rations at each meal. Those who had offered him scraps of meat from their own plates would share the punishment if discovered. A few weeks back Taryn had been most amused when she discovered the majority of her Guards were eating little more than bread and cheese at their meal, while other tables overflowed with meats and ale. No one was willing to admit exactly what had happened but Taryn already knew without needing to be told.

Hot chocolate was a favourite of Taryn’s and she couldn’t help but smile at both Adam and his tray. After the Warlord had sat Chase had found his way to Adam’s side and laid down on the floor just in front of Adam, using his booted feet as a head rest.

“You made the hot chocolate? You’re full of surprises, Adam.” Taryn laughed softly. He certainly was a man of unusual talents but those talents had proven to be exceptionally useful to Taryn and her Court. The smells coming from the mug was temptation incarnate.  “A break with scones and chocolate sounds perfect and your timing is impeccable. I fear I was beginning to go cross eye in reviewing the reports that Osin had prepared.” Her Steward was particularly skilled at distilling the information that Taryn needed to know into only a handful of pages, rather than hundreds. Yet something had come across her desk the day before which had struck her as odd and at her request Osin had delivered a stack of paperwork.

She’d been comparing numbers between a variety of reports that Osin had acquired and was seeing an uncomfortable patter. Various reports indicated that there were droves of displaced cotters cropping up along the Tramore border. Most were either from small Clans or had no Clan affiliate at all.

“I’m trying to make heads and tails out of some issues that appear to be cropping up in Denford near to the Tramore border.” She explained. The chocolate was still too warm to drink but the cup warmed her hands comfortably while she cradled it to her chest. “Displaced people cropping up in large groups in a variety of villages. There’s no clear connection between them aside from the pattern.” Taryn explained. There were dozens of questions she would want to ask the actual people, but the reports indicated that they were almost fearful when asked such questions. Raids were not uncommon but this seemed far more sinister than a few missing sheep.

Offline Adam Rhyne

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Re: A Duty To Care For You
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 17, 03:56:22 PM »
“Displaced people?” Adam echoed once Taryn was finished explaining what she was working on that day. With her serving settled in front of her for consumption, Adam moved his own serving within reach. He pointed a stern finger at Chase, whose nose quivered inquisitively as the canine tried to get a better scent of the food the humans had. “This is human food, Chase, not dog food,” Adam informed the dog, as if the dog spoke the same language.

When Chase didn’t steal Adam’s portion, the Warlord began delicately picking at the scone first. “Displaced people along the Tramore border,” he echoed. His brow furrowed as he tried to think about discussions the Brothers of her First Circle had been having lately, recalling any pertinent information. But he failed to find any. “I haven’t heard of anything unusual going on there,” he admitted to her, “unless one of the other men know something that I don’t.” Which could very well be. Adam was a good diplomat but a poor fighter. If the situation was dangerous, he tended to be kept closer to home as a last line protector for Taryn, letting the other males take on the brunt of the danger.

“What pattern do you see with the reports?” he asked as his gaze drifted towards the papers Osin had given her to review. “Do you want me to take a ride out to the border to investigate for you?” he offered. Maybe he could be of use, actually. Frightened people tended to be close-mouthed when an aggressive Warlord Prince came marching in. Adam, with his caste, Jewel, and sweet manner, came across as no threat to anyone, and that opened doors for him that others found closed.

While he waited for Taryn’s response, he cast another stern (as stern as Adam ever could look) gaze at Chase, who had inched closer and was now resting his chin on Adam’s knee, looking up pathetically at the Warlord in the hopes that his ploy would earn him a treat.

Offline Taryn Kerry

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Re: A Duty To Care For You
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 17, 07:33:48 AM »
Finally the chocolate was cool enough to enjoy and Taryn placed the warm mug to her lips and took an indulgent sip. It was pure delight as the warmth caressed her tongue and the flavours of the beautiful chocolate brought a pure light of delight to her eyes. It was a momentary distraction from the papers she was leafing through and Adam’s poignant questions.

Chase looked morosely at Adam’s plate and pleading with the soft brown eyes that seemed to catch Taryn unaware every time he employed them. The dog was damn wily and too adorable to disappoint. Luckily it seemed that Adam was made of sterner stuff as he warned the dog away from his plate. It would only be a matter of time before Chase gave up on their guest and came to bother Taryn instead.

“Osin’s report indicates that when questioned the displaced people clam up and won’t talk.” It seemed unnatural that so many individuals would freeze all at once when asked a question, almost as if craft had been used to compel them to remain silent. Which only made Taryn more cautious when approaching what would need to be done to address the issues cropping upon along the border. She doubted it had anything to do with Tramore itself, or their Queen, but she couldn’t ignore the geography.

“It would be worth a try, but I’m concerned that it’s not the people’s will that is keeping them silent.” Adam was the first one she’d voiced the concern to. She’d not even mentioned it to Osin yet. But it wouldn’t be long until her clever Steward reached a similar conclusion. “The pattern appears to be completely weather related. Each time there’s a storm another group is displaced.” Taryn had also given thought to raiders or mercenaries who were blockading damns to drive villagers out of the area after creating a flood. But wouldn’t they have been more vocal about the cause?

Offline Adam Rhyne

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Re: A Duty To Care For You
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 17, 11:12:35 PM »
While most of his fingers were wrapped around his own mug, a few of them tapped an erratic beat that attempted to follow either his thoughts or whatever disjointed melody he had been humming earlier. Adam’s head nodded slowly. “I suppose…” he said with a slight shrug of his shoulders, “that if they don’t really want to talk about what happened, then there’s nothing we can do about it. Though I’d like to try, Taryn, if you think it’s worth it. I’m good at getting people to talk to me.”
 
Case in point: Taryn Kerry.
 
As he set his mug down, avoiding Chase’s woeful gaze, he added, “But if you think there’s a more formidable reason as to why they won’t speak, then I’ll leave it to you.” He spread his hands open wide. “Just let me know how I can help if you need me.” That was Adam: ever-helpful. If there was anything he could do to help Taryn, he’d gladly take it on and without complaint.
 
He picked back up his mug. “Are you sure it happens after every storm? That seems like an interesting, odd sort of pattern. And it isn’t because of flooding?” That was the most obvious conclusion but sometimes exploring the obvious question shed light on the hidden ones that eventually led to the solution. The storms weren’t that bad. Yet. In the summer, yes, they could pick up, but the spring storms were fairly weak, compared to some of the ones the warmer water of summer could produce. There were plenty of winter squalls some years but not this year. It seemed like a conundrum: people displaced by storms but not wanting to speak about it? It seemed silly not to do so! If it was simple flooding, then the mystery was solved. But Taryn’s tone insinuated that it was something other than that, and that had Adam curious. It was highly probable that it was beyond Adam’s abilities but he had plenty of conversations like this with Taryn where they bounced ideas off of each other until she came to a conclusion and Adam felt like he was assisting her in his own way.

Offline Taryn Kerry

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Re: A Duty To Care For You
« Reply #7 on: Jun 11, 17, 08:53:51 AM »
The circumstances of events around the Denford border with Tramore were truly unsettling when reviewed in depth. Nothing that Taryn had theorized made much sense. It had not grown so bad, yet, that she felt compelled to write to the Queen of Tramore and ask if there was similarly odd behaviour happening on her side of the border. But it was only a matter of time before she put words on paper to that effect and ask Blodwen Lyons for support.
 
Some men bragged about their accomplishments while others wielded them only as a last tactic; Adam was certainly the latter. He had proven to be remarkably easy to talk to and managed to draw people out of their shells with a gentle ease that Taryn was admittedly envious of.
 
“Flooding was one of my first thoughts as well, but there are no other reports of it in the area and it can’t explain why those displaced are all incapable of discussing the issue.” Taryn frowned thinking it through one more time. Flooding was the most obvious choice and not unheard of in Scelt given the very wet nature of their climate. Yet something bothered her about the reactions she’d read of in the reports, and it left her seeking another answer for the troubles.
 
“If I agree to let you visit and see if you could get some answers from them, would you agree to accept several escorts, and perhaps the Court Healer? I’m worried it’s something more nefarious than nature and floods.” Taryn admitted and hoped that Adam would agree to her terms. Without knowing what was out there she wasn’t willing to send a member of her First Circle alone, but if he had several escorts she could ensure his (and their) safety. Plus, a Healer could come in handy as a sign of good faith from the Court of Denford as well.

Offline Adam Rhyne

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Re: A Duty To Care For You
« Reply #8 on: Jul 05, 17, 11:28:52 AM »
He watched her patiently as she puzzled through her thoughts, noting the way her brow creased when she frowned and wishing he knew of a way to easily undo that crease and that unhappy expression. He rubbed his hands softly together, his gaze dropping for a moment, while he let her think it through. Chase thumped his tail when Adam looked his way. Adam found himself smiling just a little as he thought about how easy it must be to be a canine -- eat, sleep, get pet. No dealing with problems like this.
 
Taryn’s gaze on him again drew his own back to her. “If I agree to let you visit and see if you could get some answers from them, would you agree to accept several escorts, and perhaps the Court Healer? I’m worried it’s something more nefarious than nature and floods,” she said.
 
Without hesitation, Adam replied, “Absolutely. I wouldn’t dream of going there alone.” He had planned to take another of the First Circle with him, since Adam was a poor fighter, but the idea of bringing a Healer as well sounded like a great idea. Who knew what he might encounter with these people and it would be a good idea to be prepared for that. Plus, rendering assistance would let these beleaguered people know that Lady Kerry had their woes in mind and was working to fix that. Had he known she was thinking the same thing, he would have smiled broadly.
 
With a plan forming between them, Adam picked up his mug again for another sip. “Just tell me who you would like me to take and when you want us to leave,” he said. “I’m a pretty light traveler so it won’t take me long to get ready.” Though Adam also tended to be a very well prepared and thoughtful traveler. He would make sure that the right horses were selected, that he had extra herbs to help the Healer, that he had an extra cloak just in case, etc.
 
He gave Taryn an encouraging smile. “We’ll get to the bottom of the problem, Taryn. I know it,” he said. It might have been a naive statement but Adam trusted that the Court would figure out what was going on eventually.

 

 

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