Kain Just a Few Months/Years Change People This Much?

Mar 20th, 2013
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  1. [00:07:22] <Amaryllis> Alright, somewhere in the nobler parts of Lindblum, or what used to be such before the war with Alexandria! Two girls up to no good are snooping around the ashes of an old House Aitchison mansion, looking for anything to help establish their new identities as fallen nobles.
  2. [00:13:26] * Amaryllis carefully steps over the threshold of the rotten mansion entrance, lighting her lantern as she scans the hall. Part of the roof is caved in, leaving sparse starlight and moonlight to seep in and illuminate the ruined flooring and ashen furniture.
  3. [00:15:13] <Natalie> The much shorter of the two doesn't show tiny bits of respect in comparison, yawning as the two walk in. As soon as one quick scan shows that nobody's inside she darts for a corner and starts picking out left-behind trinkets, accessories, et cetera without a care. Most of it junk.
  4. [00:16:57] <Amaryllis> "Remember Nat, you're weaving a story." Ammy's voice now is flat and quiet, unlike her usual storytelling demeanor. She nicks a tattered cloak off of the back of a chair, the onion insignia clear on the back.
  5. [00:17:30] <Amaryllis> "Scattered trinkets tell tale of thieves and pretenders."
  6. [00:18:59] <Natalie> "Nnnn. Don't worry- it's always best to separate treasure from... not-treasure." Scoffing, she stands up. "You're right, Ammy, this WON'T do much. But there's probably something..."
  7. [00:19:54] * Natalie tosses the junk behind her shoulder and stands up, caaaaarefully scanning again. "Something nice, something with meaning."
  8. [00:20:21] <Amaryllis> "It's better to not have anything which you can't spin a yarn from. Leave anything that doesn't suit the heiress to the House." Ammy herself is methodically picking through a bookshelf now.
  9. [00:22:08] <Amaryllis> "A literate mere servant is rare, but a House storyteller or bard, that sounds reasonable enough." She carefully takes two of the more well-preserved volumes from the bookshelves, flipping them open to check for a House stamp and giving them a fond look before shoving them into her pack.
  10. [00:22:09] <Natalie> "Okay," the blue-haired girl replies in a blunt, flat tone and vanishes. It isn't seconds later that she returns from another room, holding a poofy, intact dress and wearing a small grin unbefitting her overcast eyes. "Thennnnn.... let's start with this one."
  11. [00:23:21] * Amaryllis tilts her head then nods. "Take more from that room."
  12. [00:24:14] * Natalie nods back, making a dash. It isn't long before she has a whole collection in her arms "They all look like they'll fit. Woulve you serve your fine Princess in this, O loyal servant?" She can't speak without giggling.
  13. [00:25:03] <Amaryllis> "Of course milady." Ammy manages a curtsy with a small grin.
  14. [00:25:05] <Kaingaskhan> (The channel isn't secret for some reason)
  15. [00:25:08] <Kaingaskhan> (I can see it on whois)
  16. [00:25:12] * Amaryllis then peeks through the rooms herself now, giving each a cursory glance before settling on one. "Modest. Servant's quarters."
  17. [00:25:13] <Natalie> (that's because you're in it)
  18. [00:25:22] <Kaingaskhan> (Oh)
  19. [00:25:26] <Kaingaskhan> (Proceed)
  20. [00:27:11] <Natalie> The aspiring princess grins back, satisfied. "All clothing won't work, though. Somethinnnng... we could use to prove our status would be nicer."
  21. [00:28:13] * Amaryllis carefully flips open a crumbly looking book. "Middleton. Unassuming name. And it's a journal, an easy tale to tell." She puts that into her pouch as well, then opens the drawers.
  22. [00:29:11] <Amaryllis> Shuffling through the contents, she removes a pair of fountain pens with House engravings upon them. "For you, yes. House jewelry."
  23. [00:30:03] * Amaryllis pockets the pens and continues through the room. "I'll help in a second."
  24. [00:30:28] <Natalie> "Nnnnmmm. They're fancy." It isn't long before she isn't following anymore, totally disappearing.
  25. [00:31:38] <Natalie> When the two next meet she's already fully dressed in one of the fancier of the dresses, spinning. Except she's wearing heels, and stumbles a bit. She's holding some fancy-looking pendants too, which there seemed to be a lot of. "Does it work?"
  26. [00:32:38] * Amaryllis is slower with her work, having popped open a trunk and taken a large chef's knife from it. "Do you fancy I'd be a good cook, Nat?"
  27. [00:33:28] <Amaryllis> "You look fine, but carry yourself more like a noble." Ammy smiles and walks over to straighten Nat's posture. With a moment of thought, she takes one of the pendants and drapes it around her neck.
  28. [00:34:39] * Natalie takes the help and, with a few stumbly steps, bends over to the knife, peering. She knows this is a bad idea to get so close but wears a loopy smile all the while. "It's probably not hard if you act like you know what you're doing. That's how most of them learn, I'm sure."
  29. [00:35:02] <Amaryllis> "Find a book on Mist airships if you can. You will need to understand the basics of the House trade, even if their relevance is lost to the sands of time."
  30. [00:35:41] <Amaryllis> "...It's fitting isn't it? This sort of knife." Ammy lifts up her lantern and holds the knife in the classic posture.
  31. [00:35:59] <Natalie> "Studying." She straightens the pendant and gives a nod of thanks, but then spins around lopsidedly on one heel, walking in the opposite direction. "Studying, studying."
  32. [00:36:49] <Natalie> It's worth noting that she marches in a childlike manner toward the door but pauses and tilts her head to the side, walking backwards and trying it again in a more refined, noble manner. Of course it's really forced.
  33. [00:37:11] * Natalie turns back around afterward. "... Getting it now. But don't dwell too hard on it, Ammy."
  34. [00:38:02] <Natalie> "If you're going to become someone else then you can't always be you."
  35. [00:38:06] * Amaryllis watches Nat wander about in the awkward way with a smile, then slowly turns back to the trunk. There's a small clattering sound as she grabs up a handful of trinkets from it and shoves them into her bag.
  36. [00:38:52] <Amaryllis> "It's simply a new chapter in your story. You decide who you are and how you will be written. Even if it is in imitation or tribute."
  37. [00:40:02] <Natalie> "... You'll always be you, sure. It's true. But if you be you-be you there won't be much of a story left to write. Let's remember that." Nat spins back around and tries to noble her way up the steps, mumbling the word 'remember' over and over.
  38. [00:40:25] <Amaryllis> She lifts up a necklace from the trunk, seems to just be a line of punctured 1 gil coins with a rough string run through them. After a moment staring, she puts it on. "Fitting, for a servant at least. Perhaps a tad inconsistent with the more important role I will pretend to."
  39. [00:41:34] * Natalie is, for the next good deal of minutes, standing in place flipping through pages, then flipping backwards and flipping through them again. There's a good collection of books about Mist airships, including the big one she's in the middle of, dusty as it is.
  40. [00:42:44] <Amaryllis> "Memory." Ammy frowns and gives a Nat a concerned look as she watches her flip through the book for a minute, then she's back to her task.
  41. [00:43:05] <Natalie> "... It's just a lapse."
  42. [00:43:21] * Amaryllis just nods in response.
  43. [00:43:23] * Natalie closes the book and stacks a few of them. "There's plenty of time to memorize them."
  44. [00:44:25] <Amaryllis> "If you don't plan on becoming a total expert, we will have to dispose of them. There is little value heavy technical books would carry to an heiress who didn't intend to learn the engineering."
  45. [00:44:35] <Amaryllis> "After you memorize."
  46. [00:45:53] <Natalie> "You're right. My story... is that I'd rather learn magic. That's easy enough to feign." She flicks a finger at nothing. Nothing happens. "But the knowledge helps."
  47. [00:46:39] <Natalie> "Nnnnn... nnnobles like their magic, so there shouldn't be a problem, anyway."
  48. [00:47:34] * Amaryllis continues to search around the same room, on occasion taking a rare unburned book from the bedside counter or a bit of folded up paper or a trinket.
  49. [00:48:28] * Natalie childishly marches out of the room with the books in hand in a comical stack but stops in the doorway, shakes her head, and moves backward. Then she tries it again, clutching the books carefully to her chest, and takes each step carefully out the door.
  50. [00:49:20] <Natalie> Until the last step, where her ankle twists a bit, but the stack barely keeps from toppling over at the last second. Nat heaves a relieved sigh and shiftily looks around, proceeding to keep on like nothing happened.
  51. [00:49:22] <Amaryllis> Finally, she moves to the closet, looking through just as methodically, with a solemn gaze in her eyes. She takes a heavy yellow coat and exits the room, with one last gaze in. After a moment's hesitance, she goes in and roots through the drawers a bit more, tossing an empty photo frame to the floor before exiting once more.
  52. [00:50:36] <Amaryllis> "...Maybe don't wear the heels in public. After all, the House is gone."
  53. [00:51:11] * Natalie slips out as soon as the command is issued, wiggling her toes once they're on the ground. "Got it. But, that..."
  54. [00:51:41] <Natalie> "That looks familiar. It's not another attempt to 'be you,' is it?"
  55. [00:51:56] <Natalie> "You'll want to be careful."
  56. [00:52:16] <Amaryllis> "What's the concern?"
  57. [00:52:31] <Natalie> "None. Just, if it's too familiar... nnnn."
  58. [00:52:35] <Natalie> "Nevermind, it's nothing."
  59. [00:52:59] * Natalie kicks the heels into the room and proceeds across the hall again.
  60. [00:53:38] <Amaryllis> "Separating myself from what I am won't help either." Ammy looks a bit down as she follows Nat, having gathered enough for herself, she feels.
  61. [00:55:12] <Natalie> "But you don't want them to know, do you? If you embrace it..." Nat elegantly descends, sighing. "No, I trust you. I the Princess trust in my Servant. It shouldn't be an issue."
  62. [00:55:39] <Natalie> "Caution is just as important as...."
  63. [00:56:09] * Natalie pauses in place, headtilting. She shakes her head like nothing happened and keeps moving.
  64. [00:56:18] <Amaryllis> "As important as this." Ammy slowly makes her way down a set of stairs, disappearing into the darkness.
  65. [00:56:54] <Amaryllis> A few minutes later, she's back up, with a bottle of wine cradled in her arms.
  66. [00:57:45] * Natalie found a pair of cute black maryjanes in those few minutes, obviously dissatisfied with not having toe-wiggle-room. But she smiles. "That's right. Since that's why we're doing this, after all."
  67. [00:59:30] <Amaryllis> "Having fun?" Ammy smiles bemusedly as she sets the wine bottle on the table, wiping it of dust.
  68. [00:59:48] <Natalie> The smile turns into a wicked grin. "Nothing less."
  69. [01:00:38] <Amaryllis> "Decades old vintage. Stored in the only rack protected from the fire." She shines the glass with her sleeve and stares at her reflection. "Must have been a favorite of the House head."
  70. [01:01:53] * Natalie stares into the reflection, squinting, and starts combing her hair. With a fancy, jewelled comb, no less. "A shame they didn't get to enjoy it."
  71. [01:02:07] <Natalie> "A real shame."
  72. [01:02:31] <Amaryllis> "We'll have to toast to them when we partake then." A small, hesitant grin.
  73. [01:03:13] * Natalie tosses the comb to the side, giving up find it useful, and shrugs a bit. "If we remember, we'll try."
  74. [01:03:39] * Amaryllis looks up at the jeweled comb and slowly raise a finger to point to it. "A tenth birthday present." The finger moves to the pendant on Nat's neck. "Family heirloom." Then to another pendant. "Gifts from another noble house."
  75. [01:03:57] <Amaryllis> "Each item, give it a story." Ammy walks over and picks up the comb and hands it back to Nat.
  76. [01:04:06] <Amaryllis> "And a story for each item gone missing too."
  77. [01:05:11] * Natalie takes it and stares at it, then hesitantly pulls out a hand mirror and goes back to work after cleaning it off. "Stories. And my own..."
  78. [01:05:24] <Natalie> "Hnnnnn."
  79. [01:05:29] <Amaryllis> "Your own in time. It will wait for you."
  80. [01:06:06] <Amaryllis> "People question statements of fact. Stories carve belief into the heart."
  81. [01:06:39] <Natalie> "That's right. It'll write itself, won't it?" She plucks a blue hair from the comb and stares at it.
  82. [01:07:28] * Natalie hmphs. "It really is going to be fun."
  83. [01:07:33] <Amaryllis> "If not, you can write it anew. You have ages."
  84. [01:08:39] <Natalie> "Nnnn... Now." She walks over to the stack of books on the table and organizes them. "What's our first chapter?"
  85. [01:09:36] <Amaryllis> "Diaspora. Where do fallen nobles go but back amongst the crowds of the common?"
  86. [01:10:57] * Natalie checks over each object, accessory, etc, and mouths over the things Ammy said - 'tenth birthday present' and etc - silently and idly. "And from there?"
  87. [01:12:11] <Amaryllis> "A road to revival."
  88. [01:13:09] <Natalie> The shorter of the two grins a grin. "Believable. Then on the way," she stares wistfully at the bottle, "We'll be completing as much of our goal as possible too, nnn?"
  89. [01:13:51] <Amaryllis> "And an exquisite view of destiny nearly wrenched from your grasp."
  90. [01:14:13] <Amaryllis> "As much as is possible. I'm afraid I still lack understanding." Ammy pauses midstride to answer.
  91. [01:15:10] * Natalie flops on the table. "As much fun as we can have. There's still caution to consider."
  92. [01:15:53] <Natalie> "But, Ammy, you're enough fun just to be around. So there's nnnno hurry."
  93. [01:16:07] <Amaryllis> "I meant." Ammy finishes the sentence with a tap at her forehead. "I still don't understand what happened."
  94. [01:16:43] * Natalie climbs into a chair and sits down, in a very catlike way. "Time."
  95. [01:16:52] <Natalie> "There's still time."
  96. [01:17:28] <Natalie> "We have it for now, so let's be glad it's there. Nnnnnn."
  97. [01:20:44] * Amaryllis nods. "Then shall we don our false trappings? I hear tale of a ball held by esteemed Lord Abel due in two night's time." A bit of warmth and heart is returning to Ammy's voice as she steps forward, flourishing her new cloak.
  98. [01:22:30] * Natalie yaaaaawns in place, slowly adjusting her feline posture to look like what she imagines a noble one does. "Let's. As far as we should be concerned, they'd be overjoyed to see us."
  99. [01:22:50] <Natalie> "... Probably."
  100. [01:23:05] * Natalie tries to silence an 'nnn.'
  101. [01:23:07] <Amaryllis> "...You will have to remind me to quieten my manner of speech, the more grandiose manner is unsuitable for a servant while not in the task of spinning a tale for the good lady."
  102. [01:23:34] <Natalie> "And mine needs its own work. Nnn... nnone of that."
  103. [01:24:22] * Natalie sits at the table and closes her eyes, clearing her throat. "A-HEM. You would do well to remember what the position of a servant entitles, Amaryllis."
  104. [01:24:51] <Natalie> "I have it in my power as a noble to be rid of you any time I should see fit. Hmph."
  105. [01:25:10] * Natalie totally inflated her voice on purpose during all of it, finishing the act with a giggle.
  106. [01:25:35] <Amaryllis> "Of course milady." Back to the flat near-monotone. Ammy adjusts her necklace, letting the coins jangle, then slowly steps her way toward a set of armor in the front of the entrance hall, picking off a bit of plate that seems to fit her.
  107. [01:25:55] <Amaryllis> "Ready."
  108. [01:26:44] * Natalie slips off the chair. "We'll have plenty of time to be us. Just need to remember when that time is, is all."
  109. [01:26:47] <Natalie> "And when it isn't."
  110. [01:28:28] <Amaryllis> "Then, let us write a new chapter." Ammy takes slow steps outside, then turning to wait.
  111. [01:30:15] * Natalie gathers accessories and whatnot, donning them before casually walking out side.... then walking backwards and gracefully walking outside. "And let the tale unfold itself."
  112. [01:31:23] * Amaryllis stops to close the ruined door to the mansion best she can with its damage, then follows Nat.
  113. [01:33:08] * Natalie adjusts the huge black ribbon she found and turns back with the last instance of her usual fang-y grin, for the time being. Replacing it is a haughty, condescending glance that turns the other direction and leads them forward.
  114. [01:34:07] <Amaryllis> (that all?)
  115. [01:34:12] <Natalie> (should be!)
  116. [01:35:40] <Kaingaskhan> END FLASHBACK
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