Adela mentions both

June 4, 784, Valnessa, Meliora

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Adela straightened out her gown and placed a tentative hand over the bump that was just barely showing. She had tried to put off wearing this – mostly for Adalmar’s sake – but when her other clothing started to feel constricting and suffocating, she knew she couldn’t put it off any longer. Weiterlesen

Photine has to defend

May 1, 784, Lormere, Syntyche

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“Are you sure that nobody is going to come in here?” Samuel asked, glancing around the room. “Wouldn’t a study be frequented regularly?”

“Not since Father died.” Photine replied, her smile faltering for a moment. “Folkvar doesn’t like being in this room.”

“You’re certain?”

“Positive.” Weiterlesen

Euthalia engages in banter

April 21, 784, Linnesse, Meliora

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“Abelard!” Euthalia chastised her husband with a laugh as he bent her backwards to the point that she felt like falling. “What if someone comes in? I don’t think that Arend will ever forgive you if he sees us in our nightclothes!” Weiterlesen

Lovisa considers it justified

April 12, 784, Terillan, Syntyche

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“Well…” Finn said after a couple of moments spent in awkward silence. “At least it was a nice funeral. No fighting at all.”

Lovisa almost groaned at her cousin’s lack of tact. But then again, he had had little to do with Beatrice the Elder before her death. He was only here to be moral support to Kallidora – and to be a buffer between her and her father if things escalated. Weiterlesen

Alodia doesn’t hide from the unfamiliar

April 7, 784, Larovia, Bellingar

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Alodia looked at herself in the mirror, frowning at all the white lace and jewels. It was as if her family – both old and new – wanted to remind the people around her that she was a princess first and foremost.

Maybe it was silly, then, to hide in her new bedroom as she did. Weiterlesen

Gereon meets a burglar with a feather duster

March 14, 784, Lothaed, Meliora

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It’s only six in the morning, Gereon thought disgruntled as he made his way to the kitchen. What on earth was that noise?

Hopefully it wasn’t a break-in. He really wasn’t dressed for a fight with a criminal. The most he could do in this state was to flash the intruder and he honestly doubted that this would deter anyone from robbing him. Weiterlesen

Emeline is suspicious

March 6, 784, Wolfholt, Themis

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Emeline really didn’t know what she was supposed to think about this new mutual interest between her brother and sister-in-law. In the two years they had been married, the relationship had been decidedly standoffish and awkward. Weiterlesen

Cecil is out of his element

February 2, 784, Valhill, Meliora

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“So…” Cecil started awkwardly. “How are you holding up?”

It seemed strange to him that Linnaea’s visit to Valhill had not been postponed when her father had died so suddenly. But if he had understood correctly, the duchess had concluded that her daughter shouldn’t be forced to stay home and mourn if she didn’t want to. Weiterlesen