Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Game of Politeness

1032, Summer

Soren Ridere had a newborn daughter. As soon as word had spread, Ancel had promptly told Nolia to investigate. And to her surprise, Lady Jaslyn had allowed her to visit. The infant was named Meya, and had an unusual appearance even for one so young, with a sprinkle of freckles and dark, unruly curls.

“I don’t know why I’ve been left with so few servants,” Lady Jaslyn whined, sitting across from Nolia. “This one acts as though she’s never held a newborn before.”
She gestured to the young girl standing nearby, who Nolia knew to be the younger sister of Bonnie. The girl looked shameful, scrunching her hands into her apron and staring at the floor, apparently unused to being scolded so bluntly.
Nolia smiled, “I’m sure she will learn in time.”

The Lady Jaslyn scoffed and lifted her nose to the air, “Alright then, I’ve tired of this game of politeness. What do you want?”
“Want?” Nolia clenched her jaw and straightened, “What do you mean?”
“I don’t and won’t believe you’ve come to wish congratulations, you and I both know that our husbands are on two sides of the same battlefield.”
Affronted, Nolia bared her teeth in an effort to smile. “I wasn’t intending to…”

“Say what it is you want to say,” Jaslyn interrupted.
Nolia was impressed at her fierceness, and gave a defeated sigh. “I’ve heard rumours,” she said. “That you have intent to leave court.”
She watched as Lady Jaslyn absorbed her words, and her tired features pulled into a questioning scowl.
“Why would I leave court?”
“It’s just that girl, Meliza…” Nolia looked away deceptively. “Has been telling everyone that you would leave after the birth of your child – so that she may remain here as your husband’s consort.”
Jaslyn raised her eyebrows, “The Tiernan girl?”

Nolia nodded, “And that she intends to keep Bonnibel Reardon as her handmaiden.”
“She wants to keep Bonnie?” 
Nolia wanted to smile, the part about Bonnie seemed to have struck hard. She watched as Lady Jaslyn looked away from her and leaned back into the cushions of her chair.
“Soren has told me all about the Tiernan girl,” Jaslyn spoke to the wall. “He has a harem of little girls like her you know, even younger ones. He likes blondes.” Inside, Nolia felt uncomfortable, as if the mention of blonde hair was some kind of attack on her. Jaslyn looked back at her, “I suppose I’ll have to deal with her then, and remind her who the Rideres actually are.”
With a nod, Nolia swallowed. She supposed that while she had accomplished her intended mission, she couldn't help but feel sorry for Meliza, granted she had served her purpose well.


  1. I was going to put Jaslyn in something less fancy, seeing as she just gave birth and all. But I like the idea of her dressing up / better than Nolia, in an attempt to show her higher status (though technically Nolia is higher than her.)
    Work has been full on lately, which I suppose is a good thing. I just don't have much time for myself, and I don't mean to sound selfish or anything, but I don't really want to spend my money on anything either. I think I'm becoming boring. It's not that I'm consciously trying to save money, I just don't feel like I really need anything right now. So pay day isn't that exciting for me. I'm losing interest in the material world almost, though I'm exciting for the new walking dead season, and the new vikings season, and the new korra season, and every other season ever.

  2. Eh, I'm at a place where I don't want to spend money on anything either. I guess I'm at a place where I have to be more concerned about my own well-being and comfort than anything else. No need to feel bad about it. Enjoy your new seasons, yeah? The only one I'm familiar with is Korra (though the new season hasn't been broadcast here yet; might have to just watch online), though I've been meaning to give Vikings a try.

    Soren sleeps with girls even younger then Meliza? Ewwww. Soren just gets creepier and creepier. I hope he dies soon (and painfully). For all I feel bad for Jaslyn having to be married to that slimy douchebag, I wish she'd lay the blame with the person who deserves it. And I wish Meliza would realize that Soren is disgusting and that he'd eventually be left with nobody but his own hands (or maybe Conri).

    1. Yeah I don't know what's going on with me and money, my friend says that I'm just growing up, but I think I'm bored with my life and money isn't going to fix it. They took Korra off the air because it wasn't getting enough viewers, so they posted the second half and the finale online, definitely get on it!
      Soren really is the lowest of the low, perfect example of how bad things have gotten in Marlowe. Jaslyn is smart, she knows the truth about Soren but she also know what is going to benefit her and her children.

  3. Mave and Bonnie look so much alike! When I saw the first picture (withour reading the chapter) I thought it was actually Bonnie (I remember you mentioning in a chapter that Bonnies was supposed to attend Lady Jaslyn too). Does Mave have a story too? Because Bonnie is one of my favourite characters and I would love to know more about the people who are related to her.
    I can see that Soren and Jaslyn's plan is gradually coming to fruition (he wished for another daughter, right?), so I am a little worried about the princes (they were planning something for them too and I seem to recall that it wasn't something pleasant).
    Lady Jaslyn looks a little too good for a woman who just gave birth, but I think I can understand that she wants to impress and discourage Nolia (and Meya is not exactly her first child, so she has some experience). Noble women in my stories are a little more ... fragile and actually quite lethargic, especially after they's just given birth. I can't say the same about my peasant ladies, who are back to digging and plowing and caring for children in a day or two after the've given birth.

    1. They do look a lot alike, Mave is going to brought into the story a lot more, especially with Bonnie. They need to reconnect, and I think Bonnie would benefit from it. I imagine that at least a day has passed since Jaslyn gave birth, and yes, she definitely wouldn't let Nolia see her in a compromising state.