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06 September 2007 @ 11:42 pm
 
Date: Spring 51 BC
Characters: Priestess Diana, General Felix, Captain Calidus
Summary: Diana receives a letter with good news
Warnings: none
Status: In Progress.
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Diana had thoroughly enjoyed her visit to the home of Cornelius. She had not had someone of a more learned nature to converse with in quite some time and was grateful for the opportunity. She would have liked to have been able to spend more time talking to his wife, but of all people Diana understood how tiring a long journey was.

She returned to her tent, saying her goodbyes to Captain Calidus and going inside. Her handmaiden was waiting inside, clutching what looked like a sealed piece of paper.

“My lady, you’re back,” said the woman, bowing and holding the letter out to her “This arrived not long after you left”.

Diana looked at it and her eyes widened. “I recognize that seal…it’s from him” she thought, taking it from the woman’s hands. “Thank you” she said, sitting down on a nearby couch to read open it.

While the handmaiden busied herself lighting incense and straightening things, Diana quickly read the letter with growing excitement. She could barely contain her glee when she said “Leanora, go and alert Captain Calidus. General Felix is on his way here. This letter was written a few weeks ago, and he could arrive at any time”.

The woman nodded and rushed off, while Diana sat back and smiled. “I knew he would come for me”.
 
 
Current Mood: excitedexcited
 
 
 
audaxetcautus on September 7th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
Ever since he was a boy Felix had, what his mother and teachers called, the most unfortunate habit of sneaking about. Not that this was done purposefully, unless of course he had a purpose, then that was a different thing entirely.

But this time he did have a reason to sneak about.

First, there was the fact that he had missed Diana most dreadfully over the past few months and wanted time with her before he saw to his men. The second being that the past few months he had spent searching for Kulta and making sure Marc Antony kept out of trouble, which was a lot harder than it sounded. And finally, he was wounded. Well, sort of. Nothing that the General couldn't handle but it always hurt morale, a quiet return merely made more sense.

He ducked into Diana's tent, bandaged arm hidden under his cloak so as not to alarm her, but then it was he who was surprised for the sight that greeted him was his Diana sitting there, waiting for him. "One would think I would be used to that by now." he commented more to himself than to her.
priestessdiana on September 7th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
Upon seeing Felix enter the tent, a huge smile lit up Diana's face and she jumped to her feet."Haven't you been told about sneaking my lord" she said, resisting the extremely strong urge to fling her arms around him and beg him never to send her off like that again.

As it was, she couldn't seem to keep the smile off her face, not that she cared to try."I'm so glad you're back" she said, moving towards him "I've missed you".

But the smile on Diana's face faded slightly when she looked at the arm hidden under the cloak. "What's happened" she said, her voice full of concern "You've been injured haven't you".
audaxetcautus on September 7th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
"I do not sneak as much as tread quietly." he smiled a little, finding it hard himself not to pull her into his arms and promise her that he would never send her away again.

He put a hand to her shoulder and kissed her forehead in a fatherly fashion. "As did I you, dear one, I find you are very hard to get along without."

His eyes turning heaven-ward he sighed, sounding like an un-entertained child for a brief moment. "By the gods, woman, it is nothing but a little scratch, just a reminder that I should let my captains have a more active role in what I do." he was only teasing on that last bit, he would always keep his men out of harm's way if he could.
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priestessdiana on September 8th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
"Thats certainly true" she said "Power has that effect on many men".

"And as long as you're certain that it's fine, I'll let it be. I just wanted to make sure you were all right".
audaxetcautus on September 8th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
"Hopefully I haven't joined that sad lot yet."

Felix smiled again, he had truly missed her, even her worry warmed him deep down. "I appreciate your concern, little one, but I am very well."

"But come, tell me how you have been. Has Calidus treated you well?" He had complete faith in his Captain, he wouldn't have trusted Diana to him if he had not, but he knew the man was not used to looking after young women.
priestessdiana on September 8th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
"No, of course not" she said, shaking her head "And I'm glad that you're well".

Diana paused for a moment then, considering exactly what she wanted to say. "It has been...different" she said finally "He is not at all used to the company of someone like me, that much is absolutely certain. But I suppose that aside from the distractions all men have a tendency towards he has not been as bad as he could be".
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priestessdiana on September 8th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
"I'm sorry" she said, biting her lip and trying to look anywhere but in his direction "I just didn't feel it was necessary. People do have a tendency to keep their distance from me and had I felt I would be in danger I would have brought someone with me".
audaxetcautus on September 8th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
He put a hand under her chin, forcing her to look at him. "It's dangerous enough for a woman to go out on her own but with your abilities you could become a target, do not forget that Kulta is still out there."

But the he began to mentally chide himself, he never liked to lecture her, especially on something so serious. "Promise me you will be more careful."
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priestessdiana on September 8th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
"Other than having to make sure the Captain behaves himself, of course I have" she said, smiling back at him and relieved that he wasn't upset "Honestly, how you stand being in the company of a bunch of uncivilized army men all the time is beyond even my understanding".
audaxetcautus on September 9th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
"Ooh, but you know me, Diana, I can be just as bad as them." he grinned at her.

"But I am happy to see that your delicate sensibilities have remained intact, it would be a shame for a lovely young woman to become as corrupted as a group of soldiers."
priestessdiana on September 9th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
"No, never" she said laughing "You're always perfectly well behaved around me anyway".

"Well I wouldn't call myself entirely delicate, I Just prefer to be in the company of people I can have an intellectual discussion with. I'd be perfectly happy if the soldiers here were like that, but the chances of that are about as likely as the mighty Jupiter and Juno getting along"
audaxetcautus on September 9th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
"Force of habit, my dear girl, it is difficult not to fall into my patrician gentility." He chuckled at what he said truly thinking over that for a moment. "Patrician gentility, if that isn't an oxymoron."

"So you think you've been lacking intellectual stimulation? I suppose I can understand that, most of the men are woefully under educated and those that are would hardly speak to a woman. Though it does surprise me that none have tried to get close to you to ensure a promotion."
priestessdiana on September 9th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
"They're all afraid of me" she said, resisting the urge to roll her eyes "They think I'll call the Gods down to destroy them or some such terrible thing if they say a wrong word to me".
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priestessdiana on September 9th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
"For the time being" she thought, feeling slightly worried "What's that supposed to mean".

But outwardly she smiled and said "I'm so glad, I've missed being around you".
audaxetcautus on September 9th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
He knew better, perhaps it was the advantage of having known her for so long, but he would not speak to it. There was no need and he did not want to verbalize his concerns, at least not to her, not yet.

"Good, not that I wish you pain but it does feel good to be missed."
priestessdiana on September 9th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
She smiled again and with a slight mocking tone to her voice said "Well of course I would miss you. It's natural to miss the people you're close to isn't it? How could you think otherwise".
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priestessdiana on September 10th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
"Well consider yourself reminded" she said, grinning at him "Although if you hadn't send me away I wouldn't have to tell you because I would have been right there with you".

Then she realized exactly what she had just said and suddenly found the ground very interesting. "I'm sorry, I shouldn't have said that".
audaxetcautus on September 10th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
"I would have you speak your mind, to question my decisions when they make no sense to you, and I would have you never apologize. Not with me." He was serious for a moment.

"We all have our work to do, it just happened that you and I were needed in different places."
priestessdiana on September 10th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
"I realize that, and it's not my place to question the decisions you make" she said, eyes remaining on the floor "It can just be somewhat difficult to adjust when one is removed from a situation one has been in for their entire life. That's why I said that".
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priestessdiana on September 10th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
"No..not really. What's the point of thinking about something I can't change? You can't miss what you don't remember now can you? As I said, it doesn't matter to me" she said, reaching down to toy with her necklace.
audaxetcautus on September 10th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
"Alright." he relented, and to prove it to her he sweetly kissed her cheek.

If he said this to change the subject or if he was asking about something in particular, it was hard to tell. "Tell me, have you seen anything since your last letter?"
priestessdiana on September 11th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
"Egypt" she said rather quickly "Something...I don't know quite what yet but there is something coming from there...I suppose the letter I had written you this morning never reached you. It must have gotten lost in the shuffle, no one expected you back so soon".
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priestessdiana on September 12th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Diana was silent after he said that, trying to sort her thoughts out. There were several things she wanted to say, but knew that she would never actually say them. She hadn't wanted to end up in something like this, especially when he had just come to get her.

She sighed and settled for nodding her head and saying "If...if thats what you want. You're hard not to be concerned about you know".
audaxetcautus on September 12th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
He nodded as well, "I cannot blame you, I do seem to be continuously in peril." but that was the life of a General and he would not make excuses for it.

"I am sorry if that causes you pain, my dear."
priestessdiana on September 12th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
"It's not your fault" she said quietly, cautiously laying her hand on his shoulder "It isn't as though it can be helped. If you weren't who you are I wouldn't even be here worrying about you. And I'd rather be here worrying than not be here and not know who you are".
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