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08 September 2007 @ 01:12 pm
Date: Spring 51 BC
Characters: Elondriel, Nerida
Summary: Shirking off work to socialize. How the mighty have fallen.
Warnings: none
Status: Complete.

She really shouldn't have left the boys alone. So what if her suggestion of leaving them to "debate" on their own had made both their eyes light up? The fact that Tiberius had practically beamed at her was a little unnerving but, perhaps it could be seen as a step in a more...tolerable relationship with him?

Or it could be she had become increasingly more curious where Elondriel was concerned and, well, she had heard things. Things that should be addressed if she related to certain members of the house.

Whatever the reason, she had abandoned her charges to seek out the green-eyed Gaul, beaming when at last she'd found him.

kultas_second on September 8th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Elondriel started, looking up to see the pretty girl he had met a few days before. He smiled once he registered her face.

nerida_nymph on September 8th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
"I didn't mean to scare you," she said immediately, tilting her head down in apology.

She toyed with a piece of her skirt feeling strangely young all of a sudden.

"I was wondering how you were doing?"

Defiant or not getting beaten had to have hurt him. It was practically the point of it.
kultas_second on September 8th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
He noted the strange note in her voice, but didn't comment, frowning.

"I'm fine." And he really didn't want to say anything else on the matter.
nerida_nymph on September 8th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
Nerida blinked wondering where the easy banter had gone. Had she been fooled?

"Are you bothered by me?" she asked instead, regretting the words the moment she'd said them.

She didn't want to doubt his earlier actions. Not when he seemed so sincere. Because that would make her more the fool and she had contemplated enough of her own foolishness in her talks with Nicia and Cornelius.
kultas_second on September 8th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
"No, not at all," he denied quickly, green eyes flashing. "I'm sorry..."

"How are you then, Miss?"
nerida_nymph on September 8th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
A wave of relief crashed over her and she leaned against a wall, one hand playing with a loose curl.

"For the most part...amused. I am sure you know that Nicia doesn't trust you as far as he might throw you," she commented, grin tugging at her lips. "I am to be "wary" and avoid getting "too attached" to you," she relayed.
kultas_second on September 8th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
Elondriel snorted.

"Is he planning on disposing of me, then?" He shook his head. "Well, he's more than welcome to try."
nerida_nymph on September 8th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Nerida laughed, shaking her head.

"I doubt it. I think he was worried about my ability to take care of myself," she returned. "Which he should not be."
kultas_second on September 8th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
He frowned again at that.

"You seem perfectly capable of taking care of yourself to me."
nerida_nymph on September 8th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
The smile faltered.

"We had talked of something that..." she paused, searching for the right words. "Where I was not so confident in my abilities. He gave good advice but the...conversation was uncomfortable."

You have a chance to live a life far superior than that of a mere servant by mere virtue of your blood. It is up to you whether you learn how to achieve it.

She scowled. "I do not like being seen as a fool. Especially by myself."
kultas_second on September 8th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
"I'm afraid.. I don't follow." The frown deepened. "Who views you this way?"
nerida_nymph on September 8th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
She took a breath, cursing herself for even bring it up now that she had to explain.

"Nicia merely pointed out something I should have realized sooner. It made me feel foolish. I do not think he sees me as a fool, only...young. But I do not see much a difference," she admitted. "And this annoys me."
kultas_second on September 8th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
"Age is not indicative of wisdom," he said immediately, hand reaching out to skim her cheek, smiling encouragingly.
nerida_nymph on September 8th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Nerida stilled briefly at the touch, wondering why she was allowing it. Any other man she would have shifted out and away. Of course, Elondriel wasn't any other man.

"I suppose. But I am...more annoyed with myself than him," she confessed.
kultas_second on September 8th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
"And why's that?" he asked, smoothing her bangs away from her eyes before his hand dropped to his side.
nerida_nymph on September 8th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Nerida found herself caught in green eyes, unable to look away. Trapped.

"I admitted to being afraid of some things."

She paused, trying to ignore the increase in her heart rate, digging for annoyance and anger to further bury it.

"I do not get scared," she insisted, eyes narrowing. "I get angry."

It is easy to be angry. Anger covers all manner of sins and weakness.
kultas_second on September 8th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
"It isn't shameful to be afraid," he said, sure of that much, meeting her gaze with an even, green stare.
nerida_nymph on September 8th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
She flinched at the word shameful, the word to long associated with buried memories and at last tore her eyes away. She would not stand here and listen. Could not listen to this man, what did he know of such things?

Newly embraced rage rose in her and she pushed past Elondriel rather than slinking around him or simply going the other way.
kultas_second on September 8th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Was he still that ignorant about this culture, these people.. that he had ruined this too?

"I'm going to escape," he whispered conspiringly. "Back to Gaul."
nerida_nymph on September 8th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
She froze mid-step, whirling around confusion already cutting through her anger.

"What? How?!"

It had taken effort to keep the words quiet.
kultas_second on September 8th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
He swallowed deeply, looking at her ankles.

"I met a soldier.. he's going to hide me."
nerida_nymph on September 8th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
She grabbed his shoulder roughly, staring at him, her own emotions playing over her face.

"Why would you do that? Why would you trust him?"

Never trust a soldier.

"How do you know that he will do as he promised?"
kultas_second on September 8th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
He placed his hand over hers, pulling it away from his arm and just holding on.

"What choice do I have?"
nerida_nymph on September 8th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
She stared wordlessly, mind searching franticly for anything to give him and finding nothing. His hand was warm in hers and it would be just like the Gods to taunt her with the hope of friendship and snatch it away.

She looked away, defeated. "If you have no reason to stay... I will make no mention of your plans."
kultas_second on September 8th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
He darted forward, kissing her cheek briefly though he knew she hated such displays, even daring to squeeze her fingers in his.

"I will miss you."
nerida_nymph on September 8th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Her cheek burned from his lips, grip on his hand having tightened in surprise at the action. She pointedly ignored the stinging in her eyes.

"And I, you," she replied quietly.