leafman-tess:

youknowitsleafman:

Aurie hid a smile behind her mug. After she swallowed, she said, “In hindsight, I’m grateful I didn’t join. I would have hated for Nod not to have either of his parents, and with what I know of the Corps.’ dirty secrets, I…no, it’s for the best I didn’t join up.” She giggled once. “I stopped knitting after Nod got into my needles when he was three. I was terrified, so I hid my needles and I wove and sewed instead. It might be nice to pick up the needles again.”

"The company would be nice. I usually just find a spot around the gardens to sit and work—I like the buzz and chatter," he said, resting his chin on the heel of his hand. "When she was younger, I would talk to Tess and knit small things for her games. I made her armor to look like her mother’s, once. It needed constant repair, the way she played.”

"She always had extra blankets, mittens, and scarves in the winter time. That was when work picked up for Rhea, so I had to channel that nervous energy into something."

Aurie nodded. “I cooked,” she admitted. “Baked too. Fed all the neighborhood children. If I was cooking, I wasn’t worrying, and if the weather was bad, Nod worked with me in the kitchen. He’s not as good as I am, but that’s due to access, not skill.”

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leafman-tess:

youknowitsleafman:

"Doing his best to stay busy," Aurie sighed. "What with the queen’s marriage to one of the princes of Sungarden, I think he’s been attempting to distract himself as much as he can. He hasn’t spoken of it to me, but I know he’s sitting on it. In that, he is my son. I’ve barely seen him either, but he’ll stop for a meal sometimes or just to use my kitchen.” She smiled faintly. “Thank you for the offer, but the time when I would have needed help to frighten someone into submission is long past, thank the Goddess.”

"I’d heard about that in passing," Crag murmured, eyes on his mug. "I’m sorry that it didn’t… that it turned out that way. I don’t know him well enough to give him my condolences, but that was an unfortunate ending for them." He took a drink of his tea, mulling over the matter. He hadn’t known the Queen well enough to judge her actions, nor did he know about their relationship well enough to comment on it past general sympathy. Nod was a good man—he even had the makings of a great one—and he wouldn’t wish that kind of disappointment on anyone. Old grief and fresh heartbreak made a bitter draught.

"Well, I’m glad I never threw my lot in with the corps. I would have been a washout in less than a week. That, and I never would have learned to cook or knit."

Aurie hid a smile behind her mug. After she swallowed, she said, “In hindsight, I’m grateful I didn’t join. I would have hated for Nod not to have either of his parents, and with what I know of the Corps.’ dirty secrets, I…no, it’s for the best I didn’t join up.” She giggled once. “I stopped knitting after Nod got into my needles when he was three. I was terrified, so I hid my needles and I wove and sewed instead. It might be nice to pick up the needles again.”

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leafman-tess:

youknowitsleafman:

Aurie pursed her lips. “I’ve made all sorts of contacts and accrued favors. I’m more than happy to call in a few.” She tightened her hands on her mug. “She’s important to Nod, and the few times that I’ve met with her, I’ve been impressed. Don’t consider it a debt. And my house is as good as it can be. It’s small and suits my needs.”

Crag felt a pang somewhere in his gut, realizing that while Aurelan had done so much for Tess, his first meeting with Nod had involved nearly biting the poor boy’s head off. “Well, if you or your son need help with anything, don’t hesitate to call on me. I have contacts as well, and I’ve been told I look imposing… if you ever need something to that effect.” Not that I’ve ever been in a fight and won, but maybe I could be some kind of deterrent.

"How is Nod? I haven’t seen much of since Zhana broke that greyface spell."

"Doing his best to stay busy," Aurie sighed. "What with the queen’s marriage to one of the princes of Sungarden, I think he’s been attempting to distract himself as much as he can. He hasn’t spoken of it to me, but I know he’s sitting on it. In that, he is my son. I’ve barely seen him either, but he’ll stop for a meal sometimes or just to use my kitchen.” She smiled faintly. “Thank you for the offer, but the time when I would have needed help to frighten someone into submission is long past, thank the Goddess.”

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leafman-tess:

youknowitsleafman:

Aurie’s eyebrows knitted. “She could use a brazier?” She knew a smith. She needed a personal project as well…it had been a while since she had woven the shorter fibers of mouse fur, but it’s what she used for her winter sheets. “If there’s anything I can do,” she said. “Please ask. I have access to supplies and I have the time.”

"That-That would probably be very useful," Crag remarked, a quiet grin pulling at his lips. "Her place is small, but it’s airy and she’s told me she hasn’t done very much in the way of furnishing it, yet. I’m not sure if she’s thought ahead to the colder months yet, but I’d like to see her prepared for when the cold sets in and… and work starts getting busier." He took a sip of his tea and found it just slightly too hot, still.

"I’d be indebted to you," he added. "If you need anything done as far as the structure of your place is concerned—or if you’d like dinner, I’d be more than happy to pay you back."

Aurie pursed her lips. “I’ve made all sorts of contacts and accrued favors. I’m more than happy to call in a few.” She tightened her hands on her mug. “She’s important to Nod, and the few times that I’ve met with her, I’ve been impressed. Don’t consider it a debt. And my house is as good as it can be. It’s small and suits my needs.”

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leafman-tess:

youknowitsleafman:

She winced instinctively. “I have prepared my linens and I’m stocking up what I can for food and the like.” She wrapped her hands around the mug, warming the tips of her fingers. “You?”

"I’ve started stocking up on jars. I just have to figure out how best to preserve things," he replied, lifting the strainer from the water. "A friend of mine was always really good at pickling vegetables and making jellies. I figured I’d ask him how to do it, one of these days. That, and I’ve been working on knitting a blanket for Tess and a new one for myself. I’m making hers twice the size of mine; that fireplace isn’t going to be enough to warm her apartment when the first bad storm rolls in."

Aurie’s eyebrows knitted. “She could use a brazier?” She knew a smith. She needed a personal project as well…it had been a while since she had woven the shorter fibers of mouse fur, but it’s what she used for her winter sheets. “If there’s anything I can do,” she said. “Please ask. I have access to supplies and I have the time.”

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leafman-tess:

youknowitsleafman:

She swallowed. “Subversion,” she managed. “Put the pain into my work. At least, I tried. Then I buried what I couldn’t subvert, and I pretended it didn’t exist. It worked for me, for a while, but obviously even the mention of it brings me to tears, so it wasn’t as effective as it could have been.” She blinked furiously. “Is it all right if we not talk about this?”

"Of course," he assured her, feeling a pang of guilt at making her cry again. He arranged their mugs, pouring the boiling water over the tea leaves and hanging the kettle before settling back down at the table.

After a moment of grasping for a better conversation topic and letting his tea steep, he settled on, “Have you started preparing for autumn, yet? Nim was saying something about a rough winter the other day.”

She winced instinctively. “I have prepared my linens and I’m stocking up what I can for food and the like.” She wrapped her hands around the mug, warming the tips of her fingers. “You?”

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leafman-tess:

youknowitsleafman:

"He finally convinced me to give it a shot," she replied, running her fingers through the end of her braid. "That between him, me, Tara, and Ronin, we would be all right." She laughed a little bitterly. "And yet here we are." She perched her chin on her hand. "I haven’t exactly been the best of models for how good a parent can be, and I wish the extent of damage I’ve done to Nod was dropping him." She was silent for a moment. "That was exceedingly bitter, I apologize."

"No need," he replied, standing and returning to the kitchen for mugs, loose tea, and the strainer. "Spirits know you’ve been through hell. I think that the only things that kept me alive were my daughter and my brothers—her moreso than either of them, awful as it sounds. I saw my parents every now and then, after the funeral, but at their age, they couldn’t do as much to pull me out of the pit. I needed Tess to need me. We never really dealt with the problem, and we’re paying for it now, but we survived, so…" He hesitated. "I’m just glad that I didn’t ruin her life the second time around, either."

"You don’t seem to have quite as many people to lean on," he observed, taking the kettle off the hook. "How did you manage?" Partner dead, friend dead, friend absent… How can she even stand?

She swallowed. “Subversion,” she managed. “Put the pain into my work. At least, I tried. Then I buried what I couldn’t subvert, and I pretended it didn’t exist. It worked for me, for a while, but obviously even the mention of it brings me to tears, so it wasn’t as effective as it could have been.” She blinked furiously. “Is it all right if we not talk about this?”

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Alright muses, we’ve taken shit from our muns for too long! For the next hour and a half I the muse with answer any question about the mun honestly! And with out mercy.

the-shadow-that-should-not-exist:

seijuurousempai379:

theedolasracer:

g-garasu:

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Anyone else think we need a little fuckin’ payback!?

AYE SIR!

IT’S BEEN TOO FUCKIN’ LONG!

"No mercy!" 

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Reblog if it’s okay to befriend you, ask questions, ask for advice or just have a nice chat.

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leafman-tess:

youknowitsleafman:

She considered his question. “I was afraid,” she admitted. “My mother was such a fright while I grew up, and my father…my father was the leader of the Intelligence division of the Leafmen, and he tortured. If those were the people who reared me, what kind of parent would I turn out to be?” She smiled slightly. “Tea would be wonderful, thank you.”

Crag was quiet for a moment while he filled the kettle with fresh water and hung it over the fireplace. He set to making a small fire, turning her words over in his head.

"You learned what kind of a parent you didn’t want to be. Being a parent is terrifying—it can go wrong even if you do everything right," he remarked, crouching by the fire and glancing up at her. "But on the other hand, even if we mess up, children are incredible examples of resilience. I dropped Tess once when she was a toddler, and I didn’t sleep that night. I was sure I’d ruined her life. Thankfully, she was fine. It’s all a toss-up, and you just have to do your best each day."

"He finally convinced me to give it a shot," she replied, running her fingers through the end of her braid. "That between him, me, Tara, and Ronin, we would be all right." She laughed a little bitterly. "And yet here we are." She perched her chin on her hand. "I haven’t exactly been the best of models for how good a parent can be, and I wish the extent of damage I’ve done to Nod was dropping him." She was silent for a moment. "That was exceedingly bitter, I apologize."

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