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 Post subject: Re: Stormrock Castle
PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:50 am 
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No, you deserve far better, and for my pain?....

*Kalvos breathes a sigh of relief as the pain leaves his body*.

Thank you, if only you could heal the wounds across my heart so easily.... If only I could heal yours...

*He reaches across and nervously touches the Princesses' cheek*.

I made my choices Princess... I know that many where wrong, but not you, I always trusted and believed in you.

*He looks away and the sadness rises bringing tears to his eyes*.

I've missed your kisses and your touch. I feel that I am once more in prison... We are both in prison....

*Kalvos shakes his head*.

I am alone with you.... And I am lonely without you... I only wish for your happiness, and to take you away from Darl's cruelty.... Whatever I can do, I will do to help you.... Where can we find a lawyer?

*Kalvos rubs his eyes wearily*.

Should I seek one? In times of war laws are often lost and forgotten, but I would do whatever I can to free you from the tyrant....





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 Post subject: Re: Stormrock Castle
PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:57 am 
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You are welcome, just don't tell Vortigern that I kissed you, it would hurt his feelings and it is hard enough for him here. It torments him to stand by and do nothing while Darl...

*Philomena becomes upset at the memory*

I ask too much of Vortigern sometimes and I am unkind to him when he makes a mistake. I know all he does it what he thinks will protect me but he doesn't think things through. I think he could use your friendship right now.

*She smiles sadly and looks at Kalvos*

Vortigern would have me run away from Darl, to hide up in the mountains with Vance and the other White Scorpions. But I know... I know Darl would turn his rage on the innocents of Grimney, he would burn villages and slaughter children... and then he would hunt me down.

*She looks at Kalvos earnestly *

But if I could prove to him that our marriage is not legal, perhaps then there could be an amicable solution. Besides, if Darl dies and I am still married to him the Kanarans will force me to marry their next leader. It's how things work apparently.

*She smiles faintly*

I doubt you will be able to find the right lawyer, he must specialise in Kanaran law. Where you can help is by proving that we were betrothed and that bond was never dissolved. In mermaid law that would be enough and from what I have read in the library it should be the same in Grimnian law... although they could say that the betrothal was invalid as you were a knight and unable to make such a vow. I think I might ask Sir Robert Pearl to help. I know he spoke against the marriage to the Queen and almost fell out of favour, and on my wedding day he promised he would help me if he could if Darl made me too unhappy. I will write to him.

*She sighs and looks at Kalvos*

You are not a prisoner, unlike me you can leave any time and start a new life. Perhaps you could trace your family? All the records of your life and your service must be in the library, the Master of the Books is very meticulous.

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 Post subject: Re: Stormrock Castle
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 2:59 am 
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The closest I had to a family was in these walls....

*Kalvos looks saddened*.

Darl murdered my past... And Vortigern would never be a friend to me Princess.... Our history divides us. We followed paths that led away....

*He nods*.

I should go to the library... But can those that work there be trusted? And Darl could easily order my death when he finds out that I am alive....

*Kalvos sighs*.

He could as you say turn more monstrous without you by his side.

*Kalvos bites his lip*.

Is Sir Robert safe? I had heard he'd been arrested for treason... So many rumours I know not what is true..

*He reaches out to the Princess and takes her hands in his*.

I will not leave you, I shall remain by your side, I will do what is right, and if I must suffer know that it was my choice. I've never broken my bond with you Princess.




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 Post subject: Re: Stormrock Castle
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:41 am 
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I think you would know whether the library staff are to be trusted, you grew up here. The librarian is ancient and has lived here all his life. Master Bede told me he was born in the library and hopes to die there. His granddaughter must be your age, she is quite pretty you know.. Maybe you will find a new love.

*The mermaid gives a faint smile*

You had a family before you were taken here regardless of whether they are your true birth parents, you could trace them. I am sure they would be glad to see you safe and well. It is not your duty to stay with me, you are free from any obligations. There is no bond to hold you, I release you from anything that you think binds you.

*She looks away from him*

You think it is best if I stay in this marriage to Darl? To submit to him for the sake of softening his heart? He will recover soon enough and then perhaps you will understand why I would sometimes prefer death to this fate... It seems that you and my father are in agreement.

*The mermaid trembles. She pours herself and Kalvos a glass of wine. She hands him the goblet*

Drink with me. It's not a request.

*She nods*

Sir Robert was arrested for treason. My father and his army rode with Shayle, that bravest and most loyal of knights. They released him and arrested his gaolers for treason against the Queen. He has been back at her side, serving her. He even came to my wedding. He was the only person to offer me a little comfort on that sad day...

*She sits down and sips her wine. Philomena looks thoughtful*

It's not a surprise that Vortigern resents you, is it? I know a little of your past together now, I know that despite Lord Rackham's favouritism that Vortigern loved you like a little brother. That when he left the Queen's Elite, he had intended to take you with him... to protect you. Then you called him a traitor and turned your back on him like the others. And after all that, you slept with me when I was his girlfriend and left the Queen's Elite without being cast out like him.

*She looks at Kalvos with her beautiful green eyes*

Despite all this... when he learned that you were dead, he grieved deeply.

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 Post subject: Re: Stormrock Castle
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:23 am 
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*Kalvos looks down into the wine glass*.

Master Bede is still alive.... I would have thought Darl would have butchered him too. Kannaran compassion is a little known quality....

*He raises the wine to his lips and takes a very small sip*.

Not to my taste Princess.... It never was.... And it seems you respect Vortigern over me... That man has rarely done a good deed for anyone...

*Kalvos sniffs the wine and lowers the glass*.

Your father is little better, self serving, egotistical and manipulative...

*Kalvos places the glass down upon a table and shakes his head*.

Yo tell me I am wrong, you tell me I am free, but I am not free... I have a daughter too, that I believe.

*He stares into the distance, seeing Philomena yet looking beyond her*.

Our daughter..... My family.....

*He sighs*.

I stay beside you, and it is good to know Sir Robert and Shayle still live.... Although I wonder on the losses of those knights I once called friends...

*Kalvos smiles sadly*.

I never consciously betrayed anyone. And Darl remains a poisonous thorn in your heart and in the heart of Grimney.... No good will come of your forced alliance with him.

*He chuckles cynically*.

I need no new love when the old is not dead.



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 Post subject: Re: Stormrock Castle
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:52 pm 
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I didn't ask if the wine was to your taste, I asked you to drink with me. I hate drinking alone.

*She frowns and hands him the glass*

Please just pretend you like it. Sometimes Darl is quite pragmatic, he probably couldn't be bothered with replacing all the servants. Some of the servants are Kanaran, some were born in this castle and are bound to serve whoever is the Master of Stormrock.

*The mermaid looks annoyed and shakes her head.*

Don't be such a child about Vortigern. It's not about who I respect more, it is about trying to get you to understand him more. He won't admit it but Vortigern cares about you, he always has done. I cannot have to two of you snarling and snarking at one another. Vortigern has promised to treat you fairly, I would hope that you would do the same to him. I know it is difficult for you now he is my lover again.

*She sighs and begins to comb her hair*

Vortigern does his good deeds quietly. He risked his life to protect Garli the Vorte, to get Sir Robert that list Keeler had and he has saved my life. What more does he need to do? And as for my father... He isn't self-serving. He has made many sacrifices for the sake of this land. That emotion you are feeling... it is called jealousy. And as for your daughter, if you hadn't...

*She looks at the misery on the man's face and her anger softens*

No. Don't look so sad... come here... I know your pain.

*Philomena pushes Kalvos down to sit on a large comfortable armchair. She picks up an ornate hand mirror covered in shells and sits on his lap. Kalvos instinctively embraces Philomena and smells the rose scented perfume in her hair. The mirror ripples and shows mermaids swimming beneath the sea.*

This is my home... the deepest part of the Dudrassa sea. Look, that is the palace I grew up in. There she is... there is our beloved girl with my mother.

*A small mergirl swims joyfully, watched lovingly by a beautiful mermaid princess. She squeaks with excitement as a shoal of blue gemfish whoosh passed her*

I am not supposed to have any contact with her... but they can't forbid me from watching over her. They can’t stop me from showing you she is safe and well. Do you recognise her? She was a tiny baby when you left.

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 Post subject: Re: Stormrock Castle
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:13 am 
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Yes.... She is our daughter.... Karina....

*He continues to watch the mermaid child frolicking happily in the mirror*.

So far away and so much older.

*Kalvos takes a sip of the wine and rolls it over his tongue and swallows*.

I drink to you my Princess.... But I cannot drink to Vortigern.... Your lover.... Is it so necessary to tell me the depth of your relationship with him?

*He sighs and continues to gaze into the mirror*.

For your sake I will try to understand Vortigern... But for every good deed done, there are many bad deeds.

*Kalvos shakes his head*.

Even though I am an outcast I belong with you and Karina... Jealousy is a human emotion, and I feel I am guilty of that.

*He swallows another mouthful of wine*.

The land dies while we drink wine.... No wonder it has always left a bad taste in my mouth.... Perhaps I will find answers in the library, but without Darl they'll always be Vortigern to share your bed.... Again I ask for nothing....

*He takes a final glance at the mermaid child in the mirror*.

Karina is the greatest gift, you gave me her, what more can I ask?



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 Post subject: Re: Stormrock Castle
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:18 am 
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*She puts her arms around his neck and kisses him*.

You are not an outcast. You have many friends. Some of them under this roof. Including Regar. He is recuperating in the laundry, I think the washerwomen are very fond of him. I thought it would better to hide him from Darl.

*Philomena closes her eyes and rests her head on his shoulder*

You always have a place in my heart... you always call my soul. Together we have a daughter, she binds us to be family... just as...

*Philomena sighs and puts her hand gently on her slightly rounded stomach*

No... it doesn't matter. I will tell you another day. I am too weary. Besides... I must get ready to dine with my husband's generals. It is expected of me.


*She gives a teasing smile and starts to move off his lap*

You ask for nothing? You no longer desire my bed? These months apart have changed you. There was a time that nothing would have kept you away... Perhaps you find me repulsive now I am the whore of a Kanaran barbarian. It's probably for the best... I don't think Vortigern is very willing to share. Not with you at least.

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 Post subject: Re: Stormrock Castle
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:03 am 
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Where I do stand?... I have loved and I have lost.

*Kalvos looks sad and sighs*.

I feel that I have found my way into nowhere, and as a man I am now reduced to being a shadow in your life. Darl cannot even be told of my existence.

*He nods*.

Regar is a good man, and has no place among the Kanaran hoard. Should Darl find out that Elite knights are living in the walls of this castle we will slaughtered.

*Kalvos takes Philomena's hands and gently squeezes them*.

All I wanted after I fell in love with you was for us to be a family but the land is against that....

*He looks at Philomena*.

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 Post subject: Re: Stormrock Castle
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 12:03 pm 
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You stand on your own two feet, independent of the Queen's Elite. You are free to make your own choices now. Anything you have lost, you lost due to your own neglect. Vortigern is right, you always neglected me in favour of the Queen's Elite, even after your duel. You had many opportunities to make me your wife, but you are a human of words not deeds. If you ever wish to be more than a shadow in my life then you need to do something about it, rather than just complain.

*She shakes her head*

Darl knows of your existence and punishes me for it. His jealousy of you only increased after news of your death, perhaps he thought it would bring me closer to him but it didn't. Pain is the only thing he understands, pain and violence is the only way he tries to conquer me.

*The mermaid trembles and moves to look out the window*

I gave up the oceans for you... and you let me suffer like this.

*Philomena takes a deep breath and sits down at her dressing table. She begins to dress her hair and apply her make up.*

I will tell you later... or Vort will if he sees you first. No I must get ready to dine with my husband's generals, to maintain their loyalty. Darl will recover well now the poison has left his veins but for this brief time I will be able to push his troops to attack where I wish it. I can divert them from Dravenore's stronghold and destroy Keeler instead. The man who burns innocents. I will have his head on a platter or he will have mine.

*Philomena admires her reflection and puts on her jewellery. The gleaming red Kanaran rubies glitter against her pale skin*

As for Regar... Lord Thranmere will not object to a renegade knight joining as a mercenary. He likes cold-blooded killers like the Queen's Elite. He's more likely to object to Regar's shameless flirtation with me every time I visit. He always did have a crush on me, but now he is uch a naughty boy since the High Council declared him a traitor.

*She glances at Kalvos and her mischievous smile fades.*

Now don't look so hurt, Regar thought you were dead... I thought you were dead.

*The mermaid bites her lip*

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