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Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/14/2004 11:51:35 PM)

The show was over and done with for the night. Or at
least, Raina's portion of it. There were still acts after hers, but since she
was done for the night, that meant she was back in her wagon, storing away firechains and wicks, and her performance attire, smelling
heavily of smoke, but not the unpleasant smell that comes from burning tobacco,
the sweeter scent (In her opinion) of wood and burning fibers. This was a smell
she could live with.

Of course, just because she had just finished 'dressing down' as it were,
putting away that which she performed in and traded for a lighter thing of
well-worn cotton, didn't mean she was quick to bed. She'd be up for some hours
yet, whether one of the other circus folk came to talk to her or not.

But for now, she opens the closed door of her wagon, blowing out the
solitary lit candle in the small space, and down the two steps to the soft

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/15/2004 12:00:02 AM)

A posy fluttered out of the air, and landed at her feet on the soft grass, as
two hands clapped together enthusatically. From the
shadows Issac emerged, dressed in his normal clothes, but there was a trace
more care to his appearance. He whistled apprecitively.
"Where can I go for an encore?"

He said, his green eyes twnkling with good humor.
"Or perhaps even a private show?"

Moving forward, he took her hand and kissed it gently, before standing back.
"You were brilliant Raina. Absolutely brilliant."

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/15/2004 12:18:15 AM)

"Issac!" Her face lit up at the sight of him, quite pleased he was
there. When he kissed her hand her smile softened somewhat, and then she went
to hug him, arms around his neck, balancing up on the balls of her feet so she
could rest her chin to his shoulder briefly.

"I'm so glad you came." She pulled back far enough to settle her
feet completely on the grass, her dark eyes shining.

"..So, you liked it then?" And she turned a faint shade of red,
aware her costume, while physically easier to move around in than skirts, and
made the chance of becoming alight that much less, it was, well, more than a
little revealing. She never thought twice of it under normal circumstances.
However, Issac wasn't exactly a normal circumstance.

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/15/2004 12:21:33 AM)

Issac wrapped his arms around her in a hug, breathing in the smells of fire,
and her, feeling the texture of her skin through her light outfit. A slight
flush to his cheeks, but he didn't let go. Not now.

"I loved it. I thought you were ever bit as brilliant as I dreamed you
would be." He leaned back, smiling at her in a warm, frank way. "You
had them eating out of the palms of your hands."

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/15/2004 12:31:42 AM)

Raina smiled, leaning against him again and closing her eyes. It really ment everything to her that he was there, that he continued
to be there despite everything, for her.

"..I don't care what any of them thought. Only you. Thank you for

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/15/2004 12:42:34 AM)

"I'd go anywhere for you." Issac said quietly, dropping his head to
rest on her shoulder a little, turning his head to kiss her soft hair.

"And I think you're brilliant, and beautiful and .." Finally he
just picked her up and spinned her around.

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/15/2004 12:53:18 AM)

Well, that was new. The spinning. She couldn't help but laugh, holding on for
the moment. When he set her down she pulled away from him, grasping his hands
in her own and tugging gently.

"C'mon. Let's go down by the river. We won't be bothered there."
Few went down after dark, and those who did were usually to into whatever they
were going about to bother with any eavesdropping or socializing.

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/15/2004 12:53:31 AM)

Die Roller:

1d100: 60, for a total of 60

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/15/2004 1:00:10 AM)

He couldn't help it. He wanted a moment where she laughed, and she did. He
smiled, letting her pull him along down to the river.

"Now why are we tagging along to the river?" He asked, as they
jogged along, through starlit trees.

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/15/2004 1:06:29 AM)

"Because." Raina smiled and slowed as the circus sounds became more
distant and the sound of quietly rolling water became more defined.

"It's quieter down here than at camp, and it's easier to talk to you
when I know someone won't come barging along." Really, whenever Issac was
around, she wanted it to just be her and him, and other people talking could
make that difficult.

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/15/2004 1:17:37 AM)

"Aaah...yes, we don't seem to do very well in
crowds of people." He squeezed her hand, smiling gently. He looked around,
breathing in deeply. "I like it. It's ...peaceful. Very beautiful."

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/15/2004 1:25:07 AM)

Raina smiled, glancing around briefly before looking back to Issac. She wanted
to tell him about her talk with Harper, how he'd told her he would release her
from her contract as soon as she asked him to, that she would stay in En
Passant. But it didn't seem the right time to tell him this. He'd come to see
her. She wanted to make the rest of the night for him.

"So how are you?"

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/15/2004 1:30:44 AM)

"...Worried, slightly. Everyone seems to be injuring themselves or getting
into dangerous situations." Issac frowned a little, looking over at her.
"I wish I could wrap people I love in cotton, to keep them from harm, but
... they would hate it. Tarot has always been free spirits. That's why I'm glad
I came tonight. I needed some happiness."

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/15/2004 1:31:44 AM)

Die Roller:

1d100: 18, for a total of 18

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/15/2004 1:38:56 AM)

Raina smiled quietly, reaching her free hand up to his cheek, resting it gently

"We'll be happy tonight then. I want you happy." She'd lift away
all the burdens he bore on his shoulders if he could, but if she could make the
small difference of making him happy for a short time, she would. Even if it
meant the moment he left those burdens would return.

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/15/2004 1:43:20 AM)

Issac smiled quietly, pulling her closer and resting his forehead against hers
lightly. "Well, I like the sound of that. What shall we do to make me
happy? Besides being with you."

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/15/2004 1:49:54 AM)

Raina smiled, her arms finding their way around his neck again as she looked
into his eyes.

"..Well, we could talk about you? Happier memories? If you
wanted." As content as she was with the here and the now, she was curious
about his life before she'd come around. Before the Tarot and Church problems.
Before he was so heavy with worry.

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/15/2004 1:57:17 AM)

"..Hm. Well." Issac tilted his head a
little, pursuing his lips. "Well, I hate to say this, but what particular
good memory are you looking for? As I have quite a few."

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/15/2004 2:14:09 AM)

"Any." Raina smiled a little sheepishly, lacing her fingers together
behind his neck. "I...Want to know more about you. You know about me, now
I'd like to hear about you? Whatever you want to tell me." She'd listen as
long as he talked. Even after he stopped. His presence almost hummed in her
ears at times, quiet and warm and strong and wonderful.

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/15/2004 2:18:44 AM)

"Hmm. Well. I can tell you about ...the first time I ..." Issac
frowned a little, his face drawn into serious thoughtfulness. "Well, I
don't know. Everything in my life always seems to fall in the background,
somehow. I guess I could tell you snippets. How I learned out to count with
brightly colour marbles, and how I liked to do large
tables of math with them. Holding each marble to the sunlight to see how the
light moved over the shape and color."

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/15/2004 2:30:50 AM)

Raina smiled, nodding. "Snippets are fine.." She said quietly, moving
her head to rest against his shoulder, drawing her arms closer around him.
"Whatever comes to mind." She smiled at the thought of him, now
working with numbers all the time, but even as a child...

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/15/2004 2:32:35 AM)

"Mmm..." His arms clasped around her waist,
and he murmured softly into her ear as he remembered. "The first book I
ever read -- it was a fairy tale about a prince who had to save a princess with
a stone heart. I read it so many times in the little bookstore that the owner
finally just gave it to me. He was the first man to give me a job, as

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/15/2004 2:45:44 AM)

Raina smiled against his shoulder, not overly surprised to find that to be his
first book. She thought, under that rough layer of Issac that most people saw,
the constantly worried man who had been tired and harassed when she'd first met
him, he was a prince. He was her prince.

"You'll have to teach me to read someday." She murmured quietly.
"So I can read it too. Or, at least you read it to me. If you still have
it, that is."

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/15/2004 2:48:56 AM)

"I'll teach you to read from it directly." Issac said quietly, rocking
her to to fro in his arms. His eyes were halfway
closed as he kept speaking. "And I remember a hundred festivals, Tarot
festivals, with lights stringing from here to there, and so much laughter and
music. All of it was one glorious long song, and you never wanted it to

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/15/2004 3:01:59 AM)

Raina smiled again, settling her eyes closed when she became aware of a dull
stiffness in her legs. No doubt the dancing of earlier catching up with her.
She tried to ignore it, but knowing it would come back and cause her much
unhappiness the next day if she did ignore it, she moved her head from the
comfortable place near Issac and looked for the closest tree. Only a few feet
away, she smiled a little, edging him towards it.

"Sitting is more comfortable than standing. As comfortable as this
standing is." She didn't want much to break away from his warmth, from his

"..I've heard about these festivals. There will be more again?"
And down against the tree. Once Issac would settle himself she would be back in
her previous position, more or less, head rested comfortably on his shoulder
near him and his way of filling her senses.

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/15/2004 3:04:01 AM)

"Oh yes ... the Tarot always celebrate life. It's our way. Finding joy and
peace even when it seems there is none." Issac trailed over to the tree,
sinking down against it. It took a bit of doing with his tall frame, but he
managed nicely, as he closed his eyes.

"You have never heard anything like hundreds of Tarot voices raised in
perfect tune. I always though that was what heaven sounded like."

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/15/2004 3:11:40 AM)

Raina curled against him, sighing lightly. "..I can only imagine."
She'd been too young to remember any celebrations that may have occured while she'd been among Tarot as a baby.

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/15/2004 3:13:16 AM)

"You will, I promise. And you'll dance around the fires, and you'll be the
most beautiful girl there of all." Issac said softly, kissing her forehead
gently, as he held her close.

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/16/2004 12:15:43 AM)

Raina smiled softly, blushing a little. "You sure know how to make a girl
feel special." She chuckled lightly, eyelids fluttering as he kissed her
forehead, before she moved herself a little closer.

"..So, what else?" Books and Math and celebrations. He was older
than her, and that would make that many more memories for each year he'd lived
before her, wouldn't it?

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/16/2004 12:26:58 AM)

"...Hmm. The sun fluttering through the buildings when you're out running
errands. The first taste of an ice cold drink - with ice! - melting on my
tongue on a hot July day. Listening to my mother sing while I'm trying to fall
asleep at night."

Issac said, closing his eyes. He was trying to recall things, buried or
forgotten. There were even more memories he had to keep to himself, for now.

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/16/2004 12:37:13 AM)

Unaware of any memories being kept from her, she smiled softly, keeping her
eyes open and tilting her head slightly, looking up at the side of his face,
able to make out his distinguished features in the moonlight. Even in the
limited light, she thought he was looking more relaxed, younger even. She
smiled again, content that he was happier, for the moment.

"..What's she like? Your mother?"

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/16/2004 12:42:31 AM)

"She was ...beautiful. Dark hair and eyes, and the voice of an angel. She
could never stop singing." Issac played with Raina's golden curls,
thoughtful. "She used to make these strawberry tarts. They melted in my
mouth, like they were delicous tart snow."

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/16/2004 12:56:30 AM)

Raina inhaled slowly as Issac's fingers found their way through her hair, the
sensation making her feel a little dizzy, but in a good way. She smiled a
little, eyes fluttering closed.

"..Listen to you. And you told me you had no way with poetry."

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/16/2004 12:59:17 AM)

"They're just memories. Although I suppose memories are poetry in a

Issac smiled softly, looking down at her. He could follow the curve of her
cheek forever, and those dark eyes swallowed him whole.

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/16/2004 1:13:58 AM)

"Poetry at it's finest." She smiled, and opened her eyes again,
looking into his eyes, distinctively green even in the darkness. Eyes that she
loved. Man that she loved. She would be happily content to stay in his arms

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/16/2004 1:20:10 AM)

He looked down at her, canting his head a little, before he tilted her chin up
and kissed those smiling lips gently. Really more of a brush, really. Nothing

Or at least he hoped.

A few bare seconds later, he pulled his head back and coughed a little,

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/16/2004 1:37:20 AM)

It was almost over before she realized it was happening. And by the time it hit
her fully, it was over, and she was blinking up at him, a little surprised. She
didn't know what to say, or she did, just she didn't know how. She felt warm
and content and happy and giddy and just about every other thing that could be
associated with that first kiss. Or brush, as it were.

She found her smile, cheeks tinged pink, and touched his cheek, gazing up at
him, eyes saying more than words impossible for her to find could.

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/16/2004 1:40:14 AM)

"You..." Issac murmured, drawing his hands through her hair gently,
before resting his hands on her shoulders and squeezing lightly. He looked
solemnly into those dark eyes, that beautiful flushed face.

"You are my happy memory of yesterday."

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/16/2004 1:55:56 AM)

Raina exhaled, her eyes brightening. She closed her eyes briefly, and laughed

"...I never thought I'd feel like this." She opened her eyes and
looked up at him again, her free hand moving to the other side of his face,
fingertips remembering the feeling of his skin against hers.

"..Is...is it possible to say, I love you more
now, than I did ten minutes ago?" She kept her voice soft. This was
uncharted territory to her. She didn't know where the boundaries of what could
and couldn't be said crossed.

Issac Meridian (Wren)

(6/16/2004 2:01:26 AM)

"Well, I would hope so. I want you to love me more every single day of our
lives." Issac said with a little grin, smoothing the back of his fingers
around her cheek. Then he leaned forward to steal another kiss.

Raina Arien (Varis)

(6/16/2004 2:15:30 AM)

"I think I can do that." She smiled, and he didn't catch her off her
guard this time as he leaned in. She returned the kiss, making it Real, Solid.
Her hands traveled from his face to lacing behind his neck, and her eyes
fluttered closed. This was what she'd waited for. He was the reason she
was staying in En Passant. Not because she wanted to learn more about her
family, which would be a bonus, of course, but he was what made her stop, and
be content with what was here. This made Harper's sadness bearable, and
everything was that much clearer, and hazy at the same time.