ivoryscales: (sup)
[Filter: The Adveni and Ally]

Uh ...

I got up early this morning to go let Nym do some hunting, and when we were flying back, I noticed a big crowd on the beach. Do you know what's going on? I'm trying to sort it all out, but everyone is talking in Adveni and ignoring me, so I don't think I can be much help.

I think it's something to do with the nets. Everyone looks really upset, Tavian. You probably already knew about this, but if you don't, you should get here right away.
ivoryscales: (oh dear)
[Filter: Ally]

What's the matter?

Did someone say something to you? Or -- do something? What happened?
ivoryscales: (:woop:)
[Filter: Ally]

Well ...

I couldn't understand a word of any of that, but that's okay! I wasn't expecting to be able to.

It's nice here, isn't it? I keep forgetting how -- awful things are, outside of here, because being here ... it really doesn't touch it.

I wonder what's going to happen tomorrow. Nico keeps saying it's the best day of the year, but I don't know what she means!
ivoryscales: (Default)
Well, I said I'd talk about Chartri when Ally and I got there, but the truth is there isn't that much to tell. There are a lot of people here, I guess, to start with. It's all built along Lake Evendim, there's lots of fishing on the shore and that's where the busiest part of the whole city is. There's not a lot of buildings, yet, but there are some. It looks a lot like a big traveling camp right now in most places! I guess it makes sense. Canvas tents don't take a lot of work to put up, but building actual buildings sure does.

I think the whole thing is built in ... sections? The families from the different cities that came here mostly stay together. At least, I think that's what's going on. There are big bonfires at night and I can't understand most of what's being said or anything, but that's okay. Most everyone has been nice enough, and the ones that haven't at least respect Nym enough to stay away.

I don't know. It's not like what I was expecting, but it's not that different, either. I guess it's because Ally and I spent so much time with the Evendim Romani before this. It's like that, but much, much bigger.
ivoryscales: (Default)
I recognize these roads, now. I think we're real near to Evendim, now, and Chartry's only supposed to be a day off. At this pace, so I'd probably go between the two on Nym in no time at all.

I was expecting more trouble on the way, to be honest. But I guess with this many people, everyone who might have caused trouble decided to stay away, instead. That's another good thing about them all gathering up in one place. If they're more organized and less desperate all the time, maybe we can have some real, fair conversations.

I've got a good feeling going into here. Ally and I have been with them for weeks, and they've been fair to us.
ivoryscales: (*sulks*)
The Romani aren't thieves. Or murderers. Or anything anyone thinks they are. And if you see them walking with you on the roads, it's because everyone is driving them out of their homes, and they have nowhere else to go.

We're going to Chartri, now. It's just outside of Evendim, and all of Chimer's Romani who were willing to come are with us.

If you don't want to see Romani on the road right now, you probably just shouldn't be on the roads. City folk are the ones who put them there in the first place, driving them out like they are. They can't be nowhere.

Maybe once they have their own city, this can all stop.
ivoryscales: (*sulks*)
[Filter: Ally]

That's it!

I give up!

This is all so stupid! It's just so stupid! No one wants to believe us, no one will believe us, even when Lady Harmonia tells them over and over that they were wrong, no one cares, they'll never care!

I'm so done! If I have to see that stupid man's face one more time I'm just going to hit him until -- until --
ivoryscales: (Default)
[Filter: Ally]

I knew it! I just knew that's exactly what happened, didn't I tell you?

I wish she'd remembered sooner ... we have a lot of work to do, now.
ivoryscales: (:woop:)
Oh, wow! It's back! I mean, I'm back!

You're probably already asleep, huh, Ally? I wonder how mad she'd be if I went and woke her up? This is big news, right?

Are you there, too, Sir Cameryn? I hope you are ...

I'm so glad I didn't stop checking, I just knew they'd be back. I've been praying every night.
ivoryscales: (*sulks*)
[Filter: Ally]

... Did you see that? What that woman wrote ...
ivoryscales: (...)
[Filter: Private]

It's not our fault.

If the priests here had just been fair to them, this never would have happened. Never.

They're not bad people ... they're not.

[Filter: Ally]

I think this is the best I can do. They're not going to accept anything else, here, and the Romani ... maybe it's better for them if they all leave. They won't be safe here, no matter what we do. The second we left, who knows what would happen ...

I'm going to take these terms to them, this afternoon. Are you going to come with me? You don't have to, I won't blame you if you don't want to.
ivoryscales: (:woop:)
[Filter: Ally]

Guess who had to say her vows in front of all of Lucre at the Altar??

I mean it, the whole city was there! It must have been all of it! And all the Guardians, and all the Guard here in the city -- there's only a couple dozen here right now, but still!

I can't even remember everything that happened. I just remember flying with Nymeria, everything is such a blur. But I must have done better than Kris did, because they didn't take long after at all. Or at least, everyone says they didn't take long, it felt like forever. And -- and I don't even know what to say, now!

I'm one of the Holy Guard. There's only a hundred of us in the whole world. And I never have to worry about anyone taking Nymeria from me ever again.

And the first thing I'm going to do is fly right back up to Lusent and help you, just like I promised!


[Filter: Sir Cameryn]

I just -- I really want to thank you, one more time.

I don't think I would have made it if it hadn't been for all your help.
ivoryscales: (sup)
[Filter: Ally]

Oh, Ally, I just heard -- they're going to have the exhibition tomorrow, and Sir Liram just put my name up, and all the Guard in Lucre are going to be there, and the Guardians, and the Council, and ... and

They're going to choose tomorrow. It's all going to come down to whatever happens in the morning, and I just found out, it doesn't seem fair that I just now found out!
ivoryscales: (sup)
[Filter: Private]

... I just don't understand what he wants. He says I act like I'm entitled, but so does Cyr! It's not saying anything but the truth, if I say that I work best with Nymeria. If I say that I can't imagine Nymeria with anyone else. She is my dragon, no matter what anyone says.

He wouldn't pick Cyr over me because of that, would he? I'm still better.

But ... it's not like we're the only initiates. There are dozens of others he could pick. It's been about me and Cyr for so long, it was always obvious he was going to be the hardest to beat. He still has better form than I do, he still fights better -- on the ground. He's almost as good as me, in the air. He has more money. He has a family that can cause a lot of trouble if they're offended. But Sir Liram ...

If he's fed up with both of us, he could always pick someone else ... that's what he's threatening. I can tell.

What does he want me to say? That I don't deserve it? That he should go ahead and pick someone more -- humble? Then what if he takes it to heart and does?! I don't really think any of those things. Should I lie?

He should pick me. He should just pick me so we can be done with this and I can go back up north, as an actual Guardswoman, and do some good. That's what I think.

[Filter: Ally]

Everything is happening so fast, all of a sudden!

I have three members of the Council of Eleven supporting me, now, can you believe that? Three. That's more than anyone else. I have Sir Cameryn to thank for the third, it's his own sister, Lady Hilary! He's done so much for me. You should have seen Cyr's face when when Sir Cameryn gave that big endorsement speech ... he told them all about what I did up there, he said I was indispensable. It made everything Cyr's been saying sound just like the lies they all were. He hasn't been doing well since at all.

Everyone is expecting Sir Liram to make a decision, soon.

[Filter: Sir Cameryn]

I just got done talking with Sir Liram, again. I don't know what to think about this anymore, but I'm worried.
ivoryscales: (sup)
[Filter: Private]

He's probably on his way back right now, isn't he? The trial has to be over by now, it couldn't have lasted more than a day. Everyone knows what Damien did, and what he deserves for it. ...

I didn't think this would go this well. Once everyone sees what a liar Cyr is -- Sir Liram isn't going to like that at all, he hates liars. And he's always told Cyr over and over again that bringing others down isn't how you should raise yourself up. Always. And all of those letters and all of that influence he has doesn't matter one bit when I've got my own letters from actual Council members. I still can't believe that I actually do ...

And -- you know what? He just likes me better. I know he does. He won't admit it, because he can't, but -- he does. And I'm going to win this, and Nymeria is going to be my dragon, just like she should be.

It won't be long, now.

The Dragons wouldn't be -- cruel enough to let me lose. I know it. They sent me Nymeria for a reason, this is what I'm meant to do. I believe that with all my heart, I do.
ivoryscales: (Default)
[Filter: Sir Cameryn]

I know you must be busy, but I need to ask for a favor, if you have a minute. I know you've already done more for me than I really deserve, but I know what Cyr's doing, now, and you're the best hope I have of throwing it all back in his lying face.

[Filter: Ally]

I don't know why, but it feels strange to just ... talk about these things where everyone can see. So I hope you don't mind if I just write to you, instead.

It's a lot like I expected it would be, you know. As soon as Cyr got back, all of this talk started about how I was acting while we were up in Geron, and in Korin, too. Cyr wasn't even near me for most of that, I know he just made up whatever he liked. Just a bunch of things he knows Sir Liram wouldn't want to hear. About how I talk like I can't possibly lose and Sir Liram would be an idiot to pick someone else, and stories about how I kept pushing for better assignments, not following orders, doing what I liked. So.

So I'm going to write to Sir Cameryn now, like Elizabeth said I should -- I should have awhile ago, actually, but that's my fault for thinking I might not need to. He's already done so much for me, it feels wrong to ask for more.

And as stupid and annoying and awful as it is to have to deal with it, I think the thing I'm the most mad about is I didn't think of it first. Isn't that awful? I keep thinking, I had a whole week to tell whatever stories I wanted, and I didn't. But it would have worked, if I had. And it would have made all the things he's saying sound fake and petty, just like they are.

It's not all bad like that though, not at all. I know that the letter from Lord Lucius came in -- I didn't get to see what it said, but I've been checking the post every day, and I saw his seal on something just a few days ago. Sir Liram has it now, and I'm sure it was good! And I was the first one to report back on the situation up there, and that definitely counted for something. I gave a really good report, I'm sure of it, and no matter what Cyr says, he can't take away all the scouting I did. I earned that. And everyone knows that Nym and I really were flying alongside the Guard for those missions, and that Sir Cameryn trusted me to bring Captain Damien to the ship ...

And I don't think Cyr knows about the Romani. He must not have stopped in Lusent, again, on his way back -- at least not long enough to realize. So that's good news for me. I was a little worried about that, after the last time we talked.

So, I think I'm actually in good shape. All of worst things are just annoying, and if Sir Cameryn agrees to write something for me -- that'll put a lot of those stories to rest. And it'll make Cyr look really bad, too. So that's something.
ivoryscales: (Default)
[Filter: Ally]

Well, I'm back in Lucre, now ...

Cyr still isn't here, yet. I've only spoken with Sir Liram a few times since I've been back -- he won't talk about anything serious, yet. He just keeps telling me to make sure I'm prepared, and that things will "truly begin" when the others are back. I know he's just trying to be fair, but --

That's okay.

It's fine, because I'm working on other things, too. Elizabeth and Maire both said their fathers might write letters of recommendation for me, which is going to help a lot. And I'm making sure just about everyone sees me with Nym, how much better we've gotten even just since we left. And no one's heard anything about the Romani, here ... so that probably isn't going to come up at all, unless Cyr's heard of it -- and I don't think he did. He was in Geron the whole time, after all ...

So I think I'm doing all right.

How are you?
ivoryscales: (*sulks*)
[Filter: The Romani and Ally]

Look -- if you do have the staff that's missing, and there's a lot of people here that think you do -- you should know that they're going to find it. They are. They're going to search everywhere, all of your homes, everything, I don't think it'll be very long at all. There are some people with a lot of connections getting really upset about this and it just gets worse every second that staff is still out there missing somewhere.

So I'm not saying that you did steal it, but I am saying that one of you said they might, and if she did, you need to bring it back. Ally and I can help you. You can give it to one of us and we can say -- something, I don't know what. But if we can get that staff back fast maybe we can avoid too much trouble for everyone.

It makes sense for all of us. So if you know where it is, tell us. Please.
ivoryscales: (...)
[Filter: Sir Cameryn]

Sir?

Most people are saying we'll see the docks, tomorrow, and I was wondering ... would it be all right if I just went back to Lusent? I'm sure there's plenty to keep me busy, there, and I know things are going to be real crazy as soon as we're all on shore. If I don't say something now, it'll probably be days before I get any orders, and -- I'd rather not stay and watch everything.
ivoryscales: (*sulks*)
[Filter: Private]

... He'll be dead, soon.

They'll all be dead. We couldn't have done anything about it, though. And Damien asked for this, with what he did. We couldn't have done a single thing except what we're doing right now.

I still wish he hadn't written. I'll keep reading that for days and thinking those are the last things he ever wrote before that army we saw crashed into him and ...


[Filter: Ally]

... We're coming home, now. It won't be too long before we're back in Geron, at least. So maybe I can be back in Lusent soon, too.
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