The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

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Postby Sunset Fallow » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:41 pm

“Oh...” Maharetii exclaimed as she suddenly lifted her head to the man standing close.

“Is that....?” She barely noticed her companions continued to walk on through the market as she hurried to examine the new find in a tiny stall set far back among the hundreds in the market. The number and types of items available was astounding. She’d just stop a few seconds and then catch up...but she had to look.

There were hundreds of bottles and small pouches of material for crafting and brewing, some quite rare on the Island. She placed a few in a small basket with the intent to buy them when she turned to see where she had been, intending to retrace her steps back to her companions.

“Hey...ummm...guys?” Now where did they go? She had only walked a few steps...and she was sure she had gone that way. She looked. Or was it...? She turned another direction. She stood with the few items she had found staring first one way then another hoping to catch sight of her friends.

“Are you alright, miss? You seem lost…” She turned and found him standing squarely in front of her. He was tall and quite handsome, not that she found any man ‘that’ attractive. But still, he did have a certain appeal.

“I’m fine.” She stood pursing her lips and looking a bit perplexed. Then after a moment and the surprise at finding she was alone and this man standing quite near she gathered what she could of her wits and asked quite shyly. “Please...I just need to find my companions.” She took a step back from the man.

The man smiled. “Ahh, yes...the other two woman. Perhaps I could help. I’m sure your companions couldn’t have gone far, milady.” He bowed his head in a somewhat exaggerated expression of courtly manners that seemed a bit out of place in this bustling market.

Maharetii hugged the basket to her chest. “No...they were just here.” She bit her lip as she looked around anxiously. “I mean, I don’t need any help.” She could feel her heart begin to pound. The anxiety and panic crushed her chest making it hard to breathe; a thin film of perspiration forming on her forehead as the need to retreat became overwhelming.

Her eyes darted from one direction to another...she stumbled against a stall. “Please....no...just go away...” Tears formed in her eyes and streaked her cheeks.

He took a step towards her, his hand extended. “Miss...are you okay?” His look one of concern.

Maharetii turned to run, blindly knocking over a shelf and falling. She turned to look at the man and the people standing near. Another man came rushing forward. “HEY...what’s this? YOU...you’ll pay for this...all my wares...ruined!” Her eyes widened in blind terror. She couldn’t think or breathe. Tears streamed down her face.

“Reti!” Lyanthi pushed through the crowd. “...oh, Reti.” Her voice softened as she saw the panic on Maharetii’s face, the tears in her eyes. She took Maharetii’s hand and helped her to her feet, standing protectively between her and the gawking onlookers. Maharetii collapsed crying into her arms.

Lyanthi looked at the owner who was now trying to protect his wares from the hands of the people standing close. He stood facing Lyanthi and Maharetii. “You’ll pay for these....all these things broken and stolen...ALL!”

The man who had confronted Maharetii stepped forward, his hands placed on the owner’s shoulder. “This way, sir. If I may have but a word with you?” He guided the owner a few steps to the side.

Lyanthi turned to Maharetii placing a hand on her cheek. “Ahhh...Reti. Are you okay?” Her voice soothing as she looked into Maharetii’s eyes.

Maharetii took a shaking breath and nodded. Lyanthi smiled and glanced back. The owner of the stall was speaking and making several gestures with his hands towards the damaged shelves and items on the ground. The man who had approached Maharetii said a few words, then quite unexpectedly, the owner stopped and stared at the man as if taken aback. There was a brief pause, and then the owner walked away. The man watched a few moments, then returned to Maharetii and Lyanthi.

“Now...if I may be of some assistance?” His smile was quite charming.

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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Jain Zar » Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:27 pm

“Well, no… I mean we be okay now and better get going,” Reti replied with a trembling lip, looking with a hopeful glance at her twin and about to turn away.

But her sister stopped her with her hand. “Just a moment there. Mister, what did you tell the merchant that he decided to let us off the hook? I mean, are we in your debt or something?” The tiefling’s eyes narrowed a bit but the handsome stranger waved it off with a smile.

He took his hat off with his left hand and along with that revealed an innate respect for women by not permitting himself any closer to them. From the spot he was standing he merely extended his right hand towards Lyanthi after a light bow. “My name is Jax.” He looked at Lya’s and Reti’s eyes and all that time didn’t glance once at any other body part. “Pleased to meet you, both.”

The handshake with both sisters was nothing more but holding their fingers and gently shaking them up and down. His face and demeanour embodied the manners of the well-doing citizen class whose interests seemed commonplace, but whose modes of thought and speech were refined, polite and intelligent.

He spoke clearly, with his head up. “The matter with the merchant has been settled. The good man displayed a little more consideration after I pointed out accidents on a bustling market like these actually do happen once in a while. And that he perhaps should direct his complaints to the local authorities regarding the number of people they are allowing on places like these. On the other hand when he realised that by showing forgiveness towards an unfortunate customor he could accomplish more and become one of those very respected and highly regarded merchants...” He stiffled a slight grin when he looked at Lyanthi and he displayed a comforting smile when he turned to Reti. “At any rate, none of this was your fault, miss. Rest assured.”

“Reti…”

“Hmm…?” He tilted his head but then her sister took over.

“She is Reti, and I’m Lyanthi. We’re no misses, merely some women passing through.”

“Oh, I see. And may I inquire where you are heading?”

“North…” Reti started, but her sister offered her such a glance that she shut up immediately.

Whether Jax had noticed it or not, he didn’t show and he merely held up his hand while he placed his hat back on. “Well, a pleasure to meet you, Reti and Lyanthi. Pardon me if I am holding you up. I’m glad to have been of assistance, and I’ll be on my way then.”

He tipped his hat as his eyes that were like copper against honey in the sunlight looked from one sister to another. There was a playfulness that never seemed to escape those handsome irises, yet without revealing the exact thoughts that were possibly crossing this man’s mind.
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Postby Sunset Fallow » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:09 pm

“Lyanthi, I’ll be okay.” Maharetii stepped forward while still holding tightly to Lyanthi. “Sir...wait please. Thank you.”

Jax paused and then bowed his head slightly. “It was my pleasure to be of assistance to two such becoming ladies.” Then reaching into his coat pocket, he offered Maharetii a small card. “However, should you have need of some ‘special assistance’, I would be pleased to consider such a request from either of you.” He tipped his hat by way of leaving. “Ladies.”

Maharetii held the card a moment and then watched as Jax walked away and vanished into the crowd. She looked down at the card, then tucked it away quickly.

Lyanthi glanced over her shoulder. “Hey...I wanted to see that.”

Maharetii pursed her lips in a tight smile, then spoke. “Maybe....later.” Then she tugged on Lyanthi’s hand. “Come on. We need to find Zaryna before you get me into more trouble.”

“Me?” Lyanthi stopped, her hands on her hips as she watched Maharetii begin to walk into the crowd. “Whata you talkin’ about? I saved your sorry butt.”

Maharetii slowed and looked back. “Hardly...Jax saved me.” Maharetii stuck her nose in the air as she began to walk off again. “He’s very handsome, don’t you think?”

Lyanthi hurried to catch up. “Whatever.” There was a scowl on Lyanthi’s face. “Do you have any idea where you’re going?”

“Huh...nope! I’m following you.”

Lyanthi rolled her eyes, then mumbled quietly. “Well that figures. You know you’re in front of me, right?”

“I heard that. And yeah...you never practiced following from in front. It’s much harder, you know.” Maharetii continued to walk through the crowd with Lyanthi in tow.

“Has anyone ever told you that you’re a bit weird?” She caught up to Maharetii. “Zaryna was just over there when I left her.” Lyanthi stepped up beside Maharetii and pointed as they walked. “I hope she’s still there.”

“ZARYNA!” Maharetii ran through the crowd as she caught sight of Zaryna. “You won’t believe what happened. I saw this great stuff in a stand and then there was this guy and then Lyanthi came along and I fell and this guy was soooo handsome...” And the story came out all in a rush with hardly more than a single breath. Lyanthi stood, glancing occasionally at Zaryna, who had a small smile on her face as she held Maharetii’s hand, listening and nodding as expected.

“He wasn’t ‘that’ handsome.” Lyanthi scowled again.

“You’re just jealous.” Then she pecked Lyanthi’s cheek.

“Am not.” Lyanthi crossed her arms.

“Awwww...you’re so pretty when you pout.” Then Maharetii kissed her in a most unbecoming fashion, right out in public.

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Postby Jain Zar » Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:06 am

The three made their way through the market without further problems, stopping here and there to look at the wide variety of items available. They bought just a few things and had to limit most of what they bought knowing that every item would be carried with them the rest of the trip.

By the end of the day they were tired and hot from strolling the countless booths in the market, but they had one more stop before they could return to the Inn. It wasn’t the perfect end to their day, as both Lyanthi and Maharetii felt a noticeable pall settle bleakly over them as they walked.


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The priestess behind counter five was very friendly and after having listened to the tieflings’ story she shook her head. “We can only provide you with health care these days. I’m afraid the specialists for things like that are all out, attending to some plague or sickness in the nearby villages. We don’t expect them to return for the next month.”

Zaryna looked at the others at that and nodded,” We’ll just have the health treatment then…” She looked at Lyanthi,” Alright? Just to see you’re okay physically?” She smiled,” I just want to make sure my companions and lovers are good. And who knows how long we’ll be on the road to Neverwinter.”

The receptionist blushed heavily but then asked,” Are you heading for Neverwinter in one of the next days?”

Zaryna shrugged,” We haven’t got an exact date set yet but by the end of this tenday I think yes. Why?”

“Well, you actually could help us out. In return this checkup of your… friend here would be entirely free.”

“And how may we help you then?”

The receptionist requested a moment, got up from her chair and went to the back. Meanwhile the three stood idle. It was fairly quiet in here compared to the crowd outside. But perhaps the patients were all in the back, behind the closed doors behind which the receptionist had disappeared.

Some heavy columns supported the roof, and stonecarvers had added flawless decorations all around. Minutes later the woman returned and there was someone with her. It was a younger hooded woman who looked shyly over to the three. Her eyes were quite peculiar.

“This is Misari and she could use an escort to Neverwinter. The next caravan would leave only days after you leave but it’s important she gets there as soon as possible. If she could travel with you when you leave this city…?”

“Hello there…” the petite woman who appeared to be an half elf said.

“A pleasure to meet you, I’m Zaryna, and this is Lyanthi and Reti…” the red haired tiefling said, introducing and looking at her lovers.
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Postby Sunset Fallow » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:49 am

“This way, Miss.” The receptionist nodded as she spoke to Lyanthi.

A hand placed in the small of Lyanthi’s back pushed her forward gently. “That’s your cue, sweetie.” Maharetii grinned.

“I know...I KNOW...geez.” Lyanthi smiled sweetly at the receptionist who had turned back towards her. “Oh, coming...deary.” Lyanthi said a bit sarcastically.

The receptionist led her into a small room. There was a very uncomfortable looking table and a single chair. Lyanthi looked at the table, then sat in the chair. “That’s for the examiner.” The receptionist said rather coldly.

Lyanthi stood, crossing her arms.

“You’ll be on the table here.” The receptionist walked out the door, then turned. “She’ll be in to see you shortly.”

The ‘shortly’ turned into a several minutes, then an hour...finally Lyanthi stuck her head out the door. The examiner was reading through some notes on what was said at the reception station and smiled at Lyanthi. “You must be Lyanthi.”

Her arms still crossed. “If you say so.”

The woman, tall and very thin with hair held in a tight bun and a white smock covering her clothes smiled. “I’m Ms Thaylin. I’ve read though your complaint and I’m sorry that we can’t be of more help today. I will, however, go over a few things that usually result in Traveler’s Sickness and some other more common maladies causing your type of complaints. Does that sound alright, Lyanthi?”

Lyanthi shrugged. The examiner simply smiled and proceeded with the examination. It all took about an hour, during which the examiner made several notes and cast a few simple spells, poked and prodded, listened and had Lyanthi do several things that Lyanthi found...odd.

At the end, the examiner smiled as she looked over her notes. “You seem very healthy. I don’t find anything wrong with you, and certainly nothing to explain the sickness you describe.” She handed Lyanthi a small slip of paper. “Take this to our herbalist...she’ll prepare the ministration for you.”

“What's this?” Lyanthi stared at the parchment paper. “I thought you said I was healthy.”

“It’s just some vitamins and a sedative to help you sleep. They’re to be taken at night for a week.” Ms Thaylin smiled and wrote a final note on the papers she was holding. “We...I mean I...have found that after episodes like this, some people have lingering ill effects that the vitamins and restful sleep helps.” She smiled again. “And it can’t hurt.”

“Fine...can I go?” Lyanthi dressed and stood watching the examiner.

“Yes, of course. See our receptionist before you go.” Ms Thaylin turned and left with Lyanthi following closely.

As Lyanthi exited the area returning to the front of the offices, she smiled at Maharetii...then handed her the slip of paper with the ministration listed. “Examiner said you should take these...” Then laughed quietly.

“Huh...but...what?” Maharetii stared at the paper, then at Lyanthi. “Me...but...I don’t understand.”

Lyanthi shrugged and tried to look innocent. “Okay...she says I’m healthy. Can we go?”

Zaryna only laughed. “We have our guest, remember?”

“Oh, yeah...Misari, or whatever.” Lyanthi looked around. “Where’s she at?”

“Here, Miss Lyanthi.” The young half elf bowed rather formally to Lyanthi, and remained bowed until Lyanthi acknowledged her. It all seemed quite disarming for Lyanthi as she simply stopped and stared.

“Ummmm...ahhh...” She looked at Zaryna, a helpless feeling stifling her words.

“Greet her, Lyanthi.” Zaryna smiled and almost laughed.

“Ummm...hi.” Lyanthi gave her a subdued wave.

“You are most beautiful, Lyanthi. And I hear story of your fierce bravery in combat. You must be a great warrior...and so lovely.” Misari made another smaller bow. “I am honored to meet you.”

She was about as cute as a button...and so tiny. Well, smaller than either of the three tall tieflings. Lyanthi only stood, blinking. She was completely overwhelmed.

Zaryna stepped up to Lyanthi’s side, taking her hand and leaning close to whisper. “Stop staring, cutie...people will think you simple.”

Lyanthi stood for a moment, then seeming to wake from her stupor, she turned to Zaryna...”Oh my God...she so cute...can we keep her.”

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Postby Jain Zar » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:05 pm

The red haired tiefling rolled her eyes and blushed a bit when she turned to the petite Misari. “I apologize for my lover here, she means well though and is often in for some jokes. Well… like I said we’re leaving in a few days and are currently staying at the Warm Beds inn. Where do you have a room?”

Misari coughed. “The Pampered Traveller…”

Zaryna blinked when she recognized the establishment mentioned as one of the most expensive around. Then she smiled slightly as she somehow could picture the little somewhat aristocratic looking woman easily in that place.

“A good choice if I recall well. Say, miss Misari. Before you leave to your room, you would be most welcome to dine with us tonight at the Sleeping Wench. Just to get to know each other better as we’ll be on the road for a few.” She glanced over at Lyanthi and smirked when she saw her lover’s eyes twinkle… whether that was because of the promise of food or something else was yet to be seen.

The petite woman blew through her nose and raised her chin somewhat. But when she met Zaryna’s friendly eyes her haughty expression faded to one of humility. “Well… look, it’s not that I don’t like to come… but I dislike being near the docks. Forgive me. But I may have a better idea.” She looked up at the three of them,” You are my guests tonight at the Pampered Traveller where the food is really outstanding. And the proprietor does a lot of effort to make sure every dinner is a feast.”

“Erhh…”

“What… let’s go, Zaryna! I mean, it sounds like there will be plenty of food! And it’s for free!” Lyanthi said, clearly animated with excitement as she rubbed her hands together. “Can we go now? I’m hungry. Please?”

Zaryna chuckled softly as she imagined Lya’s belly rumbling. Then, she shook her head. “Uh… not right away, sweety…”

“Awww… why not?” Lya wondered.

“Well…” Zaryna’s eyes shifted a moment to Misari and back at the twins. “We better go change first…”

Lyanthi looked baffled, her lips moving in a ‘what… why’.

“Well… it’s one of the finest establishments around and uhm… I think I’m going to freshen up first and put on a new dress I brought along with me, for occassions like these…” Zaryna said with a meaningful look.

“I’ll see you later then, Zaryna and friends,” the petite half elf said, holding up her hand in a farewell before she crossed the street.
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Postby Sunset Fallow » Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:33 pm

It would be a nice change to dine someplace very elegant and different than the usual road fare they’d been having. They’d been in every type of establishment from here to Silversun, but someplace really nice was quite different. Maharetii looked at the dress she’d brought for just such an occasion; holding it up to a mirror.

“I do hope this is going to be nice enough.” Maharetii mused as she held the dress up to her chest.

Lyanthi came to stand next to her. “Very nice. Put it on so we can see.”

Maharetii stared at the dress a moment longer. “Did you bring something, Lyanthi?” Maharetii turned to look at her twin. “Oh my....Lyanthi...that’s so pretty.” Maharetii’s eyes were wide in disbelief as she looked at the dress Lyanthi wore. It hugged every curve and was low cut in front with a single strap on the right and backless. It was a dark red with sequins scattered across the bodice and cut long, falling completely to the floor, and faded to near black at its hemline.

“I...well...I hoped you’d like it. I’m not a total dork, you know...” She smiled as she modeled the dress for both to see.

Maharetii stepped closer, “I know,” then hugged her. “And you’re beautiful. Now...help me into this and then we’ll all head over to that restaurant.” She gave Lyanthi a peck on the cheek, then turned as she slipped on the dress. “I think Zaryna’s ready...or nearly.”

Lyanthi nodded as she helped with the small hooks on the back of Maharetii’s dress. “Yeah. She is and she looks really nice.” They both looked over to where Zaryna stood watching them.

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Postby Jain Zar » Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:06 pm

Zaryna wore an white-ivory cocktail dress with an halter-like bodice and a plunging neckline with a sheer mesh inset and sheer mess sleeves that started right below her bare shoulders. The dress was a fairly close fit all the way down the waistline and a soft narrow belt was wrapped around her lower bodice. Below that waistband was a glorious plated skirt that reached just below her knees. She turned her gaze to her lovers, a glistening red-rose lipstick adding to her appearance.

“Let’s head out then, girls!” She giggled and soon the three left their inn and made their way to the Pampered Traveller.

At the door was a nice looking man who was about in his mid-twenties. He greeted the three women and escorted the ladies inside after they mentioned being guests of the mysterious Misari. In here that lady was clearly regarded with a lot of respect as her table was to be found in a more private alcove, and what appeared to be a personal servant was standing by to offer the guests a first refreshment, a simple human girl who could not be older than eighteen.

Misari -standing by the window and looking over- was just like the three tieffers dressed up for the evening, wearing a black, almost Zaryna-like dress, except for her skirt was being a lot shorter. The half elf was almost a completely different person than the one they had met at the House of Healing and it was now obvious Misari was high-born. The girl’s dark, poker straight hair shone like an ocean at night, the contrast with her skin giving her a ghostly appearance. She smiled sweetly at them, waving them over to stand by the window until dinner was ready.

“Normally people get in line at the buffet, but instead my servant will bring us our plates. Feel free to use her and let her know what you like… yah?”

Misari’s eyes settled a moment courageously on Lyanthi as she sipped from a thin glass of wine. “So, will I be in good hands with you when we leave? Will you watch over me? Cause… my servant really lacks fighting skills.” Misari’s eyes shifted to Lya’s arms.

To Zaryna the little innocent kitten suddenly came a cross like a sexual predator in disguise and Zaryna shifted a moment uneasily. She coughed for their attention before asking politely. “So uh… why do you think we’d be a good escort to Neverwinter? And is there anything important we should be aware off?”

It were actually down-to-earth questions, especially since Misari... for all Zaryna cared, was a stranger… a stranger who was eating Lyanthi with her eyes.

Misari’s gaze shifted to Zaryna,” Oh nothing really, it’s just imperative that I be home before my father’s birthday. I was on a small fun trip here, fell from my horse and ended up being treated at the House of Healing. Thanks to your help I won be late… won’t I…?” Her eyes moved from tiefling to tiefling as her wet finger slowly circled the top edge of her glass…
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Postby Sunset Fallow » Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:42 pm

The young half elf was observably well acquainted with having her way. Her manner suggested she was well aware of her beauty and the power that came with money.

Maharetii leaned closer to Zaryna, her voice barely a whisper. “I don’t feel right about this. There’s something not being told to us.” Maharetii smiled at Misari as the young woman turned quickly to see Maharetii whispering.

“It’s not polite to whisper among friends, Miss Maharetii.” Misari’s gaze settling uneasily on Maharetii. “Perhaps if you’d like to share your conversation we might all find your wisdom pleasing to our ears.”

An uncomfortable silence settled over the table for a few moments. Lyanthi stood, holding a glass of wine. “We should all toast our companion this evening, and hope for the best for our trip....that I may not falter in my protection or hesitate to kill in her behalf.” Lyanthi drank and set her crystal goblet down lightly. “Or was that too blunt?” Lyanthi stared at the young woman, then Maharetii and Zaryna.

The young half elf pursed her lips, then managed a short reply. “My father would be very displeased should I be harmed, Miss Lyanthi.”

Lyanthi leaned closer across the table. “Then tell us, Misari...I don’t like secrets.” Her hand slid across the table to lay atop Misari’s hand a moment. “Tell me what this is all about...I’m not about to go into this blind for someone who thinks they can buy anything they want. Tell me...or travel alone.” She patted Misari’s hand.

Misari jerked her hand away. “Why should I trust you? You could be with them...” She stood as if to leave. “Don’t forget to pay your bill...”

“Misari...wait.” Maharetii stood, placing a hand gently on Misari’s arm. “We know there’s more...what Lyanthi said is true. We can’t go into this blind. We’re not your enemy...please.”

Misari hesitated, turning slowly back towards the three. “Why should I trust you?”

Lyanthi leaned back in her chair. “You can choose not to, of course...just as we can choose not to take you or to forget to protect you when it’s needed. Trust...dear Misari...is a two way street. You can’t buy it. It’s earned.“ Lyanthi took a drink from her glass.

“Your friend...”Misari nodded towards Lyanthi. “Needs to learn some manners."

Maharetii sat back down in her chair. “Yes, well...that could be said of any of us.” Maharetii glanced at Zaryna quickly. “But I think we...well, I find her observations most insightful. So, please...what may we expect are to be the dangers we face as your escorts?”

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Postby Jain Zar » Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:53 am

Zaryna had been watching and listening carefully, and this was exactly one of the things she loved about Lyanthi. She was always bewaring of being led up the garden path. Misari practically had offered herself to Lyanthi… if one were able to listen between the lines very well. But Lyanthi was also sensitive to deception and thus not easily mislead. Zaryna turned her gaze to Misari as the right questions already have been asked, her eyes settling on the seemingly shrinking half elf who cast a nervous glance in the direction of her servant at the entrance of the alcove. Zaryna followed her gaze and saw the young girl nod to her employer.

Misari finally sighed and leaned back in her chair, sipping from her glass before she said,” Alright then. We… I came to Waterdeep because I couldn’t stand it anymore at home. Things were getting tense and I was locked up for a while.”

Lyanthi grinned,” Are you an escaped prisoner? Is there a bounty on your pretty head?”

“Lyanthi!” Zaryna said, blushing some.

The half elf laughed soft and shook her head,” No on the first… yes maybe on the second.”

“See, hah!” Lyanthi looked victoriously at Zaryna who rolled her eyes and just smiled at her.

“So what is this about then? We don’t understand… things were tense?” The red haired tiefling asked.

“Well… you see… I have important blood…”

“Royal?” Zaryna wondered.

“Shhh…” Misari indicated to lower their voices. “Yes… royal, I’m member of an influential family in the north. Over the past months my parents recevied threats, among them even one death threat.”

“What for?” Lyanthi asked.

“Well, we don’t know for certain but our advisor thinks it’s about people who assume my father is hiring minor noble votes in some sort of political scheme that they think is being created and that may damage their interests.” The half elf shrugged helplessly,” I really don’t know much about it as all I wanted to do was get out.”

“Get out…?”

“Of course, my father locked me up in the house and I was not to allowed to leave under any circumstances.”

Zaryna blinked,” And now you are here… days of travelling away from home?”

The four looked up when Misari’s servant coughed. A few men had entered the inn and were loitering near the entrance of the alcove. Zaryna looked briefly in their direction but couldn’t detect anything suspicious about their appearances or behaviour. They just seemed to be waiting for a table to get free.

She turned back to the others and leaned forward, keeping her voice down. “So, how long have you been away from home now?”

“Three weeks.”

She blinked,” Three weeks?? Well… in that case I’m certain that your father also may have sent a few people to look for you. How will be able to tell if we ever run into someone looking for you? I’m not tempted to fight for you only to learn after that we have beaten up your father’s scouts. Neither can we deliver you to anyone else until we know for certain who they are.”

“That is why I was looking for someone in the first place, Zaryna. Someone who had no idea who I am, someone perhaps random.”

“Silly girl… even then you didn’t think of it you could fall into the wrong hands, people with bad intentions?”

Misari blushed.

“You are lucky that Lurue placed us on your path and…” she looked at her lovers. “We will help you get back home. In fact… I’ll deliver you personally at your front door, but you have to start being more careful. It’s a miracle no one has bothered you yet.”

“They did…”

“What??”

“Some men, looking for fun… everything was going well indeed, but here in the city at the docks, things almost went wrong… if it weren’t for my servant to call for help…” Misari glanced at the young girl. “That’s how I ended up where you found me. They patched me up…”

“Good gods…” Zaryna murmured. And then she shook her head.

Soon the owner came to tell them the food was ready and after checking what was offered, the young servant took care of keeping their plates filled, with Lyanthi of course insisting her meat was piled up. The men who had been waiting near the alcove were lead to a table of their own and the conversation between the four continued.
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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Sunset Fallow » Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:30 am

Their food, the wine and conversation that wandered from one topic to another, pleasant and trivial, set them all at ease. Even Lyanthi, who had almost alienated the young half elf, seemed to warm to her as she did to Lyanthi, finding common ground in ‘family’ problems. And even Maharetii who knew her twin perhaps better than anyone, she still found it somewhat odd that Lyanthi should so suddenly warm to the petite and beautiful young half elf.

Then of course, just as she was about to say something to Zaryna, it occurred to her...so suddenly and as if this were the most natural thing in the world, that Lyanthi was playing her game. She was making an ally of a foe that she might know what else was left unsaid by their royal charge. It was about at that time that Lyanthi smiled at her and winked, almost as if she knew what Maharetii thought.

Lyanthi sat close to the young half elf. “So tell me, Misari, what did the young man do...and what did your father say?”

“Oh, my father was most angry. The young man had impugned our family name. There could be no forgiveness...even if it was only a joke. It was told so everyone could hear...that cannot be excused.”

Misari was quite serious about what she said. “If only he would have said it more quietly or even in private...nothing would have come of it.”

“Ahh, well...a leader cannot be seen as weak...courteous, polite, even lenient, at times...but never weak. So what happened?”

“Funny you should say such, Miss Lyanthi...you would make a good advisor.” Misari laughed playfully as she leaned closer to Lyanthi. “And the young man...well, I think his father sent him away...far away.”

“MIsari..?” Maharetii asked as she found a lull in the conversation. “Your father sounds quite reasonable. The tension you feel comes from those who are also at court, then, and not from your father.”

“My father is what I would call the indirect reason for the tension. If he were not the...” Misari paused as she looked at her servant. “...leader, the tension at court would not involve me and I’d simply ignore it. But since he is my father, I am involved, to my liking or not.”

“So may we expect that this tension could involve those who might harm you to gain some advantage in all of this?” Maharetii kept her voice quiet.

“That would only seem prudent, Miss Maharetii. I have asked for your escort because I fear that could be the case. But I have no evidence of such, at present, at least. I hope you will still accompany me.” Misari looked between the three.

“Of course...Misari.” Maharetii bowed her head slightly to the young half elf.

Misari smiled. “You do not owe me that allegiance, Miss Maharetii...but thank you. Thank all of you, for this kindness.” She bowed to them, deeply in turn.

Lyanthi could only smile as she watched the diminutive half elf.

They finished their meal and sat for a short time to plan their next meeting and the preliminaries of their trip. As they left, MIsari instructed her servant to settle the bill and include a handsome tip, offering her gratitude for the fine service to the owner. The owner, in his exuberance, came to see the four as they left...bowing deeply and offering his blessings to the ‘royal’ family.

Misari only sighed, slumping as she looked at her three tiefling companions. “I fear I have done poorly concealing my identity. I apologize...and thank you most dearly. I hope our journey will be as pleasant as this evening has been for me.”

“Besides your company, I can think of nothing better than that we see you safely to your home.” Lyanthi stood beside the diminutive woman and gave her a brief hug. It was amazing to see Misari blush so completely.

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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Jain Zar » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:41 am

They spent a few more days in Waterdeep satisfying all their shopping desires. Balthorr’s was one for instance where Zaryna bought various gems for experiments in her creations later on. She also made sure they visited the Golden Key where she had a few master keys and lockpicks created which were able to open the most straight forward locks. One blade however had a peculiar shape and when Lyanthi addressed Zaryna about it, the red haired tiefling had only shrugged and said the Lurue’s followers weren’t supposed to return from adventure prematurely just because some door in a dungeon didn’t wanna open. Lyanthi had raised a brow at that and then they all three had laughed heartly. Misari didn’t join them, afraid to come out and they had agreed to pick her up the next morning when they’d leave.

The three were just strolling about the streets on their last evening in the city until they bumped into a five-floored building.

“Oh look, it says this place is a spa!” Reti observed and said to the others.

Zaryna looked over from her conversation with Lyanthi about locks and traps, and blushed some when she recognized the building. Just as she was about to say something a few patrons left the place, one guy with two scarcely clad women, one at each arm and next a few grinning soldiers followed by a girl who turned in the tieflings’ direction. She waved with a flyer in her hand with she handed over to Reti after walking over.

“Come in and come enjoy yourselves. Have Sune’s devoted meet you in all your needs… any needs. Receive and have love. Our services are for free but we accept all…and any... donations.” She smiled warmly at the three before she walked on with a pile of flyers over her other arm.

Reti blinked and Zaryna mumbled,” This... is a festhall… Mother Tathlorn's House of Pleasure and Healing to be more precise. A warm breeze played with the tendrils of Zaryna’s red hair as the looked at the sisters.
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Postby Sunset Fallow » Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:39 pm

It appeared to be a very popular place. Just from the noise and the number of people coming and going it was easy to see this was the place to be. Maharetti showed a little tight lipped smile and clung to Zaryna playfully.

“Are we goin’ in?” Maharetii said, her voice betraying more than a little excitement. She turned quickly to her twin. “Looks like fun, huh, Lya?”

Lyanthi crossed her arms. “Go ahead. I’ll meet you back at the room.”

“But...” Maharetii's arm fell from around Zaryna. “What...why...you’re not goin’ in with us?”

Lyanthi continued to look at the fest hall with a scowl. “No...not tonight. You guys go ahead.”

“But Lya...we want you with us. Please, just for a little?” Maharetii smiled convincingly at her sister.

“Look, I said no. All that’s in there are a bunch of drunks and whores...and I don’t feel like battling my way through a bunch of stuck up, ill-mannered drunks and their disease ridden whores..okay?.” Lyanthi turned to the other two Tieflings. “So, have fun...I’ll be back at the room.”

Maharetii’s face sobered. “Lyanthi...that’s cruel. Why would you say something like that?”

“It’s true...why are we going in there? To have fun...okay. Have fun doing what exactly? Eating...eating what? Some food prepared by a nose picking, *** scratching lack wit? Drinking...getting felt up by drunk guys...fighting off some ugly hooker trying to make a quick gold piece. Or maybe we could lay in some lukewarm tub of filty water that FIFTY other people have PEED in...that sounds tempting.” Lyanthi crossed her arms as she leaned forward, her voice now loud.

Maharetii just blinked as Lyanthi’s voice rose.

“So...whatever it is you wanna do in there...just don’t bring any diseases home to me. Alright...?.” And with that she turned to walk off.

Maharetii slumped against Zaryna who had stayed quiet the entire time. “Ummm...okay.” Maharetii mumbled as Lyanthi receded into the crowd.

“That’s not…wow. What’d I say?” Maharetii turned to Zaryna.

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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Jain Zar » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:25 am

Zaryna wrapped an arm around Reti and kissed her forehead as she watched Lya disappear in the crowd. “I don’t think it’s you, darling. My best guess here is she had a bad experience?”

The red haired tiefling glanced back at the building, the type of place she had never visited before herself. She admitted she had been curious about it, wondering if it really were such a place of perdition as Lyanthi depicted it. Biting her lip she also admitted that if Lyanthi and Reti would have entered it, she would have joined them without raising questions as she trusted them both deeply. Sex was something that would only occur between them and she was convinced that if any other outsider would have made an attempt to infiltrate in their relationship, that any of them would have made things clear instantly. Besides, there had to be private areas in there as well?

But it was too late to propose any of it as their other lover had gone back to the inn, and with how Lyanthi had reacted Zaryna probably wouldn’t even have mentioned the other options, the options she would pick. She started to lead Reti away from the building. “I’m sorry, hun, but we aren’t going in there without Lyanthi.” She entwined her fingers with Reti’s and offered her a weak smile. “Besides, we kinda have our own spa back at the room, don’t we?” And she added bit more playfully, so unlike her usual demeanour,” Maybe we can have a little bit more relaxation and fun before we are on the road again tomorrow, for days, and in the company of others.” She squeezed the other tiefling’s hand reassuringly.
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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Sunset Fallow » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:58 pm

Their walk back to the room was short and quiet. Maharetii was still concerned about Lyanthi’s sudden odd behavior. It wasn’t like Lyanthi to become so...judgmental. Anyway, she thought, once they were back, maybe Lyanthi would be alright, calmer...and her usual soft, warm and cuddly self.

As they entered the room, a soft knock and look around, Lyanthi wasn’t to be found. Maharetii stared at Zaryna. “Now...that’s not right. You don’t think something happened to her, do you?”

Zaryna looked around almost as if she expected the woman to jump out at them. “No, I hope not.”

They sat for a few minutes; neither saying much, obviously worried and now contemplating what to do. Suddenly Maharetii stood. “I can’t wait. I have to go look for her.”

Zaryna stood, her face stern. “Not without me. I’ll not have you go missing, too.”

Just as they had made ready to leave, Lyanthi walked in. They stood watching her wordlessly.

Maharetii spoke first. “Lyanthi, we were worried.”

“Yeah, well, I had to walk a little to calm down. Sorry for becoming so upset back there.” Lyanthi sat on the bed and slipped off her boots, walking close to Maharetii as she did.

“Is that a new perfume, sweetie? It’s really nice.” Maharetii turned as Lyanthi walked past.

“Ummm...a street vendor. You know, they’re always spraying stuff.”

Maharetii looked at Zaryna and mouthed a single word. ‘Misari’

“Well, we’re glad you’re back. And I understand. It’s been a lot of people and I know how they get on my nerves as well. Sometimes I just feel better around just you guys...and not the countless sweaty bodies in those kinds of places.” Maharetii came close to sit next to Lyanthi.

Zaryna came to sit on the opposite side; her eyes playing across her slim body lying on the bed. “Maybe what you need is two very caring tieflings to calm your frazzled nerves.” She trailed a finger along Lyanthi’s cheek and down her neck.

“Ummm...Maybe just a little back rub.” She slipped off her top and lay with her arms above her head.

Maharetii gazed across at Zaryna. “Sure...sweetie.” Then began to slowly work the muscles in Lyanthi’s upper back. Where was this street vendor that sprayed this perfume on you? It smells wonderful…maybe I could find them tomorrow.”

There was a brief pause. “Well, ummm…don’t really remember. I was sorta not really paying attention.”

Maharetii smirked. “Ahhhh…I see”


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