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Zeviana Taviri Sorelas ([personal profile] try_me) wrote2014-06-20 02:51 pm

Happenstance

Two weeks. That's how long Zeviana's been missing her father. It's also how many days she's been considering how utterly stupid his death was. Not something big and dramatic, he wasn't stabbed or jumped or hanged - he got sick. Then he got sicker. Then he died.

Adarin's more of a wreck than she is, he was the one that hovered, the one that bartered for various potential cures, the one that kept looking for a doctor or something to fix their father. Obsessively, without rest. Zeviana helped, too, she had a bit of money saved from fights in the ring, it was supposed to be pocket money but now it's not. She got into more fights than was probably safe - made bets on herself, won every one, and handed her brother the money. He'd go and find things to fix their father from there. It wasn't enough.

It's not fair. They tried their hardest, he should have lived. If things were fair he would have.

Neither of them wanted to stay in his house after. So they decided to leave. They're going to Casasha, where Adarin can probably find work for his abjuration thing. Zeviana doesn't need to go to a specific country, she's likely to find work everywhere. No one wants to take bets on a girl in a fighting ring, and with how she wins - well, she can make more than pocket change betting on herself, if she wants. She doesn't mind, the fights are fun, the money's nice. Maybe when she's thirty and less spry she'll need to do something else, but for now, this works.

What doesn't work is how absolutely miserable her twin is. She needs to take breaks from him, because he's just - so utterly destroyed by grief. She leaves him alone, gives him space, and when she can, she cheers him up. But not right now, right now, she's on one of those breaks. He's back at the wagon, doing - whatever. But she's in the woods, on a walk.

The trees are pretty. Zeviana's almost disappointed that they haven't met any bandits in them, but she's not disappointed by the scenery. Vaguely, she wonders if Casasha looks like this, because if it does she might have an opinion about moving there after all.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2014-06-20 07:12 pm (UTC)(link)
If it's Casasha, it's a pretty deserted part of Casasha -

No, there's a house, over there. A fairly large house, at that, A-frame in front and a couple stories, newer-looking, attached at the back of it. And a large garden around it sprouting all kinds of vegetables and fruits.
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[personal profile] close_knit 2014-06-20 07:17 pm (UTC)(link)
A pretty blonde woman, maybe thirty, opens the door.

"Oh! Oh, hello, who are you?"

She's fidgety, hands twitching like she's petting the air.
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[personal profile] close_knit 2014-06-20 07:20 pm (UTC)(link)
"Oh it's no trouble at all - thank you! My friends and I all built it together. Why don't you come in? Is your brother with you? I don't see anyone."
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[personal profile] close_knit 2014-06-21 05:41 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, we all helped decide what it ought to look like, but one of my friends is a building-mage and she did most of the work. Anlon! We have a guest, I'll bet you she wants tea!" she calls into the kitchen.

The house looks lived-in but tidy. Past the A-frame entrance, currently empty but for the odd box and a lot of shoes, there's a couple of people snuggled up together on a sofa off to the left, one with an embroidery sampler and one with a book; to the right is the kitchen, where a man sets about putting the kettle over the fire for tea.

"What's your name?" the blonde woman asks Zeviana.
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[personal profile] close_knit 2014-06-21 05:50 am (UTC)(link)
"I'm Chelasi! And this is Anlon," Chelasi steps into the kitchen and gives him a little kiss, "and over there are Tima with the sampler and Jony with the book, Jony's the gardener here if you saw."
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[personal profile] close_knit 2014-06-21 05:57 am (UTC)(link)
"Oh, we don't have any problems with them. Jony's actually a plant mage. And Kesaven - he's up in his room now, I think - is the building mage, but you can scare off a bandit with that. We're nice and safe and snug."
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[personal profile] close_knit 2014-06-21 06:01 am (UTC)(link)
"Ooh, lucky you. Does he want tea too?"
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[personal profile] close_knit 2014-06-21 06:02 am (UTC)(link)
"No, of course not, I'm sure your brother's lovely."
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[personal profile] close_knit 2014-06-21 06:06 am (UTC)(link)
"Mm-hm!"

Chelasi leaves the door open for them.
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[personal profile] in_tatters 2014-06-21 06:36 am (UTC)(link)
"Hello," says Adarin, faintly amused. "Apparently you are 'lovely people?'"
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[personal profile] close_knit 2014-06-21 06:37 am (UTC)(link)
"I'm Chelasi!" says Chelasi, waving with one hand, fidgeting with the other. "Come in, come in, the kettle's just boiled. Zeviana says you're a mage! Or a raveler, which term do you like?"
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[personal profile] in_tatters 2014-06-21 06:44 am (UTC)(link)
"Nice to meet you. Either's fine, mage feels more accurate, though. Because I don't really unravel anything, it's all - dropping blankets over people."
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[personal profile] close_knit 2014-06-21 06:47 am (UTC)(link)
"Aww, that does sound cuddly." Chelasi introduces her immediately obvious friends again. Anlon pours everyone tea.
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[personal profile] in_tatters 2014-06-21 07:00 am (UTC)(link)
Adarin snorts. "Apparently I am the cuddliest raveler of all. Me and my magic blankets."

Tea is drunk. "This is excellent tea."
Edited 2014-06-21 07:01 (UTC)
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[personal profile] close_knit 2014-06-21 07:02 am (UTC)(link)
"Isn't it? Jony does the blends. We're all so lucky to have her."

Jony grins and spontaneously hugs Chelasi.

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