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(RIP) David von Habsburg

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Re: A Visitor in a distant City
« Reply #45 on: 04 August, 2012, 07:54:23 PM »
David nodded at Charlotte's maid as she took her leave with Lars. He noticed Charlotte's worried look as her maid left, and instinctively stretched out his hand to hold Charlotte's. He gave her a reassuring smile.

Yes we are ready now, David picked up Charlotte's cases, wondering what beautiful dresses they may contain, and stepped out of the tavern, after Charlotte.

(RIP) Charlotte Seymour

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Re: A Visitor in a distant City
« Reply #46 on: 04 August, 2012, 08:22:13 PM »
Charlotte followed David and looked at the carriage that awaited them. She waited for David to place the cases down and for the carriage driver to place them in the racks at the back of the carriage. She was glad they would be travelling in some sort of comfort. During the journey they would be able to talk, and be out of the wind and weather.

Thank you, Charlotte thanked David as he offered her a hand to get into the carriage. She settled herself, straightening her skirts and making space for David to join her. Once they were both sat Charlotte glanced at him shyly, nervous. As the carriage door was closed on them she tried to relax back against the cushions of the seating but found herself a little tense.

How long will it take us to get to Austria?
Charlotte asked eventually once the carriage was moving. She looked out the window at the lush green landscape knowing they would be soon headed into a colder climate, and she pulled her shawl close around herself. This would be the first time she had travelled without a maid, and with a man she had known only a day.

Turning to the window again she watched at the landscape changed, the town of Brugge changing to open fields. The carriage left Brugge behind very quickly and Charlotte was silent.

(RIP) David von Habsburg

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Re: A Visitor in a distant City
« Reply #47 on: 09 October, 2012, 02:24:33 AM »
A messenger took David's letter to Charlotte:

Dear Charlotte,
Hope this letter finds you well. I have neglected you, and I am truly sorry.

How are things? Hopefully the weather up north is better than what we have here. I am heading down to Venice soon to train though - good chance to enjoy the warm italian air.

Hope to see you soon,

Yours
David.

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Re: A Visitor in a distant City
« Reply #48 on: 09 October, 2012, 03:44:22 AM »
Charlotte was surprised when a messenger arrived with a letter, and taking it she thanked him before taking it and moving to a window where she broke the seal and read with the light from outside. As she read Charlotte's face took a guarded look, and she re-read the letter.

Quietly she folded the letter in her hand before glancing round and leaving the room she was in to go to her room and write a reply. 

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Re: A Visitor in a distant City
« Reply #49 on: 12 October, 2012, 01:29:46 AM »
Letter from Osterreich:

Dear Charlotte,

Do enjoy Brugge! And no matter how busy I may be, I will still come to your aid if you need it.

Yours,
David.

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Re: A Visitor in a distant City
« Reply #50 on: 03 June, 2013, 01:37:13 PM »
some day in May 1313 - at the harbour

Sofie smiled while looking at the waves reflecting the harbour lights. Listening to Aelfred's words siltently, she replied "True, it is fascinating ... though also scaring when the waves are too high and the passage is getting a bit ... uneasy." she then chuckled softly.
With a gentle move of her head she suggested to walk on. Standing there in the breeze of the evening wind coming from the sea made her freeze a bit.

"My mother passed away when I was only six years old, my father died about one and a half years ago. He had a weak heart, the medico said."
Slowly moving on Sofie shrugged hardly noticeable. "Alone..." Tilting her head obviously pondering for a moment, she then looked at Aelfred with a warm smile. "Well, yes, I guess you are right, though I do not recognise that fact too often, I have to admit. My tailoring and studies do not give me much time to miss company." Sofie explained with an almost excusing smile. "Or maybe I do not allow myself to think too much about it."

Sofie looked at Aelfred. "Is this the reason you have been to the army and travel that much? Avoiding thoughts of solitude?"
He was right, she recognised, she often was alone, though she met many people. But those daily encounterings were quite superficial.


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Re: A Visitor in a distant City
« Reply #51 on: 06 June, 2013, 09:52:22 PM »
    "Well, now that you speak of it in such a way, perhaps yes, but it was more than loneliness. I was also almost destitute and felt there to be little else. I knew of men who had come back from many conflicts with coin and profit, and with little or no experience when they began. I do not enjoy war, but it is necessary. And sometimes profitable. The trouble is it is also very dangerous and difficult. I am much happier toiling away at growing or building." Aelfred looked at Sofie, curious as to how she seemed to have him talking and thinking about things in a different way. 
    "Perhaps I should get you back to your Inn. We have a good long journey that starts tomorrow, and I wouldn't want you to be too tired at the start of it.  You'll have to tell me more about your business so I can build the shelves right."


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Re: A Visitor in a distant City
« Reply #52 on: 07 June, 2013, 12:57:35 AM »
Sofie listened to Aelfred's explanations, nodding every now and then. She did not like war either but knew that it was unavoidable at times. Thoughtfully she watched the Scotsman while he was talking, then smiled at him as he looked at her. "Well, I hope your days in the armies were as profitable as you imagined they would be."

A fresh breeze blew from the sea and Sofie pulled her cape tight around her shoulders. "You are right, we should head back, it's getting late."
She did not want to rush back but enjoy Aelfred's company while slowly strolling the way back to her inn.
With a soft chuckle she shook her head hardly noticeable. "Oh, there is nothing special about the shelves in a tailor's workshop. They're just to store things, like cloth, scissors, maybe little boxes for ribbons, buttons and the like." She offered Aelfred a wide smile. "You will see it, when we'll reach Osterreich." Sofie could hardly believe that she found a guard to escort her back home and a craftsman who would help her with the needed shelves that day. "Aelfred, I am really grateful that you offer your help and service. Maybe this is supposed to be your special night..." With a smile Sofie turned her eyes towards the sky before looking back to Aelfred. "... but for me it was a lucky day."


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Re: A Visitor in a distant City
« Reply #53 on: 11 June, 2013, 02:26:47 AM »
     The cool breeze picked up as they got closer to Sofie's lodging. Aelfred had little to offer to help keep her warm other than his very soiled travel cloak. Embarrassed by its condition, he nonetheless held it out for her. "I am sorry I have nothing better, but I stand before you in most of what I own. I am not a rich man, nor noble, but I am a happy fellow for all that, and your company this evening has made me happier still." He smiled at her, still wondrous that she had asked him to accompany her on her trip.
     "At what time should I call for you in the morning? With the summer upon us, it may be difficult to travel at midday, and I have no idea how quickly you must make this trip." This last was spoken just as they arrived in front of the Inn where Sofie was staying. "I can be free anytime after breakfast, my business is early in the morning."


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Re: A Visitor in a distant City
« Reply #54 on: 15 June, 2013, 12:07:10 PM »
Taking Aelfred's cloak with a smile she pulled it around her shoulders. "Thank you so much, sir Aelfred." She would have been quite fine without it but she would not want to offend Aelfred by refusing his friendly offer. "Silver and nobility is not all that matters. Very often responsibilities and heavy burden go along with them, I would not want to change my life either."

Arriving at her inn Sofie handed the cloak back to the Scotsman. To his plans about their leave she replied with a nod. "You are right, I did not consider the strong midday sun ... so, how about the eights hour then?" That would give her enough time to prepare.

Sofie offered a cordial smile at Alfred. "Again thank you very much for that wonderful day and evening and your company, Aelfred. It's been a pleasure. Be safe and rest wait until we will meet again in the morning."


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Re: A Visitor in a distant City
« Reply #55 on: 18 June, 2013, 04:25:27 AM »
     Aelfred watched as Sofie went in to the Inn, then once he knew she was safe headed back to his own lodging. His mind was racing over all the small details he would have to tie up. The stars above were clear and bright, so at least weather should not be a challenge tomorrow.
     Upon arrival at his Inn, Aelfred spent the better part of the next two hours packing and preparing his gear. He had not been expecting to leave so soon, but was glad nonetheless to be doing so. What a day he had had, being invited to hunt with the King upon his return to Flanders and having met a woman whose face would not leave his head, quite a day.
     Eventually, he curled up in his travel blanket in a corner of the common area, reasonably close to the fireplace, and gradually fell asleep with the most pleasant of dreams to fill his head.
     As the morning broke, Aelfred was already up and had all his belongings packed onto his small cart. He briefly went to visit the street of the bakers where he made promises of delivering a new batch of honey in the fall season to several of the shops.
     That done, he eagerly made his way to Sofie's Inn and waited patiently on the doorstep for her to appear. The day had dawned clear and already the warmth of the summer sun could be felt. He hummed a tune in his native Saxon while he waited.


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Re: A Visitor in a distant City
« Reply #56 on: 21 June, 2013, 09:10:01 PM »
Waving back over her shoulder when entering the inn Sofie smiled at Aelfred. There was not much she had to pack, so she soon made herself comfortable on her simple, yet practicable bed, pulling the rough linen blanket up to her nose and falling asleep pretty soon.

In the morning she got up early, prepared herself and left the inn after having her usual morning cup of strong tea. Sofie went to see the tailor she had met the day before and after having exchanged the latest news about fashion, cloth and colours and buying some proviant for the journey the young woman went back to her inn.

Just when she descended the stairs from the upper floor again with her luggage and paid for her room she saw Aelfred standing in front of the building. Stepping out on the street she offered him a cheerful smile. “A very good morning to you, sir Aelfred. Isn't it a wonderful morning? I hope you did not have to wait for too long.“


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Re: A Visitor in a distant City
« Reply #57 on: 24 June, 2013, 12:06:55 AM »
     He had been going over something cheerful and humorous to say to greet her, but upon Sofie's appearance Aelfred was suddenly at a loss for words. She looked so wonderful in the morning sun, he could do little but mumble and awkwardly gesture to his cart, taking her packed belongings from the young boy who had brought them to the street and piling them carefully upon his own in the mule drawn cart. He passed a small coin to the lad and bid him on his way.
     "I...I....Ermmm...." he searched for something adequate with which to impress her, but finally blurted out "I sharpened my weapons last night. You will be safe with me, I swear it." He choked back a sigh, aware of how uncomfortable he felt, and even more likely how foolish he looked. Staring at the ground, he whispered softly to himself "Courage above all, find your courage."
     "Shall we go then?" He looked back up at her, still expecting an excuse to dismiss him, and when none came, he pulled upon the mule's rope. Angrily, the stubborn creature yanked back, tossing Aelfred into the water trough at the side of the street. A great splash ensued, and a drenched and embarrassed Aelfred found himself in the most disconcerting position he had been in in many months.
      "I guess a bath was overdue, at least he thinks so."


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Re: A Visitor in a distant City
« Reply #58 on: 25 June, 2013, 01:01:51 AM »
Before Sofie was able to react Aelfred already packed her belongings on his cart and paid the boy. She smirked and winked at the lad, because now he had been paid twice. She did not say a word though, because the poor clothing of the boy made her assume that he would be grateful for every single copper coin.
Upon Aelfred's words she nodded with a smile. "Thank you so much for your escort, sir Aelfred, I really do appreciate that." Again she saw his lips moving without being able to understand his words, something she recognised already a few times. Sofie tilted her head a bit and was just about to ask what Aelfred had been saying, when her guard and companion suddenly was sitting in the nearby water trough, splashing water wide enough so that she had to jump aside not to get drenched as well.

Sofie put her hands to her mouth and looked at Aelfred with huge eyes, while her loud, cheerful laughter could be heard. His comment even made her laugh harder. Trying to surpress the laughter and calm down again, she looked at Aelfred, still chuckling. "Heaven, I already though that Snooks, my father's horse was stubborn, but your mule even seems to be worse." Sofie could not avoid starting to laugh again. She motioned towards the inn. "I assume you need to change your clothes? I will wait here ... keeping a safe distance to your mule." Every now and then a soft chuckle escaped her throat. Aelfred looked as he would wish to be somewhere else, he must have been really embarrassed. She stepped towards the trough and reached out her hand to help him out, a blithe sparkling in her eyes. "Excuse me, it surely is not very polite to laugh at your situation, I am so sorry, please forgive me." she snickered.