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(RIP) Harald Magnusson

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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #45 on: 16 May, 2013, 05:18:58 PM »
Uh .... intet godt om disse vinde. De kæmper og brokke som hunde.
Fate. Fate is what brings us anywhere. Miserable Fate. ... my Lordship.


Harald looked at the man. He remembered the times of his arrival in Brugge a lot of time ago… he was travelling south looking for a new beginning.

Vi snakker lignende språk, men annerledes. Mitt folk hører til Viken i Kongeriket Norge, men jeg vet dansk.

You’re right; fate is what brings our sails towards an unknown future. Anyway it’s up to us to determine if our future will be a miserable one… or not. What brought you here in Brugge?

(RIP) Wartooth Smid

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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #46 on: 16 May, 2013, 11:46:19 PM »
It's as good a place as any to start a life, my liege.  And the fish are plenty.

Looking forlorn and staring through his cooling tea, his thoughts momentarily wander off to a previous life ... a previous land.  Anyway..., he utters breaking himself from the memories, I really do need some sleep before another day among the waves.  I suppose I should see your bishop soon too.  He finishes off his tea, nods, By your leave, Sire. I appreciate the welcome I've received in this town.

With that the quiet man walks from the inn and back out into the wind.


(RIP) Aelfred Ulricsson

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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #47 on: 17 May, 2013, 05:01:59 AM »
       Aelfred was unsure how to respond. He had just told the King he was unable to hunt until finishing business back in his home country and now this lovely young  woman had asked him to travel yet further. Without realizing it, his face showed his bewilderment most clearly. Quickly he must decide whether his bees could survive alone, without his help, for as long as a trip to Austria and shelf building might take.
      "Of course I am very handy with wood Sofie. I would be proud to build your shelves, if you so wish. But, if I might ask, how far is it to Austria? You'll remember I have never been there."


(RIP) Sofie Falkenburg

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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #48 on: 17 May, 2013, 01:36:53 PM »
Recognising Aelfred's confused gaze, Sofie smiled at him. "Well, Sir Aelfred, the journey might take a few days towards southeast, across the kingdom of Bavaria. But I am sure that you have more important things to do, the shelves can wait. Until now I could help myself with wooden chests and cases, that will do for some more time."

The young woman enjoyed another good sip from the ale, then turned to Aelfred again, recalling the words of the souvereign. "You will be going for a hunt with the regent? How exciting! I would definitely prefer such hunt to building shelves. So I do understand that you won't be able to travel to Austria right now."
Sofie would not be able to stay very much longer in Brugge, as there was quite some work waiting for her in Osterreich. "And I bet your family in Scotland is desperately waiting for your return." she added with a warm smile.


(RIP) Aelfred Ulricsson

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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #49 on: 19 May, 2013, 02:11:41 PM »
     Aelfred's eyes clouded when Sofie mentioned his family. "Alas, unless you consider a overgrown mangy cat family, I have none to speak of. My parents are both dead, and I no longer speak with my brothers. Rarely does anyone visit my hovel on the mountainside, so, you see, there is no family to miss Aelfred." He quickly changed the subject back to the journey. "You say you must cross Bavaria? I am hearing of much strife and conflict there. You will need protection.  I could be that, if you would allow me to. I am not a violent man, but sometimes there is no choice. My axe has been used for things other than wood in the past."
     He hoped at this moment he looked fearsome enough, though Aelfred doubted a ale soaked and travel stained work shirt would appear battleworthy to many.


(RIP) Sofie Falkenburg

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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #50 on: 20 May, 2013, 06:05:07 PM »
Sofie noticed a sense of grief clouding Aelfred's gaze. At his explanation she nodded hardly noticeable. "I am very sorry to hear that." she almost whispered. She knew how it felt to miss the parents, especially having been very close to them as the only child.

She emptied her mug and confirmed Aelfred's following words. "Yes, there indeed has been conflict in Bavaria. But I must have been blessed by the Gods until now, as I could always travel those lands without harm."
Offering a warm and almost relieved smile at Aelfred she continued "But I have to admit that I would feel much safer with an escort." Sofie recalled Aelfred having told about his times in the armies, so she was sure that he knew how to use his axe not only on wood. "Of course I will compensate your efforts and the travel expenses, Sir Aelfred ... so, yes, I would gladly accept your offer for protection."

Bavaria really seemed to be a troubled land and she felt sorry for its inhabitants, as they surely could not lead a happy life.


(RIP) Aelfred Ulricsson

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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #51 on: 22 May, 2013, 03:41:06 AM »
      Aelfred's face broke out into a huge grin. "I am your man for this journey. I am certain the hives will survive on their own for a while, and Sir Evil One is bound to catch his fill of mice at this time of year." He paused briefly, then added, "Just when did you intend to go? Not that I am pushing, but so I at least have an idea. there will be a few things to prepare."
      Despite his attempts at appearing nonchalant, his enthusiasm for this trip was more than obvious. He smiled again at Sofie, his mind already going over what supplies might be needed for the next few weeks.


(RIP) Sofie Falkenburg

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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #52 on: 22 May, 2013, 11:20:40 AM »
Sofie could not avoid a soft smirk when seeing Aelfred's grin. She was sure she could pass Bavaria without incidents, but she knew how important it was for men to have the feeling being able to protect women, no matter what stand or profession, no matter were born. Not that she mocked that fact. On the contrary Sofie was glad that there were the well trained, attentive soldiers, guards, escorts, without whom life definitely would be way more dangerous. Yet she was somewhat amused about the sparkles in each man's eyes when being in charge to lend a helping hand holding a weapon.

She offered Aelfred a warm smile. "Well, I wanted to stay another night and was planning to leave Brugge tomorrow. If you need more time to prepare though, I will gladly wait. One day more or less won't matter. But please, Sir Aelfred, ..." Sofie reached her hand out, softly laid in onto Aelfred's arm for a short moment and looked at him. "... only if you won't get into trouble by changing your plans." Pulling back her hand again, she smirked. "I really do not want to have hundreds of bees lives to answer for." she winked at Aelfred.


(RIP) Aelfred Ulricsson

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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #53 on: 24 May, 2013, 02:56:26 AM »
        At Sofie"s wink, Aelfred's breath caught in his throat. "Mademoiselle, have I yet told you you are tres jolie, most especially when you smile like that." He could not help but smile back. "As to the bees, they will survive, though I hope the Queen doesn't get too jealous of me spending time with another female." He chuckled at his own joke, then continued.  "I will have time to deliver you to your home safely, build some shelves as you ordered and still return before the autumn and the changing of the leaves when the bees go dormant. I can be ready as soon as you wish, after a short trip to the market in the morning to fill my travel pack with food."
       A trip farther afield had been the last thing on Aelfred's mind when he awoke this morning but this strange change in fortune had brightened his day immensely. He took another large bite of his venison so as to not seem too excited, watching Sofie carefully.


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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #54 on: 24 May, 2013, 12:51:36 PM »
Sofie blushed at Aelfred's words. She did not know what the words 'très jolie' exactly meant, but his gaze and tone told her that it must have been very nice. She returned his smile, yet tilting her head with a slightly quizzing expression.
But before being able to ask the Scotsman about the meaning of those words, his joke about the queen of the bees made her chuckle. Sofie looked at Aelfred playfully horrified. "I surely hope nobody will inform her. I heard bees can even find their way hundreds of miles away from their hive."

Sofie was looking forward to the journey with Aelfred at her side. Not only that is would be much safer with him as escort, it would also be much more diverting. She nodded at his words. "Very well then. I will have to buy some supplies myself before leaving. So ... we could meet in front of this café in the morning, maybe around the ninth hour? Or would that be too early?"


(RIP) Aelfred Ulricsson

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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #55 on: 25 May, 2013, 02:31:15 AM »
    "The ninth hour it shall be then. I have no doubt I can get my self in order by that time, and most of these merchants here open at daybreak. Is there anything that you'll need while I am buying supplies?" The promise of action had Aelfred's full attention, and to travel with such an interesting companion would certainly make it even better than hoped. Finishing his ale, he gestured to the innkeeper.
     Looking back at Sofie while he awaited the man's arrival Aelfred asked, "Would you care to take a stroll around these streets for a last time before we set out? It is such a lovely small town. Have you been down to the riverside?" His effort at being sophisticated appeared, at least to him, quite effective, until he glanced down and remembered just how shabbily he was dressed, and to walk with a tailor as well. He wondered again why she had agreed to accepting his companionship. It must be that the lucky rabbit's foot was working as he had been promised.


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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #56 on: 26 May, 2013, 08:03:31 PM »
With a smile Sofie shook her head upon Aelfred's proposal to get her needed things. "You are very kind, but I will need to talk myself with a weaver I met today. She will show me some of her cloth before I'll leave again." This most definitely was something Aelfred would not be interested in, a chat among women about cloth, clothing and latest fashion. The young woman wanted to take a look at Flander's fashion, which sppeared wonderful to her. Maybe she would get some inspiration for some of her own tailoring.

At Aelfred's invitation to stroll around Brugge for a bit, Sofie's smile widened. "A wonderful idea! I have seen the port from some distance but to be honest I did not want to go further down there on my own." Brugge was a really wonderful place and Sofie was sure that guards and constables would be caring for everyone's security. Yet she would not want to tempt her fate. With a nod and sparkling eyes she once again emphasized her anticipation to see more of Brugge. "A really excellent idea!"

Though she haven't known the Scotsman for more than maybe half an hour or a bit more, she had the feeling she could trust him. Her first impression of people and her knowledge of human nature hardly ever misled her. Maybe the journeys with her father had taught her this.


(RIP) Aelfred Ulricsson

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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #57 on: 28 May, 2013, 05:30:44 AM »
        Aelfred finished his business with the innkeeper and then turned to Sofie and carefully bowed, waving his right arm in a direction of the door, then he hurriedly and awkwardly rushed past her as it occurred to him to open the heavy oak door for her. His luck held as normally he would have surely stepped upon her feet while so doing, yet this evening it was merely a last second lunge to the left which saved his embarrassment and Sofie's toes.  He heaved a sigh of relief as he realized how close the disaster had been. Perhaps she would not notice.
       Stepping out into the cool night air behind Sofie, Aelfred took a deep breath, looked and smiled at his companion. "I do believe this is my lucky night, Sofie. If you look at the stars above you will see my sign, see where the stars form the shape of a longsword. It shone brightly upon the morning of my birth, so my parents told me. My father's people called it "Thor's Blade."


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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #58 on: 28 May, 2013, 07:43:55 PM »
Sofie stood from her chair and bowed her head with a soft chuckle upon Aelfred's gesture. As he rushed to open the door for her she smiled at him. "Thank you." and left the café. At his explanation she looked up into the skies and tried to figure out the stars forming the shape of a longsword. But there were so many of those sparkling lights that she did not succeed, which however she did not want to admit. So Sofie just smiled at Aelfred. "Thor's Blade? Sounds dangerous to me, but mighty as well. So yes, this most probably should be a special night for you, I can imagine." After a short while she added with a quizzing gaze "Who is Thor?"

While strolling along and enjoying the fresh night air and the busy streets of Brugge yet at that quite late hour of the day Sofie turned to Aelfred again. "I did not yet thank you for the ale, so ... well, yes, thank you very much, Sir Aelfred." With a soft movement of her head she motioned back towards the direction of the café. "I hope I was not interrupting an important discussion with Lord Magnusson."


(RIP) Aelfred Ulricsson

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Re: [ORP] Cafe de Brugge
« Reply #59 on: 31 May, 2013, 03:54:13 AM »
      "Well, it is true that I rarely am noticed by someone as important as a regent, however I knew Harald Magnusson before he was King here. He came to Scotland on one of his merchant journeys in the past. It was there I met him. He is a wonderfully approachable fellow for a King, don't you think?"
       Aelfred reached out his hand, subtly allowing it to brush Sofie's, hoping she might take hold of his in the moment. He sucked in some of the cool evening breeze coming off the river.
      "You have asked me about my family but have yet to tell me of yours. Are they too in Austria?"