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He swiftly snaps the book shut as she speaks up. As if just now realizing where he was. "I suppose I was" He says looking the book over. "An interesting collection, ones I don't tend to find too far on this corner of the world" He says "History, magic, various stories that seem too fantastic to be true but..." His voice fades off and has a knowing smile.
"Got little treats did you?" He asks keeping the book close to him. His eyes settled upon her face. For a few seconds of silence he just watched her, studying something intensely before breaking eye contact and looking to the book he had picked up and then walked past her just to nab something off the tray.
Munching on it he mumbles to himself, it was almost hard to make out the words but he ended up saying them loud enough "Someones here..."
She went to the cupboards, finding some sweets and cookies to enjoy the tea. After a moment of silence, she felt his essence calm and curiosity overtake him. She smiled softly, seeing him digging his head into a book. She set the tray of delicacies down, walking slowly to him.
[i "Enjoying the read?"]
Alexander gave a nod in her talking about being a moment. He would not stop his curious wondering about. His eyes glow slightly as as he presses his hands upon a shelf that was filled with books. Muttering something to himself he just runs his hands over the spines. Taking in the feeling and possible knowledge or stories they held within. Finally he pulled one out and flipped it open.
He read silently yet his eyes slowly would drift back to the path leading outside. He curiously watched as shadows shifted off the windows outside. Were there still people out at this time, after all that chaos?
More curious thoughts came to him but he decided not to give them any notice for now. His eyes lowering to the book, his mind on so many different topics he was uncertain if he was even taking in what was in these pages.
She smiled, shrugging at his teasing comment. She looked over her shoulder, sticking her tongue out a little. She giggled, turning back to her tea. After brewing, she heads back to her lounge sofa, setting the hot tea kettle on the side table close by. She poured them both a cup, humming a tune somewhat similar to his, pitch a bit higher and faster than his own. She swayed her head back and forth, her lips silently mouthing the words to the lullaby. She walked away for a moment, calling out to him.
[i "I'll be right back. I'm actually going to grab something to eat with the tea. One moment..." ]
He notices that blush of hers and tries to hide his growing smirk by drinking some more until he had indeed took it all. Parting lips with the cup he offers her to take it. "That would be lovely, thank you" He says leaning back some as he took in the kitchen once more. "So this your life hm? Making tea, enjoying the day, running a shop?" He chuckles. "I know others who are much worse off. Namely me" He grins to her.
As she was no doubt making the tea he moves behind her, at first to watch her as she worked but then passed by her feeling that might be slightly weird. Instead curiosity took hold and he walked around the place, making sure not to get too far from the kitchen as he couldn't wait to get another batch of her sweet, lovely tea. To make sure his presence was known he would whistle a tune, it wasn't familiar, but it had a feeling of something old, of a bittersweet quality to it.
She watches him as he downs the tea, a smile on her face. As he speaks, she leans towards him some, showing interest in his words. When he mentions leaving sooner, complimenting her tea she blushes deeply. She shyly looks away, her pointed elf ears turning red under her long hair. She sighs softly, tying her hair up, pinning it in place. She drinks her tea and pours herself another cup. She motions to his cup, smiling.
[i "Would you like... some more?"]
"Clever girl" He turns his gaze back to her with a half smile. Reaching over he takes the cup and raises it slightly Alexander drinks it slowly. Letting out a hum of approval he lowers it from his lips a little. "Can't even remember the last time I was in a home that wasn't showing the signs of battle from it in one way or another. Its a strange change" He raises the cup again to drink from it. Eyes close slightly in delight he raises his head some.
"Not bad at all. If only we had this where I came from I might not have left so soon, though if I knew this was here waiting for me I may have left even sooner!" He speaks playfully with a smirk.
She senses his anxiety spike, a few familiars she sent to guard the place while they rest there. She hears him quietly walk to the kitchen, looking around. She smiles a little, glancing over at him.
[i "Yeah... My place isn't too far from here but it's hidden under a spell. I don't like leaving my essence behind except here in case someone needs to look for me."]
She adds some lavender and chamomile oil to the tea, mixing in some pure honey from a honeycomb in a jar. She pours the tea mixture over a tincture, sifting the herbs from the brew she made. She then hands him his mug, taking one for herself.
"Surprise me" He calls out as she asks. His eyes darting to the window every now and then thinking he sees something out there. Yet he quickly retreats from it and moves towards the kitchen. Finding himself a tad more calm in the presence of the young lady.
Slowly he moves along the kitchen eyeing various things here and there, perhaps just as a distraction from the dramatic night, or maybe there was something else?
"Such a wonderful little place this is" He mutters out of nowhere.
She nods some, walking into the sorted kitchen. She fills a teapot with water, setting it on the stovetop to heat up. She calls from the kitchen, enough for him to hear.
[i "Any preferred herbs or spices? Oils to add taste?"]
She feels her emotions becoming unstable, her heart skipping beats and her mind swirling with thought. She brushes them aside, trying to focus on her tea making.
Alexander blinked and backed up some once she got close but already it was too late. He was caught in her embrace and her head laid upon his chest. He was uncertain what to do at this moment so he just stared down at her while she spoke.
"Well uh- its a good thing I didn't have anything to do with that. At all" He glances at the window nervously when she finally pulls away. "I hope that doesn't mean what I wish to be impossible though. I did have a few people who were interested." His voice grew grim as he continued "IF they...didn't get killed that is" His thoughts were someplace else as she asked that. "Hm? Tea I suppose, never could catch onto coffee" He gives a tired smile towards her.
She walked to him, her nightgown swaying as she walked. She gently laid her hand on his chest, feeling his emotions and physical pain. She winces some, looking up to him. Pity and passion in her crimson eyes, biting her lip slightly.
[i "I... I'm sorry. If your city was really burned down, you really need to be careful. If you show off too much or a riot starts, even if you're not involved, they'll track you and pin you somehow. That's how things work here. Not under the queens direct eye contact, you're as good as rusty water..."]
She sighed, pulling away some. An urge to hold him close edging away her control. She turned, heading to the kitchen.
[i "You prefer coffee or tea?"]
Taking off his glasses he tries to clean them and to make sure they weren't too bent while she spoke. NOdding along to show he was listening. As the focus came to him however Alexander paused his actions. His mind racing for a moment until finally he slipped the glasses on while speaking.
"I was...caught in the current warzone. My village is...is gone" His eyes gently glow that faint green as memories flash pass him. "Bombed to hell, by the same military whos city I know hide in. Funny ain't it? Then to have something like this happen" He shakes his head glancing towards the door.
"I want to escape this ground, get up there in the sky. Found some people tonight who would be willing. People like me, and you I suppose" He shakes his head as the memory causes pain to resurface. "Got caught in some gang riot bullshit that apparently goes around in the refugee camps doing all kinds of horrible shit" He lays his head back against the wall forcing out a laugh. "More reason why I want to take to the skies"
She smirked soft, raising a brow.
[i "I was young... Tried fighting to find my father... Ran into some guards who... to this day don't really know who I am. I was... 17. That's when I decided to create my own safe haven. My dad taught me the spell to summon the door for the garden."]
She smiled, looking over to him.
[i "What about you, hun?"]
Alexander lets out a chuckle. "Well you might not be wrong there, but if you're in a sharing mood..." He mumbles glancing towards the windows as the sound of chaos was growing more and more distant. A frown set upon him as the recent events reply themselves in his mind.
"Did you now? A rather ambitious thing for a little lady like yourself to do" He teases her. "All that and hiding your abilities from most of the population. How fascinating." He gives her a grin.
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