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Florence had hoped he would leave well enough alone for at least a little while so she could calm back down, but no, here he was. He had managed to get in front of her and it was ever so tempting just to turn around and go the other direction, but that would only result in him circling her until he got his way.

There he went again, assuming she would always resort to violence. Or maybe he just thought that was the only way to fix things. To be fair, she had threatened to kill him just a moment ago. [+mediumseagreen "Why do you always do that?! I have known you for almost twenty years now and only once have I ever struck you. And that was under some of the most extreme circumstances I have ever known. What is wrong with you to think that that would make me feel any better?"] She already knew he had some strange idea of her in his head, was this just another facet of that?

[+mediumseagreen "You want to know how I feel... I feel like you, a person who knows so little about my family, my country, and me, should keep his mouth shut when it comes to them."] Pausing she tried to take in air again, both an attempt to stay clear of mind and just to remember to breath. [+mediumseagreen "And you said I should keep Astoria out of Wistina, well then you need to do the same with Malidek. This,"] she gestured up and down at him, [+mediumseagreen "Was not who you were when you lived there, so stop acting like this is the single mold to be filled for leadership of your home."] He claimed to be a changed person, and she had seen as much, so to say that this was how he handled people in Wistina all those years ago was a bold faced lie. She just wanted Augustine to be who he wanted to be.

[+mediumseagreen "And stop treating me like I am ignorant!"] That probably pissed her off the most. [+mediumseagreen "Oh, I never got out of the castle, I could not have possible learned anything in those [i ten miserable years] I spent in Wistina. Gods know I would never have picked up a book, or asked any questions about the way things worked in all that time. After all, there was no way that my husband who was twice my age might die and leave me alone with our son. Bless my naive heart. I am just a foreign woman who doesn't know any better."] Gods, she would have loved to have gotten out of the castle, left the grounds and actually gotten to see what the land she lorded over as Queen actually looked like. She would have traded anything for that chance, but no, she was stuck inside playing like a doll in its house.
  Florence Melbourne / Loxi / 21d 20h 9m 0s
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat Nicolai was glad to have the others out of the way, Töka included, though she took a bit of convincing and another two ales before she would abide by his wishes and get some slumber. It was always a chore with that woman but she was a very good fighter and dependable to the last. He would rather have her than not. But it was also good that the others had left before Florence had blown up at him, threatening to kill him and mocking his ineptitude that his own men had turned on him back in Wistina.

Although he bit back on his original retort he would not let this lie and moved after her, pushing aside patrons of the tavern and free of the claustrophobic nature that many people brought with it. It took several minutes out of that warm environment for the cool air to have its effect and it took just as long to find Florence, storming her way on a path about town. Making a path to intercept her he called out from in front of her only a few feet away,[+royalblue “Florence this isn't happening, not now.”]

Standing his ground he was quite determined that this talk would happen whether or not she was receptive.[+royalblue “If you want to hit me again then go ahead, but we are getting this all out of the way before we leave tomorrow. I am not having you snap at me repeatedly over this trip and I don't care if it takes all night.”] There would be no way for this all to work if they were squabbling the entire way as they had on the way north. Looking at her he folded his arms over his chest.[+royalblue “Go ahead then, it seemed as though you were biting back on telling me how you truly felt in the tavern. Feel free to say everything you've always wanted to. I'd love to know what Florence Melbourne truly thinks.”]
  WI_ / 21d 21h 3m 46s
There it was, the quickest way to get Florence pissed. He had the audacity to speak ill of her brother when that very choice he ridiculed was the only reason he was alive right now. If she had been in Eugene's shoes, she would not have been so kind. But, she bit her tongue. At the very least she would let the others be off to bed before she lost her temper. Though, that was very hard the way the elf went on.

Somehow it seemed that Nicolai knew exactly what she was waiting for, because was the one he ushered the young ones off. She waited for them to be out of sight before she went to say anything. Letting this fester had not helped her mood any either. [+mediumseagreen "If you have a problem with my brother's decision, I will gladly correct it for you here and now if you would like, Nicolai."] It was a solid threat. One that, at least in this moment, she was ready to follow through with.

Finger curling into fists on the table, she knew she needed to put some distance between them or she was going to get even angrier. Having to explain to Augustine why Nicolai wouldn't be traveling with them in the morning was pretty low on her wish list of things to do. So she stood up, taking in as deep a breath as she could.

Try as she might to just walk off and be done with it, she could not. Her self control was lacking. [+mediumseagreen "All this talk of leadership is pretty fucking rich coming from the general who could not keep his men under his command, not on foreign soil, but in the heart of the castle where he should have had the advantage."] Scathing hot, the words came out under her breath. It was so long ago now, but it was relevant.

That helped to get it out of her system a little bit, so that she could actually peel off from the scene. [+mediumseagreen "I am going for a walk."] With that she turned to leave, making her way through the throng of people now more drunk than when they first arrived. Hopefully the cool night air could bring her down enough that she would be able to sleep.
  Florence Melbourne / Loxi / 21d 21h 59m 58s
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat Nicolai found Florence's swift denial of what he had said to be quite interesting, especially when she brought her brother into the matter.[+royalblue “Eugene also allowed a rebellion leader who killed countless numbers of his men to walk free with no punishment. I wouldn't say your brother is the best of models to hold up and learn from when it comes to true leadership.”] This was said as he looked down at his food, as if it was not directed at her or was a fleeting and passing comment to be made. When he looked back up at her he shook his head.

[+royalblue “We aren't heading to Astoria. We are going to Wistina, to my homeland where I know my people more than you do. You know Astorian customs, not Wistinian ones. And like Augustine said, they know me, they respect me, I am one of them and I know how to speak to my people. So forgive me,”] his attention moved to her son now,[+royalblue “but what I say is true. If you want to get across to them, you have to speak to them in an informal manner. Otherwise you are just another noble talking down to them.”] As he saw it, he would not be dictated to on how to converse with his own people from a woman who never left the castle and had special gardens built to remind her of her homeland. She had not tried to integrate with her new people, instead locking herself off from them. He would and could not blame her entirely, as Germaine was not one to let her out often. But if he was their link to Wistina, their expert, then he would defend that role.

The food had become quite cold and bland by now and he pushed away the remnants into the middle of the table, done with it.[+royalblue “Look, if you want to discuss this further we can, but perhaps once everyone is in their rooms and asleep. This journey won't be easy on them and we can be bipartisan in agreeing they need their rest.”] He was trying to be a little diplomatic in having the children sent off to bed before she began to rail against him like she did often in Wistina. It depended on what she wanted now.
  WI_ / 21d 22h 39m 1s
Well this was perfect. It would appear that Nicolai had befriended a sociopath while he was away. And what's more he seemed to revel in those tendencies. There was a huge difference in being ready to defend yourself and the things that were important to you and this. But as unenthused as she was with the vapid disregard for life these two seemed to have, Florence was even less happy with what came out of Nicolai's mouth after that.

[+mediumseagreen "No, no, no."] She had a very distinct mothering tone in that moment. [+mediumseagreen "Just because you get used to that sort of speech does not mean you have to use it. Look at Eugene, he has never compromised in communication like that and his relationship with the people has never suffered. So long as you remain respectful and do not become pretentious, the average person will not care how you speak. You do as you will and let them do as they do."] Her eyes flashed back over to Nicolai, narrowing. [+mediumseagreen "Do not put the idea that he has to be crude if he wants to succeed in his head"] There was no reason for it. She wanted Augustine to be who he was. Not be goaded into something else because the man he looked up to told him he aught to be.

Trying not to get any more worked up over it, Florence went to focus on her food again. Like the pie, the soup looked less appetizing than it was. But considering she had eaten things that looked much worse, it did not bother her too much. Plus she knew they were bound to be eating a whole lot of preservable foods soon. So she might as well savor something fresh while she could.
  Florence Melbourne / Loxi / 21d 22h 57m 2s
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat With all the adults in agreement that giving the three youth of the group a chance to fight before Wistina it seemed they were destined for the Terrastina pass. It would be difficult, even with their numbers of willing combatants. He wondered if it was a wise choice, as he would have preferred more time to train the young trio and give assess them for their skills with their chosen weapons. But perhaps a trial by fire would be the greatest assessment. The attackers in the pass would not be as strong as a Wistinian soldier or Taken assassin. Start small and all that.

[+firebrick “You'll like it. The scum in the pass are so easy to kill.”] Töka said with a dismissive attitude before finishing off her cup of ale and wiping her mouth with the back of her hand. Nicolai chuckled as he took a mouthful of his pie and in a moment her eyes were on him with disdain.[+firebrick “I killed three single handedly! Don't laugh at me!”]

He understood she was trying to talk herself up to the others, and make herself seem like this big and mighty warrior, but he continued to laugh for a little longer.[+royalblue “Single handed is the key phrase.”] He took a sip of his drink quickly.[+royalblue “I recall one guy was missing three fingers on his sword hand. One had a spear in his gut and was more a mercy kill. And the last one seemed as adept with a sword as a vestal virgin would be with a cock.”] Smiling at his analogy it brought a grin to the fierce woman's lips. She disagreed with his statement but it was still funny.

Looking up to the others however Nicolai raised his hand, addressing Augustine mostly.[+royalblue “Sorry, but you'll need to become accustomed to the less formal nature of the common folk. Especially if you want to win them over. You have to talk like them and in their more crude ways of talking.”] That was not to say what he said was not funny though and he felt the elbow of Töka in his side to chide him.
  WI_ / 21d 23h 30m 54s
Shrugging, Marko let the sarcastic comment slide. That is what it was going to come down to anyway, he just quickened the process. Plus, he was not one to linger on the small stuff. They needed to know if anyone knew that area. He knew that Florence and Augustine had been looking at maps for months to chart possible routes, and they had all that in their heads. But everyone knew there was only so much a map could tell you. It was better by far to have someone who was experienced with the landscape.

It was a shame to hear that both the passes were becoming troublesome. That was probably why many people were starting to lean toward sea travel. It avoided the problem entirely, but after that first time riding down to Wistina, she promised herself never again. And like Töka said, this would be a vital experience for their younger members. Most of which had never drawn blood. Augustine was now the exception, though she was not sure if that was going to be enough to get him moving in a real battle. Downing an already injured man was nothing like going up against someone in their prime.

[+mediumseagreen "With that being said, in the next few battles to come, I do not want you three freezing up. If taking a life becomes an issue, fall back to focusing on immobilizing the enemy instead. The rest of us can do the last bit."] They would, of course, need to get over any fears or anxieties over finishing the job, but for the time being she wanted to give them an out so that they did not become completely useless on the battle field. If they clammed up, they would gain nothing from the experience. [+mediumseagreen "Just keep in mind, you are going to have to take that final step eventually, so the sooner you learn the better."]

She knew she had been preparing Augustine for that truth, and he nodded along knowingly, but the others, she hadn't a clue where they stood. They gave nods of their own, either because they saw the blond do it or because it just felt like the right thing to do. But either way it showed that, in theory, they understood what was expected of them.
  Florence Melbourne / Loxi / 22d 2h 2m 10s
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat He had forgotten that before him was assembled two shut-ins and two people who had only ever made one journey through the mountains. It was rather silly to ask them to dictate their path down to Wistina, and was perhaps the reason for Nicolai being here. He may be of use in Wistina itself, but getting them there to begin their plan would be his primary use for the time being. He looked across to Töka and she seemed to nod at him in agreement without saying a word, lifting her bowl of food up and sitting back to keep eating.

[+royalblue “I like how you non-chalantly put the decision on us Marko, very nice touch.”] It was meant in a sarcastic tone to the often mute boy. It was clear no-one but he and Töka knew the Terrastina pass at all, so he had said what everyone thought; what did they think? Taking up his cup again he took a sip.[+royalblue “Mayfair is a lot worse these days, no longer the easier path by far. I would agree Terrastina is better suited for our needs, as it is closer, but the danger is always there. We will encounter bandits that is a guarantee.”] Those who preyed on travellers through the pass would not pass up three children, two women and a man. Easy pickings in their eyes but he felt they could hold their own – if Flora was as good a shot as he thought and Marko did not run away.

[+firebrick “It will break your blood-viriginity, good battle experience, wet your blades and harden you for the future.”] Töka said as she stopped eating momentarily. It was crass, blunt, but honest and true. No sense taking them to a battle in Wistina without them all having some experience of a fight, even one against weak bandits. He nodded in his agreement with her as he looked back across the table.
  WI_ / 22d 2h 50m 36s
Not exactly expecting him to wink at her in such crowded company, it caught her off guard. This was not the time for that... though that thought opened up the possibility that another time might be. She practically had to shake that irritating thought from her mind as she rolled her eyes at him and brought her focus to the bowl of soup in front of her. This was going to be a long trip and she did not suppose that she could change Augustine's mind about bringing him along. He really had his heart set on it.

Augustine had missed the quick gesture coming from Nicolai, so he was only mildly horrified at the him blatantly flirting with his mom in front of everyone. He tried to push passed it by answering his question. [+coral "Based off where we are now, the Terrastina pass is closer. Going that way would shave a good bit of time off of this journey, but it is more dangerous."] The mountains in that area were taller. There was always tale of some rockslide taking out a traveler who wasn't watching the signs. Besides that, with it being physically longer they spent more time without an escape. And bandits liked to hide in waiting there. The same could be said about Mayfair, but not to the same extent. [+coral "Honestly, I would like to take the chance, but it depends on everyone else's comfort level."] He was not about to drag a bunch of hesitant followers through that rocky abyss without their consent.

Unexpectedly Marko was next to speak. [+darkblue "It shouldn't be a problem so long as we have someone who knows how to read the pass... Has anyone traveled through it before or know the area?"] He looked to the older members of the group, knowing he and the other two had barely left Astoria, let along traversed Terrastina. Florence was the first to answer with a shake of her head. It was down to the other two.
  Florence Melbourne / Loxi / 22d 13h 57m 15s
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat Nicolai had began to eat his food. He picked and pulled it apart a little and whilst it was not most appetising on the yes it was suitable on the palate. Looking at Florence though he was quite a lot more shocked that he had been at the food.[+royalblue “My word, she can do it. She can compliment me..”] He commented with a rather wide grin as she mentioned how he was a kind-hearted man. Well, not in so many words. Not really directed towards him. It was all subjective, a bit of a stretch, but he liked the sound of it nonetheless and when he caught her eye he smiled all the more.

Winking at her playfully he continued to eat and drink, agreeing with her overall sentiment. It was true that they would have to play on heartstrings and the memories of the populace than to offer them wealth or power or anything of the like. Yet for now, he was quite focused on just Florence. Playing a more playful and toying character with her would be his best route towards getting to know her and have her perhaps return the gesture and in the end see him as more.[+royalblue “Will we take the eastern or western route through the mountains?”] He left the option open to the table, keen to hear if that was planned out or if it would be a wild dash to the Wistinian border.
  WI_ / 22d 14h 35m 43s
Florence gave Nicolai a look. It was something along the lines of cynicism at his request that she refute him. She did not pick apart his commentary that often... okay, now that she actually thought about it, perhaps she did... Regardless, she obliged him. [+mediumseagreen "Unfortunately, I think you are right. As much as I am hoping Vincent has been a poor leader and run things into the ground, it is terribly difficult to botch it up so badly that the effects could be felt in a country as wealthy as Wistina."] Astoria was destitute before they opened up, so every selfish act the King made came down hard on the civilians. No one was happy. And that made it all the easier to bolster them to act. But in Wistina it was likely the common person could not tell a difference, unless Vincent made some very serious changes. However that was unlikely, as these were the same people that had Germaine wrapped around their fingers for years.

[+mediumseagreen "I do see one point of contingency though. There are a few things that trump prosperity. Connection is one of them, couple that with nostalgia and we may have a case."]The one thing she was counting on that would have changed was the relationship with the common man. While Germaine had not been one to reach out, there were a few under him that did. [+mediumseagreen "Based on who I think is still in that castle, there is not anyone who is still reaching out to connect with the people. Someone like you, Nicolai, who actually cared about the well being of those living their lives in your country... They are playing a cutthroat game, so kind hearted men like that have likely been pushed out. We may be able to use that longing for a relationship like they had in the past to our advantage."] It may not have been fair, but neither was praying on an eight year old boy whose father had recently departed.
  Florence Melbourne / Loxi / 22d 15h 7m 39s
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat As Augustine was beginning to explain his plan for what they would do, Töka stood up and turned around, in a fluid motion removing two drinks from a passing servers tray and seating herself once more with no word to the confused server. She passed one across to Nicolai who did not bat an eyelid, taking a few mouthfuls of his cup as did she. The ale was not all that alcoholic to what they usually drank at the camp so the effects would take much more to be felt. Thankfully the price of the drinks and the journey ahead would stop Nicolai from drinking too much. Töka? It depended on her mood.

Listening intently however he nodded along and especially at the parts that pertained to him and his status. He still liked to remind people he was a Duke and General, so to have the young boy confirm he still held some clout was an ego boost. Perhaps not what Florence wanted, as she seemed to like keeping him under her thumb – or she had at the castle – but he was subtly smiling along to that part.

When he threw it open to suggestions Nicolai only shrugged.[+royalblue “Seems to me you have this planned out. Or at least you know what to do initially. It’s going to be a mission of intelligence gathering to start with. Once we know where we stand, who is with or against Vincent and Gabriel, then we can start to see where we can make gains of our own.”] A few thoughts flickered in his mind and he sighed a little.[+royalblue “Of course it’s not just those two. Theres Gerald and Ulrich. The God’s know how they have poisoned the army and people against us between them.”] Gerald held some standing with the soldiers of Wistina given his role as Head of the Guard. But then Nicolai had been the one to lead the soldiers themselves, and could perhaps call on retired men or those in the Royal Guard who were still loyal to him. It would be up to Augustine and Florence to undo Ulrich’s plans and untether his hold upon the people.

The food arrived and Nicolai let it all be passed about the table before he continued on.[+royalblue “This won’t be like Astoria.”] He mainly addressed Florence there though his eyes looked about the foursome.[+royalblue “We have some positives and some negatives compared to what happened there. We have the boost that Augustine is indeed the rightful heir. He is Germaine’s son and that will have some weight with those who liked Germaine.”] Sadly it would not be many, but perhaps some of the older advisors and noblemen were still alive and they would back Augustine.[+royalblue “But the issue is that after seven years of pushing their propaganda, if they have run a successful country and the people prosper, we will run the risk of being captured and taken to the Capital by those who don’t want us to succeed. They will think about what they have gained and place that above any truth or rightful claim to the throne.”] Why support a boy taking his throne back if it would be detrimental to your own life, wealth or ranking in society.

He poked at the vegetable mess before him before lifting his gaze up and again landed on the only other adult present.[+royalblue “Care to interject and tell me I’m wrong Florence? It is one of your most endearing qualities.”] It was both sarcasm and truth but was accompanied by a shy smile, not wanting to provoke her right now. She did have a habit of pointing at his obvious flaws or the inaccuracies of his statements. She seemed to thrive on it at times. But he wanted her calm, especially as they needed to talk once alone.
  WI_ / 22d 15h 52m 10s
There was a rift forming between the group already. Cockiness was never good, least of all when it divide you from those who could likely be your comrades. Pride in what you do and how well you do it had its place, but when it went to far it could blind a person to their weaknesses or lead someone to underestimating a foe. That is what worried Florence the most with this young woman. However, there was a bit of hope. Nicolai pulled her in and it seemed as though he was able to wind her down just the tiniest bit. That meant she could listen to reason. Or she liked to think he would use reason here, perhaps he had just threatened her. That was always a possibility.

The spotlight was eventually taken off of the new addition and it came back to Augustine. He sort of expected it with the way Nicolai and Töka had been looking at him a bit ago, but he was not mad about it. In fact, that was something he was hoping to discuss. [+coral "Before anything else we have to make it down there. I don't imagine they are expecting us yet, if at all."] If Adrian had been keeping in touch with them they may get suspicious when his corrisponces stop. [+coral "If we can I want to make it over the border without making any waves. We need to keep below their radar for as long as possible while we find out what kind of condition Wistina is in. With any luck, people will be unsatisfied."] He hated to say that, as he wanted his people to be happy, but the more discontent they were the easier it would be to rally them. [+coral "If it turns out that Vincent has neglected them, we should be able to sway them to our side without too much issue and we can begin to make ourselves known. If not, we we may have to rely solely on the fact that I am the rightful heir to the throne and hope that that, and the story of Vincent's betrayal, is enough to turn the people away from him. If it comes to that, then you will be invaluable."] He was of course referring to Nicolai. [+coral "You were a prominent and well seen figure in Wistina. People will trust you. If you say I am who I claim to be, there's a good chance they will listen... That's a huge leg up on its own."] If he remembered correctly, people liked Nicolai too, so that was even better. [+coral "That's the foundation of what we need to be looking for in the beginning. I am open for suggestions for improvements too. Different perspectives will only work to strengthen our plan."] Based off his mother's judgement they were looking to garner the people's approval, but if it turned out there was a better way, he wanted to her it.
  Florence Melbourne / Loxi / 22d 17h 59m 10s
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat Nicolai was rubbing his cheek, the same that Florence had punched, when he heard said woman say he was insufferable when ill. Who was ever a happy and joyful person when injured? And if she was stating that in reference to how he had been before they split, then that was just unfair. He could not change the past, but despite the new illness he had, he did not complain or make mention of it. He simply got on with it. Narrowing his eyes at the two women who joked at his expense he shook his head and left them to order their food.

He disliked being the punching bag of their joke but given the entire day had been filled with gentle ribbing of each other on the ride here, he decided he would just smile lightly, take it on the chin – or the cheek in this matter – and leave it well alone. Remaining quiet as they awaited the food to be brought, he listened to Florence introduce them all to Töka.

She reacted as was expected, an indifference on her face as she glanced to each as their name was read out. Offering each the briefest of nods she drank back the ale in hand and shrugged her shoulder.[+firebrick “I suppose if Nico says you are up for this then I’ll listen to him. But just try not getting in my way okay kids?”] Violet eyes turned on her at that and she looked over at him with a frown.[+firebrick “What?”]

Leaning close in to her, it was rather loud around them and so his voice did not carry all that well as he spoke to her,[+royalblue “Töka, I told you to show respect when it is given to you. Don’t make me regret bringing you along with me. Perhaps you would like to stay with Hyda and Peron and play fake soldiers?”] The threat was made and her gaze turned down to her cup.[+royalblue “I know you don’t like new people, but trust me that these are good folks. See the blonde boy? He killed Adrian you know.”] That perked her interest, looking up to Augustine and eyeing him with curiosity now that she knew of his exploits. It put the boy in a new light if he took down their one time enemy. But Nicolai’s hand coming up to her cheek brought her interest back, as he pushed back her long, loose hair and turned her head so she looked at him directly.[+royalblue “You’re a tough bitch, I think they know that now, so tone it back and understand that I can be right sometimes, okay? I’m an old fuck and I’ve done this all before many times.”] He patted her cheek and she nodded with a grin. To some, being a tough bitch was an insult. Töka was one who revelled in her tough-girl persona.

She did not have a bad soul, rather she was someone who had a lot of anger and rage inside that needed to be directed and at times she needed to be put in her place. If the others had not been there he would have been much sterner in his vocabulary to get his point across. But like those around the table, she needed training. She was still so young to him and now instead of this one child he had to care for, he had another three and a rather surly woman. Turning back to the table with a sigh, realising he had lost out on his drink to his young partner, he nodded to said blonde haired, green eyed boy.[+royalblue “Augustine, now that we are all here, give me the opening move for Wistina. I want to know your first steps.”] He was keen to hear how he planned on getting his kingdom back
  WI_ / 22d 20h 2m 58s
[+coral "If it is a matter of age then we should be fine."] The boy's emerald gaze went to his mother. [+coral "Mutti, you used to drink when you were younger than us, right?"] Augustine in no way expected this to get them anywhere, he just felt like throwing his mom under the bus. And he did so with a sweet smile on his face.

Eyes narrowing at the glaring call out, she wondered just who was telling him those stories. [+mediumseagreen "I do not know what you are talking about... but if I did, I was wrong to do so and you are going to be held to a higher standard."] It was all but a confession, but it was not to be continued before Ms. Töka was sitting down with that.

Guess that meant this was who they were waiting for. Florence had had a feeling, Murphy's law and all, but maybe it would not be so bad. She had spent a lot of time with rough sorts when she was younger, so this was actually pretty nostalgic for her. The aggression might be a bit of an issue, but the swearing and lack of decorum was nothing new to her. The real problem was Augustine. He definitely would not be used to this. With a glance over that way, he did look a little taken aback. Florence's eyes swept over the others as well. She wanted to know how all of them were taking it before she intervened on their behalf. Flora did not seem to mind either way. Probably because she was used to dealing with Julia who was pretty rough around the edges herself, but Marko, he looked right at home. It seemed her son was really the only one who was going to have to get used to it. And considering that he needed to be able to get along and handle all sorts of people, this might actually make good practice. Perhaps this was not so bad at all...

While in the midst of trying to keep an open mind, the firecracker of a woman popped off about the age range of their party. Nicolai came back chidingly at her, but in the worst way possible. She had not considered that this might be the sort of personality that easily dragged out this newer side of him. Perfect. Inhaling and exhaling in a long drawn out manner, Florence tried not to think about that for now.

[+mediumseagreen "Please do not."] She had no real fear that this woman was actually going to hurt Nicolai, at least not so severely as to stab him, Florence was just finding a way to interject herself into the conversation so that they would not continue on like this forever. [+mediumseagreen "He becomes even more insufferable when he is ailing, so I would very much appreciate it if we avoided that at all costs."] It looked like that almost got a laugh out of the tattooed woman, her smirk widened the tiniest bit but she managed to contained herself at her brother's expense. [+mediumseagreen "Now, would one of you on the end be so kind as to grab the waitress' attention again. I want to see what the nights options for food are."] She wanted to get her son and his friends fed and put to bed sooner rather than later. Tomorrow was going to be a longer day and she wanted them to be ready for it.

Marko jumped to it at the woman's request. He looked about for the chipper woman who had helped them before and when he caught sight of her, he waved her down. Even if he had been the type to yell, he doubted he would have been heard over the happy commotion that filled the room.

[+orange "You folks need refills?"] She looked to Nicolai and Töka who were the only one's to have touched their drinks so far. When it did not look to be the case she moved on. [+orange "Or are you interested in something to fill your stomachs? We've got a trout soup on tonight that goes real nice with that ale, or there is hearty vegetable pie if you would like a slice of that. Both are warm and tasty; you won't be disappointed with either."] She was clearly a saleswoman.

When they put in their order, Florence took up the opportunity to finish up the introduction. [+mediumseagreen "Well Töka, I am Florence. This,"] Her hand motioned over toward her son and followed through with everyone thereafter, [+mediumseagreen "Is Augustine, then we have Flora, and there on the end is Marko."] Short and sweet, she did not feel any need to draw it out any more than that, especially since the woman did not look all too interested in the first place.
  Florence Melbourne / Loxi / 22d 21h 28m 47s

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