Hidden Magic v2

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  1. [Allowed] Tweedy
  2. [Allowed] Hemera-


Hurt/comfort with horror elements. Romance?

In a world where back, deep in history, people retreated from the things that went bump in the night. The fey, ghosts, ghouls, vampires, werewolves, all sorts of nonsense that people hid from, collecting themselves in walled cities, surrounded by a canal over which the bridges into the city stretched and hiding underneath the banner of God and the Church. This is London . And from the walls, the aristocracy left to take to their extensive either fortified, or somehow else 'assisted' estates. To take in the pagan, old world air . Any smaller villages and towns outside of the main cities are similarly fortified with walls.

A young man from the citadel leaves to find work at the estate of one of the gentle/aristocratic families that left the city before its closing. Outside the city limits... things are not the way _____ expected. The family, and the house... There's something going on here.

Character driven plot, possibly romantic, or not. And in that, I mean this could be kind of light, even comical mystery, or very dark, and very dramatic. Preferably dark, but has a chance to be whatever we want.

Didn't realise I had this in a word document and so I copied and pasted it xD

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[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/LvKOZLA.jpg]] It seemed as though as soon as he greeted the driver, the driver had replied saying [i 'Vincent!'] And as soon as he did so, Theodore stood there in suprise for several seconds, until he said, [+goldenrod "Oh; I'm sorry. I did not know your name, you see, so I simply called you driver"] he frowned, wondering if he was making any sense. [+Goldenrod "I hope I'm making sense."] He shrugged, [+goldenrod "Anyway I'm Theodore."] He wasn't sure if the driver has already known this, but he thought he'd say so anyway.

He did not stretch out a hand, as they were in a hurry. So without further adieu; he got in the carriage.

When he had sat in the carriage, he got out a bag that he had taken with him. And in this bag was a book. There were several other things in this bag. But he did not want to share them.
Anyway; as he had gotten out his book, he decided to read for the rest of the way. As he did not want to just sit there.
As he was reading, it seemed as though they had already reached the wall. He looked up in surprise, had he really been reading for that long?
Theodore had just looked up in time to see an overgrown archway. At which he was surprised. Was the wall really that old?

Anyway; as they had gone past the wall, Theodore had put his book back in his bag. Deciding to look out the window. As he did so, he complimented the view a number of times.

All of a sudden, Vincent had said that he needed to stop off to do some grocery shopping. Theodore didn't say anything. As he wasn't sure whether he could hear him.

When they had reached the town, he could see a small sign which read Elms. However he had to stand there for several seconds so that he could read it. As it was covered in dust.
Anyway; when they had reached the pharmacy, Theodore got out of the carriage, to stretch his legs.
When Vincent told him he should probably go and explore, he nodded in agreement. Then walked off.

[Center ***]

Theodore had been walking around the town for at least fifteen minutes. He was surprised to see that many people in this town were happy, which was strange, as most people in London were miserable.

Anyway; as Theodore was walking around the town, he decided to stop off at a nearby café. As he had been in the carriage for a couple of hours, and was hungry.

So without further adieu; he stopped at he nearest cafe. Thankfully; it was not that busy. In fact; as he was looking around, it was practically empty.

Anyway; as he sat down, he was ready to order.

[+Goldenrod "Hello, I would like one cream tea please."]
The lady nodded, then walked off.

When the lady walked off, he looked around the shop. He saw many books on the left side of the room. Reading [i The city of Elms].Or [i Elms]. He was surprised to find that there were some books on Elms, as he had never heard of it before.
Anyway, he decided to pick up a book called [i the supernaturals of Elms.]

When he had picked up his book, he returned to his table.
When he returned to his table, he opened the book. Finding that the book was very old, as it was turning yellow.
[i Long ago; the city of Elms used to live in peace. Before there was a strange event that caused the city to panic-]
He tried to read more of the book, but he couldn't. As the book was dirty.
However; he sat there, thinking about the book. Whilst spreading jam onto his scone.
He vaguely remembered his Mother telling him a similar story that there was a strange event that occured outside the wall of London which is why the city had to be walled up.

Anyway; as he was thinking this, his book had set on fire.

He looked down at the book in shock. Deciding to whack the book before it got any worse.
Theodore had been sitting there for some time, until he heard a voice which said.
”We're closing."
Theodore nodded. Then got up.
When Theodore got up, he picked up the book, deciding to place it back in its bookshelf. Then he walked over to the counter again.
[+Goldenrod "Excuse me. I'm new here you see. And I was wondering if you could tell me anything about the estate called Edgefield? But if you're busy then that's fine.”]

[Center ***]

By the time Theodore had arrived back at the carriage, it was almost dark. He had hoped that Vincent would still be there when he got back to the carriage
When he found that he did, he sighed in relief. However he found that Vincent was looking at him, annoyed.
[+Goldenrod "Sorry, I was just inquiring about the house."] He said, then got back in the carriage.

[Center ***]

By the time Theodore had arrived at the house, it was pitch black. However; he could still see how old the house was. He looked up at it in surprise, as he had never seen anything so big.

When he had left the carriage; he could see a pond in the distance. Which looked well maintained. Anyway, as he had stepped out of the carriage, he closed the doors behind him, then walked towards the mansion.

When he had walked towards the mansion, it seemed as though the doors had opened already. Were they waiting for him?
Anyway; as he went in, he saw a maid. He wasn't sure whether he should be speaking to her, but he said, [+goldenrod "Hello, I'm Theodore. The new Butler?"] When he saw Anna; he said, [+goldenrod "Good evening, Miss Hackett."]
  Theodore Wade Norris / Hemera- / 4d 8h 10m 37s
[right [pic https://i.pinimg.com/564x/81/d3/7a/81d37a9cc3bc31b814e23b31ae9679da.jpg]] Edgefield, as Theodore eventually learned the estate was called, lay in the country outside the gray little town that they had stopped in. Vincent, as the driver was eventually found to be called when he just stared at Theo when he had called '[i driver!]' to him, and corrected him. Not in a cruel tone, but a neutral one. In that calm, startling way some people have when they don't bother with sparing feelings, or haven't the capacity for it.

Elms wasn't gray in that it was colorless, no. It was gay and bustling as so many hardworking communities are. Dotted with mature trees and parks, the downtown was the calm sort of busy that spoke of business as usual. It was even sunny when Vincent had stopped them so that he could obtain some groceries from Crane's Chemist and the shop further down the street. He looked to Theodore, patiently, until he spoke, softly, and said he should probably explore.

The town got gray when the evening approached them, as they had arrived late in the day as it was already encroaching on them. Vincent and Theodore were being chased by nighttime as they drove to Edgefield.

It was hurried, the transaction of men tying parcels to the carriage when Theodore returned. He too, which was noteworthy, had been hustled out of the little cafe and library he had gone to for lunch by the sweet young lady who was running it that day as evening came upon them. She closed and locked the doors as his back turned to it. Vincent looked impatient as Theodore came to him, asking if he was ready to go in that soft voice, gentle for one of his size. For he wasn't a alrge man, simply tall, like he had been stretched during puberty just too much and never bounced back, never filled out much beyond his chest and shoulders.

Darkness was coming, and the store closed as Theodore came into the carriage again. And it licked at their heels as they entered into the trees again, along a well used, well kept road in between old, grand trees.

Vincent chose a lane off of that road, through an impressive, [https://i.pinimg.com/564x/6d/2d/bc/6d2dbc9b8858d37165d5823d4912448c.jpg stone and guard-housed gate] that was little more than a metal archway with a single, angular, large lantern at its center. And at speed, the vague shape of a face at the crest of the arch was missed. But eyes and mouth, vacuous in the carved stone, relieved so deeply they were as if emptied, flew by. The pale face of the gatesman went by the window as well as he came out to close them behind Theodore and Vincent and the horses.

The lane to the house bent, again, profused by old oaks, their shadows reaching down from their tops to touch the earth. Vincent slowed them, inside of the estate's confines, but not incredibly so. They rounded the corner and the pond came into view, brilliant between the water plants, in the evening light. Passing it in a crisp trot lent it magic, taken away from the eye as they left. And behind it, around one more bend where the trees began to shrink and dot between fine hedges, some arching, trained, over an avenue between them, dark, inspiring, off to one side of the land. But beyond, lay the house.

The sprawling manse looked as if it had lived a long time. No battlements, but age spoke in the different additions to it, stone giving way to wood in some places. It had the look of a highly inspired building, with many features in its windows, towers and halls. A slate shingled roof was dark against the blaze of some of the windows, and a long, wraparound porch. Only part of the house was visible at a time where the drive circled around a center islan of grass, foliage and a grand, spreading tree.

The door opened, and out came a maid in black, based on her white apron pinned to her, and Anna Hackett appeared behind her, grinning widely, a book in hand. She stood primly as Theodore drew up in front of the house.
  The Twins / Tweedy / 37d 10h 59m 58s
Reginald laughed at that, a big, full, sit back in your chair and give a solid pat to your breast laugh. His head tipped back, "[+red I shouldn't think so, if your mettle is as I believe it is.]" His grin slipped to the side briefly, a glimmer in those eyes. Mischief.

"[+red We will give you a week to prepare anything you need to,]" Reginald said, sitting up again with a gesture towards Theodore. He had no intention of kidnapping the man completely. He chuckled at the thought, the apples of his cheeks rising again. "[+red And then, if you'll have us, we'd like to entertain you for another. Acquaint you with the estate, the extant staff, the rest of my family... See how you acclimate.]"

And with that he rose, extending a hand to Theodore, "[+red It's been a pleasure meeting you, and I'm excited to work together. Is there anything else I can do for you today before we part ways for now?]"

And when the week passed, with whatever arrangements had to be made, Theodore was awaited by carriage, one with plenty of storage for whatever he need bring with him, and manned by a pair of black horses. It was manned by a fellow- tall, thin, scruffy. His dark hair was long, loose underneath his silk stove top hat. And bright blue eyes looked out to him from a long, angular face. His coat was blue as well, pants black. Head inclined to Theodore as he came to meet him, eyes dropping immediately and speaking none, and opening the door for him with another half-bow at the waist.
  The Twins / Tweedy / 85d 12h 16m 19s
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/LvKOZLA.jpg]] Theodore had wondered what the confusion was. As he didn't seem to understand the word 'organisation '. But then he corrected him and said it was more like a family distraction. And Theodore tried not sit there in embarrassment. Perhaps he should have been more specific.

Anyway, as Reignald had mentioned the 'family distraction'. It all went quite. He wondered why it all went quite. But then he could see that Reignald's face had changed. Why was he looking like that?

"You needn't concern yourself with it, if you would prefer. I understand that it lends a certain tinge, though with your presence here, answering our advertisement, I would think that it isn't so much of a concern for you?"

Theodore thought this was strange, to bring up this past time and then drop it agàin. But he supposed he could just ignore it. Besides, if the worst came to the worst, he could always stick up for himself.

He paused for quite awhile, however, as he was wondering why all there faces had changed. "It shouldn't be, I just hope that it doesn't affect my time table." He said.

He didn't mean literally 'time table' as he knew that he wouldn't be given one. He just meant a general order of things.

As he sat there, wondering if there was anything else to ask, Reignald said, "Oh, please don't worry about that. We can send you back in ours, if you'll have us."

"Of course, when would you like me to start?" This was probably a stupid question, but he thought he would ask in case they wanted him to start tomorrow or whenever.
  spookie / 108d 4h 48m 24s
Reginald's smile stiffened just slightly, in that particular way a store employee might when their scripted greeting is cut off; barely imperceptible, but something beyond body language that one can catch onto. In fact, the smile widened as a chuckle came from the man, folding his hands and leaning back into his chair once more.

"[+red Hardly an organization, Mr. Wade,]" the man said softly. "[+red more a collective. A family distraction.]"

Matthew felt a grin spread across his mouth at that, sliding it behind absent fingers stroking over the line of his upper lip as he listened. Anna glanced back, turning round to the two men and leaning herself back onto the window sill, cushioned by her hands against her tailbone as she watched them. Having regathered her composure, it was back; arch, and reserved.

"[+red You needn't concern yourself with it, if you would prefer. I understand that it lends a certain tinge, though with your presence here, answering our advertisement, I would think that it isn't so much of a concern for you?]" Reginald gestured at Theo, nodding to him. There was hope in his eyes behind the way his face slipped into a genuine smile, the lines in his face relaxing back into the expression that created them. A twinkle was in his eyes.

Theodore was in the way he was answering promising to be something worth pursuing. And thus far, hadn't asked for much more than they had already planned to offer.

The man's eyes turned to the window where his guest's had gone. "[+red Oh, please don't worry about that. We can send you back in ours, if you'll have us.]"
  The Twins / Tweedy / 127d 13h 20m 2s
[left [pic https://imgur.com/LvKOZLA.jpg]] As soon as Matthew had said [+maroon "Dickens, Anna, not Darwin"] Theodore was quite surprised to hear that she had thought he meant Darwin. Had she not heard of Charles Dickens? Or was she simply too busy looking out the window?

As he was thinking this, Anna seemed to go red, to which he would have said, [+goldenrod "[I It's alright, not many people read Dickens,"]] But then she was already off towards the window.

When Reignald had asked him about the organisation, he said [+goldenrod "Oh, I'm sorry. I thought you mentioned an organisation about hunting things or some other."] He said. He thought that he had recalled Hackett saying something about discovering secret's.

Anyway, as he sat there, he looked outside. It was now beginning to rain. He tried not to sigh. The rain seemed to be getting louder, as he sat there. As it was getting louder, he could see all the people below revealing their umbrella's.

He looked back toward's Reignald again, waiting for an answer.
  Theodore Wade / gr00vy / 133d 14h 32m 48s
"[+brown Dickens, Anna, not Darwin,]" Matthew said softly with a nod to the young woman.

She blinked, shock passing over her face in how it seemed to fall open, softly relaxing all its lines as she looked between Matthew and then to Thodore. A blush soon passed over high cheekbones, following a frown darkening those features, turning away.

"[+maroon Oh,]" was all that was said, her attention fixed on the window again.

Matthew's lips curled in amusement, then, leaning his temple on his fingers, attention returning to their guest.

Reginald smiled at Theodore's quiet response to his spiel, quietly impressing the difference of the world within the walls of the city. There would of course be so very much more that the young man would be exploring and experiencing out in the countryside. It was a fond, excited smile. As far as first impressions went, he was enjoying Theodore. He seemed genuine, and very polite.

His head tipped, however, at the man's question, and he leaned forwards, lacing his fingers between his knees. "[+red Organization, my boy?]" he prompted, brows knitting.
  The Twins / Tweedy / 144d 19h 30m 55s
[left [pic https://imgur.com/LvKOZLA.jpg]] Theodore hoped that she didn't take it the wrong way, as she walked off toward's the window. He just liked his own space.
[+goldenrod "Oh, I don't read much biology."] He said.
[+Maroon "Do you like the science's?"] Asked Matthew. He found it odd that they were both interested in the same things. But he supposed they were twins.
[+Goldenrod "Well, I don't like reading about it. As it is a bit too complicated for me."]

Suddenly, Reignald made an exclamation.

[+Red Oh, I apologize! I made an assumption, didn't I?”]

Theodore frowned, [+goldenrod "You did?"] As far as he knew, he didn't say anything.

He went on anyway.

[+Red "The animals inside the walls are mainly creatures that humans benefit from solely: sheep, cows, ponies, chickens, geese, songbirds... Outside, the world moves at its own pace. The walls were, after all, created to keep some things out, correct? That's what all history says."]

[+Goldenrod "Oh, yes. The animals. I suppose I was just confused."] He said. As he knew there were some basic animals inside the walls. But he wasn't sure if there were some other animals.

[+Red "Bring with you? Nothing you don't want to. Anything you need will be provided by my family as a part of your lodgings, but bring your personal effects, of course. We will give you a uniform, shoes, whatever you like, sir!"] He said, [+red"We only require your presence at the countryside estate to help run it's day-to-day, as the advertisement suggested."]

[+Goldenrod "Oh, ok."] He said. As he was thinking about going out of the city, he was growing more and more worried. As he has never been out of the city before. But he thought, this job would be good for him. And if he stuck with these people, he was sure that he would be alright.

[+Goldenrod "Oh, yes. I forgot. What was this organisation you were speaking of?"[
  Theodore Wade / gr00vy / 161d 17h 33m 5s
The man seemed to be giving Anna an odd look, and she sighed, looking away from him now to her father. Reginald looked amused at this, scratching his fingers through the whiskers on the side of his jaw with a fond shake of his head.

She arched a brow at his response, however, shifting towards the far window and looking out. She parted the curtains with the crook of a finger, preferring to look into the day behind the dapple of the lace curtains.

"[+brown Biology,]" she mused absently.

Matthew now leaned a little towards Theodore, "[+maroon Do you like the sciences?]" he asked with a bit of an eager smile touching the corner of his mouth.

Reginald's eyes widened, "[+red Oh, I apologize! I made an assumption, didn't I?]" he shifted, dropping his eyes, feeling his face heat a bit with embarrassment, and gave the young man an apologetic look.

Beginning again, Reginald cleared his throat, eyes returning to Theo with an amount more confidence for the time being, and a returning smile. "[+red The animals inside the walls are mainly creatures that humans benefit from solely: sheep, cows, ponies, chickens, geese, songbirds... Outside, the world moves at its own pace. The walls were, after all, created to keep some things out, correct? That's what all history says.]"

He arched his brows at the next question. "[+red Bring with you? Nothing you don't want to. Anything you need will be provided by my family as a part of your lodgings, but bring your personal effects, of course. We will give you a uniform, shoes, whatever you like, sir!]"

"[+red We only require your presence at the countryside estate to help run it's day-to-day, as the advertisement suggested.]"
  The Twins / Tweedy / 168d 15h 20m 26s
[left [pic https://imgur.com/LvKOZLA.jpg]] Theodore stood there uncomfortably as Anna was still staring at him. Now that he thought about it, there was something very strange going on in this house. But he decided to ignore it.

As he was in mid thought, Anna decided to take a step closer to him.

[+Red "You like reading, Mr. Wade?"] she asked. [+Red "Do you read for leisure or acquisition? What do you like to read?"]

Theodore thought that he had done something wrong, as Anna had kept looking at him ever since he first arrived. Perhaps he should have just sat down.

[+goldenrod "I like to read for a bit of both, and mostly Charles Dickens."] He said. Saying excuse me as he walked past.

As Theodore sat down, he decided to stretch out for a bit, as he had been standing for a long time. [+Red "My dear boy, there's an entire world beyond the countryside."] Said Reignald Hackett, [+red "In fact creatures that you've never seen, only heard of. Secrets, troves of them. Our family, in fact, in part made a name for itself in the pursuit thereof."]

Theodore was quite aware that there was an entire world outside of the countryside, he had just never been there before. As he had lived most of his life in London.

[+goldenrod "Oh, yes, I am quite aware of that,"] said Theodore, as he was sitting there thinking about the whole world outside of London, "I've just never been there before," He paused, "However, I am not aware of the creature's, what are they?" He assumed that he meant boars and the such, but then he said, [i Secrets] and he guessed not.

Theodore had started to think that this wasn't an ordinary butler's job, and so he sat there, thinking what job this actually was.

[+Red "Why, of course. Please, go ahead."] Said Reignald.

[+Goldenrod "Erm, okay; well, do I need to bring anything with me?”] he asked.

[+Red "I have little intention of spiriting you away into the wilds without further investigation towards your suitability, if you'll allow, with this miscommunication. Perhaps my daughter wasn't as- thorough as I would have liked with the advertisement." ]

He thought she was too agreeable as she nodded, if it was him, he would have said, [I well, I've done the best I can do,] and left it at that. But he decided to ignore it, [+goldenrod "Oh; no, it's probably my fault. I probably should have known."]
  theodore w / gr00vy / 177d 18h 1m 15s
Anna, realizing she had stared longer than her appraisal even, blinked, stepping closer to Theodore. "[+brown You like reading, Mr. Wade?]" she asked. "[+brown Do you read for leisure or acquisition? What do you like to read?]"

Reginald's brows arched at the young man's lack of knowledge about the world beyond the city. "[+red My dear boy, there's an entire world beyond the countryside,]" he responded with a bit of wonder. "[+red In fact creatures that you've never seen, only heard of. Secrets, troves of them. Our family, in fact, in part made a name for itself in the pursuit thereof.]"

He brought a smile back up onto his face, leaning towards Theodore with interest in his eyes. "[+red Why, of course. Please, go ahead.]"

"[+red I have little intention of spiriting you away into the wilds without further investigation towards your suitability, if you'll allow, with this miscommunication. Perhaps my daughter wasn't as- thorough as I would have liked with the advertisement.]" He mused, glancing at the twins. Matthew and Anna gave nods, Anna offering a shrug of agreement at the idea. It wouldn't surprise them at all that Ada would have had an oversight like that.
  The Twins / Tweedy / 190d 16h 50m 50s
[left [pic https://imgur.com/LvKOZLA.jpg]] It seemed as though Theodore was staring at the books for a moment longer as Anna was circling him. As soon as Anna had stopped circling him, he said, [+goldenrod "Sorry, reading books is one of my favourite past times." ]

When Matthew had given him his seat, he took it, then sat down.

[+Red "I don't suppose you understood me,"] said Reignald, and immediately sank in his chair, [+red "We need a head for the service at our countryside estate, in the Outside."]

[+goldenrod "Oh, I'm sorry. I was not aware that there was countryside in the outside."] He said, as he had never been to the countryside before.

As he sat there, he was thinking of a question, he was wondering what to take with him, to the outside, [+goldenrod "Is it alright if I ask a question?"].
  theodore w / gr00vy / 195d 14h 27m 35s
Matthew's brows arched, turning his gaze to his sister briefly, who returned the arch. "[+maroon Lost, and [i still] early,]" he said softly, lips curling in a smile.

"[+brown How eager,]" Anna responded to her brother, stepping closer to the young man. She folded her arms behind her and circled Theodore, eyeing his stance, his eyes moving over the books.

"[+maroon Please, sit down,]" Matthew invited with a fluid gesture to a chair.

There was the chaise that Matthew had been on, a chair facing Reginald's, and a window seat on the far end of the parlor.

Anna moved over to stand beside her brother, both glancing over the stranger with curious gazes.

Reginald took his seat again, facing Theodore, and templed his fingers, brows knit. The response that elicited gave him pause, "[+red I don't suppose you understood me,]" he said, being gentle. "[+red We need a head for the service at our countryside estate, in the Outside.]" He said, finally bringing it to clear terms. The Hackett family lived in the world outside the city. In the untamed, dark, vast outside beyond the walls of the city.
  The Twins / Tweedy / 201d 18h 15m 56s
[left [pic https://imgur.com/LvKOZLA.jpg]] However; before he found himself standing inside the office, he found himself standing beside the door. Feeling nervous, and tired, he then heard a voice saying [+redorange "And he's early!"] And jumped. He hoped no one was watching.

Anyway; as he stood there, he found himself opening the door to Reignald Hackett, who he shook his hand, then waited.
[+red "I am Reginald, yes. Pleased to see you, and, ah- these are my middle children, Anna,"] He smiled at Anna, who shook her hand, [+red "And Matthew, my eldest son."]

He turned to Matthew, [+maroon "So, Theodore, did you find us alright?"]
[+goldenrod "Well, since it is a relatively new neighbourhood here, it took me awhile to find the town house."] He said. As hardly anyone had owned a town house.

He wasn't sure whether to sit down. So he just stood there; not that he minded, as he was looking at all the books on the shelves, some of them ranging from science, to history, to geology. It took him several seconds to realise that someone was speaking.

[+Red "Now, as I hope I mentioned, this is a house we use for business trips into the city,"] Theodore still wasn't really paying attention. "[+Red What we're really looking for is a man for our home in the countryside. That is, I apologize, where my wife is now, otherwise I would have you meet her now."] When he had heard [i a man for our home in the countryside] his eyes bulged, what was he going to do about his flat in the city? [+Red "You still have a chance to back out now, if you would really wish, otherwise that will be our next destination."]

There were several minutes silence as he decided whether to back out, but then he thought to himself, [i he was so close to taking this job.]

[+goldenrod "I am quite aware that you use this house for business trips into the city, so I don't mind taking this job."] He said. Even though he didn't want to admit to himself that he had never been into the countryside before. He had lived in the city all his life.
  theodore w / gr00vy / 207d 20h 33m 47s
[size14 [font "Times" He would make it about as far as the front parlor, where the three Hacketts had been gathered prior.

The door had a knock on it, Anna's head turning sharply before her eyes snapped back to her father. He had a big smile on his face, especially when the young man's name was announced.

"[+red And he's [i early]!]" Reginald crowed, angling a pleased look at his daughter and standing up. He deposited the paper on the nearby table and spread his arms out from himself with a large smile on his face, welcoming the young man in. Anna stepped aside, towards her brother, sat with his ankle crossed over his knee. He arose as the young man was brought forward with a gesture from the patron of the household.

"[+red Come in, come in, please.]" he said, crossing towards him with a hand out in greeting. "[+red I am Reginald, yes. Pleased to see you, and, ah- these are my middle children, Anna,]" he spread a hand out towards his daughter who put a smile on her face and approached, extending her own hand to meet his. "[+red And Matthew, my eldest son.]"

Her brother came forward easily as well to make the acquaintance. "[+maroon So, Theodore, did you find us alright?]" he asked, tucking a hand in his pocket. It was a relatively new neighborhood here, with rows of fashionable houses in the district a little more towards the outside of the city on one end. The boulevard was new, flat, and had few potholes as of yet, which with the coming wet season would likely change.

"[+red Now, as I hope I mentioned, this is a house we use for business trips into the city,]" Reginald added, bringing up a finger. "[+red What we're really looking for is a man for our home in the countryside. That is, I apologize, where my wife is now, otherwise I would have you meet her now.]" he grinned widely at Theodore. "[+red You still have a chance to back out now, if you would really wish, otherwise that will be our next destination.]"
  The Twins / Tweedy / 221d 4h 25m 36s
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