Secrets of a Castle For Mended

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[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/w3Wj8wg.jpg?1]] “Then I had best get right to work.” Serah nodded her head respectfully as she shook his hand,”I’ll see what I can come up with for supper tonight. I daresay it will taste of more than salt.”

“Then we don’t want to keep you. It sounds like it’s decided.” Serah left quickly when Serafina motioned for her to go on. The cook was feeling pressed for time already, since she not only needed to cook the meal, but take a full stock of the kitchen, food, and a headcount of how many she needed to feed.

Serafina leaned against Anderson’s shoulder,”And the final one. The first three will generally report first to your butler. He will essentially be running the day to day business of the castle for you, seeing that things such as food and clothing are taken care of without you needing to think of it. Anything you want or need, he’ll be the one you ask. So, be sure you’re entirely satisfied with the man you hire, and don’t hesitate to fire or simply demote him if it isn’t working out to your satisfaction. It’s a very particular and demanding job. Now, with that said, would you like to meet Oliver? He’s my top pick for this, but really it’s more important that [i you] get along with him. You need someone you can trust that has an eye for details and an impressive ability to juggle tasks.”

With a little smile she looked at him,”This is the last one for today. After this, the ones you hired will go about getting what staff they need and getting the castle in shape for guests, whenever you get around to hosting any.”
  Yavanna / 8d 5m 53s
He would follow her smiling the whole time. Turning the corner to their next guess he would give a quick bow. “Good afternoon to you.” He said to her taking his time to look her up and down. He then turned to look at Serafina to listen to her interdiction of Serah. “A lovely name to match a lovely face.” He smiled at her and laughed a bit. “Sound wonderful, I have little to say as I can’t really judge you until dinner tonight can I.” He reached out one of his hands. “But if your even half as good as Serafina says then I see no reason why I shouldn’t hire you.”

“Yes, the many guess I should have not to fair in the future.” He sighed. Thinking about it just made him shudder. He knew at some point the king would come to see how things were going and if he was handling his new duty right. Not to put aside all the other nobles that would come to stick up friendly relations and try to dig their claws into him and his new land. “I am not looking forward to anything that comes with that. For now, I just looking for a good meal that doesn’t taste of just salt.”
  Anderson / Mended / 9d 18h 48m 11s
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/w3Wj8wg.jpg?1]] “I do hope you won’t be disappointed, but if your food now is as bad as you say then that’s a low bar.” Serafina looked back with a little smirk and led him to where a short woman with loosely pulled up blonde hair was sitting, drinking her tea and seeming to contemplate it or the cup. She looked up when she heard Serafina.

Serafina motioned to the woman, who stood and curtsied,”This is Serah. I’ve personally had the pleasure of trying some of her food before, which is why she’s at the top of my list.” The mage smiled warmly, while the blonde woman laughed.

“That is sweet of you to say. I just enjoy cooking.”

“And you’re good at it. When she has a mind to she’s also quite good at making the food look delightfully fancy. Something I suspect you’ll find need of once you have guests.”
  Yavanna / 14d 9h 37m 35s
“A man that works for his family are often the most hard-working men I ever saw.” He said nodding and smiling at her closeness to him and the warmth of her arm. “My uncle was like that when raising me always working to make sure I had food and clothes.” He then took a few moments to think about if he really needs a privet area for him to hunt and desisted that it may be for the best as even if he didn’t use it that much that if he had a guest of higher authority he would want it for them as they may not see eye to eye with him letting everyone hunt freely.
He would laugh at her last comment about the next interview. “I not above waiting and if her cooking is good then I’m sure it worth waiting. Most of our cooking now is plain and boring and it would be nice to get some good food for a change.” He couldn’t remember when the last time he had gotten a well-cooked meal that hadn’t been dried meat or soap that was water down. He didn’t complain much as the solider had to eat this for most of their life but still, he couldn’t get used to it and didn’t want to. “Lead on and lets met her I'm sure I will find her just as good as the last two.”
He would then turn around and faller her around the mix of shelves to their next meeting.
  Anderson / Mended / 19d 22h 33m 8s
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/w3Wj8wg.jpg?1]] “If I wasn’t ready to work, I wouldn’t be here. Wouldn’t eat much either. Land’s yours, do what you like with it. People grumble about every little thing, of course they’d complain about this. But if you want some land set aside for free hunting, I’d oblige. I’ll give the gardening some thought too. Maybe Serafina’ll have someone in mind.”

He shook Anderson’s hand,”See you around then.”

Once Eric had left Serafina leaned a little against Anderson’s arm,”Oh, I think things will go fine with him. You may not see much of him, but he’ll work hard for his daughter. If you’ll let him keep her happy and healthy, it will be hard to find a more loyal man.”

Serafina looked back toward the maze of shelves that was the library,”Ready to meet your possible cook? She’s sweet, but I wouldn’t recommend crossing her. Many a child has run wailing when they tried to sneak a bite and instead got a whack with a spoon.” She smirked at him,”I imagine she wouldn’t hesitate to make you wait for the food as well.”
  Yavanna / 162d 12h 37m 12s
He was glad to meet with a firm handshake and even more glad that he was given an honest opinion about his ability. "Sees that you will be quite a busy man once and if hire you do to all that work. Are you really interested in handling such a massive task? I wouldn't hold it against you if it was. I mean I'm the first lord in some time." He was mostly judging his reaction. "Also tell me how would most of the people around the area ack to having part of there area restricted in hunting? Most have grown up and know the best hunting spots. I can't think they would be too happy to someone cutting them off to them. Could you think of a better way to let us split this area up or even sharing it instead of just taking it over fully."

He would smile at him saying Serafina was better and he liked the honest. "Well, she will have a lot more pressing matter to attend to as time goes on so you will have to find someone else. I plan to keep her busy with admin work for at least the next two years." It was mostly a joke but she would be busy with all kinds of work as he got into the swing of being a noble.

He would nod "Yes you seem fair and honest in the job so I think we will get along just fine." He would stand up and reach out his hand again to shake his. "I expect some answer to my question sometime in the next week and plans drawn up of all the area around for hunting and all." With that, he said his goodbyes and watched the man leave and turned to Serafina. "What do you think?"
  Anderson / Mended / 163d 11h 35m 19s
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/w3Wj8wg.jpg?1]] Eric had a strong, firm handshake. He gave Anderson a nod,”I hunt, I fish. Sold the furs and meat, but that’d be yours now. I’d see you have game to hunt, and get any fur or meat you wanted. Keep people away from your land, without your permission. Simple enough job, but not easy work. There’d be gardening too, but I’d have someone with a better head for that sort of thing take care of all that. Like Fina here. She does all that herb and flower stuff.”

He waved a hand toward her, and Serafina roll her eyes, her arms crossed,”Someone besides me. I have a job of my own. You’ll need to find a gardener to tend to the courtyards then.”

“Yep. I expect aside from keeping an eye on things you’d let me know about anything else you wanted. Sound about what you expect, Your Lordship?”
  Yavanna / 169d 6h 3m 21s
He would feel the warm embrace of her hand in his as she smiled. “Something like that yes. Seem to always pick the pace of the day.” He said giving her a little squeeze. “Might go for a work out at least after we are done talking with everyone.” The listen to her talk about the next person they would meet and nodded getting up from his chair and following her. “Sounds like an interesting man. I am eager to meet him.

Following her in to the next part of the library he would see the Eric sitting at another table. “Hello Sir Eric.” He would say reaching out his hand to meet the man with a firm handshake. He learned young the best way to judge another man at his hand shank. A firm but stiff handshake meant the man had worked for a living when a soft but lazy one meant he was not worth the time. He was interested to see what Eric was. “You as well Sir tell me about yourself.” He said offing the man to take his seat again while he did the same across form him.

“I assume you know what we are looking for. As well of what I should expect from a man of your caliber. I don’t offer out these jobs lightly. I looking for honest men and women to fill my ranks that I can trust to do the job and do the job right. Honest men and women will make a nice living but I won't keep those that don’t. It not fair to everyone else around them
  Anderson / Mended / 169d 12h 47m 44s
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/w3Wj8wg.jpg?1]] Serafina took his hand,”Mmm, so you’re the type that always has to keep busy. Next is the groundskeeper. Eric. He lives a little ways out of the village, and makes his living hunting. He knows the land around here well. And… well, I’ve known him for years. He’s a widower with a young daughter. The groundskeeper cabin is a little ways from the castle, and he’d live there. Keep an eye on the forests. Also come in to check the grounds, the courtyards.”

Serafina stepped into another little space in the library. This time a tall man sat at a table, arms crossed and looking out the window. When he heard them approach he turned and stood up,”Serafina. So, this is the new Count.”

Eric seemed to be deciding if he liked Anderson or not, looking him up and down,”Good to meet you.”
  Yavanna / 172d 1h 38m 43s
He would shrug at her comment about him being tired. “Not really tired just still walking up. It the first day I don’t work out when I woke up and I'm regretting it now.” He said smiling as he felt her hands in his hair. He then looked around at her as she took a set on his arm rest. “Doesn't seem that bad I can at least handle that much at least.”

He would then stand up and offer her his hand to help her up. “Shall we go then and show me who else is crazy enough to work for me?” He said letting her lead the way to the next area to meet the next person.
  Anderson / Mended / 172d 4h 20m 47s
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/w3Wj8wg.jpg?1]] “You seem tired already. I have a few more people waiting in other areas.” She ran a hand through his hair and came over to sit on the arm of the chair,”Let me think. Leah was for housekeeping. There’s still a groundskeeper, cook, and butler for the key roles. Everyone else will generally report to one of them. Aside from the soldiers, which I assume you’re handling yourself somehow, right?”

Serafina leaned over closer to him,”Think you can handle three more for today? And what do you think of the work being done so far?”
  Yavanna / 173d 2h 7m 16s
“Then I’m glad to have you on board.” He said giving her a firm but strong hand shack be for letting go and watching her leave the room. After that he would lift his head to look, back at Serafina. He would then shrug. “What can I say I had a good feeling about her. Plus, with your recommendation how could I really so no?”

He let out a yawn and stretched in his chair. “She seems willing to work for her job and willing to get out of the way if not. That the type of people I need around me not someone to kiss my ass anytime they do something wrong. So, who do you have next I’m sure they will be as good.”
  Anderson / Mended / 173d 16h 32m 19s
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/w3Wj8wg.jpg?1]] Leah nodded after giving his words a little thought,”I understand. You need the best people for the job. If someone is better suited, I’d gladly step down.” She set her tea down and stood,”But until then, I’ll do my best. Tomorrow then.” After taking the offered hand to shake she gave another curtsey before excusing herself.

Once Leah was gone Serafina stepped closer,”Decided already? You make up your mind quickly, don’t you?”
  Yavanna / 177d 9h 48m 9s
“The pleasure is mine.” He said smiling. “It makes me happy that younger people would like to take such responsibility. Serafina has put in good word for you and normal that would be enough for most people but I like to meet everyone under me. I'm not like most nobles you will meet. I'm don’t care about static or look. I'm looking for people to do the job and do it well. If you do the job and do it well, I have no issues hiring you and paying you but if I feel like you are not doing that job or I think someone doing betting then you I have no issue replacing you.” He was brutally honest but he needed her to understand.

He would look at her expiration the whole time. “If you think you can handle that then I'm sure we won't have any issues working together. You seem like a bright girl with a good head on her shoulder so unless you show me any reason why I shouldn’t hire you or keep you in the spot I hired you for I look forward to working with you.” He would stand back up and held out his hand. “If you have no other questions you can start tomorrow.
  Anderson / Mended / 178d 23h 25m 18s
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/w3Wj8wg.jpg?1]] “I’m glad you like her. She’s very sweet, and skilled. So is her granddaughter, Anna, but she’s busy now with her own daughter. I’ve given her strict orders to not over exert herself for several more weeks.”

Serafina stood behind the chair where Anderson sat, falling quiet and letting him ask his questions. Leah took her seat when he sat, and took up her tea again,”A pleasure to meet you as well, My Lord. I heard of jobs being offered here and thought it sounded like a good opportunity. Miss Serafina suggested I may be suitable for this position, but truly I’d be pleased with any job here. It’s a pretty high position to be starting out.”
  Yavanna / 180d 54m 12s
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