(122-08-21) A Discussion Over Tea
A Discussion Over Tea
Summary: Julien runs into Lillian and the two have a pleasant chat over tea.
Date: 21/08/2015
Related: http://gobmush.wikidot.com/log:122-08-11-clothes-and-adorable

Hightower and Citadel Streets - Oldtown

Here Hightower Street's course curves from its upper East-West run to follow the river. The narrower River Road continues North, past The Citadel and out the Honey Gates to follow the riverbanks all the way North to Brightwater Keep.

The northern course of the Honeywine is slender and deep. The banks of the river have been improved in a number of places, walling it in to keep it narrow enough to be easily spanned by narrow bridges of stone and timber. Small streams spill into it here and there, some from the surface and some from tunnels running under the streets.

Another cobblestone road leads Northwest to where the Citadel squats alongside the river forebodingly, all stony and thick-walled. Perhaps a quarter mile downriver from the Citadel's narrow Acolytes' Gate is the old Quill and Tankard, that famous inn that has never closed in six hundred years. It stands on a little island not far out into the Honeywine, accessible by a small foodbridge. Most the buildings further South of the inn are far newer, and sparkling clean. Large, expensive manses shrouded in gardens and shrubbery overlook the river.

Hightower Street is wide, clean, and lined on either side with apple trees and stone benches. The river-boats that travel this area are quite finely crafted, with luxurious furnishings, bright new paint, and sound timbers. Looking south, one can see the blazing beacon of the Hightower looming over the city.

The shops here cater to those with rich tastes. Baubles, jewelry, silks, satins, finely wrought armor and armaments, and varies other shiny things meant to catch the eye of well-to-do city-dwells with stags or dragons burning holes in their purses.

It is a nice day on one of the clean and high streets a river boat is docked with brightly colored sails, there is a whispering in another language on the wind, and moments after the Hightower noble is walking next to a squire who carries a large crate. The woman stops to look within the shop windows.

Casually strolling along the street is a ginger man closer to the height of a woman then an average man leading a horse along the street, likely a rented horse given its look, though still a good horse by the look. Spotting a familiar face Julien moves along to intercept as they are going roughly the same direction anyway and says, "Greetings my Lady, I trust the day is treating you well?" in a curious, formal tone.

Lillian looks to her cousin, and she nods her head slightly "things are well, new shipment of clothes for the theater." she says quietly as she looks over the man. "How are things with you and yours?"

Julien nods and says, "Your cousins are well, as am I." politely as he closes the gap to walk next to her and offers his free arm formally as he says, "Forgive my state, I was swimming a bit earlier." The only real sign of his claim is that his hair is a bit damp, but not overly much as though he's been walking for awhile outdoors.

Lillian laughs "is that so, you braved the sea, or did you simply take a bath?" she teases as her arm curls round his arm, "why are you here? Did you want some cofee or perhaps tea?" she points to a shop along the road as her knights squire holds the large crate rather wobbly

Julien smiles softly and says, "I went out of the town upriver a bit to swim in the river. I prefer swimming in rivers as I'm accustom to the Cockleswent. I was on my way back to the manse, though for a Hightower I could certainly accompany you if you would like the company." in a polite tone.

Lillian nods her head "well if you would not mind perhaps a little tea would be good, the squire needs more practice at holding parcels." she says as she moves to the nearby shop and pauses before one of the outside tables.

Julien nods and says, "It would be my pleasure My Lady." smiling softly and secures the horse he is leading by the reigns before moving to the table, and holds a chair out for his cousin by marriage. Once seated he then slides the chair forward before sitting across from her and asks, "What are you shopping for if I may ask Lady Lillian?" in a conversational tone.

Lillian says, "oh…here?" she asks as she looks to her cousin, her eyes playful a little with him as she flirts subtly. She shakes her head lightly "I do not really know, sometimes one just needs to look, and shop to get an idea about what one might like in the future. I suppose it is the woman in me". she smiles gently "how are you fairing? everything going well?""

Julien nods and says, "I am doing well thank you. Forgive my harsh words in regards to my daughter last we spoke. Madalyn reminded me your words were those of surprise not offense. I do not like discussing my former wife and I would thank you to not bring her up, but Marcella is indeed a legitimately born Lady. Fortunately she and your cousin get along as mother and daughter no different then if Madalyn had given birth to her personally." His tone is short, serious, and slightly terse as he speaks of his ex-wife, though as he speaks of the mother-daughter bond with Marcella and Madalyn his tone shifts to something more pleasant and proud.

Lillian says, "actually M'lord I would like to know how the lady died… that is the only way for a marriage to ceise is it not?" she asks her tone curious "just this once, indulge me.. " she asks quietly as she orders herself a cup of tea."

Julien grows silent for a few minutes, in fact the tea arrives first before he finally says, "I would prefer not to discuss the matter if you don't mind." Whatever it is, it is clearly a source of great anger and resentment on his part. If the answer can be learned, it won't be from Julien.

Lillian shrugs "pity…" she eyes the man "how am I to know you are not practicing Bigamy?" her voice steady then she rolls her shoulders. "you know, its not my buisness." she says suddenly "I am sure my cousin knew what she was agreeing to"

Julien nods and says, "I had been without a wife for five years when we wed, also the logical proof is that it is rare for a recognized legitimate daughter doesn't live with her mother if she is still the legitimate wife." His tension has eased some, but not fully as the topic continues. He then pauses and adds, "You have bolts of cloth or groceries I assume then?" as he tries to change the subject gesturing to the crate.

Lillian nods letting him change the subject for now, "cloth for the theater, I am going to help instruct how to sew the designs for the new play." she says softly.

Julien nods and says, "I have been told my sister is to play some part. Not exactly something I am pleased with given the type of women who are normally on stage during plays, but I have been assured Ser Loryn runs a respectable theater and nothing will take place which will lay question on her honor or decency."

Lillian nods her head a little "I have not seen one of the plays to be honest, I just help with the cloth ordering and instruction over the designs.. oversee the work of the seemsters and all that." she smiles

Julien nods and says, "I've been told she will only be singing, if so and if the establishment is respectable enough it should be acceptable. My sister Alyssandra has a beautiful voice and she should get some recognition for it. How else are you spending your time aside from delivering bolts of cloth and instruction to those who no doubt have less skill then yourself in your craft?" curiously.

Lillian says, "isnt that enough Lord?" she asks a smile to her lips "I suppose there should be more to my day?" she asks him "what is it you do besides your profession M'lord?" she teases"

Julien says, "I am the heir to my House, most of my attention is on that. That said I enjoy swimming, always have. I actually taught my baby sister, my daughter, and I am teaching my eldest son how to swim."

Lillian nods her head a little "I do not know .. how to swim myself, I dance and ride, I could perform well in a lancing toury." she grins as she watches him gently charming.

Julien nods as he seems to either be ignoring the playfulness or simply oblivious to it as he says, "I can dance as well as I can ride, but I am passable at best really. I'd offer to teach you how to swim but I've only taught children, also it might raise too many brows for me to teach a Lady of your distinction." in a casual, polite tone.

Lillian tisks "you are my cousin, we could do so with the presence of guards, but…" she stands then "if that is your wish I should go now, the linguist dose not like me missing my lessons."

Julien nods and says, "I will think about it and discuss it with your cousin." as he stands and bows formally saying, "My apologies for delaying you from your lessons My Lady. Do you require an escort to your lessons?" in a formal, polite tone, perhaps as an apology for delaying her.

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