32nd Thedor, 229: Pondering the Week

Pondering the Week
Summary: Elisabeth and Eoin ponder the week in Sutherland, and he takes advantage of the time to have a little chat with her about recent events.
OOC Date: 01/Feb/2014
Related: Only one I couldn't log due to being on my phone alas.
Eoin Elisabeth 
Greenshire Suite - Darfield Castle
The main room for the apartments for the Greenshire family is very large but cozy and smells of herbs and flowers. The stone walls have been washed with paint; they are a soft sun-kissed yellow. On the stone floor woven rugs have been placed instead of rushes for the comfort of those staying there. In this room there is a long walnut bench; its back has been carved to show a farming scene. The bench also has comfortable cushions covered in a woven fabric with four ground colors: white, light blue, yellow-green, and pink, each print including red roses and blue flowers. It makes a lovely focal point for the room as it is sitting in front of the fire place at a comfortable distance, allowing room for more chairs near the fire. The large stone fireplace is flanked by two comfortable wooden chairs. The cushions of the chairs have been covered in a heavy light blue fabric. Before one of the chairs there is a small foot stool. Above the fireplace hang two bearded axes. They have an elaborate silver inlay, thus showing the status of the owner. The fireplace itself has an oak mantel that is heavily carved with a likeness in favor to each of the gods and goddesses of light. Sitting on the mantel are two silver candelabras holding bees wax candles. Near the fireplace in the corner there is a spinning wheel and small loom.
On the opposite side of the room near the two large windows overlooking the courtyard is a long oak table. Set around the table are matching heavy wood chairs. On the table there are two more silver candelabras. At each of the windows there are window boxes filled with herbs and flowers. On the wall near the table there is a large shield with the coat of arms of the Count's family and two ornate yew longbows inlaid with silver and gold rest beside it.
32nd Thedor, 229

With all the talk of a ship heading down to Sutherland early so the betrothed may tour, Eoin is now fed up of looking into the transport logistics. He is admiral, his ship is the flagship, he's got to make a show but it's no great secret that he'd rather be seeing to other matters instead. Still, for now he has escaped the planning and is currently sat in front of the fire sipping a hot mulled wine.

Elisabeth has spent the last day or so packing for herself for the trip and stay down south. For now she leaves her maid to finish with her stuff in the guest room that she has claimed for herself. She heads into the main sitting area and smiles to see her brother. "Eoin, a coin for your thoughts?" She asks as she moves over to take the seat near her brother. "You look much burdened."

Eoin glances up as he hears his sister's voice, leaning back a little in his chair as he does so. "Beth," he greets warmly, "I was just pondering how best to handle the logistical needs of this wedding. I would rather not find myself stuck in Southerland for a week while there is work needing doing elsewhere."

"Can such be done within a couple days of Sutherland so that you may leave us and take your leave?" Elisabeth suggests before a thoughtful expressions touches upon her features. "Though one might consider such a time when the court will be most vulnerable and at risk of attack. It may be that having the Admiral's ship there provide discouragement to such attack." She suggests though with a hint of unease in her voice. No doubt the memory of the pirate attack upon a certain family gather about a decade ago crossing her mind.

"I don't know," Eoin replies honestly, hence the pondering." A sip of his drink and then he continues, "I know the duke has had troubles with pirates, and the stupid ones might try and pick off a ship heading dowm for the festivities. All being well though they'll be well coveres though. No, my main concern os events that may develop here in the week between the first and second sailings. A week can be a long time and plans are afoot that I'd have prefered not to leave." A bigger dri k this time and then he says, "but enough about me. How are you sister? I hear the Princess will still be requiring your services once she is wed. Does this mean we are to be parted once more?"

"I do not envy you in your pondering. A weakness may be exploited whichever direction you go. Leave the bulk of the fleet here to protect the shore or would you wish to remain and send other ships with Kie..Captain Mowbray? I would much like this time with you if you feel it safe should I needs remain in Sutherland after the marriage. Though at least we are to return for the Duke Kincaid's tournaments." Elisabeth nods slightly to the last, "I was excited for the adventure, but it is scary as well to travel so far from home. At least I still have family."

"I'll work something out,"Eoin replies with a faint smile. His eyebrow does go up in unspoken question as she start to name Kieryn by first name, but he'd rather see what she'll volunteer than push for now. "I am glad that you will be back for a while at least. Although I suppose Southerland will likely be safer during the campaign season give it is so far south. I shall miss you though," he adds with a wry smile, "even if you are picking up your cousin's bad habits."

"Now which bad habits are those?" Elisabeth asks with amusement in her voice though it fades as she thinks upon the war to come. She reaches over to grab her brother's hand. "Promise me you will stay safe and always return to shore safe and sound." Oh to be faced with her brother being a part of the upcoming war and thinking on what it would be to be a wife of a Captain as well.

Well, it's probably good practice for the future weeks and months of not knowing that will come if she does marry Kieryn but Eoin gives his sister a slow nod. "Gods willing, he replies as he sets his other hand on her's, "I'll die an old man asleep in my bed." He lightens the tone then by switching back to the subject of habits. "You know exactly what I mean. Never doubt that I appreciate the thought dear sister, but please leave it be."

At the last Elisabeth at least manages to look a little shame faced. "I am sorry. I do love the company of you both and you seem happy together. That I was called away I swear was not planned. I will not meddle, but know it only has a sister's heart behind it, not politics. I think you both deserve such happiness." She says at least still young enough and innocent enough to believe in love matches though she understands the need for a political kind.

"I do not doubt that that part at least was unplanned," Eoin replies, keeping his expression relaxed. "In future though, I would take it as a kindness if you'd refrain from even what you did plan. Caedmon has promised to, as has Aldren." Wenna is perhaps noticeable in her absence from that list, but then he's half hoping she hasn't actually noticed yet.

"I promise." Elisabeth says softly to her brother as she looks up to him. "Though I hope it was not a bad morning, amoung friends?"

"It was a thoroughly delightful morning," Eoin replies, offering an arm should Beth require or indeed merely want a hug of reassurance. "I enjoyed the music and the opportunity to spend time with you both.,I meant what I said as well, you could enter the competition together."

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