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PostSubject: Dissent in the family   Dissent in the family Icon_minitimeSat Mar 08, 2008 10:44 pm

Outside the grand hall where the Confederacy gathered, in a side corridor, Gudrun and Lisette von Klein were having a soft but heated argument.

“Lisette,” Gudrun said with calm logic, “get off your high horse. Marinus Marchand has always been my particular friend and an honorable business associate. Stop beating around the bush and ask Chantilly if she’ll accept us into the Occidental Company!”

“Gudrun,” Lisette whined, “Chantilly hates me. She blames me for things. It was mein big mouth that caused mess!”

“Well then, why not go back to the Confederacy?” Gudrun replied with calm logic. “You’re miserable off on your own.”

“Ish am,” Lisette moaned. “And Confederates have sailed with me, even now, but...but...”

“But what?” Gudrun asked, exasperated and rolling her eyes.

“Well... the men... they don’t like me...” Lisette trailed off.

“Hrumpf!” Gudrun tossed her head. “It’s just that you don’t like men!”

Lisette shrugged helplessly. “But mein friends have left Confederacy...”

Gudrun sighed. “Fine lot of friends they are if they ignore you. Just because they’re women doesn’t mean they love you.”

Lisette whimpered. “I don’t want to crawl back, especially to those men in Confederacy.”

“Lisette, darling, you don’t have many choices.” Gudrun explained patiently. “Either crawl back, as you say, or strike out on your own. Mooning over a group that doesn’t want you is idiotic.”

“What about you?” Lisette asked.

“I’m going to ask Marinus if The Company wants me. If not, I’m going back to The Confederacy, raise some money and pay off my debts. It’s that simple.” Gudrun crossed her arms and looked sternly at Lisette.

Lisette wiped her eyes and looked away.
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PostSubject: Re: Dissent in the family   Dissent in the family Icon_minitimeSun Mar 09, 2008 10:19 am

Bognor clumped out of the hall, silently cursing the chafing of his wooden leg. Lost in thought, he turned into the wrong corridor and nearly ran into the Bavarian sisters.

He'd always been quite nevous around these particular ladies. (In truth, he's a bit nervous around ladies in general...) The younger sister, especially, made him uncomfortable. It seemed she'd cut your throat as look at you, especially if you uttered an ill-placed word.

Ever the gentleman, however, he doffed his hat and bowed. "I hope I see you well, today, dear ladies," he said. Though as he rose again, he could see that all was definitely not well with them.

He reddened perceptibly, as it seemed he'd interrupted a heated discussion -- one with significant emotional content, to judge by Lisette's tears. Bognor thought furiously: he could not remember if the sisters had indeed left the Confederacy or not, since he kept different hours than they. And even if they had, he'd no idea if they'd gone with the Company or some other option. In any event, his respect for them demanded that he not simply turn tail and walk away.

"Be of good cheer, my dears," he said, blurting the first thoughts that came to mind, "whatever calamity befalls you, know that you have loving friends throughout the burning sea." He glanced at Lisette, noting that she did not appear ready to cut his throat, and bowed once more. "I'll be taking my leave now, and see if I can find the correct corridor leading out of this place. G'day, ladies."

With that he turned and left before either sister had gotten over their shock at his interruption long enough to utter a word.
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PostSubject: Re: Dissent in the family   Dissent in the family Icon_minitimeSun Mar 09, 2008 12:39 pm

Mam never felt very comfortable in society, not that she doesn’t like people, but she’s so shy...Even though she learned the language the Confederacy members speak, Mam is not totally fluent in it and she often fear to be misunderstood and make mistake when she wish to express herself.

To make her feel better, she sometimes looks for and find a quiet place where she can calmly smell seawater. It was one of these times. She was on a balcony at the end of a corridor where the Von Klein sisters were talking together.

Hearing the sisters, Fantastik was thinking that she doesn’t really know those ladies. She crossed them on a wharf or another, in a tavern, but never had a conversation with them. Mam had always been treated correctly and politely by every gentleman in the confederacy and only saw them treating every lady here the same way. Never had she heard anyone telling unpleasant things about anyone, not more the Von Klein sisters than anyone else.

Mam thought for herself “They seem sad. I hope those ladies will find a place where they will both feel at home. If they come back to the Confederacy, maybe I’ll have a chance to know them a little better. I’m quite sure everyone here will be happy to welcome them.”

Fantastik left the balcony, greet the Von Klein sisters with a smile and went to meet her husband, telling him what she heard. He does agree with his wife thought. Capt’n LeMay had talked to one of the Von Klein a few times and he thought she was a nice person that he would be happy to know her better. As for the other sister, he doesn’t know her really, but she couldn’t be that different and he would welcome her also.
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PostSubject: Re: Dissent in the family   Dissent in the family Icon_minitimeMon Mar 17, 2008 7:14 pm

Valentin stumbled out of the tavern with a glass of wine in his hand. He had been celebrating with a few of his fellow officers in the Bordeaux Detachment. They're a lively bunch of Frenchmen, known for heavy drinking and throwing money around. A bordello tart walked up to him, observing the state he was in and grabbed his arm, reaching her other hand into his pocket searching for some loose change. He was onto her game though and flung her away and let fly some well chosen and artful obscenities. She walked away in disgust and parried with an equally well chosen hand sign.

He stumbled in the general direction of the dock, although he was a bit turned around due to the darkness and his pitching and heaving perceptions. After navigating a corner, rather unnaval-like, he ran across the ladies in the midst of their heated discussion. Rather than interrupt, he hung in the shadows and eavesdropped. He listened for a while, started at the comment about men, and then continued meandering to the dock. If anyone had been close enough to hear it, they would have heard him mumble, "Femmes, quelles créatures compliquées" and heard his signature chuckle.

Valentin stumbled onboard his ship. His manservant quickly ran up to greet him and escorted him to his cabin. "Did anyone see?" the manservant thought. Valentin slept like that dead the evening.
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