Trewsday night, 00:35. A star-filled sky hangs above the far realm. The two moons are vibrant thanks in part to the sparse cloud coverage. Low winds keep it chilly and remind all winter is upon them. Temps: -3C/25F lows and 1C/33F highs.
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As predicated, Maude and Zoroaster vanish from Jade’s radar. She knows exactly where they are heading, but the sun blood holds not one ounce of fear. The Prince’s minions will find neither Crux, nor Polaris in the cells. And if the old man has any sense, he will have long made himself scarce from the magic shop her faithful familiar took him to.
(The first seed of discord within the kingdom…) A half-smirk dances across Jade’s face. (I will just need to fan the flames.) Her dark eyes dance over to the throne. (And it will be mine.) Butterflies fill the heliade’s stomach. She has lay awake countless nights dreaming of the day she will overthrow Kelani’s bloodline. It’s only poetic for her rebellion to begin on Sovall.
Jade’s gaze searches for Tia. Her plans are far from over – and she fully intends to keep a close eye on the current royals until she can play her endgame. (Cut the head off the snake and the kingdom will crumble.)
The sun blood’s focus returns to Teo. He winks. And she’s repulsed. Although Jade refuses to let it show upon her face. Instead, she offers her charge a regal nod. (With Teo in charge, the kingdom will be begging for new leadership. My leadership.)
If Teo is distracted, then Heidi is none the wiser as she dances on cloud nine. Her thoughts do not linger on senile old men and their dead wives, but on how closely she finds her body to the Crowned Prince's. She rides a heady rush as other party guests pass by in a blur as she and her royal dance partner move across the floor in unison.
And when she finds his cheek pressed against hers, the young elf loses all sense of the world. It takes her a moment to even pick up on the fact that Teo has asked her a question.
"I'm not sure..." Heidi says, hesitant to share her opinion. She honestly had not given the thing much thought. However... "It is odd that the coffin has been sealed magically. That's not a typical burial tradition, though I suppose it could be one to prevent the deceased from being disturbed."
Heidi pulls back so that she can look upon Teo's face as she answers his query. "I would just assume that it's a dead woman who continues to be disturbed even in death. The whole thing is tragic, really."
Inhibited before by anxieties surrounding the continuation of the graveyard mystery, the mead and wine are beginning to flow freely through Teo. He's more at ease now than he's been in days. His most trusted adviser and a surly old elf are out handling his affairs; he's teetering on the threshold between tipsy and inebriated; and he's got a beautiful young woman pressed against him, one with fantasies of being in royalty as much as current royalty is fantasizing about being in her.
Still close down beside her cheek and ear, Teo slowly spins Heidi around so that now she's the one looking at Jade. The Prince, instead, looks out on a sea of dancers and subjects. His mother was nowhere to be seen. Who, besides his lead royal guard, would really notice if he slipped away for a few moments?
"The real tragedy here is that in all the fuss I haven't found time to give you a tour of the castle," he whispers to his dancing partner. His coded language hopefully doesn't draw unwanted attention from anyone in the room who heard him, although he also runs the risk of being misinterpreted by Heidi. The Lady Wiehl would kill me if I bedded her niece, he thinks to himself, but has had one or two drinks too many to stop himself from going down this attempt he's already begun to set in motion. "To come all this way and not even see the treasures of my quarters. A pity."
The ball continues in full swing. But even now, Jade is very aware of the separation between herself and the roaring crowd. She remembers what it was once like to be one of them. To sleepwalk through life - avoiding a simple truth: that they are being ruled over by the very creatures that forced their ancestors to flee their homeland.
Humans take and take and take until there is nothing left. Mages should know this better than anyone else. Well soon enough, Jade is going to wake everyone up. She’s going to make everybody see.
(The Oracle has left…) Jade notes, as she both searches the room and reaches out with her SENSES. There’s no one that shouldn’t be lurking out in the halls. (Shame. He has his uses.) Her mind flickers to the day Teagan divined her mother’s death. It was a painful truth, but one she had to hear to move on with her life. (And I should keep him close…)
Then Teo makes a move on Heidi. He’s inebriated and clumsy, and far less suave than he likes to believe. Jade has to hold back a scoff. She’s had to endure being a witness to his conquests with countless men and women. (How many of them would have slept with him if he wasn’t the Prince?)
Jade shakes off her line of thought. Teo is no threat to her and her schemes. Especially not in this state, so she puts her focus elsewhere. There are many pawns to put in place and the heliade knows exactly what is next on her agenda.
(Where are the Dryads?) The heliade’s dark eyes bounce across the sea of people. She was privy to the guest list and knows there should be at least one Dryad in the crowd. It’s time for a Fae to Fae talk.
The young elfin woman gives a chortled laugh as Teo spins her round so that they inevitably switch places. Her eyes dazzle as she gazes at him. How did she become so lucky to experience this? Who could even dream of such a thing? There's no way this night could be any more perfect...
"..."To come all this way and not even see the treasures of my quarters..."
Except one way.
She is enjoying the dance part of the night, but the idea that she and Teo could secret away among the halls of the castle sends her thoughts into a flurry. It would mean nothing, of course. It's not as though she expects to have caught his eye and now they're just dancing their way towards a Happily Ever After. Still, it's an experience she could hardly pass up.
"I would like that very much," she says with an earnest nod and dazzling eyes. "Just lead the way."
("I would like that very much. Just lead the way.")
Teo was only slightly surprised by how easy that had been. But then again, he had been working toward this end for some time now, hadn't he? Beginning with escorting the young elf to the cemetery, flirting all the while, through ensuring she'd be in attendance at tonight's ball and accompanying festivities.
Perhaps he'd never given simple, naive Heidi enough credit. Maybe he'd underestimated just how badly she wanted a taste of royalty. In any case, he was going to give her one if she'd let him. With a final twirl that pressed their bodies together, Teo redirected Heidi's line of sight so that she was now facing the doorway her aunt and his adviser had used to make their exit some time ago. "Shall we?" he asked, before guiding their way, his hand resting on the small of her back.
Having traversed the throne room-turned-ballroom, Teo led Heidi out into the first floor halls.