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Ask W2 D3 MM Broderick Venture Adala Venture Aaron Elariel

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#1 Broderick Venture

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:43 AM

A new day had dawned over Luthadel, and Broderick couldn't have been more excited. The surprise executions a couple days ago had disrupted the whole city's lives, but things had finally settled down and it was business as usual again. And now that that had happened, it was time to have a little fun!

A new cousin had arrived from the country, to experience the court and find herself a husband, as cousins from the various branch of the family often did. She was older than most of them, but not by much, and seemed like plenty of fun besides. Broderick had resolved to befriend her as soon as possible, and had been looking for an opportunity to seek her out.

And so it was that, after finally dragging himself out of bed and making sure Father wouldn’t catch him for all-day training, Broderick finally sent out a servant to track down his new cousin. She was in the library apparently, so he headed that way, careful to avoid anyone who looked like they worked for Father.

He found her at last, perusing what looked like the romance novels. That was probably a good thing to remember; cousins or not, Broderick was always in the habit of remembering what girls liked. But now was not the time to lurk in the background. And so he put on his best grin and strode forward, came swinging with every step he took.

“Goooood morning, cousin!” he said happily. “Find anything that suits your fancy?”

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#2 Adala Venture


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:12 AM

Adala was in the library for some peace in quiet. It had been... trying, the last few days, to put it lightly. She'd arrived at Luthadel during the executions, and come to a keep in disarray. And in the days since she'd found out many startling things, a ball had been crashed, her own cousin had murdered an Elariel and been killed in turn, and the skaa were rebelling.

That last revelation was what had sent her scurrying to the library. She needed to think. She was so used to hating the skaa that she rarely thought about it anymore. It was just a part of life, like the sky or the ash. But this, this made her reevaluate that hatred. Because after all, weren't the skaa doing exactly what she'd thought they should? Weren't they proving themselves more then just gutless wretches?

Except they were proving this by murdering nobles. And they would have no problems murdering her, and everyone she knew and loved, if it suited their plans. In the face of that realization, her approval of their actions withered and died, poisoned by cold hard reality.

They may not deserve her hate for letting themselves be oppressed, but they could deserve it for wanting to kill her. If that was hypocritical of her, she didn't care. Adala liked living.

Having finally puzzled out her feelings she'd decided to start on the second reason she'd come to the library, to peruse the romance section.

To her delight, it was much vaster then her own, which only made sense given that the Venture library was far larger then her own home's, and she'd selected several volumes to start reading when one of her cousins sauntered into the library, looking and acting like he deserved to be in one of the books she was holding rather then real life.

"Actually yes," she said, trying not to sound too excited, "for some reason the Keep has an advance copy of Dusk's sequel," somehow, she stopped herself from gushing about the novel, "it is quite the find. But, surely you aren't here to talk to me about my taste in books, is there something you want cousin?"

Edited by Noelle, 28 December 2012 - 03:14 AM.


#3 Broderick Venture

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:21 AM

Dusk? The name sounded familiar to Broderick. It was apparently quite popular among noblewomen, even among those who were normally too old for romance novels. Broderick himself had never read it, of course; he wasn't particularly interested in novels, and Father would probably burn the book if he found it in Broderick's rooms anyways.

"Actually, there is," Broderick said, grinning, in answer to Adala's question. "I seem to have escaped this morning's training, and I was wondering if perhaps you would care to see more of the city. Learn your way around and all that, and possibly meet a few more people. What do you say?"

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#4 Adala Venture


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:34 AM

"That is a kind offer, but I really must," she paused for a moment, about to decline his thoughtful offer so she could read her books, when she remembered rather abruptly why she was in Luthadel, and how it did not involve indulging her childish interests in any way, but instead to find a husband. Her cousin would of course know many marriageable men and he might even introduce her to some at the next ball if she didn't brush him off right now. So she changed her mind mid sentence and said, "...get out of this dusty library and see the city with you. That sounds lovely." Adala tried not to sound too unenthusiastic, but Mists was right there in her arms, begging to be read.

Edited by Noelle, 28 December 2012 - 03:34 AM.


#5 Broderick Venture

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:41 AM

She was going to say no. He was sure of it. She was...

... saying yes, actually. How about that?

"Excellent!" he said, his grin growing all the brighter. It had been terribly disappointing to think she might not want to come - partially because he wanted to get to know this new cousin of his, and partially because that would mean finding some other way to avoid having to train all day. He was thrilled that Father seemed to be taking more notice of him lately, but he still had a life of his own to attend to. Even if that life was comprised mostly of doing nothing productive whatsoever.

"Shall we, then? Don't worry; I won't keep you from your studies all day." He winked, and offered her an arm. This was going to be an excellent day.

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#6 Adala Venture


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:46 AM

His bright smile made her happy she said yes, for all Luthadel was supposed to be a bed a political intrigue, Broderick, at least, seemed genuine. If it was an act, for today at least, Adala did not want to see through it. She wanted to enjoy the sights with her cousin, and learn a bit about her new home.

"That sounds wonderful, cousin" she said, placing her books down before taking his arm, "Lead on."

Edited by Noelle, 28 December 2012 - 03:46 AM.


#7 Broderick Venture

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 04:45 AM

Lead on, she had said, and that was exactly what Broderick did. After sending a couple of servants for ashcloaks and whatnot, and having a carriage brought around, he was finally ready to begin the tour.

He decided to start with the important social places first, so if they had to turn back sooner rather than later, at least she would have fun places to go.

Their first destination was surprisingly close by the Keep; they could have walked there if they really wanted, but Broderick wasn't sure how many places they would visit, or if there would be an ashfall, or if Adala even wanted to walk in the first place. It was far better to be safe.

"Destination number one," he announced as he hopped out of the carriage and offered her his hand. "Ahlstrom Square, the premier location for lollygagging, lively lords and ladies, and occasionally, lovely but ludicrous, er, something. Blast, I was so close. I suppose that's what I get for choosing a difficult letter.

"Anyways" On the other side of the square there, you can see Keeps Casuana - that's the one that the skaa set on fire recently - and Lekal. Care to see who's out and about?"

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#8 Aaron Elariel


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:30 PM

Aaron tried his best not to look like he was being pursued as he entered the sunbathed Ahlstrom Square. The square was just beginning to accumulate it's mid-morning bustle. Small groups of nobles wandered throughout, settling on benches, standing against walls, or enjoying the peaceful sounds of a fountain as they began another day of socializing. Normally, Aaron tired quickly of the empty pleasantries that often characterized typical conversations in Ahlstrom square. Today, however, he felt a little frivolity was just what he needed. Besides, for all he knew, a friendly face was lurking just around the corner. With the fall out from the ball, it felt like he hadn't seen some of his friends in ages. Who knew, perhaps he might even find Marisha here. He had met her here that first time, so he knew she frequented the square from time to time. Perhaps...

Perhaps nothing. How could she forgive you after the way you treated her? The best thing you can do for Marisha now is to forget about her and leave her be.

Aaron allowed himself to look over his shoulder one last time, half expecting to see Viridian lurking in the shadows behind him. While he and the mistborn had no scheduled practice session at the moment, she seemed to enjoy filling the few idle moments he could find for himself with more training.

He had left his carriage a few blocks back, and ordered the driver to continue on without him, in the hopes of shaking any tails. Leaving the carriage, and with it the last of his retinue, behind, Aaron felt almost like his own man again. He'd even attempted to pick a pocket on the way to the square, burning iron periodically to check for coins. He'd figured out how long he could get away with burning a metal without his location being pinpointed by a seeker with Daerra. They had spent hours on the darkened grounds together, Aaron pulling himself around and then extinguishing his metals as quickly as possible while Daerra tried to locate him blindfolded with cotton in her ears. Aaron could still remember to look of disdain on her face when he had purposely come crashing into her, knocking them both to the ground, and then how the two of them had both been consumed by a fit of laughter.

Had it all been a game? Even then? Had her laughter ever been genuine, or was it all just a ploy, meant to bring them closer together so she could use him? She was real, he told himself. She is real. The sister he had known and loved was still in there, somewhere. Perhaps someday, she would find her way out, and then they could be together then. Until then, Aaron was still resolved to stay out of Daerra's life entirely. It would be better that way, for both of them.

After hesitating too long, Aaron had decided against picking the man's pocket. Normally he approached thieving boldly, and acted by instinct, only rarely hesitating or missing a beat. It was not the coin, but the challenge and rush of adrenaline he desired. Hoping to experience that familiar feeling of competency and confidence, Aaron had been prepared to pull on the man he was tailing's shoe buckle just so, causing him to trip slightly, and then palm the man's purse as he helped him to his feet. It was an easy manoeuvre, and one he had done a thousand times. Today, however, he hadn't been able to go through with it. He had felt paralyzed with fear and indecisive. Images of what would happen if the Elariel heir was caught stealing like a common urchin flashed through his head again and again, preventing him from settling into that formerly familiar state of instinct and focus.

His new life was making him jumpy and paranoid. All the more reason to take a much needed break when he got the chance. Aaron felt a genuine smile begin to spread across his face as he entered the square and began looking for recognizable forms and faces.

He found one sooner than he had expected, but not one he wanted to approach. Winston, his other minder, was sitting chatting with a young woman, whose posture said she was about to take her leave. Aaron felt he had seen her or been introduced to her sometime before, but he couldn't quite place her face. Daerra would have known instantly. She always seemed to know everybody, but Aaron had always had a more difficult time keeping track of all the acquaintances, friends, and relatives he was introduced to. The girl had the Deveaux colouring and features, but somehow that didn't feel right to Aaron. Perhaps she belonged to another house that was related to the Deveaux's some how.

Aaron thoughts left the girl as he realized the gravity of his situation. Since he had met Winston, his distant cousin had proven to be incredibly observant and diligent, traits that were made almost infallible by his skill with tin. Aaron had no doubt that if Winston managed to accost him, he would spend the next while on his way back to the keep to do some 'much needed' tutelage in the Elariel coding system. Knowing Winston, the man likely had notes on his person, so they need not even wait to begin studying until they got home. Luckily, Winston's back was turned, and his attention was likely taken up by the young lady in front of him, and the crowd that was slowly beginning to build up in the square. Aaron quickly fell into step with a small group of people moving out of the square, began to circle around and act natural, not daring to even look at Winston longer than he had to, lest his cousin sense his gaze somehow.

Aaron could only think of two ways to save his desired morning off from imminent demise by studying. One, he could wait for Winston's conversation to be done, and then hope his cousin didn't see him as he exited the square. Right, he thought. Count on Winston not noticing something. Because that's likely. That left him with the second option, which was to engage someone in conversation who was important enough for Winston not to interrupt them, even if he did notice Aaron. Who knew, Ahlstrom square was a big place, and it was quickly filling with fresh faces. Perhaps if Aaron was already in a group, Winston really wouldn't notice him. Perhaps he wouldn't care. After all, part of his duty as heir was to interact with the other high nobility, so why would he need to be interrupted when he was doing his job? Whether not he was having fun while doing it was his own business.

Casting his gaze across the square, Aaron anxiously sought for a familiar high ranked face belonging to someone who could save his morning.



#9 Adala Venture


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:48 PM

"Anyways, on the other side of the square there, you can see Keeps Casuana - that's the one that the skaa set on fire recently - and Lekal. Care to see who's out and about?"

Adala took back what she'd thought before, Broderick couldn't be genuine, no one should be able to be so chevalier about skaa rebelling. But instead of wincing, or asking him if there was something wrong, or doing any number of perfectly reasonable things, Adala took his hand, smiled prettily, and said, "Really how interesting, were you there to see it?" as she climbed out of the carriage.

Edited by Noelle, 28 December 2012 - 10:49 PM.


#10 Broderick Venture

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:58 PM

"Oh, somewhat," Broderick answered, helping Adala down from the carriage. "Some personal business arose that meant I arrived to the ball rather late indeed; by the time I got there, the keep was already on fire and people were running around all over the place. I stayed long enough to make sure Nevan was alright, we got attacked by a few skaa on the way home, and we ended up making our way back to the keep on foot." He frowned thoughtfully. "Nasty business, the skaa rebellion. I can't believe they'd just up and attack a noble ball like that.

"But I'm pretty sure you probably don't want to dwell on that right after moving here, do you?" he asked with an apologetic expression. "Don't worry; the Inquisitors will deal with it before much longer, I'm sure. Come on, let's see if we can find someone interesting in this crowd, hm?"

True to his word, Broderick offered her his arm and led the way in an ambling circuit of the square, looking around for someone, anyone, who could take the focus off rebellious skaa and return it to having a pleasant day. A few minutes passed without promise, and Broderick was almost ready to suggest moving on, when he spotted a familiar face: Aaron. Bingo.

"Ah, now here we are!" he said happily, directing their path toward his friend. "Now here's a good friend if ever I saw one." He grinned, then raised his voice a little as they approached.

"Ho, Aaron! Come and meet my new cousin!"

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#11 Aaron Elariel


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:25 PM

"Ho, Aaron! Come and meet my new cousin!" A bright and cheery grin spread across Aaron's face as Broderick Venture's voice met his ears. Broderick was perfect! He shared Nevan's good natured humour but as third in line for the house title, Broderick was usually not as wrapped up in politics as his cousin was, and his speaking with Aaron would occasion less remark. Furthermore, repairing relations with the Ventures was high on the Elariel agenda right now, so if he was spotted by Winston, Aaron was confident that his cousin would see him talking to a high profile Venture, and leave him be. Finally, it seemed like the Lord Ruler's luck was back on his side again.

"Broderick Venture!" Aaron said with one of his brightest smiles and a polite bow. "Aren't you a sight for sore eyes. I was beginning to fear you Ventures were hiding from me. I don't think I've seen any of you since the executions!" Idiot! The executions are probably the last thing they want to hear about! Furthermore, Aaron realized he had likely just inadvertently reminded both Broderick and his companion of the current tension between their houses. Stupid!

Hoping to save the jovial mood, Aaron plowed on, turning his attention to Broderick's companion. He didn't recognize her, but that made sense if by 'new' Broderick meant she was new to Luthadel. She was pretty enough, with prominent features, and seemed to be about Aaron's age, with the characteristic Venture height and colouring.

"Ah, and it seems my quick tongue has beat your to the punch for making introductions. What luck!" Aaron turned to the woman and smiled politely. "It is my absolute pleasure to make your acquaintance, milady," he said, bowing slightly and offering to take her hand in greeting. "I am Lord Aaron Elariel. And, if you are quicker than your cousin, I hope you will grant me the favour of first hearing your name said with your own voice. I always feel people are best introduced when they give their own names. Knowing your cousin, I wouldn't be surprised if he mispronounced something, which would do you a terrible disservice."

Aaron gave Broderick a friendly wink out of the corner of his eye to take away any bite that might have crept into his teasing. Being around Broderick had instantly brought him back to that place of mirth and good cheer he had been missing since Mikhail's death, and he didn't want to risk botching things now that he felt he was just getting warmed up again.



#12 Adala Venture


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 12:32 AM

She'd thought Broderick had been straight from a romance novel.

Aaron put him to shame.

He acted exactly, exactly like Lord Darcy. Charming, witty, genuine-

Adala stopped herself, there was that word again. She needed to stop using that word, it had no place in Luthadel. The man was just being polite, as any gentleman would to a lady he had not met and did not know the reputation of, and she was taking it completely the wrong way.

But it had been so very long since a man had looked at her like that, smiling and friendly and happy to see her, even if it was politeness. In Urteau there'd always been a hint of unease when they talked to her, but there was none of it here.

So Adala couldn't help but bask in it for a moment, and the smile she gave Aaron was quite sincere, "You are too kind, Lord Elariel." she said, giving him her hand, "My Name is Adala Venture."

It was only when his name passed her lips when she remembered one of the many new things she'd learned in the last few days. Elariel and Venture were not on good terms. This gave her pause, for a moment, before she decided to just follow Aaron's lead and act like there wasn't anything wrong between their families.

Edited by Noelle, 29 December 2012 - 12:33 AM.


#13 Broderick Venture

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:39 AM

"And there, now you've met," Broderick said when they were done. "Introducing yourselves and all that, like you wished, and making me look like I was raised by koloss. For shame, Aaron; everyone knows Aldwin is the one who always brags about his koloss butlers or whatever they are, and you should think better of me than that.

"Koloss are so last year here in Luthadel," Broderick added to Adala with a mischievous wink. "Everybody here knows that nowadays, only the finest in trained mistwraiths will do. Much more refined. Don't you agree, Aaron?"

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#14 Aaron Elariel


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:22 PM

Aaron smiled. Why was it that none of his new tutors or bodyguards knew how to banter properly? "Ah yes," he said, "I've heard of House Venture's legendary mistwraiths. However, while you know I hate to disagree, Lord Broderick, I'm afraid I must for fear of being fanciful and ridiculous in front of your cousin. We can't let her go off into the world thinking such things are truly in fashion!" Aaron spared Adala and conspiratorial wink, hoping to let her into the fun. Thus far, she seemed to be rather shy, and Aaron didn't want his fun to come at the expense of excluding her from their conversation.

"After all, while some might insist that mistwraith servants are the obligators pajamas, I have it from very reliable sources that this season's hireling of choice is the elusive ash fairy." Aaron gestured dramatically out at the rest of the square.

"They don't come out on days like this, of course," he added. "They prefer to come out during ash falls, when they are harder to spot. However, few servants can compare to them in terms of elegance, grace, and good service. I can see you doubt my assertions, however, I'm sure you'll come around once you witness the innate competency of the ash fairy first hand at my family's ball."



#15 Adala Venture


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:05 PM

A less charitable person might have called their behavior foolish, but it only made Adala giddy. To find not one, but two men who were willing to joke around, and not tread lightly along, following what was polite and mannerly for a noble to do, was quite the find.

It was soured some when Aaron seemed to think that she did not know they were joking. Surely he would not assume her too stupid to realize it was all in good fun. However a moment later he continued his jesting, and Adala realized he did not mean that in the slightest, which was a relief, she'd been searching for people like Aaron and Broderick for far to long. She didn't want them to think that she was too clueless to get their jokes. And surely, the only proper thing to do was play along.

"Pray tell me more about these ash fairies, Lord Elariel," she pouted, it was an over the top pout, meant to be silly rather then cute, "In Urteau they often talk about Luthadel and it's fashions, but I've heard no talk of this, it makes me feel quite behind the times."

I can play this game too.

Edited by Noelle, 29 December 2012 - 11:05 PM.


#16 Aaron Elariel


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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:32 AM

She wants to know about Ash Fairies? Aaron couldn't help but like Broderick's cousin. Perhaps it was just the Elariels from elsewhere that were stiff and boring, though Aaron supposed that Winston might not be exactly representative. So many of the new comers to Luthadel that Aaron had met were unique and interesting. Only there a week, and Lucille was already quickly becoming one of Aaron's close friends, he hadn't jumped through Aldwin or Efram's window that night a few days ago, after all. Adala too, seemed to be fun to be around in the few moments Aaron had known her and Marisha...

Think of her later, Aaron told himself angrily, upset that he had soured his good humour. He still hadn't seen her since the ball. Luthadel was a big place, and thus it wasn't surprising that he and Marisha had not yet crossed paths, after all, they didn't exactly run in the same circles, especially now that Aaron's circles were increasingly being filled by tutors, body guards, and relatives, but even so, he couldn't help but feel she was avoiding him. And why shouldn't she, after what happened?

"I'm afraid I don't have much else to say," replied Aaron after only a brief pause. He didn't want Adala to think he was moody, after all, especially since she seemed to enjoy joking around. However, Aaron couldn't help but feel that his cheer felt more forced than a moment before, and hoped that it wasn't overly obvious to his companions. "Ash Fairies are, by nature, quite secretive you see. Another factor contributing to their superiority as servants. Why, they spend so much time ensuring no one knows anything about them, on top of excellent service mind you, that they have no time at all to spare for gossip or betrayal, meaning all of their master's secrets are quite safe."

"But Lord Broderick, you scoundrel," he continued, hoping to move on before his brief lapse was noticed, and before he was forced to make up anything else about whatever 'ash fairies' were. "You've let us become side-tracked, tactlessly steering us into a conversation comparing inhuman servants, of all things. Now, I suppose we are nobles and gentlemen, and thus a certain amount of discussion must be allotted to topics of the dismally dull variety. However you lured me over here with the promise of a far more interesting discussion, to do with your lovely cousin, one Lady Adala Venture."

"So Lady Adala," Aaron said, returning his attention to his newest acquaintance, "You mentioned a familiarity with the fashions of Urteau. You are a member of the Urteau branch of your family then? What brings you to Luthadel?" There, hopefully now he could get Adala talking about herself. She seemed to like to talk, now that she had been given the opportunity. Hopefully, Aaron had managed to bring her out of her shell enough to talk for a while, sparing him the necessity of doing so. Listening to her would be a welcome break from listening to lectures, or to the memories and self-reprimands that seemed to dominate his thoughts of late.



#17 Adala Venture


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Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:04 PM

Adala was a little put out that Aaron did not seem to want to go on about the ash faeries. She had been hoping for him to spin a yarn about them, letting her egg him on at proper intervals, but that was not meant to be. Instead he wanted to know about her.

Oh dear.

'If I were you I would be more careful when speaking to a potential suitor.' Rhea Venture's words echoed in her head, and Adala tried to ignore them. After all Aaron wasn't a potiential suitor, was he? Surely the heir of the Elariels would not look twice at a country noblewomen, no matter what house she hailed from, and more importantly she didn't want to lie to this charming man. She didn't want to repay his kindness, however slight, with falsehoods, so she decided to tell the truth.

Still, a large part of her wanted to blush, to stutter and wring her hands and do all sorts of wishy washy nonsense. But she stifled those feelings quickly. Instead she spread her hands and said, as if it was the most boring thing in the world, "Why the reason any young, unmarried woman comes to Luthadel, Lord Elariel. To find a husband." only the slight pause before her answer gave any hint that she was uncomfortable, but perhaps he wouldn't notice.

She didn't, couldn't, elaborate. What more was there to say? But she also couldn't stop on that note, because what was there for him to say? 'Oh really well I know a few young men who are in desperate need of a wife, perhaps I could introduce you?' The idea made her smile.

So, to throw him a life line, she added, "But it is not as if that is all I will do here. In fact before my cousin... rescued me from the library, I was sampling some of the keeps literature." Too late she realized that meant she would no doubt be asked what kind of literature, and be forced to confess her rather embarrassing love affair with romance novels. Still, it was better then talking about husbands.

Edited by Noelle, 28 December 2013 - 10:36 PM.


#18 Broderick Venture

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:04 AM

Uh oh. Seemed like they'd ventured - hehe, Ventured; that was a good one - into awkward territory. Maybe it was time to steer the topic of conversation a little aside.

"You know how families are, Aaron," he said, rolling his eyes a little. "Pushing and prodding and forcing. But today," he added with a grin, "the three of us here have escaped their attentions, and we're free - for now, at least - to do as we please. Which begs the question: what should we do with this small taste of freedom?"

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#19 Aaron Elariel


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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:29 AM

Aaron raised an eyebrow, impressed with Adala's honesty. In his experiences with women, especially his sister, his general understanding was that marriage, or lack there of, could be a particularly touchy subject, especially as single people began to grow older. Adala, however, seemed to be refreshingly matter of fact, and ready to make the best of her situation. Perhaps it is Urteau, thought Aaron, thinking of Lucille. True, he had met other nobles from the northern city just as corrupt and obsessed with power and prestige as those in Luthadel, but meeting people like Lucille and Adala gave him hope that perhaps, the other cities the Final Empire were not just lesser imitations of Luthadel.

As he contemplated a reply, Aaron silently thanked Broderick for his tact in shifting the topic. While he admired Adala's honesty and confidence, he had no idea how to respond to her, and Broderick's proved to be a welcome and necessary diversion. After all, the three of them couldn't just sit and chat while standing in Ahlstrom square all day.

All day... Suddenly, an idea entered Aaron's mind. One thing his father and uncle could agree on was Elariel's precarious state in Luthadel's current political climate. Their strength in remaining neutral relied on being able to punish houses who crossed them with sanctions and by supporting their enemies. However, with House Venture and House Hasting, both involved in Mikhail's murder, if Elariel wanted to temporarily cut ties with both houses, it would isolate itself from the two major Great House factions. Elariel thrived in environments where it could play enemies against each other while remaining untouched in the neutral middle. If they made enemies of both sides, they would quickly find themselves alone and unsupported, and ripe for destruction at the hands of the other great houses. The secret Raisaal alliance was a safety net, but a small one when considering earning the ire of both the Sureau coalition and an alliance between Venture and Deveaux.

Thus, it was a necessity that the Elariels find a way to patch things up with one of the sides, so they could properly sanction the other. The Venture's execution of Phyra combined with the Hasting's alliance with the already unfriendly Sureaus made the choice easy, but now Aaron's uncle had to find a way to mend relations with the Ventures while still retaining his pride and showing the strength of his house. It would look weak just to forgive the house whose mistborn had slain his son and heir, even if Phyra was a rogue.

And that's where Broderick and Adala came in. Because of the political situation, Elariel was looking to establish whatever connection it could with the Ventures in order to repair their neutral relationship without seeming to give any ground and retain strength and pride. If Aaron spent the day with the two Ventures, he could surely argue that he had blown off his lessons and training in order to do his part for his house. Who knew, perhaps his father would even be impressed with his initiative, and forgive him his absence. Even if Andrew didn't respond that positively, Aaron had found an excuse to have fun and he was going to take it, stretching it out for as long as he humanly possible.

"What an excellent idea, Lord Broderick. Alas, I seem to have felt the push and the prod far too much of late, and agree that a diversion is necessary. When tasting freedom, it is my policy to take as big a bite as possible, don't you two agree? I think that, between the three of us, and this lovely day, we have the makings of a fine adventure! What's more, I believe Lady Adala has graciously provided us with a measure of justification for our cause. After all, Lady Adala, Lord Broderick and I cannot in good conscience allow you to waste away unseen and unheard in House Venture's library when you could be experiencing all the finest sights, sounds, and smells of the Lord Ruler's capital city."

Aaron grinned at the pair, praying to the Lord Ruler that they would accept his offer and spare him the torment of another day alone with his father, uncle, Odairn, Virdian, and Winston. That's actually quite a few people, Aaron thought to himself. It was funny then, that he still felt more alone with any of them than he was now with Broderick and Adala for company. "I suppose it is only polite to let the Lady decide." Aaron moved forward to take Adala's hands in his own. "Well Lady Adala, will you sponsor us with justice in our cause of fun and frolic, and accompany us on an adventure? Decide carefully, for I believe I speak for both Lord Broderick and I when I say I am putting our fates this day into your undoubtedly capable hands."



#20 Adala Venture


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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:37 AM

'Bless you cousin,' Adala thought when Broderick cut in. Now they could get off this infernal topic without revealing her taste in literature. It seemed to have given Aaron an idea as well, for he was off again.

"... After all, Lady Adala, Lord Broderick and I cannot in good conscience allow you to waste away unseen and unheard in House Venture's library when you could be experiencing all the finest sights, sounds, and smells of the Lord Ruler's capital city."

Were Adala a lesser noble, she might have needed to resist the urge to snort at this. But as a Venture the idea didn't even cross her mind. Really. She did, however, give a perfectly dignified and lady like laugh at the idea that she could waste away when there were new books to read. Aaron wasn't done though, and she found herself listening with a smile on her face. He just seemed so earnest, or as earnest as a nobleman could be.

But when he took her hands in his, Adala froze. She was just not accustomed to men touching her beyond the occasional dance partner. It was a shock, and she certainly wasn't looking into it as anything more, since she'd already stopped herself from over thinking Aaron's actions once and Lord Ruler she was blushing.

It simply was unusual, and, a tiny part of her adamantly pointed out, nice. She realized quite suddenly that she was probably scaring him with her doe caught in a lantern routine, so Adala relaxed and squeezed his hands very gently, even if it was not completely proper, and replied, "In fact, my Lord Elariel, you are not the only one to worry about me wasting away. I am only here now because my cousin wanted to show me the sights," she gave her most winning smile, "but I'm quite sure you can join us. But I think it is only fair, since it was your idea and my decision, that my cousin gets decide where we go next." She turned to her cousin, pulling her hands out of Aaron's grasp and stopping herself from squeezing them a second time, "So where would you take us next, Broderick? I think I've met all the nobles I want to."

Edited by Noelle, 06 January 2013 - 12:56 AM.






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