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Arrows of Sorrow

W1 D5 LA Mia Casuana Damien Deveaux Lucille Deveaux Camille Deveaux Nevan Venture

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#1 Mia Casuana


  • Lady of House Casuana

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  • Age27

  • Relationship StatusMarried to Julian Casuana

  • OriginLuthadel

Posted 11 July 2010 - 12:29 AM

With her guards, Mia sat in her carriage as it moved towards Keep Deveaux. They passed the small outer wall, and then Mia ordered them all out, right in the front entry. Though Cami could avoid Mia entirely and Mistborn herself to her chambers, Mia knew Cami wouldn't be so naive (but maybe that wasn't a valid assessment, due to the current events). In Camille's elegant dress, she would just enter like a normal person.

A Deveaux guard greeted her. "I'm here for Lady Camille. Has... has she arrived yet?" She hadn't realized perhaps she already ditched Nevan. Hopefully she came to her senses.

"No, my lady, I believe that she is still showing Lady Lucille the city of Luthadel."

Luci's here? she thought gleefully. She must have come on the barge with Damien! This is great! She hadn't seen Luci in almost a decade. That Deveaux would probably be an immensely amusing young woman now. "Thank you! If you don't mind, my guards and I shall wait here. Do not concern Uncle of this, please, this is a private matter for Camille."

The servant bowed, then Mia waited.

Her Casuana sensibilities reminded her to scan the area. As a child, Mia didn't often wait in this front area, she would go to the back range and practice her archery, so she never really thought to inspect the surroundings until this moment. Keep Deveaux was a Keep in the grand Luthadel tradition of being far too glamorous, and not functional. Perhaps it was that Mia lived here so long, but the glamor didn't captivate her anymore. She just saw a potential assassination threat, waiting for her here.

The outer wall wasn't designed to deflect a concerted attack--not like Keep Casuana. Then again, few walls proved challenging for Mistborn. Raguel Erikeller, the leader of Mia's guard, suggested keeping their Lurcher closeby. A Mistborn, he reasoned, can mask himself with copper, but a skilled Lurcher will always be able to see the flying coins.

That settled, Mia clenched her fist, allowing herself to focus on Nevan, but that just made her stomach churn. She'd save her anger for Camille later. But, she grew aggravated with herself. She shouldn't feel angry. She needed to calm down before she razed Keep Venture for herself.

"Raguel," she said after a time, "give me one of your guards' bow and quiver. Set up a shield over there." Unfortunately, most of her guards were well-armored in Casuana steel, as it still served as the best way to show off Casuana's strength. This meant that only the Lurcher and the Lurcher's decoys had wooden shields, which in turn meant that Mia couldn't have that satisfying thoop sound of the arrow piercing the wood. It would be hard to imagine Nevan sitting there getting shot at with the arrows in this case.

Mia sighed, stretching. A metal target would do just fine. Maybe instead of representing Nevan's weak flesh, it would represent Cami's stubborn skull.

With her years of training, she reflexively drew the bow and loosed an arrow.

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#2 Damien Deveaux

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 12:55 AM

It had been difficult to restrain Lucille once she caught sight of Mia, but Damien somehow managed to keep the girl silent so Mia wouldn't lose her concentration. It wouldn't do for someone to get shot because one cousin loosed an arrow while being tackled by another. At last, though, the arrow left the bow, and hit a metal shield with a metallic clang.

"An admirable shot," Damien observed, moving to stand near Mia and adopting his usual standing posture of resting both hands on his cane. "Might I inquire as to whom you are shooting? The Venture boy, perhaps?"

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#3 Mia Casuana


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Posted 11 July 2010 - 01:23 AM

"I'm shooting this shield, dammit," Mia growled. "No subtext here. If you were looking for deep philosophy you need...to look...elsewhere!" She loosed another arrow, then set down her bow, rolling her shoulders. It'd been a while since she had practiced, and the draw on the bow was a bit more than she was used to.

She half wished it wasn't Damien standing there, but Camille, so Mia could simply get this over with.

"Lord Ruler help me, I don't know what's going on. I can't decide whether I'm angry, afraid, annoyed, or... Wait, were those all "A" words? Quick, what's something else? Hum. Well... I'm aching, Lord Ruler knows. This was supposed to be relaxing, not make my headache or my urge to punch someone worse."

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#4 Lucille Deveaux

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 01:27 AM

"Perhaps," Lucille could hear Damien suggesting to Mia, "you could try by practicing where you're supposed to, with real targets, instead of using a metal shield right inside the front gate, hm?"

Lucille grinned. Now. Now.... was the perfect time to strike.

Hiking up her dress, Lucille ran up to her cousin at full speed, enveloping the other woman in as tight a hug as she could manage. "Miaaaaaaa!" she exclaimed. "I've missed you so much!"

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#5 Mia Casuana


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Posted 11 July 2010 - 04:30 AM

"I'll have you know I'm waiting for Cami for her to--"

"Miaaaaaaa!"

"Ooof!" Mia said as the girl ran into her, almost knocking Mia off balance.

"I've missed you so much!"

She knew this voice. Lucille. Mia grinned, hugging her just as tightly as Luci was--simply because Mia needed to do so she wasn't tackled to the floor didn't mean she didn't love it. Luci was wearing this adorable lacey dress, too, just like a perfect little young woman. Immediately, Mia's tensions melted away.

Mia kissed Luci on the forehead. Being six inches taller than Luci, that was all that Mia could get to. "Lord Ruler, Luci! The guard told me you were out with Cami..." She looked around for a moment, but fortunately Luci couldn't see her do this. No sign of Camille. "But, never mind that now! Lord Ruler, you're adorable! Beautiful! Adorably gorgeous!"

Mia reveled in the hug. Luci had no way of knowing that was exactly what overworked Lady Casuana needed. "What brings you to Luthadel!" Mia paused, horrified. "Your father... isn't planning to marry you off already?"

Lord Ruler. Camille could be expected, but little Luci, too...?

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#6 Lucille Deveaux

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 04:35 AM

"Oh, of course not," Lucille giggled. "Father's been doing excellent work with running the mines, so Uncle offered to let me stay here and learn about the court from Camille for awhile. I think Father was just happy to get me away from my book club, though," she sighed.

"I mean, just what kind of self-respecting noblewoman doesn't like to read? But," she continued with an impish look, "I'll show him. I hear the library at the Keep is twice as big as the one we have in Urteau!"

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#7 Mia Casuana


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Posted 11 July 2010 - 04:42 AM

Mia giggled almost as giddy as Luci was. "It's bigger! Oh, when I was a girl, that place was my life!" Mia creased her face humorously. "No one wanted to dance with me." Then, Mia added a carefree wink and a laugh.

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#8 Lucille Deveaux

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 04:45 AM

"Oh, I didn't exactly have that problem," Lucille replied thoughtfully. "It's just that it was starting to get really hard to find dates for me. I would always go off and sit with my book club and talk the whole time.

"Oh, and they danced with me. All the time. Lord Jalen in particular is a marvelous dancer. That's the nice thing about being in that book club," she added with a wink. "Since I'm the only woman in that group, I had plenty of eager young dance partners to pick from. But... I guess Father wasn't happy that those were the only boys who ever wanted to spend time with me."

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#9 Mia Casuana


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  • OriginLuthadel

Posted 11 July 2010 - 04:54 AM

"Well, Damien wouldn't like my advice on the matter, but I say just blatantly disregard rules completely! Who needs them?" Mia laughed. "It's good to have options. I'm sure a beautiful like you will be fawned over at my Ball the whole night!"

Hopefully not the wholenight...

"Though... it might not be good idea for you to come to my Ball, Luci. I don't want you to get hurt. And no, I'm not talking about men," Mia said, shooting a dark glare at Damien. "Well, maybe a little, but that's not the point! Luci, look at me. The Casuana Ball is going to be extremely dangerous."

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#10 Lucille Deveaux

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 05:01 AM

"Dangerous?" Lucille asked. "Really? I mean, Camille has started telling me about tensions between the houses... but you don't think..."

"I think it would be unwise to speak so openly of sensitive politics while standing nearly on the street," Damien reminded her gently as soon as she trailed off.

"Ah, uh, yeah. Won't you come in, Mia? You can tell me all about it!"

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#11 Mia Casuana


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Posted 11 July 2010 - 05:11 AM

"Yeah because Lord Ruler knows it's a huge secret that things are tense!" Mia shot Damien an annoying look. "Look, I'm excited you're both here, but why don't you go inside? I... kind of just want to look at the sky and wait for Camille. I have my guards, and the Deveaux guards are on the wall. I'll be fine."

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#12 Damien Deveaux

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 05:24 AM

"But-"

"Lucille, it's fine. Go on inside."

"But-"

"I said go."

Lucille finally responded to the stern note in Damien's voice, gave Mia one last hug, and left in a huff. Damien, however, stayed behind.

"Retinue or no, you can't really expect me to leave a guest standing at the gate, do you?" he asked calmly.

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#13 Mia Casuana


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Posted 11 July 2010 - 05:34 AM

"Actually, I do," Mia said aggressively. "If anything, you're the guest at this Keep. I practically come here every day, but you've just got here. Maybe you should scurry along and say hello to Augustin. I need to greet Cami privately. Emphasis on private, and additionally I will be the first to greet her. The two of us have much to discuss, and we cannot afford idle greetings. You can wait to say hello."

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#14 Damien Deveaux

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 05:37 AM

Damien just shrugged.

"All right, then," he sighed resignedly. "I will humbly wash my hands clean of this matter. But on your own head be it if Camille comes after you for... well, never mind. I would feel much more at ease if you would put away your weapons, though.

"Either way, I suppose I will see you inside, then. Do try not to forget yourself, cousin."

And with that, he tucked his cane under his arm and departed, though he only intended to go far enough to be technically considered inside. If Mia tried anything foolish, he wanted to be close enough to at least try to stop it.

Besides, he had a test of his own for the Venture boy.

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#15 Mia Casuana


  • Lady of House Casuana

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 05:57 AM

"I don't want to be psychoanalyzed right now, Damien," Mia said. Then he left.

Great job, Mia. You sure know how to make the perfect first impression on new arrivals. Why couldn't she do anything right for once?

That hug from Luci, that was really nice. But even Luci didn't understand what was going on in her head, and Damien, while excellent in what he does, probably never loved his late fiance. He didn't know what it meant to love. And Julian, love of Mia's life, was gone, perhaps forever.

The only person who understood Mia now was Camille, and Nevan would steal her away.

Mia's head hurt. She rubbed her eyes. Raguel hesitantly offered her the bow, but Mia shook her head. That wouldn't help. Even here, in the Keep full of family, surrounded by her trusted guards, she was alone. They couldn't help her, and Mia, as the day's events proved, could hardly help herself.

She motioned to one of the Deveaux servants. "Get me a glass of wine. Fast." Anything to keep her from thinking too much. Thinking made her head hurt.

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#16 Camille Deveaux


  • Daughter of Lord Deveaux

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 06:08 AM

"Nevan, you really shouldn't have done this. I would have been fine riding back by myself, I promise."

"Nonsense. You were kind enough to spend the entire afternoon with me, so the least I can do is escort you home."

"Even if it means sending your own coach away and walking back to Keep Venture. Alone."

He shrugged. "I like to walk."

You also like tempting fate, Camille thought with an inward wince. But I promised you, no more violent comments. Today.

"Camille," he insisted with a smirk, "it's no big deal. Any gentleman would do the same."

"Yes, well, this isn't a ball. I don't spend my days lolling about Luthael with any nobleman I come across, so I wouldn't know."

"Oh? I find that hard to believe. You lolled about for quite a bit on my arm, you know."

"Oh, just take the compliment and let's move on. Or not. We're here."

Sure enough, the coach drew to a halt. Nevan - who wouldn't have it any other way, apparently - was the first to get out, and offered his hand to assist Camille with climbing down from the coach.

And they were immediately brought face-to-face with what looked like an entire regiment of Casuana guards. And Mia. Poor Nevan had gone a few shades paler than he had been just a moment ago.

"Mia," Camille greeted carefully, giving her cousin her best I-am-going-to-kill-you-if-you-don't-explain-yourself smile. "What a pleasant surprise! Have you come for a visit, then? Surely the servants offered to show you to our finest parlor instead of making you wait out here."

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#17 Mia Casuana


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  • OriginLuthadel

Posted 11 July 2010 - 06:30 AM

Lord Ruler, this wine is excellent, Mia thought, handing it back to the servant. In the finest Deveaux tradition, of course. Maybe she ought to drink more frequently. Unfortunately, she still felt in an emotional haze. Her headache began to affect her physically. Now her arms tingled painfully.

Camille's coach arrived, and unsurprisingly, Nevan acted like a total gentleman. Mia found it difficult to care one way or another.

"Mia! Camille said with a malicious smile, "What a pleasant surprise! Have you come for a visit, then? Surely the servants offered to show you to our finest parlor instead of making you wait out here."

Mia gave her a flat stare. "Don't be gauche, Camille. I have business to discuss with you. I trust your walk was pleasant." Mia kept her voice monotone, but did not give Camille a chance to respond. "Nevan." She courtsied, though the pain in her arms probably made it appear awkward. "I apologize for my outburst earlier. I can assure you I was not practicing archery imagining you as the target, so do not worry. I was surprised to you see in the Square, that's all. I trust that it does not reflect poorly upon Casuana's goodwill to House Venture. Well." She thought a moment. "I did mean what I said about Phyra, however. Don't hold it against me." She smiled weakly.

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#18 Nevan Venture


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Posted 11 July 2010 - 06:45 AM

To say Nevan was relieved - and somewhat surprised - to find himself being apologized to rather than attacked would be somewhat of an understatement. Perhaps things wouldn't be so bad after all.

"Lady Mia," he assured her with a somewhat self-deprecating grin, "I assure you, speaking in such a way of my lady cousin is in no way speaking ill of my House as far as I'm concerned. She brings it on herself with her obscene behavior. If I could hire a team of Mistborn to permanently sew some decent clothes onto the woman, I would.

"However, I came to see Camille safely home, not to express distaste for Phyra's habits. Should you wish to engage in such activities at another time, I will be more than happy to oblige, but it's getting late, and it's a bit of a walk back to your Keep."

"Then it's a good thing you won't be walking," Camille insisted before turning to her coachman. "You are all to see Lord Venture safely home, understood?"

"Yes, my lady."

"Good, that's settled."


"Camille, I couldn't possibly accept-"

"Nonsense. Now, into the coach with you."

"But I-"

"Might I make a suggestion?" a new voice offered. Nevan looked up to see Camille's cousin, Damien, striding calmly up to the group. "Lord Venture, there are some matters I wish to discuss with you regarding our two Houses. If you have the time, perhaps you would like to make arrangements on the way to Keep Venture?"

Nevan may not have been as good with people as his mother, but even he knew what that offer meant. We need to talk. Lord Ruler, spend one afternoon with a woman and her family descended on you like carrion eaters! Still, there was no way around it, so he accepted, and in a few minutes he was alone in a carriage with a man seemingly carved of marble and ice.

Wonderful.

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#19 Camille Deveaux


  • Daughter of Lord Deveaux

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 06:51 AM

Camille bid Nevan a pleasant good evening, watched the coach until it was far enough away, and only then did she turn to Mia, putting on her business face in the blink of an eye.

"Let's talk about this inside, if you please," she said in carefully measured tones. "Lord Ruler only knows it will be good to see my parlor again."

Translation: Who knows who could be out here. We're moving inside where people can't listen in on us.

That was all Camille said before gliding to the entrance; she was dreading this confrontation and knew very well it might not end happily for either one of them. They might as well have the comfort of a decent couch and protection from eavesdroppers for the conversation.

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#20 Mia Casuana


  • Lady of House Casuana

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 07:40 AM

Once they entered Keep Deveaux, Mia began speaking, lacking any emotion, "Now, trust me, I'm happy for the alliance and I'm happy you had a good afternoon. You're mad. I get that, so I'll keep it simple. I don't like him. Something is terribly wrong. You... you look you're about to blow a pipe. Don't worry about me, I already did that today. I'm good."

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