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Offline Viscount Rhi-Rhi

Re: Happy birthday to me! [Dragonsong!]
« Reply #60 on: August 25, 2016, 12:50:54 PM »
"Oh, nothing," Valor said with a wave of his hand. "I'm just saying, if you liked that, I'd be happy to do it again."
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Offline DragonSong

Re: Happy birthday to me! [Dragonsong!]
« Reply #61 on: August 25, 2016, 12:56:39 PM »
Ka'lei blinked again, then ducked her head, her very uncharacteristic blush deepening a few shades. "I, ah...I didn't dislike it," she admitted in a mumbled.

Then she gave herself a little shake and took his arm again. "Alright. I'm following your lead here, husband."

Offline Viscount Rhi-Rhi

Re: Happy birthday to me! [Dragonsong!]
« Reply #62 on: August 25, 2016, 01:37:34 PM »
Duuuuly noted. She didn't dislike it. Mhmm. Valor filed that away for future use, trying not to grin so openly about how oddly shy and flustered she'd gotten, when she'd had no issues acting the part. But perhaps that was the difference: it was one thing to act, and quite another to genuinely feel.

"Ah, right. Right this way, wife," Valor said, as he lead the way out into the dining room--and it's larger than necessary table. It was large enough to seat a small army, and Valor lead them to the dead center of it.

During feasts and celebrations, it would be lit with candles and piled with flowers and more dishes than anyone could ever sample. Right now, though, it was just the two of them, and Valor paused to pull out Ka'lei's chair for her like a proper gentleman.

"There we are," he said, and leaned past her so he could pick up a decorative flint from where it was stashed among the candles. He lit the ones closest to them, enough to encircle them in light. "Breakfast for two. If I'd known ahead of time that I'd have a guest, I would have hired some musicians to serenade us."

Then he paused, blinked, and let out a laugh. "Or I could just serenade you, I suppose! I have a gift with that, you know."
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Offline DragonSong

Re: Happy birthday to me! [Dragonsong!]
« Reply #63 on: August 25, 2016, 01:42:09 PM »
Her eyes went wide as he led her into the massive dining room- who was she kidding, this was a hall, not a room. She gave a low whistle and shook her head in disbelief.

"You actually live in this place," she muttered with a wondering little chuckle. A very small smile twitched at her lips as he pulled her chair out and she took it a little hesitantly.

Yeah, maybe she could get used to being treated like this, even if it was just an act.

With a small chuckle and another shake of her head Ka'lei glanced up at him. "Serenade? Really?" She settled back in her seat- as much as she could without cramping her wings- and smirked. "I think I'd like to see that."

Offline Viscount Rhi-Rhi

Re: Happy birthday to me! [Dragonsong!]
« Reply #64 on: September 19, 2016, 12:02:45 PM »
Oh, she was going to be a fun one, indeed. Her open, genuine wonder was, well, wonderful, and if she was this impressed over a dining room, then he couldn't wait to show her what other perks awaited her. He found himself looking forward to her reaction. Perhaps it was because he was so used to living like this, and took the lifestyle for granted, that it was fun to sort of...live vicariously through someone to whom this was all new and fresh.

But first things first: she had asked for a serenade!

Valor flashed her a grin and took a seat on the table near her, perched on its edge and mindful of the candles. He cleared his throat and tapped on his chest, less because he needed to and more for drama's sake.

"As you wish, m'lady," he said, and reached down to take her hand between both of his, meeting her eyes as he began to sing.

It was a song with themes of forbidden love between secret lovers, one he'd picked up in a tavern ages ago--as he did many of the songs he knew. But unlike the rowdier songs that played into the night, the woman who'd sang it earlier in the evening had been genuinely talented, her lyrics heartfelt and sweet. Valor's voice was rich and clear, and for a moment he considered pouring a little magic into it as he often did when he sang in taverns himself--but then he thought better of it. He could use his voice like an aphrodisiac, and he had seduced no small number of men and women with its help, but for some reason here it felt like cheating.

It felt wrong, even though he would have been more than happy to learn Ka'lei's body.

So he kept the magic from creeping in and finished the song off with a lingering kiss to the back of her hand.
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Offline DragonSong

Re: Happy birthday to me! [Dragonsong!]
« Reply #65 on: September 19, 2016, 12:14:07 PM »
At first Ka'lei rolled her eyes when she recognized his showmanship for what it was- she was hardly a stranger to such tactics- but there was a small smile twitching at her lips.

She had to resist the urge to jerk her hand back when he took it between his, not so much because she disliked the touch, but almost more because she was a little worried that she did like it. When his eyes met hers she found she was suddenly unable to look away.

And his song... She'd met plenty of entertainers in her time passing through different master's hands, but they were normally women, she was unused to how well-practiced a male's voice could sound. Her eyes softened a bit and almost closed once or twice as she allowed herself to relax and just listen to the lyrics.

The kiss, chaste as it was, nevertheless sent a little shiver down her spine and it took her a few moments to blink her way back into focus, wings shuddering delicately in an almost bashful sort of way.

"That, um..." She cleared her throat and ducked her eyes. "That was...very nice."

Offline Viscount Rhi-Rhi

Re: Happy birthday to me! [Dragonsong!]
« Reply #66 on: December 21, 2016, 10:43:24 AM »
"Thank you!" Valor said with a grin. Oh, he had noticed the way the tension left her, the way she dropped her guard and closed her eyes--and the way her eyes had met his before that. For a moment, he worried that maybe he had added some magic to the song without even intending it; it was such an automatic response, like breathing, and just as much a part of him. But then he thought, nah. He shouldn't give all the credit to magic. He was just that damned good.

"I just learned it, so I was hoping not to slaughter it." He was still holding her hand, and hoped that pretending he'd forgotten about it would buy him a few more seconds. Cocking his head curiously, he met her eyes. "Can you sing?"
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Offline DragonSong

Re: Happy birthday to me! [Dragonsong!]
« Reply #67 on: December 21, 2016, 11:04:24 AM »
She laughed at that, shaking her head. "Oh, I can. What you should've asked is can I sing well." Her lips twitched up on one side and she propped her chin in her hand.

"Where did you learn to do that?" There was real curiosity in her eyes. "Is it a Serenian thing? No one sings like that in Essyrn."

Offline Viscount Rhi-Rhi

Re: Happy birthday to me! [Dragonsong!]
« Reply #68 on: April 14, 2017, 11:09:29 AM »
"Oh, plenty of people sing in Serendipity. We have as many bards as you can throw rocks at," Valor said with a wave of his hand. "But me, I'm self taught, you could say. I've always been able to do it. Natural talent and all that."

He quirked a smile. "But your voice is already nice. I bet you could sing if you tried. Or if given the proper instruction." He winked. "I don't mind playing teacher."
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Offline DragonSong

Re: Happy birthday to me! [Dragonsong!]
« Reply #69 on: April 14, 2017, 06:34:58 PM »
Ka'lei flushed a bit and her eyes flickered down. "I...suppose. If you'd like." She cleared her throat and glanced up at him through her lashes a bit. "I never want to learn. Being an...entertainer in Essyrn, when you're a slave..."

She trailed off with a shrug and looked away. "But if you just wanted to teach me. Well. As my lord husband commands, I suppose." Her voice was almost playful, but there was a bit too much of an edge to it.

Offline Viscount Rhi-Rhi

Re: Happy birthday to me! [Dragonsong!]
« Reply #70 on: December 06, 2017, 02:15:21 PM »
The implication sailed over Valor's head. Oh, he knew in some abstract way the many ways in which slaves were used. He knew there were plenty of bed slaves, for example--after all, that was why his friend had purchased Ka'lei for him. But he knew it all in a very distant sort of way. His image of bedroom slaves was idealized--men and women who were eager to please and lived for it, who were practically born for that purpose, like some scene out of a romanticized harem painting where everyone was smiling and naked. His image of other sorts of slaves was much the same. Entertainer, for example, didn't sound so terrible. So, she sang and played music and maybe danced? Hm. Why was she acting so...

Kicked puppy?

Ka'lei was his first up close and personal experience with an actual slave. A living, breathing human who had experienced its horrors first hand. Horrors he, in his privileged life, couldn't begin to comprehend.

He frowned, raising an eyebrow at her reaction. "Well, if you don't want to, you don't have to. If you're not actually into it, you'll just sound like you're bored and dying." He gave her head a playful pat. "Now then, what did you do if you didn't sing? You said you were an entertainer?"
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Adamaris // Aderyn // Aki // Alexander // Anoki // Astrid // Axieva // Aysel //  Beatrid // Branwen // Briar // Cadmus // Cerys // Charik // Chephirah // Clover // Corryn // Dai // Delwyn // Demaht // Durga // Einin/Owl // Fang // Faolán // Faris // Felix // Frost // Gwendolyn // Hatame // Hayate // Hazel // Hyacinthe // Ife // Iris // Jayari // Jirou // Juniper // Katxiel // Khaiya // Khero // Koi // Kota // Kuan // Kuvira // Kyran // Kyori // Liam // Makani // Makoro // Max // Maya // Mei // Misae // Monster // Nakato // Naovi // Nasrin // Nelly // Niaaki // Niamh // Noor // Pepper // Qiana // Qismat // Quinn // Raxta // Riyarin // Rowan // Sachi // Sadb // Sahar // Scarab // Siobhan // Simonea // Sita // Song // Syrae // Taj // Tanith // Tessa // Tiaret // Tikaani // Vahni // Valor // Victoria // Wakiza // Xinyi // Yarra // Yasmin // Yiroa // Yun // Zahara

Offline DragonSong

Re: Happy birthday to me! [Dragonsong!]
« Reply #71 on: December 06, 2017, 02:56:21 PM »
Ka’lei had to resist the urge to flinch away from his touch, and she snapped an automatic glare up at him before she caught herself and forced her expression to smooth out. “I wasn’t...exactly...an entertainer,” she responded slowly, staring at him warily.

She hesitated for a long moment. It was becoming clear to her just how out of touch with the life she and her brother had led her new master was. There was a part of her that almost didn’t want to ruin his- well, innocence.

“I didn’t perform. For people who owned me,” she elaborated after a while. “I...sang a bit, for Kai, or other slaves we might’ve been living with.” She sighed and ran a hand through her hair. “And I can dance. They made me, sometimes, but I can do it on my own, too.” She laughed a bit and shot him a slightly dry look. “Don’t think it’s the kinda dancing you northerners do though.”

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