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Religious Reign

Post by xenolion on 15th September 2012, 10:38 am

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Hialeah wakes up as the sunlight filters her room. She rises from her bed and gets ready for the day. Dressed in her robes she goes to the chapel and sets it up for the daily services. “Good morning Father,” She bows politely greeting the priest as he walks in. She is just setting up the candles.

“Good morning Lady Hialeah, I hope Sagia blessed your sleep.” The priest responds placing the book on the altar.

“I slept well, thank you Father, may Sagia bless you.” Hialeah replies as the finishes up. She bows in front of the altar and to the priest before leaving the chapel. Her next destination is the chapel gardens. What started off as a simple plot to keep Hialeah busy as a child, has grown to a full scale garden. The priests encouraged Hialeah’s green thumb and because of her the fruits and vegetables produced by the chapel are known throughout the city.

Hialeah sings as she tends her gardens. Her beautiful mezzo-soprano voice drifts through the gardens. The priests do not push for her to be in the church choir though. It is like they do not want her to perform in front of anyone. It is a beautiful sunny morning as the works on pulling the weeds and watering the gardens.

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by Luna on 17th June 2013, 6:27 pm

Maria looked at Nisa and nods her head. "Just be careful." she whispered in return. She watches Nisa walk towards the so called lord. She couldn't help but feel that there was something about that man that was dangerous but she couldn't put her hand on it.

She walks to where she had noticed Hialeah exit earlier. Looking out she gazes the area for her. Maria walks out quietly and searches. There she was. She walks over to her and looks up into the night sky.

"They say looking at the stars is like looking into the soul of the universe. It is peaceful and pleasant. Tell me what is on your mind." She said without looking at Hialeah.

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by xenolion on 17th June 2013, 7:42 pm

Hialeah joins Maria in looking at the night sky. “The thoughts in my head are a plentiful as the stars in the sky. First of all thank you for your performances. Both of you made the celebration wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed performing with you. I know it is strange, but it felt so...right.” She looks over at Maria. “Can you believe the wonderful gift Sagia blessed me with? I have to admit I am a little nervous about being married. The closest I ever had to a relationship is with Kevin.” Hialeah blushes. “And that was a secret. Maria...um nevermind.” Hialeah taps the railing.

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by Luna on 17th June 2013, 8:31 pm

“Well I can understand Hialeah. You were a great performer almost as if you were born to dance.” Maria said. She listens to Hialeah talk. “Are you truly happy to be marrying the lord? And what do you want to say? I am all ears to listen I will tell no one of your secrets.”
 
"I think I am more shocked than anything right now.  Lord Aldain is a good man.  "If Sagia wishes us to be married, I won't resist."  Hialeah's cheeks turn crimson.  "What I wanted to ask is if you have ever been with a man before?"
 
“Hialeah, it is not always what Sagia wishes. Sometimes you have to please yourself. I am certain that Sagia would understand and would want you to be happy. It is of the goddesses will to want her children to be happy is it not?” Maria said smiling.
 
Maria thought about Hialeah’s question. “I have before yes. I love to be held in the arms of my lover.” She said serenely. “When a man holds you in his arms and he loves you, you will know it by the way he holds you and looks into your eyes.”
 
Hialeah gasps her eyes reveals the shock going in her mind.  "You speak of borderline blasphemy.  I am but a subject of Sagia.  I am a lot happier with her than without.  I think I should go back to the party."
 
Maria looks at Hialeah almost confused. “What do you mean blasphemy? Is it not right to find a man for yourself who loves you for who you are and not what you are? Love can yes, be handed to you by Sagia as she has done today for you or it can come to you in any way possible. I only ask because you are not just a priestess but a human as well. You are a woman and have needs as well. I am not trying to be blasphemes.” She explained. “Please try to understand. I understand what you are saying, but when you travel as much as me you learn to appreciate the little things.”
 
"No it is not right to put our needs in front of Sagia's.  She has shown me my path, and I must not stray from it.  Now excuse me as I return to the party."  Hialeah leaves Maria and goes back inside.
 
Maria returns her gaze up at the night sky. What a failure. All she had done was try to have Hialeah understand about life and how love comes to someone. Now she probably thought she was full of blasphemy. How would a woman like Hialeah who was so brainwashed to begin with even want to look her now? She looked down as she leaned against a pillar outside.

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by JerriLeah7 on 20th June 2013, 3:33 pm

As Hialeah and Maria speak outside, Nisa makes her way to the Lord somewhat shakily.  She stifles a bit of jealousy as she approaches him, knowing that she can no longer have childish dreams of being the lover to such a man.  He is taken, now.  Lord Aldain smiles as she nears, holding out a hand in an offer to dance.  Nisa returns the smile and begins to move with him without hesitation--without thought.

As they dance, she looks into his eyes on many occasions, almost completely forgetting that she had come to him with a purpose.  As the dance begins to end, however, she realizes that she had almost lost her reason, blushing profusely. 

"Are you well, milady?"  Lord Aldain asks with concern, "You seem quite warm.  Do you have a fever?"

"N-no, everything is alright."  Nisa adds hastily, "I wanted to ask you if-if..."

Lord Aldain smiles, chucking lightly as he escorts Nisa to the table to be seated again.  "I think I understand all too well--you needn't worry, dear heart.  I would never take you from your sister.  Not now, not ever."

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by xenolion on 20th June 2013, 7:44 pm

Hialeah returns inside fuming.  She doesn't know what she is more angry about Maria telling her that she should put her needs before Sagia's or how casual she was about her relations with men. She sees Nisa with Lord Aldain and narrows her eyes for a brief moment. Cardinal Geoffrey approaches Hialeah and stops her from marching over there.

Hialeah, please tell me you aren't upset by the surprise? I was sworn to secrecy by the Pope.” He places his hand on Hialeah's shoulder.

The smile reappeared instantly. “I must admit, I am shocked, but it is a wonderful surprise. Lord Aldain is a wonderful man, I could not have picked a better man.”

I am glad you are happy. I know it is a lot to take in, but I have faith in you to be both a Priestess and Lady. I know I told you before, but can see you in my shoes one day. I had better let you get back to your guests.” Geoffrey smiles and bows before walking off.

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Kevin cannot take much more of this. He feel like his heart has been ripped out of him. He leaves the room to the patio outside. He doesn't notice the dancer outside. It is the one he met on his date with Hialeah. He acknowledges her with a nod, but nothing more.

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by Luna on 16th July 2013, 8:04 pm

Maria notes that the prince acknowledges her. She walks over to him but he does not speak to her. “You are as unhappy about this as I am, yes?”

"Why do you concern yourself with Hialeah? She is a priestess and you are an entertainer." He clenches the railing in front of him. "It is the opportunity of a lifetime for her. Marriage to a Lord who is favored by the pope. Better than a Prince who the pope abhors."

“You bring dishonor on yourself. This is of the popes doing, not your own. You love that woman. It seems neither one of us know her as well as we should. How dare you let ignorance get the best of you.” Maria stated. “You should better fight for your love. I have searched for this woman for a long time prince. She is important to me, just as she is as important of you.”

"You don't understand, dancer. I may be a prince, but the pope is the true ruler. My parents are just puppets." Kevin glares at Maria. "Tell me, how is a priestess who spent her whole life in the chapel so important to a traveling dancer?"


“Don’t think that I don’t know that. The pope thinks nothing more of me then a sinner. I am of no use to him as you are. You and your family are mere puppets, but I, I know what it’s like to live. Between you and me, I am a gypsie. That woman who is about to become a priestess has the blood of gypsies flowing through her veins.” Maria stated as she looked at Kevin.

Kevin grabs Maria's arm. "Shut your mouth. You are lucky you said that to just me. If it was anyone else you could be executed." He stares her in the eyes. "It doesn't matter what blood flows through her. I fell in love with Hialeah, the sweet, beautiful, kind and gorgeous woman. Not the blood that flows through her veins."

“I know I could be executed for it. I also know that the pope could have you and for kin taken out of the picture at any moment as well. That woman that you are in love with is my sister. Taken from us as we were just babies. She is my triplet sister. Both she and Nisa look more alike than I do, but we are still kin.”
Kevin's mouth drops. "They lied to her. Although it makes sense why they kept her in the temple." He clenches his fist. "They lied to her. Brainwashed her into thinking that Gypsies are bad. You may want to be careful when you tell her that."

He shakes his head and studies Maria. "All that matters is Hialeah's happiness. If she wants to be with the great Lord Aldain. I will step down and let her. But she shouldn't do it out of obligation. Dancer, you must tell her the truth and let her figure out what she wants."

“The great Lord Aldain, he looks like something out of my nightmares. I prefer to call him pointy teeth man.” Maria said laughing. “I tried to get her to understand about her happiness just now, but she walked away from me like I was a sinner, sentenced to be stoned to death. I do not know what it would take for her to understand.”

"He is a very respected and respectful man. I have nothing against him personally. I just hate the fact they are using her." Kevin turns around and leans back against the railing. "I wish I could tell you it will be simple, but it is not. I would exercise caution who you tell about your blood though."

“Don’t worry your majesty. I know who, what, when and where. When you are a wanted woman, you exercise extreme caution and you learn to be swift as you go.” She said as she smiled. She looks up into the night sky and puts her arms behind her back.

“If anything was easy, humans would not be here on this earth. I live to learn the truth, and the truth she must learn. Even if it is a hard lesson for her. I only hope that it is not too late for her.”

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by JerriLeah7 on 21st July 2013, 12:00 pm

Nisa parts from Lord Aldain reluctantly, sure to remind herself that he is now her sister's fiancee.  She sits back down for a moment, her mind moving about the situation.  However, this time she smiles and it is a real smile.  At this point, her heart is smiling, too and she feels like flying--if only she could.  She believes Lord Aldain's words--she trusts him completely.  It feels good.

Lord Aldain notices Hialeah talking to someone, so he gives her some space. He looks about, hearing the conversation between Kevin and Maria.  He is surprised--he did not know that Kevin had feelings for Hialeah...this could prove to be a problem in the future, so he'll have to keep an eye on the lad.  Regardless, he could also prove to be a great ally.  He is aware of the corruption of the Church--in fact, both of the sisters are, as well.  Perhaps they'd be willing to play his game?

He shakes his head, pushing such thoughts away.  This is a celebration.  This is not the time for planning or plotting.  He will dedicate his time to Hialeah now.  He approaches her as her previous company leaves, smiling.  

"Would you like to talk?"  Lord Aldain asks politely, "I must admit, milady, that I am a little shaken.  We know so little of each other and yet are to spend our lives together."

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Post by xenolion on 21st July 2013, 3:40 pm

Hialeah smiles at Lord Aldain. Her heart begins to race when he looks into his eyes. "These past couple of days have been life changing to say the least. First I was officially ordained as a priestess, and now I am betrothed to a wonderful young man.

So what is it that you want to know about me? I know so little about you, and most of it is secondhand. I would like to get to know the real Lord Aldain. Please feel free to call me Hialeah. This is a wonderful place you have here."

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by JerriLeah7 on 30th July 2013, 9:20 pm

"Why, thank you."  Lord Aldain says appreciatively.  "I would love to know many things about you, but first, I must ask that you take a walk with me.  It's getting...stuffy in here and we could most certainly use the air.  Besides, the stars are out.  What do you think?"

Hialeah looks around and nods.  "I could use a walk.  I love to look at the stars from the gardens."  She cannot help but smile at him as she looks into his eyes.

Lord Aldain smiles and offers up his arm as an escort before walking towards the exit of the room.  He nods his head in the direction of the Pope, in a way to let him know, and leads her out slowly into the starlight.  "What is it about gardens that draws you so much?"

Hialeah takes his arm and walks for him.  "It started off as keeping me from underfoot at the temple.  I don't know what you know, but I was left there as a baby.  As it turns out it, I have a green thumb.  I love everything about it.  Being able to grow something from a simple seed.  It is also private time for me to relax and connect with Sagia."

As Hialeah mentions being left there as a baby, Lord Aldain's footsteps falter, his hesitation and confusion apparent on his expression before the fumbles on and continues to walk with her.  "It is good that you can use the Mother Earth to connect with her Holiness.  Do you prefer night or day, may I ask?  This is actually a very important question, to be honest."

Hialeah has to think for a moment wondering why he asked that question.  "I guess I would have to say daytime.  Although the night has its charm too.  It is quiet and the earth rests.  I do have some flowers that bloom at night.  May I ask why it is an important question?"

Lord Aldain smiles apologetically.  "Well, my scheduling with the work that I do requires me to be awake at night.  As such, my sleeping cycle is generally the opposite of the general populace.  I suppose you could say that I am quite...odd."

"I understand, and I believe we can work together to overcome that obstacle."  Hialeah looks up at him.  "The job of a priestess does not have set hours, and I believe in being hands on no matter what I do."

"I am so glad that you do not mind." He replies, clearly relieved.  "May I inquire as to how you came upon the information of your discovery?"

"Cardinal Geoffrey told me.  He is the closest thing I have to a father."  Hialeah discloses.  "I am so lucky to have grown up in a temple instead of an orphanage."  She looks to the sky with a smile on her face.  "He told me that I was a blessing from Sagia.  And from the moment he saw me, he was drawn to me."

He nods his head, "I'm quite happy for you.  You seem so very happy with your life when so few people do.  That is what drew me to you."

Her smile falter only slightly.  "There have been times when I questioned my place.  I was angry at my unknown parents for abandoning me.  I would look in the mirror and wonder who I look like my father or mother.  Have I walked past them in the crowds, would they even recognize me if they did.  Cardinal Geoffery helped me realize that it doesn't matter.  My lineage does not make me who I am, I do."  Her finger play with her braid.  "I am sorry I didn't mean to get so dreary."

"Interesting."  Lord Aldain replies.  "And if a family member were to approach you and reveal who they are?  Such as...a sibling or a cousin?  What would you do?"

Hialeah stops completely. She closes her eyes and takes a deliberate breath. "It would be complicated. In a way it would be like a dream come true. At the same time it would be odd. Especially if the person knew me for a while." She lowers her head. "It would be nice to know where I came from though."

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Post by Luna on 7th August 2013, 9:19 pm

Maria smiled as she looked up into the night sky. “Just remember your majesty, don’t give up on the one true love of your life. She may not know she loves you, but someday she will.” She walks towards the entrance of the room. “It was good speaking to you. I thank you for talking with me. I hope someday I am able to help you and vice versa.” She then walks indoors to look for Nisa.

She finds her sitting in a chair looking happy. She wonders what has made her so happy. “Nisa, you look so happy. Pray tell what made you so happy?” she asked. She takes a seat and as one of the waiters walk past she asks for a glass of wine. He obliges and a few minutes later brings two, one for Maria and to see if Nisa herself would like one.


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Re: Religious Reign

Post by xenolion on 9th August 2013, 9:05 am

Hialeah looks over at Lord Aldain.  "I really need to stop thinking of the past, especially when my future is this bright.  So tell me do you have any siblings or family to introduce me too?"  Hialeah asks expectantly.

Lord Aldain looks regretful. "Unfortunately, milady, I do not. And yourself? Do you not have anyone you'd consider family other than the church?"

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Post by JerriLeah7 on 3rd September 2013, 5:56 pm

"Appears we are similar in the family department."  Hialeah smiles at him as she looks into his eyes.  There is something about him that is mesmerizing.  "No, my whole life I grew up in the church.  I suppose you can call it Sagia's plan for me."  She subtly takes his hand into hers, not noticing how cold it feels.  "I cannot wait to learn more about you.  I suppose we have the rest of our lives for that."  She looks down realizing she his holding his hand.  A bold action coming from her.  She hopes it doesn't give him the wrong impression.

He nods his head with understanding, taking her hand in return as they walk over a bridge where the moon reflects in the waters beneath them.  "Then we shall create a family of our own.  Th-that doesn't necessarily mean children, of course.  I'm not assuming that is the sort of thing you desire.  However, I do believe that we could make quite a difference in this entire town!"

Lord Aldain grins at this last part, letting a very true part of himself show through without regret.  After all, he did not take interest in these three siblings because they were like normal people and because he intended to treat them the same way as he did others...or did he?  He's not entirely sure, anymore.  "I can be quite ambitious, it may seem, but I promise not to let that go to my head.  I must admit, I know little of gardening or flowers or plants, but I do know much about culture and our history.  More than most, in fact."

He stops at the center of the bridge, leading Hialeah to the edge where the railing rested underneath his hand as he looked over across the river's surface to see the sky's reflection.

Hialeah smiles at the prospect of a family. "I would like to have a family. If Sagia wills it, if not I will be happy with you." She watches him grin when speaking of making a difference. "I have never been in the position of real power before. That may take some time getting used to. I will begin with my church, and spread out to the community. I will teach you about plants and you will teach me about life outside the church. Together we will make this a better place."

She stands next to him at the bridge. "I love how the water glistens. I rarely get to see it at night. The streets are not safe for a young woman at night, or so I heard." She sighs. "I know I seem to be naive, but I promise I will learn and adapt quickly."

Lord Aldain chuckles. "You needn't worry. In time, we will be able to make the streets safe. For now, I will keep you safe when you wander. You'll always be free to go wherever you like. I think you'd make an excellent diplomat."

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Nisa looks at Maria and smiles more, chuckling a bit before taking her sister's hand and pulling her away from the group. "Want to leave? Or stay? No need for us to stay here...I can explain my mood later, when we get home, or when we're on our way."

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by Luna on 13th September 2013, 10:32 pm

Maria sighs. "Thank you...I have been ready to leave from this place for a while now. You tell me when you are ready to tell me. You know I will wait to hear what you have to say for when you are ready."

They both stand and Maria downs the rest of her wine. She sits the glass on the table and they both aim for the door to leave the building. Maria has to admit she is curious as to what Nisa has to say. She would love to pry it from her but she won't.

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Post by xenolion on 13th September 2013, 11:05 pm

Hialeah gives Lord Aldain a puzzled look. "Me a diplomat? No, I am just a simple Priestess." She thinks for a moment. "Actually in a way you are correct, one can say I am a 'diplomat' of Sagia." Hialeah gasps. "Oh I hope that doesn't seem blasphemous."

A bell tolls throughout the city. Hialeah's eyes widen. "Wow I didn't realize how late it is. I am surprised no one has come to get us..." Her thoughts drift off when she looks at him. She realizes this is the longest she has been with a man unchaperoned. She feels her heart pounding in her chest as she leans against the railing. There is a part of her that wants to kiss him.

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by xenolion on 3rd October 2013, 9:04 pm

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Nisa and Maria leave the theatre. They walk in near silence through the darkened streets lit only by the torch lights. On their way, they see Hialeah and Lord Aldain at the end of the bridge. Nisa heart tightens and she looks at Maria to see if she wanted to stop. Maria continues on narrowing her eyes at the man. Undoubtedly plotting a way to get his claws out of her sister.

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Lord Aldain looks down at Hialeah. "They know you are safe with me. I know that our engagement is a shock to both of us. Tell me, do you think you can bring yourself to fall in love with me?"

Hialeah blinks, stunned that he would ever ask a question like that. "I know that it takes work for a marriage to last. There are a lot of marriages that start out like ours. Two strangers thrown together not knowing one another. Their love starts off as a small seedling, but with the right mixture of respect, honor, and trust it grows." Hialeah takes his cool hands in hers. "I do believe that our love will be like that and it will grow strong." She laughs. "Spoken like a true gardener."


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Re: Religious Reign

Post by Luna on 12th October 2013, 9:59 pm

Maria looks at Nisa. They had walked all the way home; quite and in each others own thoughts. Maria had only looked at the lord with hate in her eyes. Something not seeming right with him still. She almost could not take the silence any longer.

"Nisa, the silence... it kills me. Usually I can bask in it and glorify it, but tonight it breaks my heart. Please, tell me what you wanted to tell me earlier. I feel as if I need to know."

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by JerriLeah7 on 16th October 2013, 10:53 am

[ATTN:  Hialeah]

Lord Aldain smiles, clearly pleased with her answer, as well as impressed.  "Thank you very much, Hialeah.  You are far wiser than even I.   Your words are deeply appreciated."

He offers up his arm again and then begins to leave the bridge and head back to the theater, looking somewhat sad, but also somehow tired, slightly.  He takes on last glance up at the sky before opening the door for her.

"I do know we should return."  the Lord said, "It is a shame to see you all leave so soon...I find that I shall be missing you.  I am sure the others are looking for us."


[ATTN:  Maria]

Nisa smiles, hugging her sister, who's mood is quite the opposite of hers.  She shakes her head slowly, but her eyes are reassuring.   "Girl, don't be so down!   I found out the other day that Lord Aldain knows we are all sisters.  He could tell!  He said that he will promote our...relationship.  He wants to help make sure we don't lose her, Maria.  

If a powerful Lord usually is all charismatic and can normally get what he wants, then he can also succeed in helping us with Hialeah.  We don't have to do this alone, sis."

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by xenolion on 16th October 2013, 2:57 pm

Hialeah walks in and stops. She turns to Lord Aldain. She knows she must leave, but she does not want too. She can feel her heart pounding against her chest. "So what happens next? I know we are supposed to be married. I want get to know you more. Can I see you sometime?" Hialeah bites her lip. "You have to forgive me, I am new to this whole dating thing."

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by Luna on 16th October 2013, 6:16 pm

Maria looks at Nisa slightly surprised. "He....He is going to encourage our sisterly relationship?" She takes Nisa by the shoulders and hugs her. "Maybe I did have him wrong. I was rude to him and mean to him. I can't understand it though...He seems so different."

Maria twirls Nisa around as she smiles. "I can't believe it. When should we tell her? Oh Nisa, I am excited to hear this news."

Though somewhere inside something still told her she shouldn't trust the man. There was something about him that she couldn't understand. Though if he would let them have a family relationship she could care less if he seemed out of place.

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by JerriLeah7 on 19th October 2013, 2:14 pm

Lord Aldain chuckles, bending forward slightly to kiss Hialeah on the cheek. "Of course you may see me. I am always going to be at my home and awake at dusk. I am sure, of course, that your duties to your Church must come first for now, since it is just starting out. However, I know we will be able to schedule regular dates until you are ready to move in with me and make the marriage ceremony official."

He looks over at the Pope, who is already making his farewells to many and looking for his protege, but returns his gaze back to Hialeah with a look of tenderness. "I know the Pope will want to rush this wedding, but I will not have him rush it too much. I think that we should get to know each other more first and foremost, to assist with your comfort levels and to help you get more acquainted with your new position, as well. You have two changes in your life, milady, not just one."


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Nisa smiles, "I am so very excited. I am surprised he could tell we were related...he didn't quite explain how he could tell, though, and I didn't ask...I should have. But, I think first, we should become good friends with both of them. This will help us gain trust and let Hialeah get to know us."

She looks about as they are walking, as if paranoid that someone is listening to their discussion. However, she soon looks back to her front, to watch where she is walking. She is quite cold, and her limbs are slowly starting to shake from the chill of the night. "I think we should leave the story of how Hialeah ended up in Sagia's arms to ourselves until after we have gained her trust and her respect...

"I think also that Lord Aldain would help us introduce the news that we are sisters in a delicate matter after you and I come up with some sort of way to explain how we know we are related without bringing up this unfortunate past. What do you think?"

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Post by xenolion on 20th October 2013, 12:12 pm

Hialeah blushes as Lord Aldain's cool lips touch her cheek. She hope he wasn't too cold from being outside. He didn't say anything, but he is the kind to be polite about that. "I think most of my church duties will take place during the daytime, so it may be a good thing your nights are open."

Her back it too the Pope, so she missed his look of tenderness. "Thank you for thinking of me. I have been preparing for one of the changes my whole life. The other, well I am not afraid of."

Cardinal Geoffrey says his goodbyes before approaching Hialeah and Lord Aldain. "Pardon me for interrupting, but I would like to wish you both well before I leave. I know you two will be so happy together. Lord Aldain will take very good care of you Hialeah." Against all protocols he hugs Hialeah before rejoining the Pope.

"It speaks well of you to have Cardinal Geoffrey's approval. He is the closest person I have to a parent." Hialeah tells Lord Aldain. "I suppose I must be going as well. Thank you Lord Aldain for a wonderful celebration. I must admit, this is the most fun I ever had." She looks around for the sisters. "I don't see the twins, they must have left already. I wanted to thank them as well." Hialeah sighs before slowly walking away. She did not want to leave, but knows she must.

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Post by Luna on 20th October 2013, 4:58 pm

Maria took the time to think. She didn't bother with the feeling that they were being watched. She always felt like that in the streets of the city. "I don't know how he knows we are related. I know we are triplets, but we look different. Don't get me wrong, you and Hialeah look more alike then I do, but I still don't think he guessed it."

The continue to walk back to their camp. She looked this way and that way to keep an eye out. "I do agree. Maybe we can work our way in and do a dance for their wedding. I think we should give her time. She seemed angry with me when she walked away. I only asked her what she wanted because she seems to be in love with the prince." she explained. "I think with time maybe the truth will be easier to understand."

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by JerriLeah7 on 27th October 2013, 1:47 pm

[ATTN:  Hialeah]

"Farewell, Hialeah."  Lord Aldain says softly, "I shall be sure that you and the lovely girls will meet again--you will get to thank them soon enough.  I'll arrange it for you.  Until next time, I give my best wishes and you may know that you will most certainly be on my mind."

Lord Aldain goes through all of the necessary etiquette with his farewells, sure to help everyone exit as the late hour seems to affect more of the guests as they smile with tiredness, but also with respect.  He looks after Hialeah as she walks away, his mind wandering to that of the sisters with a slight smile.  Things are going his way.

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"I can understand that."  Nisa says, nodding her head as they reach the caravan to head home.  "I bet our Uncles are wondering where we are.  Ready to go?"

Nisa considers Hialeah's thoughts, remembering the other man that seems to hate the religion as much as they.  He may forgive up on her--after all, what choice did he truly have?  He must also respect Hialeah's feelings...but, perhaps there is a happy ending for them, as well?  Only time can say, but Nisa is confident that everything will work out.

"We will work around this stuff."  Nisa says with another nod of her head, her voice rising just a bit with confidence as she looks at Maria.  "I know we can work together and help everything be okay."

With that, the head out into the darkness, heading home to their uncles so that they make prepare for another day.  Tomorrow, they will not have much to do and their uncles will have the caravan...they will need to clean and organize, surely, but that most certainly won't take a full day.  Nisa wonders what else they will do with a mischievous thought.

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Post by xenolion on 1st November 2013, 4:02 pm

Hialeah blushes. “There is no need for the arrangement, they are probably on to their next performance.” She slowly walks away from him. She isn't alone for too long. There is a group from the church waiting for her. She is pulled along only half listening to their chatter. She answers their questions, but only when directed to her. It is noted that she is distracted, which only causes more mirth. Hialeah looks over her shoulder at the fleeting Theatre longingly. She cannot wait to meet Lord Aldain again. She should be happy, but for some reason she feels so alone. It is odd because she's never felt lonely in her whole life. Sagia was and still is there for her, but now she wants more.

She reaches the temple and everyone parts. She goes up to her room and changes out from the dress into a simple white nightdress. She hangs it up in her closet noting the lack of other dresses. She gasps and looks around her room. She get lightheaded as the reciprocations of the night hits her. She is going to be Lady Aldain. There are going to be societal expecations on her that she has never experienced.

She throws on a robe and goes to the main temple. There are always a few candles burning for late visitors, but from Hialeah can ascertain the temple is empty. She goes to the prayer rail and kneels. “My Lady Sagia, thank you for the recent opportunties you have given me. Because of you, I am truly blessed. Please watch over me and grant me the patience to make it through the changing times ahead.” She whispers quietly. She finishes her prayer and stands up. She already feels better. Sagia will never present this opportunity if She didn't feel Hialeah was ready.

She quietly returns to her room and finishes preparing for bed. She takes down her hair, brushing it out, and uses the wash basin to clean off her face. She lies in the bed and is almost asleep instantly.

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The next morning she awakens. The temple is already awake. She starts the day as she normally does and finds Cardinal Geoffrey in the gardens. She bows to him. “Blessings of the morning to you Cardinal.”

Geoffrey smiles as he hears her greeting. “I knew I would find you here. I hope you had a fun night. You and Lord Aldain are a beautiful couple.”

Hialeah watches him eyeing the garden longingly. “You are going to be leaving us aren't you? You always look that way when you leave.”

“Yes, I am going to miss the gardens. They are the most beautiful of all the temples. Although I know the ones at your new church will be beautiful as well.” Geoffrey meets Hialeah's eyes again. “I had better finish packing. Now, pay attention and learn well. The next part of your training will be intense as you begin to take over the services for your own church.” He places his hand on her shoulder. “I know you will do well. Sagia has been with you your whole life.”

Hialeah places her hand on his. “Thank you Cardinal. I hope to see you at my own church.”

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Re: Religious Reign

Post by Luna on 4th November 2013, 7:31 pm

“Well they will be just fine, though I can imagine the amount of work that will be needed to do tomorrow. Do you think we should leave? I mean I don’t know if I want to leave if we have a chance for us to make amends with her. We have searched for Hialeah for so long.” Maria said as they walked home to the caravan.

She nodded her head at Nisa. “You are right. Everything will work out one way or another.” They reach the caravan and there is much on her mind. They get ready for bed and lay down but sleep does not come to Maria. She gets up and takes a walk.

She passes through the streets of the city and looks around. Families are asleep together in their houses, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters and brothers. But here she is alone. She scratches her shoulder and looks up at the statue of Sagia.
“Supposedly you are there for the people, but I have not been able to find proof of your existence. For all the supposed good the church does, I can only find deceit and pain. You have taken my family and broken it apart. Where is the love in that?”

She only stares at it before turning around and making her way back to the caravan in the darkness.

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Maria never really slept that night. She was tired the next morning but she started a fire so they could make breakfast. There would be much to do this day. Maybe afterwards she could rest or look about the town if there was time.

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