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Jeannine nó Orchis ([personal profile] joy_in_laughter) wrote in [community profile] minipyre2014-08-15 09:56 am

naamah's servants

It was obvious almost from the moment of her birth that Jeannine would go to Orchis House. She was a gloriously happy baby, laughing and cooing at all that caught her eye. Born to Valerian House adepts, in the heart of the Night Court itself, she is intended for Naamah's service, and duly trained in the arts of the Court. (They do not even attempt the test of the candies, not with her. She is, quietly, spoken for; she is a child of joy and laughter, and Orchis it will be.) Though the scholarly ways are lost on her, she finds the arts of etiquette and grace are as natural as any could have wished. The story of Blessed Elua and his Companions, she adores, and begs it out of their priest of Elua as many times as he will tell it. Sparkling blue eyes and eager smiles do their work as well on Elua's priests as on any other, and Jeannine hears the story no small number of times.

At ten, she departs for her new household in Orchis House. They have paid surety for her since she was a child; now she is theirs in truth. She finds the other children as bright and lively as she, and delights in their company. As a group they are rather mischievous, in truth, but as long as they play with good nature and light hearts, their antics are not much discouraged.

At thirteen, she is formally dedicated to Naamah's service at last. Her dove is a small but cheerful one, true to the spirit of her dedicate, and flies over Elua's temple with ease- one and all rejoice in her good fortune. Instructions in the arts of Naamah is added to her schooling.

At sixteen, she begins her marque. She falls in love with the design from the moment she lays eyes on it; it's a shower of roses falling down her back. Here and there hides a thorn, a testament to her origins in Valerian, but the flowers are beautiful shades of pink and purple and float and spiral down her spine. She adores it. Slowly, so slowly, she makes progress on the tattoo itself; she may not be the finest adept of her generation, but she is talented indeed. She does not lack in willing patrons to leave her a patron-gift towards the marque's creation. She is becoming known, to those with the inclination to know, as a particularly fine example of the Orchis canon.
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-08-15 02:28 pm (UTC)(link)
And it is for that reason that Ninette Fortier requests Jeannine when she comes to Orchis House in search of a traveling companion. It's an unusual purpose for which to engage a Servant of Naamah, and like to be an expensive one, if she travels for long - but Ninette can certainly pay. The house of Fortier is, if not especially notable, at least especially rich.
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-08-15 04:49 pm (UTC)(link)
"I am going on a journey," she says. "With my sister, whom I love very much, but who is not what I would call cheerful company. It would delight me to no end if I could bring someone who laughs more than once a week. I know it's not precisely what Servants of Naamah are for, but at least I think it in keeping with the spirit of Orchis House."
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-08-15 04:58 pm (UTC)(link)
"Here and there!" she says cheerfully. "Through Siovale to start, most like. We don't have a route planned, but Sara is very fond of libraries. Like water flowing downhill, she always ends up where the books are."
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-08-16 01:54 am (UTC)(link)
"I can't say we were planning to, but mayhap we should! Tell me more," she invites.
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-08-17 01:50 am (UTC)(link)
"Ah, my sister will love that," says Ninette. "She adores obscure things. We'll visit your friend Emmeline, then! Unless she wouldn't like us to...?"
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-08-18 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
Ninette giggles.
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-08-18 01:56 am (UTC)(link)
"We will be off!" laughs Ninette. "I will bring you to meet my sister and then we will all take to the road. If there's anything you'd like to bring along, now is the time to fetch it."
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-08-26 03:40 pm (UTC)(link)
"Such courtesy! I'm charmed," she giggles, and in they get and off they go. It's a short drive to the house of the Fortier sisters, a cozy little place that looks to be easily maintained by no more than a single servant.
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-09-01 03:56 pm (UTC)(link)
"She'll pop up," Ninette says cheerfully. "When we least expect her, most like. Go on in, I'll see to the carriage."
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-09-05 02:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Ninette reappears soon enough.

"No sign of Sara?" she guesses. "She must be out doing Sara things, then. We've a guest room where you can leave your things - I'll show you."
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-09-14 04:29 am (UTC)(link)
"This way," she says cheerfully.

There is a guest room! It's not far. It is small and comfortable-looking.

"There," says Ninette. "Now to wait for Sara, who will tell us when we're leaving. We have a little library, do you like libraries?"
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-09-14 04:37 am (UTC)(link)
Ninette shrugs. "I can sit in the library with you, can I not?"
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-09-14 04:44 am (UTC)(link)
Ninette bursts into giggles.
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-09-14 04:55 am (UTC)(link)
"Ah, poor man! But mayhap he was not too disappointed by the surprise..."
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-09-16 01:44 am (UTC)(link)
Ninette giggles some more. "Well, what did the Lord of Marsilikos think of all this?"
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-09-17 07:11 pm (UTC)(link)
"The best kind," Ninette asserts.
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-09-18 05:36 pm (UTC)(link)
"To the library!"

To the library.

The library contains: books.
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-10-23 01:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Ninette beams. "We could," she agrees.
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-10-24 12:27 am (UTC)(link)
"I'll show you to my room," Ninette says cheerfully. "Mine is the bigger bed."
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-10-24 01:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Ninette is so very, very pleased.
sparksflying: (② I'm twice as smart and)

[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-10-26 03:24 am (UTC)(link)
"Aye," she says. "Knowing Sara, it may be that she now waits for us. I should go look for her, I suppose, but—" she giggles softly "—I am so comfortable where I am."
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[personal profile] sparksflying 2014-10-26 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
"I like the way you think," says Ninette.