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[personal profile] revolutias 2016-02-11 09:45 am (UTC)(link)

Oh the bitten mouth, oh the kissed limbs, oh the hungering teeth, oh the entwined bodies. Oh the mad coupling of hope and force in which we merged and despaired.




shri: (» we're at the start)

[personal profile] shri 2016-02-11 10:06 am (UTC)(link)
[ It ends with Galahad's boots as they walk out that door. At least, officially that's where it ends. In watching a good man, go to get himself killed at the hands of his noble intentions.

She doesn't interrupt his conversation with the marquis downstairs, no more than it seems he was interested in interrupting her. Instead she waits, hand braced to the back of her neck, head tilted back. Eyes shut, weighing a million matters she needs to attend to and yet cannot do anything about. What matters and what doesn't.

Which seems to begin and end with the Knight downstairs. He knows where she is, he knows her plans and this is the problem with letting people in, they come with all sorts of side problems. She needs to go down there, she needs to spell out complications, appeal to his honour that if he did not care for her, then let her at least get the innocent out - then they can get back to killing each other later. Offer him safe passage out, maybe.

But there's a knot in her chest and there's a hush that is falling over the city. The late hours where no one was moving, no where forward or back that wouldn't cause too many question. Some witching hour maybe, as Whitechapel, always twisting over itself like a body in the last throws of a fever. Very soon, it seemed, the fever would burn them all out. Then they would see who was left alive.

So she elects to do none of it. What she feels is - the weight, the weight of revolutions, of truth, of the clenched jaw that comes on swallowing down the knowledge that a good man was about to be wasted to the hands of the cruel. She is a queen and a rebel, a vicious clawed tiger true - but a woman as well, and she is tired of battle lines. Instead she takes a bottle of discarded wine left by her hastily leaving patrons. Takes the weight of dead men, and she walks downstairs, since he apparently hadn't left. There are few whose company she could stand at the moment. Her rebels with their gaping hearts and gaping eyes. So eager to rush to a death that she thinks of like an old friend some days.

Fingers hook on the balustrade, using it as a axis to swing herself about to find him. Bottle held up like peace offering. She has no other intentions, right now. Her politics is exhaustion and her trade agreement is drunken numbness best found with company.
]

Seems you've found your way to me too, Marquis.
revolutias: (sinking in my seat - oh)

[personal profile] revolutias 2016-02-12 02:56 am (UTC)(link)
[ It ends for him as he did with her, watching his dear fried march down a road likely to see him killed. It end with his gun cold against the table, his heart heavy, and his mind numb. He is a knight and there is much he should do, yet he stands silent and still, ears trained to the lighter footsteps above the stairs.

Duty would demand he sees her to shackles and taken in, thrown upon the floor of judges to deem her terrorist activities. His hand stills, dares not to move. Lafayette is no fool, no blind man stumbling about the world. The danger he sees is the same he wishes not to acknowledge, for if he dared it would darken every deed accomplished under the Order's name. Every victory soured. Every judgement wrong. It leaves him at an impasse, shrouded by the dim light of the brothel.

It is the calm before the storm, the space between the darkest night and the break of day. Breath held as blades fall, shots are fired, the world bursts alight around them. The brace that he is too familiar with, the sort that leaves his bones hollow with ready grief.

He hears her weight shift on the floorboards, feet descending down creaking stairs. She knows he is here, of course, knows his position as keenly as he knows her own. Without thinking his back stiffens, preparation for fangs bared. Worry for Galahad is all that truly places them upon the same side, but he is gone from both of their grasps now, his fate no longer theirs to hope to guide away from disaster.

Only she comes without fangs, a bottle held high to draw his eye. A peace offering to lay down animosity between tired souls. He does not know what to make of it; the offer of peace, nor his own inability to take advantage of the opportunity laid before him. As a knight he should do his duty, should end that which has plagued them for so long. But what is the plague truly? He knows not in this worn state, an exhaustion that seeps deep into his chest. ]


So it would seem, mademoiselle.

[ Perhaps for what few hours remain battle lines can be cast aside and enemies can commiserate the life of a good man. ]
shri: (» I'll never be more)

[personal profile] shri 2016-02-12 03:26 am (UTC)(link)
[ It happens in war, she found, there comes a point, the fights go on too long, and it's hard. When the emptiness of death takes on it's choke hold at the throat, but won't quite finish the job. Hard to stay as removed as is needed, after this long. Sometimes it's needed to just push it aside. ]

I'm humbled.

[ presses her lips together in a smile that is anything but. But polite will work for now. Her head tilts. The gun is on the table, and as she sets the bottle down, she places her own down too. Dragging a discarded cup from the side, and it's slow, he can turn away from this at any time. She doesn't have the intention to trap him.

Glances up to him as she pours the wine, for him, then for her.
] I don't think we've ever received such noble patronage. [ It's more than should be poured for decent company. But they're immortal and this is a brothel in the worst slums of london, who had a care for proper. Besides, she does have a goal - it's to not feel her mouth or her lips until she must.

When it's poured - she pushes the cup towards him before reaching for her own. Very deliberately taking the first sip as way of trust.
]
revolutias: (and take what is mine)

[personal profile] revolutias 2016-02-12 03:56 am (UTC)(link)
[ It is a sharp gaze that watches her place her gun upon the table, a motion to settle his nerves perhaps? A gesture to assure, prove to whatever doubt that lingers there is nothing to fear. No daggers, no bullets. Standing here is little more than old warriors, immortal souls seeking but a moment of rest.

It is slow way that his shoulders relax that tells of his intention to remain, fingers unhooking from their place behind his back to hang loosely at his sides. ]


Ah, then you must not have noticed my previous visits. [ There is nothing proper about their company, the venue, nor their intents. Neither seem to care much for porperness, such things are better left to others. To noble lords and ladies unaware of the fire about to set the streets alight and the blood about to be spilled. ] I dressed plainer though it never lasted long.

[ With the sip take he watches her face, her throat, satisfied after a moment of nothing he follows suit. Cup raising to be brought to his lips, barely golden liquid coating mouth and throat. ]
shri: (» now they whisper it)

[personal profile] shri 2016-02-12 04:17 am (UTC)(link)
[ She keeps her eyes fixed on his as she sips slowly, it's dreadful, but if it's good enough for the people here, she had insisted, it's good enough for her. Enough time apparently that she can stomach the stuff at least.

She props an elbow against the table as she shifts her weight, tall as it is, it's comfortable to simply lean against it. Keeping the cup close to sip idly as she talks.
] Best we keep it way then, shall we? I never knew you were here.

[ simply stated, as much as she's giving. A promise that if they found each other in the morning when they put boots on the ground - she wouldn't know his face. no more than he'd know hers. ]
revolutias: (letting go of it)

[personal profile] revolutias 2016-02-12 04:30 am (UTC)(link)
[ A good thing than they neither of them are looking for something with taste, something to savor with time and noble conversation. No, what they seek is a numbness delivered only by a sharper sort of drink, that burns the throat and settles warmly in the pit of their stomachs.

He observes her quietly as she speaks, leaning slight against the wall behind him, cup held securely in one hand. It is a shame they must stand as enemies, a woman as beautiful and fierce as her - what he would give to treasure such ferocity, such beauty, as it rightly deserves to be.

There is no hesitation in his nod, agreement unspoken. ]
I shall endeavor to forget your face come morning, mademoiselle. [ As painful as such a task might be. ] It is the best course of action for us both.
shri: (» in the season's storm)

[personal profile] shri 2016-02-12 04:41 am (UTC)(link)
[ Rough, ugly burning taste in her mouth that she licks her lips to chase the edge of it. Her fingers caught on the edge of the cup, and she's intent on taking this one mouthful at a time. Her plans going on so far as that next mouthful.

It's a relief to be in the company of someone who is looking for nothing more than the same.
]

In that case - [ her mouth, clever, brittle little line that twists into a sharp smile. ] the bar is open. [ no one is here, no is coming back. Save Devi, but she had orders already to begin preparation. ] The bar is open. Let's make the forgetting easy.

[ She leans forward the, tiger's shift of shoulders. Holding her cup up to him. ] A toast, to Sir Galahad. [ there is grief thick in her mouth for the words, but it goes no further than that. ]
revolutias: (you hover like a hummingbird)

[personal profile] revolutias 2016-02-12 06:50 am (UTC)(link)
[ He tilts his head, gaze flicking from her face to the empty bar not far off, and laughs. The bar is open, free for them to plunder with no worry for the consequence. A endless stream of alcohol and the company of a beautiful woman, what more could a man ask for?

But the laughter fades, falls into a solemn silence. There is no hesitation in the way he pushes himself off the wall, tapping her cup with his own. ]
I pray God sees him back safely. [ It is a grief that he shares, thick in the back of his throat, in the depths of his gaze.

Toast made the Frenchman shifts back to throw what remains in his cup down, that burning taste sharp against his tongue, sharper still as it moves down. ]
shri: (» we are the hearts)

[personal profile] shri 2016-02-12 09:27 am (UTC)(link)
[ It's choking, that fear, all sorts of tomorrows hang there now, and she is sick of fretting about them. The drink is easier. She mimics, grimace on her face for it, rather choke on this than fate and it's cruel twists. Head going back as she swallows down the rest of the drink. Regrets it almost immediately as it goes down, tipping forward. Leaning into the back of the hand that held the drink as he swallowed down the mouthful. Coughing briefly when she gets it down, sharp inhalation to catch it.

What was that about getting used to this stuff? She clearly hadn't.
] How do they drink this swill?

[ Rasped out through something that might be a laugh. Setting the cup down firmly as she hung her head, shaking it to try and clear her head, before she draws back again to poor another for herself, leaving the bottle close if he wanted one himself. This one she sips a little more carefully. Feeling the burn that she had wanted. ]
revolutias: (swallow my breath)

[personal profile] revolutias 2016-02-12 08:08 pm (UTC)(link)
[ A subject neither wish to speak on further, it lays too heavily on their hearts, presses the back of their throats. Hope and fear mingling so exquisitely all it can do is hurt, sting like a open wound threatening to fester. He could not be more grateful for the open bar in the face of it all, to make the forgetting easier, to ease the ache set deep in his chest.

A chuckle comes unbidden as she struggles with the strength of their choice drink, far removed from the fancy wines those of higher class enjoy. ]


Easily, I imagine, there is little else for them to drown their sorrows in. [ A brief pause. ] Outside the arms of a beautiful woman, of course.

[ He joins her in refilling his cup, lips quirked up a slight smile. How alien it had become in the last few days, since the sky rained down fire and his heart grew heavy with grief. Ever since that day he has very few reasons to smile, only further reason to grieve.

But not this moment, not now, they aim to forget more than just each others faces this night. ]
shri: (» tragically we fall like the arrows)

[personal profile] shri 2016-02-12 11:38 pm (UTC)(link)
[ It didn't exactly get better with each mouthful, just that her tongue deadened to it. What she wants, she is good at - putting away the things that become too much too quickly. Of moving on when she must, to never lingering longer than she needs to. It was how she stayed alive. Sometimes it was not so easily done. Eyes fixed on him in the candle light. Not so well lit as the bright halls that he was no doubt used to, but that was sort of the point of it wasn't it? Comfortably numb. ]

This is the place for both.

[ Flicks her eyes down, hiding the mischief in them and the words, contemplating her drink as she contemplated him. It was not as if he did not come with a reputation. Handsome enough, for it to be fair one at least. Sips a smaller mouthful, glancing up at him again. Not unfair at all why a lady should like such a thing. Especially when he smiled so easy. Something she did not do so often anymore.

Steal his for herself then.
] Never had much interest in drink. Until I found the cold never came out here. [ Another brittle laugh, hidden behind the lip of her cup. ] I fear I was not made for this weather.
revolutias: (i'm giving you all)

[personal profile] revolutias 2016-02-13 07:38 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, yes, this Lafayette knows well.

[ It would be remiss of him if he did not think he had something of a reputation, the stories undoubtedly spoken of him amongst the circles of both the higher and lower classes. To Lafayette they barely held importance, a beautiful woman was beautiful no matter her standing. She will always be satisfied and smiling upon his departure.

And his smiles come easy, true, but difficult it is for them to reach his eyes proper, for them to be so bright as were when Malory still lived. They will return to that state some day, of course, given time to live and heal. For now they are just this, easy yet not wholly meant - her influence perhaps, or the swill they partake in so eagerly. It matters not. ]


No man is, mademoiselle, save for the English. [ He sniffs, bringing his cup to his lips once more. ] We can only do what little we are able to stave off the chill. [ A smile, sharp and mischievous. The drink, he thinks, it must be the drink. ]
shri: (» the future runs through our bones)

[personal profile] shri 2016-02-13 08:30 am (UTC)(link)
[ Makes it easier. and no she doesn't drink often. For her to be knocking it back so hard and fast like they are now. Very soon, she'll feel it trickle it's way down into her fingers. But for now she sets her chin in the palm of her free hand, nail tapping absently. Watching him, not as close as she might if he were looking to make a point. More just - being pleasant, receptive, giving him the respect of paying attention to him when he speaks. That's all. Her smile hooked the one side, quick with it when she wants to be. ]

So I am learning. [ something from when she'd first came - ] The rain is not quite so polite in my homeland. But it at least leaves. [ Flicks her fingers as if she might just command this miserableness to simply disperse from around them. ] is it the same in France? I never quite stayed long enough to get a measure of it. [ What was she doing in France? Who knows. Nothing he needed to know about, in any case. ]
revolutias: (i'll be the blood)

[personal profile] revolutias 2016-02-13 09:10 am (UTC)(link)
[ What was she doing in France? He has to wonder, something to ponder another time when he is not to remember her face. For now it isn't to be thought upon, fingers curling tighter around his up and he stands that little bit taller. ]

It is just as miserable in France? God, no. She does not rain nearly as much, her winters do not linger through spring and summer. [ A man of the world, a man of two revolutions, but a Frenchman at heart. Always and forever. ] She is kissed by the sun and perfumed by the smell of fresh flowers.

[ He misses the sun, he realizes then, the warmth of it. Shining days are never quite as warm as they should be in England, the threat of rain always standing off to the edge of the sky. ]
shri: (» of rubies precious stones)

[personal profile] shri 2016-02-13 09:30 am (UTC)(link)
[ Her eyebrows go up, as he talks, tilting her smile down into her lips as she presses them against her fingers. It's good to see someone with the same sentiment. ]

I heard the sun in the south is something to be seen. [ From artists and poets at least. They trickle through these doors more than almost anyone else. Forever in love with someone woman they cannot have. ] I never thought to miss summer, but I miss feeling at least somewhat dry, having the warmth on my skin. [ Granted if she spent her time in more noble houses perhaps she would not feel that way. But here? In the muck and the dirt, it feels sunk into her skin -- and especially now. Seems fitting to so much misery, maybe.

Another mouthful, another grimace for it and her head tilts, tips.
] Listen to us, anyone would think we were homesick.
revolutias: (carve out the spine)

[personal profile] revolutias 2016-02-13 10:11 am (UTC)(link)
[ He laughs, low and a little hollow, cup rising to drain more of his drink. Another mouthful to fill in those empty spaces, another to warm his weary bones.

Could he deny it? No, not in the slightest. Just by the sound of them they sound like the forlorn, torn and denied that which brought them both such joy. The warmth of home. ]


What a pair we must make.

[ A knight and the rebel queen, commiserating together on such a miserable night. ]

What of your home, mademoiselle? Tell me of the suns of India. I would know of their beauty.
shri: (» we go together)

[personal profile] shri 2016-02-13 10:34 am (UTC)(link)
[ This is a child's game, pretending they are other than what they are but -- no this is exactly what they are. So the game is that, if the world had been fair, if the world had been kind, if it had been right. If the truth had anything to do with it, they might never have to forget each other. But as it stands, there was no going back now. ]

No one said eternity made men clever. [ sharp little dig for as much him as her, but it's kindly meant. ] It could not be more different to here, or France, or any of the countries this side of the continent. [ Tips her cup, watching the almost gone amber liquid catch the light. Could be sun glittering for all their present dreaming, and suddenly the drink is stomachable, a fair price to pay for drinking light. ] It will build and build with heat, until it's cloying in the back of your throat, there is no relief at night either that way. Summers are generous that way. [ The cup is set down, she leans forward with her hand to where he lingers and ghosts the space between them, a drawn up line, to his pulse. ] Sometimes you think you can feel it in your blood itself, it settles itself into each breath. Then just when you think you can take no more of it - it breaks. Then it will storm, for hours the rain will pour down in torrents before just as suddenly, it is gone. It goes like this for all of summer.

[ Her hand withdraws, eyes on him. Warm, warm, warm, with the summers she speaks of. ] It is not forgiving, rather the heat can be maddening at times.
revolutias: (swallow my breath)

[personal profile] revolutias 2016-02-13 10:56 am (UTC)(link)
[ A game, a truly foolish game but it is what it is and he knows the truth of it. Let them play, he thinks, for this moment before the world remembers how to breathe, before the foundations around them groan their last before collapsing. He is allowed that much, is he not? To have to stand testament to a friend's sure to be death. See him punished for this if that is what must happen, he will bare it will no complaint - but allow him this opportunity to breathe, to exist beyond the gorget that adorns his neck.

The man to stand in place of the knight.

He listens close, attention caught firmly between those slender fingers. It is a grand picture she weaves, unrelenting heat pressed down hard upon it's people. Imitating suddenly, perhaps, by her fingers drawing line up his pulse. ( A terrible man thinks himself in danger, counts the opportunity and watches it slip by. ) Warm, truly warm, summers to break the unwary and the weak. No wonder she stands so strong, burns so bright. ]


Much like it's queen. [ A smile hooked to one side, jest and compliment all in one. ] It sounds like paradise compared to the piercing cold of England.
shri: (» you were sharp as a knife to get me)

[personal profile] shri 2016-02-13 11:19 am (UTC)(link)
[ She can't quite dignify that with an answer straight away - flattering is part of the course of royalty especially, for it to mean very much to her. She snatches her drink up again, draining it dry before she takes up the bottle again to fill her cup, and as she speaks tips it a little to ask if he wanted more himself.

She might not be completely immune to it, as she pretends most of the time. It's ridiculous, but that's the point. Watching him again, carefully.
]

It feels like it some times. Then I remember how my clothes would stick to me at times, I wanted nothing but to throw myself into the rain for some relief, and I do have to wonder who has the right of it. [ But she misses it all the same, doesn't need to say it. That much is plain. ] And you, Marquis, is it true all frenchmen are so charming, or are you particularly gifted?
Edited 2016-02-13 11:23 (UTC)
revolutias: (if you'll be the bones)

[personal profile] revolutias 2016-02-13 11:30 am (UTC)(link)
[ He flatters as easily as he breathes - the ways of courts, nobility, and royals ingrained deep in his bones. He has a lifetime of placating them, speaking the right words at the right moments in the right ways. Not to say he does not mean what he says, no no, Lafayette does not speak empty words - especially not around a woman such as she. ]

Perhaps this damn English rain has some use after all. [ He would not have thought earlier this evening he would be sitting in a bar alone with the rebel queen doing his best not to picture cloths slick against her skin. It makes him thankful for her question, dragging him swift from his thoughts. ]

Not all of my countrymen can be as charming as I, but some come close. No, mademoiselle, I am unique amongst my fellows. [ As, morbidly, he still has his head. ]
shri: (» and the scars that mark my body)

[personal profile] shri 2016-02-13 11:50 am (UTC)(link)
[ Here she is, pouring him out the last of this bottle. Comfortable in his company, bemused with him as far as she'd admit. Maybe otherwise, but she's always slow to it. Things are hard won from her at the best of times. Just maybe not quite so after she's finished this glass however. See how she felt about him then. ]

That you are. [ her eyes crinkle with the smile, the bottle set down empty and she shakes her head. She means, she studies her enemies carefully, seen him from the other end of the gun to know how good his shot is - she means he's nothing she finds hard to look at. ] A man of many skills I hear told often enough. [ Crinkles, imaging him, as someone else maybe. The blackwater stripped them of much, most especially the people they were before. ] It must be useful.
revolutias: (and take what is mine)

[personal profile] revolutias 2016-02-13 12:03 pm (UTC)(link)
[ The swill does it's work well, spreading through his veins like a slow but fierce fire. Perhaps it is what makes this easier - no, he cannot say he has not admired the woman on reputation alone and meeting her in person... well, rumors of her beauty have not done her enough justice. Nevertheless she holds more from him than most enemies should, respect and admiration.

He holds up his cup, motioning towards her with eyebrows raised. ]
As are you. [ Unique, not hard to look upon, more pleasant company than he dares to admit. ] Oui, I am as expertly skilled off the battlefield as I am on.
shri: (» it keeps my veins hot)

[personal profile] shri 2016-02-13 12:18 pm (UTC)(link)
[ It's the heat she described, settling in her throat, working its way against her cheeks, her lips. Leant in to talk with him so easily. True, she never saw them so much as an enemy as something simply in her way, at worst fools of their own pride. She never thought very much one what they are like as people in this regard - and with him, it's easy. Likeable, and he tries to be of course - but this comfortable in another way. A mutuality to missing, that she feels understood in. ]

We are not exactly... usual company. [ Her lips press together, that numbness is coming up comfortably again. Content and warm. Her teeth catch against her bottom lip, pressing in sharp on words decorum would say otherwise about. She's all predator, because she always has been just different. Slow, encroaching. She measures too often, too carefully. Even like this when there's heat crawling up her spine. ] Careful, Marquis, I might ask what kind of woman you think I am. [ The girls that had worked here, told her how he talked. ]
revolutias: (open my chest and)

[personal profile] revolutias 2016-02-13 12:46 pm (UTC)(link)
[ He laughs again, short, drink joining his lips to swallow even more of the amber liquid. Both burning and numbness mixing together as time progresses. ]

I think you are not a woman to be trifled with, a desert rose that is as beautiful as she is dangerous. [ Honeyed words wholly meant, slipping from his lips as effortless as if he were to simply breathe. ] A woman not so easily charmed by flattery and suggestion.

[ Not that he is attempting to charm her, no, he would not dare. Would he? The warmth makes him reckless, more so than normal, entertaining idle thoughts of baiting a tiger with slabs of meat. Dangerous thoughts to be true, belonging to a man of younger years. Yet they sit nevertheless, a small prickle on the edge of his thoughts. ]