Eleanor had just had a guard return after she asked him to check on her daughter in her room, but the news he had worried her somewhat. She wasn't in her room. The guards have one job and that is to keep everyone safe, but how did they intend on keeping everyone safe if they didn't know where anyone is? "For heaven's sake! these guards are all fools.." She muttered in annoyance. "I suppose if you want something done right you have to do it yourself." She stated inwardly. For a woman in a dress, heels and crown Eleanor made her way around the castle with ease. It wasn't until she neared the kitchens that she spotted her daughter roaming around. "Maud dear, what exactly are you doing here?" Eleanor asked raising an eyebrow at her daughter, but still giving her a warm smile. "I had a guard go check on you and you weren't there." She explained sounding quite concerned. In all honesty Eleanor could have just read her mind, or forced her to do it using her abilities, but she preferred to give her children some level of privacy and freedom.
Eleanor's smile faltered momentarily, but returned quickly. She understood why her daughter would want to go outside every once and a while, it did get boring at times, however they had to do what must be done. Eleanor would have preferred that Maidlin had at least taken a guard with her. "Very well then..." She began, giving a slight nod as she thought of the best response possible. "You know I can't just let you roam about without supervision." Eleanor stated calmly. "Your aunt Angelica was nearly kidnapped because of trying something like this when we were children!" She warned. Eleanor knew that such things didn't work often, but it was the motherly thing to say in this situation. "Do you understand how hard it would be for us all if that happened to you?" Eleanor asked her, once again she knew it wasn't always an effective method, but it was true, the idea of losing any of her children was not appealing in the slightest. "Next time just ask me, I'm sure I could sort out a way for you to go out there yourself, but if I have no idea where you are something bad could actually happen." She explained trying not to too controlling.
Eleanor paused briefly before giving a slight sigh. "You are right, it is a lovely day..." She reasoned, pursing her lips momentarily. "And fresh air is something that we could all benefit from..." She continued, speaking more to herself than anyone else. "As long as you have a guard in your general vicinity you are free to go on with your walk, just be careful." Eleanor had difficulty understanding why any of her children would want to go outside so often, at there age she spent all her time preparing for the future, studying and then practicing her abilities. She lives a life of luxury because of it and so she didn't understand why they couldn't do the same. Eleanor smiled before she came up with an alternative. "If you'd rather not I could go with you." She offered, there was no issue a guard could deal with that she couldn't deal with by merely shutting doing away with a person's mind. "It would be time away from your other siblings," She explained. "Besides..." Eleanor said in a far more hushed voice, "It gets me out of having to deal with any ambassadors." She told her daughter with a grin and a wink. Eleanor had no difficulty dealing with them, it was merely a task she didn't need to be there for and was therefore inefficient.
Eleanor sighed, the town wasn't guaranteed to be as safe as anywhere within the castle grounds, but she also knew that she had to have faith in her daughter sometimes. "If you are careful and avoid interacting with too many people, maybe, but to buy something, I suppose it depends on what..." She told her hesitating with the last bit. "You can buy clothes or trinkets, but food and things of the such are off limits." Eleanor told her sternly. She would honestly have preferred her to just not buy anything. "You are very important, any person with an issue with the monarchy may very well try to take it out on you." Eleanor explained to her daughter in a matter of fact tone. "Nowadays there is an increasing number of such people, and food is just too easy of a way for them to exact there revenge." She told her not wavering in her speech. "is there anything else you would like to know?" She asked more calmly now.
"Oh well that is sweet." Eleanor said her expression softening. "Well, let's see, if you want my opinion..." She began, thinking about what types of things each person would want. "Leslie I'm sure would like new books, I see her reading often so she might run out of books soon." She told her daughter still trying to think of the others. "Cray would probably like sketching pencils and I believe Mia would be overjoyed with some paints and as for your father, he would likely be happy if you and him had a special day together, maybe you can set something up that you can do with him rather than an item." She explained, checking with herself to make sure she got everything right. "Oh, and as for me, well, surprise me, it's more fun that way, but if you can't find anything flowers are always a safe bet." Eleanor told her daughter with a faint smile. "Don't go taking my ideas to heart though, if you can think of something else then get it, I believe that if you choose all the gifts yourself it makes it all the more special!" She exclaimed, making sure that Maud didn't just go with what she recommended , It was really to make sure she could find something if she couldn't think of anything else.
"Well, it shouldn't to much of an issue," She told her daughter kindly. Eleanor already took on some of his duties for him so taking on a couple more wouldn't be to big of a problem. "I'll free him up of work for a while so that you can do whatever it is that you want to do with him." Eleanor stated contentedly. Her expression became a rather annoyed one as she pushed back a stray hair, glaring at it intensely. "Better..." Eleanor muttered. "Anyways, I hope that works for you dear." She said to her daughter once she had recomposed herself.
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