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message 1: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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Astraris | 2313 comments Aldar puts the vial onto a necklace, and gives it to Mel to wear. "They'll understand, I'm sure they'll be fine. I might have a but if explaining to do, myself..." He says as he wipes the excess blood from his neck. "My dad will understand"


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Mel nods and sighs. She jumps when someone opens the carriage door. The first thing she notices is that the sun light is all blocked out. She takes a deep breath and slowly exits the carriage. A hand is offered to her and she blindly takes it.
She let's go of the hand when her feet are on the ground.


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Astraris | 2313 comments Aldar follow swiftly behind, closing the carriage door as he leaves. He spots his father come out from the house, opening his arms to embrace the princess.

"Your highness, we've been hoping to see you for years. How beautiful you've gone up to be" he says back off and shaking her right hand in both of his. "I'll be busy for a few hours, I'm sure my son will get you settled."


message 5: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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Mel nods, shaking his hand back and swallows a lump of nerves, "yes sir," she says with a nod. She looks back at Adlar.


message 6: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments Aldar smiles lightly and nods to his father. He walks to Mel's side, and begins walking, urging her to follow alongside. "My father can be full-on ignore him, for the most part, he's just another eccentric noble..."


message 7: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

Elizabeth (elizabeth_duivenvoorde) | 15063 comments Mod
Mel nodded and walked with Adlar, "he's still your father," she stated, feeling like she had to say it so he wouldn't speak harshly of his dad or something. Her eyes travelled the walls when they got inside, "it looks nice."


message 8: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments "It's all bought with tax money. Money earned by farmers and such, not my father. It's unfair, it always is. It's stolen, no other way to see it." As he concludes, he spots a few guards turn the corner, escorting a young girl. Aldar stops walking as she does, and turns to her, sinking to one knee infront of her. "Lady Lillian." Aldar says "you look beautiful today." The girl was young, fresh-faced, barely out of adolescence. She was slightly smaller than Mel, and about a foot smaller than Aldar. "I trust your journey was safe" she says with a sweet voice as Aldar rises. He bows his head and she curtsies, before each of them continuing to walk.


message 9: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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Mel bits the inside of her cheek to hide her jealousy, "who was that?" She tried focusing on the tax money thing; it was wrong.


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Astraris | 2313 comments "Lillian, my 'betrothed'" Aldar says as if mocking the word itself. She's a little girl, and her father is already trying to marry her to me. A child playing an adult's game. It's all messed up" he says, continuing to walk, and stopping outside of a door.
"This is yours, inside should be everything you need. A meal will probably be held in your honour, so expect servants coming around in an hour or two."


message 11: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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She nodded and felt sick when he said the girl's name again. Mel looked his face over, "can you show me around?" She blushed, "after dinner maybe?" She wanted to bath and change first.


message 12: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments "I guess I could, I've got some things I need to do, but I should be free after dinner until dawn... I've got a couple of hours to kill, I guess." He says, having to stop himself from stuttering as he looked over her reddened face.


message 13: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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She nods, "okay, see you then," she smiled cutely then goes into her room quickly. She closes the door before leaning against it and sighing. She perked her, "I'm going to do this thing right," she whispered to herself and went to bath. If she was going to 'win the guy' or even start dating, she wanted it to be fun and movie like.


message 14: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments Aldar coughed lightly to himself as he allowed his face To go red after after a long while of keeping it under control. He walks in the direction they came from, jogging slightly to catch up with Lillian, who we took for a chaperoned walk in the gardens. He was lucky to be allowed to marry her in the future, and perhaps he did have romantic feelings for her, but his hate of the idea of arranging her marriage held him back, despite actually liking the prospect of marrying her. Finishing the walk, he goes back to his room, taking off his shirt and laying in the bed, letting out a held-in sigh.


message 15: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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Mel sits on her bed after washing up and is greeted by some maids who help her get all dolled up. They put her in a lovely Violet gown and do her hair and makeup.
When the maids left, Mel looked at her reflection and frowned. She didn't even recognize herself.
A knock came from the door and Mel was escorted to dinner.


message 16: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments Aldar gets a curt knock on the door from his brother, telling him to get himself sorted. "Alright..." Aldar says through the door, and goes to his wardrobe, he puts on his usual black tuxedo, nothing too fancy, and sorts his hair out with a quick ruffle. He wasn't the type to dress up, and was lazily tucking his white shirt into his trousers as he walked out of the room, zipping his fly and sorting his cuffs as he walks into the dining hall, taking his usual seat to the left of the main seat at the table's end, where his father usually sat.


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Mel was a bit panicky because she didn't know anyone. She was greeted by Adlar's father at the door. She sighed with relief, happy she wouldn't be going in alone, "hello sir," she bowed her head, hiding the fact the the corset was making it hard to move or even breath.


message 18: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments "Your Majesty! How beautiful you look!" He says, greeting her with a kiss on the hand, and leading her to her seat, next to Aldar.

Aldar's otherwise in-caring ears perked up when he heard his father say 'your majesty' and sat up in his seat, knowing that Mel would be walking in soon, and he wanted to look as if he actually cared about these formalities... Which he didn't


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Mel tried to look graceful, but wasn't use to heals and stumbled a bit. She bit her bottom lip hard, trying to watch her feet even though they were under a puffy dress. She fallowed the man and nearly bumped I to him when he stopped. She laughed awkwardly, "umm.. Thank you.." She sat when her chair was pulled out for her.


message 20: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments "Smooth" Aldar whispers to Mel beside him as his father went out of earshot. His ears took to watching Lillian, dressed in a plain-yet-graceful white dress as she sat opposite him. He but his lip slightly, trying to not make his smile so obvious. He fiddled with a table knife in front of him, where the plate with his food would be once the meal started.


message 21: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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Mel watched him for a moment then looked at Lillian and felt the monster of jealousy nipping at her again. She averted her eyes, "I'd like to see you walk perfectly in heals," she muttered.


message 22: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments "So would I, that would be hilarious. You're a lady, are you not used to it?" He asks, leaning in slightly as he whispers he could smell her perfume, and went back to his up-right position as swiftly as he could without seeming weird. His gaze went back to Lillian as he looked over what he could see. She was a sweet young girl, and he knew she didn't object to their arranged marriage, but the thought that she could feel obligated and forced still nipped at his mind. He looked over Mel to his side, not moving his head, just looking at the corner of his eye. He could see almost all of her, and bit his lip slightly at the sight


message 23: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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"I wasn't raised for this," she reminds him, whispering without having to move her lips, "I don't do the hole fancy dress and high heals thing." She slouched a bit in her seat and glanced around the table, watching as vampires evaluated her, trying to figure out what to do with her. She sighed a bit and fiddled with her fingers.


message 24: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments "You should do it more often, that dress looks good on you." He tells her, finishing the sentence by looking her direction. He hadn't looked at her face properly through all the time she'd been sat down, and he liked it. The way her makeup was done, how her hair was styled, he liked it.


message 25: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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Mel shrugged a bit, "it's not who I am," she stated simply, "but I guess I don't have much of a choice," she kept her eyes on two well dressed men whispering and glancing at her. She was going to be their dress up doll.


message 26: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments Aldar wondered what she was so interested in, and sighed as he found out what, or who. "Ignore them. You're royal, beautiful and a maiden. You're guaranteed to get gawked at" he says hoping his knowledge of her was correct


message 27: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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She nodded and looked at Adlar, "I guess..." She looked his face over then looked down and her fiddling fingers.


message 28: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments "Don't worry. Those two in particular have never been with a woman. They don't know what to do, so they ain't gonna make any....unwanted moves." He assures her, looking away and forwards, where Lillian was watching him with worried eyes. He smiles to assure her he's alright and she replies with a sweet and youthful smile to show she understood


message 29: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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Mel watches then from the corner of her eye wile keeping her head down, "mhm." She wondered if he had been with a woman, but quickly pushed the thought aside. She was doomed to be alone. She managed to sit up strait, making herself look presentable. She looked around the table, letting the action be seen my everyone this time. Mel focused her gaze on Adlar's father, "so what is the plan for tomorrow? Adlar mentioned that I'm to stay the night here, but what after?" She needed to keep her focus off Adlar and Lillian.


message 30: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments The Duke puffed out his chest slightly "you're to stay here until we deem it safe to move you. The king will have all patrols focused on finding you, and will search carriages to find you. Until the heat dies down, you'll stay here."


message 31: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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"And what am I suppose to do wile I wait!?" She tried not to show her frustration, but she was tired and had been threw a lot in one day.


message 32: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments Aldar put a hand on her knee in the hope that she doesn't continue to get worked up.

The duke continues, as if he didn't notice her irritation. "There's plenty of things to do. Walks, meals, training, entertainment. I can even arrange lessons, Your Majesty. Make yourself at home!"


message 33: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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She clenched her jaw, hating how her heart fluttered from Adlar's touch, "what type of lessons?" She asked shakily.


message 34: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments The duke chuckled slightly "anything you like! Whatever you ask for, it would be my pleasure to supply it! Any demand of yours I shall answer!"

Aldar smiles slightly, taking his hand from her knee. Had he been too forward? He didn't mean it that way at first, but he had to admit he enjoyed it slightly.


message 35: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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Mel nodded, "thank you sir." She looked at dinner as it came in. She wanted to get this over with as soon as possible.


message 36: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments Aldar straightens himself as food is pushed in front of him. "People are starving, yet we get enough food to feed 7 people per plate. Pathetic." He whispers to himself, reluctantly picking us his cutlery and digging in.


message 37: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

Elizabeth (elizabeth_duivenvoorde) | 15063 comments Mod
Mel frowned at the thought, "people are starving?" She looked at him sadly.


message 38: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments "Hundred, thousands, perhaps even millions. We never hear about them, they don't have a voice in politics, so it's as if they don't exist." He says, putting food into his mouth and swallowing. About half of his plate was empty, and he hurriedly wipes his mouth with a napkin. He stands, brushing of his sleeves in case anything was there, which there wasn't. He tosses a small piece of paper in the space between Mel's and his plate. "Directions to my room. I'll be there if you need anything." He says, bowing his head to his father, and a lower bow to Lillian across the table before walking from his space and out of the room.


message 39: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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Mel took the paper and held it on one hand. She stares at her food then looks at Adlar's father, "I'm sorry, but I had a large meal before coming," she stands, feeling terrible for waisting the food, "please excuse me," she bowed her head to everyone before leaving.
Mel wonders around a bit, not wanting to go strait to Adlar's room. She thought about everything he's said; the starving people, tax money going to the rich. It was so wrong. She found herself making a mental list of everything she would be changing and wondered if she was actually perfect for this role.
She un-crumpled the paper and fallowed the directions to Adlar's room. She knocked rather loudly, needing to sit because of the pain in her feet.


message 40: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments Having only got to his room moments before, he was surprised by the knock. "Come on in. You can manage a door, right?" He asks, a little too annoyed and tired to get the door himself. It was silly, but it wasn't anything major.


message 41: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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She opened it and walked in, "of course I can get a door myself!" She hissed, having passed herself off on her walk. She went to his dresser and used it for balance as she toot off her shoes and snapped the heals off them. She put the shoes on top of the dresser, to lazy to put them back on.


message 42: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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She opened it and walked in, "of course I can get a door myself!" She hissed, having passed herself off on her walk. She went to his dresser and used it for balance as she took off her shoes and snapped the heals off them. She put the shoes on top of the dresser, to lazy to put them back on.


message 43: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments Aldar arched his eyebrows at her. "What a mystery you are, Mel." He says, leaning back in the chair he was sitting in, taking the jacket of his tux off and over the armrest.


message 44: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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Mel looked at him funny as she started attempting to take her hair out of whatever fancy mess the maids had put it into, "how on earth am I a mystery?"


message 45: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments "I don't understand you, and that's mysterious to me. I tend to understand most girls that start undressing in my bedroom." He says jokingly, wanting to see her reaction.


message 46: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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She blushed and huffed, giving up on her now messy hair, "I'm not undressing in your room!" Mel looked around for a place to sit and rolled her eyes when the only spot was the bed. She went to the foot of it and sat, "you said you'd show me around."


message 47: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments "That I did. I'm surprised you'd make yourself so comfortable in my room, especially after dinner hours. If I had less self-control, you could have put yourself in danger coming here." Aldar says, standing and going to his chest of drawers, taking off his watch and placing it Down as he spoke. He finished his sentence leaning against it, crossing his arms


message 48: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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Mel rolled her eyes, "ohh scary," she crossed one leg over the other, "I don't think Lillian would like that very much," she stated, not looking at him. Her chest tightened at the thought of him jumping her: she needed to get her thoughts strait.


message 49: by Astraris (new)

Astraris | 2313 comments "Who said Lillian hasn't been where you are?" Aldar says, raising an eyebrow. "She hasn't, for the record. She's a maiden, I'm certain of that. I don't want to rush things with her, I'm just courting her right now, nothing official"


message 50: by Elizabeth, Vampire Princess (new)

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"But your attracted to her," Mel stated and went to his dresser, needing pants or something, "I can tell by how you look at her." She takes out a pare of black pants and a nice shirt. After examining it, she lays the cloths out on the bed, "unzip me?" She requests. She's slap him if he tried anything.


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