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The girl who brought over the tea was also the one known as Kendra, who pointed at her self with wide eyes. Vito smiled under his mask at her surprised expression, tho funny, it was to be expected. Even in a nice environment, it was easy to lose hope or forgot why you were here. She has decided to pick a younger girl, who clung to her as if they were sisters.

On 10/14/2019 at 1:20 AM, Lacernella Rubra said:

“If…I go, I want to go with Ruby.”

"If that is so, then Ruby can join us."

On 10/14/2019 at 1:20 AM, Lacernella Rubra said:

“What exactly do you want me to do?”

"You'll initially be taken under my wing, learn how make familiars and other specialist items. If you decide you don't enjoy it, there are plenty of opportunities in my town. School, other children, research expeditions, etc. It's more about what you want, I'm merely hoping you take interest in my craft."  Dhizzandra tried to comfort Kendra, who seemed a little unsure. As to be expected when two masked figures come to take somewhere. 

On 10/14/2019 at 1:20 AM, Lacernella Rubra said:

“He has chocolate. We can go.”

The two laughed, Vito and Jestaira chuckling along. Whilst Kendra was wary, it appeared Ruby followed her stomach. "Our bakery also has chocolatiers, if you want you can learn how to make your own chocolate there. From chocolate truffles to lava fondant, they make it all"

Vito turned and focused his attention on Kendra, who still seemed unsure. Whilst she gave a soft smile, uncertainty was still there. "Kendra, nobody here will make you go. Whilst I'm happy with Ruby's craving for chocolate and if Dhizzandra would give me her blessing, only you can decide if you want to join me. If you decline and later decide you do want come, then that's okay as well. You've got all the time in the world, no rushing is needed."

 

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Rufus had lingered outside, suddenly unsure of his decision to adopt a child. Even if family tradition demanded it, could he really drag a child into the madness and turmoil of Ursa Madeum politics? It seemed wrong somehow, to place all of that on the shoulders of some kid just looking for a home. Furthermore, was he really fit to be a parent? He still wasn't over the death of his husband. The trauma of the loss often manifested in drinking and other forms of intoxication. 

What was the right thing to do?

For now, he supposed he would go inside, sit down, and listen to what the headmistress had to say. 

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Doubt crosses Kendra’s angular face for a moment. She had no magical talent, why would this man want her? On the other hand…if she were able to learn, she would never again fall victim to those that sought to exploit her, like in Izral. This land was new and ripe for the exploring – if only one were willing to take the chance.

Kendra puts on the bravest face she can muster.

“I’ll go.” She offers after only a moments hesitation. “I want to learn, and it’ll do good to show the others that we can find good homes from here.”

“And he has chocolate.” Ruby added, as if to ensure that Kendra did not forget the most important part. That brought a light laugh bubbling from the girl.

“Yeah, and you have chocolate.”

Dhizzandra then turns her attentions to Rufus whilst Vito and Jestaira speak to Kendra and Ruby. Susan is eyeing all of this with a sharp gaze at the back of the room, as if cataloguing all that is going on.

“And what of you, sir?” The dryad asks. “Is there…something or someone in particular I can direct you to? Is there perhaps a particular trait you’re seeking?”

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Kendra pondered for a while, before coming to a conclusion. FIlling the raiders heart with joy, she accepted. With the two now both having accepted the offer, Vito was happy to get moving. Walking over, he gave the two a pat on the head. Yet again, the desire of chocolate coming into play. Something Vito would have to have a ready supply of.

"YAY!" Jestaira called out.

'Congratulations, you're now a father.'

'It's a good feeling.'

"Whenever you're ready we'll head on out, take your time. I'll be wrapping things up with Dhizzandra." He said to the two girls, before walking over the the dryad. Vito placed a canvas bag of assorted gems on the table. "A donation on behalf of my settlement, is there anything else I need to do? Like sign any papers?"

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Rufus considered his words carefully before speaking.

"I am looking for a child, preferably a teenager. Someone intelligent, studious, a fast learner. One that can handle a bit of responsibility; and even a bit of pressure should the need arise." 

He wasn't going to pluck some naive child out and raise them until it was time to blindside them with what was expected on them. Before he took anyone, he would make sure they understood the role they would be expected to play. Of course he would do his best to prepare them for it. He would do his best to support them, love them, give them everything he could like he would have for born heir. 

They would need to understand that he would be learning to be a parent as they were learning to be a Noble.

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At Jestaira’s exclamation, Kendra gave a surprised blink before offering a broader grin. It was nice to think that the people adopting them were happy about it. That wasn’t always the case – despite whether the people came looking.

That aside, Kendra gasped and raced upstairs to gather hers and Ruby’s items. What they had was sparse, a few extra outfits each, but it was better than leaving it behind. Shoving it all into a canvas bag, the girl returns after a moment, it slung over her shoulder as though they were meant for carrying heavier burdens.

At the question of paperwork, Susan steps forward. Her glacial gaze bores into Vito as though she wishes to see directly through him before she holds out the paperwork.

“Ya havta sign this. Here and here. And thanks for the donation…people aren’t generally that kind.” She motions to the two areas marked with an X. Dhizzandra smiles at Susan, grateful for her assistance as she listens to Rufus’ comments. She contemplates a moment, mulling over what he has said.

“Susan would likely be your best candidate, then. She is smart and quick to learn, she’s also wary and knows some of how the world works already. She’s been a superb helper here, and many tasks with the children have fallen to her shoulders. She’s good at approaching a situation with a calm head before she reacts.”  The Dryad offers with a gentle smile. Susan pauses, having heard some of this in passing.

“Me, Mam?” She asks, staring wide eyed for a moment before her gaze narrows a tad. “Why?”

“Because you’re intelligent and steadfast, much like this man is mentioning. Perhaps…knowing more of what her tasks might be would be beneficial?” Dhizzandra questions gently, a smile tugging at her lips.

 

 

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No reason to dance around it.

"My name is Rufus Ignis Viridis, current head of House Viridis; nobility from Ursa Madeum. Me and my family are returning to the islands after decades in exile to reclaim our homeland. As the current Head of the family, our law states that I must have an heir to succeed me should the need arise. The problem is that I don't have any children; nor am I likely to have any in the near future. Luckily, the law states that my heir need not be related to me by blood, which means I can adopt."

Rufus leaned forward, "I'm not going to lie to you. While you're quality of life will improve drastically, this is not an invitation to an easy life. You'll be expected to learn a lot; the laws and customs of Ursa Madeum, and the same for House Viridis. There will also be a lot of schooling on sociology, political theory, general history, and more. All that without even mentioning the Druidic Art you'll be expected to learn."

"But I'm not asking all this for nothing. If you come with me, you'll have the best life that I can provide for you; which given my means is pretty damn good. And I'll look out for you. Do my best to be a... a parent."

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Vito watched as the shy girl suddenly ran up and back down the stairs in lighting speed, Kendra's little legs raising each other. With a heavy thud she came back downstairs with a large bag, eagerly ready to go. An older girl named Kendra came forward, giving Vito the papers to sign. Once all was complete, he stood up and gave the girls a pat on the head.

"No problem. Thank you for everything, Dhizzandra. They'll be under good care, we'll make sure to come visit in the future. " Vito turned his attention to his now adopted daughters. "Come on ladies, let's go home. Jestaira, you as well." Vito held the door open, they all gave one final wave as the trio of girls followed him out. They began walking down the hill, the jester making the children laugh as they slowly got further away.

 

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Dhizzandra watches with a fond gaze as Vito and the girls begin their trek to their new life. She hopes that they find it a meaningful one, and she settles to level her gaze on Rufus.

She is quiet as he explains, a small smile tugging at lips as Susan moves over to peer at Rufus with a scrutinizing gaze.

“So, I’ll kinda be a princess?” Susan asks for a long moment. Afterall, what girl has not dreamt of pretty dresses and tall towers? “I mean, sure, there’s work, but there’s work now. I havta clean after the babies, and do my studies.” Susan states.

Dhizzandra nods a bit.

“Susan is also the most …careful, of our children.” Dhizzandra offers,  Susan had not had an easy life, afterall. She had grown up in a brothel and only recently had been given a ‘home’ of sorts. From Brothel to princess sounded pretty darn good to her, even if it did include copious amounts of work. 

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"I suppose it is sort of like being a princess."

Rufus had made his decision. If he was going to be forced to bring a child into the chaotic world of Ursa Madean politics, it might as well be one as smart and careful as the one before him now. He stood up and walked over to her, placing a hand on her shoulder.

"I dub thee Susan Ignis Viridis. Welcome to the family."

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Susan peers at the man before her before managing a careful smile. She had never been part of a family before the orphanage, and to consider herself part of a noble, named family, well, she was practically giddy - though one would be hardpressed to tell. 

Instead she merely inclines her head towards Rufus. 

"I'll gather my things." She offers, before disappearing up the stairs. She has little, so it only requires a moment or two. 

"I am glad. You seem well suited for one another." The Matriarch offers with a kind smile. "I hope you find happiness in each other." At that time, Susan bounds back down the stairs and parks herself in front of Rufus. 

"I'm ready to go." 

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