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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:33 am

Naitachel nods to Soraya, quite happy for company, and equally happy to tag along to the dining area (though he does not eat). At least this time he will have an escort again... of whom one member might know where she is going. But if nothing else, they would be pleasant company, and could help keep trouble at bay for him, just by being present.

"Yes, please lead... Everett, if you do not mind me asking, what skills do you have? I admit to some curiosity... though I should hardly be one to judge what may be done here. So much here is new and amazing to me--I am not familiar with much of the technology achieved over the centuries." He flashes Soraya a broad smile. "Brianna was telling me that I must learn to use something she called an... iPod?"
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:52 pm

"You /do/ both realize you are asking /me/ to get us somewhere?" Soraya asked with a raised eyebrow. She shrugged, then began walking toward the main areas, following her nose in the direction the smells indicated the food was.

"Naitachel has been somewhat... out of touch," Soraya informed the young man as she stepped into the dining hall. The intensity of the smells in here sent another wave of nausea through her, though she squelched it and found herself a seat. "If you are good at technology, however," she continued, finally, "there are plenty of things to be done that could use your assistance." She gestured that he should get himself some food, if he was hungry, then that he should sit, as she rested her head in her hands.

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Judging by the sudden wave of resentment he sensed coming off the girl, it seemed Michael had mistepped in his attempt at offering Nari something appropriate to do.

"Well, if you'd rather not, I'm sure we can find something else," he offered. "But hey, if you /want/ to cook something for me sometime, I'd be more than glad to be your guinea pig. I have a strong stomach," he grinned, hoping to lighten the mood again. "You'd be hard-pressed to poison me." He doubted that she knew just how literally he meant that.

"We can ask the family if they're free tonight, though I'm sure they are," he continued, answering her question. "I'm sure they'd like the chance just to get to know you better... and don't worry, it's not like you're a slave here. You won't be tied to the kitchen or anything," he said, not realizing that he might have just struck a cord with his words about her being a slave.

"We should get you a bracelet, too," he informed her absently.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:19 am

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... and don't worry, it's not like you're a slave here. You won't be tied to the kitchen or anything," he said, not realizing that he might have just struck a cord with his words about her being a slave.

"We should get you a bracelet, too," he informed her absently.

Nari froze, rooted to the spot as Michael made the comment about her /not/ being a slave here. It still struck her though, and she paled. "I...I..." Her mind refused to cooperate and suddenly she was thrust back into her memories, reliving some of the worst she'd been dealt.

Her backpack fell off of her shoulder, her body suddenly numb. There was the muffled sound of something breaking in her backpack, but she just stood there, her eyes unfocused, her body starting to tremble some. "No...!" She suddenly wailed, cringing from an unseen blow, then suddenly whirling and running blindly down the way they'd come, not paying attention to where she was going.

Should he pick up her pack and look in it, he'd find a framed picture, the glass broken from falling to the ground. It's a photo obviously of her as a young child, with her parents and baby brother. Her face is bright and happy, an aura of innocence around her...a far cry from how she is now. There's also a tightly rolled change of clothes, a few odds and ends, some pencils, and a notebook.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:11 pm

Everett got himself some food and sat down. He ate his meal slowly, enjoying the taste of it. "Well, my skills lie in engineering and electronics. I am pretty good at building--simple inventions to complex ones," Everett said, taking another bite of food. "I also got picked on a lot when I was younger, so I have been in a lot of street fights. I'm not really a good shot with a gun, but get me in close and I can do some damage," he said through another bite of his food.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:42 pm

"Perhaps you might create something useful out of the many scraps this destruction has wrought?" Naitachel muses uncertainly. "Brianna described... many interesting things, yet I have not seen such around here... In rebuilding some, perhaps you will make this place more 'home' for all living here..."

As he speaks, the Seraph looks about the common dining area curiously from his perch on the edge of a chair. From the food sitting out and available to all comers, to the seating arrangements, to the handful of colonists wandering in and out between duties, it is all new and interesting to him. He hasn't been down here before, after all.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:14 am

Soraya watched Everett as he spoke. It sounded as though he could indeed provide them with some useful services.

"Naitachel's right," she observed. "I suspect there is a lot you could to do assist us. Perhaps you could work with out security team, or the 'general contractor,' who tends to run all the technical aspects of this place, Eric. Are there any specific types of things you are good at creating?" she asked him, intrigued.

Her comforting smile faltered a moment before she sighed. "Though I fear such work might mean you would have to return to the surface. As Nait has suggested, many of the components we use around here must be dug up from above. The work can be quite dangerous at times. I do not like the idea of putting you in the line of danger so."

Soraya straightened in her seat as though she had just realized something. "Have either of you received your bracelets?" she asked, indicating an innocent-looking adornment on her wrist. Had they been paying attention, Everett and Naitachel might have realized that the other colonists were also wearing these bracelets.

"We should get you yours. They give you more freedom of movement within the compound It will also allow you to meet Eric while we are at it. Though please, finish eating first," she indicated to Everett, "and tell me more about yourself. You told me earlier that you were a student in engineering... where might that have been?" she asked.

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"Hey, w..." Michael called after Nari's quickly retreating figure. "What'd I do /this/ time?" he sighed, as he picked up her backpack. The sound of something crashing to the floor with the faint clatter of glass caught his attention. Solemnly, he bent to gather the stray object and found himself looking into Nari's younger face as she smiled alongside what he could only assume was her family.

The vampire smiled morosely for a brief second before replacing the frame inside her backpack and taking off after her, hoping he would catch her before she disappeared completely, or at least before she locked herself in her room to pout. It seemed that would be a habit he would have to help her break.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:49 am

Nari didn't pay any attention of where she was going, and found herself in one of the rare dead-end tunnels, this one sealed by a locked and barred door. She flung herself against the door, beating on it with one hand before turning and sliding down to the floor. She drew her knees to her chest and wrapped her arms around them, burying her face in her arms, starting to weep even as she trembled. Oh, Michael had to hate her now, for turning and running away. He didn't know, he couldn't know, of how she'd been treated before.

She felt foolish now, for running away, and realized that she didn't have her backpack with her either. She looked up, hearing footsteps approaching her, and she pressed back against the locked door. Her knife was in her backpack, and so was the little map she'd started drawing of the tunnels. "Who...who's there?"
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:10 pm

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Soraya straightened in her seat as though she had just realized something. "Have either of you received your bracelets?" she asked, indicating an innocent-looking adornment on her wrist.
"...We should get you yours. They give you more freedom of movement within the compound. It will also allow you to meet Eric while we are at it..."

The Seraph glances at the adornent in confusion. "I am afraid I have not... Have you?" He asks Everett, looking to see if the young man has, either--but sees no such bracelet visible on him. "How do such decorations give you more freedom here?"

<I wonder if they would, at all, in my case,> he chuckles to Soraya. <I was told not to wander far yet, nor do I have much wish to, after being lost for so very long...>
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:52 pm

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The Seraph glanced at the adornent in confusion. "I am afraid I have not... Have you?" He asks Everett, looking to see if the young man has, either--but sees no such bracelet visible on him. "How do such decorations give you more freedom here?"

<I wonder if they would, at all, in my case,> he chuckles to Soraya. <I was told not to wander far yet, nor do I have much wish to, after being lost for so very long...>


<I think none of us have any wish for you to wander> Soraya responded, smiling. <Even if you stray but a little you seem to manage to find trouble>, she teased, referring to the men who had just cornered him. <How do you always do it?>

Aloud, then, she answered Naitachel's other question, both for his sake and Everett's. "The bracelets really are not so stylish," she sniffed, hiding her own again. "There are alarms in several, more restricted areas, as well as on the doors to exit from the compound into the outside world. The alarms are set to go off if someone without the bracelets tries to either enter or leave these designated areas."

She waved toward the kitchen. "For example, our more important stores, like food and weapons, are alarm-protected, and only a select few have the bracelets that allow them access to them. Still, I think it is best if you two obtain your own soon."

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Nari's backpack plopped in front of her, unceremoniously, the shards of broken glass tinkling softly as it fell.

"Your picture frame broke when you dropped it," Michael informed her, squatting next to her. "Well...." he said with a sigh. "Here we are again." Twice in one day had he squatted next to her like this to talk her down off the edge. "You know you have to stop running /someday,/" the vampire told her gently.

He sat in silence next to her a few moments, letting his words set in, before he spoke up again. "So what happened to your family, then?" he asked her, referring to the picture he had seen.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:42 pm



Nari snatched up her backpack and pulled out the photograph, ignoring the broken glass even though one piece cut her fingertip. She stared at the picture, equally ignoring the fresh tears that ran down her face. "I don't know..." She whispered. "I went back home, after escaping...the whole neighborhood was destroyed. They have to be dead." She wiped at her cheeks with the back of one hand. She took a deep breath and shoved the picture back into her backpack, slicing another finger on a thin shard of glass.

"I'm sorry...just...you said the word slave, and I panicked." She looked at her bloody fingers, not wanting to wipe them on her clothing, but not wanting to suck on them like a child either. She took a deep breath. "I'm sorry....but...thank you for bringing my pack."
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:18 pm

Michael remained still, as though he feared moving would startled this rabbit of a girl who was likely to run at the drop of a hat. Especially now that she was actually sharing a few things with her. He further had to struggle to keep his fangs from protruding at the smell of her blood. She didn't even know what he was, and he knew /that/ would get another strong reaction from her, likely the negative sort such as running again. He reminded himself he would have to go feed when he got back home. Instead, he forced himself to focus on her words.

"Or maybe... maybe they got somewhere safe?" he ventured, not sure whether a glimmer of home would be a blessing or a curse for her. Or perhaps it would be both. After all, there was likely no way they would ever know for sure what had happened to her loved ones, even if they /had/ survived the bombs.

"Why would the word slave be so... Oh," Michael state flatly, realization finally dawning on him. "Oh. I'm sorry. I didn't realize that you... I'm sorry," he told her with a tinge of sadness in his voice. Really, there were no words that could ever be enough to comfort her after going through something like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:00 am

"For six years..." She murmured, taking a deep breath and deciding on something. She turned her back slightly to him, and lifted the back of her shirt for him to see the brand burned into her shoulder blade. "I escaped about a year ago...stayed in New York for a while, but then left, too afraid that they'd find me again. Escaped slaves don't usually last for long when recaptured." She stuck her finger in her mouth and sucked on it, cleaning the blood off her fingertips one at a time. "Someone else here saw the brand, the first night I was here. I...I just don't want to be sold back to them."
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:13 pm

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<I think none of us have any wish for you to wander> Soraya responded, smiling. <Even if you stray but a little you seem to manage to find trouble>, she teased, referring to the men who had just cornered him. <How do you always do it?>

<I wish I knew,> the Seraph answers with an amused sigh. <I suspect I am merely a magnet for trouble, just by nature. It finds me regardless.>

Naitachel rises from his seat to find himself a cup of tea, as he does not really need to eat, his sole nourishment being his meditations in the chapel, which tends to "recharge" him. But tea is a big favorite of his, and with a dab of honey, he is returning to sip at it with an expression of bliss. Heavens, but he's missed such little joys as mint tea!

"Well, whenever it is most convenient, then, Soraya, for finding these strange bracelets. At least until that point, I shan't be going far without an escort, I imagine." He smiles ruefully, and shrugs slightly, taking it in stride with a bit of a laugh. "Perhaps more someone to keep me out of trouble than to keep me from becoming lost?"
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:24 pm

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"For six years..." She murmured, taking a deep breath and deciding on something. She turned her back slightly to him, and lifted the back of her shirt for him to see the brand burned into her shoulder blade. "I escaped about a year ago...stayed in New York for a while, but then left, too afraid that they'd find me again. Escaped slaves don't usually last for long when recaptured." She stuck her finger in her mouth and sucked on it, cleaning the blood off her fingertips one at a time. "Someone else here saw the brand, the first night I was here. I...I just don't want to be sold back to them."

Silence stretched for a few long moments before Nari would feel cold fingers gently touching the brand on her back. The contact was merely a brush, barely there and gentle. "You will /never/ be sold back to them," Michael's told her, his voice laced with a mixture of pain, anger, and determination. "I would never let that happen. None of us would," he promised, softly taking the fabric from her shirt out of her hand and bringing it back down so that the brand was covered. "You're safe here," he told her, feeling like a broken record, though he would repeat the words as often as she needed to hear them before she started to believe it.

"I have to admit, I'm pretty impressed with your ability to take care of yourself," he said, standing and offering her his hand to help her up in turn. "Remind me not to cross you, or I might end up on the wrong end of that determination of yours," he smiled broadly. "I sense that could be dangerous." At least, it would be if he were human. "Come on, you're probably hungry," he suggested, hoping to get her out of this corner.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:47 pm

Nari shivered as he ran a light finger over the brand, closing her eyes for a moment until he pulled her shirt back down, covering her back again. "I just did what I had to do to survive." She sighed and looked at his hand for a moment, then placed her hand in his, letting him pull her up. Shouldering her backpack, she gave him a bit of a smile. "Yes, I am just a bit hungry."

She walked with him back to the main dining hall, still answering some of his questions, though some she hedged on a bit. He could sense she was being truthful in her answers, even if she wasn't giving the /entire/ truth. As they entered the hall, Nari noticed Soraya and Naitachel sitting at a nearby table talking to the man who had shown up at the confrontation as well. "Perhaps...I could talk to your mother during lunch instead?" She asked quietly, inching a bit closer to Michael, her eyes wary as she took in the number of people in the room. She was definitely uncomfortable in crowds. "Then, perhaps you can introduce me to the cook afterward? I'll clean dishes, it's okay..."
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:29 pm

"Well I suppose if I had the right materials I could do some things around here the might improve efficiency around here--but that means I would have to travel to the surface to look for materials. Would anyone be able to accompany me on these surface visits so I could feel a bit safer about the whole situation?" Everett finished his sentence with a question.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:17 pm

Everett's question took Soraya a little off-guard. Though she knew enough to know that their needs necessitated the occasional trips to the surface, it didn't mean she liked the idea of sending anyone, let alone this young newcomer, up to where danger lurked everywhere. After a few moments' pause, Soraya looked to Naitachel for a moment, as though seeking his calming influence, before answering.

"Eric is our jack-of-all-trades head engineer. He would be the one who could best answer those questions for you," she finally informed him. "We can talk to him about taking you on in his staff and about having teams escort you up to the surface as necessary when we talk to him. We would have to go see him to get you your bracelets anyways," she replied, wrinkling her nose as someone else sat near them with a fresh plate of food as it sent another wave of nausea through her.

As though on cue, Michael's voice interjected in the conversation. "Nari'll need a bracelet too," he said, waving in greeting at Naitachel. "How are you, Uncle?" he asked him, before gently placing his hand on Nari's back and ushering her ahead. "The food's this way," he informed her. "And if you really want to, we can meet Melanie afterwards," he whispered to her as he grabbed his plate.

<This is new,> Soraya mentally told Naitachel, gazing after Nari and Michael as they plated up on food. <Despite his tendencies to follow after Min, Michael is not usually one to take interest in the new colonists, not even female.>

"Are you settling in well?" Soraya finally asked Nari as the duo rejoined them. "Oh, and have you met Everett?" she asked her.

"I haven't," Michael informed her, sitting next to his new friend. "I'm Michael. Their second, trouble-making son," he grinned, extending his hand to shake Everett's.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:31 pm

Nari went through the lunch line, aware of Michael hovering near her as she collected a selection of food for her lunch. One apple, a handful of raw carrots, and a casserole of what appeared to be pasta and chicken flavored with herbs and a bit of cheese, and a large cup of chilled water. At Michael's direction, she sat down at the table across from Nait and Soraya, nodding a shy greeting to Everett. "Hello, I'm Narissa, but I go by Nari." She took a bite of her lunch, chewing slowly before answering Soraya. "I kinda am...just still trying to learn my way around everywhere."

She ate in silence for a bit, not wanting to discuss her situation in front of Everett, but knowing that Soraya needed to know, especially since she was sure that neither Soraya or Radu would give up on asking her questions about what brought her to this safe haven.

It took her a few minutes, then she finally realized how Michael had addressed the figure in white sitting next to Soraya. "Wait.... Uncle Nait? I thought you were female...and...um...." She stumbled over her words, staring at Naitachel.


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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:45 pm

"Okay that sounds good to me," Everett replied, two new figures entered the room. He extended his hand to the male. "Hi. I'm Everett. Nice to meet you."
After shaking the man's hand he extended a greeting to the women. "Hello there Nari. A pleasure to meet you," he said with a smile. "So how is everyone today?" Everett finished with a question.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:28 pm

Noticing Soraya's discomfort regarding Everett's possible risk on the surface, and now the influence of food, Naitachel slips his tail about her ankles under the table to offer his soothing influence. The young man was amazingly capable during Naitachel's rescue--so he has confidence that the Family would be careful to keep Everett as safe as possible, and any more the ingenious man may accomplish himself. But Nait can't help a slight smile into his teacup. Every time Soraya became pregnant, she went through this food-induced discomfort the whole time... and often as he could, he aided her in combating the nausea and mood swings. It brought back fond, amusing memories...

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As though on cue, Michael's voice interjected in the conversation. "Nari'll need a bracelet too," he said, waving in greeting at Naitachel. "How are you, Uncle?" he asked him, before gently placing his hand on Nari's back and ushering her ahead.

"I am quite well, thank you, Michael..." he returns warmly, smiling contentedly as a cat in sunshine with teacup cradled in both hands.

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At Michael's direction, she sat down at the table across from Nait and Soraya, nodding a shy greeting to Everett. "Hello, I'm Narissa, but I go by Nari."

"It is good to meet you, Miss Nari," the Seraph offers with quiet cheerfulness. "And thank you for the attempt at rescuing myself. I should hate for any to come to harm on my behalf, though they hardly would allow me a word in for my own defense... At least your method seemed to gain their attention better."

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It took her a few minutes, then she finally realized how Michael had addressed the figure in white sitting next to Soraya. "Wait.... Uncle Nait? I thought you were female...and...um...." She stumbled over her words, staring at Naitachel.

Naitachel dips his head politely to acknowledge and confirm that fact, and smiles wryly. "I fear that is a commonly mistaken assumption made my entire existence, and I doubt I shall ever be free of it. I am quite happily male, despite of appearances."

<For which I am very grateful, as I should hate to undergo what you do for bearing a child. You and other mothers have my utmost awe for enduring it for months on end!> he laughs to Soraya.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:41 pm

The feeling of nausea abated as soon as Naitachel's tail wrapped around her ankle comfortingly, allowing Soraya the chance to breathe a bit more easily. She flashed the seraph a grateful smile, wondering how she had gotten through her pregnancy with Brianna without his comfort and assistance. The seraph was even an asset to a mother dealing with a newborn, as he had always had a way of instantly soothing a crying infant when all other measures had failed her.

<The end result, however, is well worth it all,> she responded to Nait fondly, thinking of her children.

"Doing fine, myself, thanks for asking," Michael answered Everett as he took a bite out of his food. "I hope you're not using dear old Mom here as a map for the compound. She's got the worst sense of direction... except maybe for Uncle Nait," he teased, grinning widely in Nari's direction. "The two of them together are a deadly combination."

"Well at least your mother knows not to wander around outside by herself," came an unfamiliar voice. It belonged to an older, tall, lanky woman boasting an unruly mane of mousy brown curls, brown eyes, and a crooked smile. She was no beauty, though there was intelligence and intensity behind her eyes.

"Melanie," Soraya greeted, raising an eyebrow in Michael's direction again, though he was too busy playing with the food on his plate to meet his mother's gaze.

"Nari, this is Melanie," Michael introduced quickly, hoping to divert the conversation. "She's the head cook here. Nari here was thinking of taking up some work in the kitchens," he said, giving the girl a gentle nudge to speak up for herself.

"Is that so?" Melanie asked, peering closely at her possible new ward as though she was appraising her. "You know how to cook, girl?" she asked her.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:01 am

Nari didn't miss the look Soraya gave Michael, or Michael's reaction. "So, I guess I'm just lucky you were up where you weren't supposed to be?" She gave him a bit of a smile, though there was honesty behind her words. "I'm glad you did."

She gave Melanie a quick smile, then grimaced some. "No, I don't know how to cook, but Michael said that you could use help washing dishes. I wouldn't mind learning how to cook though." She didn't bother to elaborate that she wasn't allowed anywhere near food preparations before, none of the slaves were. Though that reminded her that she wanted to talk to Soraya. "Miss Soraya, I wanted to talk to you...since I know you've been wanting to ask me questions...I..." She glanced over at Michael, then back to Soraya. "I'm ready to answer your questions." She shrank some in her chair, hunching her shoulders a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:29 am

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"I hope you're not using dear old Mom here as a map for the compound. She's got the worst sense of direction... except maybe for Uncle Nait," he teased, grinning widely in Nari's direction. "The two of them together are a deadly combination."

The Seraph flushes a bit faintly in embarrassment, but chuckles quietly at his own expense. "True enough, though I should hardly call it 'deadly'. Our mistakes are not always so unfortunate. I am not certain your mother told you... but such cirumstances are how she ended up meeting your father for the first time. It was a pleasant meeting, at that, though we were a bit miserable at the time, due to the intensity of the storm."

He nods politely to Melanie at the introductions. "Good to meet you, Misses Melanie."

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"Miss Soraya, I wanted to talk to you...since I know you've been wanting to ask me questions...I..." She glanced over at Michael, then back to Soraya. "I'm ready to answer your questions." She shrank some in her chair, hunching her shoulders a bit.

Sensing the girl's discomfort, Naitachel takes his tea and moves to rise. "If you prefer, I shall take my leave..."

Well, if he knows which way to go, at that... At the moment, the poor Seraph is at a bit of a loss again for how to find his way back to the Family's quarters.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:51 pm

Nari looked up at Nait, her expression startled. "Oh...no....you don't need to leave. I...it..." She stammered, and reached for a piece of bread, tearing it apart out of nerves. "...it's just not easy to talk about..." There were also so many other people around too, and how was she to know for sure if there wasn't someone nearby who might just want to make some extra coin by selling an escaped slave? She glanced over at Michael, then at Soraya.
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PostSubject: Re: Settling in? Or... maybe not.   Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:11 pm

Melanie merely nodded with a raised eyebrow at Soraya. "Dishes it is, then. I'll teach you the ropes. Just come find me when you're ready to get going," she informed the girl. "And I warn you, I run a no-nonsense kind of ship, so be ready to work." With that, the bean-pole of a cook excused herself and returned to her duties in the kitchen.

"Right, that Uncle Min and I found you," he insisted in Nari's direction with a pointed look, though his voice was quiet. His mother couldn't very well get him on anything that all three of them insisted wasn't true.

Soraya for her part, ignored that incriminating portion of Nari's statement and reached across the table to give the girl a comforting touch. "Our questions?" she said, a little perplexed. "Nari, we have no intentions of interrogating you or forcing you to discuss thing that make you uncomfortable. We have merely been asking questions out of concern for yourself and anyone else out there," she said softly. She hadn't realized her interest had made the girl so uncomfortable.

"That being said," she continued, squeezing Nari's arm a little before sitting back, "If you want to talk, then I am glad to listen, as I am sure Naitachel would be as well." She didn't say it out loud, but she was grateful that Nari didn't appear to mind Naitachel's presence; Soraya dreaded the idea of the nausea flooding through her again.

"Perhaps Michael could show Everett to see Eric when you are done eating," the redhead suggested, watching the group's plates diminish as she quietly instructed her son to have Everett be placed under Eric's supervision. "Naitachel, you and I can go somewhere a little more private to talk with Nari. Would that work for you?"
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