"I think if you want to buy your brother a gift, then by all means, do," Tristan replied. "Just don't make a bribe of it. If he doesn't like that we're betrothed, a toy won't change his mind." And it was a bad (and potentially expensive) habit to fall into, besides.
Luminous thought it over a bit before making a hasty purchase for a small bag of marbles, slipping them into her pocket before taking Tristan's arm again. "I think that's enough parading around for the common folk. Why don't we make our way to the nobles?" She pointed out one rather tall and impressive manor in the near distance. "It's hard to miss them."
"Isn't it always?" Tristan said with a grin. Even in Talen'sul, the noble quarter was notable, though more from the amount of open space surrounding their homes than lofty architecture. "Whose manor is that?"
"That's Lord William Tesla's house," Luminous explained. "He's a bit reclusive so I'm not sure if we should make a social call or not. There's also the home for Melissan near there. No point in going there, though. Lillian's the only one in town and she's staying with us as mother's newest ward."
Tristan gave an easy shrug. "Well, we weren't planning to call on anyone in any case, so that's all right."
House Melissan.... "House Melissan is strange," he said in an undertone. "The inheritance progression, I mean. It all went sideways." Blood aside, a sibling gaining control rather than a lord's child or widow, especially a sibling who'd married into a different family altogether was unusual, to say the least. It clearly hadn't been due to lack of a male heir, since that old law had been changed years ago.
"From what I understand," Luminous replied carefully, pitching her voice low as well. "Lady Acqua and her children were being groomed by Lord Amaro to take over instead of his wife and child. Why, I'm not sure. I do agree it seems a bit unfair to his direct family. However, Bas and Pas are my friends so I can hardly say I'm disappointed. That aside, I believe whoever a lord chooses to be his inheriter overrules the default laws. So, if he wanted his lordship to go sideways, then so be it."
"To be honest, the rumors and stories surrounding the late Lord Amaro were not entirely flattering all the time," she went on. "Some were. Those who liked him simply because he's old blood and from a long-lined, pure blood household. But others didn't care for him, especially since he didn't seem to have any desire to play the game of courts and nobility. That said, although I didn't really know the man myself well enough to say, I wouldn't be surprised if it was to rile up the nobility in general."
"Whatever the reasoning, I hope it wasn't the latter," Tristan murmured. "It would be sad to think desire to stir up his peers outweighed regard for his marriage family. And they're my family as well; Maestra Cass is Zack's cousin. Their mothers were sisters."
"The family trees in Talen'sul are considerably more tangled than Maelstrom," Luminous quipped. By then they were entering the noble quarter and a fair amount of their curious followers had slacked off, either daunted by the idea of traipsing around in this area or having gotten their fill of gawking. The stately homes rose up on both sides of them and Luminous pointed them out, rattling off the names of the owners.
Post by Kender Bard on Nov 12, 2013 19:04:08 GMT -5
Luminous was quiet a long moment as she mulled that over. "Almost all of them," she finally said in a soft voice. "To one degree or another. We have friends, but even those friends are a bit traditional, in ways."
Post by Kender Bard on Nov 20, 2013 1:39:41 GMT -5
Luminous grinned and held Tristan's hand a little tighter as she kept walking, pointing out who owned which home. The walk didn't take terribly long and brought them back to the palace by the end of it. "Another day we'll take a ride around the rest of the city," she promised him. "For now, why don't we go find somewhere to cuddle up and you can tell me all about what I've been missing in Talen'sul?"