Private Role-Play Amid the Arabesque

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    Dain took a deep breath, her eyebrows furrowing, tensing up before grappling Rath's arm, standing bolt upright.


    This shit'd better be worth it, she thought gruffly.


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    A beautiful arrangement of pearl and marble, the mansion's ballroom cascaded and meandered like the waves of a great sea; endless and remarkable; as guests danced and bustled in their finery, the excitement was contagious.


    Elegant curtains wavered against windowless walls, brimming with regal splendour, flickering as feet accidentally caught against them.


    Above, the great chandelier glittered and flickered, the breeze of the great doors catching the candles as the outside breezed inside.


    Lines of people gathered outside the plaza, some already with drinks in their hands.


    Before Dain and Rath could enter, Diedriech pulled them aside.


    'T-the … the tiara. R-remember, I'll pay good money. Please don't take long...'


    Dain frowned, 'It takes as long as it has to.'


    The man's eyes glanced downwards, momentarily looking morose and uncertain.
     
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    Rath patted the man on the shoulder before speaking confidently, "Don't worry. We'll have it in no time, plus whatever else we can sneak out of there. Anyways, you should go. I can't imagine it's a very good idea to have you here while this is happening. We'll meet at the inn. If you hear any commotion and see any guards on the street, we'll have to meet outside the city, definitely not the front entrance though. If we have to run it'll be in the opposite direction, got it?" Their employer nodded slowly before turning and darting off back towards the inn. Rath watched him go curiously before turning and offering Dain his hand. "Shall we, dear Alice?"
     
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    Dain looked at Rath with a vague frown before straightening her back and nodding, taking his hand, taking the stance of a regal lady. The act felt uncomfortably natural – and yet the she-warrior had little room for complaint.


    They strode through the doors.


    She considered for a moment, all eyes falling on the couple, most darting to the eloquent rogue in seconds, followed by a call from the greeter. He peered at them curiously, nodding to Dain.


    'My lady Alice. Looking remarkably well! A pleasure – and who might your companion be?' the greeter eyed Rath with an unreadable stare, his eyebrows raised vaguely with interest.


    How the hell did women act around him again?


    Hezul's fat, steel arse. There was only one stupid reaction.


    Dain took a deep breath and clung to Rath's arm and proceeded to swoon.


    'O-oh, sir,' she said, feigning a giggle, 'don't you just love his eyes? So many comment on my beloved Jordain's eyes! I am so lucky, am I not? I couldn't ask for a more handsome man at my side!' she tugged at Rath's sleeve, 'Introduce yourself, my love! You're letting me prattle on so much!' she giggled, her cheeks proceeding to glow pink, tilting her head at the greeter once more, wriggling her posterior like an excitable teenager.


    'He's so patient, too! And such a gentleman, aren't you, my love?'
     
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    The greeter eyed Rath suspiciously for a moment as Dain fawned over him. He obviously wasn't surprised that the mayor's daughter had a handsome man. Though the rogue was curious just who this Alice was, he was glad that Dain's attempt was actually accurate. It took him a moment to respond as Dain rambled on about him like a woman smitten. He had trouble keeping a straight face. "Jordain Gryfore, at your service," he said in his most regal voice. His tone was deeper than normal and a small wisp of an accent caught the end of his words, adding a slight curl to their sound.

    The man before them nodded and moved deeper into the hall, gesturing for the pair to follow him. Rath guided Dain gently by the arm, noting the pink hue of her tanned skin. She was doing well so far, but he hoped the pressure didn't get to her. He trusted the she-warrior, though, so he knew it would somehow work out regardless. Their guide stopped beneath a grand entrance and rang a silver bell before booming out across the crowd in a voice much larger than himself, "My lady Alice and Jordain Gryfore."

    For the most part the large group of people continued to talk amongst themselves, but several took notice of the new arrivals and all of them at least offered a glance. There was only one lady Alice, but they had never heard of Jordain before so they were curious. Eyes lingered on the couple. Rath nearly frowned as he couldn't help but notice a good majority of the women held their gaze on him a considerable amount of time.

    No turning back now.
     
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    With the first hurdle down, Dain didn't stop to rest, clinging onto Rath's arm all the tighter, 'oohing' and 'ahhing' at the lights, the bustle of beautiful people and the glitter of finery. At their announcement, the she-warrior lifted the side of her skirt, offering an eloquent curtsey, the tilt of her head earning a glimmer of her counterfeit tiara and the beaming smile of a candy-filled child.


    Dain surveyed all eyes that turned to watch them, not missing the many that found Rath's stature. Her smile lessened to a private one, warm and knowing before glancing away, flamboyantly waving at their captive audience.


    'Oh, Allie!' came a voice nearby. A wide, green-eyed girl with blonde hair and a yellow dress bounced her way towards them, hugging her chest as if the corset was unable to manage. She leaned towards the pair, embracing Dain tightly, earning a loud yelp from the Midgardian. 'How are you? I'm sure you're well, your skin is... well, it's so dark! It must get hot for you under there! Is there room on your man's arm for another? Oh Sir!'


    She raised her hand towards Rath, her smile switching from sweet to coquettish in seconds, eyelashes fluttering.


    'I don't believe that we've been introduced!'


    Dain giggled and smiled away, all the while, feeling her stomach cringe and cascade.
     
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    While Dain played the part of dignitary's daughter surprisingly well, delighting in the ball and even pulling off an eloquent curtsey for the crowd, Rath was playing the part of lord's son well. He smiled and greeted everyone that approached him, shook hands and nodded silent respect, all the while soaking in the details of the ballroom. He had already located the Red Room and the best staircase to use, even a decent escape route by the time the joyous voice greeted Dain. Out of fear for the bubbly women's safety Rath nearly reached out and dragged her away from the embrace with Dain. The she-warrior's yelp was only a warning to what could happen next. Luckily for Rath, or perhaps unluckily, the woman's attention immediately turned to him.

    He took her hand gently in his, bent at the waist and kissed the back of it lightly before flashing her his famous smile. "Jordain Gryfore, m'lady," he said in his smooth accent. "It is a pleasure to meet you. My lady Alice," he place emphasis on the word 'my' as he spoke, "insisted that I attend this event with her and I must say it is quite the beautiful affair."
     
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    'Well, isn't that just rude!' The young lady scoffed, her cheeks evidently flushing as her hand was pressed against the young man's lips. Once it was returned to her, she promptly thrusted her hands against her waist and pouted. 'Allie, how could you not mention such a specimen in your letters?'

    At the word 'specimen', the young lady seized Rath's arm and grinned. 'You, sir,' she said, 'can call me Briala.'

    For mere seconds, the she-warrior was taken aback, but she waved her hand dismissively, another pressing against her cheek.

    'As... as if I could say anything about this,' she said, 'He seemed like a dream...'

    There was a moment's pause, where Dain's eyes could not match her pretenses. Under her lashes, the violets raised to meet Rath's skies. She cleared her throat and started to stare at Briala, matching her grin with her own.
     
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    The moment Dain's eyes met his, Rath couldn't resist. The dress, her beauty, the setting, this leech latched to his arm, they swept him up in a storm of confusion. His cover be damned. Before she could turn back to Briala completely Rath's lips fell upon hers, quick and sharp upon her grin. It was short, barely a moment long but firm, telling of his passion in all the ways only Dain would now be able to recognize. Somehow, his arm was completely free of the other woman's grasp. He held her gaze a moment longer, the sky of his vision lightening slightly before his regal air returned. Without pause he turned back to Briala with an apologetic look.

    "Forgive me," he said sincerely, the wisps of his fake accent curling elegantly around his words. "That was rather rude of me, given the circumstances. I fear that at the time, as it did just now, my passion took hold at the most inopportune moments and my dear Alice was unable to inform you of me properly. Also, my father's business is quite delicate and anything I do is under scrutiny, as is anything Alice does. We thought it best to keep this a bit of a secret. Actually, showing up here was our way of giving up the secret."

    He offered Dain a flash of his famous smile, making sure Briala could still see the exchange.
     
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    As the passionate exchange took place, Briala loosened her grip on Rath, her lips flapping open like a disconcerted trout. Having lost all composure, she stared, fascinated, unable to tear her eyes from the scene. Clearly defeated, Briala still couldn't help but fan herself, a pinkness rising evidently across her cheeks. She swished her hips gently, bashfully nodding in response to Rath's answer.


    'I... I see. What a situation to be in, Sir,' she said faintly, raising her eyebrows.


    Dain restricted a surprised noise as the rogue stole a kiss, her eyes widening. A lesser individual's legs would have sundered beneath them, but the she-warrior stood still, her skin prickling with heat. She fought the urge to grab the man by the shirt and claiming him, but instead, an idea swirled in her thoughts.


    She smelled an opportunity. One that came with a price.


    Dain forced herself into a wobble, pressing the back of her hand against her forehead. 'Oh, blue heavens! My lord, how... how forward of you, I... I can't – it's … it's too much, I-I-'


    Against her instincts and desires, Dain promptly swooned.
     
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    Rath never missed a beat. He was about to respond to Briala before Dain started to wobble without warning. His arms were around her before she could completely swoon. The rogue took a knee, cradling her gently against his chest with a look of sincere concern. He looked her over apologetically, mouthing sweet nothings perfectly. After a moment of stroking her hair and looking concerned he turned his attention back to Briala. "My dear," he said in a voice that commanded attention, soft and gentle as a summer breeze. "It seems my lovely Alice has been overwhelmed. I fear I once again acted without thinking, and with all these people around. Alice is strong, and proud. She would never admit it herself, but she is quite fragile."

    He cast about curiously. "Is there somewhere we can take her? Somewhere away from this crowd and noise? She's burning up too. I'm sure this room is warmer because of all the activity." Rath scooped her up gentle as a baby, careful to keep her dress placement perfectly dignified. He looked up the stairs towards their exact destination. His eyes lit up just like a man discovering the perfect idea. "That room," he said hopefully. "Up there, what is it?"
     
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    Fragile, my ass.

    Dain resisted a growl, remaining limp and flushed as the rogue held her daintily.

    Briala floundered for a moment, looking around before fanning herself, looking away, attempting to distract her eyes elsewhere. 'U-up the stairs? Why that would be ah... I believe that would be a guest chamber. Surely you don't intend-?'
     
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    It was Rath's turn to resist a growl. This woman was nearly useless around him. He cursed his charms. With a voice that held a slight stutter he said, "N-no, of course not. I would not think to try anything in such a place, and with her in such a state." His cheeks were red as he seemed completely flustered. "But if it is a guest chamber then perhaps she can lay down and recover?" He started moving towards the stairs urgently. By now a crowd had gathered and people were offering questions of concern. He nodded them away and offered a quick explanation but they still blocked his path and he struggled to move past them. Briala would have to push into the crowd herself if she wanted to help, or she intended to stop them. The look of concern on his face began to ward people away as he got closer to the steps.
     
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    Briala watched them for a moment, appearing somewhat stunned before flustering towards the crowds, only too pleased for the attention. Some watched after Rath and Dain, some intrigued, whilst others flushed with embarrassment.

    Damndamndamndamndamngoawayyouoldfoolsdamndamndamndamn.

    'Oh!'
    Briala cried, 'please, please make way! They need air! Allie looks positively pale!' she made for the crowds, rushing into various bodies, trying to make room, fanning herself. She waved a hand to Rath and Dain, beckoning them.
     
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    Rath wanted to shout at Briala, curse the woman for incessant meddling. It was if she didn't know how to do anything quietly or discreetly. And why the hell was she still fanning herself? The improper woman made it look like the rogue had molested her. For the love of the gods, he cursed inwardly as he finally reached the stairs. He bounded up them quickly, Dain's weight apparently not impeding him much at all. They were at the top of the steps quickly and the crowd had been left below a bit puzzled by his quick ascent. He hoped Briala had been left behind with everyone else but didn't bother to check. The rogue was at the door with another few steps and disappeared inside.

    Dain was deposited gently upon her feet, an apologetic smile was offered before he turned back towards the door. Such a room definitely needed a lock and sure enough he found it, though it was fairly complex. They were lucky it had been unlocked to begin with because there was very little chance he would've been able to successfully pick it with so many people present. As he fiddled with the lock, his back to Dain he said, "I'm sorry about all that. I'm sure it was awkward." He turned knobs and twisted a mechanism, trying to secure the door. "But, you played that off beautifully. You're a natural. If you hadn't done that I'm not sure how we would've gotten up here."
     
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    Dain allowed herself a breath of relief when Rath relinquished his hold on her. The she-warrior was flushed from her performance, immediately grabbing the hems of her dress firmly and adjusting them roughly, clearly despising the thing. She glanced at Rath and frowned, her tanned face going momentarily beet.

    'It... it won't be a repeat performance,' she said flatly, eyeing the rogue's deft hands at the lock. 'At least we're here now. It was good that you were so quick on your feet.'
     
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    Rath turned from the door once it was locked, offering Dain his famous grin. "Years of practice, my dear," he said, laughing softly as he watched her fumble with the dress. He moved closer to her, reaching out and once again settling the fabric perfectly against her skin. A gentle smile was offered to the warrior as he finished adjusting the dress. The rogue moved past her as he surveyed the room. It was certainly a red room, crimson fabric lined the walls and most of the furniture was painted red. A plush, red carpet sprawled out beneath their feet from wall to wall. Various items were displayed either openly on shelves, or in glass cases. He saw gold, jewels, and other precious items throughout the room. It was certainly a display of wealth, the likes of which Rath hadn't seen in a long time.

    The center of the room, of the displays was a large case of carved wood and glass. In the case sat the tiara, resting delicately on an elevated platform. He looked from it to the one Dain bore upon her head. They were identical. He was once again curious about their employer's skills. Replicating something like that can't have been easy. Now wasn't the time to be thinking about that, he told himself. His keen eyes darted up and down the display. It was locked securely in at least two locations. The glass looked thick and strong. He wouldn't be breaking it discreetly, not with all the guests. They would have to pick the locks and remove it that way, but they were limited on time. Someone would eventually get curious about why they were locked in this room. Some bits of twisted metal were pulled from his pocket but he stopped before placing them to the lock. "How likely is it that there's magic on this thing?"
     
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    Dain's nose crinkled at the suggestion, feeling her skin settle after Rath carefully adjusted her dress; the warrior couldn't help but feel ridiculous.

    She turned her thoughts away from her personal predicaments to the room they were in, eyeing the luxurious, even regal, state of it. Uniform and correct, it had been tended to carefully and with some degree of caution - the Midgardian couldn't help but notice that the fruit bowl, which had been propped elegantly on the nightstand, was overflowing with grapes, bananas - and for some reason, beetroots.

    Her eyebrow rose.

    Nevertheless, it was a rogue's heaven. A thing that dared individuals to touch, scrape and steal from it. The wave of crimson was deliciously sinful - and the gold gleamed seductively, luring even the most innocent of glances.

    Dain peered at the case, where the tiara glittered softly in the light. Grabbing the one atop of her head, the she-warrior gave their employer credit - he had an eye for detail.

    She pulled off her gloves and dared to press her fingers on the glass. Her eyes met Rath's.

    'None. Though I wouldn't be surprised if it was trapped. Perhaps even linked to alarms.'
     
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    Rath made a sound like a hiss, air rushing between his teeth as he breathed in and exhaled slowly. This could be dangerous. He turned one of the locks over between his fingers gently, scrutinizing it carefully. The rogue couldn't tell if anything was special about the lock. It didn't feel too heavy or too light and had no special markings. The metal was smooth and as plain as it could be. He glanced at Dain before setting the pieces of metal into the keyhole. They turned slightly, emitting a slight rasp as the rogue worked them against the mechanism.

    "If there's a spell, can you stop it?"
     
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    The she-warrior narrowed her eyes, the violets shining dangerously as the rogue's fingers worked against the lock, trying to finger for any gaps or clues to opening it. Her eyebrows furrowed as he worked, realising that the task at hand was simple.

    A little too simple.

    Giving a nod to his query, Dain hoisted up her skirts, pulling out a pouch. A single card sat humbly inside, waiting to cover the two in reflective magicks. There was just one risk:

    'One chance,' she answered.
     
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    Rath was working on the lock before Dain spoke, though he could still see her out of the corner of his eye. He was unaggressive with the lock at first, only willing to speed up once he received confirmation from the Midgardian that any mishaps could potentially be whisked away. His hands stopped working when he noticed the she-warrior hoisting up her skirts in a manner unbefitting of the lady she portrayed. It was a good thing none of their fellow guests were present to witness her baring the smooth, muscular legs beneath her dress. His eyes strained themselves against their sockets without him realizing, distracted by the tanned skin of his lover. He couldn't turn to look because he needed to focus on the task at hand, but it was impossible to resist all together. The rogue just hoped his distracted gaze had gone unnoticed by her.

    He gave his head a slight shake as the folds covered her skin again and he resumed working at the lock, trying not to remember how firm her thighs felt beneath his hands. Her comment about him only having one chance was even almost met with a self-assured quip about him not needing it, but he never got the chance. The damage was done and his distracted mind missed a crucial click from the mechanism, the telltale noise of a locking mechanism nudged incorrectly. Instead of sliding free as he suspected it would, the tumbler caught and held as it was designed to and the lock pick was lodged firmly in the metal. He cursed and hastily attempted to jiggle it free. In his haste, the rogue bent the tiny sliver of metal backwards, building pressure that caused it to slip from beneath his fingertip. It had enough force to launch itself from the lock, and to his horror clatter against the glass case. The unmistakable sound of glass being chipped rang out in the silent room like a bell signaling their doom. He froze, not moving for what felt like a life time. The pick fell harmlessly to the ground. A tiny notch in the glass was the only sign that anything was amiss, and surely such a tiny bit of damage couldn't set off an alarm, if one even existed.

    "Damnit all," said the rogue as the magical blaring of the defense spell began to sound all around them.