(1310-05-29) Midmorning Wine
Summary: Aziza runs into Thaddeus, a strange sailor that seems unable to relax
RL Date: Tue May 29, 2018
Related: None
thaddeus aziza 

Market Promenade

Two massive promenades, separated by a narrow row of alternating planters and plinths supporting marble statues from all over the known world, make up a marketplace that extends in a narrow space far to the north of the grand plaza to the south. Each walkway is two two-meter marble slabs wide, one gleaming white, the other greyish-blue, and they alternate to and fro in coloration all the way down each promenade, their intersections marked with a series of equal-armed crosses in shimmering black stone. While there is plenty of space for vendors to set up ad-hoc establishments to hawk their wares, to each side of the double promenade are stoa of fluted marble, holding up a terra-cotta tiled roof over a shady, cool walkway, punctuated here and there with doorways and windows open to a long series of indoor shops, each marked with a hanging sign outside the door.%r%rEvery twenty meters or so, five stairs lift the level of the promenade as the marketplace works its way uphill, to a smaller plaza at the northern end where all the most exclusive and expensive shops are established. This smaller plaza also has an obelisk of red granite in the middle; it's shorter, and more slender, but when the change in elevation is taken into account, its tip is at the exact same height as the massive obelisk in the town square to the south.


Aziza had decided to go out for a walk and shockingly she only had two of her fellow Menekhet guards with her. Exhaling deeply she stops by a stall with fabrics laid out to be viewed, touched, the like which is exactly what she did. Slowly a hand reaches out to stroke the fabric before a smile tugs at her lips. Murmuring softly in her native tongue of Menekhetan to her guards, the two men seem to relax at her words…their hands folding behind their backs as they go at ease. Her kohl lined brown eyes seems to take in the wares of the merchant as she steps closer to look things over.

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Thaddeus moves into the market, dressed in his bright clothing, with his scraf hanging down around his neck, today it is a floral pattern, with bright greens and reds, as he moves through the market, and his eyes moving back and forth with a little chuckle, as he takes it all in his, bright blue eyes light up, as he walks towards a stall, to look at apples, and then he looks at the woman for a moment, with a little nod, of his head, as he places down a coin to pick one of the red fruits in his hand, as he spins it this way and that examining it, and then he takes a loud bite of it, with a content sigh.

*

Aziza herself was simply wrapped in a myriad of sheer white silks that gave a hint of her form underneath. With that large gold Usekh collar around her neck, it matches perfectly with the gold adornments of beads carefully placed in her long dark hair. Kohl lined eyes make those brown eyes appear more stark against he'd sun kissed kissed. Upon her feet were simple golden sandals that were simply held by thin leather straps that wrap around her ankles and stop just below her knees. Catching a gaze, the Menekhet woman cuts her eyes over to Thaddeus and with a small smile she dips her head only to speak in d'Angeline. "Good morning…."

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Thaddeus turns slowly, towards the voice with a wide smile, and then with a nod of his head, as he spins the apple in his fingers back and forth, and his eyes locked on hers, before his voice comes out, it is musical, but there is something odd there."Good morning to you as well." His eyes on hers for only, a moment till he starts to look around the rest of the market, with a soft sigh, of air, and his body seems to be tense now.

*

Aziza raises a brow slightly then chuckles. "You seem…." There's a pause as she watches him a moment before continuing. "Content and stressed at the same time. Is it the market?" Smiling she moves past her guards so that she can speak without such large obstructions then. "Or more shocked that I speak your tongue?"

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"A bit of both, and I'm a sailor by trade, and I don't enjoy the land, but one was told I need to do it more." Thaddeus nods slowly, with a little chuckle, and then he watches her for a moment, with a shake of his head."Now then, it is not shocking, and I speak a few myself, and trying to learn a few more, it helps when you sail. Now then moving on I'm Thaddeus Trevalion, and you good lady?"

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Aziza chuckles a bit then. "I see. Well…welcome to land…." With her hands clasping in front of her she tilts her head slightly then nods. "Ah…yes. Some people were shocked but with my duties….how could I not speak other tongues." At that she makes a fist to place it to her chest, bowing slightly as she does. "Nice to meet you. I am Ambassador Aziza Nimr from Menekhet…." Standing up straight she gives him a warm smile. "I'm a bit off task it would seem but this has been a lovely trip so far."

*

"It is a pleasure, myself Heir to Comte D'Amiens if we are going to speak in titles, and such." There is light mirth in his Thaddeus's voice and then he nods slowly, with a wide smile."Now then, I'm honored to meet you Ambassador Aziza Nimr, and it will be lovely, to get to know each in this land." The speak seems forced ,as if he is reading off a paper in his mind, and then he bows slowly, with a wide smile, also this looks a little forced as well.

*

Aziza raises her brow as she watches him. A tilt of her head as she slowly walks over to him now. Those eyes watch him as she then comes to stop in front of him. "….perhaps you should relax…." There's a warm smile that tugs at her lips as she smiles. "Obviously…you're not comfortable….it's obvious. And you can call me just Aziza if formalities bother you…."

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Thaddeus nods slowly, watching her for a moment wit ha little chuckle, and then he takes another bite of the apple, with a little chuckle, as he takes out a hanky from inside of his jacket, to rub his lips."I see, relaxing is good, not so much about formalities." His voice is soft musical, and then he takes another bite, with a little chuckle as his eyes are on her for a moment, with a little chuckle, and then his arms are cross behind his back."Now then, first day in the city, is there any good places to drink, or enjoy oneself?"

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Aziza smiles as she slowly nods to the man. "Well….." Tapping her chin, her eyes close in thought for a moment. Taking a deep breath she finally speaks up. "It depends on what you are looking for. There is the Night Court. I have just learned of these traditions when I first arrived. There are some….taverns though not in the best area. There are some restaurants as well other stuff around here. It just depends on what kind of atmosphere you are looking for…."

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Thaddeus nods slowly, as he watches her with a little chuckle, and then he takes another bite of the apple, and then it is mostly, gone as he frowns at the apple."Yeah, and I enjoy them, of all sorts, I enjoy Taverns and restuarants as well, and I shall have to seek a good one, do you wish to join me?" His voice is soft still, andthen he starts to rub his neck slowly, with the back of his right hand, as if trying to work out a kink."Or if you wish to go out and do something else without me it is fine as well."

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Aziza looks to her guards, speaking to them softly then. The tallest one frowns to which she raises a brow and seems to take a more stern tone with him. At that she turns to look back to Thaddeus then smiles. "Of course….thank you. I was just getting some where so I was not really looking for something particular to do." A beat. "How about a wine cellar?" She motions for him to follow along then.

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"Okay then, lead on to a wine cellar." Thaddeus nods slowly, with a little frown over his face, but is quickly replaced with a smile, and then his hand is plunged down into his pocket for a moment, with a little chuckle, and then he looks at the big man and then a little bit of a smile, and then over at the other one, and the man is watchign now, and he is quiet, refusing to do anything but breath for a moment, as if trying to find his moment of zen.

*

Aziza had led the man through the market, down another path, and into the noble district of the city. Having seen this in passing she figured anytime was as good as any to explore. Stepping inside, she motions for her guards to stay just outside of the door. Waiting for Thaddeus, she looks around before spotting some seating to which she moved to. "Perhaps this will be a good spot to sit…."

*

Thaddeus nods slowly, with a little chuckle, as he looks around taking it all in, and then he follows her down into the place, and then he licks his lips slowly."Now then, it seems you do see all the good places." HIs voice is soft, and then he sits down on a seat, and then he watches her for a moment, and his hands resting on the table, and his palms down, still trying to relax.

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Aziza sits down at Alcove table to the left.

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Thaddeus sits down at Alcove table to the left.

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Aziza sits down, crossing her legs at the ankles as she keeps her gaze on him. "I have explored a lot in my short time here….." Smiling she slowly sits back for a moment then nods. "…do you wish a drink? I'm sure they can do something. I however am no purveyor of wines…..I have simply been drinking what has been recommended." Letting out a soft laugh she then tilts her head. "So…tell me….what brings you here? Is this home or…..just passing through?"

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"I wish to find that out over time, most likely it is my new home, and I have yet to settle into it." Thaddeus nods slowly, and then he orders a wine, and his eyes on hers fora moment, with a little chuckle."I enjoy wine, and I have had much expereince with them." His voice is softly musical, and then he waits now his fingers taping on the table, and then he look around taking it all in, with a little sigh.

*

Aziza nods then as she smiles. "Well I can not say the same. I am just here to recover and wait to hear word from my Pharaoh as to what he wishes me to do and where to go next…" Sighing softly she closes her eyes while leaning back in that seat. "But I digress. This is a lovely city…and I've been enjoying. I dare say that I will miss it when I have to leave…."

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Thaddeus watches as the wine is fills up in the goblets, and then he reaches for his, and then he takes a long sip of his goblet, with a little chuckle."I see, that is a good to find a place, and now then when and why would you leave be so soon?" His voice is soft, for a moment and then he watches her for a moment, as he waves his hand towards her for a moment."Try that wine, it is very lovely, and it is from a little winery, I have visted a few times." The words still seem to be forced, and his eyes anywhere but on her now.

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Aziza looks to the glass of wine then smiles as she slowly pulls it to her. Looking it over, she takes a quick sniff before looking back to him. "Well I was attacked in northern Caerdicci on my way up to Elua. He might want me head back home…..or he might want me to continue my duties." A shrug as she then took a long sip of the wine. Closing her eyes she slowly licks her lips then nods. "Oh this is indeed good…."

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Thaddeus nods slowly, with a sip of his lips, and then he watches her for a moment, with a little chuckle."It is very good, and yeah, that is not good to be attacked, who attacked you?" His voice still soft, as he looks off aroudn the room, for a moment with a little chuckle."Now did you look into that yet?"

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Aziza shrugs a bit. "I have not had time to…." Taking a sip she sighs then as she sets the glass down. "I am sure the Pharaoh will send people to look into it. I was too injured to do so and just now getting around. I had to help with something else too so my own folly has fallen to the wayside…." At that she then….finishes off the wine easily before setting the empty glass down. "Though I hope to figure that out sooner than later….."

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Thaddeus watches her as she speaks, and he is quiet now, and he seems to be relaxed as he refills her glass, and his with a little smile, and then he sips his slowly again, tasting it and his tongue licking his lips slowly, and then he looks at her for the first time in ab it."I hope you healed well, that can be dangerous after an attack."

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Aziza smiles as she chuckles softly. "I did….thanks to Her Grace. She sent some of the best healers in the city to care for me. I think I will be fine…." Looking to that now refilled glass she bows her head in thanks then takes a sip. "But enough about that….it's all unpleasant." Looking around a moment she then glances over to him. "So is this place to your liking?"

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Thaddeus nods slowly, with a little chuckle, as he sips his wine, and then he looks around again with a little chuckle."Now then, this is to my liking, and also life is unpleasant, more then it is pleasant, in my world." His voice is soft for a moment, and then he stands up with a little chuckle for a moment, with a little chuckle."Now then, it was a pleasure, and we should totally, do this again, when I'm free, sadly that is not very often."

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Aziza smiles as she slowly stands as well. Giving him a bow she smiles warmly at the man before letting her gaze lock on his with ease. "Of course. I enjoyed it. I am staying at the guest tower in the ducal palace…so if you happen to be free…feel free to send for me there." A beat. "I enjoy getting fresh air and meeting new people often so I'd be honored…."

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Thaddeus nods slowly, and as he turns there is a frown on his face, and then he pays for the wine, as he makes his way out towards the city, and his eyes are closed for a moment, and then the smile is back you know, and then he moves out with a wave over his back.

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