(1310-11-25) Seeking to Learn
Summary: Seraphine and Severine have a morning chat in the salon, when a potential patron arrives and a contract is worked out and signed.
RL Date: 25/11/2018
Related: None
severine seraphine thaddeus 

La Rose Sauvage — Night Court

A huge hearth of black marble, with gargoyles of stone adorning the mantlepiece, governs the foyer of the Salon de la Rose Sauvage, which emanates a certain dark air, the interior design of the more heavy sort, that could easily be encountered in a gentleman's club, especially with the dark cherry wood wainscoting used on the walls. Dark leather upholstery is predominant in the furniture of chaise longues, couches and long-backed chairs that are arranged in a half-circle, leaving space in the center for courtesans (or patrons) to kneel for an inspection. Three tall windows with circular stained-glass insets are framed by dark red curtains of heavy brocade, a few golden threads worked into the fabric catching occasionally the light of flickering oil lamps at the walls. The lamps light a pair of portrait paintings, of the two founders of the salon, Edouard Shahrizai and his cousin Annabelle no Mandrake, resplendent in their dark Kusheline appeal; and a cabinet in a corner, holding a number of quality wines and a flagon of uisghe.

The foyer has a high ceiling, and a gallery beyond a balustrade of dark teak wood, carved in the shapes of gargoyles. Sometimes a few veiled creatures can be spotted up there, stealing glances at what is going on below; from the gallery, which can be reached by ascending some winding stairs at the back of the foyer. Beside the stairs leading up is a hallway on ground level, leading further into the building to where the offices of the leader of the salon and his two Seconds can be found, along with the two wings of private quarters for roses of Mandrake and Valerian canon.

With the weather of the season being as nasty as it can get - cold and raining - the salon of Rose Sauvage is all cozy on this late morning. A fire is burning in the hearth of black marble, lit by a novice some time ago. The flames are receiving an unexpected offering, when a letter is tossed into them. A letter she had held in her hands just moments ago, whilst reading it. A faint line shows on the forehead of Séverine, as she watches the parchment crumple and darken as it is consumed be the heat of the fire. The Second in charge of Red Roses of the salon is clad in a gown of dark green, her completed marque on display, where the dress slopes down at her back, leaving the skin there for the most part uncovered. Long hair has been twirled and gathered in a loose hair not, blonde with a few flashes of red glimmering in the warm light of the fire. As Séverine stands there for a moment, captive of her own thoughts and contemplations.

Seraphine just had her debut not long ago, and is getting into a new routine. Dressed in a long dress, tight up top, loose and gauzy below, with the back covered, and leather sandals, she comes out into the salon. Seeing Serine there, she approaches, bowing her head and smiles "Good morning."

<FS3> Severine rolls Perception: Good Success. (6 2 3 3 1 8 4 5 7 2 1 7)

That familiar footfall draws Séverine from her contemplations and she turns, to glance towards the new arrival. Her pale features soften in a smile when she recognizes the young woman that had adepthood not too long ago. "Seraphine," the Second greets. "It is good to see you. How have you been?" Where Sera's skin shows off a perfect milk-like complexion, Séverine's own shows a faint spray of freckles. For a moment the gaze lingers on the beautiful dark hair of the adept, before grey eyes lift to meet those of the other woman. "How have you been?"

Seraphine straightens up, folding her hands behind her back. "Very well, thank you. Now… I have different things to concern myself with, and I feel very busy as I make sure to do things right. I'm sure it will feel normal soon."

"Earning your marque, for example.", Séverine remarks with a smile. "And it seems you are getting a good start. It must be quite the relieving change for you, to no longer be forced to wait and prepare for the day of your debut. Things will probably get a bit quiet around Longest Night. But… maybe I can persuade Baptiste to host a fete here at Rose Sauvage before the nobles depart for the Capital."

Seraphine smiles weakly. "I did hear some nobles talking about traveling. Having something happening here, to keep at least some attention on us, rather than there… seems like it might be good. You know… because… it would… I don't know."

"It is not like *everyone* will be going," Séverine is quick to respond. "And we will have our own celebrations of Longest Night, here at the salon. Those that leave will certainly return at some point, and when they do, they will return to check out our Roses here at Rose Sauvage." There is a pause, as she regards Seraphine. "Have you enjoyed your first assignations, Seraphine?"

Seraphine shifts a little on her feet, nodding. "Of course, you are right. I just felt, slightly on the spot when they were talking about going, when of course I will be here." Then taking a slow breath before answering the other question. "Of course, it's not my first priority but… yes I have enjoyed them."

"Hmmm." Séverine lifts her brows in somewhat bewildered amusement at Seraphine. "It *should* be your first priority. Or… what else it that you like to occupy yourself with these days?" Her voice sounds soft and friendly. "A marque is not made in a fortnight. It takes years to finish. And you are at the beginning of that path. You should enjoy it, as Naamah did when she knelt before King Persis."

Seraphine stands talking with Severine, hands folded behind her back. Dressed in a long dress, tight up top, loose and gauzy below, with the back covered, and leather sandals, she comes out into the salon. Still smiling faintly. "Understood. Fortunately… I seem to be okay with how things are going."

Thaddeus steps into the area dressed for his role for once, and his eyes moving back and forth as if he is seeking someone or something. His eyes are moving slowly, scanning each face, and then he sighs softly, his eyes are closed now. This was a big step for him, but his consort had sent him here to learn something, and he shall do it. The red in his checks softly burn as he moves towards the woman, with a nod of his head."Good morrow, I'm Thaddeus Trevalion, and I seek to find someone to learn with."

Séverine stands beside Seraphine before the hearth, where a warm fire is burning. Outside, it is cold and raining, and so a novice would have gathered Thaddeus' humid cloak as soon as he stepped into the salon. Where Seraphine has black hair, Séverine is blonde with a faintly reddish tinge to her tresses, but that could be due to the light of the fire in the hearth. Her dress is dark green and - contrary to Sera's dress, open at the back to show off her finished marque of a Red Rose. As soon as Thaddeus approaches them, Séverine lowers her gaze and dips in a curtsey. "My lord of Trevalion, you honor us with your visit. It is still early in the day. I am Séverine, the Second in charge of the more submissive Roses. You seek to learn, but which of our canons speaks most to you, my lord? Shall I send for a Thorn, or is it your wish to explore the dominant side of your character with either of us?"

Seraphine inhales deeply when Thaddeus enters and approaches. She's definitely going to let Severine talk if she can get away with it, taking a step back, bowing her head toward Thaddeus.

"I was told, by my consort she likes certain things, that I have only grimaced, and I have come here to find a girl to learn with, I wish for a very good submissive one." Thaddeus watches them for a moment, and his hand is holding his other arm behind his back, with a wide smile."I think I will take the younger one, and help her with her task." His words are soft, as he watches her, and then he looks at the second."I was told to learn the ways of ropes, and the ways of floggers, and a few other things she enjoys, and I need to find someone willing to help me learn with her body."

The Second lifts her gaze to study the Trevalion, with a faint smile curling her lips. "Seraphine here has been trained in Naamah's ways, but she is still quite new to adepthood." She lifts her hand, pointing out the dark-haired Adept that has apparently backed away a little. "Come forth, Seraphine, so that Lord Thaddeus can have a closer look at you.", Séverine addresses the adept, gesturing for her to step closer. To Thaddeus, she says, "But truth be told, my lord. If you don't have any experience… I am not sure we can entrust this adept to your hands. If you wish to learn the ways of ropes and floggers, perhaps a Thorn could help you more in giving you instruction on how to use them."

Seraphine takes a deep breath, and steps forward. approaching Thaddeus, she slowly turns around, showing herself off, offering herself up. Not speaking though, she's just the meat, and letting the Second speak.

"Okay then, I will find a Thorn for that lesson, that makes sense, sorry for that." Thaddeus nods slowly, looking at the girl with a nod of his head, and then he looks at the second. "Now then, that makes very much sense, but I still enjoy this one, may I still contract with her, to see the joy in submission, to learn more of controlling and dominating her?" His voice is soft, and there is a wolf smile on his face, and then he bites his lip softly. "I have done a little of it, with my wife before she passed, but that is nothing serious." His eyes back on the Second now with a nod of his head, and then he licks his lips slowly."I enjoy her skin, and I enjoy the look of this one, and I wish to get to know her."

"Such can certainly be arranged, my lord.", Severine replies to Thaddeus, her gaze flickering a little as iit flicks back and forth between Sera and him. "A Thorn that can show you how to make use of floggers and the more advanced application of ropes and bindings." A pause then, as she considers. And a probing glance towards Seraphine. "If you wish for an assignation with this adept, we should work out the details in a contract. Limitations being, that no ropes are to be used beyond the most basic tying of wrists. No whips. No flechettes. No blades of any kind. Floggers only of the softer kind, and if Seraphine is agreeable to it. You must respect the word of Signale, she will put down in the contract, my lord. That is… if Seraphine wishes to have this assignation with you." The Second glances towards Seraphine.

Seraphine takes a slow breath, and steps up to Thaddeus. "I would be agreeable, if you would like to have a seat. I can get you something to drink, some wine perhaps, while you work out the details?" She looks right up to him, nodding.

"That sounds wonderful, I would enjoy some wine, or rum if you have it." Thaddeus nods towards the adept, and then he looks over at Severine with a wide smile."COme then, let us work out the details of the contract, and I agree to the limitations you are offering it makes sense, given my knowledge base, I will bring my consort here for that meeting anyways, she requested to come." His voice is soft, as he moves to a sit to sit down slowly, with a nod of his head, and then he leans back into the chair."Now then, you honor me greatly Severine, by allowing me to get to know your adapt, thank you for this honor."

Seraphine's agreement has Severine's lips curve in a somewhat relieved smile. She gestures for another Rose adept to fetch her a contract from her office. And writing utensils. Which the lad brings after a moment. "My lord," the Second then addresses Thaddeus, "I am writing these ramifications we agreed on into the contract." For which she sits down in a chair beside Thaddeus, with a small table before her. The quill scratches lightly over the parchment as she begins to fill in the particulars. "Your word of Signale, Seraphine?", she asks of the adept. This being a detail that must be mentioned in the contract.

Seraphine pauses before she goes to fetch some wine or rum. "Octopus," is her quiet answer to Severine, before she rushes off to handle that, sandals slapping quietly against her bare feet. When she does return, she will have the glass, which she brings to Thaddeus, setting it down and kneeling before him. Her eyes flicking to see how the contract is coming.

"I would also like to put in to have the contract be 4 sessions, if which I will pay for each one, the same as the first time if possible." Thaddeus watches, now he leans back in his chair, with a smile looking down at Seraphine, with a nod of his head."I have only done two of these before, so I would enjoy having her more then once?" His voice is soft, as he lifts the wine to his lips to take a long sip of it with a wide smile, and a little chuckle."She is too lovely to only have once."

The word of Signale is written down, in the cultivated handwriting of a member of the Night Court. Octopus. Séverine stares at the word, thoughtfully, before she lifts her gaze to look towards Thaddeus. "Your enthusiasm is remarkable, my lord. But as you said. You are wishing to learn, and so you must learn first whether you and Séraphine are as good a match as you for now only can assume. See this as a test for both sides. For you, to find out whether Seraphine will be as pleasurable a diversion as you are hoping. For us," and this she says with a faint smile, "to gauge whether you are truly inclined for these sort of pleasures." Her eyes glitter appreciatively when she notes how Seraphine sinks into that graceful kneel before the lord. "Please forgive me, I shall fill out this contract for this one assignation. But. We can certainly set up a new one for the next, my lord." She completes the contract and after signing it in her function as Second, she slides it over to Thaddeus. "Please sign, my lord. If you are agreeable to the contract as it is."

Of course this would only be one part of the formalities, as a purse with the tithe for the salon is expected, a small sum as compensation. Whereas the patron gift sent later to Seraphine would be the sum she will be able to use on her marque.

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