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[The throne room was draped in funeral colors, and it was eerily silent. Below the dais, two coffins lay. Amelia could see them as she entered, not even noticing anything else in the room. Except the feeling of stares on the back of her neck as she walked towards them.

[She forced her eyes up, to regard the people standing behind the coffins. Her grandfather sat hunched over on the throne, still in his pajamas, almost as if he was asleep. Or a corpse himself. To the left, she saw Gracia and Uncle Christopher/ Her uncle looked solemn, but he had always been the serious one. Gracia just looked... blank, like she was an overly tall doll dressed in royal finery that had never looked quite right on Gracia.

[Amelia remembered that Gracia hadn't gone to their mother's funeral because she couldn't compose herself for long enough, and her father didn't have the heart to make her leave her room. After all, while it might have been important for the kingdom to see that the Crown Prince's heir had survived, Daddy had thought it was more important that Gracia herself be taken care of. Even during the funeral, she remembered him holding her hand as she cried while his eyes looked off in the direction where Gracia was.

[On the other side of the throne, she could see Uncle Randionel and Cousin Alfred -- randy looking smug and Alfred looking satisfied. But that couldn't be right -- both of them were dead. She had seen the mazoku he had been working with kill Alfred. She hadn't seen Uncle Randy die, but he had been caught in the cave in. And, in both cases, she and Daddy had been able to tell that Randy and Alfred had been trying to kill them. No one else -- not Uncle Christopher, not Gracia, and not Grandpa -- seemed to register that these people shouldn't be here. She tried to yell for the guards, or speak a spell, but her voice caught in her throat.

[She was level with the coffins now, and close enough to see that they had been left open. She didn't want to look, but her eyes were drawn to the one on the left. Her mother's body rested there, as it had on the day of the funeral. Someone had cleaned up her corpse so you didn't see the wounds that had killed her, or the blood of the assassin when Gracia had fought back. But no one could say she was sleeping.

[She could feel the other coffin at her back and she wanted to run away, and not be made to look in it. She could guess what it held, even if this wasn't a memory, because every one of her family was here except one, and she remembered how the court felt when she got back from Xoana and Atlas City. But the same thing that was propelling her still had an iron grip and she found herself turning around.


[The Hitomi clicks on. It's dark, but you can hear someone breathing like she was scared out of her wits and half-sobbing.]


Apr. 4th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
[Mother, gone.

Rin had never seen her mother's corpse whole. Just listened to her screams, and then the dragging sounds as they took her away. Left behind paralized.

For two years, the thought that her mother might be alive somewhere had kept her going. Until she saw her head on that man's shoulder and won certainty.

Left behind two years ago with her father's dead body in the room. Her only company, but not.

Father, gone.

Too damn sudden, all of it. Had taken some time to sink in. Even after the funeral, a few days after. If the body was gone, she could still pretend it wasn't so.

That he was waiting for her, too. Somewhere. That they were both waiting for her.

This is what the dream makes Rin think of, so much that she only half pays attention. When it's over, she hears Amelia's ragged breathing.

She should say something. Feels the need to. This is what she understands the most.]

I'm sorry... I-I watched the dream, but...

My condolences. My deepest, sincere condolences.
Apr. 5th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
Re: [video]
It was just a nightmare -- my father's still alive. [Amelia didn't mention her mother, because her mother wasn't still alive.]

But, thank you, Miss Rin.

[It could be worse. It wasn't like Amelia's family history and the related dirty laundry wasn't public knowledge in Saillune back home.]
Apr. 5th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
[Father, she said. Not mother. But it was good. To still have one parent, even if you lost the other.]

Ah... good. I'm glad for you, in that case.

Nightmares are just nightmares, but they can catch you off guard sometimes.
Apr. 5th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
Re: [video]
[Amelia nods, but the light is still dim -- it's probably not visible]

I haven't dreamed about my mother in a while. I wonder what brought it on?
Apr. 5th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
Sometimes it just happens, I guess.
Apr. 5th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: [video]
I guess so. At least it's not something I mind being public.
Apr. 5th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
Ah... you don't? Guess that makes it better...

[Still, Rin feels increasingly bad for this. She just kept stumbling about people's dreams today, and it shouldn't be happening.]
Apr. 7th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
Re: [video]
Most people know about my family's history. It's a downside of being a princess.

[That and losing your mother to an assassin, and having at least three attempts on your family's life because of their position, two done by other family members. Four if you counted the recent attack on Saillune by Dulcis and Zannafar, though that was on the kingdom as a whole.]
Apr. 7th, 2010 07:16 am (UTC)
Ah... do forgive me if I've shown you disrespect.

[A princess! This is not a situation Rin has been particularly prepared for. She never expected to be dealing with royalty. Well, so far it seemed like Amelia didn't mind her previous treatment.]
Apr. 9th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Re: [video]

[Amelia seems truly puzzled by the fact that some random stranger would be expected to treat her with respect beyond just being polite. Maybe if it had been in Saillune, but the kingdom was pretty well known for having informality among the royalty. People respected Prince Phil and his daughter for their deeds, not the family.]
Apr. 9th, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
Ah... not the case?

[That is odd. Amelia's reaction suggest she has little idea of what Rin is talking about. Maybe they have different standards where she comes from? At the very least, Rin really hopes she hasn't just gotten on the bad side of royalty. Which is absurd in this situation, she knows, but she's been raised with all the polite mannerisms that become a girl of samurai descent.]


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