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    When You're with a Sweep, You're in Glad Company - 8/22 morning, Jenner's Chambers - Jenner/Rose

    The summer sun was barely in the sky when the servant was leaving the room, Jenner's tea and a morning dispatches delivered on a tray along with a fresh baked coll topped with cinnamon. As he began to unfold the first paper, he looked at the girl and held up his hand. "The new girl," he began, taking a sip of his tea.

    The girl, nodded. "Rose, my lord?"

    "Yes, Rose," Jenner confirmed as his cup went back to the tray with a small clink. "Inform her that I need the fireplace swept out. And that she should come straightaway." Waving her off, Jenner never saw the girl nod again. There was nothing in the news from the previous day. At least, nothing that concerned him. Reports on sales of his family's wares, but there was nothing that screamed of distress, and so he paid them little mind.

    Cutting in to his roll wit a knife and fork, the Lord of Lawnbury hummed softly to himself. Wondering if he should have consulted Violet before sending for the new girl, he shrugged off the concern. Roselin Yarwood was more bark than bite, and she was nothing that he couldn't handle, if it came to that. He had not seen her since that first encounter in the linen room, and was eager to see how Violet had managed, if at all, in transforming the noble girl into a regular servant of the Nest.

    When the sound of a knock came from the door, Jenner picked up one of the pages, so as to look preoccupied. "Come," he said from his seated position in the bed.

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    She was told that Lord Jenner was looking for her and she sets aside the wash she'd been working on and stood to respond to his request. Something about a fireplace. The young lady looked at her in awe when she asked how to clean one and the tools needed were handed to her with no explanation. Elston never would have done this to her. She never should have run away from home. She missed her brother so much and she held back her tears as she trudged through the halls.

    "Come."

    Rose pushed open the door with her hip and stepped into the room. She gave the Lord of the house a curtsy and walked directly to the fireplace. Her face wore not a stain, powder, or creme nor did it hold the glow of her soul. It was just ... Her face. As she dropped to her knees and moved aside the fireplace screen she sat and stared for a moment.

    She had no idea what to do.

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    For a couple of breaths, Jenner didn't stir or look up from his reading, but when Rose went still, he lowered his glass and regarded her. "Your uniform is flattering" he said, taking note as she knelt there at how her bottom peaked out in rounded curves under her short skirt. As she sat with her back to him, he couldn't tell what if anything the top did to accentuate her breasts, but if her sopping wet form from the other day was an indication, odds are it was easily the equal of the bottom. When she said nothing in response, he frowned slightly. "Does it not please you that I find you attractive, Rose?" He made it a point to not refer to her as "Roselin", or "Lady Yarwood", lest he remind her of her noble birth, or upset her. Emotional girls did not work as hard as those who were less distracted.

    Jenner could see her fumbling, struggling for where to begin. He would not show her, of course. That would breed into her silly head the notion that if she feigned ignorance long enough that others would do for her what she refused to do herself. And that would only keep her the spoiled child that she had come to Lawnbury as two days prior.

    "Is this going to take long," he finally asked, but could sense that she was choking away tears as she tried to respond. Sighing, he shook his head and set his cup down again. "Come," he said to her, motioning to the spot at the end of the bed. "Sit, and we shall talk for a few moments, before you resume your chores."

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    Rose was trying to scrape together memories of watching the servants clean the hearth but it was doing her no good. She'd hardly paid an ounce of attention to those people. They were below her and she were the sister of a Lord. They cleaned her dresses and she put them on. They were the silent people who did stuff so that she didn't need to lift a finger. As if she would have done work even if she had to.

    When he spoke she completely froze. Did it bother her that he found her attractive? "It is fine if you do so my lord." Her voice came to her flat and disinterested. She didn't really care about much. All the things that she'd loved were taken away from her by Jenner himself. The mention of the uniform just made her angry but it wasn't as if he cared. He probably mentioned it to make her upset. She missed her beautiful sweeping gowns and the lace and silks she wore at home. Her pearls, she missed them so, and she tried to set back to remembering how to clean a fireplace.

    Again he was talking to her and she let her head drop. Yes it was going to take hours. A lady with a smooth hands a she possessed it was obvious she'd never done an ounce of work in her life. Why the hell was he keeping her here? She was useless and it was difficult to see any advantage for him. Maybe it was because he didn't want Elston to know that he took her. She wouldn't tell! She just wanted to go home ...

    When he requested, she stood and turned toward him, she slowly approached the Lord of Lawnbury Hills and all she felt was worry in the pit of her stomach. What was it he wanted to talk to her about?

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    The girl approached slowly, as though she were a dog who had an accident and knew she was in trouble. Jenner, however, didn't even bother to look cross. "Perhaps we got off on the wrong foot," he said as she scooted herself onto the bed, just barely he noticed, as though she might try to dart if he made any sudden movements. Rather, he didn't even bother to pull his legs from beneath the blankets that were still hiked to his waist. "I understand that things here in Lawnbury will be vastly different from what you are used to at home," he said empathetic to her apparent plight. "Unfortunately, you do not fit the mold of my typical servants, and so I am sure there will be an adjustment period for you."

    Sipping his tea, he motioned at what was left of the pastry on his plate. "Hungry?" The question seemed normal to him, as though she were an invited guest and he was a gracious host. "You see, I have a certain appreciation for beautiful things," he explained, and motioned to her. "And when my buyers," he said, referring to the guards who had taken her, "come across a piece they think I would enjoy in my collection, they bring it to me. Granted, this isn't where most expect to end up, but I do well to cherish them once they have arrived."

    Setting his cup down again, he smiled. Confirming his thought about how the Yarwood girl would look in the provided top, Jenner nodded approvingly. "If there is something I can do to make your stay more comfortable, within reason, and not at the exclusion of the rest of the girls, please ask. A happy servant is a loyal and hard-working servant, or so Violet says. I hope she is treating you fairly as well?"
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    Perhaps. The word rolled around in her mind but she had no use for thinking anymore. She used to sit in front of a fireplace and do needle point or sing. Now she was cleaning them. Or, well, trying to. So instead she just sat, like Jenner asked her to, and stared. Adjustment. Because she was going to settle in here? Rose supposed she'd have to as she had no other choices.

    When he asked her if she were hungry she glanced to the plate and lifelessly replied. "No. Thank you." Any other time when a man would refer to her as 'a beautiful thing' she would have thanked him. Maybe the change in opinion made her a bit of a hypocrite but in her current position she could grant herself the room to change her own mind. She was a slave now and she was quite well aware of her new position in life.

    "I apologize, My Lord, but I am sure there is nothing you can do within reason to keep me happy. And yes, Violet is treating me well." Her answers were short and to the point. She had no desire to talk to him she just wished someone else would clean the hearth for her.

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    There was a distinctly visible frown on Jenner's face at her response, but he could tell that he was going to get nowhere by pushing the issue. This kind of reaction to his hospitality had happened before, of course. He could hardly expect all of the women who were here against their will to adapt as quickly as others. But, over time, Jenner had learned that there was at least one effective way to help snap the women out of their doldrums. He expected that it might take longer for Roselin, but his theory was that she would only be punishing herself.

    "I see," was all he could muster when she had finished. "Well, I think that in lieu of your spirits, we'll excuse you from the task at hand." Reaching his hand up, Jenner knocked at the headboard of the bed and waited, a cheerful smile forming on his face for Roselin, as though he were demonstrating for her how it was done. In a few seconds, the young lady who had escorted Rose up returned, and Jenner waved her in.

    Picking up his tray, he handed it to the woman, and then slid out of the bed. Moving past Roselin to the window, Jenner looked out at the sunny morning. "Dawn, would you please inform Volet that we'll be relocating Rose to the dungeon detail?" The girl in the doorway seemed to cringe a bit, but then nodded and took the tray from the room.

    Looking back from the window, Jenner offered the same smile to the girl still sitting on the bed. "I think you'll find dusting the cells is easier work," he offered her with a shrug. "It's darker, sure. And a little damp and moldy. And the spiders," he shivered a bit and then pushed out the shutters on his window. "But overall, I think you'll find it a fitting match for your demeanor as late."

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    He was telling her she didn't have to clean his fireplace? Why? The smile on his face made her suspicious and he knocked on his headboard to have one of the other girls appear in the room. Jenner was still smiling to her, polite and stunning, and she had no idea how to deal with the situation she'd found herself in. Just sitting there while the other woman approached, she gave an uncomfortable smile while the girl eyed her with uncertainty.

    She took the tray and Jenner slid out of bed, leaving Rose perched on the edge. He did not tell her to stand so she stayed right where she was. When he finally spoke, the girl's name was Dawn, Rose's eyes widened and she looked from Jenner to the woman who stood near her in the room. The dungeon? For a moment his behavior reminded her of her father's. He was giving her what she wanted at the moment but at the expense of her future.

    Then there were spiders. She hated spiders. Her eyes met with Dawn's and she saw a flicker of pity before the girl bowed, turned, and left the room. Rose swallowed hard as she watched Dawn leave the room. The girl walked with a bit of sway and Rose realized what she needed to do.

    Rose turned slowly and smiled back to Jenner. "The dungeon doesn't sound nice at all and therefore not a very fitting match in my opinion." She sauntered up to the Lord of the house and stood with her hands behind her back, pushing out her chest a bit, and fidgeted with her foot in a way she felt would be endearing. She hoped she could roll with the punches and save the situation.

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    Jenner watched and understood Rose's trepidation. In fact, he had counted on it when he had suggested the idea. Watching her posture change, the man raised an eyebrow and looked helpless. "Well, I'm not sure what to do, Rose. You don't want to clean the fireplace, and you don't want to sweep the dungeons." Taking a moment to appreciate the effort she was putting into posturing for him, he only feigned the mildest of interest. "What do you propose that you should have to do to excuse yourself from both of these tasks?"

    Turning from the window to face her, Jenner crossed his arms and folded one at the elbow to tap his chin. Rose filled out the uniform she had been given better than most of the girls, and he made a show of walking around her and observing. "I meant what I said earlier, my dear. About beautiful things. See how much more beautiful you are when you aren't sulking so?" His wrist flicked, and his palm tapped lightly at her bottom. The short smacking sound coincided with Rose hopping up onto the balls of her feet.

    Finally, he came to a stop in front of her once more. "So tell me, Roselin Yarwood," he began, emphasizing the nobility in her name as he challenged her to shrug it off. "What incentive are you offering me in exchange for my leniency?"
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    She began to answer his question when Jenner started to circle her and give her the once over. He complimented her and at the same time he made her feel even more naked than she really was. His eyes roamed over her body and she had to try her hardest to resist the urge to cover herself in an attempt to hide her figure from his gaze.

    With a flick of his wrist, Jenner's palm made contact with her right butt cheek, and she gave a little squeak along with a little jump off the floor. He rounded his path and stood again right in front of Rose and finally said her full name. She knit her brow together with a bit of worry but kept her chin high and her back straight.

    Rose supposed now was a better time than any. "It is not that I don't want to, Lord Pavon, it is that I do not know how." She needed to fluff the situation and sell herself. She was going to be here no matter what, time to secure her position in the house. "I do not wish for you to settle with a mediocre job when you have other women in this house who know how to do the job. These hands have only ever made fishnets or ropes." She held up her soft hands before her and smiled to Jenner. "If I am to be honest the only task I ever preformed well is the occasional meal preparation. These hands can cook but they have no callous to protect them for any other job. Is it not the soft hand that a man prefers?"

    She gave him a charming grin and hoped to the gods that he would buy the beautiful and helpless act.

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    Reaching out, Jenner secured the wrist of the hand that she held up in front of him. His eyes took on a sad appearance and he shook his head. "But Rose, my sweet," he said with a soft chiding in his voice. "I have already eaten."

    Turning the palm over in his hand, he inspected it, as though he did not believe her about the lack of callouses. He was certain that she was indeed as spoiled as even she let on that she was, but he still had all the advantage to press. Pushing her chest out was all well and good, but only so long as he didn't force the issue. Which he was wont to do. "Being ignorant is only an excuse for so long, dear Rose. Surely, you don't think that just because you lived a charmed life until now, that you should not have to learn? Or did you think that the girls in the laundry came here with all the knowledge of washing clothes that any woman could have?" Pavon's eyes darkened a bit and he took a step into her, forcing her to back peddle towards the wall. "You will have to learn what is expected of you," he told her, his presence starting to loom as she was cast into the shadow of his encroaching mass.

    Releasing her wrist, his index finger pressed at her chest, and then danced swiftly along the tops of the breasts that she had just been jutting out. "You are here to serve, for a time," he added, insinuating that eventually she would be freed. "The better the job you do, in all aspects of your duties, the happier your existence here will be." Lifting his hand to brush her cheek and push a lock of her hair behind her ear, Jenner smiled. "Do you understand, Rose? Do you realize what it is that I expect from you?"

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    Now she was being cornered and being told what was expected of her. Before she'd met Jenner she was never expected to be less than beautiful and she'd been told to be punctual and polite. That was all. The word 'adjustment' was an understatement. She'd waited until Jenner was done speaking, she'd even let him touch her face. Her back was pressed against the cold wall and she was trying her hardest to compose herself. Feigning polite and allowing him to finish running his mouth was giving her time to take a few deep breaths.

    "The women in your wash room do not have the King's blood in their veins." She tried not to bite out her words and keep a pleasant smile on her face. "I understand that propriety holds no meaning for you but it does for the rest of us who stay honorable and true to societies beliefs of morality. Kidnapping a woman of noble blood is not proper but forcing her to be your slave seems an atrocity in and of itself. I have offered you my skills, the few I possess, and I may have some adjustment to do Lord Pavon but I believe you should adjust a bit as well. "

    Taking four fingers she pushed on Jenner's chest to remove him from her personal space. "Only a man who treats me properly is rewarded with the honor of being so scandalously close to me."

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    The woman who had first arrived in his keep, and who had so defiantly challenged his position until she ended up swimming in a washing basin had suddenly returned. And all he had to do was push a little at her pride. "The women in my washroom do not have the King's blood in their veins," he confirmed. "And all that means to them is that they will live long and lusty lives," he said, his tone just as biting as hers. "Because the blood of kings means nothing here. Here, the blood of kings makes you a sacrifice, if one of your other cousins has an eye on the throne. I would not flaunt your regal blood if I was you, princess."

    Looking down at his chest where she had pushed him, Jenner frowned. "Oh, you'll be sure to get the proper treatment, Lady Yarwood. Unfortunately for you, Lawnbury is very much a separate society from Balfour at large. Here, the mores and norms are quite different you see. Here, your birth means nothing. Here, the dedicated and useful are royalty. Here, the ambitious and hard-working are the upper-crust. Here, the cooperative are rewarded. Here, I am the King. And I assure you, the bodily fluid of mine that will be running through you, won't be blood."

    Turning, Jenner stormed toward the fireplace, retrieving the bucket of water the girl had brought with her. "Atrocity," he mumbled to himself and shook his had. "I'll give you scandal," he continued under his breath. Moving back to where the woman had taken her stand, Jenner tossed the water at her, catching her in the chest with the bucketful of suds. "One of these days, you are going to learn, Rose. You have one job now. And that's to please me."
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