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    With silver bells and cockle shells - 9/3 late afternoon, Riverwatch Gardens - Gisela/Victoria

    Gardens. They were the domain of Swaren and Silvica, but the part of Gisela that was still a girl, no matter how she had tried to suppress it, found a flicker of fondness for them. Particularly the ones with thorns.

    It had been a short walk, as Victoria had promised, but even so it was far enough away from the incessant noise of the women who were chasing around the silly ball in the other yard. Additionally, the high walls afforded them a little extra privacy, at least until someone else meandered through. "It's refreshing to hear you say that we are like minded," she offered her counterpart once they were away and strolling through the topiary together. Dastan De Angelis was obviously a fan of sculpture, and it was reflected in his gardens. Or, and as was more likely, he was ignorant of such things, but was smart enough to throw money at people who knew better than he did. "Plus, you come from a family which is very supportive of our ideals," Gisela smirked.

    If there had been any confusion as to who and what she meant, it was quickly dispelled. "Oh, not Edward of course. I am sure that is an ongoing trial for you child," she said with a smile and touched Victoria's shoulder momentarily. "I speak of course of your cousin Xavier. Mink-Asa bless him for being so handsome. If ever there were a reason to be kissing cousins," she teased, but pulled her hand back and waved the silliness away. "But what he is doing for the Lady MacHeath," Gisela went on. "With a man like that on your side, what need is there of other allies?"

    The priestess did not elaborate, but only smiled. "But let us not worry about the means just yet. It's truly the ends that intrigue me. Tell me, Victoria. What are you personal ambitions?"

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    The noise had been gladly left behind. Victoria was no fan of the loud and boisterous. It didn't suit her Fairfax dignity, however pretentious many thought that to be. Leading Gisela away from that section of the grounds had been a pleasure indeed, even if the gardens they stood in were a welcome haven of peace and opportunity to talk more freely. The topic hadn't been fully revealed yet, but that was due to their location. Now they could talk with relative ease.

    She turned to face Gisela, her eyes taking in the woman's face with interest. "You seemed surprised that I said so. Perhaps it is a surprise, considering how many women in Tuneric are content with their lives being conducted by the whims and the wills of men." Catherine certainly was one of those, frustrating her sister to no end. Victoria refused to be a passive participant in her own life. Edward already accepted that his youngest sister was no-one to take lightly. "Our ideals, though? Of who do you speak in plural sense?"

    This was what Victoria was curious about, what Gisela alluded to before-hand. The subject then shifted to Xavier, bringing pride to Victoria's smile. "He is very handsome, that is true, but what is more, Gisela, is that Xavier is exceedingly intelligent. It has always been my cousin that encouraged me to develop mind and thoughts, to look for chances that are out there." Her eyes dropped, but not before a cousin's fondness for her favorite relation shone clear. "I can say without hesitation that Xavier is my ally, my friend, and in some ways, my savior." It was simple truth, that. Xavier, even in absence, kept life at Suffolk under Edward bearable with letters and books sent just to her. The mention of Sophia MacHeath made her a little uncomfortable, her loyalty to Xavier keeping her silent.

    Glad when the subject changed, Victoria laughed and met Gisela's eyes once more. "A place at Court where I feel like I can do something of my own. I'd rather it did not require a husband, but if it does, let's hope he's biddable and meek. I wouldn't mind serving the Queen, and finding a way to make my mark on Tuneric."

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    "It is only a surprise, given what others expect," she said, conceding Victoria's point. "But that does not change the facts, my dear. You are a Fairfax of Suffolk. You were bred for your beauty, sophistication, and charm. And you are expected to use them only to forward your brother's aims." Before saying anything else, Gisela held up her hand. "That is not a disparagement. It is simply the way that it is, and nobody is to blame." She smiled, reassuringly. Even if Edward and Victoria did not see eye to eye, Gisela could not have the woman thinking that she was insulting the man.

    "Your cousin," the priestess said with emphasis, "Struck down John MacHeath in defense of a woman he barely knew, despite MacHeath's rights as a lord to do as he likes in regards to his family. And while I appreciate that he encourages you, and that he is incredibly smart and dedicated, it is his regard for the rights of women that truly make him a powerful ally. Words are weapons and knowledge is power, true. But in Tuneric, action still rules."

    She moved deeper into the gardens before she answered the other question that had been put to her. "Yes, our ideals. We are a group of women who are determined to leave our mark on Tuneric as well. And we are always looking for friends," she said with a smile. A noble would be a coup. Gisela was the closest thing the group had to nobility, and she was the bastard at the end of a long line of bastards. "I wish you could come and observe us when next we meet."

    Motioning to a stone bench, Gisela bade Victoria to join her. "Court? Oh no, Victoria. Not court. Yes, there would be a chance to serve, and to find yourself, I am sure. But you would be hidden in shadows." Reaching out, Gisela rested a hand on the woman's knee. "You are a star on the rise, my lady. You must be made to shine. Not to carry tea when a bell rings, or to fluff pillows before the privileged rest their heads. I beg you to reconsider."
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    Truth was inescapable, regardless of how Victoria felt about it. Knowing what was expected of her as a Fairfax of Suffolk, a Fairfax daughter, didn't make the truth any easier to swallow. Edward was ambitious, so was she, but those ambitions probably didn't align. However, he was her brother, he was Lord of Suffolk, so there were limits to her rebellion. Calmed somewhat by Gisela's efforts to reassure her, she did not reply.

    Victoria knew full well that Xavier and Edward seldom saw eye-to-eye on many things. Edward often resented her near-hero worship of her cousin and her admiration of how he behaved, not to mention Xavier's influence over Victoria where Edward's failed. "That may be true, but it is knowledge that tells what actions are best to be performed, I think we can agree? Without knowing what to do, how can you possibly do it?" Simple logic, maybe too simple, but it was also irrefutable. "I will not deny that action speaks loudly, but knowledge can make action occasionally moot."

    Following Gisela into the heart of the gardens, Victoria listened intently, hearing the plural used instead of the singular. Her eyes narrowed a little, uncertain of who Gisela spoke of when she said we. "Perhaps you might be so kind as to tell me who 'we' are?" That rather important fact hadn't been mentioned yet and it would tell her a good deal of what she might be getting into. A Fairfax had as many of the facts as possible before committing to even something so simple as a meeting. "And where are these meetings, I wonder?"

    Her head eased back a little to study Gisela's face. This was proving a conversation she had no way prepared for, but that didn't make it a bad thing. It felt, in a lot of ways, like it was a peek through a thick, heavy door to glimpse a world she had no idea existed, but held an irresistible allure. The problem so far, as Victoria saw it, was that she didn't know what that world was, what it meant or the consequences would be for seeking it. "Reconsidering means I would have some sort of... better offer." There it was, the quiet and hopefully subtle invitation to put it all on the table.

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    The Priestess smiled an appreciative smile, and nodded her head in approval. "Of course you are right, Lady Victoria," she told the other, before sliding closer on the bench, so as to appear more conspiratorial. "But I submit to you that some men, especially those in power who are accustomed to little in the way of consequence, are often quick to act without knowledge, and therein lies the problem." She pulled her hand back from Victoria's knee and let the pair of them linger in her lap. "And our aim is not to condemn the noblemen of the island, Victoria. We only wish to strengthen our voices so as to be heard. To make them aware that our counsel is as valuable as that of any male clerk, or maester, or knight."

    A soft smile crossed Gisela's face as the Fairfax girl asked for details. It was a good sign that she was curious, if non-committal. "My Lady," she began innocently. "You must realize that we are conspirators in search of knowledge and understanding, and as with any conspiracy are not very quick to trust others. If our gatherings were discovered, there would be consequences for our members. I am not saying that you can't be trusted, I am merely suggesting that until you meet any of them, my sisters would prefer to be anonymous for their own security. A security that would also be afforded to you, should you decide to observe one of our discussions."

    The Mistress of Night could hear footsteps approaching; a couple of guardsmen making simple rounds, and she offered them a polite nod as they went by. She waited for them to pass out of earshot before she looked back to Victoria. "As for the where," she said with a shrug. "We have three current meeting locations that we rotate to and from. Though our next gathering will be in the Ridge, just outside of Stone Forge. If you are interested, I can make sure an escort is provided for your safe passage. If you are not, then I understand. I only brought it up because our conversation in the yard convinced me that we might be of like minds."

    There was a soft breeze the lightly brushed Gisela's hair, and she put her hand on her leg to stop her skirt from flying. "Your potential is only limited by your will, Lady Fairfax, and I know I have been vague on some points out of necessity. But you have my assurance that our cache of information and literature is no less comprehensive than King Cailen's, plus the addition of other voices to help expound on your ideas. We long for a chance to take action, based in our knowledge. To make our voices into something more substantial. None of us can do that while we are kept apart, trapped in personal studies."

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    Gisela made a good point, one she couldn't always refute. Not every man was like Edward or Xavier, more was the pity. Tuneric would only be the better for it, Victoria knew, but you couldn't make a man be someone he wasn't or didn't want to be. Listening, she smiled a little, understanding. "To remind them that women have brains and we know how to use them for the good of all, in other words? That is an old argument between Edward and myself, one that my sister Catherine doesn't help in the least. Sweet girl, but she's not... like you." She didn't presume to lump herself in the same category as Gisela, not yet, especially with the mention of anonymity. "Of course, Lady Gisela. Perhaps it would be best if you mentioned to them my interest and let them decide if I am worthy to observe one of the discussions? I would not ask you to take any sort of risk on my behalf." Commendable modesty, trained into her from years, could work in her favor in this instance.

    Lifting her head as she heard the footsteps, she gave the men a bland stare, one that urged them to hurry along about their business. What harm could be found in two lovely women speaking quietly in a garden where they were guests of the family in residence? None what-so-ever, of course. Curious, she looked back at Gisela. "I will need to find an excuse to visit the Ridge, of course, but I imagine one could be found readily enough." Even if she had to tap Xavier to help her, Victoria would find a way. It was the blessing of being a clever woman. "But rest assured, lady... I am quite interested."

    The blue eyes lighted with that interest as the carrots of information and knowledge were dangled enticingly before her. "The more of like mind, the better, I believe. If there is a united front of such minds, then surely the voices must be heard?"

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    The more it became clear that the Fairfax girl was a possible sympathizer, the easier it was for Gisela to open up. She hadn't really given her counterpart anything with which she could do damage, but she could sense a tinge of excitement on the air. "Victoria," she said, reaching out her hands again and taking the other woman's in a soft embrace. "My sisters and I are a welcoming group, and if you come to us in good faith, then we have nothing to hide from you. But there is something," she said, a light change in her tone. "Please, just call me Gisela."

    For a while it had seemed to escape the priestess that her counterpart was younger by more than a few years. She was so well spoken and sophisticated, that it wasn't until the woman withdrew from the conversation a bit that the young vivaciousness of Victoria's eyes seemed to come out. While Gisela herself was something of a young looking twenty-five (the goddess be praised), there was a dangerous hope for what Fairfax might become, given the time still left to her, and her fiercely dedicated demeanor.

    "You see, there are many women like yourself in our group. Strong, young, devoted women, with ideas," she paused, whether for affect or at her own amazement. Instead of continuing the thought, she patted Victoria's hand twice and smiled. "But not all of noble birth," she finally confessed. "We tend to leave the "lady" out of our conversations, in order to promote the idea of equality that we are desperately trying to instill in others. What we do for ourselves, we do for all women. Even Catherine, though she might not agree with us."

    Smiling, Gisela turned Victoria's hands over, brushing her thumbs over the palms and looking at them. "There is no shortage of reasons for you to visit the Ridge," she said in agreement. "I will leave you to your wiles, but if you need assistance, I am sure we could find a noble reason for you to explain to Lord Edward." With a soft chuckle, the priestess nodded and smiled shyly. Releasing Victoria's hands with a giggle, Gisela lifted her chin resolutely. "The more like of mind," she began, a small glint of mischief in her eyes. "The better for everyone, I believe. Join our chorus, and we will be heard."

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    The conversation was going very well in Victoria's opinion. Edward was not going to approve, not even a little, but Xavier might. The thought made her want to smile. She respected her brother but she found him a little controlling and rigid at times, especially with what he considered appropriate for his sisters. Her hands clasped, she looked over Gisela's face, intrigued further as she was invited to use the woman's first name.

    She hadn't realized the age difference between them, typically preferring the company of more mature ladies to those of her own age. Victoria found those her own age to be silly, fickle creatures more interested in sewing, gossip and fashion then the more serious (and interesting) topics that faced those of their rank and station. She had been raised as a Fairfax, which meant she knew her obligations and responsibilities to her name, as well as to enjoy the pleasures and privileges that name brought.

    Listening, she waited for Gisela to reveal what sober aspect the priestess felt some concern about on her behalf. Tilting her head with interest, Victoria wasn't surprised to hear that not all of the members were born to the same rank. "Women are women, Gisela. Some of us are merely more lucky then others to be born of wealth and privilege, but the concerns would be similar regardless of rank, I believe. If you are concerned that I'll be offended or likely to dismiss them, you needn't be. There's more to a lady then her birth, and I've met some women who are not born to the rank yet are more of a lady then those who are blessed with that rank."

    Feeling her hands turned and palms brushed, she looked down at the pale skin, a slight smile on her lips. "We will come up with something, I'm not too concerned over it. Edward might even be glad to be rid of me for a time. He'll say he can finally have some peace." Sharing the laughter, Victoria's eyes met Gisela's with her own mischief. "The more indeed. I look forward to meeting these women very much. It will be good to be among those who aren't afraid to use their minds."

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    When she spied the gleam of adventure and mischief in the younger woman's eyes, Gisela smiled broadly. What the priestess was looking for was almost perfectly embodied by Victoria. Intelligence, nobility, ambition, and determination. Their leader was perfectly suited to the task, but the Fairfax girl would be the lieutenant that they had so desperately needed. "Do you like wine," she asked her counterpart innocently. "I feel like we should have a small toast to celebrate. I have a nice vintage in my room that I have been saving, and a book that I have just finished reading that I think might interest you."

    Gisela didn't rise immediately, so as not to look too eager or pressing. Though as much as Victoria may be a willful woman, eventually Edward would be looking for her. Thankfully, the game in the yard did not sound like it was winding down just yet, which meant they still had some time. Perhaps Dastan De Angelis was keeping the Lord of Suffolk busy with his conversations of trade and wealth.

    Finally, Gisela rose from the bench casually. Holding out her hand to help the other to her feet, the woman smoothed her dress with the other. Lifting a pair of soft blue flowers from their bush, she tucked one behind her ear and handed the other to Victoria. "Let us be girls, if that is what they wish to see," she offered conspiratorially. "By the time they know better, we will be women who've earned our places beside them."

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    Blind to the calculation that was in Gisela's eyes, Victoria was almost completely caught by the lures the priestess was casting. The prospect of joining in the meeting and gathering with other women who shared her desire to be educated, clever and independent. "I do enjoy wine, a great deal," she nodded, not reading anything into what was an innocent enough question. "A book?" She brightened up with the prospect of a new tome to peruse and enjoy. "Lead the way when you feel the time is right."

    The game was still going on, she could hear the laughter and the calls from their corner of the garden. Edward was hardly on her mind, trusting that he was panting at the heels of some beautiful, married woman. That was her brother's idea of a good time, when he wasn't talking business or enjoying the King's company. Trusting that if he wasn't with Lord De Angelis, he was off having words with Xavier, she waited patiently, understanding the need to be discreet.

    Taking Gisela's hand with a smile, Victoria twitched her skirts into place and laughed as she took adorned her hair with the flower. "Girls is what they see, but the women who we will be leave them all in the shade, I must agree. Lead the way, Gisela."

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    "A book indeed," Gisela told the girl as they walked. It was with some convenience that the typical view of noble women was one of a sorority that had little in the way of cares and moved about on whims and fancy. To see two such ladies moving through halls hand in hand probably surprised nobody, and they moved towards Gisela's quarters relatively undisturbed. "One of our most influential benefactors has an immense private library, as I've said. I've managed to borrow a fascinating book on political posturing that I fear no man would ever let me read if I asked politely." In fact, it had been penned years ago by one of the Day family maesters and the priestess had found it fascinating. "I just finished it this morning. And since I can't envision a scenario in which we won't see each other again, I am happy to lend it to you."

    Victoria spoke eloquently in Gisela's mind, and at a young age. She was a woman, by all accounts, but still close enough to her younger years that she had the potential to be a great influence on the coming generation of girls who would walk in their footsteps. In the priestess' mind, she had found a great champion, if Victoria had the will to follow through on her ideas. "The men will come to fear you, and rightfully so," she whispered, patting Victoria's hand lightly as they walked.

    When they came to her room, the elder woman opened the door. The afternoon light was on the side of her window, and the room was sufficiently bright without torch or candle. It was one of the more humble rooms in the keep, as Gisela was not from a landholding family, but it was cozy enough. A bed, and a small couch, and a table with two chairs. The fireplace was smaller than most, but it was adequate for the size of the chamber.

    Moving to the table and the setting of wine, she poured them both a glass, before going to the bed and retrieving the book she had mentioned. Lifting one glass, she handed it to Victoria. Raising her own, she smiled. "To secrets spoken in shadows, and the paths they will illuminate."
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    Her fingers linked with Gisela's, the better to give off the appearance of a pair of gossiping, giggling girls that made their way down the hall. No doubt to talk fashion, or hair-styles or something just as frivolous, because wasn't that what young noble-women did? The truth was, that nonsense bored Victoria to the point of sleep. The whisper of the book excited her far more, her eyes turning tiger-bright. "All the more fascinating for being forbidden. Between you and my cousin, I shall not lack for inappropriate reading material." She smiled broadly, whispering back, "I cannot wait to see it. If I can carve out the time, I may be able to return it to you before we all make our way from Welch Run." Victoria was not above burning candles for half the night to read, and now that Xavier was encouraging her, she was more determined then ever.

    Fear her? What an interesting prospect... Victoria was thinking it over, not just because of the prospect, but what doors to knowledge and power it could open. It was a heady thought, having access to women of like-mindedness and ambition, making her eager to meet more of them. "I do not so much wish to be feared as respected, but sometimes one has roots in the other, don't you think?"

    Stepping into the room, she did not mind its humbleness. Simple could often be better. Too-elaborate trappings distracted the eye and the mind. Her own rooms in Suffolk were not stark, but they weren't lavish either. She had no need for the flounces and frills that Catherine seemed to require. It was comfortable, enough to be private and to allow for peace. She smiled to see it, closing the door gently as Gisela poured the wine.

    Taking the glass, the words made her laugh. "And to the knowledge that just waits to be shared. To you, Gisela, and all of your sisters."

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    Gisela smiled at the girl's anticipation, though she said nothing. The priestess was in no rush to get the book back, having already finished it, and was confident that Victoria would meet the owner soon enough. "You are wise, my friend," she said, lifting her own glass to her lips. The wine was a sweet one, as opposed to the dry vintages that Gisela preferred, and she could see that after being in the warm afternoon sun, the bottle might not last the hour. "Too many of our friends assume they can earn respect by being proper ladies, pleasing their husbands in bed and averting their eyes in the company of other lords. If fear is what it takes, then why would we stop short of making others afraid?"

    "Our sisters," Gisela corrected her with a soft myrth. "If only in spirit, you are already counted among our number." Motioning the other woman to the couch, Gisela sat on the opposing corner. She set the bottle on the small end table, so that it would be there to refill glasses as was necessary. "You are quite lovely, Victoria," she said in a disarming manner. "I suppose that it runs in your family. Your cousin Xavier seems to be quite the focus of the other ladies' attention. I fear I have not met any of your other family." In fact, before meeting the girl, the extent of her knowledge on Fairfaxes had been built around the knight's reputation.

    She had made subtle touches at the girl throughout their conversation, trying to gauge the woman's comfort level with her company. But now the priestess gave her some space to allow herself to observe her. Her attraction at this point was intellectual in nature, as the proper dress the girl was wearing did not say much about her figure.

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    Wise? Victoria wasn't so sure about that, but she was glad for a chance to enjoy the company of someone Xavier would surely approve of, and to make a friend that shared her beliefs. The wine was gladly sipped, a welcome sweetness after the afternoon's exposure to the sun and a touch of sultry heat, though she nearly choked at the blunt words. A touch of color collected in her cheeks at the mention of pleasing men in bed, but she recovered quickly and considered Gisela's words. "Because fear all too often brings a desire for destruction, I believe, and that's counter to your plans, Gisela. Fear can be an effective weapon, but it can also turn on the one who's wielding it."

    She blinked to find herself counted in the collective group of women, but smiled as she curled into the corner to continue their conversation. "Xavier is the pride and joy of the family, I admit. My cousin Lea was married, and I have little contact with her, I fear, since she was wedded. There is my brother Thomas, who is often away, Edward you know of, and then Catherine, my sister." The little mouse, not that she was about to deride her sister in front of Gisela. "I fear you would find Catherine not of our mind-set." That was the kindest way she could put it.

    If Victoria was aware of the other's perusal, she showed no signs of discomfort. As a relatively young woman, she was dressed with a measure of modesty, nothing too snug or low-cut to hint at the ripening figure within the clothes. "Have you any family?"

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    Listening to Victoria's words, Gisela thought on them for a moment. She was well pleased at how the Fairfax girl seemed to observe every point from multiple angles, and thought that she would be a strong voice among their number. Perhaps too cautious, but not to a fault. She was a piece that Gisela could sculpt into something beautiful. A mind that had almost limitless potential. "We shall have to be careful, as you say,"she finally responded, measuring her response carefully.

    The talk of her family was pleasant, but not overly important. The priestess considered pushing at the comment about Catherine, but let it go instead. There was no sense in coming on any stronger when it seemed that Victoria was already determined to follow the path Gisela was laying down. If she were going to press her advantage over the girl, it was not going to be on a point that she had already won.

    "No," she said, a sad smile on her face. "At least, no family to speak of," she added. Rising, she refilled her glass, and tipped the bottle likewise over Victoria's to top it off. Rather than retaking her seat, she moved to the bed and slid off her shoes. "Silly games," she muttered, remembering the women on the field as she removed the necklace from about her throat. "Be a dear and help me with the fastenings on this," she called to Victoria. "I want to do nothing but lounge in my robes the rest of the day."

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    "A little caution is only prudent, my lady. You have worked far too hard to risk something so important." On that point alone, Victoria was understanding. Something so treasured, so far-reaching had to be protected, even if it took longer to accomplish. It was the secret to the Fairfaxes' success, she knew well. Patience and perseverance were key to achieving one's goals. "Thank you for heeding the warning, it is often difficult to do so."

    She nodded at the mention of a definite lack of family. Lucky Gisela, as far as Victoria was concerned. There were times she wished her family to the furthest reaches of another island. "Perhaps not, but you have our sisters, so you will never truly lack for your real family." She smiled and held her glass for a refill, then lifted a brow as Gisela went to the bed. A laugh sounded at the dismissal of the afternoon's games, though she sighed wistfully. "It would be nice to lounge, but of course I will help you."

    Setting her glass down, Victoria approached the bed and indicated for Gisela to either rise or turn so she could reach the laces.

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    Standing and offering the other woman her back, Gisela lifted her hair and pulled it forward over her shoulder, bowing her head so that Victoria could get her hands on the fastenings. She thought about the kindness in the Fairfax woman's words, and remembered the writings of Dame Eleanor. "Indeed," she said with a hint of melancholy. "Though we are a family of a different type, we are always eager to lift one another up," Gisela told her.

    As the laces began to loosen under Victoria's fingers, Gisela inhaled deeply, her lungs able to expand to their full capacity. "It is still early in the day," she told the other woman. "There is no reason why we can not take our time with our musings and our wine," the priestess said. "There are other robes in my wardrobe, and whatever I have is equally my sister's."

    Once the laces were undone, Gisela turned and lifted the garment over her head, bare from the waist up and naught but a thin slip that went to her ankles. Nodding her thanks, the mistress went to her armoire and pulled out a pair of silk robes, pulling one about her shoulders and cinching it, while laying the other on the bed for Victoria, should she want it.

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    Tucking a few stray strands to join the rest, Victoria's fingers picked the knot free for the laces and began to work them loose. For as much as she enjoyed wearing fine gowns, it was always nice to take them off and trade for something soft, non-restrictive and comfortable. She definitely understood Gisela's desire to be free of corset and gown.

    Something in Gisela's tone caught her ear, making her answer softly, 'Sometimes the family you choose is better then the one you're born into. I would love to be able to choose the women I call my sisters. In that, you are very fortunate, if you think about it." Working her way down, Victoria had to smile as Gisela was finally able to take in a good, deep breath. "You are temptation indeed. And read my mind, to be honest. If you wouldn't mind returning the favor, please, I'd enjoy being comfortable. I have no other plans this day." Catherine could entertain herself just fine, and bore someone else. Victoria would much rather continue her talk with Gisela.

    She blinked at the ease with which Gisela revealed herself, hoping she wasn't blushing. Once it was in place, she turned to offer her own back. Fortunately, her hair was still pinned up and out of the way. "Tell me... you spoke of a meeting soon. Did you mention where it would be held?"

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    When Victoria had finished helping her and her robe was affixed, Gisela took another sip of her wine as the Fairfax woman turned so that Gisela could help her out of her dress. Setting the glass down, the priestess smiled as the younger girl accepted her invitation. It was, by most accounts, a scandal for two women to lounge about a room in the middle of the day in their robes, but Gisela kept her own counsel on such matters. If Victoria's brother were to discover what his sister had gone off to do, or whom with, he would be cross. But the pair was very much alone, and it was few and far between, the times that anyone bothered to knock on her door.

    Referencing Gisela as a temptation brought an ironic smile to Gisela's face. "You flatter me, my lady. Let us just say that there are few substitutes in life for comfort. And any comfort that comes of my own devices, rather than that of a man is all the more enjoyable." As she worked her fingers over the laces, opening the back of the dress and revealing a canvas of pale white skin, the priestess could not help but think on the woman's question. "There is an estate in Stone Forge that belongs to Lady Hallward. Sister not wife," she elaborated, indicating Allison and not Maera. "It is a fine place. Warm and welcoming, and devoid of secrets. Perfect for our sisterhood to open our arms for those seeking truth."

    Finishing her task, Gisela moved to Victoria's side and picked up the robe off of the bed. Holding it open, the priestess knew that she was challenging the girl's modesty, but in the end, they were only girls. There was no secret among them. No doubt Victoria had servants to help her dress, and this was no different. That, and Gisela always had a piqued interest when it came to women who were fair of skin. Something about pink flowers on a white frame always helped her heart to skip a beat.

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    Victoria maintained a very strict philosophy on Edward. What he didn't know about, hear about, or see about, wasn't going to hurt him. She had learned how to be discreet, and if worse came to worst, she could perhaps ask Xavier to help her out. For now, she did not want to anger her brother, knowing that the keys to freedom were still in his hands, but he was busy with his own matters. An afternoon with Gisela wasn't going to raise any flags on Edward's part, if he even knew she did so. She would need to be back in time and dressed for what-ever the evening had in store, but the afternoon was hers.

    Relieved when the confining pressure of the dress gave way, Victoria almost sighed but continued to stand quietly as Gisela worked at the laces. She listened with eager interest as the priestess revealed the location of the meeting for the sisterhood. So Lady Allison was involved? How very interesting! Finding a way to get there would be challenging, but Victoria was up for it. Maybe she could plead going ahead of her brother and sister to Aston to help Aislynn, and instead head to Stone Forge. It bore some thinking about! "I look forward to seeing it. It is, if I remember rightly, set in a discreet location?"

    Now that the dress was loose enough, she wriggled out of it and left on the fine silk shift. It did not really conceal much, but she made a gesture at modesty when accepting the robe. "Thank you," she sighed in comfort, not aware of what was going through Gisela's mind. "That's much better."

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