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Thread: Meeting of the Minds [9/8 - Evening, after dinner - Open to Baptiste, Romanov, & Gardiner]

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    House Baptiste Amelia Baptiste's Avatar  
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    Meeting of the Minds [9/8 - Evening, after dinner - Open to Baptiste, Romanov, & Gardiner]

    The call to the other houses had gone out as soon as Evangeline had written home of her arrival. The plague had been cured in Tuneric, all but erased from the population, and it was all down to a simple plant. A plant that Evangeline had brought with her. Her knowledge, combined with the ongoing efforts of Houses Gardiner, Romanov, and Baptiste, might just hold the key to ending this sickness's grip on Balfour.

    It almost seemed too much to hope.

    They had written to the other two families, invited them to send anyone who could help. They would host them in their own home, for as long as it took. Maybe this could be the end of this curse, and the beginning of the country's long road to health again.

    Many of those who were coming had arrived, and tonight was the first one that they had all been formally called together. They all gathered in the great hall for dinner, tables set up to accommodate everyone on the sprawling floor. No dais, no special treatment. They were all equals here. A formal welcome was given, and the promise that work would begin in earnest the next day; but tonight was to be used for meetings and planning and, almost as importantly, for resting for the next day's work.

    Dinner over, they had been invited to one of the larger sitting rooms, so that they could mingle and talk. Coffee and tea was set out to refresh them, and when everyone would begin to trickle in, conversation would soon fill the room. This was not just about planning; this was about getting to know, and getting comfortable with, the people that everyone would be working with over the coming days. Amelia had gone straight to the sitting room, to see that everything was as it should be, and she busied herself tidying the drinks tray while she waited for others to arrive.

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    @Evangeline Baptiste @Winston Baptiste @Annemarie Baptiste @Reed Gardiner @Rosemary Gardiner @Marcus Romanov @Alexander Romanov @Wilhelm Romanov

    OOC note: Mentions galore! I am not sure who each family was interested in sending, so I decided to err on the side of caution and just include everybody I could think of. Don't hate me if I've tagged a character that isn't attending, or if I've forgotten anyone. >.>
    Please feel free to start any threads outside of this as your little hearts desire; in theory everyone who comes to help with the cure will be staying here for roundabout a month, so there's plenty of opportunity for interaction both business and social.
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    House Romanov Wilhelm Romanov's Avatar  
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    Could the news be true? The Romanov's had received a letter inviting a selected few of them to head to the Baptiste home to work on a cure. How many times had Wilhelm heard some of the doctors had attempted to find a cure across the country? It seemed countless, but Wilhelm didn't question much and before long he had departed his home along with a few others on their way to the place that had once been his home.

    A dinner had been arranged for everyone on the first evening that everyone who had been summoned had arrived. Wilhelm didn't speak much during the dinner as he ate silently and slowly, his brown eyes analyzing everyone around the tables. He wasn't sure how much of a help he'd be in finding this cure. The cure didn't require knowledge about the different organs or where a cut could be fatal, but the disease had taken enough people already that the young man would attempt everything he could to help.

    With the dinner at an end, the evening was to move on to a large sitting room where they could continue discussions. Wilhelm entered the room that would host the rest of the evening. He moved over to the side of the room to leave place for others to enter without deciding his spot to sit yet. He'd wait until most people were inside so he could decide whom to approach.

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    Putting aside her initial discomfort at being 'home,' Annemarie was glad for the chance to be busy once more and to find ways of resolving the plague that ravaged their homeland. She joined her family for dinner, exchanging quiet, appropriate remarks with those seated beside her, but otherwise kept largely to herself. Her thoughts were torn between where she was and where she had been, tempered in no small part by concern. A letter had been sent to apprise Alexander of her safe arrival in South Huntswalk, but he too had been invited to join in the conference.

    So far, she had not seen or heard from him, sparking worry in her mind that he too had been seized by the plague's powerful jaws. Without being there to see, to know, to act, Annemarie reminded herself firmly that what they were about to do was of significant importance. The efforts towards reproducing the cure required her undivided attention and her best efforts. Too many lives, not just one, relied upon each person in the room to reproduce the cure and then see about distributing it.

    Pouring cups of tea not only for herself but her parents, she doctored them in the ways each parent liked best before carrying the cups to each. A nod acknowledged Lord Wilhelm as she passed him once more to retrieve her own cup and nestle into a chair to listen, contributing where she could.

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    House Romanov Marcus Romanov's Avatar  
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    It had been such a long time since they were able to gather about like this again. The plague had taken so many and burned through so much more. Marcus couldn’t keep count of the bodies at this point. Nearly half of Old Havenwich was gone and turned to dust. The forests of which most of the city was built into couldn’t cleanse them of the vile sickness that was taking them over one by one. Many great minds had been lost to this tragedy, and many more were likely still to come.

    But hope had now been found and to the Baptiste calling, Marcus and what was left of his paltry family ties who were closest connected to being of aid were with them. Seeing the Gardiners here meant that whatever the cure might have been was likely involving a plant or an herb. It made sense given that most of their remedies for other ailments came from the flora of the world rather than anything else.

    Dinner was a quiet affair for the most part, especially with his brother Wilhelm in tow. Both he and Alexander were more of the quiet types whilst Marcus was the casual conversationalist with the others, more often with the women in particular. But when the meal finished and they gathered in the other sitting room, Marcus got a cup of tea for himself and acted more as the casual listener. The Basptistes, Romanovs, and Gardiners were particularly tight-knit these days. All three of them had members of the family that worked in the same vein of interest for both science and medicine. While Marcus had no particular skill with anything of this matter, as lord and purveyor of the how the treasury was spent, he came in support of the idea so that he knew how best to invest in this new hope.

    Naturally with the Gardiners being here, it was likely that Rosemary was part of that invitation and so Elsa was allowed to attend as well to be with her best friend.

    “Lady Amelia, thank you for the dinner. It was wonderful.” He replied in order to break some of the awkward silence that this meeting had somehow brought forth among the more introspective minds. “I think I speak for all when I say that I am anxious to hear what I can about how we are to deal with this plague business.”


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    The seal on Baldell had finally been broken with the request from Lady Baptiste to join in the effort to reproduce the cure and end the plague's reign over Balfour. Not sure what he could do but unwilling not to do something, Reed gathered up his sister Rosemary, knowing she would feel the same way. The two of them made the journey to South Huntswalk to join in dinner first, then the meeting that followed.

    Glad to see his friends still among the living, he did what came naturally. Approaching Amelia and Winston first, Reed spoke quietly, "Thank you for inviting the Gardiners as well. What-ever assistance we can be in this, you have my word that it will be done by my sister, myself or both of us." Bowing his head to add emphasis to his words, he stepped back so as not to crowd them before he went to clasp Marcus's shoulder and nod to Wilhelm.

    "Words can't express how glad I am to see you both." He was unusually sober, the strain of the past weeks and months having an effect on him. Reed was normally a cheerful and good humored man, but even his face bore the signs of sleeplessness, worry and the like. Knowing that these three Romanovs survived was a weight off his mind, especially for Rosemary's sake. Her friendship with Elsa was very dear to his sister. "And you too, Elsa."

    Reed reached a hand out for his sister to keep her close to him. Rosemary was a woman who could take care of herself, but right now, he just wanted his family and friends close. "Rose? Do you want some tea?"


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    Had Reed decided to leave her behind, Rosemary would have pitched a fit. Luckily her brother knew that this was just as important of a summons to her as it was to him. Even more relieving was the fact that she managed to see Elsa at the dinner and knew that her best friend wasn’t among the dead. However the plague had left an indelible mark on them all. Rumors of Marcus Romanov’s survival were merely whispered and she hadn’t the opportunity to see if it was true or not until now when they were all gathered.

    Finally her brother released the seal on the gates of Baldell so that they could come to help! She completely understood the necessity of it all, but she still despised it nevertheless; and her malcontent became more audible as the months progressed. Being allowed to see her friends again brought a sense of comfort as she arrived in South Huntswalk with fears relieved and newfound determination given the recent summons.

    While Reed was much calmer about seeing everyone again, Rosemary was less put together. Though he held his hand out to her, seeing Elsa brought about a completely different reaction that even her brother couldn’t very much control. Immediately Rosemary flung her arms around Elsa and hugged the girl with fervent abandon. “Oh thank the gods you made it through this!”

    Her arms practically snaked around the younger Romanov and held on tight as though releasing her would forever abandon the other girl to the darkness. Eventually she let go and wiped a few tears that were threatening to come down her cheeks. Reed’s question now finally registering in her mind before she looked back over and replied, “Oh…tea! Yes, that would be great.”

    The Romanovs she was used to seeing were all here, but word had it that the family tree had been greatly damaged. Who was in charge of House Romanov now? Even further, how was House Baptiste holding up? Looking about, she decided to just ask the question to both families, “So…has there been any shift in lordship since we last saw you all?”

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    House Romanov Elsa Romanov's Avatar  
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    Elsa expected to be left behind. She did not have any skills in medicine or as a physician, just a little talent with flowers and perfumes. Marcus had heard, however, that the Gardiners were invited to attend and the chances were good that Rosemary would be there. Grateful to her brother for that kindness, she stayed mostly quiet through dinner, listening to the talk going on around her until she could have a few minutes to reunite with her best friend. Then, she could put her mind at ease, knowing that Rosemary was safe and healthy.

    Once they were in the room, she stood with her brothers, impatiently waiting for the Gardiners to join them. Elsa managed to smile at Lord Gardiner, but her eyes were all for Rosemary. Gladly, she returned the hug tightly, Rosemary's words echoing her own. She felt tears pool in her eyes with relief to feel her friend's hug once more and to hear her voice. "I was so worried about you, even hearing that your brother refused to let anyone in or out. There's been so many sick and dying!" And that was just within their own House. Elsa couldn't imagine just how wide-spread the devastation had been. How many Houses had fallen prey with a change in power?

    Offering her handkerchief, Elsa sniffled a little but winced at Rosemary's question. It was a valid one to ask, but the Romanovs had been one of the hardest-hit in Balfour, enough where Marcus was now the House Lord. Swallowing the lump in her throat, she whispered, "Marcus... he's now Lord of Old Havenwich, Rosemary. Have... have you heard about the King and Queen? Are they safe?"


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    “You’re telling me…” Rosemary replied in kind, “Every time I received a letter I was holding my breath to make sure it wasn’t you on some kind of list of who didn’t make it through. I was scared out of my mind! Nothing we’ve been growing has been working…it’s been awful without knowing what’s been going on. There was no way I was going to stay home in Baldell after this news.”

    Seeing the grim expression on Elsa’s face as the conversation moved on to new leadership didn’t bode good news. Her friend swallowed hard before eventually whispering to her that Marcus was now lord of Old Havenwich. For a moment Rosemary stood there thinking she was hallucinating those words. But when she looked over to the Romanov lord and saw that there was no whimsical expression of mirth on his face to reveal a jest, she couldn’t believe it.

    “Oh!...OH…” There was really nothing Rosemary could say to this that was going to sound tactful. What she really wanted to do was burst out laughing and poke fun at the fact that Marcus was about as capable of leading a city as a fish was efficient at walking on dry land. But this wasn’t the time or the place to be razzing them for that kind of thing. “Well that’s certainly…interesting.”

    As far as the King and Queen were concerned, she looked over to Reed to let him answer that. Rosemay wasn’t privy to every letter that came into Baldell. If there was any news about the royal family then he would have heard about it first.

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    House Romanov Alexander Romanov's Avatar  
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    This was not exactly how he had pictured his trip to South Huntswalk. After his talk with Elsa, he had made rapid preparations for the most important trip of his life. He would have a lengthy conversation with Annemarie before talking at length with her father. Yes, he knew that she had work to do with the cure, but surely they could both spare time to discuss the future. Then... the letter came summoning the Romanovs to South Huntswalk to discuss the the very reason that Annemarie had been summoned back home. The logical part of him was pleased with this: it was killing several birds with one stone.

    However, he had a feeling that neither Elsa nor Annemarie would find such a thing particularly romantic. But, no, he would not be deterred. After the meeting, he would request a private audience with both... separately. Nonetheless, he was quiet during dinner and socially awkward at best. That did not change when they changed locations for the discussion to commence. A glance was stolen toward Annemarie, seeing that she was doing well. No. No, no, no. He was being damned silly and he knew it.

    Drawing in a breath, Alexander eschewed coffee for tea, prepared his cup and opted to settle down in a chair near Annemarie's. Alexander opened his mouth to say something, but words seemed to falter on his tongue. Damn his eyes.

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    Wilhelm observed as the men and the ladies made their way from the dinner room to the sitting room. Each one of them was continuing where they had left off during the dinner. While dinner hadn't been the usual burst of conversations that these lands had once seen, discussions still occurred. He watched as his brother thanked the hostess for the dinner. His second statement had caught Wilhelm attention as he watched the lady for her response.

    However, the answer didn't come before Reed entered the room and in turn thanked the hostess before turning his attention to the young Romanov brothers. Wilhelm nodded in return, but didn't speak a word. His brother could handle the talks and tonight the younger of the two didn't feel like speaking. He had watched both of his brothers be struck by the plague and had done everything in his power to bring both of them back from the beast jaw, but had failed. Marcus return to life was unexplainable for now, but if he was to ever feel any true social feeling it was that he was somehow glad that Marcus had survived.

    He watched the scene unfold between his sister and her friend. Their interactions and emotions shared seemed so distant from the young man. Wilhelm's brown eyes glanced over to Marcus upon Rosemary's question about the lordship.

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    House Romanov Elsa Romanov's Avatar  
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    Her head shook at Rosemary, staying close to her dearest friend, but smiled a little to see Alexander take a chair next to Annemarie. Now if he'd just work up the courage to speak his heart... but that would come. Elsa told herself to be patient. There were other, much more important things to take care of first. "It's been very scary, and there doesn't seem to be anything that works, Uncle said. He and Lady Annemarie have been working almost non-stop themselves, trying to strengthen the few items that seemed to work, but even they weren't enough."

    If things weren't so serious, the idea of Marcus now being the Lord of Old Havenwich would probably be very funny, but the fact was, the Romanovs had been devastated in the worst possible way by the plague. Marcus had gone from being least likely to inherit to the Lord. And seeing the look on her brother Wilhelm's face, knowing he took each Romanov death so personally, made her heart ache. "Come sit with me?"

    She didn't wait for a response but tugged Rosemary along to sit next to Wilhelm. Elsa didn't try to make him talk or do anything but be a silent comfort if he let her. A quick, small smile went up to him as she waited for the others to get settled and business to start.

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    "Thank you, my dear." Amelia had finally settled in a seat, resolved to be patient while everyone filtered in, and she accepted the cup of tea gratefully from her daughter. Shifting so she was leaning close to Annemarie's chair, the old healer took a deep breath and cast her daughter what she hoped was a courageous smile. "It's a good thing we never got rid of any of these chairs when we changed the furniture around," she observed quietly, wryly, with a wink at her daughter. The children had always teased them about the house's furnishings, how they rarely matched and there were whole sets of furniture in storerooms downstairs that either she or Winston had declared 'still good enough to hold on to for now'. It seemed the 'for now' had finally come, and she was glad she'd had the staff bring up extra chairs.

    Amelia turned a kind smile to Marcus, and she beamed at the praise. Whatever that dinner had cost, however hard it had been to source the ingredients and put together a decent meal from what was accessible, it had been worth it just to bring everyone together again. She put off answering his question, though, as more people entered. As Reed approached, she and Winston stood, and she reached out and clasped one of his hands with both of hers. "Your expertise will be invaluable," she promised. "We cannot thank you enough for risking the journey."

    Retaking their seats, Amelia couldn't help but smile as the families that had gathered greeted one another. There was such relief to be seen as they rejoined with old friends, and those bonds of companionship would only be beneficial to their effort. It was going to be a long road, but compared to how long they'd suffered already, it would be worth it.

    "When Evangeline arrives, we can get started answering some questions," Amelia said, her voice strong rather than loud as she wished to be heard without overpowering the other conversations. "She has very recently returned from Tuneric, and while they suffered from the same plague as we do, they have managed to rid themselves of it. Chances are very good that we can do the same here."

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    As her mother spoke, Evangeline herself came in through the door, as if summoned by the mention of her name. A sheaf of papers was tucked under one arm, held closely to her chest, and a potted plant was held in her other hand. "I have," she confirmed, "they have, and we can." With a smirk she addressed each assertion her mother had made, and she positioned herself toward the front of the room so that she could see everyone.

    "I'm sure my parents have done this already, but I would like to thank every one of you for coming." She looked out over the families, meeting the eyes of those who had gathered. "Illness is not the only evil to be risked in travel these days, and it means an enormous amount that you would come in such great number. Even those whose skills might not seem in line with what is required will no doubt be of help, if they wish to lend a hand."

    Although speaking to groups of people was not something that came naturally or comfortably to Evangeline, after her duties in Tuneric it was something that she'd grown at least partially used to. "Tuneric was hit with a plague which is undoubtedly the same thing that has decimated our own people. They enjoyed some measure of immunity to it; it was certainly deadly, but mostly only to the young, the unwell, and the old. A marked difference from the suffering here." She paused, bowing her head in the silence to give a moment of respect to those who had been lost. "The good news is, building off the work we'd been doing here, and with the help of a family of botanists, a cure was found, and it was incredibly successful. I see no reason that the same cannot be done here, with some small alterations."

    Stepping forward, she held the pot out to Reed. "This is the key." She released the plant into his hands, so that he and his family might examine it. "It seems almost like a cousin to plants we have here, at least to my unskilled eye. I'm keen to know what you make of it."

    Evangeline held up the folder she'd held so close to her chest. "My notes are here if any would like to look through them. But I'd be happy to answer any questions, and I'm also eager to hear what work has been done here while I've been gone."

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    House Romanov Alexander Romanov's Avatar  
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    Alexander could not help himself in that moment. The scholar had taken over the courteous and noble lord that would have normally just stayed to the sidelines. Immediately, his hand went to touch Annemarie's arm, looking at her as if silently asking her come along with him. Pulling himself to a stand, he started to moving toward Evangeline. A curious look was given toward the pot that was now in Reed's hands, his eyes scanning over it critically but swiftly. He recognized the characteristics of the group of plants it belonged to. "Interesting," he murmured, but he trusted Annemarie and Reed to make a better assessment. If there were similar plants in Tuneric, then perhaps his hypothesis about plants was correct!

    He was far more interested in Evangeline's notes. However, he stopped himself short as he suddenly realized that he was about to be rude. The man cleared his throat, reminding himself to be the courteous lord. "Ah, my lady," he said to her, "if you do not mind, I would like to look over your notes. Lady Annemarie has been doing considerable work in examining the plants in our region and I have kept up with all of her observations and notes. It has been for her work as an apothecary, as you know."

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    House Romanov Marcus Romanov's Avatar  
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    He exchanged smiles with Amelia but moved on to sit near his brother for the remainder of the discussion. With tea in his hands, he watched as his sister reconnected with her best friend and updated each other along the way. The question Rosemary posed was certainly an uncomfortable one. Exchanging glances with Wilhelm, Marcus observed the Gardiner woman’s reaction and kind of scoffed out a chuckle to her reaction once Elsa divulged the details.

    Occasionally he snuck a peek over at Alexander. Their conversation on the way to South Huntswalk was an enlightening one in regards to his intent with Annemarie. Despite his reservations on ever taking a wife, having a wedding ceremony in Artis Castle instead of another funeral was going to be a nice change of pace. He would have to speak with the two of them later to arrange dates and preparations once they were ready…and once Alexander actually popped the question and got permission. Somehow he wasn’t entirely worried that blessings would be given all around.

    Amelia eventually began the conversation by explaining what had happened in Tuneric. Shortly after, Evangeline came over and began explaining the situation along with the key to the land’s survival. For the most part Marcus stayed on the sidelines and every once in a while took another look to Wilhelm to see if anything was brewing in his brother’s mind.

    By some act of strange luck, Marcus was one of the few to succumb to the sickness and then survive it. But unfortunately he proffered no solution on why he was the lone individual to make it through while his older brother fell to Mink-Asa’s scythe. For now he would remain silent, and observed as Alexander moved in to take further examination. No doubt Reed and Rosemary were ready to take this little miracle and cultivate it in spades. They were good at that sort of thing.

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    The dinner had gone well. The food had been plenty and delicious and conversation was light and enjoyable. No business was discussed and everyone seemed to have just enough to say. It was quite the agreeable evening and as the chairs shuffled away from the table and they cast aside their goblets of wine for cups of coffee or tea it was time to talk of more serious matters.

    Winston had greeted the Lords Romanov and Gardiner as they complimented their dinner and thanked them for the gathering. He gave warm nods and courteous smiles to those who entered the door. He stood behind his wife as she sat in her chair and gripped the wood of her seat. This would be an important time. This conversation, these plans they were about to make, would change everything for their country.

    Amelia spoke up and it seemed that just as she did Evangeline entered the room. Winston beamed as a result. He felt his heart become whole again, with his entire family under one roof. It was a feeling he'd missed for so long.

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    Henry hadn't said much through dinner. A few jokes here and there, nothing too important or informational. He knew what was coming to them after dinner and no one wanted to hurry up and learn more than he did. Or so he thought at least. Sitting across the table from his sister Annemarie, he smiled to her every so often and tossed chunks of bread at her when their parents weren't paying attention. It had been a while since they were able to harass one another, play games as they used to, and he missed having all his sisters at the dinner table with him. He was sure that his mother caught him at one point, being immature as he was, so he quickly stopped what he was doing and straightened his posture.

    As they'd moved off into the parlor they'd filled with all their disused chairs he grinned to see that they'd all been dragged up from storage and dusted and polished to shine. Now he understood why his parents collected things such as this. 'Just in case' and this was what they'd been keeping them for. He took a seat next to his sister and gave her a poke in the shoulder.

    "Anne, are you ready? We're going to learn how to save these people. Roll up your sleeves." His voice never raised above a whisper but you could tell in his own way he was very excited. He was ready to get to work and as Evangeline entered the room he grinned from ear to ear.

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    A murmur of interest seemed to worm its way through the assembled families as Evangeline finished speaking, and she looked over them eagerly. She was well aware that this was one of the first signs of hope they'd had, and she'd readied herself to field any and all questions. Hell, if they wished she would take them to one of the work rooms and show them all her process.

    If she had not been familiar with Alexander, she might've been put off by what seemed to be a lapse in manners. Thankfully, though, she knew something of his character, and knew that he did not mean disrespect; especially in a situation like this, when information of such value was available. "Of course," she said as she handed over the thick folio. "I believe my sister's considerable skills will be vital to refining the process I used, which, while effective, is in need of some improvements." After arriving home and hearing of the work Annemarie had been doing, Evangeline could not have been prouder. She was eager to see her sister's skills at work.

    "You will perhaps recognize the name of my most frequent test subject," she said with a little bit of a smirk, speaking broadly enough that the room could hear, since she was sure it would not just be Alexander and Annemarie who would lay eyes on her notes. "Captain - that is, Lord Hutchinson," she corrected, returning clumsily to his proper title, "fell ill shortly after we arrived on Tuneric. His infection came not from our ship but from a source on Tuneric, and it is the fact that it came so close to killing him that makes me draw the conclusion that it is the same disease that is being suffered here."

    She paused, and she worked to keep her feelings for Tarran out of her voice. This was a conversation for sharing information, and she needed to remain professional. "It all started from brewing a tea that had been somewhat useful here for easing the early symptoms. The flora on Tuneric is slightly different from what is found here, though, and I improvised - within reason, of course - on what seemed closely related. The tea proved more effective for him than it ever had been here, and from there I sought to isolate each ingredient, and then refine it down to what was most useful. I'm afraid poor Lord Hutchinson was put through quite the ordeal, but in the end he survived, and indeed is back to full health."

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    Elsa explained how the Romanov family was trying to be of some assistance through Alexander and then through the Baptiste woman, Annemarie. Knowing that Rosemary wasn’t the only one trying to find the key to success and failing, she gave her best friend a haphazard smile in response. Somehow there was comfort in mutual findings regardless of the failures surrounding them along the way. When beckoned to sit with her, Rosemary was quick to accept and it wasn’t long before they found themselves comfortable and awaiting the meeting to formally start.

    Listening carefully to everything explained, Rosemary had a look of intensity and seriousness that wasn’t often worn by her too frequently. Obviously the plague had changed everyone in some capacity. Though she still enjoyed the parties and limelight, Balfour was in grave trouble and she knew that she and her brother could assist in its salvation if they found a way. When Evangeline presented the plant that would be the end to their troubles, she suddenly stood up and walked over to Reed to examine the plant along with him.

    Every detail was scrutinized as she looked at the colors, the shape, the style of leaves, the impending buds. Eventually she murmured to Reed, “…interesting.”

    Turning to Evangeline she asked, “Would your notes contain the statistics on its growth rate, climate, and elevation? More importantly…did you bring more than one?”


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    "How goes the evening?" Wilhelm asked his sister as he offered her a small smile back. The atmosphere around the room changed as Amelia spoke up. Luckily for them, Evangeline arrived as her mother finished announcing the plan of the evening thus allowing her to begin her explanation of the possible cure that had been discovered in Tuneric.

    If the lady's words could bring a sense of positivism to the people present about the possibility of finding a cure to the curse, there were a few words and statement spoken that left the young Romanov uncertain. He didn't consider himself an expert in the matters of curses that affected the organs, but he knew the human body well enough to know that there was something the three categories of people that had been struck by the curse in Tuneric had which such a relation couldn't be constructed here with the curse.

    “I wouldn't want to lower anyone positivism, but I can't be the same to know that the youth, the ill and the old all share the same reality that their body aren't in a situation of prime.” Wilhelm whispered to his brother beside him. However, it seemed Evangeline had begun responding to his concerns indirectly. A healthy man had fallen ill and saved by this cure? It seemed maybe Wilhelm was the one to be blame of too much negativism on the matter, but who could blame a man who had watched without being able to offer help for his two brothers that fell ill. He remained silent as he listened to Rosemary ask a few questions about the plant.

    “How many fell during treatment?” Wilhelm voice echoed shortly after the last question by Rosemary. While the captain had been treated and saved, there was no cure that cured everyone without any exceptions. There had to be people that couldn't be saved just like there were people who had survived without any proper cure.

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