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Thread: Your Intentions [08/20/217, during the dance, Nataliah x Marcus, Private Exchange]

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    Your Intentions [08/20/217, during the dance, Nataliah x Marcus, Private Exchange]

    Marcus spared no reservations in enjoying himself. The highlight of the evening was certainly his dance with the Princess Tatianna, but there were other great exchanges here and there as well. However the amount of glaring and staring was becoming slightly annoying and after a certain amount of time he grew weary of it. Not to mention the fact that his mother hounded him not moments ago to tell him to make himself scarce since he could not help making a visual spectacle in front of everyone.

    After a while he was beginning to get bored. There was only so much preening and proper behavior he could endure before the desire for a stiffer drink and a good lay was now formally on the docket. Rosemary was already in the process of finding a way to bail as well and luckily she would be going to another party in his stead and likely take his sister Elsa with her.

    Looking for the exit, Marcus threaded through the people before he suddenly heard his name be called out from an unfamiliar female voice. Not one to ever ignore a lady, the Romanov stopped in his tracks and turned around to see Nataliah standing a few paces away and closing in on him. Raising a brow, he was curious to see what she would want but put on a charming smile and nodded a polite bow in reply.

    “Your Highness…” He said with smooth candor, “To what do I owe this honor?”


    @Nataliah

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    Nataliah had debated at length with herself about actually confronting the man who'd gotten so close to her sister. If the situation had been different, she would likely have held off; after all, Tatianna was technically old enough to make her own decisions and, by extension, make her own mistakes. But despite her age, Tianna was still very new to the nuances of society and social life. Nat knew all too well that social interaction in Silesia was nothing at all like it could be in Moorford, and while she was willing to let her sister find her own way, for the most part, she refused to sit by and see her potentially get hurt.

    And so she'd made up her mind to try and get a moment alone with the man who had seemingly captivated the youngest princess, Marcus Romanov.

    It wasn't hard to find him; even after he'd disappeared after the first dance, it seemed like he left a wake of whispers and glares behind him. Part of Nataliah thought it was amusing that everyone was so affronted on her family's part, but of course she couldn't actually display that amusement. Right now she had to play the part of a proper princess, and a concerned older sister looking out for her family.

    "Your Highness...to what do I owe this honor?"

    Instantly Nataliah could see how Marcus could have easily charmed Tatianna. His face was handsome, his smile full of confidence, and his eyes held a promise of just the right sort of trouble. If the world were arranged differently, Nat could see herself almost being jealous that Tianna had captured this man's attention instead of her. But that was neither here nor there currently, and there was a more important matter at hand.

    Returning his smile with an easy one of her own, Nataliah inclined her head. "I see that it seems you're on your way out, so I don't wish to take up too much of your time," she began, keeping her voice pleasant. No need to make him think she was about to join the leagues of people intent on lecturing him. "But I wonder if you might indulge me in a moment of private conversation?" She knew he was just as aware of the eyes on them as she was, considering now he'd had the individual attention of both princesses in the same night. Her gaze moved over his shoulder, to an alcove behind the dais - visible enough that they couldn't be accused of sneaking off, but private enough that they could avoid being overheard without being aware of it.

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    Nataliah seemed almost a little off guard for a split-second, eventually matching his smile with one of her own. Naturally all of the royal family women were beautiful in their individual ways, and Nataliah was no exception. Her initial sentiments drew a Cheshire grin from the Romanov man as he reached up and delicately scratched at his stubble with the back of his thumb before warmly replying, “You may take up as much of my time as you want, Your Highness. All men should learn such patience in the presence of great women.”

    Heavy on the compliment? Perhaps. But he knew his place in the world, and also knew where the true power resided in a royal family. It was the reason why many men hated him as fervently as they did. But it wasn’t long after that initial interruption that Nataliah requested a quick moment of his time in private. Marcus was apt to follow the gaze on where she was intending to sequester themselves for whatever conversation she had intended with him.

    Turning his attention to the alcove, he looked back at her and politely offered an arm to her. “Of course.”

    The gesture was as basic as any other lord out there on the floor, so no one could exactly accuse him of hitting on another Farrand-Calhoun royal when it was customary to lead with an arm. But after dancing with one princess, and being approached by another, people likely began to wonder what was so special about some second son of a second son who was only notorious for being flagrantly promiscuous.

    As the two of them retreated to the selected area, he leaned casually against the wall and smiled, “How may I be of service to you, Your Highness?”

    Something in the back of his mind likely knew what this was going to be about, but he wasn’t about to mouth off to royalty. Not to mention the fact that it was entirely likely that whatever they were about to converse over Marcus was certain they could come to terms…perhaps.


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    Moving with Marcus to their relatively secluded spot, her hand resting on his arm, Nataliah could almost feel the eyes following them. There were bound to be whispers, those who would leap to see a scandal where there was none, but in this Nat somewhat hoped that Lochlan was looking. If he saw her with Marcus, he would know that she was dealing with things, and that just might save all of them a bit of an ordeal.

    "You've enjoyed yourself thus far, I hope?" Although Nat was fairly sure the answer would be yes regardless, she still had to uphold the niceties of conversation, considering she and her family were the hosts. And who knows, if he was bold enough to dance too close to the one woman all eyes would be on tonight, perhaps he would be the sort to speak his mind honestly, no matter who was asking.

    Leaning lightly against the wall opposite him, Nataliah kept her expression light. She was putting off answering his question, offering small talk instead, and not for no reason. It was, perhaps, something of a test; he certainly seemed to have more confidence than was perhaps healthy, but would it hold up when both parties likely knew that the true cause for conversation was something trickier? Many a man sought to put off any scolding they might think they were about to receive, or else they filled the lull in conversation with useless prattle, often confessing to whatever sin they think they had committed before ever needing to be prompted.

    If Nataliah were going to even consider letting this man get close to her sister again, she needed to know what sort of a man he was, and if his make and measure were worthy company for one such as Tatianna.

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