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    Dancing On Thin Air - 11/11. During the Coronation Ball - Victoria and Edward

    As the last notes from the musicians' instruments hovered in the air of the ballroom, Victoria grinned at her dance partners and stepped back into the crowd, weaving around groups who were conversing together and individuals who were quietly observing the festivities. She had been dancing most of the night, and she thought it was time for a short break. Her feet were aching slightly and she was a bit out of breath. She hadn't planned on joining the last dance, but when she had seen a group of women dancing together … some she knew and others with whom she was unfamiliar … she had not been able to resist one more turn about the floor.

    With a tired sigh, she plucked a chalice of white wine from the tray of a passing servant and glided over to the wall on one side of the room. Sinking gracefully onto a chair, she arranged her violet silk skirts around her. This was not only the first ball she had attended in Hebron, but also the most extravagant. Victoria was enjoying herself immensely. She had seen many courtiers gazing in her direction since the moment she had arrived, and she was certain that she was making a splendid impression on everyone. Although she had yet to be introduced to the new Queen, she hoped that she had noticed her too. Perhaps she would achieve her goal of becoming a lady-in-waiting in the very near future.

    The first sip of pale liquid slid smoothly down her throat and she closed her eyes and savored the taste of it. The myriad voices around her faded to a pleasant drone, punctuated every now and then by a flutter of laughter.

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    Edward had gone out of his way to hide the fact that he was paying attention to his sister and the other ladies on the floor. He had been counting potential suitors for the girl, and despite the fact that he had casually dropped their names to Victoria upon their arrival, she had managed to bump into exactly none of them during her misadventures on the ballroom floor. But he himself had been too busy with his own agenda to send someone out to bring his sister back for a scolding. As such, he let her play as she liked, and made notes for their later conversation.

    As the music died down and she made her way out of the revelry, Edward set his empty glass on the tray which she had taken hers from. She had not spotted him that he could tell, but the servant had crossed both of their paths in less than a dozen steps. Without any real hurry, the Lord of Suffolk circled around so as to approach her from behind. He didn't think that he looked angry, but he was aware that this wasn't the place for a spectacle, and Victoria could be rather defensive. Given the fact that she had doubtless already spoken to Xavier this evening, her brother was even counting on her combativeness. Such was always the result of his cousin's meddling.

    "You seem to be enjoying yourself," he said evenly. Edward placed a hand on her shoulder from behind the chair, lightly, but with a mind to apply more pressure if she thought about standing up and turning around. "I'm glad," he said, without any hint of sarcasm or derision. "Catherine was very much a shy child, and she greatly reduced her options for a husband by playing the wallflower." Even still, Fairfax was not sure he was happy with that particular union. But Morgan was better than the other offers he had fielded, and Catherine had done her duty without complaint. Edward was certain that this next betrothal would not be so easy.

    Not bothering to remove his hand, he surveyed the room for a moment to see if he could locate some of the men he had mentioned before, who were now no doubt flirting with other courtly strumpets, since Victoria had wasted her time entertaining the other ladies. "Do try to save some energy though. The week is still full of events for us to attend. Many more people to see and meet."


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    Victoria's eyes flew open when she heard her brother's voice and felt his hand upon his shoulder. Though his words were pleasant, his tone was almost too civil. Was he angry at her? It was true that she had ignored the gentlemen he had told her about, even though one of them had asked her to dance. None of those she knew appealed to her in the least and she wasn't going to let him sell her off to one of them.

    Not without a fight anyway.

    He said he was happy that she was enjoying herself, and she wondered why he should make a comment like that unless she was about to lose what little freedom she already had. That notion was strengthened by Edward's mention of Catherine's shyness hindering her chances of finding a husband. Victoria was quite the opposite … a social butterfly who sought to entrance everyone she met, whether male or female.

    She didn't think it would be difficult to find a man who was interested in marrying her, but she wasn't ready to be tied down at only seventeen. Since she had come to court, she felt as if her life had begun anew and she wanted to explore all of the options open to her before she was shackled forever to a man who might spirit her away to some drafty old castle in the middle of nowhere.

    Victoria wanted to turn and look at Edward, but his hand on her shoulder prevented it. Her body tensed slightly beneath his touch. Why didn't he want her to see his face? Was he unable to hide his disappointment in her? Or perhaps she was overreacting. What if he wanted to introduce her to Queen Vivienne? They had discussed her becoming a lady-in-waiting and being his eyes and ears in the capital, a role that she relished.

    “You don't have to worry about that, brother,” she replied, keeping her voice calm and light. “I have an unlimited amount of energy and I'm looking forward to all of the festivities. And I can hardly wait to meet more people.”

    Just not any prospective husbands.

    “Are you going to accompany me to all of the other events?”


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    Victoria had always managed to imagine herself the authority on what Edward should or should not worry about. Though in so doing, she never showed much of an interest in worrying about the things he imagined he should be worrying about. And since Edward was not the type of man who simply let things that he imagined were worth worrying about go unworried about, he had never put much stock in his sister's assurances that his worrying was needless. He would however be willing to accept her statements on her energy levels at face value. She had never proved herself anything but limitless in these regards.

    Edward relaxed his hand on her shoulder, and allowed her to move as she pleased, though he didn't remove it. If she turned quickly enough, or made to rise, it would fall away without comment. "Something tells me that I should probably be offended by that question," he said, though he was smiling. It might have been nice if she were more hopeful that he would find time to spend with her, but he supposed the opposite were true. No doubt she would want to know which events she would manage to shed his presence for, so that she could dally with her friends or cousins.

    Shrugging, the Lord of Suffolk shook his head. "Would that I could, dear sister, though I fear that some manner of business will pull me away from one or more of the festivities. Though I will endeavor to find you the most amiable of escorts for such occasions," he assured her, though it was unclear if he meant by his definition or hers. It would have been no trouble for him to simply arrange his meetings around the remainder of the events, and simply chaperon the girl everywhere himself, but that was a terrible way to gain information on a person. Not when he had others who would relay what they heard about her if she believed that she was safely out of his earshot.

    "Though it would likely be frowned upon for me to miss the jousting championships," he finally conceded. "So no doubt you will have the pleasure of my company on that occasion." Casting his glance about the room, he spied a few people of note, and considered whether or not he should move to mingle more. Edward was a patient man however, and he wanted to bide his time. "Have you spoken to your cousin Xavier since you arrived," he asked her casually, as though he were only mildly interested.

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