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Inconvenient Convenience

Discussion in 'Realistic' started by BlabbingGirl, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. BlabbingGirl

    BlabbingGirl Blabber of Nonsense

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    It was a couple of hours before midday on a rainy September morning. The British sky, just as usual, was cloudy and gray while droplets of water already started to pour over the windows of the ancient state; the large Tudorish casements had a view of the pristine garden. Inside the manor house a young man could be seen sitting down, by himself, on a red velvet sofa that was neatly settled in front of the stone fireplace of the sitting room. The light of the flames lit the delicate golden trims that decorated the furniture and shone on the silver buttons of the neat coat the gentleman was wearing, his red eyes were settled on the lively fire while his well polished black shoes stamped on the floor nervously. From the other room, Gilbert could hear his own father talking to his future bride’s father.

    “...I trust that Parliament has agreed to this arrangement?” Gilbert’s father, Gerhard Beilschmidt asked in his usual thunderbolt like voice. The answer the albino couldn’t hear since Sir Charles’ voice was more suave but he didn’t have to hear it to know: all the arrangements were complete, otherwise he wouldn’t have been brought here to meet his future wife.

    The truth is that Gilbert wasn’t the most suitable option for such an arrangement. However since his father was happily married, his younger brother had already been married for three years now and that the Beilschmidt’s had no daughters, Gilbert was their best – or rather their only – option. He had never thought he would find himself in such a predicament, because of his unique condition, it was always Ludwig who took care of all family businesses despite being three years younger than the albino. His quite eye catching complexion made him be the more indoor type through his twenty four years of life. Yet, his sheltered life did not hinder his healthy upbringing nor impede his proper instruction.



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  2. NotAllThatCreative

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    "Now remember your manners." Alexandria's mother, Eliza, said as she ran a comb through her daughter's long chocolate hair. "You must make a good impression." Eliza put the comb down and started to work Alexandra's hair into a loose braid. "This will be good for you, my love. You will enjoy it far more than you thing. Marriage is a magical thing." At that point, Alexandra tuned out her mother's words as she kept her eyes on her reflection in the mirror. This isn't what she wanted but she knew that it would please her parents. They wanted to grow their business and the way to do that was by merging with another one.

    And that's where she came in. She was the thing that was going to help her parents win over this business deal. "Come on, my love. It's time to meet your fiance." Her emerald eyes looked up towards her mother with a soft frown and she was still unhappy with the situation. "Get that look off your face. Get up before we make a bad impression!" 'As if that is not possible already.' Alexandria didn't argue with her mother and stood up, following her out of the room that she had been getting ready in. "Yes, mother."

    "Of course." Charles nodded as he sat in the red velvet chair, a cigar balanced between two fingers as he looked up towards Gerhard. "While they changed some of the terms, the agreement is still the same." He brought the cigar up to his lips and took a small hit off of it. "Alexandria is to be married to your son and the deal will be finalized. However, if my son, Damien, gets married first, the deal is done for." Damien was his first born so technically, his company belonged to him until his daughter is married. "I do not worry about such an event occurring though. Damien is too busy with the war and is more concerned with that than marriage and children."
     
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  3. BlabbingGirl

    BlabbingGirl Blabber of Nonsense

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    Gerhard nodded, “I understand that but seeing that our children will be married by tomorrow afternoon I don’t suppose that will be a complication for now.” He stood up from the red velvet chair and leaned against the mantle of the fireplace, staring to the flame. “I’m glad that we came into agreement on how the wedding ceremony is to be conducted, after all you wished an affordable wedding and I do not wanted my son to be subjected to a media circus so the private wedding kills both birds with one stone.” he moved his eyes back at Charles and asked “I heard your son fought on the Baptist War, isn’t it over now?” but before Charles had time to reply to the blond male’s question, a maid walked in. The lady was middle aged, which showed she had been working for the family for quite a while, her outfit was the traditional black gown with white ruffles on the long sleeves and an white apron tied on her waist. “Pardon me sirs,” her horse voice was low and gentle “But her ladyship and the bride are ready.”

    “Son, come forth.” Gilbert heard his father call him and promptly stood up, the albino felt more self-conscious than ever, he promptly straightened up his suit that fitted well on his long and slim figure, the arms and shoulders gave away that Gilbert wasn’t scrawny but rather muscly. He took in a deep breath and moved his hands to adjust the silk scarf that had a musky green color and only covered half of his long and thick neck. His face was long and his jaw was boney and squarish, giving him a manly look, he ran one hand through his jaw to check if he had properly took care of shaving and finally moved his hands to make sure his always messy and fluffy white hair was presentable enough. The long fingers of his left hand took hold of the cane that was only used for adornment purposes. The round silver metal fitting nicely on his palm as he held it tightly, as if to calm down his nerves. Gilbert then walked into the room Gerhard and Charles were in, he took a deep breath and straightened his shoulders and back as he walked with well trained confidence to meet the two male. The albino gently bowed his head to Charles and said in a well mannered and calm voice that only had one inch of the accent his father’s had “Sir, it’s a pleasure to finally meet such a renowned man und I’m eager to acquaintance your daughter.”


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  4. NotAllThatCreative

    NotAllThatCreative Professional Bookworm

    "My daughter refuses to have a big wedding so it was easy to comply with her request." Charles seemed thoughtful as he sat there, listening to the other man. "He did fight, yes." Nodding, he let out a small sigh as he put the cigar up to his lips once more before putting it out in the ashtray near him. He pulled out a holder from his pocket and put the cigar in it before putting it back in his pocket. Before he could finish his answer, a maid came in, explaining that his wife and daughter were ready. His daughter was his pride and joy and he beamed brightly as she entered the room. "My darling." He gripped her upper arms lightly while he greeted her with a kiss on the cheek. Letting go of her, he held his arm out to his wife and gripped her hand when she linked her arm with his.

    Charles looked towards Gilbert, giving him a nod. "I've heard many good things about you, son." His eyes drifted towards his daughter as she stood there silently. "I'm sure you two will get along splendidly." There was no doubt in his mind that Alexandria wouldn't get along with the young man in front of him.

    The long sleeved red and white gown Alexandria was wearing felt tighter as her nerves started to tense up. She wished her mother hadn't tightened the collar like she did. Her eyes drifted towards her father as he ushered her forward with his free hand and at first, she didn't move. Letting out a long sigh to calm her nerves, she stepped forward and gave a small curtsy to the man in front of her. "It's wonderful to make your acquaintance." Her voice was quiet but loud enough for him to hear her. Despite everything, her mother decked her out for this meeting. Red lipstick decorated her lips making her light skin brighter, diamond earrings hung from her earlobes, and a locket hung between her breasts. If she had it her way, some things would've changed but she knew her mother wanted her to be presentable in the highest manner.
     
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  5. BlabbingGirl

    BlabbingGirl Blabber of Nonsense

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    MAKING ACQUAINTANCE

    The albino looked at his future wife when introduced to her, gently bowing in her direction. He smiled softly in a cordial way before speaking up “Pleasure to meet you, Lady Alexandria.” he could see how pretty she was and that made him nervous because he wasn’t sure that she will like the look of a man in his condition, her beauty doesn't even compare to him. Sure his features were handsome, with his thin and long nose and thin but large lips that showed a quite pearly smile, his complexion was fair as porcelain and it gave him an inhuman look, almost as if he was too pretty to be something alive, sort of a marble statue that indimitates and intrigues the minds of everyone. Gilbert had spent most of his life indoors, surrounded by books and knowledge, his father and his brother were often out doing business negotiations so the young male spent most of his time with his mother Adelia, she had the same condition of her son so both avoided to be under the sun. But because of such life Gilbert was unaware if he was considered handsome or if the albinism trait makes any other features on him vanish and causes him to be unattractive.

    Gerhard rested a hand on his son’s shoulder and said in his usual loud and slightly intimidating voice “Son, why don’t you take your soon to be bride to the next room to make acquaintance with her while Mr. Charles and I talk about the finishing details of the wedding tomorrow.” Gilbert quickly glanced as his father before looking once again at Alexandria, he nodded solemnly and stretched a hand for her to take “with your father’s permission I would like to take you to the lounging room.” he now quickly looked at Sir Charles, his red orbs staring at the man while he waited for approval and also for Alexandria to accept his stretched hand and follow him to the room he was in previously.


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  6. NotAllThatCreative

    NotAllThatCreative Professional Bookworm

    Straightening her back, she flashed him a small smile before his father took over speaking once again. "I would be delighted." Alexandria answered for her father, knowing that regardless, he would agree to it. Her eyes drifted towards Charles to get his approval and he nodded to her.

    "Do not let my daughter intimidate you, son." Charles chuckled lightly, glancing towards Gilbert. "She has a quick wit about her and, at times, is rather opinionated." He shooed them off when he caught sight of the glare his daughter gave him.

    Shaking her head, Alexandria placed her hand in his and followed him out of the room. "Forgive my father. He thinks he knows everything." There was an awkward air between the two and she wasn't sure how to lighten up the mood. A first meeting was never easy but she knew that once they got to know each other, things would be fine. She followed him into the lounging room and took a seat on a velvet chair near the window. The sun was casting a warm glow into the room, illuminating everything in its path. Twiddling her thumbs, she glanced around the room and took everything in. Paintings decorated the walls, flowers sat in a large vase in the middle of the coffee table, a decorative tea set was on a table nearby, and the fire place was lit, warming the room. Despite it being spring, the air still had a chill to it and no one wanted to risk the bride and groom getting ill before the wedding.

    The sound of someone knocking on the door broke the tense silence and Alexandria looked up as a maid came in with a tray full of dishes. "My lady, the tea you requested." A soft smile decorated her lips as she nodded and said her thanks to the woman as she set the tray down, bowing before exiting the room. "Do you like oolong tea?" Her eyes drifted up to her betrothed in a curious manner. "Or have you not tried it before?" She wasn't sure what he liked but she wanted to know more so she could be a proper wife to him. "Would you rather have English tea?" Alexandria was willing to call the maid back if he preferred something different.
     
  7. BlabbingGirl

    BlabbingGirl Blabber of Nonsense

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    UNSOOTHING SILENCE

    The room didn't changed much since Gilbert walked out of it to meet Alexandria, perhaps the only small changes that could be noticed was the wooden on the fireplace was more burnt than before and the light coming through the windows were fading due to the sun setting. He took a deep and sharp breath before sitting in a chair near her, between the two chairs a floor lamp decorated while the candles in it melted away. “I believe all parents have that perception that they know all about their children. Even when they lost touch of the child they once knew.” he let out a small chuckle in an attempt to sooth the mood but with no avail as a painful silence settled between the two of them.

    Gilbert could swear he was hearing the cuckoo’s clock ticking from the other side of the wall. He was thankful when the maid walked into the room and settled a tray in the middle of the coffee table before them. Once the lady walked away, he looked back at Alexandria, he felt uncomfortable and as a physical reaction for such emotion he loosened up the scarf around his neck slightly. “Oh yes, I do like tea and would love to taste that oolong tea but pardon me, I’ve never tried it before. My mother just enjoy to drink Earl Grey or fruit teas such as peach, lime or berries. The fruits usually during summer time, she says a good tea always soothes the soul.” he chuckled softly and shook his head, he had an awful habit of blabbering when too comfortable or too nervous and right now he was feeling quite nervous, so much so that he was thankful for the pair of white gloves covering his hands and preventing her to see his sweaty palms. “Anyways, do you enjoy tea, fraulein?” Gilbert was british, just like his mother and brother but due to his father heritage he spent a lot of time speaking German in their house hold so sometimes some words slip from his mouth.


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  8. NotAllThatCreative

    NotAllThatCreative Professional Bookworm

    Alexandria picked up the teapot and poured some into her small cup before setting it back down. "I enjoy it on occasions." She nodded as she added a small amount of honey to the liquid and some milk. "Too much of it and it gets dull." Stirring the drink, she placed her spoon back down and brought the china up to her lips, taking a small sip of the warm liquid. She set it back down once she was done with it and glanced towards Gilbert. "What is it you like to do, sir? Do you like to Read? Write? Ride?" The young woman was trying to get to know her fiance before things got too serious between them. She didn't want to be the lady of the house and not know a thing about her husband.

    "How about traveling?" She arched a brow as she kept her eyes on the man across from her. "Do you enjoy that? Have you been many places?" Traveling was rather rare for her but when she went, she enjoyed it greatly. However, living in the big city of London, traveling wasn't as common. The places they needed to go were right outside their door, it seemed like.
     
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    CONVERSATIONALIST

    He poured himself some of the oolong tea as well, smelling it and taking a sip of it without adding anything so he could take in the real taste of such tea. He then added some honey and took a couple more sips while she was asking him questions, he settled the delicate china down and nodded “Oh yes, I do enjoy reading a lot. Not much a writer to be honest… at least not quite the artistic type, although sometimes I keep log of my daily activities. I know how to ride a horse but I prefer to ride it freely, like under the moonlight on the fields. I prefer riding as a leisure activity and not as a transportation method.” he took another sip of his drink as he raised an eyebrow as her next question “Not so much, I’ve spent a lot of time in my family’s house. The one that usually do the business traveling is my younger brother. To be quite fair, the first travel that I’ll be taking is the one for our honeymoon. My father settled a train trip for us, but I’m not sure of the itinerary. He hasn’t gave me much details.” he took in a deep breath and then gave her a smile, wanting to try to avoid the subject that they will soon be married and sort of one item. “Anyways, what about you, lady? Do you enjoy reading? Which are your favorite pastime activities?”


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  10. NotAllThatCreative

    NotAllThatCreative Professional Bookworm

    He seemed like a homebody and that surprised her. In her mind, he seemed like the type that would love to travel and be outgoing. However, this was a pleasant idea to her. She wanted to get to know him more and him being a homebody would make that fairly easy. He seemed easy to get along with and that helped her nerves to ease up around him. Alexandria picked up her cup and thought about his question, taking a small sip of the warm liquid.

    "I quite enjoy reading." She nodded with a small smile decorating her lips. "Nature walks are my favorite pastime, along with painting." Leaning back into her seat, her eyes back to the man in front of her and eyed him in a curious manner. She wasn't trying to be rude or anything. "Not to be rude but is your hair that color naturally?" Arching a brow, she kept a grip on her teacup and took another sip of her tea before placing the cup in her lap. "It is quite lovely but it seems rather... Unnatural." It was obvious that she had never seen anyone with that hair color but she was fascinated. He was much different than all the other men that have tried to get her attention.
     
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    QUEER COMPLEXION

    The albino slowly and carefully settled down the cup and moved his left hand to pass his glove covered fingers through his white hair. Not only Gilbert was albino but also left handed, a quite rare match to find. “Oh!” he exclaimed softly as a light shade of pink covered his cheeks, one of the disadvantages of his fair complexion is how easy it showed when he blushed, even the tiniest of the pinks could be visible in his cheeks. “Well, it’s natural. I was born in such way. Pale skin, white hair and red eyes. It’s the albino package.” he chuckled a bit nervously and picked the cup of tea once again to quickly take a sip of the liquid as a way to try to calm down his nerves. He knew she would notice his albinism, everyone does, all he could hope for is that it doesn’t disgust her. He knows that the circumstances of their wedding does not involve love and he doesn’t expect her to fall in love with him, all he wishes for is that she could have a nice relationship with him. Gilbert want them to have a happy life, he wants her to be happy, at least as much as she can in a loveless marriage. “I take that your father hasn’t informed you that you’ll be marrying an albino. I’m sorry you had to discover it by yourself… I guess you were expecting a more dashing looking man due to my father’s Germanic heritage. I’m sorry to disappoint you with my queer looks.” he took a deep breath and took another sip from his tea. The truth is that due to Gilbert’s albinism he is myopic, which means he need to wear glasses to properly see; but since he already despise his old-man-looking hair, he tried to avoid the glasses. He doesn't want to be a 24 year old that looked to be over his 50’s but because of his stubbornness about glasses he can’t properly see Alexandria’s features so he has no way to know if she is surprised, disgusted or simply curious.


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  12. NotAllThatCreative

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    "Really?" Alexandria seemed rather fascinated by that as she listened to him speak. "My father did not tell me this but it is a nice surprise." There wasn't a single ounce of dislike in her eyes as she looked at him. "I have never seen such a thing before." All of the men she had met either had blonde or brown hair, never white. However, his next words startled her slightly and she frowned ever so slightly. "You did not disappoint me at all, good sir. In fact, you surprised me with your flawless looks." He was much better looking than most of the males she had come into contact with in the last few years. Her eyes broke away from him as she looked up to the door and noticed her father standing there.

    "It is time to go, my darling." With that, Alexandria stood up and held her hand out to Gilbert. "I apologize for this but I am sure it is something important that requires the family's attention." She knew her father wouldn't end such a situation so early unless it was needed.
     
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    He raised an eyebrow and looked at her direction, squinting his eyes to try to figure the facial expression she was making. "Flawless..." he repeated softly and under his breath as he was trying to make him believe on what she just said. After a while of examining her face, he couldn't find any signs that she was displeased with his looks and decided to take the compliment "Well, thank you." he gave her a small smile and felt hope fill his heart as it seemed they will be able to get along well in this marriage

    Once his father called her, he also got on his feet and took her hand in his, bowing gently and then settling a kiss on the back of her hand. "No need to apologize. It was nice meeting you, my lady. I'm looking forward for tomorrow." he let go of her hand so she could leave and smiled at her, he wasn't just being polite saying he was looking forward for tomorrow, sure the wedding tomorrow was something neither of them actually agreed but he things she is a very nice lady and their conversation was quite pleasant, also, he wasn't blind - a bit myopic but not blind - so he could easily see she is a very beautiful woman.


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