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Candle flames highlighted shadows from the patrons inside 'The Hornet's Nest,' as most sat and regaled in their tales of splendor and adventure. Laughter and booming voices could be heard many houses down, alluring to any potential thirsty patron. The two story tavern was simply by most standards and had seen a lot of wear and tear over the years and was in need of some desperate repairs in most of the building. It wasn't anything to look at, but the ale was cheap and the company of women folk was usually appreciated by those traveling through Prime.


Aptly named after the barkeep, many knew the simple rules of the place. Pay your bill. Fight outside. Pay the women what you agreed. No means no. If anyone broke those four rules, they got on the bad side of Horace, who threw one hell of a mean left hook and with a shoe the size of a mallet (or so the people in town claim), most knew that the rules were solid and left little for interpretation. He wasn't overly friendly, in fact, not many came to the place to converse with Horace, but he had owned the place for about fifteen years and had a few gems in his possession.


It was a night like any other night for Lucretia. She stepped out of the large tub that was in the middle of the rooms on the upper floor and wrapped herself in a dressing gown that looked slightly out of place; expensive, even. The tub was drained with a pull of the chain that connected to the plug, her faint signature scent of sandalwood permeating the air as she opened the door and padded her way to her room. A few cat calls and whistles were heard from the regulars below as she was just seen enough by the railings as she made the trip to her living quarters.


It wasn't big, but it was hers and it felt like hers. The colors of fabrics were carefully chosen, gifts from patrons from over the years that had their hearts broken a time or two from the woman who had lived here for some time now. Still, the woman had higher expectations by now; hoping to have been a partner with Horace and the madame of the house some years ago, but Lucretia wasn't the only gem in this place. Eula had arrived on the scene two years prior to Lucretia's knock and sales pitch to Horace. The woman brought in more money in one year than his previous girls total combined five years running. She tried to shape them up and teach them the trade, but they were more trouble than they were worth. When Lucretia arrived, the last one was sent packing to who knew where, but Eula was glad to be rid of them all.


Her style was as simple as it was typical of any night she was working. The only thing that changed was the color choice and tonight, Lucretia decided to go with a predominantly cerulean blue colored outfit. Once she had the corset right where it should be, Lucretia pounded on the wall to the left of her to get the attention of Annalise to help her with the thing. Satin ribbon tightened up the back of the bone corset bodice, the redhead who came to help offering no sympathy as she tugged and tugged at it, giving the perfect hour glass appearance when she was done. With a roll of her eyes, Annalise was gone and back to 'work' seconds later. Black boots that came to her ankle completed the ensemble and with a quick check to her curls, moving them ever slightly so, Lucretia made her way out of her quarters and down the stairs with a silent stalking feature comparable to that of a cat. Her left hand glided down the railing but made no sound, not even the creak of wood from her weight on the steps could be heard from the ruckus of the patrons and her careful footfalls upon those steps. When she hit the main floor, Lucretia's dark eyes scanned the sea of men, disregarding all those currently entertained and all those she 'black listed' for good reason (in her mind). Her two almond shaped eyes fell upon her 'prey' for the night by the bar and she moved over and around everyone else to get to her destination. “Good evening, don't think I've seen you in here before.” She said, her voice no louder than a gentle purr of a cat, as she cozied on up to him.
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Old January 7, 2019, 12:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A job well done deserves a reward, and Tyr had gotten just that in the form of a nice pouch full of coin. The Mountain Wolves had been contracted to provide a security escort to a rather sleazy seeming merchant, and Tyr had been given the job. The job had ended with a few would be muggers with busted heads and a grateful merchant, and, more importantly, a pay day for the big Vagaran.

And, as he always did after a job well done, he decided to distribute his newfound coinage amongst the numerous taverns and pubs that populated the city.

The darkening found him in The Hornet's Nest, and it was just the sort of place he liked. Loud, friendly and the ale was cheap. Nothing fancy here, just good times and good drink. In no time, he'd found himself ingratiated into a group of travelers and adventurers, swapping stories of their deeds(and embellishing them liberally, of course) and telling jokes that everyone laughed at, whether funny or not.

With a bellowing guffaw, Tyr slapped the table at the latest crude joke told by the fat man across from him, and he drained the last of his ale. "Good one," he lied as he stood. "Time for another drink, it is!" Pushing his way through the crowd, he approached the bar, calling out to the bartender for more ale. Turning to face the room, he leaned his large, lean frame back against the counter, pale blue eyes taking in everything.

Such as the approach of an attractive woman who had just come down the stairs. He had noticed her earlier, in a bathrobe, as many of the men catcalled and whistled at her as she passed above them, but, now, he could get a good look. She was older than him, probably by a good 10 years, he reckoned, though, with a woman like her, it only added to her appeal. He wet his lips as she grew closer, ice blue eyes meeting her hickory brown orbs.

"Good evening to you, too. I don't think you have. It's the first time I've wandered in here." His eyes moved up and down her body, taking in from a closer view, and smiled. "I'm Tyr."
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Old January 10, 2019, 08:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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As his eyes got familiar with her appearance, so did hers. Just when Lucretia didn't think her eyes could travel any higher, she kept moving upwards, drinking him in like the tall cool glass of water he was. Her eyes finally settled on his own, absorbing in the detail of coloring, as Luci smiled warmly to him. “Well, then let me be the first to welcome you to the Hornet's Nest, Tyr. I'm Lucretia.” Lucretia said as her body turned to face his, letting him and everyone else know that her attention was on Tyr and him alone for the time being. “As the name might suggest to any new comer, don't kick at anything that might cause you any trouble, because it might just end up biting you in the...” She trailed off and gave his backside a long, sweeping gaze, taking in all its firm glory.


“But usually the company is nice, that is, if you are looking for company tonight.” There was an implication there, but it wasn't so much implied that she was suggesting her company or that of one of the women that worked here. Not everyone that came in to The Hornet's Nest came for women, but no matter their reasons, most seemed to enjoy themselves here.


“Will you be in Prime long, or just passing through?” The woman asked, mildly curious as to his length of stay in the city. “If it's the former, I might be of service to you on where and where not to go. Not every place is as enjoyable as this one; from the ale to the company it keeps.” Confident? Maybe, but Lucretia felt she had every reason to be.
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Old January 11, 2019, 05:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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In the time that Tyr had been in Aelyria Prime, he'd met and been with numerous women. Of all of those, only one had truly caught his fancy. An emerald-eyed gypsy beauty with fire in her veins. From the moment they had met in some alleyway on the other side of the city, he'd been enamored with her. And then, she had disappeared.

Now, standing before him was a woman who, from the moment she sashayed her way to him, had his full, undivided attention. And, for different reasons than Aedaan.

From appearance alone, Lucretia was set apart from the gypsy. There was the age difference, of course. Aedaan had been about the same age as he, but, Lucretia was, without a doubt, older. Where Aedaan had been a wild flame, quick to burn any around her, Lucretia seemed more the cool mountain stream. Calm, taking her time, never rushing. Mature. Though, Tyr had no doubt that if the fire was lit, the woman would burn as hot as any half her age, if not hotter.

The bartender slid him his drink, and he took a hearty gulp before setting it back down on the bartop, wiping the froth from his beard and mustache.

"I'm always looking for company. I don't like to be alone."

Which was true. He was a sociable person, and whether he was sharing a table with a bunch of rowdy adventurers, swapping drinks and stories, or sharing a bed with a woman to warm his blood, he was happy. Of course, being a hot-blooded young man, the latter was generally preferable.

"Actually, I don't know how long I'll stay. I've been here since last summer. I'm a member of a mercenary company called the Mountain Wolves. They pay well, and provide me with enough adventure to keep me entertained."

He wet his lips again and once more his eyes roamed over the woman before him, admiring the form. By her words and her dress, she seemed almost out of place here. She was, without a doubt, the typical sort you would find plying her trade in such a place. It was an assumption, of course, on his part, that she was a whore, though that word, he thought, was an injustice to the lady. But, she did seem to keep a room here, and from the catcalls and whistles the men gave her earlier, it was an educated assumption.

"However, I'm still not an expert navigator of the city. I've frequented my share of taverns, inns and brothels, but, by no means have I seen them all. For instance..." He waved his large hand to encompass the room. "Until this evening, I'd never set foot in here. It seems I've been missing out on a treasure." He smiled broadly, his eyes crinkling at the corners.
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As Tyr and Lucretia conversed, an upright piano towards the back of the pub was claimed by one friendly drunkard, who could actually carry a tune. Her eyes wandered towards the man to see if she knew who he was, but when Lucretia came up with a disappointing no for an answer, her attention returned to Tyr.


"We're one of the same then in that respect. I personally find no real joy or pleasure in being alone." Lucretia commented just loud enough for him to hear over the song that was being played. The meaning was left for Tyr to decipher; it could mean many things, but it was unlikely that it meant anything more than what was bluntly spoken from the woman.


His confession of being a mercenary was interesting. Lucretia had heard of the group, but did not believe she ever met one that belonged to it. “Pay and adventure; sounds like the ideal job.” Lucretia smiled warmly as she more or less found herself internally reflecting upon her own line of work. Never, was there a dull moment in The Hornet's Nest and while the pay could be better, Lucretia did have a steady source of pay coming in.


When the significantly taller male admitted to having not seen all the places in Prime, Lucretia waited to offer her services when the time was right. There was a compliment paid, and then Lucretia parted her lips and made her offer. “Well, I would be more than happy to give you a personal tour that you won't be forgetting any time soon.” She winked, then re-positioned herself so that the weight applied to the foot closest to him had her hip brushing up against Tyr softly, before adding on, “That is if you have the time. I'm sure there are times you find yourself busy. But, I'm always here.” The offer set out to let Tyr know that it was not one that needed to be accepted tonight, or even once for that matter.
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The sounds of a piano rang out just over the din of the crowd, and Tyr's ears perked a little. Before leaving his homeland and coming south, he'd never heard a piano. Had never even known what one was. In the time he'd spent in the taverns and festhalls of Aelyria Prime, he'd heard them often, and, he rather enjoyed the sound.

His foot began tapping along, definitely out of time, with the music as the conversation continued. Lucretia's voice, he realized, was smooth and sweet, like honey mead, and only a little more intoxicating to the young Vagaran. And the way she left things hanging, just enough inference for his imagination to run wild...well, he was definitely becoming enamored with this woman.

"And, I would be more than happy to receive such a tour." He took another drink from his ale, and scanned the room, locating what he was searching for. "One of the benefits of my work is that more than not, I get to take what jobs I fancy. So, my time is usually up to me."

He gestured to an empty table in a corner. "Perhaps we could sit and talk some more? Get to know each other?" He grinned at her. "Don't get me wrong. Right now, I could sweep you up to your room and be the happiest man in Aelyria Prime." His gaze met hers briefly. "Perhaps all of Telath, really. But, you're not like the rest..." his arm swooped out, obviously indicating the other women in the room, plying their trade, "and I'm intrigued by you, to say the least."
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At the acceptance of a tour, Lucretia's smile only grew that much more. It didn't happen often, but on occasion there would be rejections; men with high moral compasses and those of the same ilk who saw the women for nothing other than whores. But, there was so much more to this profession than that in Lucretia's eyes, that not many saw or even thought about.


Just when Lucretia thought that the deal was sealed (so to speak), Tyr threw her in for a loop with his suggestion. Truth be told, not many (or any) came in here just to talk to the women. If they wanted to talk and reminisce about their glorious tales from land to seas, they did that among those that could share in those experiences and add to the stories. Lucretia could do none of those things, nor could any of the women in The Hornet's Nest.


The woman slowly parted her lips to give him her famous 'time is money,' spiel, but a compliment came forth from Tyr, and Lucretia found her lips reverting back into their smile. A few hours of conversation wouldn't hurt anyone-most especially her. Only when Tyr mentioned her not being like the rest did Lucretia's eyes finally move away from the significantly taller male, to watch those she worked with. His claim was a large one, but perhaps there was some truth to it. "We've only known each other ten seconds or so, are you sure about that?" Lucretia rotated on her heel, so that her back was to the bar now, eyes falling on the table Tyr had mentioned before. "I'll cut you a deal. I'll give you a couple of hours, only if you promise that by the end of those two hours, if I'm not your flavor in here, you don't go tast'n another one in here. I do have a reputation to uphold." While Lucretia would never go out of her way to sabotage a business arrangement from any of the girls, she did have herself to think about first. All of the girls in here could and would find a companion or two for the night-but this one was off limits.
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Old January 17, 2019, 08:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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He tilted his head a bit, studying her curiously, then laughed. It was a booming laugh that only a man of his size could produce, and it was obviously not derisive towards her. It was full of mirth and genuine amusement.

"Two hours? I don't plan on talking that long! No, I'll be carrying you up to your bed long before then. " He smiled a big, bright smile at her and downed his drink before ordering another.

"And, I'm sure. I've come to learn that first impressions are usually spot on. From the moment I saw you walking over here, I knew you were different. You seem more...What's the word? Refined. Yes. Refined, than any of these other women. And, more than that, you know yourself. You know how to handle things as they come. I can see it in your eyes and the way you move. Like a warrior."


His drink arrived and he reached down to take the older woman's hand, surprisingly gently and led her to the table, pulling out a chair for her when the reached it.

"And, no need to make a deal. I have no longer have any interest in the other girls here." He emphasized the word girls. "Unless you tell me you kick puppies and throw babies in the trash, I've no desire for anyone else's company for the rest of the evening." He paused and gazed at her with those ice blue eyes. "You don't, do you? Kick puppies and throw babies in the trash, I mean? I may be a barbarian, but, even I have my limits."
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Lucretia had often heard the saying that there was something infectious with laughter when it came to some people. To hear a man of his size, laughing in such a way could only make Lucretia smile a little more. Her eyes twinkled with the mutual amusement that trickled from the corners of that very smile.



He brows rose as Tyr complimented her yet again, going so far as to say she was refined. Lucretia knew that most in her line of work did not come from anywhere near her own background, so she supposed that made her 'rare' in some instances, but each woman here had their own special nature to them. Some more than others, Lucretia would agree silently, but none of them were without their merit. Still, Lucretia could only nod in agreement and in that nod, she allowed Tyr to know that he was right in a sense.


They walked hand in hand to the table that Lucretia's eyes had fallen upon before hand, the woman listening to Tyr as he finished his thoughts. Lucretia didn't speak before she found a seat at the table, and only then did she lay his concerns to bed. "I had dogs growing up at home. Two beagles, and some large mutt. My dad used them for hunting small game. Alas, I can assure you all dogs have a place in my heart." She leaned forward just a little bit to address the concerns of babies. "As for babies, I can't say I've stepped three feet in front of one...ever. Safe there too." Lucretia rolled her shoulders into a somewhat impassive admittance, before she trailed the tip of her tongue on the bottom of her lip to moisten it before her lips were parted and she started in with her own line of questioning. "I saw you eying the piano before. Know how to play one?"
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Tyr chuckled as Lucretia sat, then took his own seat. His eyes settled on her, seemingly oblivious to everything and everyone around them. He leaned forward, resting his weight on his arms as they crossed before him on the table.

He found himself attempting to compare this woman to the rebellious gypsy, and, found that the more he was in Lucretia's presence, the less he found to compare. The two women were world's apart, as far as he could tell. Of course, he had only known Lucretia for a few ticks now, and that was in a very loose sense. He had only this first impression to go on.

He shook his blond-maned head at her question. "No. I'm afraid I have as much musical ability as a rock at the bottom of a mud bog." He chuckled softly and continued. "My sister plays a beautiful melody on the flute, and my great grandfather was said to be a master of the lyre. Me? I can't keep a simple beat on a drum." Broad shoulders lifted and dropped.

"I never heard a piano before coming to Aelyria Prime, actually. I rather like the sound." He took a lazy sip of his ale. "What about yourself? Do you have any skill at music? Or any other interesting skills, for that matter?"
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It was never wise or polite to laugh at a customer, but Tyr's descriptive words brought a smile and a soft chuckle from Lucretia's lips. He moved on to talk about his family, and in return, Lucretia couldn't help but think of her own. Her siblings had their own set of skills, just as anyone in this room. Still, she recalled what those skills were in this very moment.


"I haven't touched a piano in some time, but I've always enjoyed the sound of one too. I saved for that hunk of junk and fought for three years to have it in here." Lucretia commented, mulling over Tyr's words and the innuendo within those words. Her smile turned into a coy smirk, as she continued on here. "There's not much money to be made from a pretty face that can play a handful of tunes." The woman admitted honestly, before touching on the idea of other skills. "As for my other skills, well, there are just some things we shouldn't discuss at a table. Those things are more of a seeing, than telling experience." Lucretia winked at Tyr, then leaned back in the chair to take on an air of seriousness.



"I guess I'm good with people. Not in the sense of my profession, but I could probably find a way to relate to anyone in this room right now. Make them feel welcomed, at ease and enjoy themselves. That in itself is a skill, I believe." Lucretia nodded, thinking of the other skills she had. "And sometimes, I manage to find things people need. I have a few contacts here and there and everywhere." Lucretia wasn't going to go into more detail than that, but in a sense, she could probably admit she was a mercenary of sorts herself, taking on jobs for others that needed things, but couldn't get to those things.
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There was an amused glint in his eyes as he took another drink. Well, he was most definitely interested in those "other" skills, and fully planned on experiencing them later. He was sure, however, there was so much more to Lucretia, and he didn't want to waste the opportunity to learn about the woman.

And, that hunch paid off. At least to an extent. Someone with contacts and the ability to use those contacts to acquire things was someone worth knowing. The Wolves provided him with much, but, it was, in his estimation, never wise to put all of your eggs in one basket, as the old saying went. He'd come to realize that knowing people was as valuable as knowing how to kill people.

He smiled and leaned forward. "Is that so? Aside from the obvious, I think we could have quite a business relationship. In my business, sometimes I might need things. And, occasionally, I end up with things that someone else may find useful. Or, I may be able to aid in the acquisition of items. Do you think that is something that could work for you?"
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