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[Yael] Prelude To A Dance [Lenila | Jalase]

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:40 am
In retrospect, Lenila still was not certain how she’d avoided deep conflict with her ‘co-workers’ (and the Boss in particular) in the aftermath of the events unfolding after her last scouting escapade. They had expected her to be at a certain return location. She hadn’t been. It could have landed someone as inconsequential as herself in their eyes in a gutter somewhere in an attempt to cut losses and risk, or so she figured.

Explanations and wheedling, though, had gotten her out of virtually any trouble. She was unharmed.

And she owed a world of thanks to a certain ever reappearing city guardsman.

Little as she wanted to admit any connection to anyone involved in the city and its ‘system’, which she wholly and utterly did not trust and made no mistake that it did not serve persons like her, but rather the persons living in comfort who thought they had something to fear from persons like her. It was a terrible irony, she thought, that the wealthy always found ways and reasons to think themselves to be the victims in need of protection from the dangers the poor presented—when, if the system were not designed to hold everyone in their station to perpetuate the wealthy’s greed, there would not be so much of what they ‘feared’ to begin with and in fact created and maintained through their devices of power.

But Jalase, fiercely as she didn’t want to admit it, did not seem to follow the pattern. In fact, though she was even more reluctant to admit the latter, she had come to build a certain fondness for him, inspired by his stubborn dedication to the pursuit of what he thought just in a world where she had seen so very few of that caliber.

So it was that she stood perched on a high rail over the lip of some building on a street she knew the man to patrol on occasion, a single flower dangling loosely from between her fingertips as she watched. This time, she had determined, their meeting would not be entirely coincidental.

Little though she trusted or respected them, she did believe in her gods, and while she rarely heeded much of anything from them other than what she might have considered to be warnings, in this case it seemed they had put this man in her past several-too-many times for her to ignore his presence. It was high time they interacted under more neutral and pleasant circumstances.  
PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:01 pm
Things had, for the most part, settled back down into normalcy for Jalase — save for his thoughts occasionally going back to the small thief of a woman he’d rescued about a week again. A couple of days after Jal had found Lenila, going through things at the office building, he had visited back with Zekiel. It had taken so long for him to check back in with his friend because Jal hadn’t be able to decide on telling the priest the truth or not. In the end, though, Jalase figured it’d be safer, for both him and Len, if he fibbed to Ze. Though his belief in the gods had faltered a long time ago, it had still been awkward for Jal to step inside the temple and lie to one of its priests — to a friend. Maybe he’d eventually tell Ze the truth, in time. For now, though, it was something on he and Len would know about.

The laughter of children caused Jal to pause in his patrol and smile when a little boy and girl came bounding around the corner and nearly ran into him. He chuckled as they scampered backwards and apologized quickly for running into him. “S’no problem,” he said, voice friendly as he watched the girl, smaller and younger than the boy, kind of hide behind the other slightly. His brows furrowed together at this. By their looks they were obviously poorer and used to the guards of the city being gruff with them — or worse. “No harm done,” Jal said as he patted his stomach and grinned down at the children. “Enough padding here to keep me from getting hurt by such a minor bump. You two be careful, though, yeah?”

The two of them nodded and Jalase watched as they took off down the road, in the direction he’d just came from. The longer he was with the city guard, the more and more he saw how corrupt the system truly was. There weren’t very many, like him, out there anymore. He did care about the citizens of the city — all of them. And he hated to see such fear in those so young when they saw him. Just because he was a guard. Sighing, Jalase turned his attention back to his patrol and started moving forward again.  

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:10 am
Where, where, where-

There he was. Lenila’s legs (already dangling from the lip of the rail she was perched upon) swung with idle curiosity as she observed the scene unfold below between Jalase and the scurrying children. As he finished placating their concerns and sending them on their way, she gave a small puff of a hum beneath her breath, waited another moment until he turned to begin his route again—and stood herself, following along for just a few paces from her elevated vantage point until an opportunity presented itself. At that point, dropping to hang so that one moment there was nothing before him and the next, there she was, dangling upside down from a hook-kneed position over a sign to whistle.

“Oi, fancy pants!” Gripping the bar of the sign to steady herself and hold her grip, she let her legs drop loose and her body swing to ‘upright’ before releasing it entirely and dropping with a soft thud to the ground below some foot and a half from her target. After a short dusting of herself and a shake of her head to clear the spin, she held out the flower, flashing teeth. “What’s a soft city boy like you doin’ in a place like this, mm?”  
PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:18 am
Jalase’s ears twitched at the sound of a close by whistle but he paid no mind to it — used to such sounds on his daily routes through the city. It was when he heard Len’s voice that he paused and blinked. Looking around, he didn’t see her at first. Frowning, he glanced up when he heard the squeak of a sign and saw her dangling from it. Raising an eyebrow he opened his mouth to say something but she dropped to the ground before even one word came out.

“Len, what’re you…” He trailed off as she stuck out her arm, flower in hand. His cheeks flushed as he stared at the thing momentarily before gently reaching out and taking it from her. “Mmm...ya know, hunting down wiry little thieves, accepting bribes from said thief,” Jal said as he brought the flower up for a small sniff. “Same old same.” He smirked and gave her a quick wink. “What are you doing here?”  

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:34 am
“Lookin’ fer you.” Len ‘punched’ his arm, a light rap of her fist before lacing her hands behind her head and eyeing him. “Ya know, makin’ sure ain’t nobody tryin’ to kill you again. Gotta keep a close watch or you might get taken advantage of.”

After a moment’s pause, she let out a breath and opted to voice the real reason she was about.

“Figured it might be nice to see ya sometime when or the other of us wasn’t in a great scrape. See whatchu look like when you ain’t gettin’ poisoned or savin’ my tush somehows.” Her eyes flicked to the flower, and then up to his ears. “Thoughtcha might look nice with a flower in your hair, too. Heard city boys like them kinda sweet talkin’ gestures and such.”  
PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:47 am
“Mmm, I had a couple of close calls this morning,” he said, glancing in the direction the children ran off to and laughed. “But I managed just fine. I try not to make a habit of getting poisoned. It’s bad for my health.”

Jal glanced back towards Len, another eyebrow at raising at her words. He chuckled at her and shook his head. “I’ve never put a flower in my hair before.” At the same time he said this, though, he reached up and tucked the flower behind his ear. He held his hands up and grinned at her. “How do I look?”  

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:01 am
Lenila couldn’t have been sure what Jalase was referring to initially—until his eyes glanced back the direction the children had scurried off in, and she puffed amusedly. “Oh aye, they looked like real trouble. Death just a’waitin’ to happen.”

When he reached for the flower, though, her attention immediately went there, surprised and still thinking to herself that he wouldn’t—but then he did, and a giggling laugh bubbled up out of her quite of its own regard.

“Oooiiii, like a big beautiful princess!” She grinned, eyes sharp with mischievous good humor. “I like it. Real sexy-like. Gonna have you ladies faintin’ in the streets.”  
PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:55 am
Jalase grinned at Len’s laughter and brought his hand up to rub the back of his neck. “A princess, hm? “ He shook his head, a small snort coming out of him. “Fainting? For me? I doubt it,” he said as he patted his belly. “They tend to go for the other guards. The fit, good lookin’ ones.”  

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:33 pm
“Ey, well.” Len shrugged. “If they ain’t got no appreciation for an extra strip or two o’ extra substance to the meat ain’t my fault or yours. Whatchu do for fun when you ain’t stompin’ around the streets like you got somethin’ important ta do?”  
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