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Ophelia de Luce ([personal profile] likeblueblazes) wrote2014-08-31 10:15 am

Can you play me a memory? I'm not really sure how it goes.

When Ophelia awakens on the last Sunday before school officially starts, she expects nothing of the day except to laze about in bed and savor her freedom before essays and thoughts of college begin to plague her every waking moment. She has today off from work, for which she is quite grateful. Perhaps she'll go to the local bakery for a sweet breakfast; perhaps she'll even knock on Jehan's door and ask if he will accompany her, if she feels daring enough. She blushes as she giggles, holding her pillow up to her face as though it might lessen said flush.

But first, of course, she has to actually move and get up from her bed, a task that seems especially herculean this morning. She sighs, lets the pillow drop from her face onto the floor before throwing the blankets back. She yawns, stretches for a good moment, before letting her feet onto the carpeted floor. Her typically tidy hair hangs loose around her, stray strands flying everywhere in the wake of sleep. Her nightgown, a simple, elegant cotton dress, clings to her as she makes her way to the door of her bedroom.

She's still considering her options for the day when she steps out into her living room. For a moment, she finds herself blinded by the sunlight streaming through the window; but then she blinks, and what she finds almost causes her heart to stop.

"Oh my God," she gasps, gaping at the sight of the familiar grand piano. Once held in the grand halls of Buckshaw, here it now sits, barely contained by the limitations of Ophelia's living room.

She's so ecstatic, tears tremble down her face as she runs over and traces her fingers along the edge of the keys, as though she had stumbled over a beloved childhood artifact. And really, this piano is her oldest, dearest friend; her equivalent to what Flavia has between Dogger back home.

All her morning possibilities forgotten for the moment, Ophelia hurriedly grabs her cellphone from the counter, texting all of her dearest acquaintances to come over; she, of course, texts Flavia first. Mindless of her own disheveled appearance and overwhelmed by her good fortune, Ophelia sits down at the piano to play, awaiting the arrival of her friends to share with them the wonderful news.
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[personal profile] du_vallon 2014-08-31 05:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Porthos had been meaning to drop by and bring with him a few treats from the bakery. He knows that he should keep up with his friends, especially when work doesn't hound most of his steps, and so he's pleased to hear beautiful music when he arrives at Ophelia's door, politely knocking and hoping that she hears him over the music -- the likes of which he thinks he hasn't heard since one of the King's events.
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[personal profile] du_vallon 2014-08-31 05:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Porthos smiles warmly as he enters, shifting the box in his hands as he approaches, trying not to make it seem like he's completely interfering. "I brought some pastries and breads, for you and Flavia," he says, peering around to see the piano. He notes how the music has stopped and brightens a bit. "Was that you, then? Playing?"
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[personal profile] du_vallon 2014-09-02 08:37 pm (UTC)(link)

"I've only ever heard court composers using one of those things," he admits, gesturing to a chair nearby so he can sit down and listen. "I love music, though. There's this sort of record player thing that they've got here, but I haven't had a chance to really learn how to use it. There's always been more important things."

He offers her a hopeful little smile. "Will you play something for me?"

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[personal profile] spirit_of_vitriol 2014-09-01 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
Ordinarily, the sort of summons Feely had just sent out would've merited only a saucy rejoinder--if any at all--and a campaign of silence the rest of the day. No matter how much she acted like it, her sister wasn't royalty; especially now that they lived in two separate locations, Flavia had no reason to respond.

That said, given recent events, it could well behoove Flavia to stop by. Maybe some other dreadful monster was wearing Harriet's face this week.

Slipping in the front door behind one of the other residents, Flavia makes her way up to her sister's apartment, surprised to hear what sounds like the tinkle of piano keys from inside. "Feely?" she calls, rapping on the door as loudly as she can, "It's Flavia, let me in."
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[personal profile] spirit_of_vitriol 2014-09-07 09:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Flavia's surprised to see her normally put-together sister answering the door--where anyone (or any dashingly handsome men, more like) might see her!--in her nightgown. It's a sight that evokes dim memories of Christmas mornings, or the short, sweet stretches of time when she and her sisters had established a truce, of sorts: curling up in Feely's bed with a book of myths or fairy tales from the library; Mrs. Mullet bringing up a tray of hot cocoa.

Those days were long past, and hardly worth dwelling on now.

"Feely," she says evenly, biting her tongue before any cracks about the failure of Feely's beauty sleep could slip out. Given the new addition to Feely's living room, however, it was doubtful they'd have been given voice as it is.

"Yaroo," she breathes, looking at the piano. "When'd you get that? It looks just like the one back home."
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[personal profile] spirit_of_vitriol 2014-09-20 06:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"If it isn't, it's a very convincing facsimile," she says. "I've heard of that happening, things from home arriving here." More than heard, she thinks, recalling the surprise she'd found last year in the galleries of the art museum. Who Vanetta Harewood was was still a complete mystery to her; but the woman and children in the painting were unmistakable.

She should tell Feely. She should never tell Feely. Either choice seemed the right one; either choice was completely wrong.

"Did it come with all your sheet music, too?" she asks instead.

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[personal profile] and_proud 2014-09-02 01:19 pm (UTC)(link)
The excitement of Ophelia's message makes Raven glad it's a day she's not working, although with the way the alley is during the day she could probably not even turn up and have nobody notice. In any case, she's free, and any excuse to see Ophelia is a good one. So she heads on over and starts to knock on the door before she hears the tinkling of the piano, and she can't help but stop and smile as she listens for a few moments. "Hey, Mozart," she calls. "It's me."
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[personal profile] and_proud 2014-09-07 01:40 pm (UTC)(link)
"Probably intimidated," Raven quips, stepping inside and approaching the piano. It's beautiful. Classic. But what makes it is the way Ophelia sounds as she plays it, as if it's as much a part of her as her own limbs, her own fingers, the music a piece of herself more than notes on a page. "This is new, huh?"
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[personal profile] and_proud 2014-09-12 05:18 am (UTC)(link)
"It's beautiful," Raven tells her, although that much is probably obvious. Stepping closer she takes in the details of the instrument. It reminds her a little of the classic furniture back at the mansion, the house that never really felt like her own. "Enormous, though. I can't imagine how it got here without it waking you up..."

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[personal profile] onlyabird 2014-09-04 04:37 am (UTC)(link)
Though Sansa didn't use her telephone very often, still too unfamiliar with the object to be very comfortable in doing so, she at least knew that she was supposed to keep it on, just in case anyone tried to get in touch with her. Even so, that happened so rarely that she was surprised to get a message on it, and fumbled with it for a moment, trying to figure out how to see what had been sent to her. Seeing that it came from Ophelia, though, she smiled in spite of her confusion. She liked to think of the other girl as a friend, and someone she hoped to get to know even better.

Making her way to Ophelia's building didn't take very long, but she paused for a moment outside her door, the sound of music carrying through it. Like everything else she'd heard here, it wasn't something she'd heard before, but Sansa thought it beautiful all the same. Lifting a hand, she knocked gently, just loud enough to be heard over the noise inside. "Ophelia?"
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[personal profile] onlyabird 2014-09-08 03:44 am (UTC)(link)
Ophelia's smile prompted one from Sansa in turn even before the other girl's announcement, though something had clearly prompted the invitation over. Whatever it was, she was already glad for it. Over a year she'd been here now, but she'd grown so accustomed to good news being few and far between that it came as something of a relief whenever something good happened to someone she cared about. She'd had welcome news of her own recently, too, though she once had been sure that she would never have thought so about Arya's presence.

"Do you?" she asked warmly, beginning to step inside. "What is it?"
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[personal profile] onlyabird 2014-09-10 07:37 am (UTC)(link)
"Oh, it's beautiful," Sansa said, almost a gasp, as she looked at the instrument. She was far from an expert on pianos, Darrow having been the only place she'd encountered them, but with what she had gathered from that, ones she'd seen in stores and elsewhere, it was clear that this one was especially nice. That it came from home, clearly meaning something to Ophelia, was even better. This happened sometimes, she knew, items appearing as if from nowhere, but they weren't always this kind, and she was likewise pleased for Ophelia's sake that she'd been fortunate in that regard. "I thought I heard music when I was at the door."

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[personal profile] petit_poete 2014-09-09 01:57 am (UTC)(link)
When Jehan received the electronic message from Ophelia, he was eager to respond. She seemed quite excited, and he was intrigued as to what it could be about.

He quickly finished his breakfast and dressed, then hurried down to mademoiselle Ophelia's flat. There he hesitated briefly, for the thought of being alone in her flat was a bit worrisome. He reminded himself that in this place, none of their neighbors would give such impropriety a second thought, steeled his nerves (though his heart refused to stop racing), and rapped on her door.
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[personal profile] petit_poete 2014-09-13 09:28 am (UTC)(link)
Jehan took a step back instinctively when he saw Ophelia standing at the door in nothing but a chemise. "Oh..." he murmured, cheeks reddening as he lowered his eyes. He scuffed his feet, wondering if he should point out her state of undress. In the back of his mind he could hear Courfeyrac laughing at him, chiding him to enjoy such a splendor as the one he'd caught but a glimpse of before looking away. "...Are you certain?" he asked softly, looking up and down the hallway as if expecting her neighbors to burst out and accuse them of some impropriety.
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"Merci," Jehan murmurs with a little sigh of relief. He had difficulty knowing quite what to say or do around Ophelia as it was, much less with her in such a state of undress. A robe would at least be a marginal improvement, and he could tell she was quite excited about something and he was eager to find out what that something might be. Eager enough to accept a robe as an acceptable compromise to taking the time and care it would require to properly dress.

He stole another quick glance at her, allowing himself to think, just for one debauched moment, about how positively (if unintentionally) seductive she looked, dressed in nothing but her chemise. Then he looked away again and stepped inside, eyes cast modestly downward.

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