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« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2008, 06:33:33 PM »
“Aye, not a problem l’il lass. Ye gots to be careful being around this crazy fella for to be sure. He’s a good man though…make no mistake.” Gurten assured.

The crowd that was partaking in the Duke’s generosity began to gather around the clumsy scene. Kit noticed that many of the men were specifically eyeing (with noteworthy whispers) her and that many of the women were abruptly reminding them not to be so obvious in their assessment of the young girl. Kit suddenly realized that her baggy clothes did nothing to avert attention from her looks as she, just this morning, hoped they would.

The Duke patted the middle-aged merchant on the shoulder and asked, “You’ll be sure to give my respects to Heryn won’t you? She’s a good woman.”

“Aye…that’s why she be me wife…and aye, I will be sure to.” Gurten acknowledged. As he picked up the handles to his cart, Gurten said to Kit, “Ye be careful about these cobbled streets young miss…and ye be certain to have a fine day to ye.” Without hesitation Gurten began to tote his wooden wagon away.

The Duke promptly turned Kit to face him, “Well, you look no worse for the wear. Get thee gone Miss Kit. Enjoy your day. As I have a city to serve I’ve not much time at this moment…but we will speak later…count on it.”

The Duke has an underlying tone that noted a seriousness even in this comical situation. Kit was far too astute to overlook the gravity of the Duke’s implications and silently wondered to herself what exactly he meant by that.

“He’s mad at you for being a klutz…I just know it” Jordan guessed with confidence.
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« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2008, 12:58:43 PM »
Kit wasn't sure what to say to the Duke, so she didn't stop him as he departed. She decided to let the questions hold until later.

Looking up into the gorgeous sky she again looked for the shimmering cathedral. Between her and the landmark, there seemed to be quite a few options, with the many connecting streets and alleys at her location. Hoping her direction sense would not fail her, she began walking on a quickly plotted course that would hopefully get her to the Temple of the Valiant safely.

Thinking of the giant's warning about muggers, she kept one hand on her belt pouch as she walked along, looking for any signs that may lead to the temple square.

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« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2008, 06:32:25 PM »
The streets were positively filled with life! Merchants were busily marching up and down the cobbles and calling out their wares, teamsters drove carts back and forth, carpenters were busy repairing walls and roofs of houses after the Venric beating, soldiers occasionally made their peacekeeping rounds, and children were darting amidst all of it while playing a game of tag. This was the city of Kurr.
As Kit strolled along taking in the bountiful activity she came upon a large square with a massive fountain at the center where a crowd had gathered. Kit could hear someone shouting from within the crowd. “And now we present to you, The Great Ulysa! She will be performing a feat untold…a feat that baffles even the scholars of old…it is a wondrous sight indeed to behold…turn not away or t’will be yourself you’ll scold!”

As Kit drew closer to see what was going she noticed a brilliance cascading from around the corner. Looking towards it, she could see the enormous cathedral in the distance at the end of the street bathing everyone in warm illumination.
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« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2008, 08:17:49 AM »
Not only was Kit curious about the amazing structure, she was also quite eager to get some shopping done and getting out of her frumpy clothes. She moved on towards the wares seeking out a tailor, paying not much heed to the heralds request for Ulyssa.

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« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2008, 06:19:23 PM »
The scintillating light of the temple was alluring and cozy…and bright…so bright! The light washed the trees along the wide parkway highlighting their mid-sythus growth and casting long shadows along the remarkably clean cobblestones.

On each side of the street were well-to-do shops with discreet signs and various buildings of particular detailed upkeep. Most had slate roofs and grand entranceways. Kit noticed that the commerce here was different than near Vallensun Keep as there were no carts and no merchants calling out their goods. The people here were dressed in garb that made the Arch-Duke and Duchess appear common and Kit destitute in comparison.

Looking further up the road, Kit could see a sign that read, “Valiant Stitches”. In Kit’s mind this could only be a tailor…a fine tailor at that.
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« Reply #20 on: November 19, 2008, 08:49:10 PM »
Still holding her purse tight at her belt, Kit made a straight line for the fine shop, hoping to glimpse some wares in a window before going in.

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« Reply #21 on: November 21, 2008, 06:12:02 PM »
Kit peered through the window and saw some of the most exquisite dresses and clothes she had ever laid her eyes on displayed on wicker dummies. One dress was low cut and a deep royal purple laced with white on the hems with gold stitching. Another was a deep yellow and though simple, it was elegant. Yet, there was another ensemble of a black fluffy shirt with a black and silver bodice matched with billowed ankle high blue skirt. The quality of the garments could be fully appreciated by the young girl as she had also learned the trade of tailoring.

Beyond the windows, Kit could see more racks of clothes, bolts of cloth, and several women- some being customers- inside laughing and working their needles. It was an inviting scene and given the quality of their work, these women were extremely talented.
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« Reply #22 on: November 23, 2008, 10:12:54 AM »
Kit stood at the window for more than a few moments, she couldn't bring herself to push through the door.

'What are you waiting for?' asked Jordan.

Kit didn't answer right away.

'Hellooooooo?'

'This is it Jordan.' she answered her. 'There's no turning back as soon as I walk through this door.'

'Being a bit dramatic aren't we?'

Kit didn't answer again. She had made the resolution over the past week to return to being proud of her charisma. To not allow her appearance to dictate her destiny and accept her beauty as a blessing and not a curse. But now, as she stood at the door to a shop which would be the first step towards acting upon that resolution, she couldn't go through with it.

As if reading her  thoughts, Jordan lectured, 'I dont' know why you have suddenly decided to be a slut again.'

When Jordan didn't get back the enraged response she expected she knew things were dire.

'Kit?'

Jordan had never used her name before, it got her attention. 'Yes?'

'Ever since you began running from...him. You have been fickle as to what your appearance should be. You have run the gammit from dressing like a floozy in that leather armor of yours to dressing like a peasant in the garb you have now. And regardless of what you have worn, trouble has always found you. Even....he, has come close to getting you and it had nothing to do with what you were wearing.'

'Furthermore...in every piece of cloth you have ever worn since you were a young kid, your beauty has captured the attention of all those around you for better or for worse. Both bad men like the ones still chasing us, and good ones like Jake, Dray, Pappy and even Ashe have seen the beauty both outside and inside. And in all these cases, it never mattered what you were wearing at the time.'

Jordan paused to make sure she had Kit's complete attention.

'Your beauty is part of who you are Kitalia, it's also a useful weapon. Stop running from it.'

Kit reached into her pocket and took out the aquamarine crystal and held it in her hand.

'We have a lot of things to hide from my sister. Your appearance isn't one of them.'

Kit clasped both of her hands over Jordan and hugged the sand-dollar shaped crystal to her chest.

"Thank you little one."

Kit opened the door to the tailor shop.

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« Reply #23 on: November 23, 2008, 10:14:05 AM »
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