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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:38 am

Coralie nodded, "I like to think she is."

Coralie laughed, "I am sure you are in fact very good at your job...sometimes there is no need to be modest."

"That is good that you demand such perfection," she smiled, "perhaps you should work for his majesty as well."

Coralie eyes rose wide and she dropped her gaze, "oh...I am so very sorry, Monsieur." She looked up at his grave face, "I am sorry to have kept you...I can leave," she nodded nervously.
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:43 am

"After one has seen as much strife and conflict as I have, you start to need to believe in a higher power. Many turn away from the idea, but still more keep faith. I think that I still have faith," he shrugged but inside he knew he was battling himself.

He grinned. "One of my jobs is to protect, and I do that quite well, it is something everyone needs no matter their station. I have honed my skills to perfection so that I may help others."

"If His Majesty wishes me to help in any sort of way, I am amenable. To serve the king is to serve God Himself," he said. "If he needs help with a rhyme I can definitely aid him in such matters," he chuckled.

When she offered to leave he sighed. "I have brought you down from your cheerfulness. I apologize. It is my burden to bear, not yours. In fact you have taken my mind from such things and I am glad for it. If you wish to leave I shall escort you." He instantly felt terrible for making her feel uncomfortable.
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:13 am

Coralie shook her head, "no, monsieur, I feel it is I, who have interrupted you in your time of remembrance."

Coralie gave a nod and took a step in the direction she had entered, when she stopped. "Unless...you wish for me to perhaps distract you further?"
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:56 am

Christophe also shook his head. "There is always time to remember. I cannot ever truly forget." He smiled sadly.

He looked up when she stopped. "You seem creative enough to provide distraction for me. Do you know any songs?"
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:01 am

Coralie gave a faint smile as well, though she could tell the gentleman was still sad.

Her eyes grew wide and she smiled, "yes, I do!" she beamed. "If you would, monsieur, allow me to run and get my lute, I could sing for you!"
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:11 pm

He nodded. "Very well, mademoiselle. Do you have to go very far to retrieve it? I should accompany you." He stood again and smiled, feeling rejuvenated already.
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:02 am

Coralie giggled and shook her head, "oh, no, no, no, monsieur, it is not very far...and I have found a shortcut."

She turned and hurried toward the direction she came, yet quickly turned again, rushing toward him to give a little curtsey, "I shall be back in a moment." She gave a laugh and hurried in the direction she came, carrying her leaves firmly in hand as not to crumple them.

She hurriedly made her way back through the small woods, jumping over fallen trees and ducking under branches, until she reached a set of palace doors, and hurried inside. Her legs moved quickly as she ran to her chambers and found her lute, seated upon the chair beside her bed, and she quickly took it up, placing the leaves on her writing desk before she hurried back out of the room.

Coralie took her shortcut back to the tree near a stream, giggling, though slightly breathless, lute in hand and stray leaves in her hair from the trees. She gave Christoph a smile and sat upon a large root of the tree, placing the lute on her lap.

"Are you ready, monsieur?" she smiled.
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:26 am

He was taken aback by how quickly she'd returned, and shook his head as he chuckled. "You are a fast little thing! But yes, I am ready to hear whatever you've a mind to play." He stretched out his long legs as he sat beneath a tree across from Coralie.
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:05 am

Coralie gave a smile, placing her lute upon her leg. "This song is called "The Banks of the Sweet Viledee," she smiled. "It is a Celtic song my first nursemaid used to sing to me."

She struck cord, allowing her fingers to recall the once familiar melody, when she began to play, the song running through her mind and memory as quickly as the flowing stream before her:

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As she sang, her eyes rose as she told the story and she began to move and sway with the words and notese.
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:05 am

The Celtic sound of the song Coralie played brought a smile to Christophe's face. It must have been very old indeed, for he remembered his own grandfather played it many years ago when he was still alive. Not long into the song Christophe found himself singing along, pounding out a rhythm on his lap with some sticks. Their voices merged and melded, creating perfect harmony, and the lute served to keep the melody going, a twangy resonance that brought him out of his current existence to a place of joy.
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:12 am

As Christoph joing her in song, Coralie laughed and smiled, giggling as he played out the rhythm on his legs. She began to sway and rock with lyrics and found herself happy taht she could make him smile.

She sang the last note, and gently lay her lute down flat across her lap. Her eyes were wide with excitement, and she found herself laughing more than she could speak.

"Did you like the song, monsieur?" she smiled. "And how did you know it, might I ask?"
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:15 am

He chuckled when he saw how Coralie was enjoying herself and getting lost in the music along with him. She finished the last note yet it took awhile to die out,

"Ah yes, I like this song, it reminds me of my own childhood." He smiled in remembrance. "My grandfather played it often. He was a full-blooded Scotsman, that's where Sinclair comes from. Some of my family had changed it to "St. Clair" but I like my name the way it is."
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:34 am

Coralie smiled brightly, placing a hand under her chin to listen to her new friend.

"That is very interesting, monsieur," she giggled, "and to keep your name...oh, that is very interesting."

She gave a little sigh, her eyes growing wide, "from what my nursemaid told me and the stories she spun, I find myself often wanting to go to Ireland or Scotland."
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:44 am

"My name is a source of pride," he said as he watched her settle to listen to him. He hadn't been the focus of attention in a long while, and he'd never had someone look up to him. It was a new feeling, and a nice one.


"Oh I recommend both Ireland and Scotland. I have traveled both countries, explored. On my own, not with the military. I'd never seen such green lands, rolling hills and just wide open spaces. If I'd better words I think I could enchant you with better visions," he said jokingly.
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:19 am

Coralie giggled, "oh, the stories and songs enchant me enough." She looked up at him eyes wide, "I often think I should love to have a Celtic surname...just to be able to say I have such ties to such an interesting and strong history."

She placed her hand on her mouth, a bit embarassed at what she said, thinking of how appalled her mother would be at such an intimate thought being spoken aloud. Yet, she removed her hand from her mouth, thinking, perhaps Monsieur Sinclair had not noticed her wishing to have a name such as his; perhaps he did not notice what her mother would have, that the statement sounded as though she wished to married to a Celt.

She blinked, shaking the thought away, and leaned forward on her hands. "Do you know any stories or songs, Monsieur?"
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:51 am

He smiled at her candor. "You may not have been born with one, but perhaps I may give you one, a secret Celtic name of your very own, and no one shall know it but us." He smiled as they conspired.

He smiled once more. "Actually I do know a song, taught by my grandfather himself. It's "Th Gairdener Chyld." He hummed out the tune so Coralie could get the grasp of the chords, and began to sing.

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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:06 am

Coralies eyes grew wide, along with her smile as she leaned toward him, eagerly. "What name?" she beamed, "what is the name you will give me?"

Coralie listened to Christoph's voice, her smile never fading as he began to hum. She believed she had heard the song before, again from her nursemaid, but perhaps by accident, when she used to run to Fionnula's room and sneak in and listen as she sang, sewing by the fireplace with her back turned in a rocking chair.

Coralie nodded her head with humming, and began to move her fingers against the strings of her lute, searching for the notes and chords. When it came to her, she began to play the moving chords as Christoph sang, his deep voice filling the air of the forest.
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:24 am

He rubbed his chin in thought. "Buchanan. Your name will be Coralie Buchanan." He smiled. "How does that suit you, mademoiselle?"

As Coralie caught onto the tune, Christophe belted out as loud as he could, filling the forest with his voice, reaching over the treetops. As the song came to an end he laughed, realizing he hadn't had so much mirth in a long time.

"Your presence enlivens me, my lady," he admitted with a smile.
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:00 am

Coralie's eyes rose and she smiled brightly. "Oh, I love it, monsieur...it sounds so very strong," she laughed.

As Coralie played the last of the note, she smiled as she looked over at Christoph. She was happy to be playing for someone, again, and hoped he was as happy as she was to be so free in the forest and away from court.

Coralie could not help but blush, "I am glad I do, monsieur Sinclair," she giggled. "You are a very good singer, Monsieur," she smiled, "I should like to have your voice to accompany a few of my songs and stories."
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:31 am

"I'm glad you like it," he smiled to see her so happy for a name, especially one that had been in his family for years.

[color=olive]"I thank you, I had never thought too much on my singing voice. No one had ever complimented me on it before."brow furrowed as Coralie mentioned his accompanying her on songs and stories. [color=olive]"You mean, sing in public, in front of people?" He had faced death on the battlefield and lived in respect, if not fear of demise. But his was a soul not used to the company of others, and he had never imagined himself so unguarded. "I doubt I would be taken seriously, but if you wish it, it shall be done."
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:40 am

Coralie's eyes rose, "no has ever complimented it before?" She shook her head, smiling, "it is wonderful!"

Coralie gave a laugh, blushing slightly, "I must admit, I shall be quite nervous...and I should like to have a friend with me." Coralie gave a laugh, "Oh, I am certain everyone shall love your voice!" She gave a giggle, "and I am certain you shall have the ladies swooning."

She frowned a little, "do you act Monsieur Sinclair?"
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:06 am

"Well.. thank you.." he was surprised by her compliment and yet also somewhat pleased by it.

He thought briefly about singing in public, everyone's eyes on him. He was sure it would be a far menacing prospect than the thought of facing the enemy in battle. "I suppose I could give it a try, mademoiselle. I know not how the outcome will be." he chuckled when she mentioned the ladies swooning over him. "We shall see.. perhaps most of them know my station and would be disbelieving that I have talents other than obeying orders from my commanding officers."

At the idea of him acting, he laughed aloud for several minutes, his face turning red and his lungs gasping for air. When he was able to breathe again, his eyes were still crinkled from smiling. He took a look at her face. "Oh.. you were serious?"
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:54 am

Coralie laughed, "I am sure you would do very well, Monsieur Sinclair!" she smiled. She giggled, "I am certain it would be a side of you they would never expect...perhaps a good thing?" she tilted her head.

Coralie looked down at the lute in her hands, a faint smile on her face. "I was only asking," she smiled up at him, "I was wondering if you could perhaps voice some of my puppets."
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:00 am

"If you have so much faith in my ability then I shall attempt it," he said smiling. "If it gains me any admirers then it cannot be helped," he said with a sly grin.

He saw the look on her face and immediately regretted laughing at her request. "My lady, please forgive me.. I meant not to make fun. It was the thought of me being on a stage, making gestures and the like.. I cannot see how I could learn the skill for that. But if it is only voicing a puppet I don't see why it cannot be done. I shall have to see what kinds of voices I can imitate." He rubbed his hand on his chin, thinking.
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PostSubject: Re: Tree near a stream   Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:16 am

Coralie gave a smile and nodded, "alright monsieur." She looked at her lute again, "you don't have to if you don't want to," she looked up at him.

Coralie's eyes wandered as she thought of performing puppetry before a room full of onlookers during one of the king's celebrations. She laughed aloud at the thought of her new friend, a strong and tall soldier, playing a puppet and singing along side her while the ladies of the room blushed.

She gave another giggle, "in fact, I could see why you would not like to."
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