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Velvet's Touch

Postby rdjparadis » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:35 pm

Posted 06/21/10 00:13 (GMT) -- Winterhawk99

The young man got up out of bed and viewed out his window at the bustleing city of Waterdeep. A light knock comes from the other side of the room. The man goes over to the closet and puts on a robe, He then sais, " come in please."

The Door opens slighly and the head of a small woman, (not much more than a girl) peaks around the corner. She smile and opens the door the rest of the way, reveling that she's wearing nothing more than stockings.

" ah Velvet, How was your day off?"
" It was quite relaxing clara. How was your night?"
" It was uneventful, Thank Sune. Only two clients and they were quite nice." she smiles.
The young man smiles back. " And now you come here to lure me to your room with your femine wiles."
She laughs at the joke and sais, " I would love too do that but Madame Jenna has her rules. The young man nods and goes to a chair in front of the large basin with a mirror.

An older woman perhaps in her mid forties bursts in the room, and looks at the two of them. " What's going on here Clara? Velvet?" The girl speaks up first, " Nothing that you would'nt appove of Madame Jenna. We were speaking of my engagements last night, and Velvet's day off."

" I see." The older woman replies. "Clara, Please get some rest." I have to discuss some things with Velvet."

Clara walks out waving good-bye to the two of them, while Jenna closes the door behind her.
" Velvet? Do you remember the wife of the Cloaktower mage a few months ago?"
" yes Ma'am, she had particular tastes that one did." He smiles at the rememberance of the rendevue.
" You didn't hit the residence afterward did you?"
" Oh no Madame, I was hopeing she would become a regular customer."
" Well Dear lad, The house was hit and the mage has put a price on your head. I believe the husband found out and framed you. Its time to Pack." She frowns at what she said. Velvet looks out the window for a moment.
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Re: Velvet's Touch

Postby rdjparadis » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:36 pm

Posted 06/21/10 00:16 (GMT) -- Winterhawk99

" well It's been five years. I've been careful with my appointments. What will I do now? This place has become my home and life."
Jenna looks sad a moment then she speaks. " It happens to the best of men Velvet. The girls they have staying power, The men well it's different. I hate loosing them but everyone has their time. I've arranged for you to go to Baldur's gate. There's a friend I have there that will round out your education.

Her name is Misty. She runs a small guild of beggers attached to the shadow thieves. Be careful Velvet. Shes a vigilant follower of Shar, with very odd tastes."

" I will Madame. I'm always vigilant myself in what I do. What will I be doing there and how long must I be away?"
" Well Misty is a mistress of shadows. She will take you in for a year and train you to better what little you already know of now. It's all been arranged for you, and I fully expect you to pay her well for the education."
" I will Madame there's no woman yet that I haven't found a way to satisfy thanks to you and you're persistant guiding hand."

The sadness in her eyes leaves at the compliment, for even she falls victum to his charm from time to time.
" After you spend a year with Misty, You will book passage on a ship to kuru-ta. Misty will give you your assignment , and your contact. You'll be working for a yakuza organization, a thieves guild there. A man with your education can become a very wealthy man with this organization."

She goes over to the bed and sits by the headboard post.
" For now my dear Velvet, We have a few hours and I wish to remember you in my own way."
Smiling, She pats the space on the bed beside her. He laughs, his warm eyes grow soft. " With pleasure Madame. I owe you everything I have."

He goes over to the bed, slides down beside her and begins massaging her hands.
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Re: Velvet's Touch

Postby rdjparadis » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:36 pm

Posted 06/21/10 00:18 (GMT) -- Winterhawk99

Velvet wakes up first, A delicate arm wrapped around his waist. He rolls around on his back and slowly takes the hand, stroking it gently. Misty smiles in her sleep, but he doesn't see it; in fact he's never seen her face.

He lays there thinking of this odd new patron. The way she gathers shadows around her disappearing in broad daylight. The way she uses her men and women to find out the happenings of even the most distant of lands.

His time here is almost at an end. In another week he'll be boarding a ship, and setting sail around the distant continents of the west on to Kura-ta. The few that know the route say its faster than the overland trade routes.

He hears a slight hissing sound on the pillow next to him. He rolls back over, turns her hand up and continues to massage the pads.

Velvet looks over at the night stand. Two things attract his attention as they do every morning since he's been here. The first is a very lifelike statue of a squirrel. He studies it asking himself why it's the most dangerous of women that are often the loneliest, and the ones that need the most attention. These women seem to cry out for it in their own individual ways.
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Re: Velvet's Touch

Postby rdjparadis » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:36 pm

Posted 06/21/10 00:21 (GMT) -- Winterhawk99

Then he looks at the small box. Just this week Misty had given him it for a job well done. Within its depths lie a small glass, A jar with crushed ice that will not melt as long as its in the jar and seems to always be full. The last is a tiny wand that produces a candleflame.

He smiles warmly at the memory of Jenna and soon Misty will be but a memory; neither whom he will see again.

Her hand moves and cradles his chin. He closes his eyes.
" Ah, my pet, Almost time for you to leave. I wish there was more time. I could keep you here with me, but I remember the times Jenna and I adventured together. You must go so my appetite doesn't get the best of me."

She sighs, " That was long ago. Come here: Let us share the morning together."

Velvet rolls over. He keeps his eyes closed. A finger traces down the bridge of his nose. A soft set of lips meet his, and the morning ensues.
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Postby rdjparadis » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:37 pm

Posted 06/21/10 00:32 (GMT) -- Winterhawk99

Velvet carressed the box caught up in his memorys while Mist watched from the campfire. He had been here some months now and had founded a freindship with an Amnish Noblewoman, or at least a Woman from one of the merchant houses.

Her name was Cele. Their friendship was growing strong when she started questioning him on his past. He tried to avoid it. It was something he was normally good at but something.....something was different about Cele. Was it her trusting nature or her sheltered past.....Velvet was mystified over his own confusion. He ended up telling her most of his life story. It upset her greatly. He could see it on her face. Had he lost a friend? He hoped not.

In Velvets business friends were always fleeting. They came and went based mostly on if they had gotten caught with a nobles husband or wife. They were usually shipped out to the next city or town or in the worst case arrested and made and example of. Why was it so important to have Celes approval. He didn't know.

All he could do is wonder for the few moments he had. He opened his box and poured the Absinth in the glass adding a spoon of sugar stirring it then lighting the concoction to flame and drinking it.

It took away the confusion, the longing for awhile. He looked up at the stars finding a star that he wanted. it was time again to ply his trade. He excused himself from camp and walked into town freshly groomed
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Postby rdjparadis » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:37 pm

Posted 06/21/10 00:43 (GMT) -- Winterhawk99

Velvet woke up with a kiss on the cheek. Bee was in a good mood. She had done her end of the contract admirably and now Velvet was holding up his end.

She giggled and asked when she would see him next? He thought about it awhile. drew her hand to his and cupped it with his. "I'm sorry lady bee but i feel it will be our last meeting under these circumstances. cele got her discount. thats what i wanted and its more than a fair deal. if you want to see me again you can contract me for my usual fee 500 gold a night."

Bee huffed a big and took her hand away but not in exasperation. She stroked his hair, "Adventurers here have made me a very rich woman Velvet. You need not worry about having your fee paid." Velvet only nods and says, "agreed"

Bee smiles, "And my darling if you need anything for one of your "friends" im sure we can come to another understanding one that you will agree with." Velvet nods, "so be it lady Bee." He rolls over and they start the morning before he has to leave. For the first time in his life he isnt fully invested in his contract. His mind floats to another. Bee never notices but enjoys the fruits of her labor.
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Postby rdjparadis » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:37 pm

Posted 06/28/10 05:36 (GMT) -- Winterhawk99

Velvet came into camp very tired and found Mist waiting. soon after Karto showed up. while they were discussing their past adventures Velvet took his portion of absinth and then a little more. He listen to Mist sing a tale and discussed a few people like Fade and alister and Kaxx.....something. The Absinth had taken hold and he forgot the drows name that Karto was married to.

After a bit he regained his better sense and pulled out a wonderful evening gown made percisely to his direction from Lady bee. She had made a wonderful gown fit for a queen........but then there were a few touches.....a few touches velvet could add himself.

He got out his own sewing needle and started to embelish the silk as Cog came to camp. Velvet talked to all while sewing and adding a few personal touches to the formal gown ment for a woman he most likely would never touch.

Velvet had to persuade Karto several times not to go on a rampage and bluffed Cog into thinking Mist and Karto were but mere profit adventurers. All in a days work for him. Velvets silver tounge hardly ever failed him and keeping the peace he prized especially when he really wanted to go unoticed by the guard.

As Mist and Karto left for places beyond his reach. Velvet made small talk with Cog while thinking of The princess he made the gown for. Cele had occupied his mind for many weeks now. He felt ashamed he could not give her what she deserved. He felt jealous of the thought of another touching her even later in life. He sipped his absinth trying to forget these new feelings he had never known before. Cog finally broke his concentration by wanting to go to Dandelion dale. He put the ball gown away and joined him.

After he escorted Cog to the dale he returned. He had another appointment with a lady in the commons. He groomed himself well and entered town.
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Postby rdjparadis » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:37 pm

Posted 07/10/10 08:54 (GMT) -- Winterhawk99

Velvet went to his apartment that was now richly adorned with the trappings a young nobleman would need to set appearances and welcome wealthy guests. He had made a killing in this frontier city thus far and had few worrys financially. At least for now.

He hung his rapier against the door and drew a bath. Undressed and go in. The last week had some harrowing experiances. Some thoughtful experiances.

first he was in camp when several strangers strolled in one particular a woman in white that scared him somewhat. they took him on a wild adventure to some jungle islands. he tried to stay out of the fighting but could not he would die at the hands of monsters only to be raised again and again. Then in a blink he was alone in camp again. He looked at the bottle of absinth he had with him. the customer that percured it for him must have spiked it with more than the usual amount of wormwood. The green faery must have grabbed him whole in its embrasse. He tossed the bottle over his shoulder. He had a few more bottles at the apartment.

He finished washing and got out. he took a hand mirror and looked at it with his back to a wall mirror. Both were expensive but he did worship Sune and mirrors were very important to the faith.

He looked at his back; The Tattoos, The brands of all the the people and organizations he worked for. each had their mark. the shadow thieves, Jenna, misty a few others.
Then he looked at the scars, scratches and burns of others. His special customers that needed special attention. He had found a ring to heal his wounds almost as he was hurt. But these scars they were too old to heal. He would always carry them like the tattoos and brands.

He looked at each scar and burn. All made by overzealous pattrons like Misty, he remembered trieflings, dragon disciples, barbarian women that liked to control their hires. many more

He put the mirror down and sighed. He wrapped himself in a towel and leaned against the window looking out at the horizon. Last night A famous adventurer named Darias had a proposition for him. It could change his life.
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Re: Velvet's Touch

Postby rdjparadis » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:37 pm

Posted 07/10/10 09:19 (GMT) -- Winterhawk99

It was just turning dark when Darias strolled into camp. Velvet struck up a conversation. Darias told him of many of the people of the land and some of the gods. Velvet was very interested as always to pick up some lore about the surrounding area. He was surprised about many of the elder gods these people worshipped. Bahamut, Tiamat, Venca. Velvet had vaugly heard of the god Venca now he sat across from someone who actually met the god. Velvet himself cared not to meet a god until his time. He always envisioned a peaceful life.

recently he had to get a rapier to defend himself. he wasnt bad with it but not so good with it either. He had always depended on a quick mind and a silver tounge to get himself out of trouble. and cared not for adventureing.

After awhile Darias told his own story about his wife and child slain. How he vanquished two vampires that he thought killed them which started his adventureing life. The man seemed lonely. Velvet cheered him up and asked if maybe he wanted to remarry and retire. Darias seemed to get more cheerful about the idea.

Velvet thought for awhile and told darias that finding love once was an exceptional gift one he didnt think he would find himself.

That was when Darias got pointed asking about Cele. Velvet told him a few things about her not enought to breach any respect or give any information. Velvet did talk about his feelings about Cele and how his preformance at work had not been as good as before. About how she lingered in his thoughts.

Darias had learned enough about velvets past to know that the only way out was to find something else to do. He told velvet not to follow the clerics of sune because they needed followers and were using velvet for just such a purpose.

Velvet said if he gave work up he would loose whatever coin he had and couldnt make a living.

Darias countered that he could be a negociator or make trade contracts. this was something velvet thought long and hard on. He did have many gifts. gifts he used to make his way in life. his words, his body everything since he learned since he was 12 was for the purpose of setting people at ease and comfort and to enjoy his services.

Velvet felt a bit of hope that quickly melted away. if the shadow thieves or any other organization came looking for him. if a patron got angry and ratted him out. Someone would come looking for him. it might mean his death or worse. they could think of worse for run away workers. Velvet had seen it himself.

He told Darias of his misgivings.

Darias grunted and thought about it for awhile, then he said, " Is she worth it "

It took a long time for Velvet to answer, if he took the path Darias was suggesting he would be a marked man. He would have to learn to fight better. There were so many things from customers to the marks on his back he had to think about.

Velvet finally replied, " if it means a chance Cele and I can be happy together if only for a short time, then yes it is worth it"

Darias said, " thats what i wanted to hear "

Darias then said he had trained only one other that other became an assasin and his work was wasted. Velvet nodded knowing his life was about to change and that now he would always be in danger.
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Postby rdjparadis » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:38 pm

Posted 07/10/10 09:24 (GMT) -- Winterhawk99

Velvet got dressed in new clothing and went out into the commons. He bluff and pleaded, persuaded and used his gift to get out of most of his appointments for the month.

He hoped that would do it. Some cried, Some threatened, Some seemed not to care those were the easiest. He would have to buy his absinth in other ways but he already knew several people he could procure it from.

He went back to the appartment and relaxed for the first time in a long time. Hopeing he would not have to work again. Hopeing that he hadnt incured Sunes wrath. Hopeing for a long life he knew wouldnt be long if the shadow thieves caught up to him. Hopeing that somehow he could woo Cele back to him.
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