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Wedding Cake #4. Maid of Honor and FOTD - Compeer
Story : knights & necromancers
Rating : PG
Timeframe : 1270
Word Count : 557
Word of the Day : Compeer - close friend; comrade

Lyssa's arrival, a few days before the wedding. I don't think I have any better friends in my canon than the sisters. Thank you dictionary.com for giving me an easy fotd on the day I needed it! One point for my team.

A loud knock rang out through Ski’s quarters.

“Coming,” she called, but the door was already opening.

Mara was at her heels as she crossed the sitting room, and then she was ahead of her, barreling towards the open door.


Lyssa, who had barely stepped into the room, dropped her bags and scooped the girl up in a tight hug. Feet dangling above the floor and arms around Lyssa’s neck, Mara was beaming.

“I didn’t know you would make it,” said Ski.

“Was short notice,” Lyssa said. She was at least as dusty and ragged as ever, and Ski wondered what it was she had to drop to come racing back to the palace. “But of course I made it. Think I’d stand you up?”

“I was more uncertain if the message would reach you in time. I never know where you are.”

Lyssa gently lowered Mara to the floor and pulled Ski into an embrace. “Never too far for you,” she said.

She was nearly as smelly as she was filthy, but Ski held her tightly anyway. “Apparently it was quite far from running water, though,” she said and they both laughed.

“Don’t worry,” said Lyssa, as she and Ski drew apart. “I’ll head for the baths just as soon as you’ll let me. Now,” she continued, squaring her hands on her hips. “What is this nonsense about you getting married?”

Ski grimaced. Mara jumped between them, completely missing her reaction in her own eagerness to explain. “Oh, Mother! Aunt Kari is marrying a prince! She’s going to be a princess! A real princess!”

Ski bit her lip as she watched Lyssa forcefully swallow a laugh. “Is she now?” Lyssa said, rather stiffly.

“Yes.” Ski laid her hands over Mara’s shoulders in what she hoped was a calming fashion. “Dalton and I have become quite…close these past months.”

Lyssa did snicker at that. Ski shot her a glare. Mara didn’t notice; she was already headed for Ski’s room, with Lyssa’s hand in tow.

“Mother, you have to come see the dress!”

Lyssa allowed herself to be led across the room. She turned to Ski as they passed. “So, who is standing in for Mother in this?”

Ski bit her lip again. “I had hoped that you would.”

Lyssa came to a halt. Mara kept tugging.

“You did it last time.”

“Yeah,” said Lyssa, slowly, giving the back of her neck a scratch. “If it’s really what you want.”

“I hardly wish to have Elly do it.”

Lyssa wrinkled her nose at that. Then she looked at her outstretched arm and the exasperated child clinging to the end of it, beckoning her into the next room, and shook her head and smiled.

“Course I’ll do it.”

Ski let out a sigh of relief. “Thank you, Lyssa.”

“What are sisters for?” Lyssa clapped her on the back as she followed Mara into the bedroom. “Maybe you’ll pay me back when it’s my turn.”

Just before the doorway, Ski jerked to a stop. “Your…turn?”

Lyssa didn’t grace that with a response. “Let’s go see that dress,” she said instead.


“Oh, look, it’s blue,” Lyssa declared loudly. “Who would have guessed?” Mara dissolved into giggles.

“You just said-”

“Damn, that’s a lot of ribbons!”

Ski gave up with a heavy sigh and stepped into the room.


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 6th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
Haha! Did Lyssa just accidentally let something slip there? As if Ski will let things drop forever. Lovely images throughout this. Good job it's not a smellovison media :) Nicely done :)
Aug. 6th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
Nothing really big (I'm not about to go rewriting canon and marrying Lyssa off anywhere) Ski just doesn't know she's with Kairn at this point.

thanks :)
Aug. 7th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
D'aw, Mara's so cute!
Aug. 7th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
thanks :)
Aug. 8th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC)
The descriptions in this are wonderful. Mara hanging from Lyssa's neck, Mara pulling on her hand and how Ski and Lyssa are trying to have a conversation. I love Lyssa is just ignoring Ski at the end. :)
Aug. 8th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
thank you :)

Lyssa is very good at ignoring things ;)
Aug. 8th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, oh man, I adore these two already (after these two pieceS). Mara's excitement is so darling and I love how Lyssa's there for her but not exactly thrilled about the entire situation.
Aug. 9th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
that's Lyssa and responsibility ;)

thanks! :)
Aug. 9th, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)
so is mom completely incapacitated at this point?
Aug. 9th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure what I want to do with mom. Ski and Mara have been back at court for over a year now. Either things have deteriorated for her or she's dead, I never quite decided what was wrong with her in the first place.
Aug. 9th, 2012 04:39 am (UTC)
This is an interesting scene...it's largely sweet, but there's a lot of underlying tension. Maybe it's the disconnect with Mara being all like Wedding! Pretty dress! Princess! with the reality of what's happening (or how Ski must be feeling, anyway). But anyway, it's a good balance of sweet/fun stuff and substance.

For some reason I really liked the detail of Lyssa being kind of smelly ;D
Aug. 9th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
thanks! :)

I am trying to be plotty! It feels good. And lol that was sort of an afterthought, like gee, here's mud covered Lyssa in Ski's pretty palace...I bet she stinks too.
Aug. 9th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
Lyssa might have her problems, but she is the greatest of sisters. It's really awesome of her to drop everything and come to help. Also, Mara is really super adorable.
Aug. 9th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
Whatever else she may be, Lyssa is always loyal to Ski.

thanks! :)
Aug. 9th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
I love how Mara completely misses the point and keeps talking about the dress while Lyssa and Ski quickly go through quite a few other things. And the thought of Lyssa marrying Kairn is just too funny :P
Aug. 9th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Kids are good at that. Mine behave as if they never have a clue about anything. And Lyssa marrying Kairn would be such a ridiculous train wreck ;)

thanks :)
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