The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room.   Posted by Threadmaster.Group: 0
Threadmaster
Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 03:32
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
The room that the dressmaker Millie shares with Pinja.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 308 posts
Thu 28 Sep 2017
at 01:16
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja was trying to keep her mind occupied by reading one of the books brought back from Portside. But her mind kept wandering to the upcoming wedding of Sileas and Wulfsen, which reminded her of her own wedding.

Pinja fidgeted anxiously, turning back a page because she could not remember what she had just read. Then she dropped her book, caught up in a flashback.

She had just spent a month in a hell Pinja could never have imagined before. She felt ruined, that there was no getting away. Jack alone was able to overpower her with ease no matter how much she struggled- back when she used to struggle until Jack would strangle or beat her to unconsciousness. The presence of Jack's friends made escape impossible.
So even after Jack led her outside and put her on a horse Pinja did not try to escape. It had to be a trick, a test. Like the time she thought he had left and found the door unlocked, she waited hours without any sign of him before she decided to try to leave- he caught her as soon as she set a foot outside and beat her. After he punished her, Jack gave her flowers. Then did what he always did after he gave her flowers.
So Pinja did not try to grab the reins, she obediently sat on the horse and let Jack lead, riding with him and his friends through the woods. She noticed differences between this ride and her kidnapping. The most obvious was how it was daylight, it had been night when they kidnapped her. They were in no hurry. She also noticed that they were all dressed differently. During the kidnapping they were dressed in black head to foot, today they were dressed up, formal clothing under winter cloaks
The scenery became familiar and Pinja realized she was almost home- they were riding towards her home. Was Jack going to let her go home? The night he kidnapped her Pinja had promised to say nothing if he let her go, she was still willing to keep quiet if he let her go, despite all he had done to her. She just wanted to be away from him.
Pinja's parents were in a yard in front of the house. Surely Jack and his friends would not recapture her in front of her parents! Pinja leapt from the horse and fell into her mother's arms, crying. Instead of holding her, Pinja' mother drew back as if in disgust, Pinja looked at her mother's face and saw disappointment.
"You need not cry, Pinja." Pinja's father said. "I have giving my blessing."
"What?" Pinja was confused.
"You're marrying Jack today." Her father said coldly.
"I- I can't!" Pinja started but her mother took her by the arm.
"This way, to your room, Pinja."
Mama wouldn't let this happen, Mama would help her get out of this. Pinja followed her mother to her room. Neither Jack nor his friends tried to stop her.
Pinja was shocked at how much her room had changed, most of her personal possessions had been packed in crates. But there was still a mirror and the fanciest dress Pinja had ever seen hanging off the wardrobe door.
"Yes, it's beautiful, but we don't have time to admire it on a hanger. Put it on, if it needs any adjustments they'll need to be seen to right away."
Pinja hugged herself, most of the marks and bruises had faded away since it had been two weeks since Pinja had stopped bothering to fight Jack, but what marks remained, including a bite mark on her shoulder, were concealed by her clothing. Pinja burned with shame.
"What's the hold up?"
"Mama, I can't." Pinja said, tears running down her face. "He hurt me."
Her mother scoffed. "The midwife told me she told you to submit, any bruises are your own fault. Don't pretend to be so innocent. He wouldn't have taken you if you had not given him reason to."
"I never gave him reason to Mama!"
"At the last ball, you danced with him." Her mother said.
"I danced with a lot of-"
"You shouldn't have been so promiscuous. Fortunately Jack has taken a shine to you and wants to marry you."
"I can't marry Jack!" Pinja felt so betrayed, even her own mother! "He beat me, he strangled me, he..." Pinja could not say it. "He forced himself on me!"
"You were with him for a month." Pinja's mother said. "You are probably pregnant. If you do not marry him you are ruined, no man will want you. We are not going to raise a bastard or house a slut. If you do not marry him we will turn you out, the only place for you will be a whore house."
Pinja felt numb like she often felt when Jack gave her flowers. She could not go to a whore house, have done to her what is done there. She put on the dress. The only comment her mother made about the marks Jack left on her was that she was lucky the wedding dress would cover them."


Pinja came back to herself curled up on the floor next to the dropped book. She was shaking all over.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 309 posts
Fri 17 Nov 2017
at 03:52
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja could not stop shaking, and the flashbacks of her marriage to Jack would not stop. She clutched her books until her knuckles turned white. She did not want to be alone, and at the same time did not want to be around a lot of people.

The healer's room. There were not many people there these days. Maybe there would only be the healers... Or one healer. Pinja imagined Difyr would be going to the dinner, Aalyssa would probably still be there. Pinja could imagine what Aalyssa had gone through before Wulfsen and his men rescued her, Aalyssa did not seem to want to be around a lot of people herself, which Pinja related to. The healing room would be a safe place.

If only Pinja could get there. The healing room felt miles away.

She slowly stood up, clutching her book. She was still shaking. She went to the door and listened. She did not hear anyone, but what is someone was in the hallway, quietly waiting for her to come up. She looked in the keyhole and did not see anyone, but that did not mean anything. Someone could just not be standing in front of the keyhole. She screwed up her courage and opened the door a crack. She peered out the crack, no one was on that side of the hall, but on the other side of the door. Pinja trembled, a tear leaked down her cheek. She was so scared! Why did she tell Millie that she would be okay alone? Traveling to the healing from scared her almost as much as being alone for hours with her flashbacks for company. Pinja felt like she would throw up, she forced herself to throw the door open.

The hallway was empty except for herself. Pinja breathed slowly. She closed the door. She leaned against the door, tempted to go back inside.

She screwed up her courage and headed towards the healing room.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 380 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 17:17
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja nervously looked at her door, then to Aalyssa.

"Can you... Can you please wait until I check that no one else is here?" Pinja knew she was paranoid, but she had heard about men breaking into women's rooms when they were not home and attacking them when they returned. She did not want to be left alone even if there was no one hiding in her room, but did not want to impose any further on Aalyssa.
Aalyssa
 Player, 91 posts
Sun 6 May 2018
at 01:06
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Of course, Pinja," Aalyssa agreed. It wasn't like she had anything pressing to get back to."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 381 posts
Sun 6 May 2018
at 01:54
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja trembled visibly as she opened the door. No one was inside the room. Pinja was glad that the room she shared with Millie was sparsely furnished, there was no where for an attacker to hide.

Pinja let out a slow breath and waited to stop shaking. She wished that party was not going on tonight so Millie would be there.
Aalyssa
 Player, 92 posts
Sun 6 May 2018
at 02:06
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"Everything look all right?" Aalyssa inquired.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 382 posts
Sun 6 May 2018
at 02:10
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Yes." Pinja said in a small, nervous voice.
Aalyssa
 Player, 93 posts
Sun 6 May 2018
at 02:15
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Good, I'm glad to hear it." Aalyssa noted the nervousness ad looked around. "Do you want me to stay until Millie returns?"
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 383 posts
Sun 6 May 2018
at 02:24
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"If it's not a bother." Pinja's eyes brimmed with tears of relief. "I'm still afraid to be alone." She admitted.
Aalyssa
 Player, 94 posts
Sun 6 May 2018
at 02:28
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"It's not a bother at all. I wouldn't have offered if it were."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 384 posts
Sun 6 May 2018
at 02:32
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"Thank you." Pinja said and offered Aalyssa the chair.
Aalyssa
 Player, 95 posts
Sun 6 May 2018
at 02:52
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Aalyssa sat down and made herself comfortable.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 385 posts
Sun 6 May 2018
at 03:02
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja sat on her cot and made herself as comfortable as she could. It was not easy in her condition. She tugged on the wool cap covering her scalp.
Difyr Bateman
 Player, 720 posts
Fri 25 May 2018
at 03:45
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Millicent Gerthrim:
Millie followed.


"Do you still call through the door so she knows it's you?" Difyr asked Millie.
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 191 posts
Fri 25 May 2018
at 04:12
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"I do." Millie tapped lightly on the door. "Pinja? It's Millie and Difyr."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 386 posts
Fri 25 May 2018
at 04:29
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Pinja looked to the door.

"Hi." She said.
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 192 posts
Fri 25 May 2018
at 04:31
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Hi," Millie said as she stepped inside.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 387 posts
Fri 25 May 2018
at 04:38
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"How was the party?" Pinja asked.
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 193 posts
Sat 26 May 2018
at 03:41
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Mmm...eventful. Mistress Calm convinced me to take on her granddaughter as an apprentice, Dyfrig chased Oscar after he stole and entire goose and went racing through the keep. The couple being honored went missing for a while, only for it to end up with the bride-to-be tossed from her horse," Millie explained.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 388 posts
Sat 26 May 2018
at 03:52
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Pinja's eyes widened.

"Is she all right?"
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 194 posts
Sat 26 May 2018
at 04:07
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Once she got over the initial shock, she was fine. A little sore, perhaps. But fine."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 389 posts
Sat 26 May 2018
at 04:19
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"That's good." Pinja said. She shifted, still trying to get comfortable.
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 195 posts
Sat 26 May 2018
at 04:26
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Millie found a pillow and waited to place it behind Pinja. "Yes, we were all very relieved that she was well."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 390 posts
Sat 26 May 2018
at 05:03
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Pinja took the pillow and slipped it behind her back. "You have a new apprentice?"
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 196 posts
Sat 26 May 2018
at 12:40
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Millie nodded. "Yes, though truthfully, I'm not so sure it's about perfecting her craft as much as being there when Lek comes around."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 391 posts
Sat 26 May 2018
at 22:00
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"She's interested in Lek? Does Lek like her?" Pinja perked up a little. If Lek found someone else he would not be wasting time on her anymore. Life could be a little less awkward.
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 197 posts
Sat 26 May 2018
at 22:14
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Yes, she likes Lek," Millie replied, trying to tread carefully on this topic. "Lek doesn't know her...at the least, he's not aware of her. But his feelings remain. None of the other girls are you," she said softly.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 392 posts
Sat 26 May 2018
at 23:18
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Pinja's shoulders hunched. "I don't know why he feels that way. I tried not to lead him on, and I had been completely avoiding him for months."
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 198 posts
Sun 27 May 2018
at 01:45
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"I know you didn't. But nothing will change his mind, he considers it settling for someone he won't be happy with. There's no explaining the heart," Millie said.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 393 posts
Sun 27 May 2018
at 01:48
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja shook her head. "He'll never be happy."
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 199 posts
Sun 27 May 2018
at 01:58
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"I tried to tell him. But then he fought back with would I be happy settling for someone I don't love." Millie shrugged, "I didn't really have a counterpoint to that."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 394 posts
Sun 27 May 2018
at 02:04
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"He hardly even knows me." Pinja said. "He needs to give up."
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 200 posts
Sun 27 May 2018
at 02:07
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Obviously something spoke to his heart and claimed it." Millie sighed. "He has no intentions of ever giving up, he would rather be alone if he can't have you."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 395 posts
Sun 27 May 2018
at 02:13
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"He's throwing his life away!" Pinja felt close to panic. "I'll never be with anyone, not even him."
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 201 posts
Sun 27 May 2018
at 02:15
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Ultimately, it is his choice and no one elses. There's nothing you or anyone else can do, so please,calm down." Millie glanced toward Difyr.
Difyr Bateman
 Player, 721 posts
Sun 27 May 2018
at 02:28
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Lek is young and he hasn't met many women that he had not grown up with. He'll come to his senses eventually, and meet someone he'll want to marry." Difyr said, hoping she would not have to dose Pinja with a strong herbal tea. "Don't worry. He'll be fine. And you know Lek isn't like the men in Jack's family, he'd never force himself on anyone."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 396 posts
Sun 27 May 2018
at 02:30
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja nodded, but she shivered. She looked half scared to death.
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 202 posts
Sun 27 May 2018
at 11:40
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Millie rubbed her temple as she walked over to her bed. Her headache was returning. She started preparing her bed for the night.
Difyr Bateman
 Player, 722 posts
Sun 27 May 2018
at 23:50
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"How are you feeling?" Difyr asked, looking over Pinja. The girl was already beginning to show signs of pregnancy, because she was so skinny and rounding of her belly was noticeable. She needed to put on more weight.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 397 posts
Mon 28 May 2018
at 00:40
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"I only threw up three times today," Pinja said. "And only a few flashbacks."
Difyr Bateman
 Player, 723 posts
Mon 28 May 2018
at 02:14
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"That's better..." Difyr said, though she was calculating how many hours were left today. "You should get some sleep."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 398 posts
Mon 28 May 2018
at 02:21
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"I was going to bed soon." Pinja said, hoping that the nightmares would leave her alone for a change.
Difyr Bateman
 Player, 724 posts
Mon 28 May 2018
at 04:01
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Good." Difyr said. She wanted to gather Pinja in her arms but knew that would only scare her. "Sleep well. Good night Pinja, Millie."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 399 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 04:44
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Good night Difyr, Aalyssa." Pinja said.

Pinja set the borrowed pillow on Millie's bed. She went behind the screen and changed into a night slip. She crawled into her bed, praying she would not get any nightmares for a change.

"I'm sorry about your brother, Millie. I really tried to not do anything to lead him on. I don't know what I did to make him feel like he does."
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 203 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 05:22
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Good night, Difyr, Aalyssa."

Mille glanced toward Pinja. "I know you didn't, Pinja. There is nothing for you to apologize for. I know the heart wants what it wants, but one also needs to let it go and move on sometimes. He's being stubborn about it."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 400 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 05:27
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"I had to have done something for those kinds of feelings to have taken root in him." Pinja said. "He hasn't fallen in love with any other girl, just me."
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 204 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 14:16
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"It's not always an action. Or even anything someone said. I've known girls who looked into a guy's eyes and fell in love. It's about the connection more than anything else."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 401 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 14:31
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"Oh!" Pinja touched her forehead. "I made eye contact with him, that's what did it. I'm such an idiot. I never should have looked him in the eye."
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 205 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 15:52
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Don't be silly. People don't always fall in love by eye contact. There's no explanation that explains how everyone falls in love."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 402 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 16:07
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"No, men think you're interested in them that way if you look them in the eye." Pinja sat up in bed. "I gave Lek the wrong idea."
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 206 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 16:17
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Using that logic, I should be very very offended then. I was brought up that eye contact was a sign of paying attention to what the other person was saying. I've made eye contact with lots of people, including men. And no one has ever felt anything toward me. I think eye contact is just being polite."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 403 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 16:30
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"The men from your village tend to be more... polite... than the ones in Boville." Pinja said. "They might get the idea you're interested in them that way but they don't go for bride kidnapping."
Millicent Gerthrim
 NPC, 207 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 16:37
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Then you know there was no harm done by making eye contact with Lek." Millie clutched her blanket in her fingers. Her villagers may be more polite, but that definitely proved that no one but family could care less about her. She closed her eyes. "Good night, Pinja." She rolled over and pulled her blanket over her head.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 404 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 16:57
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"But there was harm done... He thinks he's in love with me and is throwing his life away over it." Pinja whispered. She lay back down on the pillow, hating herself. "Good night, Millie."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 405 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 03:34
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
As much as Pinja tried, she could not keep the cruel memories from creeping up on her. She dropped the book she had been trying to read and curled into a tight ball, her knees knocked the cap from her short blond hair. She shook and whimpered.
Aalyssa
 Player, 103 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 03:46
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Aalyssa looked up from her own book, then set it down  beside her. "Pinja? Are you all right?"
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 406 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 03:52
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"No." Pinja whispered, still shaking. She could see the scissors hovering over her face, hear the laughter and jeers, smell smoke, taste the blood, feel the rough hands holding her down.
Aalyssa
 Player, 104 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 11:58
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Aalyssa rose and walked over to Pinja, and sat down next to her. "You're safe. I'm right here and I will not let anyone harm you."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 407 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 13:06
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja flinched into a tighter ball. Another girl might want her mother with her at a time like this, but Pinja's mother would have been of no comfort, that woman had considered her ruined and insisted she marry Jack after he had held her in that cabin for a month. Pinja felt beyond ruined now; scarred up, face mutilated, carrying an unwanted babe inside her.

She shook even harder. In her mind she was back in the raided dress shop. Jack was chopping off her hair. The gray haired midwife with the soulless eyes stood beside her. "I can tell she's been with other men, a lot of them. Make it so anyone else that sees her knows it too."

Pinja was too scared to scream. A small cry managed to escape her.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:09, Sun 16 Sept 2018.

Aalyssa
 Player, 105 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 13:12
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"Pinja, focus on my voice. It's Aalyssa. I'm right here with you. Follow my voice. It's only the two of us here," Aalyssa said calmly.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 408 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 13:16
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja whimpered. She could dimly hear Aalyssa's voice, but what was happening in her mind was more real. She was deep in the flashback.
Aalyssa
 Player, 106 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 13:22
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Aalyssa began to lightly sing an Elven lullaby. They tended to be very gentle and calming, so she gave it a try while she made some of Pinja's tea.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 409 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 13:24
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Suddenly Pinja stood up. She began to run- straight to the window!
Aalyssa
 Player, 107 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 18:41
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Aalyssa muttered some curses in Elven, rushing after the confused girl. "Pinja! No!" she said, almost on top of her.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 410 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 18:53
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Pinja struck the window with her head and was bounced back into Aalyssa's arms. The window cracked but held together.

Pinja was beginning to come back to herself but the memory was still strong. She curled into a ball again, weeping.
Aalyssa
 Player, 108 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 19:04
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Aalyssa held Pinja gently as she lowered them to the floor.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 411 posts
Mon 17 Sep 2018
at 01:27
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"How long can they hurt me?" Pinja choked on a sob, for once not flinching away from Aalyssa. "After the first time I never thought anything worse can happen... I never knew people could do such terrible things to someone without killing them... It won't stop."
Aalyssa
 Player, 109 posts
Mon 17 Sep 2018
at 03:25
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"They are gone now. They will never harm you again. Someday you will find a way to manage the memories." Aalyssa lightly stroked Pinja's hair.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 412 posts
Mon 17 Sep 2018
at 09:33
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"But they're not all gone." Pinja said. "I don't know if any of the men escaped, but that woman... She was just as bad as them and hasn't been caught."
Aalyssa
 Player, 110 posts
Mon 17 Sep 2018
at 15:14
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"What woman is that? Can you describe her well? If so, I can let the guards know of her so they can be on the lookout."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 413 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 03:04
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"She's a midwife, she was there at the cabin when Jack kidnapped me. She wouldn't help me." Pinja shivered. "She's really old, her skin is all dried and shriveled looking. Gray hair, really long, when I saw her she had it all in a long braid. It's like she doesn't have anything behind her eyes."
Aalyssa
 Player, 111 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 03:13
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"I will let the guards know of her. If I can find someone who can draw, are you up to giving a more detailed description so they would have an image of her?"
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 414 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 03:21
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"I- I don't know." Pinja tensed up. She was terrified of talking to strangers. If the artist was a man there was no way she could do it.
Aalyssa
 Player, 112 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 03:25
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Aalyssa thought for a moment. "If I can't find a woman who can draw...I could hang a blanket to keep you hidden from view and tell him not to speak. Then I can pass you the picture each time he needs you to see it."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 415 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 03:30
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"No!" Pinja was terrified. She shook even harder and struggled to keep from panicking.
Aalyssa
 Player, 113 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 03:54
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"All right," Aalyssa said calmly. It would make it easier of course for the guards to keep an eye out, but she wouldn't push Pinja.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 416 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 03:58
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"I know I'm a coward but I just can't." Pinja whispered.
Aalyssa
 Player, 114 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 04:14
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"You are not a coward. You are still hurting after being put through something no one should have had to endure. If anything, you are very strong for surviving. I just wish I could figure out a way to do this because a detailed image would truly help them keep her out of the village or capture her."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 417 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 04:15
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Pinja felt sick with guilt. If that woman was not captured she could hurt others. "It would be my fault."
Aalyssa
 Player, 115 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 04:34
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"I'll..." Aalyssa had an idea. "I'll ask Millie how she is at drawing faces. I know her drawings for her designs are exquisite."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 418 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 04:38
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"Ok." Pinja said, relaxing just slightly.
Aalyssa
 Player, 116 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 04:53
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"I'll get you a cup of tea. The water should be ready."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 419 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 04:55
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"I'm sorry I'm such a bother." Pinja sniffled.
Aalyssa
 Player, 117 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 05:02
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Aalyssa fixed the tea. "You are not a bother."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 420 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 05:05
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"I'm tired of being weak." Pinja said. "All the nightmares and flashbacks... and carrying this."
Aalyssa
 Player, 118 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 16:12
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"The babe...is only a few months," Aalyssa said, handing her the cup of tea. "As for the rest,  only time can help along with not thinking so hard on it."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 421 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 16:36
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"I feel like my own body has betrayed me." Pinja said, cradling the tea in her hands. "That midwife, she wanted this to happen."
Aalyssa
 Player, 119 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 17:08
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"I know it feels like a betrayal, but it's simply nature."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 422 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 17:13
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Nature twisted to suit Jack's family." Pinja took a sip of tea, angry now besides just afraid. "To go through so much trouble... They must want it. I don't know if they would expect me to keep it or give it to a family. But they'll probably come after it."
Aalyssa
 Player, 120 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 17:15
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"That's why it's so important for the guards to get a detailed image. So they know exactly who to watch for."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 423 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 17:17
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"She might not come herself." Pinja said. "There must be raiders that survived, others in Jack's family still living."
Aalyssa
 Player, 121 posts
Wed 19 Sep 2018
at 03:49
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"True. But I fear an old woman traveling alone seems on the surface to be far less dangerous than a group of men."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 424 posts
Wed 19 Sep 2018
at 04:05
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja closed her eyes and took a long sip of the tea. She was tired. Everything was exhausting.
Aalyssa
 Player, 122 posts
Wed 19 Sep 2018
at 04:09
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Enough of that talk for now. We need to relax, not focus on bad things."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 425 posts
Sun 7 Oct 2018
at 03:19
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja clutched her tea in one hand as she picked up her woolen cap with the other. She awkwardly pulled it on her head, and it sat crookedly, covering one ear. Pinja hunched over her cup of tea and shivered.
Aalyssa
 Player, 123 posts
Mon 8 Oct 2018
at 02:53
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Are you cold? I can add more wood to the fire."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 426 posts
Mon 8 Oct 2018
at 03:54
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"I don't think it will make much difference." Pinja said, trying to straighten her cap.
Aalyssa
 Player, 124 posts
Mon 8 Oct 2018
at 04:14
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"It's worth making the effort." Aalyssa returned to the hearth and added some wood. Truth be told, she was a bit chilly herself.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 427 posts
Mon 8 Oct 2018
at 04:44
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja knew she would feel cold inside even if it was a hot summer day. But the fire might make Aalyssa feel better so she did not argue. A tear slipped down Pinja's cheek.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 428 posts
Thu 20 Feb 2020
at 05:17
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja glanced out the window. It was getting late but Millie wasn't back yet. Pinja thought she would have been back by now. She nervously fidgeted with her wool cap.
Aalyssa
 Player, 125 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 01:59
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Aalyssa sat quietly doing some needlework.  "Why don't you go to sleep, Pinja?"
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 429 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 02:01
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Millie should have been back by now." Pinja said worriedly.
Aalyssa
 Player, 126 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 02:22
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"She could be helping Sileas, or her family could have asked her to stay for the night. I'm sure they miss her."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 430 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 02:59
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja shook her head and sat up.
"If she has been kidnapped by bad people we wouldn't know."
Aalyssa
 Player, 127 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 03:02
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Pinja," Aalyssa began, setting her needlework to the side. "This keep is crawling with Millie's family. If something had happened, someone would have seen it and set up an alarm. Everything is calm right now."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 431 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 03:26
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
'Her family may be assuming that she is here." Pinja insisted, now standing.
Aalyssa
 Player, 128 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 03:43
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Aalyssa shook her head. "Nearly the entire village is her family. There's no way anything happened that wasn't seen."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 432 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 03:57
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"There are a lot of places bad men can take women without being seen." Pinja insisted.
Aalyssa
 Player, 129 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 04:01
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"I believe you are worrying over nothing."
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 433 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 04:13
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"If something happened to her and I just slept I could never live with myself." Pinja said, stepping behind the changing screen.
Aalyssa
 Player, 130 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 04:25
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Aalyssa blinked in surprise. Was this the catalyst to get Pinja to leave the room. "Would you like me to go with you?"
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 434 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 05:14
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
"Please." Pinja said, shedding her night shift and pulling on a dress.
Aalyssa
 Player, 131 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 05:31
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Aalyssa got to her feet and waited for Pinja.
Pinja Esposito
 Player, 435 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 05:33
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Pinja got dressed quickly. She was clearly scared but she went to the door.
Aalyssa
 Player, 132 posts
Sat 22 Feb 2020
at 03:23
The Keep - Dormitory - Millie's Room
Aalyssa hurried along after her, checking her blade sheathed at her hip.