Tying Down Royalty

Tying Down Royalty 003: Caught by the Guard (tbc)

[Lilei got in to a lot of trouble for her unscheduled park picnic. So naturally she was sneaking out.] -10:07 Apr 13
[Deitrick ] -10:10 Apr 13
Lilei: Lilei didn’t normally do this sort of things. She was not known for trouble or being sneaky. But things were different now. She was no longer in Russia in a finishing school and she was starting to remember her childhood a little bit less like it was unholy warfare with the Prince of Rhineland, but occasionally something she did enjoy. At the very least, she liked having a friend. That was why she spent the entire week watching American spy movies and made a PLAN! And why she was now tip toeing across the lawn of the Rhineland palace to sneak inside. Having spent enough summers there, she knew how to get in through the gates and where all the back doors were. -10:14 Apr 13 Lilei

Unfortunately she was no longer a child know bu the entire guard and begind her there ws the cold metalic click of a gun being laoded, “Hände wo ich sie sehen kann. Schweine.” came the barked command in german. -Deitrick 10:19 Apr 13

Lilei: Her german was a little rusty. "Ich bin harmlos! Princess Lilei Amalia, Armenia!" she squeaked, raising her hands up to show she didn’t have anything with her. …she really, really didn’t. Not even her purse with identification. When you were on a spy missions you weren’t supposed to bring anything but the bare necessities. In hindsight, that was a foolish move. -10:25 Apr 13 Lilei

“Holen Sie sich auf den boden!” two more guards came runnign up and grabbed her wrists and she was in a pair of disposable cuffs in a heartbeat and wrestled to the ground as patted down. “Eindringling erfasst. Ja miene herr… ja ja.” she captain thust him thumb in the direction of the giuard shack and she was licked and they starte arrying her. -Deitrick 10:37 Apr 13

Lilei: They were rough…! She hadn’t really meant to fight with them and struggle, but this was too rough and it was scary. Who she was should have been obvious, she was a frequent visitor – or at least had been – and wasn’t nice! "Das genügt! Duk’ karogh yek’ t’uyl tvek’ gnal hima!" her German switched to Armenian as she fussed. Would they put her in a dungeon to wait? There were spiders in there! -10:44 Apr 13 Lilei
Deitrick: "That’s far enough." Deitrick’s voice sounded from behind the girl. "Should have know it was you… let her go…" the cuffs were removed and she was released. "Lilie… you can use the front door you know…" -10:49 Apr 13 Deitrick
Lilei: "Deitrick." She rushed to him as soon as she was loose, throwing her arms around his waist and clinging with her face buried against his chest. She could have ended up in a cell and forgotten and her only friends would have been spiders and criminals. Once she realized how silly and childish that whole train of thought was, and worse her clinging, she released him. Very primly she smoothed her dress and dusted off the bits of dirt and grass and tried to look like she hadn’t about to burst in to tears. "Your guard doesn’t know the difference between a harmless girl and a terrorist." -10:53 Apr 13 Lilei
Deitrick: "My guards are trained not to let ANYONE is, Lilie, thay’re doing thier jobs. Good thing i heard the while thing over the radio." she put an arm around ehr shoulders and started walkign towards hte palace. "Somethign hot to drink?" -10:59 Apr 13 Deitrick
Lilei: "Would I have gone to prison?" How excessive and scary! She stepped closer to him casting a frownie look at the guards as they left. "Tea would be lovely. Will you have dinner with me?" In order to sneak her way out, she had to feign being too ill to show up for dinner. It also gave a perfect excuse for spending time with Deitrick without him thinking she liked him. -11:03 Apr 13 Lilei
Deitrick: "You would have been put in the guard shack until you identity could be confirmed which would imvolve a call to your parents… then they would probably come and pick you up…" he opened a side enterance for her before following her in. "And where do you want to have dinner?" -11:06 Apr 13 Deitrick
Lilei: "Hmm. They left the country yesterday, they would not have been able to fetch me." It would have taken several days for them to come back and she would have to stay in a little shack waiting the entire time? "We will eat here. Here is well guarded – as I have just discovered – and I am not allowed to see you." It was nice to see his home again. A place familiar that she was fond of. Lilei stopped in the hall to glance at some paintings. "We can still sneak things from the kitchens?" -11:11 Apr 13 Lilei
Deitrick: "No… we’ve had to step up security but I’ll… tell the guard to let you in if they see you. Just have your ID on you." he sook her to the right to the kitchens they had just been talkign about and sat down at a small table set out like a cafe. "Two mugs of tea." he called out to the ever-present staff. -11:22 Apr 13 Deitrick
Lilei: Lilei sat gracefully, although now she felt a little roughed up. She was still plucking peices of grass from her dress and she had to reach up and smooth her hair back in place. "Why must there be stricter security? Is something amiss in Rhineland?" She shifted in her seat again, plucking a twig from her rear and setting that on the table. Lilei frowned slightly. "Is it my fault? I did not think our picnic would have cause such a stir, but then my father’s vizier has said I am not to speak to you." -11:30 Apr 13 Lilei
Deitrick: "Vizier sounds so evil…" he laughed. "And no… it happened a while ago. Just have to be careful… if a couple kids can sneak in and out then there’s omething wrong that needs to be fixed. It’s just whe way things are…" it was almost like she hadn’t grown up at all. "Unlike you my parents knew I was going to the park." -11:34 Apr 13 Deitrick
Lilei: "You are allowed to come and go as you please without five men following you around every corner." she sounded exasperated about it, but he laughed and it made her smile. Lilei leaned forward, resting her arms on the table. "I wanted to see you without someone lurking and listening to everything we talk about. We still have secrets." -11:41 Apr 13 Lilei
Deitrick: "then once we have out tea I’ll give the staff an hour off and we’ll just sit here?" he asked givign her a smile. "Good to know you don’t think of me as that srinky mean bow who did.. stuff… I don’t even remember…" -11:48 Apr 13 Deitrick
Lilei: "You will hurt my feelings. How can you not remember everything? I do!" He certainly was not like the boy she remembered. At least not entirely. He was grown and experience. Where she was… very much the same. "We will not sit. We will go to my favorite room! I want to see if my treasure box is still hidden there. Then maybe you will remember a little more?" -11:51 Apr 13 Lilei
Deitrick: "And which is your favorite room?" treasure box? He wracked his memories wrying to think of what she could mean. Was there really something of hers hidden in the palace for all this time? "Okay we’ll take out tea upstairs then?" -11:57 Apr 13 Deitrick
Lilei: "Yes!" Lilei hopped out of seat, showing more excitement than was appropriate for a young woman. She grabbed his hand, and if that tea was to follow she must have expected it to fly by itself or servants to magically know what they needed, because she was already tugging him up from his chair to pull him down the hallway. "My room was always the Lilac room thas has the pettiest shimmery wallpaper and the dark velvety curtains." -12:02 Apr 14 Lilei
Deitrick: "Bring the tea to the Lilac Room." he shoulder behind himself as he was pulled comedically from the room to the gilggling of the servants. He knew the wallpaper had been redone since then and hoped she wouldn’t be toooo disappointed even though it had been given the best matching wallpaper available, meaning the ariginal plant has been reopened just for a special order of identical wallpaper. -12:09 Apr 14 Deitrick
Lilei: Lilei knew exactly where to go, after so many frequent summer visits. Up the stairs and down the west wing, three doors and there it was. She pushed in to the room, tugging Deitrick with her and didn’t let go until she was by the bed. Lilei dropped to the floor and crawled under it. The squeeze was a tiny bit tighter now, but she hadn’t grown by too much. All that were seen now were her feet kicking back and forth. "I knew it was still here!" came her muffled exclamation from under the bed. -12:15 Apr 14 Lilei
Deitrick: Once he was free her folded his arms and shook his head. "And what is there, exactly, that replacing the carpets didn’t turn up?" it had to be in the bed itself or somethign to be missed. The room hadn’t really ben used since she had been here. "Come out here and we’ll see." he sat on the bed and flopped down. He was curious in spite of himself and the fact that she really shouldn’t be here. -12:24 Apr 14 Deitrick
Lilei: There was a thump and an omph suggesting where he sat might have been near the location of her fumbling. But soon she was scooting back out again, little bits of dust bunnies in her hair and a small jewelry box in her hands. Lilei plopped on the bed next to him, opening up the lid to rummage inside. "Ahmm, this was yours." She plucked out a tiny little soldier figure and held it in her palm for him. "But I cannot remember if I stole it or if you gave it to me. But it went in the treasure box with all of my other treasure." -12:29 Apr 14 Lilei
Deitrick: "Hey I rememebr him… I had hundreds of those guys, the entire 2nd batallion from the war, every man, evert gun, every car, truck, tent, bed, table and chair represented… honder where the otehrs are…" -12:51 Apr 14 Deitrick
Lilei: "I do not know, but this one stayed with me and protected my bed." She shuffled things in the box around. There was some fake plastic jewelry, marbles, and a few rocks. A barrent really loved and… Lilei giggle! She plucked out a tiny Valentine card with terribly scribbled ‘To Lilie frum Deitrick’ and handed it to him. "I got mad at you for spelling my name wrong, but I saved it anyway." -12:58 Apr 14 Lilei
[(Timeout) Lilei was sacrificed to the gods of Roleplay by a vicious tribe of rampaging plot bunnies.] -03:33 Apr 15
[(Timeout) Deitrick got too distracted for their own good…] -03:33 Apr 15
[Chat Cleared by: System::Timeout (No Users)] -03:33 Apr 15
[Deitrick is starign at the cieling.] -03:48 Apr 15
[Lilei is sharing her box with Deitrick!] -03:48 Apr 15
Deitrick: "You’re lucky I didn’t spell it L-I-L-L-Y." he said looking over at her haul. "Or L-I-L-L-A-Y…" he reached out to snatch the card away and the corner of his mouth turned into a frown. It was kinda emabrresing. "Wait… you never opened the sealed bit of the card?" he tapped the flap that contained the present be had picked out for ehr so long ago. "I don’t even rememebr what’s in here…" -03:52 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: Lilei shook her head. "I was livid." she mumbled a bit sheepishly. Of course it was ridiculous now to have been so mad about something so trivial, but that was the nature of little girls! "It was important, though, and went in to my treasure. I must have thought to open it later but never remembered to…" Now it really WAS a treasure box with a surprise! Lilei plucked it back out of his hands using a nail to break open the seal. Then paused. "…I am afraid to look! It wasn’t a spider was it?" -04:00 Apr 15 Lilei
Deitrick: He rolled his eyes. "No, it wasn’t a spider. I was nice sometimes you know." what it really was was a tigers eye silver necklace. "Sorry I couldn’t spell when I was eight… " -04:03 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: She laughed softly. "A prince really should have spelled better." Oooh… hen she tipped the envelope over and the small chain fell in to her palm, she was surprised! So pretty and so delicate, and she couldn’t fathom how a little boy would pick such a thing out. Especially one that was so wicked most of the time. "Deitrick…" Now she was going to cry! Squealching it with a huff, she turned to lean and planted a kiss on his cheek. "I should have opened it then. -04:08 Apr 15 Lilei
Deitrick: He froze for a moment and then grinned, rubbing his cheek. "If you did then you wouldn’t now and you wouldn’t have just kissed me cheek so ar’t you happier no to have and that you got to see it for the first time right now? -04:13 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: "I admit it is nice to find an unexpected treasure when I had only meant to come and spend time with you." The was a small bit of fumbling with the clasp, but soon it was situated neatly around her neck. She brushed her fingers over the stone, pleased and… still surprised! She kept reliving these moments she had thought were awful, but found there was something more to it. Stolen mistletoe kisses and now a very sweet gift. "I think you are blushing Deitrick!" she chirped, trying tease him before she ended up blushing herself. -04:22 Apr 15 Lilei
Deitrick: "I never blush." he said raising his eyebrow at the ceiling as he looked away. "I’m just happy you like it. I think my mom helped me pick it out… she thought it was cute I wanted to give you something nice and you havn’t changed at all." -04:29 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: "You never blush, you never drink, you never date, you never go on picnics or dance in the rain. That is a lot of nevers." Lilei set the card back in to the box, along with the toy soldier. They belonged in her treasure. Then she set the box aside and pulled her legs up on the bed and was gently poking him in the side. "Have I really not changed at all? I thought I was at least a little taller." -04:35 Apr 15 Lilei
Deitrick: "Physically you’re diferent." he said rolling onto his tide and taking her hand. "But inside you’re still tha same old, quirky, sheltered, afraid of spiders, cute, cuddly little girl." -04:40 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: "I am not cute and cuddly." she protested with a frown. "I am an intimidating Armenian Princess. When I enter a room, all of the men quake with fear!" Lilei had no idea that was actually the fault of her very protective imposing father. She was certain it was her. The rest might have been true though. She held his hand up so she could press her palm against it and compare the size. His fingers were a great deal longer than hers. "When did you become so serious and responsible." -04:44 Apr 15 Lilei
Deitrick: He shrugged. "When I grew up I guess…" he said with a sigh. "My parents… taught me the dangers of being a figurehead for a constitutional monarchy. I went through military training… you know… life stuff. Didn’t you go through hard things in Russia?" -04:48 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: She shook her head. "It was just a finishing school for girls. Extended education to finish college, followed by political protocol and etiquette. There was just endless studying." Lilei shifted so she could lay down with him. Keeping his hand so she could study his fingernails. "They felt it was better for me to be elsewhere." she mumbled, a sad sort of look falling over her features. "You are lucky your parents wanted you nearby. I liked them." -04:54 Apr 15 Lilei
[(Timeout) Deitrick was sacrificed to the roleplay gods by a tribe of wild newbies.] -05:27 Apr 15
[Deitrick ] -05:29 Apr 15
Deitrick: "Lucky…?" he asked rolling his eyes. "Yeah… look what it’s done to me. You’re still the same person and I’m so different. You said so yourself. I think you’re the lucky one to still remember what actual fun is like." -05:30 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: "Deitrick." she said gravely. "You need to dance." Lilei moved suddenly, climbing over him and off the bed so she could hop across the room. It was in a different place now, but there was still the old turn table tucked away there. She flipped through the tiny collection of records until she found her favorite. Something soft and pretty, An older production of music their mothers had once danced to in some ballet before they were born. "There!" She returned to the bed to grab his hands and tug at him. "Up and dance with me. You at least remember how to dance?" -05:36 Apr 15 Lilei
Deitrick: Instead of getting up to pulled her down and then kicked off his shoes to slide up and half curl on the covers. "I don’t dance outside of fundraising, and you can’t move a pronce once he’s confortable and I’m confortable." he smiled. "You never could move me once I was a rock. I’m a rock. I am stone, you can’t move me. -05:43 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: "I am bigger and stronger now Deitrick, and more stubborn than you!" Lilei was up to the challenge. She look positively ferocious tugging off her shoes show she wouldn’t get dust in the covers, pouncing on him to grab his arms and puuuuuuull! When that completely failed, she took to unfair war tactics and tickled him. -05:48 Apr 15 Lilei
Deitrick: That caught him by surprise and he shot backwards, tumbling off of the bed. The table shifted as his head cracked against it and an enty vase fell off, bouncing twice but not breaking. "Ow…" he complained foldg his arms and staying right where he was. She STILL wouldn’t move him. -05:50 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: "Oh!" she winced. It wouldn’t matter how old she was, nearly breaking things – heads or vases – was always going to make her feel bad. Lilei scrambled to put the vase back on the table. And there he was sitting there on the floor with that stubborn look, being a rock. She bit her bottom lip trying not to laugh, then knelt on the floor. "Did you give yourself another scar to go with that rifle one?" she asked, running her fingers through his hair to just and be sure he wasn’t bleeding. -05:55 Apr 15 Lilei
Deitrick: "Just a braise.’ he said takign her hand and holding onto it to pull her down to the floor and pin her against him. "I’m a tough boy, remember? Been through soldiering and everything." -06:21 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: She giggled and swatted, squirming to grab his head just so she could make DOUBLE sure there were no injuries. "Yes but I can’t have you lose braincells and then forget my name all together?" Nothing seemed to be amiss, but his hair WAS rather soft and nice for a soldier prince. -06:26 Apr 15 Lilei
Deitrick: "Thank you… whomever you are…" he mumbled putposfully letting his head roll back and blinking rapidly. "Who am I…? Helllo…? Anyone there…?" -06:41 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: "Deitrick! I’m Lilei." He probably did give himself a concussion, and for a split second she was terrified! Tugging his face back to hers as she worriedly examined his eyes. "…you’re lying!" she fussed and frown deeply, giving his shoulder a swat. "That’s not funny, you could have actually hurt something!" -06:46 Apr 15 Lilei
Deitrick: "Not lying, teasing, it’s meant to be fun for both of us." he said tugging on her arm. "boooooooth of us. huh guess that’s why you alwasy thought i was so mean." he sat up and lenaed against the bed, pulling his knees up to his chest. "Only thing I hurt was my pride… tickled by a Lilei… how will i live that down?" -06:49 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: Lilei huffed. Teasing her. Well… maybe she was still a bit bad at recognizing jokes and teasing when it turned on her. Lilei pounced, throwing her arms around his neck and burying her face there. Her voice came out muffled. "I’m sorry Deitrick. I really thought you were always being mean to me and you hated me." -06:53 Apr 15 Lilei
Deitrick: "Liiiilei… you were my best friend… why would I hate you?" her put his arms around her and cradled her, extending his legs to let her sit in him lap. "You don’t have to apologize, it was ages ago… and maybe I should apologize for not making it clearer it was leant to be fun." -06:56 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: "I didn’t understand. A lot of it was fun. I wouldn’t have saved so many of your things otherwise. I have a lot of good memories." Even more than she had thought. They had just been locked away somewhere she didn’t want to look. She pulled away frowning sheepishly."I thought everyone hated me, just a little. Why else would I get sent to Russia." -07:02 Apr 15 Lilei
Deitrick: He looked her right in the eyes. "Maybe your parents just wanted the best for you." he reached out to hun a hand through her hair. "Things arn’t alwasy easy in a palace and your parents still rule and one day you might rule too, so they might be too bust to teach you proper statecraft to they sent you to where you could learn. Ever think of it that way?" -07:04 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: She shook her head softly. "I hadn’t thought of it like that." Lilei still wasn’t so sure, but he was being sweet and it made her smile, just a bit. She tapped his chin with a finger. "I was your best friend, Deitrick? Even above General Croaker?" -07:12 Apr 15 Lilei
Deitrick: "You’re bringing my pet frog into this? Lilei… Of course you were a better friend than a pet frog, why would you even need to ask that. I only got mad that one time because he needed that heat lamp to survive the winter." -07:13 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: "It is a legitimate question!" she fussed, curling to bury her face at his neck again. How embarassing to know she had hissy fit after hissy fit, when all the while Deitrick was her only and best friend? If he didn’t hate her, he should have! "And I never wrote to you or spoke to you for all of those years. It is no wonder you so serious and never have any fun now…" -07:17 Apr 15 Lilei
Deitrick: "So now i never have fun?" he sighed. "One: I have fun. Two: You can’t blame yourself for everything, okay? We had our different lives… just don’t do it again. -07:24 Apr 15 Deitrick
Lilei: She grinned, nuzzling against his neck. He smelled really nice and it was comfortable sitting like this, on his lap on the floor. Maybe she was a cuddly princess. "I will be sure to call you every day, no matter what timezone I am in." -07:28 Apr 15 Lilei
Tying Down Royalty

Tying Down Royalty 002: Rhineland Park

[Deitrick has the car and a basket waiting. No ancohol though, he doesn’t brink outside of fundraisers and even then only a little.] -09:18 Oct 23
[Lilei is being sneaky. She has snuck out of her suite like a professional spy with the help of her assistant, and not a single guard knows! And especially not her parents!] -09:19 Oct 23
Lilei: Thus, Lilei was a little breathless when she was skipping out of the hotel lobby and hopping down the steps in a small rush. The quicker she snuck away, the less likely she was going to get caught! Once she stopped on the sidewalk she paused to fix her shoes and smooth out the skirt of her sundress. She was still wearing a tiara too, something small and simple but still a little strange. As she simply didn’t realize it -was- strange. -09:22 Oct 23
Deitrick: He baved at her from the front eat of the convertable and gestured for her to hurry. He could guess she wasn’t allowed out and he didn’t want her getting caught. He was dressed in jeans and a long slieved shirt and wondered why she chose the outfit she had, still there was no going back to change now. -09:26 Oct 23
Lilei: Lilei was giggling when she slipped in to the car and pulled on her seatbelt. Leaning to check out the window and see if anyone was going to give chase or not. Then she was looking at him with surprise and interest. "No driver? You can drive yourself, then!" -09:27 Oct 23
Deitrick: "Yes…" he said as if there was no reason why hea couldn’t, there was however a pistol strapped yo his hip as he put the car in gear and pulled away before anyone saw them. "Why the tiara?" there were a few things questionable about her outfit but that was the most glaring. "You look all too much liek a runaway beauty queen." -09:30 Oct 23
Lilei: Her hand rose up to her head in question. She made sure to pick the most casual one for a simple day at the park. "Because I am a Princess. Is it strange to wear one…?" Lilei looked down at her dress too, smoothing out the fabric over her knees. The dress didn’t seem so unsual either, she thought it looked very cute. -09:34 Oct 23
Deitrick: "Yes it is actually." he said with a slight laught. "These days when princes and princesses go out they tend to try and dress like everyone else." he was grinning though and glancing at her. "You light want to put that in the basket, or preople may try and steal it." Everyhting else is fine though, so long as you can walk in thos shoes on soft ground. And if you can’t I’ll carry you." -09:38 Oct 23
Lilei: "Oh… Well that seems silly, why would anyone want to steal a tiara?" Lilei pulled it off, running her fingers through her dark hair to fix it back in place. She admired the shininess of it for a moment before she was turning to tuck the tiara in the basket. …taking the opportunity to snoop through it while she did. "The heels are very short, so I’ll be fine. I never could walk in the tall ones, I’m not sure how my mother accompishes it." -09:47 Oct 23
Deitrick: "Because it’s worth money, and not everyone has a not of it, which is why I do what I do." he stole another glance at her and snook his head slightly. "Don’t start eating yet, we’re not even at the park. I wonder if you’ll see al the changes that have happened." They were getting closer, all of the old royal grounds were in the same part of the city, which made getting detween them much easier. -09:50 Oct 23
Lilei: Lilei pouted a bit but left the basket alone. Then it was back to leaning and looking out the window, that excited look across her face. "It’s been such a long time since I’ve been in Rhineland! I haven’t seen the park since we were small. Are there really a lot of changes? I don’t know why anything would be changed, though, it was beautiful as it was!" -09:54 Oct 23
Deitrick: "Becausr there are a lot more visitors there now, more than the odd royal family outing. It’s become a symol for our country and… theres a hot dog standd. I’ll buy you one." -09:57 Oct 23
Lilei: She grinned at him, now taking interest in his driving itself. Her parents loved cars and driving but she never quite got that fascination with cars. Watching him control the wheel, though was interesting. "Are we going to talk politics today, Deitrick? When we last talked of politics we were arguing about castle space and stolen pillows…" -10:01 Oct 23
Deitrick: "I don’t do politics." he said. "I’m not allowed byt the new constitution." he glandes at her. "But I have a planket and cussions for both of us so you don’t need to worry about that. Oh do you remember General Croaker?" Croaker had been a frog he had terrorised her with after frndin in the pond on the park, be had made it an official general of the Rhineland military, or so he had claimed. -10:04 Oct 23
Lilei: "Ugh…!" Lilei groaned. Of course she did! He chased her around so much with it, she had started crying! "I was so afraid of frogs for the longest time! I didn’t get over it until someone told me the Princess and Frog story, then I kind of liked them…" -10:08 Oct 23
[Deitrick ] -10:09 Oct 23
Deitrick: "You’d never heard that story?" he asked. "Maybe if he meet him again you should give him a kiss." he chuckled and pulled into the street with the park enterence and slowed the car. "After all you still han’t found your prince charming." -10:11 Oct 23
Lilei: "I am not going to kiss a frog, I don’t care how much you dare me to!" She leaned to look out the window again. Oooh… a lot of the trees were bigger and there were new gardens added too. She was clapping softly. "I’ve been so busy in private school, I haven’t met many princes. Did you know that they don’t have any royal family in Russia any more?" -10:15 Oct 23
Deitrick: "Yes I did." he said pulling intot he parking lot and flipping the switch that made the roof fold closed and he opened his door pulling the basket from the back seat and steppingh out. Hardly anyone was here this early and patrols were already out. It was as alone as they were going to get here without him closing the park to visitors. -10:19 Oct 23
Lilei: Lilei was out of the car and skipped in the grass a bit. Taking a deep breath, she gave a happy sigh. She could smell the Rhine nearby and the breeze was cool with a hint of rain. Lilei loved that smell! She paused for a moment, eyeing him curiously again. "Are you carrying a gun, Deitrick?" -10:23 Oct 23
[(Timeout) Deitrick has timed out.] -10:42 Oct 23
Deitrick: "Yes." he said. "I always do unless I’m at a function." he looked at her wondering is that upset her. "Don’t worry I have training, the same training my dad got." he walked into the path and started heading towards the stand where the hot dogs were being warmed up. "Come on, choose your toppings." -10:46 Oct 23
Lilei: "Can I see it?" Beckett never let her touch his guns, and she was pretty sure Beckett had a dozen of them hidden in his suit. Lilei grinned wide at the vendor, only asking for the ground mustard and the kraut. -10:51 Oct 23
Deitrick: "No.. I can’t let anyone without proper training take it. They’re dangerous. I’ll let you look once we’re sitting and I’ve unloaded it properly. Hows that?" he puts wanted mustard on his, it was better witout anything fancy. -11:03 Oct 23
Lilei: "That’s not really saying No, then, is it." Lilei looked a little smug, rocking on her heels with her hands clasped behind her back, up until she was giving food. Then all of her focus was on taking a bite and giving another happy sigh. It must have been a long time since she had a hot dog too! "Come on, I’ll pick the perfect place!" -11:05 Oct 23
Deitrick: "It’s a compromise." he said following after her. He has ahd a spot picked out but if she wanted to find one in her day of freedom he wasn’t going to stop her. Moving to keep up we was glad he was wearing comfortable shoesm and that there was an umbrella sticking out of the basket. -11:11 Oct 23
Lilei: Things [i]had[/i -11:12 Oct 23
Lilei: Things had changed a lot. New flowers and new trails. Lilei got a little turned around at some point, but she loved walking through the park so much that she really didn’t mind. Ever so often she would stop to admire some of the gardens or laugh and point out some squirells running in trees. She was hunting for that perfect place, though… and when she found it she was running for it. "Heeeere we go! I remember this spot! We climb up this tree and I got stuck up there and Daddy had to climb up and get me down… And YOU spent the whole time laughing and saying the birds were going to carry me off!" -11:15 Oct 23
Deitrick: "They wouldn’t stop tweetign at you." he said catching up. "I think you were close to their nest." he looked at the spot next to the tree pulled the blanket out of the basket to spread it over the ground to place the basket in the center. "I still think this spot has the best view of the pond." -11:20 Oct 23
Lilei: "I might try climbing it again, I’m a little taller now." Lilei kicked off her shoes before she stepped on to the blanket and sat down. A very smooth, ladylike motion for someone that was chewing on a hot dog. "I do like this spot, it was one of my favorites. We could tell exactly where all of the ducks were…" -11:25 Oct 23
Deitrick: "They are not here this time of year." he said almost sadly looking out over the pond. "But I did bring you you favorite juice." he opened the basket and pushed it towards her to let her have her way with it as he started on his hot dog. "Just remember though, you’re in a dress and if you have an accident things might become visible." -11:29 Oct 23
Lilei: "Deitrick!" Oooh, she swatted at him with one hand. Even if he did bring her favorite juice. …he was apparently just as wicked as ever! She pulled out the juice and gave him a prim sort of look before sticking her tongue out at him. "I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of panties anyway. You shouldn’t be thinking about mine!" -11:32 Oct 23
Deitrick: "No, I haven’t." he said pulling out two plastic glasses adn setting them out before looking out over the pond again. "I think I told you this last night, I don’t date." -11:34 Oct 23
Lilei: "You did… but I still find it a little unbelievable, I suppose." Lilei popped that last bite in her mouth so now she had both hands for pouring juice. No spilling. And she made sure to finish chewing before talking again. "Though I understand being too busy with other things. It seems strange, is all, you seemed to like being around people a lot." -11:39 Oct 23
Deitrick: "I do, but that doesn’t mean I want to date any of them." he said. "No one has ever seemed like the right person." he shrugged. "Not like it matters, I can be happy without anyone." -11:43 Oct 23
Lilei: Lilei stared him down for a moment. Then offered him one of the cups. "That’s ridiculous. And pessimistic! Now that my schooling is over and I get to travel and meet people, I want to have a romance. I’ll meet them and it will be one of those stand-still love at first sight moments!" -11:47 Oct 23
Deitrick: "I don’t believe in those." he said. "I’ve looked in the faces of hundreds of people, some of them were interested in me but I’ve never felt anything. Maybe I’m just always the best man and never the groom." he took a gulp from his cup and then sighed. "If you fond someone though, I’m sure you’d be very happy. Even if your father would kill them." -11:54 Oct 23
Lilei: "That just means I have to meet someone my father won’t kill. Maybe someone with a bigger army than his…" Lilei gave that some thought. "…or a secret agent. And why are you so fussy about love at first sight? You mother told me an adorable story about her and your father! I always thought it was really sweet." She sipped from her cup before it was abandoned and she was getting up to cross the grass and wade in to the pond water. It was cold, but nice! -11:58 Oct 23
Deitrick: What was she…? "Lilie, you can’t…" he rushed to the edge and looked at her. "You’re going to slip you know that. It won’t be the first time." he has glad toake any opotunity to change the subject… "If I come in after you I’ll get my pants and gun wet too." t -12:04 Oct 24
Lilei: "I am a grown woman, I can wade in a pond without accidents!" Lilei stuck her tongue out at him, and out of spite kicked a bit of water in his direction, She missed, but it served it’s purpose! "Besides, I can swim better now. …Oh right, I wanted you to show me your gun!" Hmm, after she was done showing him she wasn’t going to slip. Lilei deliberately waded around a bit more at least far enough so she could grab some of the floating flowers! -12:09 Oct 24
Deitrick: He sat on the grass on the bank and watched. "Grown women don’t generally wade in ponds and wear tiaras." he retorted. "You havn’t really changed a bit, have you?" -12:16 Oct 24
Lilei: "I don’t think getting older means you have to stop enjoying playing… And Princesses wear tiaras! That isn’t so strange! Eee..~!" She nearly slipped that time, but regained her balance. There was that prim look again as she smoothed out her dress and went back to trying to collect flowers without wading too far. "You have though." she paused to think it over. "I think it’s your voice…" -12:20 Oct 24
Deitrick: "Boy’s voice change when they get older. It’s part of puberty." he called. "Come back out Lilie, you haven’t even seen what I brought to eat." he was shaking his head, standing, and rolling up his pants legs. "Fine I’m coming in to get you." -12:23 Oct 24
Lilei: "You’ll get your pants wet, Deitrick…!" she chimed with a sing-song, melody. Lilei called his bluff, though. Resting her hands on her hips and backing a few more paces deeper in to the water. "I bet you’ll slip." -12:26 Oct 24
Deitrick: He had his jeans rolled up to above his kneesand was wading out doublechecking his footing with every step and watching the rpogress of the water up his legs. "I’m not going to slip, but you’re staying out there just to tease me and i’ll carry you back to shore if I have to." -12:32 Oct 24
Lilei: "You thought I was going to fall in, who is right now, Prince Deitrick!" Lilei laughed and once he was stepping in to the pond, she was kicking water at him again. She nearly slipped again, but she was definitely more balanced these days! -12:36 Oct 24
Deitrick: He groaned. "No Lilie I didn’t mean you would I just wanted you to be careful. Fine.. You have fun I’ll go eat. You really havn’t changed one bit." He turned and waved his arms to balance before he started heading back towards shore, there would be fish nibbling at their feet too. Why did she even come out here?" -12:41 Oct 24
Lilei: Lilei laughed again in triumph! A battle won. Not that it was a battle… he never did handle teasing well. He could hassle her till dawn, but he made such a fuss when she gave him a hard time. "All right, I was just pl-eep…!" Lilei was following him out, at least until she nearly tripped forward. It was a clumsy display of staying on her feet and hopping in place until she got her balance again. "I am stuck…! " She had vague memories of him scaring her with stories of Rhine creatures… but that would be silly! -12:46 Oct 24
Deitrick: "No you’re not." he said without looking. "I’m not coming back out there." he stopped and turned on the spot then sighed wading back out and holding out both arms for ehr to take hold of. "I must be the biggest sucker there is, come on we should set you out of here before the fish start nibbling again." -12:49 Oct 24
Lilei: "I am not trying to trick you! ….this time!" she huffed. Lilei took his hands, then it was another awkward, clumbsy attempt at balancing and pulling her foot away from whatever it was tangled in. Once it finally snapped loose, she was stumbling forward and colliding with him in a squeal! -12:52 Oct 24
Deitrick: He caght her and stmbled but kept his footing and then righted her. "There, you’re fine, now are we going to have something to eat?" he voice was soft and caring, a tone he very rarely used. -01:03 Oct 24
Lilei: Lilei nodded. That was a fun display of ridiculousness. And that soft tone was new, not something she had heard from him before and now for some reason she was flushing. She quickly broke away to scurry back to the grass. "What did you bring, besides my favorite juice..!" -01:07 Oct 24
Deitrick: "Those chocolate covered nuts you always used to buy at every opotunity. Bread, cheese, ham, tomato, onion, gherkins, olives, crackes, creme cheese… picknic things." -01:10 Oct 24
Lilei: Lilei surpressed that yelp of joy, knowing her favorite nuts were in there. There was a special kind she only ever found in Rhineland, and that really was a treat! She dropped on to her knees on the blanket, digging in to the basket to find them. A few were popped in to her mouth and she paused when it felt like something was dripping on her. She was going to fuss at him for splashing her when she realized it was coming from the sky. "Rain…!" she was laughing again! -01:20 Oct 24
Deitrick: He deftly reached down to pluck the umbrella from the basket and open it to hold it above both of them and looke around picking up the basket. "Grab the blanket, we’ll head for the Gazebo. It will be just like that time we snuck out together to try and sleep out there." he picked up his shoes with his other hand and waited for her. How could she have changed so little? -01:26 Oct 24
Lilei: She snatched up the blanket, and their cups… and nearly forgot her own shoes before having to dash back to grab those too. "I think all we packed was a pillow and a bag of marshmallows. We really didn’t give that one too much thought!" Lilei had no problem skipping through the rain, spending most of of the time grinning and giggling about it. They must have reached the gazebo with perfect timing, though as a crack of lighting was followed by the sound of thunder. Her giggling insantly ceased! -01:31 Oct 24
Deitrick: He placed the basket and his shoes down and folded the umbrella up and placed it down. "You are the happiest person I have ever seen." he said. "Wearing a tiara all the time suits you. You’re like some sort of farie skipping everywhere." he didn’t mind the lightning, what he did mind was her sudden change od expression, so he grabbed the blabket from herm stood next to her and pulld the blanket around both of them befrore pulling her down to sit. "Se what do you want to eat?" -01:35 Oct 24
Lilei: "I am.." it’s like it completely unsettled her for a moment. But after a second she was grinning at him again. "Cheese and crackers would be good… with olives!" When she spotted another flash of lightning, this time she was ready for it! Lilei only held her breath and flinched, then it was right back to pulling the blanket tighter around her and reaching for the basket. "I have a very nice life and I appreciate it. I like to be happy and not take it for granted." -01:41 Oct 24
Deitrick: He shook his head. Somewhere in life it eemed people started worrying and stopped living. Not her though. He lifted the packet of nuts out of the basket and put it in her hand while he got out a board and crackers, butter, cheese, and olives, then thought for a second and got out capers and cream cheese for himself then he got out a knife and got to work. "I always thought you would be married and have a child. You seemed like you could take care of one very well." he pushed a few cracked towards her on the board. "But then we wouldn’t eb here." -01:48 Oct 24
Lilei: She laughed, picking up one of the crackers to nibble on. "I will be one day! I guess I am a little late compared to most people. But my father seems to think all men in the world are evil. Moma says it’s because he was as a young man." Another crack of lightning and she was scooting closer to him, turning her head to rest her forehead against his arm. This was crazy, she’d end up hiding under the blanket at this rate and then he was -really- going to think she never grew up. -01:54 Oct 24
Deitrick: He kept mankign more, moxign the ingedients until most of the board was full of crackers, then he stopped and sat up looking at her. "Still don’t like thunder?" he asked. He was remonded of the time he had woken up to her trying to sneak under his blanket in the palace during a bad storm when her parents were out on a yatch cruise and she was in Rhineland. "You don’t habe to worry, everything around here is perfectly grounded. -02:03 Oct 24
[Lilei is out without permission and keepers! ] -02:05 Jul 17
[Deitrick is eneabling escaping princesses.] -02:05 Jul 17
Lilei: "I grew out of it, I swear I did. All little girls are afraid of thunder." Lilei stole a bit of the crackers and cheese, nibbling on that as she gave a haughty, completely not scared expression. Of course that was gone in a second when there was another boom and she cringed. At least this time she laughed, hiding her face against his arm. "…and maybe still a little bit nervous! It’s the noise, really. Every time I hear it, it reminds me of that day someone tried to shoot my father at his speech. I guess it’s a bit stupid." -02:11 Jul 17
Deitrick: He looked down. "I don’t think it is." he said turning his head to look at her. The he was picking up a cracker with cheese and a scrap of pickled onion on it and putting the entire thing into his mouth. "But thunder isn’t anything to be scared of… butif you really need my arm then I guess we have enough crackers to last us for a bit." he gave her what he hoped was a comforting smile before speaking again. "So long as you’re enjoying yourself in spite of it… what does it matter?" -02:20 Jul 17
Lilei: Lilei watched him for a moment, her mouth turning to a slow grin. "Why, Deitrick, you don’t sound at all like a wicked boy any more. You are almost sweet even. Makes me wonder if you are even the real Deitrick or if you were kidnapped by rebels and had something implanted in your brains." And as if she might really believe it, she was reaching up a hand to brush at his hair and see if there were surgery stitches somewhere at the base of his skull. -02:26 Jul 17
Deitrick: "No, nothing like that, I just grew up." he said. "I own a razor and everything. Want to see my drivers licence?" he smiled and shook his head. Maybe his concieled carry permit would be more impressive but Lilei hadn’t seemed to have grown up at all and was afraid of thunder and probably guns too… "To you can pick through my hair like a chimp all you want but all you’ll find is a scar from when I was in guard training." -02:31 Jul 17
Lilei: "Yes! Show me your driver’s lisence!" Lilei was still impressed he could drive himself. She certainly couldn’t. A car and driver was always provided, which Lilei had always thought was a little silly seeing as both her parents very much enjoyed driving their shiny cars. For the moment, though, she was sifting through his hair looking for that scar out of spite. "Why did you have the guard training? Did you not trust them to take care of you? Were you spying?" -02:37 Jul 17
Deitrick: He pulled his walled out of his pocled, flipped it open and produced the licence. "No, I just… wanted to be able to take care of myself if anything happened, like my dad did." he said. "Above the right ear… looks like a crecent moon since it was hit with a rifle butt." at this rate he was going to end up with his head in her lap! -02:41 Jul 17
Lilei: "Your parents are very romantic. I always love when Her Majesty Yvaine tells me about their story. Oh Deitrick, this picture looks awful… you look so grumpy." So many things went on a lisence. Her curiosity on that front was sated, and too was her interest in his scar. Once she had a good look, Lilei smoothed his hair back in to place. "I went to a finishing school in Russia and it was very interesting! Mind you, it was mostly manners and politics and laws and customs. Do you think your father would let me sneak in to his guard too?" -02:48 Jul 17
Deitrick: "I had a neutral expresion, that is the law." he said snatching it back. "And no, all people in the guard are screened, so it would be impossible just to show up and expect no one to notice, and you’re a woman, and foriegn royalty in military trainign here is not a good idea. You also need special forces training before you can even start… and you probably wouldn’t enjoy it. Lots of mud and gunshots." -02:56 Jul 17
Lilei: "What is wrong with being a woman? There are lots of women in military training!" The rest, at least, Lilei completely understood. There were rules and education for these sorts of things, of course it would be silly for her to just show up. "And I am not afraid of mud! Entirely thanks to you even. You would always shove me in puddles and get it all in my hair. Did you know that people actually pay for mud baths? They could roll around out in the rain for free, it’s so silly." Speaking of rain, there didn’t seem to be any more thunder, if her lack of cringing was to mean anything. Lilei snatched up a cracker to stuff in her mouth, then was on her feet to stand on the edge of the gazeebo and peer out at the rain. "Does it really get so violent in the guard training?" -03:04 Jul 17
Deitrick: "Tradition." he said simply. "It’s tradition that women cannot enter the royal guard." He sighed and she held up his hand to show her a white hand along the bottom of it, the part of the hadn that would strike in the steriotypical karate chop. "That was from a knife during close quarters combat training, I had five stitches but I still managed to win. It went all the way to the bone. Yes it does get violent." he let out a long sigh and then picked up a crcker for himself. "Sorry… I just don’t get a lot of opotunities to show off my scars." -03:14 Jul 17
Lilei: "Maybe you are right and it is not for me. There would be too many knives and guns and blood, and I would cry if I hurt someone by accident." Lilei held on to one of the columns, leeeeaning out of the gazeebo to take a look at the sky. Lots of dark clouds and rain, but no signs of lightning. With the coast clear, she hopped down the steps to play in the rain. She neeeeveeer got to do this anymore! "Just like a boy, though, trying to impress me with all your war wounds! Come and show me some of your training, since I cannot join for myself! Is it like boxing or ninjitsu or sword fighting?" -03:25 Jul 17
Deitrick: "None he said watching her from the edge of the gazedo and shaking his head. "I don’t know if I can show it to you properly without… It’s a very aggressive fighting style. He pulled off his jacket and stepping out into the rain too. "You never change, do you." -03:31 Jul 17
Lilei: "You have said that… hmm…" she counted on her fingers, one, two… "Three times, I think? You’ve changed though. The Deitrick Iiii remember, wasn’t so serious about everything." That was probably the way of things. Growing older and growing up. But here was a perfect opportunity to forget the present and have a little fun. Lilei skipped forward to take his hands and pull him around in a half spin, half dance. "Do you remember when all we ever had to worry about was getting home by sunset before anyone realized we snuck away? I miss that!" -03:40 Jul 17
Deitrick: He sighed. "So do I but like isn’t like that anymore." he said taking hold of her hands and playing along with the dance. "I’m a prince and I have taken over my mother’s charity events… I have responsabilities and obligations and you… you just have to be abck before sunset before people notice you’ve snuck away." he shook his head and looked into her eyes, trying to remember what that felt like… and found he couldn’t. Too much had happened since then. Deitrick had grown up. -03:44 Jul 17
Lilei: Lilei laughed, swatting at him before stepping close enough to tug his arm around her waist and arrange their hands for a dance. He was too tall… she tried standing on her toes. "Do you think I have no responsibilities of my own? I do not spend my days playing with toys and drawing pictures. I run events, I manage a charity, I founded a philanthropy group. There are countries and peoples to be concerned about. …but what good is any of it if we can’t enjoy our life too, Deitrick? Like a nice day in the park and dancing in the rain. Sooo…" She urged him with a tug of her hands. -03:51 Jul 17
Deitrick: He surrenedered and let her lead. "Right, of course. You get to not change while I have to be the man everyone expects me to be." he said looking at her with slight grin. "I have grown up things I do for fun anyway. Taking princeses to partks is only somethign I do when you’re in town.. and not running away from me because I might have done a few things a lifetime ago." -03:57 Jul 17
Lilei: "Just a few things? I should make you apologize for every single thing you’ve done to me, but I might as well start counting stars! It would take just as long!" Lilei led the dancing, pausing only momentarily when she would spin under his arm or take a second to jump in a puddle. Then just when she had completely ceased to be wary of potential thunder, there went another loud crack, and Lilei was squeaking loud enough for it to be considered a shriek and throwing her arms around his waist in a hugging cling. Once she looked up, she was looking very sheepish. "…though maybe I could use some growing up too." -04:06 Jul 17
Deitrick: He looked down at her, how could he remain irritated at that face and he hugged her back. "We should get somewhere safe and get dry." he said smiling at her. "The palace… or a hotel." -04:38 Jul 17
Lilei: "No palace and no hotel and no walls!" After a weary look at the sky, she grabbed his hands and pulled him back up the steps in to the gazeebo. "I want to stay out and free for just a little while longer? Unless you are exasperated with me already or have pressing engagements, in which case you can leave me here and I will take a taxi back. I know how to fetch a taxi." -04:43 Jul 17
Deitrick: He sighed. "I meant getting another hotel room, but if you want to stay here then okay." he said putting an arm around her and pulling her down to sit before handing her a cracker. "You havn’t given me a reason to want to go back yet." the cracker was followed up with his jacket draped around her shoulders. -04:49 Jul 17
Lilei: Lilei hadn’t realized just how chilly it was until they were sitting still and his jacket was wrapped around her shoulders to block the wind. She scooted closer to him, popping the cracker in her mouth so she could reach up and turn the corners up on his to a smile. "You should relax and enjoy a free day, Deitrick. It sounds like you really need it. Do you do nothing but work and worry these days? Maybe you need a girlfriend!" -04:55 Jul 17
Deitrick: He laughed, she had to say the G word. "No, no I really don’t." he said shaking his head slowly. "I’ve got enough things to do to try and pile a relationsip on top of that." thinking about getting involved always made him think back to the stories his parents said… he did not want to go though that, or put someone else though that. -05:13 Jul 17
Lilei: "Still scared of girls, I see." she giggled, scooting close enough to rest her head against his shoulder. He was pretty wet, but at least he was warm! "I’m ready to meet people and maybe date. My father completely disagrees, but well, Papa seems to think every man on the planet is secretly evil. But I would definitely like to fall in love and have a romance. Something sweet and amazing to look forward to while working. Don’t you want that?" -05:17 Jul 17
Deitrick: "I believe whirlwind romances are dangerous and put a lot of pressure on a relationship." he said without looking at her. "And no I’m not scared I just have too much to do right now. Maybe in a few years when mu life is in the right stage for it to happen." -05:21 Jul 17
Lilei: Lilei sat up straight and stared at him. Wide-eyed, completely horrified staring. "You can’t be serious? What is a relationship even supposed to be without the romance? Are you going to plan the entire thing out, like a betrothal? Schedule time for hand holding and kissing? That sounds so boring…" -05:25 Jul 17
Deitrick: He shook is head. "No, you just don’t put too many expectations or pretture on the relationship too early so that if things don’t work out no one gets hurt." he offered her a lobsided smile. "Who wants to put people they care about in danger of being hurt?" he knew she never expected to hear this from nayone, let anone him, but he had done a lot of thinking. "I wouldn’t." -05:30 Jul 17
Lilei: "That is the risk, though isn’t it? The possibility that the relationship may not be the one? You can’t hide from them just because it may not work out…" How cute! He really was scared of girls! Just of hurting them and being hurt by them! Lilei was grinning again. "You really do worry too much, Deitrick. Take a risk or something!" -05:38 Jul 17
Deitrick: "I’m not hiding, I have a full life and… fine, laugh at me. You always used to enjoy it." He sighed and looked out across the sodden park. "I took a risk meeting with you didn’t I? You’re not meant to be out and about." -05:47 Jul 17
Lilei: "Oh, don’t pout…! I am not trying to make fun of you. I actually think it’s very sweet." Lilei tilted closer and planted a soft kiss to his cheek. "One day you’ll meet someone so amazing that every and any risk will be worth it just to spend time with them. And they’ll love you because you care and worry so much, and they’ll take care of you so you don’t have to worry. …Then I will laugh at you and say I told you so!" -05:57 Jul 17
Deitrick: He rolled his eyes. "It’s sweet that you believe in fairytales." he said. "But -06:28 Jul 17
Deitrick: He rolled his eyes. "It’s sweet that you believe in fairytales." he said. "But I’ve grown out of them." putting an arm around her he sighed. :Don’t ever grow up Lilei. It’s not nearly as fun as they make it sound." He would add that blessed was the idiot but she wasn’t an idiot, she was just different and made him wonder when he had changed to much. -06:32 Jul 17
Lilei: Lilei slipped her arms around his waist and hugged him, keeping her chin resting on his shoulder. "You make it sound like you’re a thousand years old and nothing is good in the world anymore. Are things really so stressful for you…? I could help. I’ve plenty of experience with the charity work, I could take over some things for you and you could have more time." -06:36 Jul 17
Deitrick: "Your parents would never let you." he said matter of factly. "And neither would I, you make me feel like I’m a thousand years old and that you’re five." he squeezed her side to let her know he was okay. "You don’t need to fx anything or try to help me in any way, if you’ve listened to anything I have to say then you’d knwo I ave a plan. Desides arn’t soulmates meant to find you if you’re looking or not?" and now he was just teasing her. -06:43 Jul 17
Lilei: "I do not behave like I’m five!" she was a bit offended! …maybe she did wade around in the river and dance about in the rain, but… who wouldn’t want to do that? Now she was pouting, complete with the sulky look she hadn’t realize she was giving. "I am an adult and perfectly capable of acting like one. My parents don’t control ever thing I do, and… well.. yes you find your soulmate when you find them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a little proactive about it?" -06:50 Jul 17
Deitrick: "I just meant that you have so much life and… I’ll just keep quiet before I and up getting slapped." he leached down to stack several crackers on to of eachother then all of them adn their toppings went into his mouth. "We have to eat these, come on. Can’t waste all my hard work laying them out." -06:53 Jul 17
Lilei: "So much life..?" Well that took the wind out of her hissy fit rather quickly. Lilei couldn’t think of a moment anyone had said something so… sweet! And now he was stuffing things in his mouth to save face. It was just like her Deitrick to say something kind and then pretend like he hadn’t. Lilei grinned softly, shifting to make herself a little cracker sandwhich. "Thank you for all of this. I know I am silly, but I don’t get to do things like this anymore. It’s fun and I very much enjoy it." -07:02 Jul 17
Deitrick: "Good." he said repeating the process with the crackers and then chewing and leaving the last few for her. "I miss having time to just not think about anything. Remember all the things I told yo I was going to do with my life? I think I’ve done about three." -07:07 Jul 17
Lilei: "It isn’t as if you are too old to do them now, there is lots of time!" She nibbled, thoughtfully chewing until there wasn’t a snack left beyond a few olives that were also finding their way in to her mouth. "Have you climbed mountains yet? Jumped out of a plane? Those are some of the easy ones… Oh! Punch a supervillain?" Lilei was giggling again, reaching for the blanket to pull up over them both, and scooting very nearly in to his lap when she hugged him again. "You know what I would like to do? Take an ocean trip like my parents did." -07:14 Jul 17
Deitrick: "I don’t rememebr them describing that as very fun." he said looking at her. "And yes, I parachuted, with an assault rifle stragged to my front with about 20 other guys tons of times. You forget I passed all the training meeded to be in the most elite team outsie of the Swiss Guard." he sighed and stopped talking for a moment to just lean against her. "Do you still believe in magic?" -07:20 Jul 17
Lilei: Lilei grinned up up at him. "Yes. Maybe not in faeries and unicorns and things like that… but other kinds of magic." She yawned, resting her head against him and closing her eyes for a bit. "Science can’t explain everything, after all. There’s a million mysteries and magic moments." -07:27 Jul 17
Deitrick: "he squeezed her agains and didn’t answer. What could he answer. He didn’t believe in magic anymore and hadn’t for a long time. "Call be tomorow if you’re serious about a position as my assistant, I’ll see what I can arange." -07:35 Jul 17
Tying Down Royalty

Tying Down Royalty 001: Childhood Frenemies

[Lilei is at a fundraiser. One of her first public appearances in a very very long time!] -05:28 Sep 19
[Deitrick Is the son of Hanse and Yvaine and hes at a fundraiser as the host!] -05:29 Sep 19
Lilei: Imagine her surprise to find out the very first event she attended ended up being one hosted by him. Personal enemy number one. …All right. Maybe a childhood vexation wasn’t really an enemy. Still, Lilei made sure to avoid him the entire night. She was very good at that, and as far as she was concerned, very unnoticable! -05:31 Sep 19
Deitrick: Another night, another cause. He was shaking hands with important people as they left and then taking his own leave, heading out the back to a waiting sedan and getting in the back. He pulled oof his bowtie and unbuttoened his top button… sleep would be heaven after this one. So many prominant fingers he was surprised he didn’t loose any fingers! -05:34 Sep 19

Not a moment later, someone was knocking on the car window. A smart looking young woman in a neat little suit, wearing an obnoxiously huge brooch. -Lilei

Deitrick: The window slid downwards smoothly with the low whir of the motor and the prince’s face appeared on the inside of it. "Becket! Did I forget to shake your hand. I’m pretty sure your ring lest a mark on my palm." an easy joke, and a good way to ask what the man wanted. -05:43 Sep 19

The woman clearly didn’t appreciate the joke! …aside from the smirk she was trying to hide. But the big tall security guard standing behind her cast a smirk. She spoke. “I am so sorry to bother you. But Princess Lilei’s car is not going to make it here. Would it be too much of an inconvience if you escorted her home? Someone familiar would be better than a stranger, and of course you can take Mr. Becket with you if you need a body shield…” Becket snorted to cover a laugh. -Lilei

Deitrick: Princess Lilei…. the name sounded half familiar but he couldn’t place it. "No need for a shield, I’ll just take her to wherever shes staying and then head back to the palace, it’s no big deal." he unlocjed the door and closed the window before scooting over and sitting ont he oposite side. Whoever this princess was he had apaprently met her before… but he met a lot of rotals at these things! -05:56 Sep 19
Lilei: So it was moments later, after Lilei was bidding goodbye to a couple that was overly chatty, and she collected her shawl, did she meet her personal assistant who was looking ever so slightly… guilty. "There you are, Gilly! Did you call for the car?" -06:07 Sep 19

“I’m sorry Princess. The car is going to be late, BUT we got you another ride and it’s waiting right out front! Mr. Becket and I will meet you at the hotel when the car gets here.” Mr. Becket coughed again behind the woman. He was better at keeping an impassive expression, but there was still the curve of amusement to his face. Ms. Gillian cast him a silencing glare. “This way, Princess.” -Lilei

Lilei: "All right…" she followed, though she was eyeing Mr Becket trying to decipher that look. Getting a replacement ride wasn’t unusual. Were she late in getting back, she’d miss the call from her father and then he’d have a fit. However, Gilly was being overly perky. Princess Lilei didn’t say a word about it, though! Not when they reached the sedan waiting at the curb. Not when Mr Becket opened the door for her. Not when she slid in to the back seat, rearranging the ivory fabric of her dress. …and not even when she turned to smile at her very kind escort. Because when she saw Deitrick, she was struck speechless! "….!" -06:07 Sep 19
[Deitrick enters.] -06:23 Sep 19
[(Timeout) Deitrick got too distracted for their own good…] -06:29 Sep 19
Deitrick: "Hello Princess Lilei." he said his eyes adjusing tot he light and then.. -06:29 Sep 19
Deitrick: "Hello Princess Lilei." he said his eyes adjusing tot he light and then… "Oh.." THAT princess Lilie! "Wow.. its been a while." he looked away running his hand through his hair suddenly unsure hor to act. "Uhh… where do I need to take you?" -06:33 Sep 19
Lilei: It would be so rude to start screaming…! Oh, Gillian was going to get an earfull once she was back at the hotel. Instead of having a fit, Lilei kept her eyes forward, now twisting the fabric of her skirt in her hands. "It has. To the Maritim Hotel, thank you." She would just have to be polite, the ride was a bit long, but it wasn’t forever! -06:37 Sep 19
Deitrick: "Marritim Hotel." he said to his driver before leaning back and doing up his seatbelt. "Orange juice?" he was poaring himself a glass and then offering her one. "After a lot of speaking I tend to want something cold, and never drink at these things…. I don’t liek to drink alcohol." -06:44 Sep 19
Lilei: Lilei shook her head quickly. For all she knew he’d slip a bug in it! ….maybe they were too old for that, but he might! "I am a little surprised to see you running a charity. I never imagined that would be something you were interested in." -06:46 Sep 19
Deitrick: He placed her cup in a holder and sipped from his as the car pulled away smoothly. "My mother got me into it. I’m more than happy to spend my time raising money for people who need it. I get to travel, I get to meet with people and discuss important issues with them and well… I get to make sure the money goes where it’s needed. Did you see my speech? I spent most of the week trying to translate that passage from Greek." -06:55 Sep 19
Lilei: Not the least bit surprised his mother got him in to it, she did finally steal a quick glance at him. He looked so different… "It was a good speech. I was a little surprised by that too… Everyone responded well to it." And he wrote it himself, that was something she had wondered about! -07:01 Sep 19
Deitrick: "You know I almost got a show of my own, on animal planet…" he was happy to see her and get to catch up and was lanching into full spill everythign mode. "But I think this does more directly and doen’t limit me to one subject, like last month I raised money to but the land under a stone age sight and domnated it to a university for thier practical classes. And who known maybe they’ll discover something new. Though I’m surprised you came. I didn’t know you came to these things or I would have seem you earlier." -07:04 Sep 19
Lilei: Now he had piqued her interested, against her own decision or trying to be distant. Lilei turned in her seat to face him though she was still twisting fabric in her hands. "I’ve been in a private finishing school in Russia! It was great, but so cold and we rarely were able to do much outside of the Academy. But! Now that is done and I’ve loved the charity work so… Maybe not the parties, but I like to work in the offices or visiting people in person. …I might not have came if I had known it was yours, though.." she admitted at the end, maybe just a little guiltily. -07:12 Sep 19
Deitrick: That surprised him. "Why not?" the words were out of his mouth before he could even think them over. He felt almost insulted. Had he been that much of a terror as a kid? He mostly just remembered it as fun times with Lilie. Were there rumors about him he didn’t know about? -07:20 Sep 19
Lilei: She looked equally as surprised… almost even laughed! "Why not..?" Lilei repeated the phrase slowly. "Where do I start? With the spiders? Or chasing me everywhere to the point of screaming! Or those terrible stories where I can’t even sleep in that guest room without a night light!" -07:23 Sep 19
Deitrick: He blinked…. "We were kinds!" that had been ages ago and she was still angry about that? "I’m not even tha same person…" he mouthed ‘wow’ she still held a grudge "Would it help if I said I was sorry, I was just a kid having fun. I’ll make it up to you with… a club tonight as friends, or lunch tomorow as friends, your choice." seriously holding a grudge all this time was… really? -07:27 Sep 19
Lilei: "Kids yes, and you were so mean!" As if being a kid is an excuse to torture a little girl with scary things! Lilei crossed her arms and frowned as she glaned out the window on her side. "No thank you. It would be much safer for me to go straight to the hotel. I’m not sure why Gilly and Becket thought this was a good idea." -07:31 Sep 19
Deitrick: "They thought it was a good idea because I always go strait home, I never date to that theres no one going to call me on the way back, and because they trust me with usually close on two or three million dollars at a time for this charity operation. And never once has a dime gone missing. Look Lilie, I was a kid having fun. If you’re really still that bent out of shape about it.." he sighed. "I’m sorry, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. Kids to stupid things to those they concider their friends." -07:39 Sep 19
Lilei: He was making her feel bad… but that’s what he always did! He would always pout and say I’m sorry Lilie! and she would fall for it, and it would start all over again. Lilei promised herself she wouldn’t do that again, adults or not. …yet after several long moments of her huffy silence, she caved with an audible sigh. "It was a big deal to me…. I suppose not everything was terrible. I liked when we stole things out of the kitchens for picnics…" -07:44 Sep 19
Deitrick: "We’ll do that then." he said quickly. "A picknic int he park, I’m not taking no for an answer. There will be no spiders, I promise." he drained his orange juice and placed his cup in the other holder. "I’ll steal the very best lestovers from tinight and maybe something a little special." -07:50 Sep 19
Lilei: Lilei smiled, finally turning away from the window. "Not a dime missing, but the same can’t be said for left over catering?" With a soft giggle, she turned that idea over in her head as she fussed with her skirts. It couldn’t hurt… he made a promise. …Except her father would have a fit if she did anything outside of the plans. …if he found out! Better not tell him. "I accept your picnic proposal, then. And if there is a single spider, I swear I won’t ever talk to you again!" -07:55 Sep 19
Deitrick: "By the sounds of it that was you plan anyway." he pointed out. "Anf the leftovers go to waste if someone doesn’t eat it, I usually have a leam from it and the rest goes to a soup kitchen or shelter. I often thing that paste and pies are better a day after being made since its had time to maserate." he was still eying here. "You’ve really hated me all this time?" -08:00 Sep 19
Lilei: "Hmm." She took a second to consider it! Finally just shaking her head. "…maybe not hate! But you were wretched and you know, they always took your side and said ‘Boys will be boys’ and silly things like that. …I may have imagined you grew up to be a seven foot tall ogre…" Lilei admitted with a grin. -08:04 Sep 19
Deitrick: "That wouldn’t help me in my line of work." he said. "Doorways alone would be a nightmare. And what if I couldn’t find a suit large enough? So glad I’m an average human being. A couple of extra inches would be nice though…" -08:13 Sep 19
Lilei: Lilei was laughing again! All too easy to see him with a giant ogre body and a tiny little head. "It wouldn’t be the greatest image for a Prince either. You realize everyone’s armies would try to slay you at some point. And no one would ever dare kiss you." -08:15 Sep 19
Deitrick: "Eh.. I’d start a charity for ogre rights, and no one tried to kiss me anyway. So really I should be WISHING I were a seven foot tall ogre. I’d be the cencer of scientific attention. I could say I was an alien ambasador and get my own embacy to live in in luxury. Or get refugee status…" -08:18 Sep 19
Lilei: "Oh you would be center of scientific attention for sure, as every medical science in the world would want to cut you open to see how you worked. And by the time your ogre rights won refugee status, you would be stuffed in the nearest museum. But on the brightside you would be the symbol of ogre inspiration world wide? …We wouldn’t get a picnic though." It was so easy to fall in to these sort of silly conversations, even after years of not seeing him. And despite the fact a few moments ago she had sworn to not talk to him at all. -08:23 Sep 19
Deitrick: "You’re underestimating the speed I work at, you see first I’d et a proposition going, that until voted on would render me protected by law. Any compitant laywer I care to hire would be able to keep that in the works for years, more than enough time to get my legal rights recognised ot at least me, as the only ogre on earth, a protected species." he grinned in victory and looked out the window. "Its just a case of knowing how the legalities work. -08:28 Sep 19
Lilei: "Are you suggesting that I don’t know how the legalities work, Sir?" Her eyes narrowed at him as she folded her arms. "And what makes you think that would be the only deciding factor? You would be the only one on the planet, that is a world of humans and not all of them would care about treaties and laws." -08:31 Sep 19
Deitrick: "Well I’d still be a prince I hope so I’d have guards. And if not I probably would never have moved out of America or changed my name from bigfoot." he looked at her and then lifted her glass of juice to hold out again to offer it to her, the polite thing to do before stealing it. -08:38 Sep 19
Lilei: She still gave the juice a suspicious look, but this time she took it and sipped from the glass. "I think your parents would be appalled if they knew what sort of beastie they adopted." She smiled at him again, but her expression got curious. Lilei leaned towards him and lowered her voice. "Aren’t you a little old to have no kissed any girls? You’re a prince!" -08:44 Sep 19
Deitrick: "I’m a price, but.. I don’t know. I love my job and am not in it to meet girls. I just don’t want to date, and we’re not rulers anomore to there less presure of to…" his tone changed to a false serious voice "…Sire hiers." He looked out the window again. "I don’t to kissing girls, and they don’t come kissing me, it’s working out really well so far. What’s the point of it anyway?" -08:49 Sep 19
Lilei: "I see… you have grown up afraid of girls." Lilei set aside her glass, so she could go poking gently at his side to tease. Maybe adulthood would be better, and now she had the upperhand! A little playful revenge. "Afraid to get cooties and that all the King’s men won’t have a thing to save you!" -08:53 Sep 19
Deitrick: He quirked a brow at her. "Not afraid… just disinterested. Dating takes up time and energy and yes I’m sure its wonderful and exhilerating but. I really do love my job and I get all I need from it. Maybe one day I’ll want more but I’ll worry about that one day." -08:59 Sep 19
Lilei: "That sounds like fear to me!" A few more teasing pokes to his side, very deliberately trying to find the ticklish spots. If she grinned any wider it would start to hurt. "Do you remember ambush kissing me when we were really small? I think it was near Christmas because there was mistletoe everywhere… I cried for hours thinking we were married and that I wouldn’t be able to go to school because I was a wife!" -09:04 Sep 19
Deitrick: His expressions changed rapidly, from a frown from being called afraid, again, to sirprise as he tried to intercept her pokes, to barely suppressed amusment and embarresment. "I remember, I just wanted you to stop being sad that your father not spending christmas with you. You can’t blame me for that can you?" he was hiding his face by looking out the window looking at her hotel as they got closer. "I don’t think you ever have to worry about up getting married." -09:10 Sep 19
Lilei: Lilei stopped almost immediately, trying to get a good glimpse of his face before he turned away. "Was that why..? I didn’t know…" That put a completely different outlook to the memory. She straightened in her seat again, just the faint bit embarrassed with no idea why. "I am sure if I had opportunities to meet people I would not have worries about getting married. Papa barely agreed to the charity party. I haven’t thought that much about it…" -09:15 Sep 19
Deitrick: "Well at least we’re on the same page, I meet a lot of people, but don’t really want to marry any of them." No, no marriage was best. "But that menas I get free time to hang out, so if you ever manage to sneak out I’ll take you to lots of places with no spiders. Maybe show you some of the civil projects we’ve been doing around the city. The parks are only the start. -09:24 Sep 19
Lilei: "I am not sure how long I will get to stay in the country, but I think I could manage some time to get away. I feel like the only places I have ever seen are the insides of schools!" Could she extend her stay here? Her mother could help convince Papa, and it’s their friends country, so why not? And no spiders! The car stopped in front of the hotel, but she was busy grinning at him. "For a picnic, you will send someone for me tomorrow?" -09:31 Sep 19
Deitrick: "I’ll come myself, at around 11." he said "Be ready." he smiled back at her. "It’s good to see you again, and for you to know I’m not a seven foot tall green-skined orge." he didn’t know why he was smiling, seeing a childhood friend, had to be. -09:36 Sep 19
Lilei: "So far…" With that she giggled, slipping out of the back seat when the door was opened for her, only sparing a moment to lean over. "Goodnight Deitrick!" Lilei waved before she left him. Hugging herself all the way back in to the hotel, and completely forgetting she left her shawl behind. Maybe she wouldn’t yell at Gilly after all! -09:42 Sep 19