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Knight of Gadoria.
souledge_knight wrote in transgenicprose
Chloe Valens is in ur random RP threads, hunting ur evil-doers and drowning in ur rivers.

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[...okay, is ttly at her service now, should she need him~ |D]

[...and we all know how HE avoids drowning in rivers, TY PS3 version crack X'D]

[She is surprised but pleasantly pleased that he remembers her, and thanks him for his courtesy before assuring him that she will most certainly remember his service in the event that she needs it.]

[...although she does a doubletake at the journal name, she says nothing. XD]

[He says of course he'd remember her--he doesn't really meet all that many lady knights, particularly ones with such presence. Specifically lady knights who wear and obviously know how to handle a sword--most of the women in the Imperial Knights tend to be spellcasters.]

[...he can use this journal instead, if she'd rather. |D;;]

[And that makes her flush a fair bit because--compliment, orz, and from an obvious superior judging by his Upperclass Armor there, but she's determined to overcome it -- enough that she finally shatters all this confusing third-person stuff.]

Thank you, Sir... but I admit that I've done little to earn such a favorable opinion.

[She insists that nonono, either is fine! 8|;]

[lol Humility is only gonna earn her more points. :D]

Honestly, I think I'd have to say the same about myself.

[...All right then, if she's sure...]

[...skdfjsdf that's such a cute nice smile. :x]

Oh--no! You've been very kind and helpful! And it's very respectful of you to show so much regard over those whom you have authority -- ah -- [is hesitant to add an unsure title after that, because he looks to be at least captain level, but... crossing 'verses makes it hard to determine, and she certainly doesn't want to offend him...]

[very!] Icon keywords = wrooooong rank |D;;

[lol ttly oblivious~]

[shakes his head] All I've done so far is to offer you my aid should you need it. That's simply fulfilling my duty as a Knight. [catches that hesitance, and decides to make it easy for her] And a Commandant who isn't concerned with the welfare of people he's been placed over isn't deserving of his position.

[...thank goodness. 8|;]

Comm--! [and this humble? Since when. But she recovers shortly.] E-Excuse me, I didn't realize...

But even fulfilling your duties, you're-- [kind of... mentally flails for a word that won't make her embarrass herself or show disrespect for her own superiors, but the pause itself kinda does the former anyway before she finally manages,] ...that is, I've had little interaction with the Commandant of my own faction, but... you're not like him at all. Sir. [/said in such a way that it's obviously a good thing, btw.]

....Fffff They STILL haven't exchanged names, have they. |D;;;;;

[fff The man practically has an IN-GAME FANCLUB and doesn't even seem to realise it. |D;]

[gives an almost sheepish little smile] You don't need to apologise. I haven't held this position for very long as of yet, and I'm aware that I'm rather young for it, so a measure of surprise is only to be expected.

[grows a little solemn at that second part, because the memory of Alexei is still too fresh (and painful, if he's entirely honest, because the man he'd so respected and looked up to had betrayed them all, and ultimately even himself, and for what?) to be forgotten so soon] ...It can be easy to lose sight of your original goals and many things that you once believed to be important when you're placed in a position of power, especially one as high as Commandant. I don't know your Commandant, so I can't say anything as to his character, but...I certainly hope that he hasn't lost sight of what knighthood is supposed to mean. When someone that high up starts down that sort of path...

[trails off, thinking of Alexei again, and though she can't know specifically what he's thinking about, his expression probably makes it obvious that he's experienced that sort of 'moral atrophy' firsthand]


[...In other words, crushing on him is potentially as hopeless difficult as crushing on Senel. Meanwhile, Yuri-muse watches this conversation and thinks, Yeaahh, he's as clueless as ever.]

[There's no mistaking that look and tone, so she's momentarily silent, unsure what to say to that when she doesn't know the specifics... although, even she did...] ...It... is a possibility that comes with authority... [...augh, she's not making this better and she doesn't want him so sad looking--] --but--! [looks up, everything about her tone and words firm and convinced] --that's where people like us stand to correct it. [and that color flares up a bit more, but she pushes on,] For what it's worth, considering how long I've known you... I can't picture you ever making such a mistake. And if you're familiar with it... that only means you're in a better standing to prevent it in others. [...okay, that flare is more than just "a bit" DX]


[...At least he doesn't have a clingy "sister" hanging around to get in the way? And he's not thick-headed or BLIND to that sort of thing, just...too modest to simply ASSUME someone would like him like that. ...Flynn-muse just looks at him sideways and says, Like YOU'RE one to talk, Yuri...]

[He blinks a little at the unexpected...comfort? Vote of confidence? It's sort of both, really--then smiles, a little more gently than usual. Because there's really no missing that blush and he wants to put her at ease, since...he sort of thinks it's probably due to his rank.]

...I'm honoured that you think so highly of me already. I can only hope I prove worthy of that kind of trust. And regardless of what I've experienced, I know I still have to be careful. Thinking you're infallible, that there's no way you'll make the same mistakes as the people who went before you is dangerous... [and here he looks to the side, his smile growing warmer, fonder] But I'm not too worried about that, really. I have a very good friend who'll be watching every step I take, and the moment I start to stray even the slightest bit, I know he'll call me on it.

[...because lolYES the BFF sap gets EVERYWHERE k XD <33]

[, but he has a clingy, psycho bitch who Chloe could TTLY take any day, mmkay. Regardless... still not much easier than Senel. XD ...Yuri-muse knooooows Flynn isn't calling him clueless.]

[Despite her remaining flush and the return of that smile, she can't help smiling back at that, and warmly -- since she's able to completely relate this time.] I'm glad to hear it--Sir. [was going to address him as Commandant ____, but at that second it occurred to her that she doesn't know his name, which means she never--]

Oh! [Straightens up even more than she already has, if possible, that briefly comfortable smile immediately gone] Chloe -- Chloe Valens, at your service. [...NO, WAIT, she should have said that at the beginning -- in the middle of a conversation, she should've... it would've been better, anyway, to... agh...]

[...Ffff OKAY NEW SHIP Shirley+Sodia--THEY CAN JUST GO BE FAIL TOGETHER SOMEWHERE ELSE...but then that would leave both Flynn AND Senel open, wouldn't it...hmm~ who's a girl to choose~? |3 ...Surely Yuri-muse hasn't forgotten what Estelle said Flynn told her...]


I apologise, I should have given you my name when I offered you my aid.

[returns the salute-of-sorts, but keeps his easy smile] Flynn Scifo, at your service as well.

[...WELL, I wouldn't be quick to put Shirley as low as Sodia, but. Yeah, they're both fail. Close enough. ......ffffffff mun's Tales!OTP > all. ...He hasn't, but Phase is failing pretty hard in the memory department ATM.]

Commandant Scifo, then. [and his staying at ease helps lower her flustered level a bit.] Thank you again. I only hope that I'll be able to prove myself worthy of the regard you've shown me one day.

[asdfj;akldf NO ONE is as low as Sodia k. B| But Shirley still needs to GTFO. ......AS I THOUGHT, BUT JUST AS WELL RLY--you know of my seekrit(?) super soft spot for Flynn/Estelle~ XD ...She says that Flynn told her that Yuri has "no understanding of female psychology." |D]

[Good, good. Wants to be considered approachable, not intimidating, after all.] Judging by what you've said thus far, I'm certain my confidence is well-placed.

[…and, looking at her (and that obviously well-used sword), he seems to have a thought and come to a decision nearly all at once]

…I don't know how long you're planning on staying here, and forgive me if this seems forward or presumptuous, but if you're ever looking for a place with the Imperial Knights, even just a temporary one, I would be happy to have you in my personal unit, Lady Chloe.

[...Said a certain way, that would doubtless sound like a come-on, but there's none of that here--it's just an earnest statement, a sincere offer.]

[Of course I do. XD ...ffffff only an eyebrow. raise. at that.]

...! [There's no hope of hiding her surprise -- truth be told, she's never belonged to an actual group; when referring to "her" commandant, she only naturally meant the man over the Gadoria Knights, since he did have power over her at one time. Even now, she's more of a rogue knight-by-blood than an official, instated one -- that's how it's always been -- and so while this catches her by complete surprise s;lkdfsd he barely knows her and he's only known her name for about twenty seconds and the knights from her own kingdom would never make this offer, especially to a woman, it's also an honor that she can't even begin to describe.]

I--! [Stops, seeming to recover, and then bows her head some] Thankyou,Sir! I am very honored -- [Straightens up again, and this time meets his eyes without a shred of hesitation 'cause its srs bizniz now] Truthfully, I have no idea myself how long I will stay. But for as long as I am able, I would be even more honored if you would accept my sword in your service and find what use for it that you may.

[heheheee I'm now having the awesome visual of Sodia showing up NOT IN THIS MUSEBOX, HO only to find that Flynn found a more talented prettier new second in her absence. |D And since she's OBVIOUSLY not up to par, she just rejoins his unit as his... third. Or would it be fourth, since Witcher has third? >3]

[♥ lol It's canon, it's canon~! X'D And, well. Sort of true in certain ways...though I really kind of think they're BOTH derps when it comes to girls, ahaha.]

Well then, so long as you're certain--I don't mean to pressure you into a decision, of course--I can have a letter of recommendation brought to whatever inn you're staying at later today.

[pauses and thinks a second, and though he really doesn't want to force this on her, she looks so eager, he figures he might as well put the offer out there, but he keeps his smile steady and doesn't try to push her one way or the other]

...Though actually, I've nearly finished my patrol, so if you'd rather come along right now, there should be plenty of time for us to figure this out back at headquarters.

[XDD True, just... in very different ways. |D]

[As much as she doesn't want to jump on the offer right there and risk being an inconvenience, she is rather eager, and if she does end up working under him, first impressions are important--] Oh -- well, I am free now, but -- only if your time permits, Sir. I would hate to intrude...

I know..Sodia'd probably be LURKING @ the castle & waiting for Flynn, but. DO NOT WANT EVAR. B|

[oh, she's ACED the first impression so far :D]

It's not an intrusion in the least--I did make the offer, after all. And I apologise for the inconvenience, but would you mind if we finished walking the rest of my patrol route? It should only take a few minutes longer, and if you're still new here, it would be a good opportunity to familiarize yourself with that part of the city.


Oh -- it's no inconvenience, really. As you said, I could most definitely use the look around. [Smiles, but nods respectfully] I would be glad to accompany you, Sir.

...All I can all of my heart saying, "...Get 'er, Chloe." >]

Excellent. Thank you, Lady Chloe.

[And he starts off, taking those first few strides slowly to make falling into step with him easy, so she doesn't have to run or hurry awkwardly to catch up.]

If you have any questions about anything I tell you, or anything you see, by all means, please ask. I want my people to be as well-informed as possible, and I would rather having you asking than wondering.

[During that first part, most of his attention is obviously focused on Chloe; as he moves on to this next bit, though, it goes to their surroundings, his eyes constantly moving, taking in all sorts of details about all sorts of things--from the expressions on peoples' faces to the way they move through the streets to the number of children clustering around a noble woman sitting on a bench to read to them.]

...And as for this patrol...the Nobles' Quarter, the castle grounds, and a few other areas are being covered by my second-in-command today, and I've already been through most of the the Lower Quarter, so all that's left besides that is this part of the Merchant's Quarter. I did a more thorough patrol in the Lower Quarter this morning; this time, it's just a quick walk-through, to remind people we are paying attention.

It'd be so one-sided, it's not even funny. |DDD ...actually, it WOULD be funny. Hilarious, even.

[Stays in pace beside him, watching him as he watches her and then as he looks around; soon, her attention shifts likewise to the people as they pass, although she still steals glances at him on occasion. If she hadn't already gotten an idea of his personality, the careful attention he gives everything would be another hint.]

[Nods once when he finishes] Your system seems very organized. I notice your forces don't appear to be lacking in numbers, either. [Said as she glances at the latest pair of knights that they pass, standing guard at their stations]

It would be A RIOT & A HALF, and I think I would die of sheer glee. |D

[smiles and nods approvingly at the pair of knights, who promptly salute]

A good deal of that isn't technically my doing--a lot of the structure was already in place, it just needed to be reinforced. I'm afraid I can't say much for my predecessor in terms of his concern for the everyday lives of regular citizens...there was a certain slackness where his favourites were concerned, as well as a willingness to simply look away from a problem or incident if he didn't want to deal with it. And yet, for so long, I didn't see any of that...

[For a brief moment, he stops scanning the surrounding city, his eyes dropping to the ground before his feet; but it is only a brief moment, and then he's back to normal, that hint of grave self-blame (mostly) fading as well.]

As for our numbers, yes, enlistment is generally high, though there's also the fact that the Empire has a considerable area to draw from...

[Flynn trails off as something ahead catches his attention--a very heated argument, from the sound of it. He gives Chloe a look that probably reads as here we go again..., and increases his pace a bit.]

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