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Cailleach ([personal profile] toocoldforthis) wrote in [community profile] nexus_sages2016-11-01 05:38 pm
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A Chill in the Air

The Nexus may have seen a glittering and glorious ball the night before, but every party must end. Every overindulgence has its morning-after regrets. The pains of burning eyes and revolting stomachs have visited more than a few people like malevolent fairies. And then the lucky denizens of the Nexus get another treat.

Cailleach may well be the grumpiest looking grumpy old lady ever. If she'd been sucking on lemons for a thousand years she could not look more sour. White hair fragile with age is hidden beneath a scarf and within the hood of her raincoat. Her glasses are old-fashioned, her makeup is out of style, and her shoes are sensible. Do not ask her for candy. She is not your granny.

What is is watching the goings-on with increasing vexation. Something about everyone passing by seems to set her to an ever-increasing amount of angry muttering. Finally, she can't contain it anymore. "Why don't young people prepare for the lean times coming? Do you all think it'll be sunshine and flowers forever?"

It doesn't matter who answers. She's grumpy and demands an audience.

((She's going to be 100% mean to just about everyone, be warned. #sorrynotsorry))
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[personal profile] damn_yourself_early 2016-11-01 10:23 pm (UTC)(link)
A little boy steps up next to her, imitating her posture to warn, "there's a nip in the air. Cold like this won't be good for my crops." He can't quite keep a straight face, but finishes the quote through a grin; "it never is."
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[personal profile] damn_yourself_early 2016-11-01 11:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes, that's a very familiar reaction. Still, most people find him charming. Or confusing. The only people who don't rise to his bait are... "Sorry, have we met before?"
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[personal profile] damn_yourself_early 2016-11-02 01:03 am (UTC)(link)
How can anyone not like that face? That smile? "Oh, do you? Then we'll get along famously!" he declares. "I'm Loki, what's your name?"
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[personal profile] damn_yourself_early 2016-11-02 03:32 am (UTC)(link)
Chronological, perhaps?

"Cailleach, that's a pretty name. It sounds a little... Celtic?" He looks hopeful, as though the query will tease forth some bit of lore about the lady. Fat chance, he knows, but even a rebuff can be informative. "Ah, yes. Everyone's heard about that Loki. Good news, he's dead. Bad news if you were hoping to kill him, though, I'm afraid you missed it. Pardon me if I don't wish you better luck next time."

This kid, seriously.

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[personal profile] onemorebounty 2016-11-02 01:05 am (UTC)(link)
*The question catches Samus' ear. In the culture that raised her, the Elders are respected and (relevantly) heeded. She diverts from her current course to ask a question of her own.*

Are these some specific lean times you know are coming, or just lean times in general?
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[personal profile] onemorebounty 2016-11-02 03:36 am (UTC)(link)
*Samus wasn't even trying for sass, it was a sincere question. The condescension is a little irritating, but there's still some ingrained respect of Elders keeping the Hunter's demeanor respectful.*

Ah, winter. This is a vacsuit--it can keep me at a comfortable temperature down to ten degrees below freezing. My armor can handle deeper cold, but I don't usually wear it around here because it tends to make people nervous.
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[personal profile] onemorebounty 2016-11-02 05:28 am (UTC)(link)
*Yes, in Samus' time, technology has changed so very much.*

On what I have stashed here and there, I could eat for years--assuming I didn't bother to hunt anything to supplement that. Where medicine is concerned, if I can stay conscious through it, I have the tools to put myself back together from it, and possibly more if I have needy guests. I like to be prepared.
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[personal profile] onemorebounty 2016-11-02 06:17 am (UTC)(link)
*Is she annoyed that the progress-poisoners eventually started trying to find ways for the progress to not be poisonous and destructive? As for preparation, well...*

Of course not. So I make more plans for the chance that they'll fail, and more for if those fail, on and on, and still keep myself as ready to improvise as I can. If something's going to kill me, it's got a long, hard fight to look forward to, and I intend to leave a crater when I go.

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Thank you.

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[personal profile] mosthonest 2016-11-03 03:34 am (UTC)(link)
"And what of those born to lean times, good mother? There are plenty who have known naught but a kind of sunless wasting."

He may be questioning her, but his tone is perfectly respectful--a wise tactic, coming from a culture of indomitable nonnas who would not hesitate to slap some decency into you no matter your age if they thought you needed it. They all had a vein of iron running through them beneath a sunny and generous disposition... this one clearly just wore it on the outside.
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[personal profile] mosthonest 2016-11-03 04:50 am (UTC)(link)
((Props for the PB choice btw. I never realized before that even when Queen Elizabeth smiles, she looks so full of murder.))

He assumed there may be no spring with this lady, nor did he assume there would be much cheek pinching. You can't fight or charm your way out of winter's teeth; best hunker down and bare it out. Although actually winters were rather mild around his neck of the woods. It was the mosquito-bloated summers and their disease that was often the killer in his neck the woods. He'll still take the risk of malaria over being an Englishman or German, and having to live with their damned cold.

"Aye, there's strength in wanting. So say the hungry, when they have no bread and must live only on the virtue of their poverty."
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[personal profile] twelve_not_fourteen 2016-11-08 11:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Lean times. He's familiar those, but he's still not the type to prepare well for what he knows is ahead of him. Somehow he seems to get by. He's not quite sure if he qualifies as a 'young person', but he could be the poster child for the attitude she's complaining about ...

"Do you got a specific young person in mind or is this a generalized complaint?"
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[personal profile] twelve_not_fourteen 2016-11-12 04:11 am (UTC)(link)
He can see that his title for Grumpiest Nexus Person is in serious jeopardy. He's multiplied this lady's grump by two with only one sentence.

"I'm always more inclined to listen when people are talking about me."

Should he feel guilty for admitting that? He doesn't look like he feels guilty for admitting that.
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[personal profile] twelve_not_fourteen 2016-11-18 02:10 am (UTC)(link)
Not especially. He's attracted to people with titles, but having one of his own just seems like too much work. Just like preparing for things that may or may not come to pass. That's also too much work.

The words she seems to have for him are cold and bitter, aren't they? He's had sentients say worse to him before, though, no doubt they will say worse to him again. If anything it's the proximity - the wound of losing the May Queen still feels fresh. The scoundrel seems to flinch just slightly at the message.

"Soft and mortal. Yeah, sure, I suppose I am. You forgot good looking and clever, though." Come on, he's earned those two. He's pretty sure.

"I learned things from the warm season. You can't expect anything to grow without planting a seed. Good things come to those who wait. Etcetera."
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[personal profile] twelve_not_fourteen 2016-11-24 06:14 pm (UTC)(link)
"So let's skip the part where I say something trite about personal growth. What I have done is been able to slow down long enough to get some overdue maintenance done on my ship. Something I wouldn't have been able to do at home."

Because he'd have to be lining up job after job to try to catch up on the money he's owed people. Here he's been able to take his time. When he stopped trying to do the hairbrained thing - gamble till he had enough to buy new parts - and actually, did a little work. Things came together much better for him.

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