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((OOC note: This takes place shortly after the events of the January 5 tabletop session and is intended for capt_tobias. Please ask permission before joining the scene.))

It's quiet in the Crimson Lady's sick bay as the doctor makes her rounds after the crew's latest adventure, carrying a steaming mug. Reaching the captain's berth, she taps him on his good shoulder. Keeping her voice low to avoid waking Theophilus, she asks, "Captain? Are you awake?"


( 15 words — Speak? )
Jan. 6th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
Feeling groggy, Tobias flutters his eyes open. Whatever wonderful brew the doctor had given him for the pain has certainly taken the agony out of the snake bite, but at the same time the accompanying numbness in his shoulder is disconcerting.

"Ah, Doctor," he murmurs sleepily, "Thank you again for doctoring my wounds. Rest assured, I won't try anything like that again. Good idea, poor execution." He eyes the steaming mug with interest. "I don't suppose that would be hawthorne tea by any chance?"
Jan. 7th, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
"Camomile this time," she replies. "It's relaxing, but it'll help the pain, too." She hands him the mug, pausing to make sure he has it securely in his good hand, before continuing. "Iris is finally asleep; she was so worried, she didn't want to leave you alone for a moment." She smiles fondly at the mention of her sister. "She's quite fond of you, you know."
Jan. 7th, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
Tobias smiles dreamily. "And I of her. I will be honest with you here and now... Lily. And should you breath a word of this to anyone else, I shall say it was the drugs talking."

He takes a heavy pull of the tea and frowns. "I think I prefer the hawthorn," he mutters as he hands the mug back.

Settling back into the hammock, he regards Lily with a serious if somewhat glazed expression. "Finding out that I have cousins... An actual family... It made me think of what it would be to be part of something greater than myself. I, er, told her as much in my letter."

Tobias shifts uncomfortably, not quite good at doing the whole heart-felt confession bit. Despite his lifetime of shipboard hardships and work, despite his attempts at being the business minded professional, he suddenly looks less the hardened and experienced captain and more like the tired young man of twenty-four that he is.

"In a way, it makes me feel weak... vulnerable. Before now I could charge into the fray without much concern; if I died a pirate's death, my mother wouldn't be surprised. She might mourn me but not for long. I have not been so much brave, but fearless. It wasn't until I was trapped in that hole with the snake slithering about that I realize there's a difference.

"But now... If something happens to me, what becomes of my cousins? My family? What becomes of Iris if... if she'll have me?" He shakes his head. "I never had to think of anyone else before except the crew, and now...?"

He clenches his fists, his bad shoulder twitching in pain he does feel. "But at the same time I feel driven, Lily. I have cousins out there, cousins being raised to hate men and cousins out there somewhere on the run. I have to do everything I can to try and help them..."

"Does any of this make sense?"
Jan. 7th, 2013 02:14 am (UTC)
She digests what he's saying, then nods. "It does complicate things, doesn't it? But it also makes you stronger, to know that there's someone else there to support you." She gives a bemused half-smile. "Strange as they are, I think even the Trentas feel the same way in that regard."

She checks the dressing on his injured shoulder. "This is going to need to be changed tomorrow," she says, half to herself. Then she looks thoughtful. "Speaking of family...would you be averse to having one of your own someday?" She smiles. "Iris is convinced you'd sire fine daughters, and perhaps even a few sons."
Jan. 7th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
Tobias grins wickedly through the haze of the medicines. "I look forward to it."

The joking leer fades as his face takes a more serious set, his hand reaching out for Lily's. "But seriously, Lily. As the eldest of her tribe present, I assure you my intentions are honorable and... long term, as it were. If your people accept me as they accepted your father... Well, I doubt I can give up the sky entirely, but perhaps the Chesapeaks's trading influence would be widened if they had their own airship."
Jan. 8th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
"Perhaps," she replies, taking the proffered hand. "And that might sweeten the pot for the elders." She winks.

Then she looks thoughtful. "When you're up and about, and this is over, perhaps we could arrange a meeting with your mother?" She gives him a half-smile. "The elders will insist on observing the formalities, I'm afraid."
Jan. 8th, 2013 01:40 am (UTC)
The look of alarm passing Tobias' face is near comical. He rolls in eyes. "Oh-dear-God. The groom price. If she finds out how important it is your people, she'll try and take as big a slice of the pie as she can muster. I doubt she'll just leave it a matter of money, either." A thoughtful look comes across his eyes. "Lily, is there any taboo in your tribe that keeps a man from helping to pay his own groom price? On the sly, as it were?"

"And while we're at it, are there any other formalities I should be aware of?"
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
She considers his questions for a long moment. "To be honest, sir, I know of no taboo against it...but then again, there is no precedent either."

From her expression, she might be trying to remember all she can before answering his next question. "Well, there is a ceremony, with the shaman officiating...normally, the groom's mothers present him to his wives." She thinks for a moment. "Then again, we could investigate the possibility of adoption...that's how our mothers married our father, as he had no family to contact." She frowns. "Are mothers in the outside world not expected to raise their children? I don't understand why they would punish someone for letting a mother keep her baby."
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:38 am (UTC)
He gives her an owlish look, blinking in confusion. "Sorry? I'm not quite following your line there, about mothers raising their children. I mean, my mother raised me. It's just that my uncle helped out. So did most of the crew on whatever ship she was working on at the time. And I doubt my mother would have any problem 'presenting' me. She'd think it's all stuff and nonsense, but as long as she gets what she thinks is her due, and I'm happy, she'd go along with it."
Jan. 10th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
She seems relieved to hear about his childhood. "Sorry...it's just that our father told me that he and his sister rarely saw their parents, and Heather mentioned that Mr. Winters never knew his. Perhaps it's only in the Empire that things are so backward." A sour look crosses her features. "It makes sense, especially since they expelled Papa from his home city just for trying to help our aunt keep her child." She sighs. "I still wonder what became of her." She quirks a half-smile. "It seems we both have lost cousins."

She sobers then. "Going back to your questions...husbands are expected to sleep with all their wives; it increases the chance of having children." She holds up a finger. "Of course, waiting until a wife is old enough, in the case of younger sisters, is fine."
Jan. 10th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
Tobias lets out a sigh of audible relief. "Well, I would hope so! I mean, Marigold and Heather are pretty girls but... ah... they're just girls. Mind you, if Mr. Winters continues his pursuit of Heather, someone might want to explain the facts of life in your tribe to him." He looks up at Lily critically. "No, perhaps not just yet. The first time he sees you dancing after he's told is going to open up his imagination something fierce."

The first part of her statement catches up to him. "So... both Peregrine and I also have to sleep with all of the sisters eventually...correct? I mean, it's just the sisters, not the whole extended family, right?" He thinks on it for a few moments, his face quite serious and devoid of any lecherous or ribald expression. When he does speak, his voice is full of honest curiosity. "How does such a thing work, Lily? I mean... Is there a pecking order as far as who goes when and with whom? How are such things decided without feelings getting hurt? How much say does the husband have and how much say do the wives have?"

Suddenly he blanches, going quite pale as he realizes the implications of what they are discussing and who he is discussing it with. "How do-" He gulps. "How do you feel about... about sleeping with me? And, and Rose? Gods know what Heather thinks!"
Jan. 10th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
She smiles in a way she hopes is reassuring. "Second question first. I think you are a most admirable man, and pleasing to the eye as well. Peregrine still holds my heart, but I'd not be averse to sharing a bed. Rose has always wanted children; I don't think it really matters to her who sires them. Heather..." she gestures a little vaguely. "She's only just becoming a woman; her courses aren't even regular yet. But despite appearances, she seems to respect you, in her own way.

"As to the first question...it is just the sisters, yes. Were it otherwise, the men might die of exhaustion!" She can't help smiling, just a little, at the mental image of a husband trying to service all the women in a family, but then she tries to school her features back into a semblance of seriousness. "Usually, sisters decide amongst ourselves who sleeps with whom, and when, but we are willing to discuss it with the men. Should they have a preference, they may make it known, and smart wives will take it into account." She sighs. "I know our ways are strange to those outside the tribe, but this is the best way I can explain them."
Jan. 11th, 2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
"That's... reassuring, Lily. I feel much the same way towards you. And when it's just us, outside of ship's business? Please, call me Tobias, not sir or captain." Tobias raises his eyebrows. "And strange? Maybe. The further I get out into the skies, I less I find is normal anyway."

"The idea of having another man sire children off of Iris... It's a little hard to swallow," he admits calmly. "I can see right now that there are going to be a lot of questions I have for your father, man to man. But seen from the point of view of the family as a whole? I'll not gainsay it. Seeing you and your sisters working together shows that it's system that works."

Tobias chuckles. "Mind you, if we're following your tribe's customs, we should find a way to follow some old pirate traditions as well. What makes it difficult is not knowing whether to have just Iris kidnapped on the wedding day or all of you at once! Well, those of you who are of age at any rate."

Closing his eyes, he gives a soft smile. "When Iris is awake... Would you have her come see me? I think... I think there are things she and I need to talk about, whether my tongue trips or not."

Edited at 2013-01-11 05:56 pm (UTC)
Jan. 12th, 2013 02:42 am (UTC)
She makes a sound of agreement at his request. "I will. For now, get some rest." Her tone takes on a note of command. "Doctor's orders."
Jan. 12th, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
His eyes don't open again, but the smile remains. He gives her hand a final squeeze before letting go and sleepily saying, "Aye-Aye, Doctor."
( 15 words — Speak? )


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