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The Two Before Their Miracle teaser

May 10th, 2010 (03:15 am)
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current mood: amused

Reading Twelfth Night got me thinking about the little bits and pieces of info that have come up throughout the series, and I couldn't help feeling that even though it's a SS and not a main storyline novel, that the bits in it are actually rather important. A lot of little details came out about when Edgar's family was killed and him kidnapped. And while I'm not yet ready to start writing it up, one tiny little detail from the SS in the fanbook struck me as potentially becoming important as well. I ended up spending most of the night looking through past posts to see if I'd actually mentioned anything about the SS in that book, but I'm not finding anything. ^^; Hopefully I haven't actually written this up before. As it is, it's just a teaser for the story for now. :P


Going through the marble-floored long gallery, the great hall where the grand staircase connected the first floor to the second opened up before the young boy. The stairs curved majestically, and the boy slowly climbed up them before coming to a halt on the landing.

The gracefully curving but sturdy oak banister gleamed as though enticing the boy, "slide down me."

But portraits hung on the wall beside the staircase, and their stern faces looked down at the boy on the landing.

They were the portraits of the ancestors of the Duke of Sylvanford.

"Young Master"

For an instant, he thought that one of the portraits had spoken and he gazed at them intently.

"Please stop sliding the banister for fun."

But the voice was that of a steward who has served the household for many years.

Heavy wrinkles threatened to bury the white-bearded elderly man's eyes as he stared up at the boy from the floor below.

"I'm not so childish as to do that sort of thing," he said feigning innocence.

"If so, that's fine. The last duke slid down the banister when he was a child only to be scolded by one of the ancestors in the portraits."

"I'm not so childish as to be frightened by such stories either."

The young boy laughed but the steward was solemn as he climbed the stairs and stood next to the boy as he looked up at a painting. The large collar on the ancestor seemed almost comical now, but he had the same ash-mauve eyes as the young boy. From the date written in the corner, it was done almost 300 years ago.

"This person was apparently the fifth son of the duke of that time, but apparently he was good friends with Earl Ashenbert."

The young boy shrugged as though indifferent.

So the steward elaborated, "I believe you will know who Earl Ashenbert is if I tell you he's more formally known as the Earl of Ibrazel."

"The Lord of Ibrazel? You mean the Blue Knight Earl?" he couldn't help asking. His voice was filled with curiosity.

The Earl of Ibrazel. Edward I's retainer who had been granted that rank had been known as Lord Blue knight. Since then, that name has been passed down as the name or one of England earls.

Which meant that it wouldn't be unusual for the young boy's ancestor, who lived during the same time, to be on good terms with the person who'd inherited the name of the Earl of Ibrazel.

They were both members of the nobility, and if they were to meet at court, it was possible that their friendship would grow beyond the simple acquaintanceship that would form from taking part in society.

But for the young boy, the Earl of Ibrazel was the main character of stories.

The fantastic fairy stories said to have been based on the Lord Blue Knight were very interesting and he'd read them many times.

Said to have holdings in Fae lands, the story went that the Lord Blue Knight brought fairy vassals with him and at times used unusual powers as he served and helped Edward I.

"Huh. So did my ancestor also become friends with the fae?"

Naturally it was a story. While it wasn't the least bit unusual for the Lord Blue Knight to have actually existed or for the lineage to have continued, the boy didn't think he'd actually come from Faerie.

But like a child, he asked that question for the steward's sake.

The steward grinned. Apparently he liked such mysterious stories. He remembered in fine detail which rooms in the old mansion ghosts were said to appear in or in which rooms a lamp would light on its own and enjoyed frightening guests with those tales.

"That detail is unknown. However, the person in this portrait went to sea with the Earl and never returned."

"The Earl also didn't return?"

"Right. Since then, apparently there's no record of any person bearing the name of the Earl of Ibrazel presenting himself to the monarch."

Most likely the ship had sunk. It often happens.

"I see. So the Lord Blue Knight's line no longer exists."

"Hmm, I wonder. It's a lineage from fairy lands, so it could be that by the time you go to the Queen's court that the Earl of Ibrazel is once again causing excitement in society.

"Huh, I'd like to meet him," the boy said out of pure interest.

Whether the earl had mysterious powers or not, most likely he would be as fascinating as the stories of the Lord Blue Knight that captivated adults and children alike.

"That way, I'd be able to ask about the fate of my ancestor."

The young boy and the steward both smiled, and the young boy innocently imagined how fun it would be to talk with the Earl of Ibrazel at the Queen's court.


Wow! Six months of no practise has left me oh so rusty. >.<;

Um... enjoy?

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Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: May 10th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
LaviClueless

But Edgar is, or is only pretending(??), to be the Blue Knight Earl, right? Brain doesn't want to work this morning.

Thanks for the teaser!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 10th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)

He's the Blue Knight Earl now, but this teaser is from when he's still a little boy. (Young enough that he slides down banisters. LOL! )

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: May 10th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
E&Raven

Okie, but says friend of his ancestor was the Earl, not his ancestor.
"This person was apparently the fifth son of the duke of that time, but apparently he was good friends with Earl Ashenbert."

That's why I'm confused. ^^*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 11th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)

That's because Edgar is actually the son of the Duke of Sylvanford (revealed in the second anime story. He was born Edgar Leeland and given the courtesy title Marquess of Mordang - revealed in book 10). As far as we're aware (and him too), he's not related to the Earl's family. The rank of Earl of Ibrazel has sat empty for 300 years, and thanks to Lydia's help in getting the sword, he was able to use it in order to 'legitimize' his claim to the Earl's rank. (In truth, he has no claim to that title.)

From just the main novels, Edgar's real family (Leeland) has no ties with the Ashenberts, but this one scene suggests that one member of Edgar's family has in fact gone off somewhere with the Earl.

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: May 11th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Midori

Roger that sensei. Thank-you!

Posted by: wanderingdreamr (wanderingdreamr)
Posted at: May 11th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)

D'aw, my grandparents house actually has an impressive banister but the impressive 12 or so foot drop has always kept me from trying it out. Take advantage now Edgar, Lydia will scold you later!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 11th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)

Yikes! That sort of drop would definitely have me thinking twice (or more) about trying a stunt like that. ^^;

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