Monday, July 13, 2009

Obligatory Bridal Shop Scene

The aren't many bridal shops in Khayr-ad Din. In fact, there aren't any at all. It just so happens though, that Jacqueline Bruna runs an exclusive dress shop for the city's jet-set, located in the newly renovated Core Tower. And that's where Natalia Meredine and her friends found themselves one hot spring afternoon.

"Wait. Why am I here again?" Natty glared at herself in the full length mirror, greatly disappointed. The dress she was currently trying on had "too many buckles and not enough bustle," as Avatanya put it. It was all wrong, and did not do her, nor Ms. Bruna's shop, any justice. Natty fumbled with the zipper, scowling. Then her hands shook. She tried to swallow. Her knees buckled. Natty could feel the world swallow her up.

"Are you alright miss?" Jacqueline Bruna raised an eyebrow, demonstratin' just the right level of concern a high-end Core Tower shopkeep was supposed to show towards someone from the Badlands Caravan Guild.

"She's fine. It's just nerves, is all," Avatanya Brom stepped in between shopkeep and customer, her voice mothering and husky, "poor thing's getting married this week. To a duelist," she appended with the disapproval she knew that someone such as Ms. Bruna might appreciate.

"Oh! Many happy returns then, miss...?" Jackie Bruna was a good judge of character, and she quickly determined that the bride-to-be and her entourage were definitely characters.

"Meredine," Natty nodded, barely standing; she leaned heavily on Avatanya's arm, while Tessa and Karin circled the wagons, drawing up a screen of potential dresses and accessories to shield Natty from prying eyes.

"I'm fine, I'm fine," Natty scowled as she gulped for air, whispering, "just the stress... Just think Av," she straightened, "getting married is more aggravating than getting shot at."

Avatanya snorted.

"Miss Bruna," Natty smiled to the girls as she slipped out of the dress. She breathed out slowly and regained her composure, "I've been shot at, clobbered, concussed, bombed and I've even once had the distinct pleasure of rappelling down the side of the Paxton Executive Tower."

Jacqueline Bruna approached, sizing up her customer, "it would seem you've led a full and adventurous life."

Natty sussed herself out in the mirror, crossed her arms and then shot a glance over at her three companions. The four caravan women exchanged a knowing smile. Jacqueline Bruna didn't know the half of it.

"How about this?" Jacqueline produced a sheer purple dress. It was all of elegant, simple, alluring and vivacious.

"Yes," Natty nodded moments later. She looked herself over again in the mirror, wearing the sumptuous dress, "that man doesn't stand a chance. This is the dress I'll be wearing when I start my greatest adventure."

Tessa let out a little sob. Karin wasn't far behind with the waterworks.

"Yeah," Avatanya nodded, "but what about shoes?"


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