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30 June 2012 @ 04:42 pm
By the Sea [ota, tag friends?]  

Maristelle was four months old, now - babbling and cooing and laughing away and beginning to communicate likes and dislikes. One of her likes was to be by the sea and look out at it. It ended, of course - everything in this place came to an end - but you couldn't tell from the docks where Vianne was standing, Maristelle held on her chest with a shawl, little arms and legs poking out and moving as she trilled happily.

They'd closed the shop early today, as they had so many times since Maristelle's birth. Vianne could really use help, but was loath to put an ad up - she believed that someone would blow in, as people always did. Someone would need a home, a family. And you chose your family - isn't that what her mother had always said? A new village, a new family. An aunt, a grandfather... here they had Draco, they had Anne. And before: Severus, Jack...

Jack had been gone a few months now, and Vianne sensed his lack as she stood on the dock. His boat was gone, there were no rum bottles lying about in the sand. She missed him. Not as fiercely as she still missed Roux or Severus, but now she had another daughter to bring up without a father. Though at least this time she knew who the father was - and so did he, if he could remember anything now that he was back in the Caribbean, back impossibly far in the past, dying before even Vianne could be born, much less Maristelle. But this was a strange place, Haurvatat... and perhaps he would come again. Perhaps he would remember.

Anouk missed him, too - as she missed Roux. She'd never been so close with Severus. Anouk was growing, and though her own growth was much slower than the baby upon her chest, Vianne fancied she could still see it, as Anouk sat upon the dock, playing some game with sticks, Pantoufle close by she was sure although Anouk rarely mentioned him anymore. But then, Anouk was not telling her everything - every thought, every wish - as she once had. Her child was growing. And growing stronger in magic, as well...

Vianne's own talents were domestic, mostly. Imbued into her chocolates, to give people a lift they sorely needed: courage, passion, hope, even comfort. They'd put up new red sachets over the door and windows of their home and shop on the solstice to keep out unwanted spirits, read her mother's cards, burned incense all night, and stayed up to greet the sun. She'd seen Pantoufle, then. A grey blur on her daughter's heels, a totem animal of sorts, visible only to those who had eyes to see things hidden, visible only when Anouk's spark of magic illuminated him. Vianne thought again that she really must see about that magic school... see if Anouk liked the idea, if she could belong there. There'd been a man hanging about the shop, bothering Anouk, and Vianne had come up just in time to see her daughter fork her fingers and BAM the man had suddenly remembered he needed to be elsewhere... stopped in the middle of a sentence and didn't even seem to notice... a blank look on his face as though he'd just been shocked, or hit with a frying pan. Just a cantrip, almost anyone could learn those, but the force of it had even made Vianne start.

One daughter, also a witch, and one too young to say... but hadn't there been something about Jack, too? He'd had a spark of something... For the thousandth time, she wished the village would have let him stay. Him, and Severus... and all the other friends they'd lost in their time here.

"Do you think the wind can blow them back, Maman?" asked Anouk, looking up at her, now. She'd known her mother's thoughts as she stared at the water. Scrying, her mother would call it, and it was a talent they both possessed. But even without that, from the expression on her face and her colors, Anouk might have guessed where her mother's thoughts had wandered.

"I don't know, Nanou. I wish I did." And then they again lapsed into silent contemplation of the wind. It was a summer wind, fat and slow, full of the promise of hope and good times. But winds shifted.



[[TL;DR I know... but I just finished reading the sequel to Chocolat (The Girl With No Shadow) and it's going to effect my portrayal of them a little... the magic in that one is a lot closer to the surface, a lot less vague. And Pantoufle is going to be a rabbit like the books, not a kangaroo like the movie. Though I'm going to stick with the Mayan mother story. Or, rather, Vianne is. Now that that's all cleared up... feel free to meet them wherever you like: as they close the shop, on the streets, at the docks. <3 I'M BAAAACK!!!]]
 
 
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Faith Lehane: carryin' the babymilestogo_730 on July 1st, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
After visiting the Dojo to get Giles' things and only leaving with a picture and a stake, since Buffy was going to get the rest, she thought she'd spend some time with her son.

So she'd picked him up early from the sitters and took his stroller out to the beach. And she spotted Vianne and Anouk on the dock so she headed in that direction, smiling and giving a wave when they looked her way, "Hey there." Then she saw the baby, "Guess we had the same plan, huh?"
Vianne Rocher: !happyclevernorthwind on July 3rd, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
Vianne nodded, smiling. "I find it's a good place to think."

Anouk stood up and waved before running over. "You brought Ed, too?"
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 3rd, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
"Yeah, and the breeze is nice in this weather." she nodded, then smiled down at Anouk reaching to pull Ed from the stroller, "I did. Figured he might like to play in the sand."
Vianne Rocher: !loverclevernorthwind on July 3rd, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
"Careful he doesn't eat too much of it." Vianne said as she came off the dock, down to the sand. Mimi was waving and grinning and laughing and cooing, now - staring at the sea had calmed her for a moment, but she was back to her somewhat rambunctious self.
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 3rd, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
She hefted up Ed on her hip nearly 11 months old now, so he'd gotten big, and very curious. He liked people so when he saw them he laughed and started to babble. He knew a few words now, but not many.

"Yeah, gotta watch this guy like a hawk."
Vianne Rocherclevernorthwind on July 3rd, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)
"How old is he, now? Mimi's four months so he must be..." Vianne tried to recall.
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 3rd, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
"Born in the end of August, so he's almost a year already." she smiled, kissing the top of his head, "Time flies, huh?"
Vianne Rocher: !happyclevernorthwind on July 3rd, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
"Indeed. I remember when this one was just a babe in arms, herself." She said, ruffling Anouk's hair. "And now she'll be ten in the fall..."
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 3rd, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
"Double digits, huh?" she smiled, looking at the girl, "You gonna have a party?"
Anouk: sitting happyentitled2hate on July 3rd, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
"Of course." Anouk said. "And you'll be invited. Everyone will."
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 3rd, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
"Me and Ed will definitely be there." Faith promised with a grin, Ed giggled when she bounced him.
Vianne Rocherclevernorthwind on July 3rd, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
"October. Maybe he'll be talking by then, hmm?"
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 3rd, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
"Maybe." she agreed, "He's got 'mama', 'horsie', and 'peaches' down now. Maybe he'll have a full sentence to string together soon." Faith chuckled.
Vianne Rocher: !laughingclevernorthwind on July 3rd, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
"Peaches? A favorite food, I'm guessing?" Vianne said with a laugh.
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 3rd, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
"Yeah.... too bad they make his..." Faith wrinkled her nose, "Well, lets just say diaper duty after isn't so fun."
Vianne Rocher: !happyclevernorthwind on July 3rd, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
"Yes... may want to keep him to half a one a day." Vianne said, her eyes sparkling with amusement.
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 3rd, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
"Yeah... good plan." Faith agreed with a firm nod.
Vianne Rocher: !happyclevernorthwind on July 4th, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
"Otherwise, how are thing? Work going well?"
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 4th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
"Good. Better than they were... at the beginning of the year." When Cole left. She looked out at the water, "I'm seeing someone..."
Vianne Rocher: !surprisedclevernorthwind on July 4th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Vianne was surprised. "Are you, now? Going to tell me who?"
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 4th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
"Dean Winchester." she told her, a soft shy smile forming on her lips.
Vianne Rocher: !happyclevernorthwind on July 4th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
"Hmm, I don't think I've met him. You'll have to bring him by the shop." Vianne smiled and winked. "I'll guess his favorite."
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 4th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
She nodded, "I'll have to do that. He'll definitely jump at the chance to stuff his face with chocolate." Faith said it fondly, then bounced Ed, looking down at him with a grin, "Won't he, Ed? Dean loves sugar, huh?"

Ed gave a shrill and clearly happy baby giggle.
Vianne Rocherclevernorthwind on July 4th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
"And he doesn't mind Ed?" she asked, though she guessed not.
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 4th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
"Not at all..." she smiled, thinking of Dean and how he was with Ed, "Even offers to do his diapers sometimes. Babysits all the time too."
Vianne Rocher: !happyclevernorthwind on July 4th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
"Sounds like a man to hold on to." Vianne said, grinning. "I'm glad for you."
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 4th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
Faith was happy, which before she hadn't known if she'd ever get back to again, "He is. And thank you..." She was determined not to lose him like Cole. If he left, he'd track his ass down no matter what.
Vianne Rocher: !looking downclevernorthwind on July 4th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
Vianne was silent for a moment, again thinking of Jack... but also of Severus and Roux.
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 4th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
She took in her expression, sad too to see it, "Are you alright?"
Vianne Rocher: !looking downclevernorthwind on July 4th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
"Just remembering those I've lost." she said, and put on a brave smile.
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 4th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
Faith reached a free hand to touch Vianne's shoulder, "I... I get it. Least you didn't start any bar fights like me, yeah?"
Vianne Rocher: !half shadowclevernorthwind on July 4th, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
"True, true. But it seems I have three men on my mind, not a one of them I can see anymore." she sighed.
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 4th, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
She frowned, moving her hand to touch the back of Maristelle's head, "Least you've got her and Anouk though..."

Faith didn't want to try and comfort her that she'd find someone and all the garbage that she'd hated hearing after Cole left.
Vianne Rocherclevernorthwind on July 4th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
"Yes, and I wouldn't trade either of them for the world." She said, bending to kiss Mimi's head as she gurgled.
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 4th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
"Same here. For Ed." Her son looked up at her, clearly knowing his name and gave her a mostly toothless smile.
Vianne Rocherclevernorthwind on July 4th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
After a moment of silence, Vianne changed the subject.
"We should probably go and have dinner now - Have you eaten, Faith?"
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 4th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
"No, not yet." she shook her head, "So, if you're offering..."
Vianne Rocher: !happyclevernorthwind on July 4th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
"I was." she smile. "I was thinking savory crepes, perhaps? With cheese and vegetables and maybe a bit of leftover chicken."

Anouk grinned at Faith. "Her crepes are wonderful!"
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 4th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
Faith smiled at the two of them, "Sounds like it. Maybe you could show me how to make them too?"
Vianne Rocherclevernorthwind on July 4th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
"Of course. Shall we go?"

[[fade?]]
Faith Lehanemilestogo_730 on July 4th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
"Yes." Faith agreed, "Let's."

[[ooc: kay! <3 ]]
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