⚜ // iris in a castle of roses and thorns
[Of course, I get someone’s name wrong. ಠ_ಠ It was bound to happen eventually (especially since names and dates are the bane of my existence irl), but I tarnished poor Headmaster Percival’s reputation in the process.
Totally forgot about this; it’s Monday in the rp.]
Although pleased her impromptu pep talk had rekindled the jester’s smile, Elyse could only muster an uncommitted nod in response. Hands drawn behind her back, she dug her nails into uncalloused fingers to distract herself from the tidal wave of uneasiness that threatened to overwhelm her. Staring unseeingly into the distance, a faint frown manages to contort her once neutral expression as the girl fell into one of her inconsistently occurring moments of silence, accidentally allowing her guard to fall as the perfect mask cracked.
“Yeah, sure.” Accepting his fate, the disgruntled prince could only agree. The only benefit he could see from being with these two was the possibility of learning more about the elusive Eiris family. His previous excursion to Aulasea had uncovered nothing and his family, not wanting to take any chances, had decided against allying with their neighbor despite all the benefits that could be reaped from having friendly relations with such a highly self-sufficient kingdom. Of all the kingdoms that could lie just beyond the mountainous peaks that separated the two kingdoms, it just had to be the one that was ruled from within a raging sandstorm that was their neighbor. Not wanting to dwell any longer on the topic, Valentine’s scrutinizing gaze wandered the premises for a distraction.
Unsurprised by the sudden lack of interest once he brings up the many duties of being a mock monarch, Headmaster Percival had come to expect a handful at most to remain. However, the newly added responsibilities and now individually handled public announcements left him only with three. This was unfortunate but all he could do was hail one of the leaving students back with a request. As he waited, Headmaster Percival finished the inquiries and without too much delay, announced this year’s mock monarchs. Handing the appointed trio a large envelope each, he explained, “In the envelope are some instructions on how to access the roll and an announcement. Be sure to register everyone properly and read the announcement once the maximum limit has been reached. The three of you will head out first. Do try to get there and set up before the other students arrive. If you have any questions or concerns, please address them before you leave.”
Embarrassed that she was caught looking, Mirai slipped through the open theater doors to mingle with the other students. No one seemed to be paying her any mind however panic seized control of her body when she noticed Elysia was headed in her direction. Not realizing she was holding her breath, she let out a sigh of relief when the other girl brushed past, returning to the theater.
When the person he had summoned had finally arrived, the headmaster shifted his attention to the princess joining the group on the stage. Normally he would not seek someone out but given the available spot, he could think of no better person to fill the last position. “Good morning Elysia.” He smiled. He was well aware of the grief the young girl caused his teaching staff but after speaking with her on a few occasions and observing her for many more, he was certain that she could handle such a taxing workload – it would also keep the girl too preoccupied to cause mischief in class... hopefully. “There is an opening for the West Kingdom, would you like to the position?”
Brain short-circuiting, Elyse almost gaped at the headmaster. She really didn’t want the responsibility; not to mention that the idea of being a mock queen had never once crossed her mind! Yet… Finding herself unable to reject the headmaster, whom she probably knew better than most students and alumni, Elyse numbly agreed to the sudden promotion. Accepting the envelope with both hands, the third year forced herself to adopt a more natural and carefree expression before she wandered back out into the lobby, this time heading straight out the doors instead of staring blankly through them.
[Location of the South Kingdom is moved to the castle gate to the south to avoid having students congregating at the plaza and location of the East Kingdom moved to the former marketplace in the east for the students' safety]