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Author Topic: Open Communication  (Read 1034 times)


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Open Communication
« on: June 03, 2018, 01:02:39 PM »
A little to the left..., it seemed like such a small thing, but Dagmar knew, everything had to be perfect. Including the cups lining up on the saucers. Admit it, you are obsessing! Fíli's first time over after officially courting didn't get this detail! The maiden pushed that thought aside, roughly even, and apologized to her late fiance even as she did such. She didn't mean to forget him, even for a moment, never would but...she needed to focus!

So much was riding on this. Everything in fact! Never-mind her youngest brother had already been married, a full week! That was what made the timing almost crucial. Dags had mulled over that too! She wanted to give the two space, but...also didn't want to wait too long before letting dear Líknví know of exactly how far her acceptance; nay joy! went. The girl had to be officially welcomed into the family not a moment too soon!

Dagmar wouldn't say she worried her own mother's reactions may have lacked.

A simple invitation to tea and biscuits, in an unused party room where to two could hopefully have privacy and she wouldn't have to worry about any of the boys coming through, was perhaps too casual, but Dags hoped it was just non-pressuring enough.

Of course conversation would be a sticking point without Fritz here, but...Dags felt confident she could make that work too! If she read an entire notebook of replies to her sunny questions she would be content and help it along even!

This was all about getting to know her new sister (Dags would even drop the technical in-law) and putting her at ease.

Fussing over proper social manners such as down to the detail of the cups may have seemed snobbish of the Noble's daughter, even rubbing it in Líknví's face, but Dagmar of course meant it in the opposite way. Líknví would get all of the attention to detail people once put to Dagmar herself! Pointless or no.

Liv's daughter then turned her attention to the tea biscuits themselves, and realized from what little Fritz had said that she had her work cut out for her even in selecting. Líknví apparently knew biscuits, making things herself, and so was likely to know if they were not good.

"There...", she stepped back and surveyed her work once more. "I think that will do it!". Now she just had to wait to see if Líknví would actually show.



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Re: Open Communication
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2018, 12:33:45 AM »
It was all so overwhelming so as to be almost intimidating; of course Fritz would never make anything intimidating, not even the super personal and as his own hesitant reassurances on patience proved and guarded her hesitancies.

Not that her now husband wasn’t impulsive still, but it only made patience stand out the more!

She had a lot of in-laws to please though, and her mother-in-law most of all! Of course it was apparently always like that, and not to fault Liv either. She was only rightly so concerned. Kophas and Dagmar were easier in that she already knew they liked her, or didn’t disapprove at least.

The invitation to tea was proof of her new sister-in-law’s acceptance, and Líknví was grateful for the effort extended as it were, she was just also unsure for the same reasons Fritz had only dispelled so far even now, and Appearances and such things.

It shouldn’t be Lí’s fault if her new extended family looked bad in any way.

Yet Fritz, Kvas, Rian, they had all done so much over so many years to help her confidence, Lí tried to take some of it here to not disappoint her new sister also by refusing.

Still, even in a social fitting pale blue dress that many said went well with her eyes and Fritz had all but insisted she go pick out for herself, among other treasures, she tugged lightly at a plait bound lock held with a silver bird pin that was not Kvasir’s but had been about the only wrought metal she’d bought for its delicate from that even seemed to hold a branch and could be a dove and to have her own as it were.

Not that Kvasir’s own being her Something Borrowed hadn’t been so meaningful.

Straightening from her jitters, Líknví continued on, the sound of her boots almost being surprising still and after so long running about barefoot, soon reaching the door to the room and peering in.

Dagmar, she threw her made up sign for her sister in law, she was working on giving everyone one. Kophas was just a shoulder tap to indicate his bird, Andar’s sort of the signs for Gentle and Stable (the emotion) together. Dags of course was Sun and Bright in context at least, and if it came off.

Spotting her new sister, Lí walked in, giving a shy wave.

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Re: Open Communication
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2019, 02:53:44 AM »
Dags knew she wouldn't hear Líknví call to her when she came in (well, she could, but knew the girl probably would still feel more comfortable with her signing) and so kept her attention steadily on the door...and good thing she did!

Fritz had tried to explain it, that special feeling Lí gave by way of nicknaming, even in sign, but Dags hadn't fully got it until her sister had felt comfortable enough with her to tag her as well.

Of course hesitant explanations had to be given of what the words meant at times, Fritz was the Iglishmêk expert--though Kophas wasn't too bad--still...once Líknví had told what Dags' meant!

Not that she was the first to use Sunny as a description, in fact it should have reminded of Fíli a bit too much, much as her brothers used it too, was beyond touching!

She caught the sign now, and beamed! Feeling those emotions all over again as Líknví used it.

"Lí!", Dags was trying and threw those two cursory letters out in hopefully not too botched Iglishmêk as she approached to immediately hug her newest sister!

She also made sure to speak clearly as she stepped back, despite her grin, "Thankyou so much for coming! I know all of this is...a bit much, but it's just the two of us, don't you worry!", she squeezed Líknví's hands, "Oh, how are you settling in? Come, sit!", Dags next lead her over towards the table, trying, but arguably failing, to keep her cheerfulness from being too much.

”Scone?”, her enunciating clearly, and handing out and over the plate conveyed this offer once Lí was sat!



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Re: Open Communication
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2019, 02:30:53 AM »
Líknví knew she wasn't quite original with Sunny, but...honestly it just fit so well! As Dagmar went on to prove by her attempt at Iglishmêk and hug! With a grin, Lí just as eagerly hugged her back. She had grown up around plenty of other women, but never claimed any of them as sisters and now...she was glad. Because Dagmar was so perfect of one.

She supposed in a way she got to claim Arndís as well, but Dagmar was her literally sister-in-law with on less step between, and she knew more firmly how Fritz's sister felt about her.

Líknví also, because Fritz kept nothing secret now that she was one of the clan, knew the particulars of the twins' birth, but...Arndís need not fear judgement from her. Líknví knew of so much worse, though to hear of one of Fritz's brothers falling from the pedestal she'd put them on too had been a bit discouraging. Still the child of a brothel would not comment.

Líknví could worry further about sussing out how everyone felt about her later and after this day with Dagmar though! Líknví wanted to tell Dags that when she got going, and for good, she saw similarities in her sunny sharing of words and Fritz's own chattering, but instead she just smiled and answered the questions.

Made a sudden decision of further trying on her end as well. "Tha's a gu''an ya...". She nodded and signed a thanks as she took the scone.

"th'an ya 'gan fa' tha' 'anva't, 'at...". Líknví sighed a bit frustrated with herself, she couldn't say this properly through her words, but feared her signs would be less understood.

I don't know what you know, but it means the world, though all your family...our family's great, and I'm sorry about the prince and I don't want to make things hard and...

Líknví dropped off her signing that had started flying off her hands also and sighed again. She gave a rueful smile and pulled the small notebook she'd brought just in case, writing this much of what she tried to say, then scratching out the part about the prince, but not restarting the page before going on.

You're doing good, but...I just have so much to say. I'm sorry if I shouldn't have brought it up, but I want you to fully know how much I'm here for you too if you need anything. I know Fritz probably told you, way back,'s still true.

But I'll attempt a normal tea-time without having to stop every five seconds to write.

I don't know much gossip though, I know, growing up around so many women I should

She handed over a slight jest with that last and showed it by smirking once she caught Dagmar's eye again, showing her her own sign of talking with her hand complete with a head-shake. "Na' a'fasal", she explained with another grin.

"Things are good....thank-you"
"Thankyou again for the invite, it..."
"Not official"
« Last Edit: May 16, 2019, 02:34:34 AM by Líknví »

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Re: Open Communication
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2019, 01:19:57 AM »
As Líknví answered her back with spoken words, Dagmar couldn't be more delighted, knowing the Letting In that it represented and showed she'd earned. Oh and she wouldn't judge the sound one bit either, though she didn't know her brother had said the same as well, it was so special and sweet; and not as hard to follow as the younger Dwarf probably feared.

Líknví stalled on trying to get her words out fast enough, though, it seemed, resorting to signs, which Dags' green eyes fell to following just as effortlessly, she felt. The half-made-up sort of helping in that where it would perhaps be confusing it was intuitive. She got the gist anyway, and that was all that was needed. Dags glanced from Líknví's hands to her face to try to gauge her comfort level, keeping that reassuring smile and nodding every so often.

The Noble's daughter grimaced unsure though as Líknví had to fall to a third method of communication, already feeling like jumping in to reassure, but waiting out Líknví finishing and handing the paper over, next glancing up briefly to catch the further jest and grinning and laughing brightly to show she got it, before her look fell to more somber just with her own reassurances she wanted to convey and of course the mention of Fíli.

"Oh Lí don't have anything to be sorry for. He did, but...thank-you again for saying it...", Dags made sure to enunciate clearly as she smiled, reaching over to grip Líknví's hand and give it a small squeeze of further communication, "I...will probably always miss Fíli...not probably...", Dags went on to correct softly, "I know I will...", she hated that she blinked a bit, since it undid her point she was trying to get out.

"But I don't want you to ever let...what happened with me stop you from sharing every wonderful joy of your own, and not for my sake, for yours! I want to...share in it with you, the way we do when we watch the twins or...well any and all of it. And I'll read your entire notebook if that's the easiest way for you to convey your thoughts...whatever works best for you, but...there is nothing wrong in your sweet voice also and I can follow you perfectly so...never fear".

She then giggled, "And yes, I'm afraid gossip exists all across the board, and your sign is very...perfect,'s not exactly gossip if I ask you if you heard about what happened to my father just last week?". Chatting about one's own was not gossiping, and Anlaf was Líknví's father-in-law so it was just two sister's sharing between each-other, like Dags had said.

She gave Líknví her hand back to next pour for the both of them and then pick up her own tea cup as she went on.

"So, the Military General had stopped him and asked to speak with him at one of those parties even I'm losing count of. Fadi has to go to even more than we do, my mother making him and 'it being important and all'", her tone conveyed this was what Liv kept stressing anyway, and in nothing but a good way, before she realized tone didn't help Lí, but maybe her expression while saying it did also, "Well, they stopped right by a fancy ice sculpture...let me know if I'm not talking clearly also...and apparently the good General was talking Fadi's ear off a bit about defenses and such. He and Balin are still deferred to, he doesn't do this often mind you, but my father went and actually forgot himself in the midst of a social setting and in his patiently waiting out the General being done, leaned a hand upon said ice sculpture, almost toppling it. He saved it of course, or mostly, but...the head...", Dags tried and failed to cover a laugh, "I don't know what kind of bird it was supposed to be, and that't not an artistic criticism I just didn't see it, but the head was apparently in perfect position to get clipped by the beam as he tried to save it and it went spinning across the floor", Dags let more of her laugh out, "Oh, I wasn't there to see my mother's face but I wish I had been!". Mostly exasperated she would guess.



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Re: Open Communication
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2019, 03:03:55 AM »
Dagmar of course was instantly reassuring, and reached over to squeeze Líknví hand in support. The quieter young Dwarf smiled back. She didn't know of Rian's cousin's pondering, while on the road with Kophas, of...just quite the good anomaly this whole family was, but especially on the inside now, she saw it. Daily!

She wondered again if she'd messed up as her sister-in-law blinked, but Dags was soon moving past it as best she could and going on with her point. Oh so touching a point, that had Lí smiling the more she read, both in genuine emotion, and to show she did catch the words!

"And yes, I'm afraid gossip exists all across the board, and your sign is very...perfect,'s not exactly gossip if I ask you if you heard about what happened to my father just last week?".

Líknví's pale blue eyes sparked interest! A less than flattering story on the great Counselor Anlaf? Was there an action that spoke more of her inclusion? And she promised to guard it with all the safety one of theirs (as she was now!) would!

"Na', wa'..?”, she breathed. Of course it had been half rhetorical, and Dagmar thankfully went on anyway. She said more than she thought she said by way of the story, as Líknví had a feeling no doubt she knew. Lí gave one small nod, to show she was still following, perfectly.

Líknví's own laugh echoed in the hall along with Dagmar's, possibly louder than she'd ever let herself before, or when anyone but Kvas and Rian were ever around, and it was her own show that she let Dagmar hear it, though she could also have hardly stopped the sound if she really wanted to. The story was surprisingly funny, sure, but Dagmar's joy was just so infectious, even without being able to hear it; though Lí was sorry that on her end she missed the sound of Dags’ no doubt sunny laugh as well.

This was nice.

Lí turned her attention to what stories she might have worth sharing. She soon came up with one, but...

She smiled up to Dagmar again, almost shyly. ”Da’s i’ bre’ sa’ ru’ ta’ tal’ a’ Fizz?”, she wondered and asked. Was there some loyalty rule that stopped her?

She might have next moment feared such a question, if Dags prior words hadn’t reassured, and she realized she was not the one with the most ammo perhaps!

No, telling about ‘yesterday’ was the perfect share between sisters!

Líknví grinned, and bent to her book to write out the tale, knowing Dags would patiently wait her out as Kvas and Rian both did.

He put a shelf on upside down. Or crooked at-least.

Being a smith, I’m sure he thought he could fix anything, and a shelf was simple!

That wouldn’t be so funny but...he then tried to hide it. Not that I didn’t already know him enough to not be really surprised. Only he couldn’t, of course! First mug I tried to put on it, it slid right off!
I turned, shocked, but wasn’t going to say anything else on it. Up he jumps, and starts going on about the Bad Supports, like I couldn’t tell what had actually happened!

I just wonder how long he would have kept up Pretending if I hadn’t tried to put the mug.

Líknví pushed over this list of words, complete thought and story, and not over making Dags wait both, hopefully, and grin still in place from reliving to write out!

"No', what..?”
”Does it break some rule to tell on Fritz?”
« Last Edit: August 30, 2019, 03:21:43 AM by Líknví »

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Re: Open Communication
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2019, 12:45:21 AM »
She'd gained a laugh for her story! A clear, unhindered, laugh from out of Líknví! Oh and it was such a wonderful sound! She was determined she was going to continue to do all she could to put her younger sister-in-law at ease and gain even more instances of it and like this.

”Da’s i’ bre’ sa’ ru’ ta’ tal’ a’ Fizz?”

Dags immediately caught the words and with interest sparking in her green eyes, shook her head. Well maybe she was lying and just too curious and maybe Líknví should pause to tell on Fritz but...she wouldn't tell!

"I don't think so, and I won't tell promise!", the still maiden, who thankfully wasn't to the point that people would throw around the word spinster yet, assured.

It was apparently a bit much for Líknví's words, and she turned to writing out the tale. Dags took a leisurely sip of her tea as she patiently waited. She would have all her tea functions be this, if she could, meetings she wanted and chosen by her and with genuine friends and family!

When Líknví had finished, Dagmar leaned forward with interested and, after checking she could, scooted her sister-in-law's nice leather bound book closer to read. A smile quirked one corner of Dags' mouth fondly as she began reading a tale that didn't surprise her in the least.

Being a smith, I’m sure he thought he could fix anything, and a shelf was simple!

He does, yes

Dags' smile grew as, off an idea formed before, and with her sister's before permission, she pulled from a pocket of her dress a bit of dyed charcoal she had utilized before and in coming around to a good way to try for that back and forth of conversation in the written form with Líknví as well.

Glancing up and actually commenting would work, but Lí would sort of be guessing to which statement and depending on how much she had written. Dags had filed down the charcoal thin enough to neatly answer in the margins next to Líknví's statements and all manner of colors were interspersed in between conversations of theirs like this, whatever color of dye she had on hand and had gone with really!

And carting slight specks of color on her fingers and self was nothing new for Dagmar and they were casual dresses.

She giggled as she read the rest of it and then, so Líknví wouldn't receive the answers out of order, and her stating her answer to the last statement before letting Lí read the first, Dags just daintily scrawled in the white space at the bottom.

Oh Lí! He would have taken as long as he could!

She pushed this over, and then waited for the other's blue eyes to fix on her again, a laugh in Lí's own smile, before going on.

"It could be years later, you could be updating to a larger house and selling that one, and Fritz would let you sell that house, with the sub-par shelf, and wait until the new homeowners tried to put something on it, watch as it slid off, and then state "how did that happen" like he didn't know!", Dags laughed.  "I'm sure I don't have to tell you, Fritz doesn't take miles for inches, he takes kingdoms! I have another story and I'll do one worse and write it out also in permanent markings for you to always have! If I may!". Dags motioned for the book again, to write out and ensure she didn't speak too quickly for Líknví.

Why, when he was naught but Ten years old, our parents let him stay out of doors a bit longer than usual, past when the sun went down, but just barely. He was in the company of two of our other brothers and our father and being shown hunting traps, so it was allowed. I wasn't there then, but next hunting trip, I went with them to gather flowers for paints and Fritz came with us.

Now, it's important to know the exact wording my father said that last time, because that is what Fritz used. He said, "he was being useful so why not let it go this time", or some such statement that amounted to this. So, on this trip where I was there, Fritz offered to help me gather flowers. Lí have never watched a child do so such a simple task as pick flowers as slowly as our dear boy did!

I was hiding in a laugh, and our father was of course more than a bit exasperated when he found us! I think Andi and 'Nar found it funny too. Fritz even claimed some of them were no good, of the five or so he had by that point, so he had to pick others.

Dags laughed and pushed this tale over to Líknví next.


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