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Post by nocturnalie on Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:11 pm

A month or two after their wedding, Snooze threw a party.

He and Mouse needed to show that they were still part of society, after disappearing overseas, after getting married and going overseas again for their honeymoon, after spending weeks locked away together with Snooze's manservant and just about no one else. So they organised the house to be cleaned and the garden done up, and they threw a party.

Snooze and Mouse dressed at the same time--quicker that way, and Mitz could help them both.
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Post by freosan on Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:26 pm

Mouse is high-strung most of the week leading up to the party, and more so while they prepare for their first guests. It is, after all, her first real venture into society as a married woman. After everything she's gone through to enter that state, she knows that this event has to go off perfectly. For all that it was Snooze's idea and half Snooze's planning, it's going to be her that it reflects on - her skills, her household, and her conversation. She's actually rehearsed, pressing Mitz into the role of visiting society fellow. She's read her Mrs. Beeton so many times some of the pages are coming out. And she knows the kitchen staff are beyond tired of her constant supervision. But this must go well. She will not have them thinking that she's an unwilling wife, or that Snooze has chosen badly.

Mouse lets out a breath of air as Snooze tightens her corset and ties the laces. "The dark green dress, I think. If you could just help me do up the buttons, Mitz?"
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Post by sinistra_blache on Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:37 pm

Mitz is, for once, feeling very confident about the party. This is the kind of thing he was made for, what he thought was going to be happening every day when Snooze eventually got married. Of course, things went differently and for the better. But he is looking forward to shining and making sure things go smoothly. As it is, it would be seen as bad manners to take away the planning from Mouse and he wouldn't dream of doing so until she asked, but there will be things that he will need to see to and things that Snooze will ask him to take care of. He will have to announce people, and make sure that the staff present themselves - and in doing so, Mouse and Snooze - in a good light.

Mouse and Snooze have been running themselves ragged, more than they should have, since it has been a while since either of them have bothered with society. It's odd being the one feeling completely balanced and firmly on his feet.

He smiles reassuringly, as he has been doing for some time, and nods. "Yes, Mouse," he turns to fetch the dress. He knows which one she's talking about. He's very happy that he gets to perform these services for Mouse, and that she hasn't decided to hire a maidservant, though she is no doubt expected to.
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Post by freosan on Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:45 pm

"Thank you," Mouse says when Mitz brings it to her, and gives him a quick kiss on the forehead. He's better than any maidservant could be, she thinks as he helps her shrug into the sleeves and fasten it in back. He's even learned how to do her hair, and of course he's become quite knowledgeable about her underthings. But she shouldn't think about that too much, lest her guests think she's taken to painting her cheeks. She squeezes his hand just before she slips her gloves on, smiling at him. She knows he's been working very hard on this event as well.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:53 pm

Mitz flushes slightly at the soft touches, at the praise. He'll miss them during the garden party, it has to be said. He's become used to the affection he gets from both of them. At least he knows, now, that those touches won't be gone forever. The thought makes his chest all warm and happy.
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Post by freosan on Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:01 pm

Mouse's smile turns a bit devious at Mitz's flush. "Careful with that," she says, stroking his cheek. "People will talk." She wishes she could let them, truly. But she'd rather no one suffered a fainting spell from shock while visiting Lord Lungbarrow's home; that's the sort of thing that doesn't get forgotten in a season, or a year.
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Re: [Victorian] Garden Party

Post by sinistra_blache on Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:06 pm

"No-one will notice me," Mitz promises seriously. And they won't. That's what makes him so good at his job, even if he's remarkable for his 'exotic' background and looks.
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Post by nocturnalie on Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:07 pm

"We invited some of our friends," Snooze interjects, fixing his cravat. "They might want to talk to you."
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Post by sinistra_blache on Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:12 pm

"With respect," Mitz inclines his head, smiling. "I hope that they don't. I have never been very good at conversation."
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Post by freosan on Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:17 pm

Mouse goes over to Snooze and holds out her necklace to him, to have him fasten it on her. "I think they will notice you, Mitz. But you shouldn't have to say much, if you don't want to. You'd only have to play up your accent a bit and they won't try too hard."
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Post by sinistra_blache on Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:20 pm

Mitz nods. "Pretend I'm an educated fool," he smiles wider. "I know the act well. It always works, interestingly."
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Post by freosan on Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:24 pm

"Oh, stop. You're no fool." Mouse slips Snooze's cufflinks into his cuffs, and runs her fingers down his cravat, though it doesn't need any further adjusting.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:28 pm

"I know." That's all that Mitz says. He doesn't think anything else needs to be said. He trusts that Mouse and Snooze don't think of his as such, but it's true that most people in high society find it easier to believe that they are smarter than the servants.
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Post by freosan on Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:34 pm

"Good."

Now fully dressed, Mouse presses a kiss to Snooze's lips, and then gives Mitz the same treatment. "Well then. Shall we get to our places?"
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Post by sinistra_blache on Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:43 pm

Mitz nods, though it's more of a short bow, and pauses to take them both in. "You look exquisite," he says to them.
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Post by freosan on Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:47 pm

Mouse glances at Snooze, suppressing the enormous grin that wants to spread across her face. "Thank you, Mitz."
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Post by nocturnalie on Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:58 pm

Snooze wraps his arm around Mouse's waist and kisses her temple lightly, and holds out his hand for Mitz. "We all do. And this house. The two of you have done a marvellous job."
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Post by freosan on Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:03 pm

"As have you, Snooze," Mouse adds, snuggling into his embrace. "As if it wasn't your idea in the first place."
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Re: [Victorian] Garden Party

Post by sinistra_blache on Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:06 pm

Mitz steps forward to take Snooze's hand, smiling slightly. There's nothing he could say that Mouse couldn't say better than him, but he lets the affection show on his face while he can.
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Post by nocturnalie on Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:07 pm

Together they stand, drawing strength from each other. Snooze draws Mitz in to kiss his temple, too, and holds them both close. "How did I get this lucky?"
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Post by freosan on Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:11 pm

"You had to suffer like a saint, first," Mouse reminds him. She reaches around Snooze to lay her hand on Mitz's waist. "I wish we could just stay right here."
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Post by sinistra_blache on Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:17 pm

Mitz sighs happily and thinks that maybe they all had to suffer for an inordinate amount of time to be able to have these happy, loving moments together. He doesn't mention it out loud in case he ruins the mood. The last thing he wants is to do that and take away from the fun of the party.
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Post by nocturnalie on Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:18 pm

Snooze holds them as long as he can get away with, before reluctantly pulling back and straightening his suit. "Shall we check on the arrangements?" he asks Mouse, offering her his arm.
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Post by freosan on Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:46 am

Mouse slips her arm through his, and nods. "Yes, we had better." She blows a quick kiss to Mitz as they walk out of the room together.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:22 pm

Mitz waits and watches them go then leaves as well, but takes a completely different route than them. He has to get the rest of the staff in place, make sure the last touches that were overlooked get unoverlooked. That kind of thing.
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Post by freosan on Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:55 am

Mouse calms herself as they walk into the parlor. Once the guests start showing up, there is nothing further she and Snooze can do. Therefore she should relax and try to make this party pleasant.
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Post by nocturnalie on Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:25 pm

Snooze rests his arm around Mouse's waist. She's so tense--he hopes he can help her relax a little, with his affection. Perhaps not the most acceptable display at a regular social event, but this is meant to show off their happiness and home as a married couple.
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Post by freosan on Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:47 pm

Mouse leans very slightly against Snooze's hand, smiling up at him. "I'm not going to faint or do anything silly, I promise. I want this thing to go well, that's all."
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Post by nocturnalie on Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:48 pm

"As do I. And it will." He kisses the side of her head. "Have faith." Then he smiles at the guests beginning to approach them.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:51 pm

Mitz appears by the door to announce different guests as they arrive. He tries to keep from watching Mouse and Snooze while they mingle. For a start, he has to keep an eye on the staff and make sure everything's okay. He can't get distracted.

But they're so distracting.
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Post by freosan on Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:57 pm

Mouse gives his hand a quick, subtle squeeze, and then begins to greet the guests. She's invited almost everyone she knows in London; there are only a few couples here already, with many more to come. She makes light conversation, trying to accept compliments graciously and ignore any sarcasm or funny looks she might receive. And there are a few. There are some young women here who she is almost certain accepted her invitation only to find out exactly how henpecked Snooze is.

Besides that, she keeps wishing she could introduce Mitz beside Snooze. It doesn't feel quite right to present the Lord Lungbarrow without also presenting Mr. Shizudokoro. One day, perhaps, she thinks as she glances over towards Mitz.
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Post by nocturnalie on Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:01 pm

Once the most important guests have arrived and been announced, Snooze gestures Mitz to his side. "Would you like to attend us?" he breathes into Mitz's ear, turning his face aside so no one can lip-read. "That will give you a reason to stare, and us a reason to have you close."

There are already more than a few of his father's business associates vying for his attention; they hadn't wanted to do business with him while he was a boy, but now he was a married man, his parents' estate flourishing in his care. Mouse had her ladies to verbally spar with. Both of them needed as much support as they could get, and to be honest, Snooze preferred it when Mitz was close.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:05 pm

Mitz fights to keep his face neutral, like he should when answering his master, despite the jolt in his stomach from having Snooze talk like that to him in a crowded room. "Have I been staring that much? I'm sorry. And yes. Very much so."

His eyes quickly dart over the room, checking for hiccups along the way, and steps from the door to stay close by to Snooze and Mouse.
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Post by nocturnalie on Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:09 pm

Snooze stands a little straighter for having both of the people he loves close by him, and returns to the subtle business negotiations with confidence. The more money his business makes, the better--he can take Mitz and Mouse travelling again, or they can expand the house, or have children. Everything is for them.
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Post by freosan on Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:11 pm

Mouse doesn't acknowledge him when he comes up to them - she's in conversation with Lady Willoughby, and would rather that young woman not note any sign of something unusual. But as soon as she moves on, Mouse smiles softly in Mitz's direction, just for a moment, before herself starting a new conversation. It's good to have both of them at her back.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:26 pm

Mitz doesn't have much to do by them. He still keeps a sharp eye on the party around Mouse and Snooze, though it's all going well enough to not be worried at all. He tops up the drinks for Snooze's business associates and tries to figure out what exactly he could do to make Mouse's experience easier, though he doesn't understand women in the slightest. Still, he knows that suddenly they're all a lot more relaxed and a lot happier. Like they're drawing strength from each other even though they can't show it properly. He enjoys it.
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