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Nikola Meer [ Dark Wizard ]
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Artur had been right. Sweden was f**king cold. She’d worn something for once that she didn’t design, a heavy winter coat that her grandmother had gotten her last winter, along with a russian style fur cap, and her black Dragon hide gloves. Edyta would be pleased to know that these had come from the hide of a dragon who had been horrifically ill, and not hunted out in the wild for its skin. Nikola was so fond of black Dragonhide that she’d spent a small fortune on acquiring as much of the hide as she could. Only a vest, boots, and gloves for herself, the rest she was trying to save for particularly picky clients who insisted it had to be real dragonhide, rather then her carefully crafted false version. But there were a few other things she was considering making for herself.

As for why the German woman was in the small Village near her Alma Mater’s new location, her purpose here was twofold. It had been far too long since she’d seen her dear Edyta, and though they’d often written over the past two years, and had managed to spend a weekend together over the summer, Nikola missed the younger woman; desiring to see her in person. But it wasn’t just that. She had a christmas gift that she’d intended to hand deliver, and a bit of a proposal for the young woman; though she’d intended to broach the subject a little later in the month. But Edyta’s soft plea for Nikola to come see her had piqued her interest, and the designer had postponed a meeting with a client to the following weekend, causing her to double book with Artur once again, though she’d written him already to push their practice back by another two hours, which of course meant she’d probably end up feeding him dinner.

But Edyta was worth it. Although.... Nikola let out a sigh. Edyta had told her that the building she was looking for had sea green window trimming, but every structure seemed to have the same shade of red or green trim, as though it was still early in december, everything was already decorated for christmas already. Letting out a bitter, angry little growl, the German witch took a slow, deep breath, before digging for the letter. The only thing she wanted was to get out of the damn cold. And she always had trouble with Germany’s cold; let alone somewhere further north. “You won’t be cold… you’ll only be outside a few minutes at the most…” she muttered sarcastically to herself in russian.

It was on her third pass past a particular building, as she couldn’t read the sweedish signs, that she caught sight of a familiar face milling about, and smiled. Finally. There was her little Polish friend. Pushing open the door of the building, Nikola smiled and headed straight for the 7th year, placing her hands on her shoulders and kissing her cheeks in greeting. “You said sea green trim.” she greeted with wry amusement, a large package still tucked under her arm.

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Edyta Ciesynska [ Drakonya Krov ]
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Re: Girls Don't like Boys, Girls like Dragons and Money (Edyta)
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2019, 11:23:42 PM »
Edyta wasn't worrying, not really. She knew she looked perfectly fine in the leather trousers she'd picked up in a secondhand shop during the summer break; her winter cloak covered a warm sweater which was a much subtler shade of dusky pink than the bright, garish colours she had favoured a few years earlier and she'd brushed her hair back and rolled it so she looked sophisticated and grown up...or at least she hoped she did. More importantly, she hoped Nikola would think she did. Nikola, who had favoured her with friendship when she was a quiet, studious first year floundering her way through Durmstrang despite speaking only basic Russian, a friendship that had continued long after the older girl had graduated.

True, they didn't see each other often now. Only a couple of times in the past year, but they still wrote. Erratically, but they wrote whenever there was something important to say. Edyta felt very much the poor relation, feeling that her tales of school life and studying for NEWTs were far less interesting than Nikola's fascinating life as a fashion designer. She wanted her friend to be impressed, and proud of her. She really, really didn't want to be a disappointment and at the same time, she wanted Nikola's advice because nobody else would do. Strange thought it may seem there was a bond between them despite their very different backgrounds, and Edyta suspected the older girl had once opened up to her in a way she had rarely done to anyone else. She had felt scared, sympathetic and honoured despite being barely in her teens at the time.

Then, she had looked up to the older woman. Now, perhaps their relationship was more one of equals, but still Edyta felt nervous as she paced the bookshop and adjoining cafe she'd suggested they meet in. Not just because they were meeting, though that set butterflies dancing in her stomach, but because she'd carefully described the building a week earlier, not realising that the entire town would deck itself out in festive colours ready for St Lucia's Day and Christmas. So she waited inside, feeling like a thorough nuisance as she constantly stepped out of the way of Christmas shoppers, trying to keep a clear view onto the street outside.

Wait...wasn't that..? She pushed her way towards the front of the store, apologising in her extremely limited Swedish as she did so but before she could get there Nikola was stepping inside, embracing her. When she stepped back, Edyta did a double take. Now they were almost the same height; the same build, the same hair colour. Edyta felt like a mirror image of her friend, as if she were trying to emulate her. It was a good feeling, and she hoped Nikola noticed and was pleased.

“Yes...I should probably have asked them to change it back. Or just charmed it myself until you arrived...” she answered with a smile that was a little shyer than she had intended “You look...um...good” said even more quietly. Then she gathered herself and asked in a much more normal tone “Shall we get something to drink?”

Nikola Meer [ Dark Wizard ]
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Re: Girls Don't like Boys, Girls like Dragons and Money (Edyta)
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2019, 05:01:28 PM »
It had been too long. That was the only thing she could think when the two hugged each other. Nikola pulled back, though keeping her hands on the younger woman’s arms, looking her over. “No no, this is not allowed. Stop growing or you’ll get taller then me!” she teased. It was hard enough for her, especially with men, who found it intimidating when a woman was taller than them. And though that wasn’t an issue for Nikola, who could barely spare them a passing glance unless she wanted something from them; something that could be had in a single night of amusement before leaving them to their own devices, and her to her work; this was Edyta, and she didn’t deserve such difficulties. Though her younger friend had yet to even try dating, the german designer figured it was only a matter of time. Perhaps Edyta was just a late bloomer. After all, she hadn’t bothered till she was 19 or 20 herself.

“You look lovely! I love the pants. They suit you really well.” she complemented, but did take notice that something seemed off with her friend. She was more quiet and reserved then usual, which honestly didn’t surprise her considering the plea to come see her in the last letter she’d gotten. Nikola couldn’t help but be worried. After all, what could be affecting her confident little dragon rider this much that she’d reach out. She really hoped it didn’t involve a boy… of course if that boy was in Artur’s class…. No. she wouldn’t use her friendship with the swordsmanship professor to exact stealthy revenge against whomever was putting her dear little friend out of sorts.

“A drink sounds great. Do you still like Hot Chocolate?” the fact that she had to ask made her feel a little guilty, like she should have been paying her friendship with Edyta closer attention. But she was determined to change that, especially since the girl was almost out of school. “Did I tell you I found a good supplier for Dragonhide?” she asked while the walked into the cafe. She knew Edyta would be pleased with that, and the fact that Nikola had taken that crusade to heart. Ordering their drinks for them, Nikola took her own hot chocolate and found a nice secluded corner where they could sit, setting the package she had down on one of the other chairs. That could wait for now. She was far more interested in what was eating at her friend.

Edyta Ciesynska [ Drakonya Krov ]
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Re: Girls Don't like Boys, Girls like Dragons and Money (Edyta)
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2019, 08:17:14 AM »
Edyta glanced down at her boots. Smiled, blushed a little and told herself it was just Nikola's reaction to seeing her that made her react that way. It had been a long time, after all; it was natural they should hug, and that she should enjoy it. There was a tingling in her arms where her friend was still holding her as she looked her over. That was just her body's reaction to being out in the cold and then coming inside...except she hadn't been the one out in the cold, had she? She wanted to make a joke in return, to say that she was planning to be the tallest in her year or she was really wearing five inch heels, but nothing came out except a small, lame murmur that didn't really sound like any word in particular.

She was still smiling though, feeling happy, warmer than she had for a while, though the worried feeling was still churning in the pit of her stomach. She wanted to talk to Nikola, but what if... No. Don't think about that yet. "Hot chocolate is perfect. With extra cream. And chocolate sprinkles" she added, unnecessarily, trying very hard to sound normal and cheerful. Nikola liked her to be cheerful. She'd always been cheerful during her first year at Durmstrang, even the times when she wasn't actually happy. Smile, say something positive whether you felt it or not; it had worked almost all the time when she'd been younger. Seeing the best in things had led to her actually feeling happy. Luckily she didn't need to say anything while Nikola bought their chocolate, and even better she was thinking about the dragonhide supplier her friend had mentioned.

"You mentioned a supplier in your last letter, but you said you'd tell me the details later" she said as they sat down. Really, she wanted to talk about the dragonhide now, and not what was concerning her, but the look in Nikola's eyes told her that she wasn't going to be able to avoid that for long. But she could try. "Are your gloves new? Did you design them yourself..?" She was genuinely interested in hearing - Nikola had hinted that she'd found an ethical way of obtaining dragonhide but hadn't explained further - and she listened attentively to the answers, but the worried, churning feeling inside her stomach was growing stronger. Hands clasped more firming around her chocolate cup, Edyta didn't realise she was staring down at the table rather than at her friend.

Nikola Meer [ Dark Wizard ]
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Re: Girls Don't like Boys, Girls like Dragons and Money (Edyta)
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2019, 02:25:10 AM »
Nikola smiled and sipped at her own hot chocolate. She was glad that Edyta had latched onto the subject of the dragonhide supplier, but she’d known edyta for seven years now. Early on she hadn’t realized the girl’s cheery demeanor hid whatever she was feeling. It was only once she’d realized this that the two had bonded so strongly. They both hid from the world behind masks of false confidence and emotion, for different reasons, though some more similar then they’d understood when they first met, and Nikola suspected there was more that just hadn’t come up yet. Again she felt guilty for not keeping in better contact with Edyta. for it to have gotten so bad that the young woman needed to reach out, perhaps Nikola could have seen it sooner. 

“Yes. I made the gloves. I also...” she reached into her coat and pulled out another pair, in a deep, dark, almost black-green. “I made you a pair as well. I was informed that it was very cold here.” she grinned, hoping her friend would love them. “But yes. My supplier. Their Dragon hide comes from old, or sick dragons, or dragons that have died naturally. It costs more, because many times they have to act quick to acquire it, and usually owls go out to their clients when they get it. And then it starts a bit of a bidding war… But it's worth it. Best is when they get in one right after another. Everyone fought over the first and doesn't have the money for the second, so i can usually get it cheaper. I tend to just stock up when I can, to keep costs down.” she was proud of her work, and proud that Edyta had pushed her in that direction. If the girl hadn’t commented on it, early on, Nikola wouldn’t have even considered the issue. 

“I’ve also been working on this...” along with the gloves, Nikola had pulled out a rolled up piece of Dragon hide, her own synthetic version, magically created. She wanted an Expert’s opinion, and someone’s opinion who mattered to her. And the only person she could think of for that was Edyta. She took another slow sip of her hot chocolate, before looking over the steaming mug at her friend. “But you didn’t ask me to come here to talk dragonhide or exchange christmas presents.” this was said far more softly and reassuring then her previous words, as she set the mug down carefully in front of her, before switching to Edyta’s native Polish. She didn’t speak it well, and struggled understanding it, but she knew enough to ask her question in a hushed tone.

“Who has made you so sad? Who does my friend need me to kill?”

Edyta Ciesynska [ Drakonya Krov ]
641 Posts  •  17  •  lesbian  •  played by Carys
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Re: Girls Don't like Boys, Girls like Dragons and Money (Edyta)
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2019, 10:41:28 PM »
The seventeen year old's eyes lit up as Nikola handed the gloves across the table. She had dragon-hide gloves already; second-hand of course, well-worn and lovingly cared for, ones that were a little tight now because she'd got them three years ago. But these... new, made especially for her, beautiful and with perfect, ornamental stitching down the finger lines...they were like nothing else she owned. "Thank you...they're beautiful" she breathed, horrified because tears sprang unbidden and unexpected to her eyes and she couldn't brush them away because it would be immediately obvious. She didn't even understand why she was reacting like that. It was a relief that Nikola was talking about the dragonhide supplier, answering her questions. And it was interesting too. "That's great..." she managed, and she meant it, wanted to say more but just didn't trust herself to speak right now. Edyta had always understood the practicality that in order to fly dragons one needed protective clothing made of dragonhide, but sometime during her third year the realisation had hit her like a thunderbolt that in order to get the skin, the dragon had to be dead first. It had appalled her and she had written to Nikola, First just as a way of exploring her feelings, expressed quite mildly at first, isn't it a pity that you can't get dragonskin from already-dead dragons.

But she was thrilled that Nikola had found a way to produce ethical dragonskin clothing. The gloves though - they were too much. Worth far more than she could afford; far more than she could repay, and that didn't sit well with the girl. Even though she knew Nikola expected nothing in return, she wished there was something she could give, something... then her friend unrolled another piece of dragonhide. At least that was what it seemed to be at first. It took a few seconds for her to realise what she was seeing, but she eagerly ran her fingers across the surface. It was synthetic, cleverly made, almost perfect, but for... Edyta frowned imperceptibly, thoughtfully, then turned the fabric over and examined it.

"This is amazing. You have made this yourself..?" she asked unnecessarily "its almost exactly like the Hebridean Black, but..." she hesitated "you see here - the pattern of scales is perfect, but the texture is slightly different. The dragon scales are slightly raised in the centre, but these are flatter, with a slight dip..." perhaps that was the intention, so it could be distinguished from the real thing, but if not...she reached for her own chocolate and drank thoughtfully, her other concerns forgotten or at least pushed aside.

Not for long, though. Edyta's heart leapt when she heard her native language. She'd barely spoken Polish to anyone outside her own family for a couple of years now. It was oddly pleasing to hear Nikola's accepted words, but at the same time they made her heart sink. The assumption that it was someone else that was the problem, that she was dealing with a problem caused by another student or a professor rather than her own inner turmoil. Edyta would have given anything to go back to discussing the synthetic dragonhide, to ask what charms Nikola had used in its creation, to understand how long-lasting it was, how it looked when sewn into a jacket or pair of boots... Instead, her eyes still too full of unshed tears, she responded quietly "Did you ever fell like there was...something wrong with you?"

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