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Casa Belweldie, part 1 [26 Thory 4261]
I got to the Belweldie’s home on time, wearing my best
ribbons, each in the right place. That part of the evening
worked right, at least.
Ysgwyd’s parents are a reasonably pleasant Orren couple,
perhaps in their 60’s or 70’s. [40-50 Earth years.-bb]
Hispis Belweldie is a chubby short Orren woman, who could be
Floooosh’s cousin, or at least a frequent visitor to her
bakery. She is an executive in the printing company that
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<p style="border: 1px solid black; padding: 3px;"><strong>Originally published at <a href="http://sythyry.com/2005/01/360/">Sythyry</a>. Please leave any <a href="http://sythyry.com/2005/01/360/#comments">comments</a> there.</strong></p><h2>Casa Belweldie, part 1 [26 Thory 4261]</h2>
I got to the Belweldie’s home on time, wearing my best<br />
ribbons, each in the right place. That part of the evening<br />
worked right, at least.
Ysgwyd’s parents are a reasonably pleasant Orren couple,<br />
perhaps in their 60’s or 70’s. [40-50 Earth years.-bb]<br />
Hispis Belweldie is a chubby short Orren woman, who could be<br />
Floooosh’s cousin, or at least a frequent visitor to her<br />
bakery. She is an executive in the printing company that<br />
prints the <a<br />
Tree</a> nonsense. She doesn’t look very good in lavender,<br />
not even with very glittering lavendar cut-glass ear-crests<br />
for extra fanciness.
Thaura Belweldie is a leaner and taller Orren woman, who<br />
actually <b>is</b> Flooosh’s third cousin or something. I<br />
actually have met Thaura before; she is the Greatest<br />
Official of Disbursements at the Bank of Teleporting<br />
Hexagons, and, a month or so ago, when my usual Official<br />
wasn’t there, she gave me a substantial sum of my ~mother~’s<br />
money. She looks quite good in lavendar.
Also they have a few servants, some of whom were obviously<br />
hired for the occasion.
Casa Belweldie is a fairly nice house in a fairly nice<br />
neighborhood, two floors, several scraps of yard with some<br />
flowering fruit trees, a very dignified statue of a prior<br />
Duke skewering a blee on his scimitar in the front yard, a<br />
view of one of the nicer public ponds, and so on. I’ve<br />
visited a couple of mansions though — Tethezai’s family and<br />
Esory’s family, for two — and Casa Belweldie is not a<br />
The parlor of Casa Belweldie has copies of several portraits<br />
of Vheshrame nobility of previous decades, many of them<br />
Orren. None of these are <i>exactly</i> Belweldie<br />
ancestors, though Thaura is somewhat related to a few famous<br />
Orren who I have never heard of.
Herethroy servants in approximately-matched striped frocks<br />
brought us tiny tarts of fruit and eel (made by Floosh, I<br />
suspect), as appetizer. Thaura and Hispis carefully avoided<br />
a variety of unpleasant questions, such as:
<li>What, precisely, is your relationship with our<br />
<li>What, precisely, will become of your your relationship<br />
with our son-in-law?</li>
<li>Where, precisely, <b>is</b> our son-in-law?</li>
We discussed the duke’s clothes (they are <i>that</i><br />
polite) and pastries and theatre and banking and such for a<br />
And then — an hour and a half after the time on the<br />
invitation — there was a knock at the door.
<p><b>Thaura:</b><i>“Oh, capital. Ilottat is sure to be<br />
She was wrong, though. It was the <b>other</b> guest.<br />
Whom I did not know was going to be a guest at all.
<p><b>Hispis:</b><i>“Sythyry, with great pleasure I<br />
introduce you to my daughter Ysgwyd.”</i></p>
<p><b>Ysgwyd:</b><i>“Oh, you’re my husband’s new chippie?<br />
Glad ta meecha.”</i></p>
I did my best to be as polite as possible. At least, I’m<br />
moderately sure I said <b>something</b> in response.</p>