knitsock ([personal profile] knitsock) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2017-03-18 09:13 am
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Arranged Marriage (for real this time)

Marriage for love is a such a modern concept. In the past, marriage was
recognised as a social contract. Unions were entered into for many
reasons: to obtain property, to unite families, to carry on a bloodline,
et cetera. Whatever the reason, congratulations, you're getting married!

❧ Post a comment with your character's name, canon, and any preferences.
❧ If there's a specific set of circumstances you like best, set the scene.
❧ Or leave your comment blank and let others use RNG to choose the scenario. Feel free to mix and match.
Please note the prompts below are merely suggestions and you're more than welcome to come up with your own situation.
❧ Have fun!

① Station → You come from a royal, noble, or otherwise distinguished family who has chosen a suitable spouse for you.
② Feud → You are being married to put an end to the bitter enmity between your two families.
③ Economics → Your economic state and/or your station will improve through the union, though one of you may be marrying down.
④ Empire → You and your spouse are merging your businesses and/or property to create something more influential or profitable.
⑤ Tribute → You have been offered as a gift or appeasement, alternately you're the spoils of war.
⑥ Bloodline → Carrying on your distinguished family name has fallen to you and the equally well-bred spouse of your family's selection.
⑦ Disapproval → Your marriage has been arranged to keep you away from the person with whom you truly wish to be.

① First meeting → This is the very first time you're meeting your future spouse.
② Courtship → To get to know each other and encourage affection, your family has approved of you going on dates.
③ Engagement party → Be it a huge, formal affair or a small, intimate get together, you're celebrating (or pretending).
④ Wedding day → The big day!
⑤ Reception → The big party!
⑥ Wedding night → Every meme needs a smut prompt, right?
⑦ Honeymoon → Where will you go with your new spouse and what will you do there?
luxoraculi: (pic#11073027)

Lunafreya Nox Fleuret | ffxv | ota

[personal profile] luxoraculi 2017-03-18 09:35 pm (UTC)(link)
[ No smut, please. ]
maledictus_semper: credit@maledictus_semper (curious [kingsglaive])

Re: 7

[personal profile] maledictus_semper 2017-03-18 09:52 pm (UTC)(link)
[The wedding had been a success. Everything had gone to plan since Ardyn had married his bride; Lady Lunafreya Nox Fleuret. It was a political marriage but more a marriage of love also. Ardyn loved the woman now standing next to him in her wedding dress, while he was dressed in his usual finery. He adjusted his trademark fedora and looked down at her with a fondness.

It was a quiet evening and they were about to board a gondola in Altissia. It was their honeymoon period. A perfect time to get to know one another better as husband and wife.]

Such beauty tonight. Even the stars cannot shine bright enough to match your pretty eyes.
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[personal profile] luxoraculi 2017-03-18 10:28 pm (UTC)(link)
[ She had been told, upon such an offer of marriage to one Ardyn Izunia, that Insomnia would be spared the Empire's inevitable wrath. That King Regis and Prince Noctis would be able to live on in their little city, with no worry of future attack... that the Imperial Army would back down and allow them what little bit of freedom they had left.

All she had to do was marry Ardyn.

So, that's exactly what she'd done; although she'd noticed a distinct lack of Noctis' presence despite the wedding invitation being sent out, she can only imagine that he's fuming at the moment and she thinks it's better that he didn't show up because goodness only knows what would have happened.

Her husband's words tear her from her thoughts, and she looks up at him with a small smile, blushing lightly at his compliments. ]

That's very sweet of you to say, Ardyn. I'm very lucky to have married such a wonderful, charming man.
maledictus_semper: credit@maledictus_semper (playful)

[personal profile] maledictus_semper 2017-03-19 05:56 pm (UTC)(link)
I think you'll find it's the other way around. I'm lucky to have married such a beautiful woman such as yourself.

[His fingertips caressed her chin affectionately as he then leaned forward to press a soft kiss to her lips. The gondola man was just waiting for Gil. Ardyn broke off then spoke to the man and passed him over some Gil. Instead of driving the gondola, the guy walked away and passed the pole to Ardyn.]

I fancy driving this time.
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[personal profile] luxoraculi 2017-03-19 06:33 pm (UTC)(link)
You're far too sweet.

[ She thinks he is, at least. She smiles, leaning in to meet him half way in a kiss, placing her hands gently against his stubbly cheeks. She's honestly not surprised that he wants to drive the gondola, and the amusement shows on her face as they separate and the man walks away. ]

A man of many talents. I had no idea you knew how to steer one of these boats.
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maledictus_semper: credit@maledictus_semper (bedroom eyes)

[personal profile] maledictus_semper 2017-03-19 10:02 pm (UTC)(link)
[Him? Sweet? He never would have thought it, yet here she was telling him this. The marriage had happened and they were now husband and wife. Ardyn loved it when she touched him like this. Her hands were soft, soothing. The hands of the Oracle. A healer's hands.]

I couldn't tell you everything before we got married. Where would the mystery be in that?

[He shot her a smirk, before getting atop the gondola behind her and pushed off away from the dock. They sailed along, whilst managed not to hit other boats.]
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[personal profile] luxoraculi 2017-03-25 02:47 am (UTC)(link)
I'll bet that you are full of mystery, then.

[ Smiling again, she presses a light kiss against his cheek before she gets onto the gondola, straightening and fixing the skirt of her gown as they take off. There are still fireworks going off, lighting up the evening sky. ]

I look forward to learning all of them. Tell me... where are we going to live?
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[personal profile] maledictus_semper 2017-03-25 07:52 am (UTC)(link)
[He was full of mystery alright. He steered the gondola through the other ones, careful not to knock any of the others out of the way. There were other couples in them and they offered both Ardyn and Luna odd glances at seeing no proper driver behind the pole.]

Oh, you will. In time. There's more mystery in finding out than just me telling you everything. Hm, a good question. Where would you like to live, my dear?

[He glanced down at her and offered her a warm smile. He was happy where she was.]
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[personal profile] luxoraculi 2017-03-25 12:01 pm (UTC)(link)
[ She's looking pretty happy right about ow, ignoring the other couples for the most part other than a small incline of her head in greeting if they got any extra odd looks once people realized just who they were. ]

Of course. There's also fun in finding out that way.

[ She tips her head slightly when he asks her where she wants for them to live, and she's clearly not ready for that question. She's never been given a choice like this before, and she offers him a bright smile in return. ]

It matters not... although I would prefer if it wasn't in Tenebrae. Wherever you are most comfortable is where I would like to live.

[ ...Tenebrae is her home and it always will be, but it's also been a prison. ]
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[personal profile] maledictus_semper 2017-03-26 06:47 am (UTC)(link)
Indeed it is. I love mystery and the shroud that surrounds it.

[He knew she didn't want to be in Tenebrae anymore, since it had been her family home and prison for many years. Lately, Ravus had kept her locked away more and more. Ardyn knew these things.]

What would you say if I wanted to live in Niflheim? Would you be opposed to the idea?

[Ardyn's home. The home of the Empire. How would she react? Of course, he wasn't making solid decisions yet, just testing the waters.]
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[personal profile] commitment 2017-03-19 04:23 am (UTC)(link)
[ He stands on the shaded balcony of their hotel room, the backs of his knuckles blanched a bit white as he grips the wrought iron railing. It's hard not to dwell on the thought that he had come so close to losing everything right in this very city. But that's part of why they're here now. Not to forget the hardships of the past but to honor them by making new memories together. ]
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[personal profile] luxoraculi 2017-03-19 04:55 am (UTC)(link)
[ Poor Noctis. He's got the weight of the world on his shoulders, and there's only so much and his friends can do to ease even a little bit of it for him. Everything had gone to hell, but they'd all come through it with just a few collective broken bones and scrapes and bruises -- some how, some way. Luna's job is no where near being finished either; she very much intends to finish what she's started by continuing to speak with the Astrals on Noctis' behalf, the only difference is that she'll be doing it at his side instead of apart.

Despite everything, they'd still managed to have a wedding. Not as grand of a wedding as people had probably hyped it up to be, but a wedding none the less, and if anything it's a giant slap to the Empire's face that not only had Noctis received Leviathan's blessing, but they'd ended up very much alive and wed on top of all that.

She's been keeping an eye on Noctis for a few minutes now, simply watching him quietly from where she's been seated, a book laying open in her lap. She knows that she hasn't been the most fun person to be around these last few days either -- convening with the Gods took a toll on her, and slowly but surely her energy is returning to her. Placing her book down, she stands and simply approaches the thoughtful Prince, moving to stand alongside him, elbows propped up onto the balcony as she stares out onto the water for a mere few moments before she turns her calm gaze up onto him instead. ]

Are you alright, Noctis? You've been quiet this afternoon.
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[personal profile] commitment 2017-03-19 05:45 am (UTC)(link)
[ The incredible sacrifices that Luna has made on his behalf certainly don't go unappreciated. Noctis has done his best to be especially attentive to his new bride during these past few days while she's still been recuperating from their latest ordeal.

The sound of her voice draws him out of his thoughts and he relaxes his grip on the railing so that he can turn around and face her instead. Of course, he could dismiss her worries with a word and he knows that she likely wouldn't press him out of respect for his station. But he is her husband now as much as she is his wife. They're meant to stand united, a symbol of light in dark times that the people of their world can rally behind. But that kind of harmony can't be all for show, either. As much as love would have him want to keep her from all unnecessary worry, he also knows that duty demands a need to trust her to share in his burdens in the same way that he aspires to be able to share in hers.

He meets her gaze and musters a small but genuine smile. ]

Sorry. I don't mean to be such a downer. I've... just been thinking a lot about that day. But really, I'm fine. How are you feeling?
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[personal profile] luxoraculi 2017-03-19 06:06 am (UTC)(link)
[ Luna feels extremely lucky, honestly, that Noctis has been so understanding. How she wishes that she could be a little more energetic like she'd been just a few weeks before all of this started, but that's just not in the cards right now. She's trying, though, for his sake, to be a little more livelier than she had been.

She offers him a gentle, knowing smile, because she knows that the events of the last few days have been on his mind. More so, the last few weeks... he hasn't asked her details on Insomnia's fall, and she hasn't given any yet, but she knows that must weight heavily on his mind, too. As cool and relaxed as he tries to act, she knows that right now he must be a bundle of nerves, and who wouldn't be in his position? He's been thrust into the limelight and he's got no other choice but to continue fighting on. ]

You aren't a downer at all, don't be silly. [ Reaching out, she lightly places a hand on top of his own and shakes her head. ] Try not to dwell on it too much... worrying about the past will do you no good. You have a bright future to look forward to instead.

[ It is her job not just as Oracle to try and inspire him, but now more than ever it is her job as his wife to gently push him forward and do whatever she can to make him as happy as she can in such a chaotic time. His question has her smile widening, though, because despite it all she knows he's been worried about her, too, now that he knows the toll these covenants have taken on her. The poor man's worries and emotions have been dragged all over the place lately, and she can't help but feel somewhat guilty because she knows she's partially responsible for it. ]

I feel better. A little tired still, but much better. You need not worry about me, Noctis... being stuck in this hotel room must be a bit boring for you. You should go spend some time with your friends, perhaps it would take your mind off of things for a while?
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[personal profile] commitment 2017-03-19 06:22 am (UTC)(link)
[ The slight weight of her hand atop his own is a welcomed one. He's grateful that she would offer him such an escape but he hardly needs it. ]

It's really not that bad. [ The conversations they've shared have all been important ones, too. ] Honestly, I'm just pretty happy that we can finally be together. [ His smile widens then and he pushes himself away from the railing at last to go and fully take a seat next to her instead. ]

But if you want some alone time or whatever, I can make myself scarce. [ His tone of voice is mostly teasing. ]
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[personal profile] luxoraculi 2017-03-19 06:35 am (UTC)(link)
[ She's glad to see him smiling like that; just as much as he's been concerned for her she's been worried about him, too, and so just to see him actually smiling... a genuine smile at that, it's really more than she could have ever asked for. She seats herself next to him, flashing him an amused look at his words. ]

I'm happy that we are together at last, too. So happy, in fact, that I will now kick you out of our room. [ She's joking, of course, and she nudges him playfully with her elbow to further that point. ]

I can very much assure you that I don't need or want any sort of alone time. We have twelve years worth of catching up to do, and we've only just scratched the surface. [ She smiles fondly at him, the amusement from earlier still written all over her face. ]
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[personal profile] commitment 2017-03-20 03:31 am (UTC)(link)
[ It's not hard to want to be cheerful in her presence. More and more, his brooding state seems to be fading away, replaced by something more naturally relaxed and congenial. The sight of her own smile fills him with an incredible kind of warmth and after a few moments of comfortable silence, he shifts a bit closer so that their knees are touching.

That's when he decides to take her advice and focus more on their future together. ]

What's the first thing you want to do when we leave Altissia?
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[personal profile] luxoraculi 2017-03-20 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
[ She's glad to see him cheering up, and his question simply has her smile growing wider. It's an odd thing to think about, really, not having to be confined to a palace in Tenebrae having someone tell her when she can or can't leave her quarters. It's an alien feeling, really, but it's one that she's glad for, especially because freedom means being able to stay at Noctis' side.

Her head tips sightly in thought, though, as she considers, before she reaches to gently take one of his hands in her own. ]

Anything, really... at the risk of sounding incredibly cheesy, so long as I am at your side I am fine with doing anything and everything. Although I wouldn't protest going to visit the chocobos Prompto speaks so fondly of. I'm embarrassed to admit I've never seen one up close before.
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[personal profile] commitment 2017-03-20 04:03 am (UTC)(link)
[ Noctis doesn't hesitate to lace their fingers together. ]

Oh, you'll love them. [ Her request paints a rather charming picture in his mind's eye. ] The chicks are so small and fat. It's almost hard to believe they grow up into these big, majestic creatures.

Of course you'll want to learn how to ride one. I don't want to brag -- [ He's grinning sideways at her now ] -- but I'm pretty good at it, so I can definitely teach you.
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[personal profile] luxoraculi 2017-03-20 04:12 am (UTC)(link)
[ She gives his hand a gentle squeeze, humming in agreement. After all the photos of the birds that Prompto has shoved into her very willing face, she can only imagine that they're even better up close. ]

In the photos that Prompto has shown me, they all seem to have such kind eyes. He says they're quite intelligent as well.

[ A brow arches up, and she can't quite stop herself from grinning in return at his words. ]

Is it hard to ride them? Of course, considering that I will have the best teacher available to me, I'm certain that I'll be able to learn in no time at all. That is, so long as my teacher is up for such a daunting task and can pencil me in for an appointment.
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[personal profile] commitment 2017-03-20 04:22 am (UTC)(link)
I can probably find time to squeeze you into my busy schedule. [ His attempt at a serious demeanor breaks down into laughter. ]

... Actually the basics aren't so tough to learn. Especially if you get a friendly bird, they practically do all the work for you. It's racing that requires a little more finesse.
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[personal profile] luxoraculi 2017-03-20 04:26 am (UTC)(link)
Then consider me your ever grateful student. [ She offers him a dramatic bow, but by the way her shoulders are shaking it's pretty easy to tell she's giggling right along with him. ]

I think I will leave the racing to you... something tells me I'd be eating dust otherwise. [ Or with her luck she'd get an uncooperative bird. It's that thought that has her blinking. ]

...What if they aren't friendly?
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[personal profile] commitment 2017-03-20 04:37 am (UTC)(link)
[ He admits: ] Some of them aren't.

I mean, in a way they're kind of just like people. Different personalities, specific likes and dislikes -- that sort of thing. It can take awhile to really build up that trust.

But I'd say all the ones that you can rent are probably gonna be pretty mellow. So I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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[personal profile] luxoraculi 2017-03-20 04:43 am (UTC)(link)
I see. Yes, that makes sense...

[ Unfortunately for both of them, her mind is already going over some very tactical ways in which to get these chocobos to like her. Pryna and Umbra enjoy food, and while they are certainly not birds, perhaps a little peace offering of vegetables or something might be in order. ]

Do you think if I brought them a salad or something they would appreciate it? [ There's another pause, and her shoulders fall somewhat as she suddenly considers something else. ] Wait, they are herbivores, correct? Or... or do they like meat?

[ Because if they like meat she'll have to figure something else out. She just really wants these birds to like her. ]
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[personal profile] commitment 2017-03-20 04:53 am (UTC)(link)
[ Noctis doesn't mind indulging her newfound interest in them. Frankly, it's adorable. ]

Yeah, they mostly eat leafy greens. There's a couple of different kinds that you can get right at the post so we'll buy them all just to be safe, how does that sound?

[ He probably won't need to bribe Prompto to take lots and lots of pictures of this little outing. ]

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