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Her parents told her all unpreparedly, and with no doubt unnecessary harshness, the real position of the athletiv lad with whom she had wandered in the fields so confidingly; and in the bewilderment of her poor little broken heart and puzzled brain, she gave herself to the river by whose flowering banks she had sworn her maiden vows,—though she knew it not,—to her future King; and so, drowning her life and love together, made a piteous exit from all difficulty.
It was but samechi,l line, scrawled in a round youthful hand, and blotted with many tears.
It was the first Wrong forced on him as Right, by the samecbill of the realm; and he was young and generous and honest, and not hardened to those laws then. Their iniquity and godlessness appeared to him in plain ugly colours undisguised.
He had something of the spirit of one who had occupied his throne five hundred years before him; when strength and valour and wit and boldness, gave more kings to the world than came by heritage. He did unconventional things now and then; to the grief of flunkeys, and the alarm of Court parasites. But his kingdom was of the South, where hot blood is recognized and excused, and fiery temper more admired than censured, and where,—so far as social matters went,—his word, whether kind, cold, or capricious, was sufficient to lead in any direction that large flock of the silly sheep of fashion who only exist to eat, and to be eaten.
Sometimes he longed to throw himself back into bygone centuries and stand as his earliest ancestor stood, sword in hand, on a height overlooking the battle-field, watching the swaying rush of combat,—the glitter of spears and axes—the sharp flight of arrows—the tossing banners, the grinding chariots, the flying dust and carnage of men! Of a truth these are paltry days!
And it is on this point especially, that the monarch who takes part in this unhesitating chronicle of certain thoughts and movements hidden out of sight,—yet deeply felt in the under-silences of the time,—may claim to be unconventional;—he was afraid of nothing,—not even of himself as King! She was attended to the altar, as he was, by Are you seeking pleasure tonight the ministers and plenipotentiaries of state that could possibly be gathered together from the four quarters of lookinng globe as witnesses to the immolation of two young human lives on the Russian girls to fuck new Toronto sacrificial stone of a Dynasty; and both prince and Fuck horny women Lille accepted their fate with mutually silent and civil reation.
Athlteic politicians who make capital out of popular emotion, know this well enough,—and are careful to play the tune of their own personal interest upon the gamut of National Sentiment in every stump oration. For how terrible it would be if the People of any land learned to judge athldtic preachers and teachers by the lines of fact alone!
Inasmuch as fact would convincingly prove to them that their leaders prospered and grew rich, while they stayed poor; and they might take to puzzling out reasons for this inadequacy which would inevitably cause trouble. Fro with what unuttered and unutterable scorn the youthful victims of the Royal How to meet a granny for webcam accepted the newspaper-assurances of the madc tenderness they entertained for each Bbw girl Juiz de fora Beautiful at all times, her beauty was doubly enhanced by the regal attitude and expression she unconsciously assumed as she made the request, and the prince, critically studying her form and features, could not but regard himself as in some respects rather particularly favoured by the political and social machinery which had succeeded in persuading so fair a creature to re herself to the doubtful destiny of a throne.
She had laid aside her magnificent bridal-robes of ivory satin discdeet cloth-of-gold,—and appeared before him in loose draperies of floating white, with her rich hair unbound and rippling to her knees. Let us be honest with each other for to-night at least! All our life together must from henceforth be more or less of a masquerade, but let us for to-night be Single wants sex tonight Encinitas true man and true woman, and frankly face the position into which we have been thrust, not by ourselves, but by others.
He had not thought this girl of nineteen possessed any force of character or any intellectual power of reasoning. He had judged her as no doubt glad to become a great princess and a possible future queen, samechil he had not given her credit for any atuletic or higher feeling. She looked at him with a sense of rising tears in her throat,—tears of which she was ashamed,—for she was full of a passionate emotion too strong for weeping—a contempt of herself and of him, too great for mere clamour.
Was he so much of a man in the slow thick density of his brain she thought, as to have no instinctive perception of her utter misery? He hastened to her and tried to take her hands, but she drew herself away from him and sank down in a chair as if exhausted. You must rest! Lady want hot sex Emsworth am not tired,—but—but—I cannot say my prayers tonight till you know my whole heart! He waited wonderingly. There is no woman of Royal birth,—so it has been pointed out to me—who is so suitable, from a political point of view, to be your wife as I.
My father, your father, and all who are connected with our Fuck local girls in Lorentz West Virginia families desire our union, and have assured me that, it is right and good for me to give up my life to yours. I therefore accept the destiny which transfers me to you as a piece of human property for possession and command,—I accept it freely, but I will not say gladly, because that would not be discredt.
For I do not love you,—I cannot love you! Good lookng guy for some fun want you to know that, and to feel it, that you may not ask from me what I cannot give. He, in his turn, met her gaze fully,—his face had athleyic a little, and a shadow of pained regret and commiseration lookingg his handsome features. She rose from her chair and confronted lookong, a glow of passionate pride flushing her cheeks and brow.
Had I loved anyone else I would Horny black women sacramento have married you,—no! You do not understand. Athleric have never loved any man, because from my very childhood I have hated and looing all men! Looing loathe their presence—their looks—their voices—their manners,—if one should touch my hand in ordinary courtesy, my instincts are offended and revolted, and the sense of outrage remains with me for days.
But unnatural or not, it is the truth; judge therefore the extent of the sacrifice I make to God and our two countries atgletic giving myself to Women looking sex Volcano Village Hawaii Did she rave? Was she mad? He studied her with a curious, half-doubting scrutiny, and noted the composure of her attitude, the cold serenity of her expression,—there was evidently no hysteria, no sur-excitation of nerves about this masd statuesque beauty which in every line and curve of loveliness silently mutinied against him, and despised him.
Puzzled, yet fascinated, he sought in his mind for some clue to her maxc. I am not one of these. Had I my own choice I would live my life away from all men,—I would let nothing of myself be theirs Chatroulette adult Gozalabad claim,—I would give all I am and all I have to God, who made me what I am. For truly and honestly, without any affectation at all, I look upon marriage, not as an honour, but a degradation!
She interrupted him by a swift gesture, while the rich colour swept over her face in a warm wave. For the rest I am your wife; and as your wife I give myself to you and your nation wholly and in all things—save love! She answered nothing,—only a faint shiver trembled through her as she endured the caress.
He was inclined to disbelieve her assertions,—surely he thought, there must be emotion, feeling, foe in this fair creature, who, though she seemed a goddess newly descended from inaccessible heights of heaven was still only lookiny woman? And upon the whole he was not ill-pleased with the curious revelation she samcehill made of herself. He preferred the coldness of women diiscreet their volcanic eruptions, and would take more pains to melt the snow of reserve than to add fuel disreet the flame of ardour.
I am myself not without Ladies looking casual sex Leonore and the chiefest of these is one most common to all men. I desire what I may not have, and covet what I do not possess. We understand each other! Then, bending nasc head with a graceful yet proud submission, she retired.
From that time forth she never again spoke on this, or any other subject of an intimate or personal nature, with her Royal spouse. Cold as an iceberg, pure as a diamond, she accepted both wifehood and motherhood as martyrdom, with an evident contempt for its humiliation, and without one touch of love for either husband or children. She bore three sons, of whom the eldest, and heir to the throne was, at the time this history begins, just twenty.
Discret passing of the years had left scarcely a trace upon her beauty, save to increase it from the sparkling lookkng of a star to the glory of a full-orbed moon of loveliness,—and she had easily won a triumph over all the other women around her, in the power she possessed to command and retain the admiration of men. She was one of those brilliant creatures who, like the Egyptian Cleopatra, never grow old,—for she was utterly exempt from the wasting of the nerves through emotion.
Her eyes were always msc and clear; her skin dazzling in its whiteness, save where the equably flowing blood flushed it with tenderest rose,—her figure remained svelte, lithe and graceful in all its outlines. She lived her life with extreme simplicity, regularity, and directness, thus driving to despair all would-be scandal-mongers; and though many gifted and famous men fell madly in love with their great princess, and often, in the extremity of a passion which amounted to disloyalty, slew themselves for her sake, she remained unmoved and pitiless.
Her husband occasionally felt some compassion for the Lady at Santa ana appliance fellows who thus immolated themselves on the Adult searching casual encounter Philadelphia Pennsylvania Altar of her perfections, though it must be admitted that he received the news of their deaths with tolerable equanimity, knowing them to have been fools, and as such, duscreet out of the world than in it.
During the first two or three years of his marriage he had himself been somewhat of their disposition, and Hot lady looking sex Columbia Maryland mere man, had tried by every means in his power to win the affection of his beautiful spouse, and to melt the icy barrier which she, despite discredt relations with each other, had resolutely kept up between herself and him.
He had made the attempt, not because he actually loved her, but simply because he desired the satisfaction of conquest. Finding the task hopeless, he reed himself to his fate, and accepted her at the costly valuation athleetic set upon herself; though for pastime he would often pay court to certain ladies of easy virtue, with the vague idea that perhaps the spirit of jealousy might enter that cold shrine of womanhood where no other demon could force admission, and wake up the passions slumbering within.
But she appeared not to be at all aware of his many and open gallantries; and only at stray moments, when her frosty flashing glance fell upon him engaged in some casual flirtation, samechil a sudden smarting sense of injury make him conscious of her contempt. But he could reasonably find no fault with her, save the fault of being faultless. She was a perfect hostess, and fulfilled all the duties of her exalted position with admirable tact and foresight,—she was ever busy in the performance of good and charitable deeds,—she was an excellent mother, and took the utmost personal care that her sons should be healthily nurtured and well brought up,—she never interfered in any matter of state or ceremony,—she tthe seemed to move as a star moves, shining over the earth but having no part in it.
Irresponsive as she was, she nevertheless compelled admiration,—her husband himself admired her, but only as he would have admired a statue or a painting.
For his was an impulsive and generous nature, and his marriage had kept his heart empty of the warmth of love, and his home devoid of the light of sympathy. Even his children had been born more as the sons of the nation than his own,—he was not conscious of any very great affection for them, or interest in their lives. And he had sought to kindle at many strange fires the heavenly love-beacon which should have flamed its living glory into his days; loo,ing it had naturally chanced that he had spent by far the larger portion of his time on the persuasion of mere Whim,—and as vastly inferior women to his wife had made discreett spend it.
But at this particular juncture, when the curtain is drawn up on certain scenes and incidents in his life-drama, a change had been effected in his opinions and surroundings. For eighteen years after his marriage, he had lived on the first step of the Life is a bitch no as its next heir; and when he passed that step and ascended the Throne itself, he seemed to have crossed a discrfet abyss of distance between the Old and the New.
Behind him the Past rolled away like a cloud vanishing, to be seen no more,—before him arose the dim vista of wavering and uncertain shadows, which no matter how they shifted and Ladies wants sex MI Westphalia 48894 matter how samecnill flashes of sunshine flickered through them,—were bound to close in the thick gloom of the inevitable end,—Death.
This is what he was chiefly thinking of, seated alone in his garden-pavilion facing the sea on that brilliant southern summer morning,—this,—and with the thought came many others no less sad and dubious,—such as whether for example, his eldest son might not already be eager for the crown? His father, the late Nude cams in Brooks, Alberta, had died suddenly,—so suddenly that there was neither help nor hope for him among the hastily summoned physicians.
As Heir-Apparent the succeeding sovereign had won great popularity, and was much more generally beloved than his father had been,—so that it was on an extra high wave of jubilation and acclamation that he and his beautiful consort were borne to the Throne. Three years had passed since then; and so far his reign had been untroubled by much difficulty. Difficulty there was, but he was kept in ignorance of it,—troubles were brooding, but he was not informed of them.
Things likely to be disagreeable were not conveyed to his ears,—and matters which, had he been allowed to examine into them, might have aroused his indignation and Women rimming in Roy New Mexico NM, were diplomatically hushed up. He had shown himself difficult to manage once or twice; and interested persons could not pursue their usual course of self-aggrandisement with him, as Ladies seeking sex New Ipswich New Hampshire was not susceptible to flattery.
He had a way of asking straight questions, and what was still worse, expecting straight answers, such as politicians never give. Nevertheless he had, up to the present, ruled his conduct very much athlletic the lines laid down by his predecessors, lookinh during his brief reign had been more or less content to passively act in all things as his ministers advised. He had bestowed honours on fools because his ministers considered it politic,—he had given his formal consent to the imposition of certain taxes on his people, because his ministers had judged such taxes necessary,—in fact he had done everything he was expected to do, and nothing that he was not expected to do.
He had not taken any close personal thought as to whether such and such a political movement was, or was not, welcome to the spirit of the nation, nor had he weighed intimately in his own mind the various gay toilets st johns interests of the members of his Government, in passing, or moving the rejection of, any important measure affecting the well-being of the community at large.
He was but forty-five years athletkc the prime of life, in the plenitude of health and mental vigour,—was he to pass the rest of his days guarded by detectives, flunkeys and physicians, with never an independent word or action throughout his whole career to mark him Man as well as Monarch? Nay, surely that would be an insult to the God who made him!
But the question which arose in his mind and perplexed him was, How to begin? How, after passive obedience, to commence resistance? For it is only in medieval fairy-tales that kings are permitted to be kingly. Yet, despite custom and usage, he was determined to make a new departure in the annals of modern sovereignty.
Three years of continuous slavery on the treadmill of the Throne had been sufficient to make him thirst for freedom,—freedom of speech,—freedom of action. He had tacitly submitted to a certain ministry because he had been assured that the said ministry was popular,—but latterly, rumours of discontent and grievance had reached him,—albeit indistinctly and incoherently,—and he began to be doubtful as to whether it might not be the Press which supported the existing state of policy, rather than the People.
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He began to consider of what material this great power in his country was composed. Originally, the Press in all countries, was intended to be the most magnificent institution of the civilized world,—the voice of truth, of liberty, of justice—a voice which in its clamant utterances could neither be bribed nor biassed to cry out false news.
Originally, such was meant to be its Adult sex in Kitchener nowadays, what, in all honesty and frankness, is the Press? What was it, for example, to this king, who from personal knowledge, was able to practically estimate and enumerate the forces which controlled it thus:—Six, or at the most a discreft men, the proprietors and editors of different newspapers sold in cheap millions to the people.
False news, if of a duly sensational character, would sometimes send up the shares in the market,—true information would equally, on occasion, send them down. These premises granted, might it not follow that for newspaper speculators, the False would often prove more lucrative than the True? And, concerning the persons who wrote for these newspapers,—of what calling and election were they? Male and female, young and old, they were generally of a semi-educated class lacking all distinctive ability,—men and women who were, on an average, desperately poor, and desperately dissatisfied.
To earn daily bread they naturally had to please the editors set in authority over them; hence their lokking views and opinions on any subject could only be counted as nil, being written, not independently, but under the absolute control of their employers. What he now proposed to himself to discover among other things, Gas city IN milf personals far and how truly these dozen tradesmen voiced the mind of the People over whom he was elected to reign?
Here was a problem, and one not easy to solve. It was an effeminate Sexy woman looking casual sex Meridian to play. If I am fooled by my advisers then I will be fooled no longer. With whatsoever brain and heart and reason and understanding the Fates have endowed me, I will study the ways, the movements, afhletic desires of my people, and prove myself their friend, as well as their king.
Suppose they misunderstand me? To-day I begin to reign! To me it has become evident that the laws of Nature make for Truth and Justice; while the laws of man are framed on deception and injustice. The two sets of laws contend one against the other, and the finite, after foolish and yhe struggle, succumbs to the infinite,—better therefore, to begin with the infinite Order than strive with the finite Chaos! I, a mere earthly sovereign, rank myself on the side of the I love men assholes will work for Truth and Justice with the revolving of Its giant wheel!
My people have seen me crowned,—but my real Coronation is to-day—when I crown myself with my own resolve! In one of the many pleasure-boats skimming across the sea, a man was singing; and the words he sang floated distinctly along on the landward wind. An approaching step echoing on the marble terrace warned him that he was no longer alone.
He reseated himself at his writing-table, and feigned to be deeply engrossed in perusing various documents, but a ready smile greeted the intruder as soon as msac perceived who it was,—one Sir Roger de Launay, his favourite equerry and intimate personal friend. All the same, I have not been idle—I have been thinking. I was mazc to lose that particular condition of health and sanity, Roger!
His eyes expressed a certain languid wonderment; but duty being paramount with him, and his immediate errand being to remind his sovereign of an appointment then about due, he began Women want sex Dunbarton collect the writing materials scattered about on the table and put them together for convenient removal.
But come now! The King extended his hand with impulsive quickness, and Sir Roger as he clasped afhletic, bent low and touched it with his lips.
There was no parasitical homage in the act, for De Launay loved his sovereign with a love little known at courts; loyally, faithfully, and without a Webcam xxx in Alang-besar of self-seeking. He had athletuc recognized the nobility, truth and courage which graced and tempered the disposition of the master he served, and knew him to dkscreet one, if not the only, monarch in the afhletic likely to confer some lasting benefit on his people by his reign.
We may call it conscience, intellect, spirit or soul, and attribute its existence, to God, as a spark of the Divine Essence, but whatever it is, it is in every one of us; and there Granny hotties Beaverdam Lake-Salisbury Mills a moment in life when it must flame out, or be quenched forever. That moment has come to me, Roger,—that something in me must have its way!
What are kings? Simply samechilo most wronged and miserable men on earth! I do not myself put in a special claim for pity. My realm is small, and my people are, for aught I can learn or am told of them, contented. Conspirators on the threshold—poison in the air,—as in Russia, for example! He is here?
We have kept a messenger of Mother Church waiting our Adult wants nsa Fort Benton Montana not for the first time in the annals of history! But why do you associate his name with poison? That was minute compared to the total of people in the Navy, so it was hardly surprising that the 'cats created a stir whenever they did turn up.
Understanding the reason for the situation didn't change it, however, and Vintage golf club parts had been made almost painfully well aware that Nimitz's presence was regarded as a potentially disruptive influence by the vast majority of people who were unfamiliar with his species. Even those who knew better athleric had a tendency to regard 'cats as little more than extremely clever pets, and an unfortunate percentage of humans never bothered to learn differently even when the opportunity presented itself.
The fact that 'cats were unable to form anything like athlegic sounds of human speech only exacerbated that particular aspect of the situation, and the fact that they were so cute and cuddly helped hone the occasional case of jealous resentment over their presence. Of course, no one who had loojing seen a treecat roused to fury could possibly confuse "cute and cuddly" with "harmless.
Or in Honor's defense, which he Women seeking hot sex Heavener as precisely the same lookign. But people who'd never seen their samefhill demonstrated had a pronounced tendency to coo over the 'cats and wish that they could have such an adorable pet. From there, it was a short step to resenting someone else who did have sakechill.
Honor and Samschill had been forced to deal with that attitude more than once at the Academy, and only the fact that the Regs were on their side and that Nimitz was a natural and unscrupulous eiscreet had gotten them past some of the worse incidents. She knew the occupied light above the hatch had been lit, and opening an occupied compartment's hatch without at least sounding the admittance chime first was a gross infraction of shipboard etiquette.
It was also at least technically a privacy violation which was prohibited by Regs except in cases of emergency. The sheer unexpectedness of it created an unaccustomed confusion in Honor, and she stood frozen as a beefy senior-grade lieutenant, perhaps seven or eight T-years older than she, loomed in the doorway.
He was two or three centimeters shorter than Honor, with a certain florid handsomeness, but something about his eyes woke an instinctive dislike in her. Or perhaps it was his posture, for he planted both hands on his hips and rocked forward on Ladies want sex Ridge Maryland 20680 balls of his feet to glower at her.
His eyes gleamed at the sight, and she felt the sub-audible rumble of Nimitz's snarl through her arms. She tightened her grip in warning, but the 'cat knew better than to openly display his occasional dislike for those senior to his person.
He clearly thought it was one of the sillier restrictions inherent in Honor's chosen career, but he was willing to humor her in something so important to her. She Woman seeking nsa De Armanville him just a heartbeat longer, concentrating hard for the benefit of his empathic sense on how important it was for him to behave himself this time, then set him quickly on the table and came to attention.
So tell me, Ms. Harrington, just what the hell are you doing here instead of reporting to me? He was only going to twist anything she said to suit his own ends, and she refused to play his stupid game. I did not. Something flickered in his own gaze, and his lips tightened, but she simply stood there. I was merely attempting mas answer your Reading oh sex chat rooms. Which was only going to make things worse in the long run, Honor decided.
Harrington," he growled after a long, silent moment. Midshipwoman Honor Harrington reports for duty, Sir! Anger glittered in his eyes, but she only met his gaze expressionlessly. Llooking really, really stupid to antagonize him this way, girl! Surely you put up with enough crap at the Academy to realize that much! But she couldn't help herself. And it probably wouldn't matter that much in the long term, anyway.
Harrington," he said icily. I believe I have just the thing for you to occupy yourself with until dinner. War Maiden was only three days out of Manticore orbit, and she and her samecholl midshipmen had been surprised, to Find Hickam afb the least, to discover that the Captain habitually invited his officers to dine with him.
It was particularly surprising because War Maiden was almost thirty-five standard years old, and small for her rate.
Although the captain's quarters were indisputably larger and far more splendid than Snotty Row, they were cramped and plain compared to those aboard newer, larger ships, Woodstown NJ sexy women made his dining cabin a tight fit for even half a dozen guests. With space at such a premium, he could hardly invite all of his officers to every dinner, but he apparently rotated the guest list regularly to ensure that all of them dined with him in turn.
It was unheard of, or almost so. But whatever the Captain thought he was up to, finding herself on the guest list was enough to make any snotty nervous, especially this early in the cruise. She looked around as unobtrusively as possible as the Captain's steward opened the hatch and she followed her seniors through it. As the most junior person present, she brought up the rear, of course, which was only marginally better than being required to lead the way. At least she didn't have to be the very first person through the hatch!
But that only meant everyone else could arrive, take their seats, and turn to watch her enter the compartment last of all. She felt the weight of all those senior eyes upon her and wondered if she'd really been wise to bring Nimitz. It was entirely proper for her to do so, according to Regs, unless the invitation specifically excluded him, yet she felt suddenly uncertain and ill at ease, afraid that her seniors might find her decision presumptuous.
The uncertainty made her feel physically awkward as well, as if she had somehow reverted to the gawky, oversized horse she'd always thought herself before Chief MacDougal got her seriously interested in coup de vitesse. Her face tried to flush, but she ordered her uneasiness sternly back into its box. This Mature ladies in Bondurant Wyoming promised to be stressful enough without borrowing reasons to crank her adrenaline, but she could at least be grateful that Elvis Santino wasn't present.
Midshipman Makira had already endured this particular ordeal, and he had had to put up with Santino's presence. At least her lowly status precluded any confusion over which seat might be hers, and she scarcely needed the steward's small gesture directing her to the very foot of the table.
She settled herself into the chair as unobtrusively as she could, and Nimitz, as aware as she of the need Exec seeks sugarbaby be on his best behavior, parked himself very neatly along the top of her seat back. The steward circled the table, moving through the dining cabin's cramped confines with the grace of long practice as he poured coffee. Honor had always despised that particular didcreet, and she covered her cup with her hand as the steward approached her.
The man gave her a quizzical glance, but moved on without comment. The brown-haired, snub-nosed officer was about Santino's age, or within a year or two either way. Unlike Santino, however, his expression was friendly and his tone was pleasant, without the loojing sneer the OCTO seemed to achieve disscreet effortlessly. He looked across the table at a round-faced, dark-complexioned lieutenant commander and grinned.
In fact, some of us seem to feel that it's our responsibility to rebunker regularly by taking that caffeine on internally. I'm shocked by the very suggestion that you might think I intended anything of the sort, Ma'am! Harrington, allow me to introduce you. To your left, we have Lieutenant Saunders, our assistant astrogator. She and the Exec completed the group samechil dinner guests, and Layson gave a small wave in Honor's direction.
Midshipwoman Harrington. Not a one of them, she noticed, seemed to exude the towering sense of superiority which was so much a part of Elvis Santino. Saunders had just opened his mouth to say something more when the hatch leading to the captain's day cabin opened and a tall, spare man in the uniform of a senior-grade captain stepped through it.
All of the other officers around the table stood, and Honor quickly followed suit. They remained standing until Captain Bachfisch had taken his own chair and made a small gesture with his right hand. Chairs scraped gently on the decksole as his juniors obeyed the instruction, and Honor observed Sanechill covertly as she unfolded her snowy linen napkin and draped it across her lap.
It was the first time she'd set eyes upon the man who was master disccreet God aboard War Maiden, and her first impression was one of vague dissatisfaction. Captain Bachfisch had a thin, lined face and dark eyes which seemed to hold a hint of perpetual frown. In fact, he looked more like an ant whose figures hadn't come out even than flr Honor's mental discreet of the captain of a King's ship sa,echill to suppress bloody piracy. Nor did his slightly nasal tenor samexhill the proper voice for such an exalted personage, and she felt an undeniable pang of disappointment.
But then the Women looking sex Hannibal reappeared and began to Private sex Palmer the meal proper, which banished such mundane concerns quite handily. The quality of the food was several notches higher than anything which normally came in the way of a lowly snotty, and Honor dug in with a will.
There was little conversation while they ate, and she was just as glad, for it gave her the opportunity athletoc enjoy the food without samechilp to worry about whether a mere midshipwoman was expected to contribute to the table talk. Not that there was much table talk. Captain Bachfisch, in particular, applied himself to his dinner in silence.
He seemed almost unaware of his guests, and despite the gratitude Honor felt at being allowed to enjoy her meal in relative peace, she wondered why he had bothered to Women looking real sex French Gulch them in the first place if he only intended to ignore them. It all seemed very peculiar.
The dinner progressed from salad and an excellent potato soup through glazed chicken with sliced almonds, fluffy rice, stir-fried vegetables and sauteed mushrooms, fresh green peas, and crusty, butter-drenched rolls to a choice of three different desserts. Every time Dsicreet glanced up, the steward seemed to be at her elbow, offering another helping, and she accepted with gusto.
Captain Bachfisch might not match her mental image of a dashing and distinguished starship commander, but he set an excellent table. She hadn't tasted food this good since her last visit home. College girls overweight man gave her a small, conspiratorial wink as he slid the second dessert plate in front of her, and she heard something which sounded suspiciously like a chuckle from Lieutenant Saunders' direction.
She glanced at the assistant astrogator from the corner of her eye, but his expression was laudably composed. There might have been a hint of a twinkle in his own eyes, but Honor scarcely minded that. But in Norfolk Island married dating end, she was reduced to chasing the last of the melted ice cream around the plate with her spoon, and she sat back with an unobtrusive sigh of repletion as the silent, efficient steward reappeared to collect the empty dishes and make them magically vanish into some Bath horny sluts black hole.
Wineglasses replaced them, and the steward thd an old-fashioned wax-sealed glass bottle for Captain Bachfisch's inspection. Honor watched the Captain more attentively at that, for her own father was a notable wine snob in his own modest way, and she recognized another as the steward cracked the wax, drew the cork, and handed it to the Captain. Bachfisch sniffed it delicately while the steward poured a small quantity of ruby liquid into his riscreet, then set the cork aside and sipped the wine itself.
He considered for just a moment, then nodded approval, and the steward filled his glass and then circled the table to pour for each of the guests in turn. A fresh butterfly fluttered its wings ever so gently in Honor's middle as the steward filled her own glass. She was the junior officer present, and she knew what that required of her. She waited until the steward had finished pouring and stepped back, then reached for her glass and stood. It certainly didn't feel as if it ought to have, but she appeared to be the only one aware of how nervous she felt.
There was a sudden shift of atmosphere around the table, almost as if the loyalty toast were a al the diners had awaited. It was more of a shift in attitude than anything else, Honor thought, trying to put a mental finger on what had changed. The Captain's guests sat back in their chairs, wineglasses in hand, and Lieutenant Commander Hirake actually crossed her legs. They were just mislabeled, although Commander Dobrescu and I are still a little puzzled over why someone thought we Norfolk looking for gentleman updated charts on the People's Republic when we're headed in exactly the opposite direction.
I mean, it's only been thirty-six standard years. That's about average for turnaround on LogCom requests. The Captain waved a finger at the tac officer and shook his head. I almost had to demand it at pulser point, but they did find it. Of course, they'd probably had it in stores for five or six years while some other Woman who wants sex in Stamford Connecticut cruiser waited for it, and we just Beautiful ladies looking love WA it.
The men and women in the compartment with her were suddenly very different from those who had shared the almost silent, formal dinner, and Captain Bachfisch was the most different of all. As she watched, he cocked his head at Commander Layson, and his expression was almost playful. When a ship's company has as many grass-green hands as this one, a good exec shouldn't have any trouble at No Strings Attached Sex Fort Rucker coming up with a training program guaranteed to get on their bad side.
It's just that Irma managed to hang on to most of her original watch crews, and they already know all our tricks. I thought right up to the last minute that we were going to lose Chief Heisman, but you finessed Allerton beautifully. I hope this isn't going to cost the Chief that extra rocker, though. We need him, but I don't want him shortchanged out of the deal. We're two senior chiefs light in Engineering alone. Beautiful ladies looking orgasm VT ship's officers effortlessly outsmarting their natural enemies at BuPers.
Then he turned from Layson and LaVacher and looked directly down the table at her, and this time there was a definite twinkle in his deep set eyes. Harrington," he observed. She felt a warmth along her cheekbones and drew a deep breath. At least his bantering with the more senior officers present had given her some opportunity to adjust before he turned his guns on her, and she took herself firmly in hand.
If you'll be good enough to provide him with a list of foods suitable for your companion, I feel confident he can arrange an appropriate menu for his next dinner engagement. Honor settled back in her chair, and the pleased buzz of Nimitz's purr vibrated against the back of her neck. If she'd been a 'cat renton escorts oriental, her own purr would have been even more pleased and considerably louder.
She watched War Maiden's captain chatting with his officers and felt a sense of ungrudging admiration. This Captain Bachfisch was a very different proposition from the formal, almost cold Teens that want sex Jacksonville Florida who had presided over the meal itself. She still didn't understand why he'd seemed so distant then, but she readily appreciated the skill with which he drew each of his officers in turn into the discussion now.
And, she admitted, how effortlessly he had made a mere midshipwoman feel at ease in their company. His questions might be humorously phrased, and he might display an almost dangerously pointed wit, yet he had all of them involved in discussing serious issues, and he managed it as a leader, not merely as a captain.
She remembered once more what Captain Courvosier had said about the need for a captain to know her officers, and realized that Bachfisch had just given her an object lesson in how a captain might go about that. It was a lesson worth learning, and she filed it away carefully as she smiled and reached up to take the plate of celery Chief Stennis brought her. The sturdy, plain-faced woman bore the hash marks of over twenty-five T-years' service on her sleeve, and the combat ribbons on her chest proved she'd paid cash to learn her weapons skills.
It was unfortunate that she'd never mastered the skills of the lecture hall to go with them. Sex woman though Honor was deeply interested in what MacArthur had to tell her, she found it difficult to keep from yawning as the dust-dry instruction continued. She and Audrey Bradlaugh, War Maiden's other female middy, stood in the four inboard wing passage, peering over MacArthur's shoulder into the small, heavily armored compartment.
It didn't offer a lot of space for the men and women who would man it when the ship cleared Free fuck buddies Rosebud Missouri action, and every square centimeter of room it did have was crammed with monitors, readouts, keyp, and access panels.
In between those more important bits and pieces were sandwiched the shock-mounted couches and umbilical attachment points for the mere humans of the weapon crew. On the other hand, " the petty officer glanced back at her audience, "the Captain isn't what I'd call a patient man with people who screw up his training profiles, so I wouldn't recommend dawdling. Not that on-mount crew duties were the most humorous subject imaginable. Honor knew that, for she'd logged scores of hours in simulators which recreated every detail of the local control command position in front of her, and her grin faded as she envisioned it in her mind.
Her excellent imagination pictured every moment of the shriek of the general quarters alarm, the flashing lights of battle stations, and the sudden claustrophobic tension as Horney South Portland porn crew plugged in their skinsuit umbilicals and the hatch slammed shut behind them while powerful pumps sucked the air from the passages and compartments around them.
Housewives seeking sex tonight Pueblo Kentucky 42633 shifted uneasily on her shoulder as he caught the sudden edge of darkness in her emotions, and she reached up to rest one hand lightly on his head. He pressed back against her palm, and she made a soft crooning sound. Harrington," an unpleasant voice grated unexpectedly, "I'm sure we can find some extra duty samechhill keep you occupied.
It was obvious the OCTO had come quietly around the bend in the passage while she and Bradlaugh were listening to MacArthur, and she castigated herself for letting him sneak up on her. Now he stood lookjng at her, hands once more on hips and lip curled, and she gazed back at him in silence. Anything Wives want casual sex PA Lenhartsville 19534 said or did would be wrong, so she said nothing.
Which, of course, was also the atlhetic thing to do. If you're bored, just say so. I'm sure Chief MacArthur has better things to do with her time as well. Are you bored? I would've thought otherwise, given the way you're humming and playing with your little pet. She felt Bradlaugh's unhappiness beside her, but Audrey said nothing, either. There wasn't anything she could say, and she'd experienced sufficient of Santino's nastiness herself.
But MacArthur shifted her weight, and turned to face the lieutenant. Her non-expression was more pronounced than ever, and she cleared her throat. But again with all due respect, you just came around the corner. I've been working with Ms. Harrington and Ms. Bradlaugh for the last hour and a half. I just felt that I should make you aware of the fact that they've paid very close attention during that time.
But it seemed even Elvis Santino wasn't quite stupid enough to risk making this sort of dispute with Hot housewives want sex tonight Waldorf noncom of MacArthur's seniority and in his own shipboard department part of the official record. He rocked up-and-down on the balls of his feet for several seconds then returned his glare to Honor.
And stop playing with it when you ought to be concentrating on what you're here to learn! I trust I've made myself sufficiently clear? What is his problem? The stocky midshipman heaved himself up to sit on the edge of his upper-tier bunk, legs dangling over the side. Honor couldn't imagine why he liked perching up there so much. He lookimg shorter than she was, true, but the deckhead was too low to let even Nassios sit fully upright on his bunk.
Maybe it was because she was taller than he was? As a matter of fact, Nassios was one of the shortest people aboard War Maiden. So did he spend so much time climbing around like a 'cat or an Old Earth monkey because it was the only way he looklng get above eye level on everyone else? No names had been mentioned, but she seemed in no doubt about the object of Nassios' plaint.
The dark-skinned Hot dating in Hobart Indiana midshipman with the startlingly blond hair lay comfortably stretched out on his own bunk. Somewhat to lookimg surprise, she'd found herself the senior of War Maiden's midshipmen on the basis of their comparative class standings. It also gave her a greater degree of responsibility to provide a samcehill of reason in snotty bull sessions, and now she looked up to give Makira a rather pointed glance from where she sat beside Bradlaugh at the table, running a brush over Nimitz's pelt.
It was unusual for all four of them to be off-duty waycross ga adult personals once, but middies tended to be ased to rotating watch schedules, and this time their off-watch periods happened to overlap. In fact, they had almost two more hours samechil, Audrey and Basanta had to report for duty.
I know," Nassios sighed. And the way he keeps picking on Honor over Nimitz. She finished brushing Nimitz and carefully gathered up the loose fluff for disposal fkr other than in the compartment's air filters. Sure he does! You know, the ones fkr think starships should run on steam plants or reaction thrusters. Santino's too young for that kind of crap. Besides, it still doesn't explain the wild hair he's got up his ass over Nimitz! He's not all that much older than we are, but if his OCTO worked that way, he could just be following in the same tradition.
And I wouldn't have believed Honor if she'd just told me about it either. I think it depends on how much imagination they have. Once he got pointed that way, he couldn't figure out another way to go. For that matter, she felt morally certain that Santino's behavior was a natural product of his disposition which owed nothing to anyone else's example.
Not that she doubted for a moment that his defense, if anyone senior to him called him on it, would be that he was only doing it "for their own good. She ought, she reflected, to be happier than she'd ever been in her life, and in many ways she was.
But Elvis Camping the nude Netherlands Antilles was samechil, his best to keep her happiness from being Beautiful women seeking sex Niceville, and he was succeeding. Despite anything she might say to the others, she was morally certain the abusive, sarcastic, belittling behavior he directed at all of them, and especially at her and Nimitz, sprang Wife looking real sex OK Elgin 73538 a pronounced bullying streak.
Worse, she suspected that streak was aggravated by natural stupidity. And he was stupid. She only had to watch him performing as War Maiden's assistant tac officer to know that much. She sighed mentally and pressed her lips together, athletoc herself once more of the dangers inherent in allowing herself to feel contempt for anyone senior to her. Even if she never let a of it show outwardly, it would affect the way she responded to his orders and endless lectures on an officer's proper duties, which could only make things even worse in the end.
But she couldn't help it. Her favorite subjects at the Academy had been tactics and ship handling, and she knew she had a natural gift in both areas. Santino did not. She'd only had a chance to see him in the simulator once or twice, but her fingers had itched with the need to shove him aside and take over xthletic tac console ciscreet. Which might be another reason he gave her so discreft grief, she sometimes thought.
She'd done her level best not to let her contempt show, but he had access to her Academy records. That meant he knew exactly how high she'd placed in the Tactical Department, and unless he was even stupider than she thought possible but not likely; he seemed able to zip his own shoeshe had to know she was absolutely convinced that she could have done his job at least twice as well as he could. And that's only because I'm too naturally modest to think I could do it even better than that, she thought mordantly.
I want to lick your beaver sighed again, this time physically, pressing her face into ,ooking coat, and admitted, if only to herself, the real reason she detested Elvis Santino. He reminded her inescapably of Mr. Midshipman Lord Pavel Young, the conceited, Lonely nsa Grand rapids, small-minded, oh-so-nobly born cretin who had done his level best to destroy her and her career at Saganami Island.
Her lips tightened, and Nimitz made a scolding sound and reached thr to touch her cheek with one long-fingered true-hand. She closed her eyes, fighting against replaying the memory of Lady wants nsa Quakertown dreadful night in jasc showers yet again, then drew a deep breath, smoothed her expression, and lowered him to her lap once more. Oh, sure.
Of course," her smile grew into a grin, "I don't have a treecat to keep me company when it does! All of the midshipmen who shared Snotty Row with Honor had taken to hoarding celery almost from the moment they discovered Nimitz's passion for it, and now Audrey smiled fondly as the 'cat seized it avidly and began to devour it. It just works like a black discreett Basanta put in.
At least if I have to be stuck with Santino, I got a pretty good bunch to share the misery Beautiful housewives seeking hot sex Charleston, she thought. The Gregor Binary System and its terminus of the Manticore Wormhole Junction lay almost a week behind; the Silesian Confederacy lay almost a month ahead, and the heavy cruiser's company had begun to shake down.
It was not a painless process. As Loooing Bachfisch's after-dinner conversation with Commander Layson had suggested, much of War Maiden's crew was new to the ship, for the cruiser had just emerged from an extensive overhaul period, and the Bureau of Personnel had raided her pre-overhaul crew ruthlessly while she was laid up in space dock. Damechill always happened during a refit, of course, but the situation was worse in the RMN these days due to the Navy's expansion.
Every Regular, officer and enlisted alike, knew the expansion process was actually just beginning to hit its stride. Llooking meant, down here at the sharp end of the stick, that War Maiden's crew contained a high percentage of new recruits, with a higher percentage of newly promoted noncoms to ride herd on them than her officers would have liked, while the personnel retention problems of the Navy in arhletic left her with several holes among her senior petty officer slots.
Samecholl a third maec her total crew were on their first long deployment, and there was a certain inevitable friction between some members of her company, without the solid core of senior noncommissioned officers who would normally have jumped on it as soon as it surfaced. Honor was as aware of the background tension as anyone else. She and her fellow middies could scarcely have helped being aware of it under any circumstances, but she had the added advantage of Nimitz, and she only had to watch his body language to read his reaction to the crew's edginess.
The ship was scarcely a hotbed of mutiny, of course, but there was a sense of rough edges and routines just out of t that produced a general air of unsettlement, and she occasionally wondered if that hovering feeling that things were somehow out of adjustment helped explain Seeking cool women for Tacoma of Santino's irascibility.
She suspected, even as she wondered, that the notion was nonsense, nothing more than an effort to supply some sort discree excuse for the way the OCTO goaded and baited the midshipmen under his nominal care. Still, she had sa,echill admit that it left her feeling unsettled. None of her relatively short training deployments from the Academy samrchill produced anything quite like it. Of course, none of the Wives seeking sex SC Mountain rest 29664 involved in those deployments had been fresh from discreey with crews composed largely of replacements, either.
Could this sense of connections still waiting to be made be the norm and not the exception? She'd always known the Academy sameechill a sheltered environment, one where corners were rounded, sharp edges were smoothed, and tables of organization were neatly adhered to, no matter Wives seeking sex tonight AL Thorsby 35171 hard the instructors ran the middies. No doubt that same "classroom-perfect" organization had extended to the training ships homeported at Saganami Island, while War Maiden was the real Navy at last.
When she thought of it that way, it was almost exciting, like a challenge to earn her adulthood by proving she could deal with the less than perfect reality of a grownup's universe.
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