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Kay, Active Player

#28394
Location: Beach House, Monterey • Date: July 1985
Time of Day: Evening • Weather: Warm Winds
Elyse Nordstrom ★ Witch ★ W.A.R.T. Administrator
Dinner had been delightfull, rich enough to be filling and light enough to allow herself to enjoy it without feeling guilty. Nothing her early morning run on the beach wouldn't burn.

Once their plates had been emptied the men had requested to be excused. A request Elyse had allowed without appeal, finding that she rather enjoyed the part of the evening she spent with Viktoria while their husbands smoked cigars and congratulated each other for being of the superior sex.

The men retired to the study and finally, she felt as though she could enjoy her surroundings. The ocean rolled in, with her constant forceful way as if her joy was to push the sand away. Warm salty winds tickled her cheeks and fluffed the already curly strands of blonde hair covering her ear. Completed with jeans, a black bikini top, and a blue long sleeved button down of which she had only buttoned a few clasps, Elyse was in her most relaxed attire.

Enjoying the peaceful silence the men had left behind, she took a long sip of white wine and leaned back into her chair. "Peace at last," she celebrated with a gentle chuckle.
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Alatariel, Active Player

#28413
Viktoria Klein★ Witch ★ Designer
It had been nearly six years since they had been coming to Monterey for their annual summer vacation, and almost four years since they had be going with the Nordstroms. For nearly four years Viktoria had been sharing a holiday home with a woman she now called her best friend and her husband. Elyse and Eric were a charming couple, and Viktoria had caught herself more than once watching them interact. They were different from her and Phillip, more sophisticated, more defined as a couple, yet they had this coldness about them, something Viktoria had come to identify as rivalry, and not the good-natured kind. Eric was threatened by his wife, and Elyse wanted what he had, power, the name. It hadn't been obvious at the start, but not it was glaringly so.

Viktoria and Phillip weren't any of those things. They weren't sophisticated, and they weren't defined, they weren't even married, and they weren't cold. They were...indifferent. Their relationship had been hot and heavy at the start, but after a year or two, things had died down and Viktoria found she no longer cared for the man. She loved him yes, but most of the time, she barely tolerated him. Phillip was blind to this of course, which made her all the more detached. Truthfully she only agreed to these annual vacations because she got to spend a whole month with Elyse,

Jasper also seemed to enjoy his time with Eric, the two spent most of their days together, only returning for dinner. Neither she nor Elyse complained however as they two enjoying spending their day together. It was much more pleasurable doing things she actually liked instead of things like golf and watching broomstick races.

Today was no different, Eric and Phillip had joined them for dinner, greek salad with cold cut sandwiches, and then when they had finished, they had left to smoke cigars in the study. They would depart to the muggle casino later, hoping to fool the non-magical folk out of their hard earned money. It was the same routine, yet Viktoria couldn't tire of it if Elyse was with her.

"I bet they'll be home at 3.00 o'clock tonight." She said in response, head lolling back against the deck chair was she lounging in.

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Kay, Active Player

#28417
Elyse Nordstrom ★ Witch ★ W.A.R.T. Administrator
"If we are lucky," the politician's wife wished as her friend offered a scenario where they had the better part of the night for themselves.

By listening to her comments one might come to the conclusion that she did not appreciate her husband's company. The truth was that she and her husband had an extremely effective partnership. Erik had an easy air, he was confident and charming. He was perfect for their political ambitions. She had a strategic mind, wasn't afraid to push boundaries and could be vicious when climbing towards the top. They were ambitious and effective, she enjoyed Erik's company as one would appreciate working with a like-minded colleague, but Elyse had yet to come to that realization.

"Do you allow him to stray?" She asked as she clasped a few more buttons.
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Alatariel, Active Player

#28435
Viktoria Klein★ Witch ★ Designer
Not at all expecting Elyse to ask such a thing, Viktoria paused and stared at her friend. The blonde was beautiful, elegant, powerful and Viktoria had envied her for so very long. It was almost painful sometimes how attractive the woman was. People on the streets either stopped and stared, or hastily moved out of her way. Sometimes she would catch Erik looking at his wife with a near frightening amount of lust in his gaze. Phillip had stopped looking at her like that after just one year, and she hadn't really cared about it until they met the Nordstroms, but now all she wished was to have someone look at her like that.

The idea of allowing Phillip to stray was a strange prospect, not something she had actively thought about, but he was a man, and he'd never bothered to hide his interest in other woman. Whether or not he'd actually ever acted on such things, Viktoria was not unaware, and she wasn't sure she wanted to be.

"I've never told him not to," Viktoria replied slowly, watching as Elyse buttoned her shirt more. "But I can't say I would be too upset if he did, whether I allowed him to or not." It was a very candid answer, but she'd never lied to Elyse about her relationship with Phillip, not even in the very beginning.
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Kay, Active Player

#28454
Elyse Nordstrom ★ Witch ★ W.A.R.T. Administrator
Though she seemed indifferent, Elyse was not blind to the attention she received. One would be foolish not to use it to their advantage. In politics, everything was a game of seduction, one only had to be observant and strategic. Being observant was a skill she could never quite turn off, as such Viktoria's glance as her fingers pinched her buttons close did not go unnoticed, but it did remain unacknowledged.

As couples, they could not be more different in the way their respective relationships worked. The Kleins left things unsaid, living through loopholes and functional misunderstandings. While the Nordstroms lived on discussing expectations and settling on rules after harsh negotiations. The Nordstroms were allowed to stray, but with an intricate understanding that it could never hinder their ambitions. The Kleins had not given each other such liberties, but it seemed Viktoria wouldn't be heartbroken if Phillip were to allow himself the privilege.

"He would be foolish to do so," Elyse offered as a verdict.
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Alatariel, Active Player

#28467
Viktoria Klein★ Witch ★ Designer
Viktoria smiled lightly in thanks to Elyse's compliment, but she didn't reply. Instead she looked out over the beach below and watched the waves roll in and out for a moment.

After taking a sip of her drink, she spoke steadily, "I'm guessing you let Erik sleep with other people then?" She didn't turn to meet the woman's gaze because for some reason she was unsure what she would find there and if she'd like it. "Does he let you?"





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Kay, Active Player

#28472
Elyse Nordstrom ★ Witch ★ W.A.R.T. Administrator
Elyse had given him the Nordstrom name, the Nordstrom fortune, and the very strategy that had led him to power. "The least he could give me was a little respite from him," she answered with a lioness smirk. There had been someone before him, someone who had resurfaced after their tenth-year anniversary. At first, he had merely tolerated as her old flame had flirted with her. Eventually, he had offered her an explicit agreement. Since that day, the Nordstrom has become faithful to their political ambitions rather than to the institution that sanctified their union.

Elyse pushed a strand of blonde hair that seemed determined to stray from her part. "You seem pensive. Is there something on your mind?" As observant as she was, there were moments when Viktoria eluded her.
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Alatariel, Active Player

#28502
Viktoria Klein★ Witch ★ Designer
Unable to stop herself from imagining what Elyse would look like kissing someone else who wasn't Erik, Viktoria stared blankly out across the ocean as Elyse was wrapped in thick muscular arms. He was younger, blonde and imaginary Elyse seemed very into how much he was into her. Then suddenly as it changed and it wasn't some random man Elyse was kissing, it was Viktoria and imaginary Viktoria was very much enjoying herself. It made her skin burn.

Tearing herself away from her thoughts, she swallowed thickly, only just managing to nod as Elyse asked after her, cheeks coloring as she took a hearty sip from her drink.

"I'm fine." She finally managed.





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Kay, Active Player

#28505
Elyse Nordstrom ★ Witch ★ W.A.R.T. Administrator
There were times when Viktoria eluded her, but not enough to be fooled by the designer's feeble reassurance. Not used to her friend hiding things from her, she wondered if she should insist or allow it to remain Viktoria's private thoughts.

Her blue eyes connected with the ocean as if seeking guidance from her infinite unrest. Viktoria would share when she would be ready, the blonde thought as she finished her glass of wine.

"I was thinking, this winter we could take a week and go to a resort, just the two of us." They had never traveled just the two of them, but these evenings spent with Viktoria had made her long for more time with her friend.
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Alatariel, Active Player

#28509
Viktoria Klein★ Witch ★ Designer
The thought of just the two of them traveling alone made her almost giddy with anticipation. Viktoria didn't travel very often, at least not by herself, and when she did it was for work and she never really got much time to relax. They had always traveled together as two couples however and while the idea of going off with Elyse was enticing, she also felt like it was some sort of fantasy, almost too good to be true. How would that even work? The anxiety she felt at the prospect had sweat pooling at her lower back. Why she was anxious, Viktoria didn't know, and she didn't dare figure out why.

She nodded though, despite being unable to look at the blonde sitting next to her because for the for first time since she'd met Elyse Nordstrom, the woman suddenly unnerved her. Taking a sip from her drink only to realize her glass was empty, the designer sucked in a shuddering breath instead.

"I cheated on Jasper, did I ever tell you that?" Viktoria asked quietly.
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Kay, Active Player

#28532
Elyse Nordstrom ★ Witch ★ W.A.R.T. Administrator
Elyse waited for a response to her suggestion but instead saw an array of reactions flutter on the designer's features. While at first, the response seemed to have been positive it eventually dissolved into something Elyse couldn't quite identify, a glimmer of hope shielded by a large block of skepticism perhaps.

The following revelation came as a shock, but it explained why her friend had been so silent when she had spoken of her arrangement with Erik. "You have not," Elyse admitted as she took the bottle and offered her friend a refill. "Is that why the marriage ended?"
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Alatariel, Active Player

#28541
Viktoria Klein★ Witch ★ Designer
"Yes and...no," Viktoria replied quietly. She put her glass of wine down on the small glass table sat between them and then turned so that she was lying on her side. Tucking a hand between her legs, she propped her head up with the other, "We married when we were twenty. We were young, dumb and in love. We thought we'd be together forever." Jasper had been her first love, her first everything really, and betraying him was one of her biggest regrets.

"I've told you this before. How we grew up on the same street. His parents were one of the only families to treat my parents like they belonged. He just...made me happy. Made me feel safe." Viktoria spoke quietly, gazing at her friend though she wasn't really looking at her, not really. Instead she was watching her younger self rush head long into a life she had thought she wanted, only to come to realize she had been wrong. So very wrong.

She clear her throat, clearing the lump that had formed there, "When my parents went back home, I was...distraught. I'd only just started grad school, and Jasper wanted to get our own place. I just..." Viktoria squeezed her eyes shut and shook her head, "I just needed a moment to...I don't know. I've always been prone to self-destructive behavior, " Her eyes opened and she pinned Elyse with a knowing look, "Jasper forgave me and I guess I took that as permission to do it again, and then again." She'd slept with five different people when Jasper had finally had enough and gave her an ultimatum. Ultimately she had chosen the freedom to carry on with her destructive behavior and Jasper had left without a word. Five years of marriage and Viktoria had flushed it all down the drain just so she could have a little bit of freedom.



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Kay, Active Player

#28545
Elyse Nordstrom ★ Witch ★ W.A.R.T. Administrator
The had always been open with each other. Willing to show pieces of themselves that they seldom shared with others. But this. This was new. She had never seen her friend so vulnerably honest. Had Erik been in her stead, Elyse would have felt disgusted. She would have rebuked him and left him to wallow in his failure. Yet looking at Viktoria she felt no such thing.

"You were young," she offered unfamiliar with offering genuine reassurance. "We all make stupid decisions at that age."

She had married Erik at the same age. While she would not qualify that as a stupid decision, her parents had thought otherwise. "Vik," Elyse placed her glass next to the designer's and leaned towards the chair on which she was lounging. She opened her mouth, but the reassurance she had intended to offer was interrupted by their boisterous husbands.

Elyse retreated back into her chair and smiled stiffly as Erik told wished her a happy evening and kissed her on the cheek.
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Alatariel, Active Player

#28557
Viktoria Klein★ Witch ★ Designer
The thing was, Viktoria had continued making dumb decisions. She still made them. Marrying Phillip might have been her first sensible one in many years, and even that had turned out to be a rather stupid one. She hadn't married the man for love, and maybe that had been a mistake. She didn't know any more, not really.

When Elyse murmured her name, Viktoria nearly startled. The blonde woman had never said her name like that before. She swallowed.

Then voices sounded from behind them and Phillip and Erik appeared, breaking whatever trance Viktoria had fell under. Sitting up, she smiled up at Phillip.

"Don't stay out too late," She told him. He nodded, kissed the top of her head and then both he and Erik departed. They would be out late, they always were.

After a few moments, when she'd heard the door click shut, she turned back to Elyse, "Let's go for a walk," She suggested.
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Kay, Active Player

#28562
Elyse Nordstrom ★ Witch ★ W.A.R.T. Administrator
"Good idea," Elyse agreed. She took the aviator glasses she had discarded earlier as placed them on her nose.

The ocean greeted them with her aggressive tide. Elyse quickly took off her sandals, rolled up her jeans and walked in the shallow water. "I didn't mean to feed old wounds earlier," she apologized in a rare display of humility.