Snakes seemed to be making Iver Hall their home too. There were a number of them that found comfort in wrapping themselves around the banister of the staircase, others that enjoyed the dimness of the drawing room, and a few larger species that found homes in the gardens. The servants were certainly in for a shock. As promised, Zwei had been tasked to guarding the nursery, coiling herself around the cot and keeping guard. All watchdogs were forbidden from entering, and Astrid now only permitted the kingdom entry and guard duties of her daughter.
Astrid had the majority of her clothing moved to a guest room where she had set up arrangements for Fafnir, Nim, and Ivy to inhabit. Astrid fully intended the larger of the snakes, Fafnir, to sleep in the same bed, ensuring Nathan did not attempt to try his charms. She doubted he would attempt it, regardless.
Right now, she was seated in a large arm chair, one let crossed over the other. She had already fed, bathed, and put Ingrid down to sleep for the night, and Astrid fully intended for Nathan not to disturb her. Knowing he was coming, she had dinner early; she would not dine with him. And now, she held a quill in hand, scribbling over contracts for the new establishment she had her eye on. These terms were far too strict for her intended use...Perhaps a little bit of persuasion was required.