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09 August 2007 @ 04:44 pm
attn Arabella (morning has broken, like the first morning...)  
The morning after his second meeting with the gentleman with thistle-down hair, as the sun rises, Jonathan will find its light penetrating and dispelling the cone of darkness. The first clock that he sees will read 6:15 precisely.

Jonathan Strange stands at the window of the bedroom he shares (or, at least, shared last night, having actually left the library at a reasonable hour for once) with Arabella, looking out over the sun-drenched lawn and gardens below. Outside, it is a beautiful summer morning, and the first morning of any sort that he has seen in a very long time. It is just possible that there are tears in his eyes. Maybe.
 
 
 
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on August 9th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Arabella wakes, as one tends to do in the morning, and finds the bed empty, as she tends to do in the morning, but registers a bit more surprise than she would readily admit to when she sits up to see her husband standing beside the window. "My dear..?"
Mr Jonathan Strange: courting :: jonathan and arabella the eaironicalsmile on August 10th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
"It is a beautiful day, is it not?" Jonathan replies gaily, still looking out of the window. "Quite the finest morning I have seen in, oh, simply ages!"
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on August 10th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
It is then she notices that it is, in fact, morning. Melodramatic though it may be, she gasps. "Oh, my dear!"
Mr Jonathan Strange: courting :: jonathan and arabella the eaironicalsmile on August 10th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
He turns from the window to face her, smiling broadly. 'What do you think? Shall we go for a walk later this morning? The weather seems too fine to pass up.'
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on August 10th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
"Oh, yes. It would be shameful to waste such a lovely morning."
Mr Jonathan Strange: courting :: jonathan and arabella the eaironicalsmile on August 10th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
He smiles again, and then strides over to the bed (where she is, presumably, still lying) and, doubtless, startles her completely by leaning down to kiss her.

--well, he did promise to pay attention.
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on August 10th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
He does startle her rather, and she leans back after a moment and laughs. "You are in high spirits!"
Mr Jonathan Strange: courting :: jonathan and arabella the eaironicalsmile on August 10th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
'Should I not be?' he smiles, sitting on the edge of the bed. 'Look out the window! Finally, I shall not have to worry that my candles will light my papers a-fire, but may study instead by bright, natural sunlight! --and I am glad for you, as well,' he adds hastily, for any fairy that might be listening in.
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on August 10th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
"I am glad for both of us," she replies, smiling as well. "Let me just ready myself, and we shall walk."
Mr Jonathan Strangeironicalsmile on August 10th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
'Do not be long about it,' he says, and jumps up off the bed, and will probably stand by the window waiting impatiently until she is ready.
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on August 10th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
She laughs. "I shall try." And she's not terribly long, not being a terribly vain sort of woman. After she's gotten dress and fixed her hair somewhat (it's rather difficult to do on one's own, after all, especially when one is unaccustomed), she joins him at the window.
Mr Jonathan Strange: courting :: jonathan and arabella the eaironicalsmile on August 10th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
'Shall we walk down to the gardens, then, Arabella?' Jonathan says, taking her arm conscientiously, and adding 'You look lovely to-day, by the way.'
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on August 10th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
"Oh, yes. And thank you," she replies, taking his arm and trying not to sound too surprised.
Mr Jonathan Strange: courting :: jonathan and arabella the eaironicalsmile on August 10th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
He smiles at her (actually at her, not even just over her shoulder or somewhere in the direction of her ear, as she may be used to) and they walk out. Along the way to the garden he talks brightly of this and that, all manner of inconsequential things, the sort of idle chatter that he was wont to use during their early days of courtship, before his encounter with Vinculus. He may feel he is being more attentive to her than he has been since his becoming a magician, but he is really mostly just being someone else entirely.
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on August 10th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Arabella notices the change-- how can she not? And while she's perfectly content to talk and laugh and listen along, rather than growing lighter and brighter, she gets, gradually, more and more worried. "Are you certain you are well, my dear?" she asks after some time. She says it lightly, with a smile-- it's only a joke, if that's how he prefers to take it.
Mr Jonathan Strange: tophatironicalsmile on August 10th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
'Of course I am!' he answers in some surprize. 'I am perfectly well. And completely disenchanted, as well, most pleasantly.'
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on August 10th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
"So I have seen! How did you do it?"
Mr Jonathan Strange: tophatironicalsmile on August 10th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
'Oh, you know,' and he grows suddenly quite vague, gesturing broadly and unenlighteningly with his free hand, 'just found a thing the fellow wanted after all.'
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on August 10th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
"As long as you aren't promising away our or anyone's firstborn child, I suppose I shall have to content myself with that."
Mr Jonathan Strange: courting :: jonathan and arabella the eaironicalsmile on August 10th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
'Oh, you may rest assured, my dear Arabella,' with a small laugh, 'all of our children are perfectly safe.' --The nonexistent ones, that is.
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on August 10th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
"I simply would have hated to see what might happen should you prove unable to keep that promise. Have you seen the lake yet?"
Mr Jonathan Strange: courting :: jonathan and arabella the eaironicalsmile on August 10th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
He casts a quick, sharply thoughtful little glance upon her. 'Whatever do you mean by that remark, my dear? --No, I have not. I have spent all my time within doors, since my arrival.'
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on August 10th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
"What a shame! Come, shall we walk towards it? It seems as fine a destination as any."
Mr Jonathan Strange: courting :: jonathan and arabella the eaironicalsmile on August 10th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
'Indeed it does,' he agrees, apparently deciding that pressing the matter, while attention, is not quite what the gentleman had in mind. He directs their steps towards the lake, observing, as he does, that 'It glitters under sun-light in a way vastly different from the look of moon- and star-light upon water.'
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on August 10th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
"Oh, yes. It's quite lovely, is it not? The grounds here are most picturesque."
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