Made to Measure [Juniper]

Xavier goes shoppinggggggg. Mostly for clothes.

Brunnhold's college town, located inside the university grounds.
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Xavier Zhirune
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Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:40 pm

Feldspar Tailoring
in the MID-AFTERNOON of VORTAS the 22nd, 2718

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The red-walled old fortress of Brunnhold so close to the end of the formal school year was a blustery place full of nervous excitement, late night studying, and, lucratively enough, a lot of needful distraction. Pubs and cafes, bars and taverns in the Stacks were often full of faculty and staff blowing off steam instead of grading final papers as well as students drinking and procrastinating on their studies. So full of galdori at various wealth levels, Xavier had no qualms about helping them part with their coins one song and one pocket at a time.

The albino wick had been traveling for months now—on the clocking ground—and while the skies were still calling their name softly in the night, their currently unwelcome status as a wick without a writ in places like Vienda limited their venues of profit. They'd been to the Harbor, of course, and tucked away in their belongings was a freshly minted, yet untested, counterfeit writ.

The problem was, they didn't feel they at all looked the part of tsat. No. Definitely vagabond. Carefree, attractive, well-paid vagabond, but still willfully homeless in appearances to the authorities nonetheless. If they were going to convince anyone they lived anywhere other than the hold of an airship or room to room or even the streets, a bit of a refresh of their wardrobe wasn't such a bad idea.

The willowy Gioran just didn't have a significant amount in their pockets. Sufficient, perhaps, so long as they were careful not tgo get carried away somewhere nice. There were plenty of choices in tailors in the Stacks, though most of them probably made more money on repairing uniforms and sewing professors' robes than clothing a wick with their rather unique taste in style. Peering in shop fronts, squinting at signs when the sun shown through the clouds too bright for the albino's violet gaze, the pale musician was probably one of the few creatures not bundled in a coat against the slowly deepening chill of autumn.

Anaxi folk were so comfortable in their mediocre temperate clime and their clocking ugly status quo. Dze.

Layers of well-worn linen shirts of admittedly very obviously feminine lines in dull earth tones, accented by a bright rust-colored vest hung with an easy grace over the tall creature's lithe frame, various baubles dangling low around their neck, sparkling in their ears, and clinging to their long fingers. Trousers in need of mending, threadbare and travel worn, were mostly hidden by the length of their almost tunic-like shirts and knee-high boots, though had it not rained the night before, Xavier would have happily given a skirt some fresh air instead. As it was, the cobblestones of the stacks were either muddy, dirty, and wet or still coated in a thin layer of ice, both too unfavorable for their more delicate clothing choices. Bone white hair was worn down and wild in the breeze, long and just barely tamed, streaks of a pale violet still fading from the left side where they'd dyed their hair weeks ago. Kohl stood in contrast to their translucent skin, in sharp, fashionable lines instead of smoky haze and the palest of pinks stained lips that couldn't otherwise achieve the same color as those who weren't blessed with their Gioran-bred albinism.

Over Xavier's shoulders was slung their oud, polished black wood and mother-of-pearl inlays catching the golden light as they poked their way through side streets and meandered into alleys, glancing at styles and signs, neither in a hurry nor quite sure what they were entirely after.

Affordability? Style? Both? Was that asking too mu—

"Oh." Breathed the willowy musician, not expecting a tailor's sign in this alley, sandwiched between a bindery and what appeared to be some sort of legal offices. The sign was fresh, new, and the words quality artistry stuck out on the little notice placed just so in one of the many little windows.

No one else had mentioned themselves as an artist thus far in all the clothier's they'd passed through, so this was, as far as the albino wick was concerned, a good sign.

Stepping through the door to the comfortable tinkle of a little bell, the tall wick hooked a thumb in the strap of their oud that crossed their chest and ran lithe fingers through their long hair, violet eyes looking for the proprietor only after wandering over racks of fabrics,

"Hello!" Xav grinned and warmly waggled a ring-laden hand with their greeting, their voice no less ambiguous than their choices of clothing, pretty, delicate features more indicative of their Kingdom of origin than anything else, "When yer sign says artistry, does 't mean affordable creativity?"

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Juniper Feldspar
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Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:34 pm

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Feldspar Tailoring| Mid afternoon
22nd VORTAS 2718
Juniper hummed an old wick tune as he sewed, coffee steaming just out of the way of his elbow, keeping half an eye on Miranda as she flitted about the room chasing rainbows from the twisting crystal crescent he’d hung in the window. Embroidered shirt-sleeves rolled carefully up to the elbow, his collar and cravat loose and the top button of his violet waistcoat popped, he was comfortable and in his element in the neat little shop. This week, his red beard was trimmed to neatly frame his mouth and chin, and he rubbed it thoughtfully as he considered his work.

It was a rather beautiful cherry-red coat, velvet, with black roses embroidered along the collar and cuffs. He had made much better time than anticipated with this piece- this morning the lining hadn’t even been cut, and here he was, binding the buttonholes. The tailor allowed himself a moment to get lost in his love of the texture, the contrast of colour and fabric and the delicate petals of the thread-painted flowers.

He really was very fortunate. He’d never have thought when he was growing up, just discovering the delights of creating beauty, that he would be able to make it his life’s work…

It took him several moments to register the ringing of the shop bell as the Gioran entered, and then he was blinking distractedly at what seemed for all the world like a cloud of autumn leaves and mist swept through the door and given a face. He...no, she… no...he honestly couldn’t tell, and settled on ‘they’- in his line of work it was best not to assume-breezed up to the counter like they owned the place, despite the state of their attire, and he was just about to welcome them when his gaze swept up and met their eyes.

...oh…

Anyone taking a glance at Juniper’s shop, or, indeed, his person, would quickly gather his fondness for shades of purple, from his brocade waistcoat to the fabric-covered panels on the counters of his shop. To have that colour smiling at him in someone’s gaze made his breath stutter for a moment, and he had to take a second to collect himself before he smiled back with his answer.

“Absolutely. I can tailor my services to your purse as well as your sartorial inclinations.”

Damn, he was using ridiculous words again, that happened when he was a bit rattled.

He set the coat aside, lodging the needle safely in the fabric, stood, setting his palms on the counter, and leaned in with a bright smile.

“So, how can I help?”

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Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:48 am

Feldspar Tailoring
in the MID-AFTERNOON of VORTAS the 22nd, 2718


There was a jinga miraan fluttering about, distractingly pretty fabrics to admire, and a fresh, steaming cup of coffee right there on the counter. Not to mention a cute man beneath the unfinished work of their own—Xavier managed to keep their attentions barely focused, however, violet gaze flitting for one last moment over the florally-themed sewing that the ginger wick behind the counter was carefully working on. Anaxi people were such adorable little things with their height and their freckles, their bright, colorful hair, their delicate features and their begrudging acceptance of otherwise disgusting half-breeds like himself (Gior denied their own existence, after all).

The coat on the tailor's lap was gloriously red and a touchable velvet with finely crafted embroidery, and as distracting as it was, it didn't take long for the albino wick to notice that they were glancing over quite a few shades of purple and violet. Lovely. Without knowing them at all, this tailor had fashioned their wardrobe as a little homage to the pigmentless color of their eyes! Not that Xav could quite say such a strange (perhaps slightly self-centered) compliment out loud, but it was impossible to hide the tinge of pink that rose to their cheeks, albinism having its shortcomings on occasion after all.

The red-headed wick smiled back, perhaps more flustered than expected—had the willowy musician interrupted something important? The tall Gioran blinked at the words used, attempting to put the one word—satorial—they didn't know into desperate contextual meaning. Unable to find anything in the short reply and unable to invent a convincing definition in their mind, colorless eyelashes simply fluttered in momentary confusion. Xavier leaned both elbows on the countertop and crossed one foot behind their calf without concern that such an forward angle caused their jewelry to slip lower, sparkling and swinging, nor their partially unbuttoned shirts to reveal far more translucent skin than was at all polite in the Kingdom of Anaxas, smile broadening both because the tekaa tailor was cute when caught off-guard and because they hoped to hide their ignorance behind the coy expression. One bejeweled hand waggled fingers almost shyly, purring quietly,

"Sator—whatnow? Ent that a curious new word." After a slow blink and the bob of an Adam's apple that indicated what they both were and were not comfortably without apology all at the same time when they swallowed, they added, "I can pay in coin, oes, if that's what yer askin' ... an', well, if ye take payment in song 'r some kinda entertainin', boemo. I'm good for all o' that, jus' so y' know."

The smirk was mischievous and the almost husky tone felt like an innuendo whan Xavier spoke of entertaining, but suddenly the flutter of wings distracted them for a moment, violet gaze reluctantly wandering from the other wick's nostalgia-inducing sky blue eyes and well-trimmed beard to watch the pale miraan dart about after bright, colorful reflections of the sunlight that filtered through a myriad of little windows inside.

The silver feathered creature reminded the pale musician of home—Gior a strange place full of not only albino galdori and humans, but albino wildlife as well. Did they long for the mountains and vales? Did they miss the snow or the skies? Yes. But also, no. Traveling had proven itself exciting, daring, difficult, and delicious; the insatiably curious creature had been able to gorge on the different experiences they'd discovered this far without any complaint, that was for clocking sure.

The tailor leaned his palms on the same counter, also tipping closer as if they were about to share some furtive conversation, eliciting a slow inhale, Xav tilting their gracefully carved chin just so. Reaching up to curl long, lithe fingers into the strap across their narrow chest and adjust the oud over their shoulder, the tall Gioran told the truth without hesitation:

"Y' see, I'm on m' way toward Vienda to make some music an' earn a bit o' ging. I jus' wanna look less—uh—fresh off th' airship vagabond an' more well-traveled musician. Ye chen? I ent got a big budget, but I want some clothes that'll last an' look amazin' ... an' maybe y' can share a bit o' that coffee, too while you're at it—junta. Manners—"

Straightening away from the counter, the albino wick reached into the inner pocket of their vest to pull out a small, rectangular card. It was on thick, cottony paper as pale as they Gioran that held it. Offering it without formality to the handsome tsat across the counter by sliding it with two ring-laden fingers until the card and their pale hand with long, well-manicured nails currently lacquered a delicate incandescent pearl touched Juniper's hand on his counter.

The card read in clean metal type in black ink:


Xavier Zhirune
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Musician, et cetera for Hire


"—jus' Xav is fine. Mister Feldspar, is it?" The willowy musician smiled warmly, color complimenting their lips and the invitation in their tone. Ah, that "et cetera" was a curious mystery they chose not to elaborate on in this moment.

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Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:33 am

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Feldspar Tailoring| Mid afternoon
22nd VORTAS 2718
The beautiful Gioran leaned on the counter like it was a bar, all expressive hands and spidersilk hair and jingling trinkets, and..

...oh...that is...a lot of skin…

Juniper blinked furiously, realising the wick was speaking.

"Sator—whatnow? Ent that a curious new word."

Juniper bit his lip, an embarrassed flush rising to his cheeks, and spoke without thinking.

“Ne, epaemo, I’ve had so many gollies in of late and they seem to like it when I use long words… like a dog that knows a trick, ye chen?” A hand rose to his mouth, but it was too late, his carefully-cultivated Estuan and accent had slipped, and he sighed, giving in and ducking his head almost bashfully.

“Sartorial. Means to do with clothing, fashion. What I do. And um...I’ll definitely need enough ging to cover cloth costs, but...as for the rest?”

He paused a moment, considering the person on the other side of the counter. Oh, what he could do with that… Everything he made these days was so very safe. Beautiful, yes… but safe. He longed to create something a little more esoteric, fantastical.

...I deserve a personal project every once in a while…


Then he registered the particular inflection on the word ‘entertaining’...

...wait...what?


The tips of his ears went bright red, and he swallowed hard, putting that thought very deliberately away.

“Um...we’ll have a chat. I’m sure we can work something out, oes? It’d be benny to work with you, if y’ like my style that is…”

The mist-creature's gaze slid away to where Miranda swooped and turned, chasing rainbows in the window, and Juniper’s brow furrowed in concern.

“Epaemo, if she bothers I can stow her upstairs? I know some clients don’t like her…”

He gave a short whistle, holding up his hand, but the miraan merely gave a short trill in response, continuing to dart through the air.

The tailor sighed, leaning down to feel under the counter for something, and drew out a small wooden box, which he rattled. The silver head immediately turned, feather crest fluffing, and the long body and wings undulated after it, swimming through the air to perch on his outstretched forearm, slender silver tail coiling around his wrist.

“Ersehat spoiled creature…”
the tailor muttered fondly, flicking the silver catch with a thumbnail and plucking a small dark object from within. “Ye’ll get fat.” He flicked the little nugget in her direction, and her angular head darted to snap it out of the air, long tongue flicking happily round her narrow lips. The little teacup drake swallowed, canting her head towards him, and the little wick’s face creased with affection, lowering to allow his pet to bump her head against his jaw. He turned back to the tall Gioran who was… suddenly a lot closer.

He listened to them explain just what they were after while those long fingers flexed around the strap of their instrument, and thought of mists and moons and silks and chifffon… not at all anything else.

...no...nothing else…



“Last and look amazing?”
he replied. “That I can do, and the latter shouldn’t be hard considering what I have to work with…” He flashed a shy but appreciative smile at the other wick, slipping back into the easy compliments that were a part of his job. Even when they were utterly sincere, belied by the spots of colour in his cheeks, and the way his gaze kept flashing back to those violet eyes...

Then that card slid across the counter, and didn’t...didn’t stop until the textured paper was brushing under his hand, and pale fingers nudged against his own.

“I uh..Juniper is...Juniper is fine...Xav...” he stuttered softly, looking down at the glimmering fingernails and and be-ringed knuckles.
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Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:57 am

Feldspar Tailoring
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​​in the MID-AFTERNOON of VORTAS the 22nd, 2718
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​​Was the other man blushing? Oh, Anaxi and the way a bit of color on their cheeks attempted to drown their freckles! Xavier's smile grew wider as a pina manna more Tek slipped from the ginger wick's pleasingly-shaped lips, the expression becoming something of an amused, coy smirk at the tailor's choice of words. Long words and tricks didn't at all sound like galdor business for a heartbeat or two, but perhaps it was simply that the pale musician was easily distracted,
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​​"Satorial." They repeated as if attempting to remember the word, whispering an echo of the syllables as if the willowy Gioran was considering its worthiness for a song. Violet eyes widened at what they clearly heard as an offer of some kind,
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​​"I ent broke, mind. I jus' need a bit 'f coin leftover t' eat an' sleep on. Brunnhold's a fair bit more expensive than th' Harbor for a wanderin' musician, jus' 'cause it's a damn fancy school full o' rich kids, ye chen. An' I'll make some more—buskin' an' playin' places like th' Singin' Badger." There was an excitement building in their voice, hands moving expressively, pale eyelashes fluttering for a moment when the flustered tailor blushed even deeper than before, "Your style? Oes, it's macha, kov. Look at those details an' th' colors—if bein' albino's got nothin' else goin' for me, it's bein' a blank but willin’ canvas for any palette."
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​​Xavier tittered almost shyly when they winked at the end, enjoying how the other wick appeared to be just as curious and enthusiastic as they were, "We're chattin' now, ent we? I ent afraid 'f a bit o' work—oh—"
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​​The miraan was pretty, their metallic rush of movement catching the pale wick's attention for a moment, keeping them from finishing their sentence. The diminutive drake flew toward the tailor when he called for it, Xav's violet gaze following its fluttering feathers and keeping its quick movements in sight until the redhead whistled,
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​​"—ne, she's very beautiful. Doesn't bother me 't all. There's far worse creatures out there, ye chen, an' most 'f 'em 're body-shaped." They grinned again, watching the treat smelling the rich scent of chocolate curiously, and hearing the little tease, the miraan and the tailor both rather cutely affectionate with each other. Lower lip caught for a moment between their teeth, their smile warmed the pigmentless skin of their cheeks, adding another color to their face besides the kohl that lined their eyes, reaching up to pet the feathered creature after adjusting the woven strap of the well-cared for oud over their shoulder.
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​​Ah! Did the man flirt back? The play was easy because the stage was well-set, and they certainly had no objection to bantering with smiles and a few stray glances, even if it came to very little, simply because they were with tekaa.
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​​Unable to keep from chuckling, Xavier made the sound of amusement sound no less flirtatious, "Oh, well, Juniper, I do like to fancy that I make just 'bout anythin' look good. Sometimes even nothin'." The willowy musician all but purred, testing out the other man's name with just as much soft-edged interest, following the motion of blue eyes before they withdrew their touch, leaving the card behind. Maybe that was too much directness, Gior far more bold and forward than subtle, prudish Anaxas, but the albino wick occasionally got ahead of themselves when distracted, when entertained, just as they did when entertaining. This was a moment they were definitely pleasantly caught up in both, and so they pressed on in their enjoyment, still leaning against the counter,
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​​"This be your stage, kov, not mine, jus' like when I'm out buskin' 'r playin' in a pub. I'm jus' here t' give you coins an' look pretty in th' end, so you've got my permission t' have your way with m'—ahem—m' clothes since you're makin' em." Xav wasn't even sorry for the one-liners now, thoroughly enthused and very curious about the pretty ginger tailor and his pretty miraaan. He seemed far less full of himself than a few other places they'd visited and that felt so comfortable already, putting the tall Gioran at ease in a red-walled fortress full of stuffy academics and stressed out students,
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​​"Coffee an' a small talk o' details, then?”

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Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:33 pm

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Feldspar Tailoring| Mid afternoon
22nd VORTAS 2718
The tailor smiled.


“I’ll have to drop in when you’re performing, I could use an evening out. And… I've missed Tekaa music. Not that I imagine there's much call for it where you'll be playing, but… still…”

It was honestly the thing he missed most, being in the city. Not just the music itself, but the belonging that came with it, the joy and the laughter and the company. A wave of nostalgia struck him suddenly, because different as this wick looked from those he grew up with, they were still undeniably a wick, and as familiar as they were strange.

As Xavier continued talking, Juniper glowed at the compliment to his work, and nodded. “Oes, you're perfect.” Blue eyes went wide. “Ah! I mean...for um...for colours…tocks…”

...oh you moony clocking...

Though even as he berated himself, trying to find words, the wick realised he was less nervous than he would be slipping up in front of his usual clients. But then, Xav didn’t really act like his usual clients. The tailor felt like his cheeks were shining a beacon, but it wasn't throwing him like it usually would.

Still, he smiled self-consciously as the other wick reached out to pet his Miranda, who nuzzled into the hand happily, and to distract himself, nudged the open box towards Xavier.

“Chocolate?”

Then the fey creature finished with a phrase that put all kinds of images in his head that he was genuinely not prepared for.

“...Sometimes even nothin’.”

...oh. Oh help…

He blinked hard, but no, he hadn’t imagined that comment. His mouth worked for a moment as though seeking and abandoning several words, but the musician was continuing to talk, and it seemed… were they actually…

...clock it. In for a bird, in for a hat…

It had been too long since he felt comfortable enough to do this, to talk like this, and though his voice was soft, he didn't stutter.

“Well, I doubt people can keep their eyes off you now, imagine how much you'll make when I'm done with ye.”

He looked up as the musician withdrew their hand, his gaze all but begging for approval.

...just say it…

“I'll get you that coffee...but...d'ye want to come up with me? Tis warmer, a pina bit more comfy, we can work out exactly what you want from me. I wouldn't normally but… well...ye don't seem the kind to stand on ceremony.”

Raising his hand up to his shoulder for the miraan to settle round his neck, he reached for his own coffee and took a sip, glancing at the Gioran over the rim of the cup.

...well either you've just lost a customer, or…

“I can lock up for the day, it's near enough closing time…”

It was not, in fact, near enough closing time...

Juniper ducked for a moment behind the counter, nearly spilling his coffee before he remembered to set it back down on its little coaster, and came back up with a loosely-bound sketchbook and a slender wooden box that rattled as he set it on the counter. Miranda keened her displeasure at the sudden movement, and he petted her absent-mindedly in apology.
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