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  1. #441
    While the Archbishop entertained the masses of Charles' party, Angelica found herself having a strange amount conversation with Charles. It seemed he didn't want to be thanked formally for his appraisal of his work, but instead wished to have the floor his people inhabited modified for the sake of it being less diamond-y. His word choice was rather entertaining and Angelica couldn't help the laugh that slipped from between her lips. "Hahaheheh~ Yeah, sure I can do that. Even if you aren't going to be there all the time, I am sure no one fancies diamond walls or anything. I am sure I could at least make it suit you guys a bit more," she said calmly. "Actually I developed this skill for that reason in the first place so I'd be more than happy to make it somewhere you guys would enjoy living," she mentioned happily. Actually it would be a great thing to work on. A place for Charles' friends to call home that they could enjoy looking at and living in.

    Speaking of plans to make a Holy Emperor out of Charles, he knew that he'd be living on the 100th floor when that happened. "Yes, we will be, Father told me I could move this floor up, if I preferred it to his 'Ruby Palace' which obviously is definitely a thing that is going to happen. But maybe I'll make a few modifications to that as well so no one has to live in these strange gemstone palaces," she said in direct contradiction to her own skills which revolved around jewels. Rather she thought they could have more appeal than base walls and the like. Even though it was Angelica who wanted to get married, she hadn't even thought about the express nature of child-rearing or anything like that. She was simply looking forward to a few choice adventures with Charles in the future. And anything else after that would simply be extra.

  2. #442
    Even if Charlemagne wouldn't be living on Floor 98, he was almost certain the others would consider the Diamond Palace an eyesore as well. If Angelica could do something about it even for their sake, he'd be grateful for it. Alas, that was a decision he'd leave to the group. "If you're going to do it, do it for them. I guess I should be glad I never moved my stuff in, or I'd be moving it again right now... and then again tomorrow. Your dad has the weirdest timing for stuff," he mused. Apparently, the Skill Angelica used for creating and modifying things was acquired for the sake of making her own living space more appealing. He remembered her mentioning something like that earlier. Whatever she did with Floor 98 would be interesting to see, if nothing else.

    Ah, his memory did not mislead him. He and Angelica would be ascending to Floor 100 apparently with the ability to move the Sapphire Palace up instead of taking the Ruby Palace. That was a relief; the Ruby Palace was not very appealing. "Oh, good! I don't know about everybody else, but the Ruby Palace always felt really creepy to me. I'm not one to question the design sense of old people, but it really doesn't fit what I used to believe something 'holy' would look like."

    The two were alone. They had spent the last chunk of their evening in the company of others. Silence was unbecoming of their time together, but they normally had something to do at all times when together. Seldom was there a moment of utter relaxation. What were they to do with it? Actually, now that Charlemagne thought about it... "So. Weird question. I just realized, what do you even do for fun when you're alone here? You can't just be making stuff all the time, right? I'm in your world for a change, so what's your downtime like?"

  3. #443
    According to Charles, he hoped that she would make the alterations for his people not just for him. She nodded her heat at this finding it rather amusing. "Of course I would do it for them. Everyone deserves to live in a place they don't think looks gross," she said with a firm nod. "You don't have to tell me about his timing. He's always been rather strange, his summons always happen at weird times for me too," she explained of her life at this present moment. Still, she couldn't help but be happy with the turn out of the day even if her father was approaching death. The future seemed bright and that along with the fact that he'd likely return made the whole thing pretty inconsequential overall.

    Moving on Charles seemed to have his own gripes with the Ruby Palace as well. Seeming to enjoy the knowledge that the Sapphire Palace would be replacing it at the head of their little struction. A smile came to Angelica's face as she heard out his explanation. He thought that place creepy, she thought it disgusting for various reasons. "I have no idea what thoughts anyone else has about holy, but I hate the shape and color of that place. It's like the red of it isn't bright or clear enough so it just ends up looking oppressive," she said giving a firm nod. She wasn't much of an appreciator of rubies. And the ruby palace seemed to lack the kind of clarity and gleam she would have preferred in that color of gemstone.

    Beyond their discussions of her father's apparent horrible taste in building design, there was the point that Charles had no idea what Angelica did with her spare time. That was fiar, she was over 1000 years old she had to have found some ways to amuse herself that didn't always involve others. A shrug came from the lass, "I do normal stuff I think. I have a small library so I used to do a bit of reading. Most of them are children's stories though so I lost interest in it a long time ago. I can play a couple of musical instruments so I do that sometimes, I took up gardening a long while ago with some interesting results, I have animals I care for, uh... I ride some of them, I also do like archery for fun sometimes. I play games too," she said happily. "I could show you some stuff if you want to see..." she mused. He'd taken her on an entire trip today, she was a bit behind in showing him the sorts of things she did while she was alone.

  4. #444
    "That's just more reason to tell you about it," he said. Angelica knew about her father's horrible timing in her own case, sure, but there was some merit to sharing the story anyway. "It's not just you. Over the past few centuries, I can't even count the number of times he's called me to a quest right when I was planning to do something else. That thirty-year wait between visits wasn't exactly random, you know?"

    The Ruby Palace was among the most terrible designs in all of Aincrad. There was the upper chamber, which he'd always known to float above the palace itself. That was where he assumed Father An rested, and perhaps where something else of great importance was kept away from the eyes of visitors. That place seemed leaps and bounds better than the palace itself. Charlemagne wondered if it would remain despite floors 99 and 100 being switched. "Oppressive is a good word for it," he agreed, thinking it looked like the location of a boss battle in some game or television show.

    What habits could Angelica have to fill her downtime with? She had so much of it, so surely there had to be something. She listed the former habit of reading, and the more current pastimes of music, gardening, animal care, archery, and games. That was a pretty full roster; most couldn't claim to have so many options. Angelica offered to show him some things. He wasn't opposed, but he seemed more interested in the fact that she had ways of enjoying herself than anything else. "Wow, that's actually a lot. You don't have to show me anything right now, if you don't want to bother. I was just wondering, since I just realize... when we meet, it's normally a pretty instant trip to another floor. We explore, we do stuff, then we separate. It's weird for us to be sitting around without a bunch of background noise. I didn't even realize it at the lake earlier, but... I had enough noise in my own head to make up the difference then─"

  5. #445
    Apparently, they could just commiserate about her Father's terrible timing. At this point, she could only sign, it was a bit relieving to know Charles didn't intentionally put so much time between his visits, while also being a bit annoying to know her father was the reason she didn't get to see her favorite person as much as she would have liked. "Well, it's good to know you weren't just hiding away or anything," she managed seeming a bit sheepish knowing she'd reacted badly to the long gap in his visits. "I only really talk to him once every few decades. He'll summon me and say a couple sentences then say I can go. It's always really strange, because I don't really ever know what to say," she mentioned wondering if they suffered from similar generational issues with her father.

    Oppressive was apparently a good word to describe the Ruby Palace. For her part in this conversation, Angelica couldn't even well why she disliked it so much, but it was displeasing to her eyes in a way she couldn't have vocalized if she tried. A nod of her head occurred at Charles' agreement but they moved on rather easily. Apparently her 'hobbies' were surprising. He didn't know she had so many of them and was shocked only because of how their meetings of coming together and exploring usually worked out. In this case, Angelica managed to look a bit sheepish. "Well, I liked those kinds of adventures. And I didn't figure anyone would be really interested in the stuff I did here to amuse mysefl. I mean you see and do a lot more interesting things than playing marbles or gardening... I never thought it would matter to anyone much what I did when I was alone," she explained. "I don't mind showing you though. I think I've done some interesting and cool things... like raising my familiar," she explained of her activities that she actually thought might be interesting to other people. She didn't have enough socializing to figure out what about her life would even be remotely interesting to anyone else, but she'd definitely show him anything he wanted to see.

  6. #446
    Upon reiterating why he'd been so absent of late, Charlemagne noted something strange in Angelica: relief. Why that was the case, he didn't fully grasp until she spoke of him not just hiding away. "Of course I wasn't! Who does that? That's not friendship," he said. Disturbingly, Charlemagne learned that Angelica's conversations with her father were even less frequent than his visits. He at least managed to make contact multiple times per decade, until the most recent three. What a strange parent-child relationship that had to be. . .

    It didn't make sense that Angelica assumed her hobbies would be anything but appreciated by others. After all, shared hobbies was what brought people together... but he supposed she wouldn't know much at all about building companionship, what with her three total examples of friends. "That's pretty sad. You should give more credit to your own tastes. If you like something, people who are, or would be your friends, are likely to enjoy it too. That's friendship," he insisted. "Besides, the stuff I do might be interesting to you, but it's just life for me. I've never had time to figure out if I like stuff like marbles and gardening. I've never learned an instrument, and I never even found my own Familiar. I didn't even know you had a Familiar!"

    In the midst of his tangent, Charlemagne hyped himself up to see the sort of reality Angelica lived in. Tonight was the night their lives became entwined, whether he knew it consciously or not. At the very least, he understood that well enough to stand and prepare for a journey of sorts. "So, let's have at it then! This date's not over yet. Show me your world!"

  7. #447
    According to Charles he definitely wasn't hiding away. He even made the claim that doing so wouldn't have been friendship. How strange. Angelica considered them friends before now, based on what she'd learned about friendship from Jeanne, but it wasn't as if she had many friendly exchanges to go by. Most people were servile or in general a bit dismissive. Her father being at least a little of the latter and also not really taking much interest in her. "Hm, I hadn't really considered it in great detail," she said seeming to give it a bit of thought. She at least knew her relationship with her father was strange after noting the amount of doting and care that people like her servants placed on their children. And by hearing childhood stories from Jeanne d'Arc and Bradamante. She'd also observed quite a bit of children playing with each other and determined from the outside what that sort of thing was like. It was the type of thing that made her wish she had siblings to share her interests with.

    Beyond this point, Charles mentioned that she should give credit to her own taste. That hobbies could be shared with friends and they could use them to come together. Well, she knew that at least a little. But at the moment aside from Bradamante and Charles she didn't see a great many people in her day to day life. Apparently Charles hadn't gotten around to any hobbies like the ones that Angelica were into it. "Oh? Well, you have to find something that amuses you... take a little time for yourself," she said. Of course there was the matter of him not having a familiar or knowing about hers. "Well, my familiar is an odd story. I hadn't really thought much about it, but you should definitely get one. They are great!" she seemed happy about that.

    They were going to be off soon, he stood seemingly interested in finding out what her life was like. Oh, she'd begin walking outwards giving a hand to Charles as she headed for a small grove off to the eastern side of her tower. There were coniferous trees there and some small birds moving about between them. "Junipero." A large owl creature as big as Angelica herself swooped down from the forested area. It was an interesting thing, and as a creature seemed to be highly intelligent and stood before Charles and Angelica giving a gentle bow to his master. She was really proud of this particular creature, "So I planted a junpier berry and then when it grew it sprouted an egg. And Junipero popped out as a little chick. So my familiar," she said seemingly very proud of herself.

  8. #448
    "I don't blame you. Most people don't have to consider it," Charlemagne said regarding friendship as a notion. For normal people who weren't basically shut away from the outside world, companionship came as natural progression to like-mindedness in many different ways. Had Angelica experienced even a normal childhood, he was sure she'd be fine. Oh well. Better late than never, he thought.

    Angelica urged the male to find something that amused him. He could take that advice, but frankly felt he didn't need to. Shaking his head, he offered an explanation. "I don't really need to. I have a lot of things that keep me going already. Sure I'm busy with adventures all the time, but it's something I wanted to do. I only wished for more time to hang out with you, all my pals, and all the other people in Aincrad─ even people outside this place. I haven't seen any of the Round Table Knights in centuries..." he mused. Moving on, Angelica claimed he should find himself a Familiar. That... wasn't so easy. "I haven't found much time to look. I did find one I wouldn't have minded before, but I ended up letting someone else claim it. They had signs of Devouring, and I didn't need it. Nothing I really click with has shown up since."

    Having his hand taken and the path ahead carved by Angelica, Charlemagne was in for an interesting little story. Angelica called out 'Junipero' once they left the palace, beckoning a rather large owl with a similar look to someone he'd once met... but that aside, the story behind it was ridiculous for multiple reasons. First and foremost, Charlemagne stifled a bout of hysteria. "So... you grew it from a juniper berry, and you decided to name it Junipero? That's so childish!" he said, finally bursting into laughter. Charlemagne was eventually supporting himself against his own knees, a tear falling from one eye to soon be wiped away. "That aside, what?! That's not normal at all. You planted a berry; nobody would ever expect an owl to come out!"

  9. #449
    Oh? Apparently people don't normally have to consider the types of things that Angelica did about making friends. She supposed she was quite unique in only having a limited amount of interactions with other people. Beyond that point, Charles himself didn't necessarily want a hobby of his own, instead just more time to spend with Angelica and his other friends. That was really thoughtful of him. He even mentioned some other types of people he hadn't had time to talk to, "You really haven't been able to go out a lot lately huh. I am sure you'll come across some time to meet up with some old friends," she said about both Round Table Knights and his own friends. His only other thing was about familiars apparently he came close to having one, but gave it to someone else to claim so they wouldn't die to the condition of the 'devouring'. "Aww, that was really nice of you," she said about him giving one up. "I'm sure there's something somewhere even better suited for you," she stated.

    Of course, she went on to introduce Charles to her familiar. It seemed that Charles was having a strange time and then suddenly laughing. Apparently the creatures growth from a juniper berry and being called 'Junipero' was a bit too on the nose for him. "Quiet Chuck! It's not childish. It's a great name," she said giving the creature a hug while shunning the lad. "You're the best Junipero. It's alright. Your name is awesome~" she said meaning it truly. That being said, Charles seemed so genuinely amused, so she wasn't really upset with him either. Ah, but there was more, apparently more exciting was the actual problem with how she created this familiar of hers. "Well, it wasn't like the berry was an egg. The tree grew and the egg grew from the tree when it bloomed. Then I took care of the egg," she explained how it actually happened. 'Creation' was likely a lot more than one could realize. "Actually they grow from the tree a bit. See..." she said pointing into the branches at the small litte round chicks which were chirping. Mostly recently hatched as well, it seemed to take awhile but they eventually sprouted as well.

  10. #450
    One day, hopefully soon, Charlemagne would have the free time to socialize. He didn't want to go another thousand years with little interaction, so he could only hope being Holy Emperor was less demanding than being an adventurer. He would also hope that a suitable Familiar showed itself eventually. What if he contracted the Devouring one day?! Just thinking about the potential made him wish he'd looked harder, but Charlemagne realized it was just the sort of thing he'd only be concerned about while consciously thinking of it. In a matter of moments, that near-heart attack would be all but forgotten. There was still hope for a really cool Familiar, though. . .

    Speaking of really cool Familiars, it seemed Angelica managed to score one. This Junipero of hers was objectively awesome, he thought... though the name left him reeling. "Liar! It's the most childish and hilarious thing I've heard in ages!" he said, abandoning his knees to hold his aching abdomen. "No, no. It's cool, really. Junipero is awesome... but Angie. I can't. You're such a kid!" he continued. The laughter wasn't stopping no matter how he tried. Even acknowledging how ridiculous the situation was, Charlemagne couldn't stop thinking about Angelica's naming choice. He even looked up at the other owls spawned from these alleged 'tree eggs' and continued laughing. "Oh. There's babies. Let me guess... Junipera, Juniperu... and the littlest one Juniperi? How's that, Angie? Am I in the ballpark?" By the time this question was offered, Charlemagne couldn't handle it anymore. He fell into a seated position, then onto his back where he proceeded to roll back and forth, kicking at the open air. "Aha! Gahahahaha! I can't believe you!"

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