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    A New Life, New Adjustments, New Lessons (Pigeon + Smolcat)

    Paige was silent on the trip to the palace. No, not Paige... Alaric... Alaric Lance Whelan II... The name--title, rather--was odd and sounded weird. Not at all fitting for someone like him, the boy believed. He liked Paige much more. It was the name he grew up knowing, it was the one he was using to being called and it was... plain... and simple. Just like him.

    Still, Paige--ahem, Alaric--found the whole ordeal hard to believe. None of it made sense to him. He was just a nobody--a simple commoner, raised like a commoner, living like a commoner... just like anyone else. He wasn't even sure what he thought of the royal family, but any thoughts that started to swarm in his mind weren't particularly pleasant. This all felt like a dream. None of this seemed real.

    And it was hard for him to grasp.

    Alaric Lance Whelan II. That was his name. His actual name? He was a prince? The title still sounded strange and foreign to him, even within the corners of his own mind he didn't like the sound of it. If he was a prince, supposedly, why was he raised like a normal civilian in the kingdom? Why was he not allowed to be raised like a prince? Why was he only just now being informed of his status? The king and queen were his parents?

    He didn't like any of it. Not one bit. He knew he should have been happy. It was truly shocking when he had been informed of his heritage. But he wasn't even sure if he believed it yet, still quite in a daze at it all. Already he wanted to run away. He didn't want any of this. He didn't ask for any of this...

    The boy had his head leaned against the glass pane of the window in the carriage. His head rattled against it slightly as the carriage shook as it carried along the bumps in the road. He stared dejectedly outside the window, gazing at the landscape as they passed it by. "How am I even supposed to act?" he mumbled to himself. "I don't even know how I'm supposed to feel about this..." he grew silent, quickly coming to dread the upcoming moments as the castle came into view. The carriage slowed to a stop and the young man sighed, mumbling things to himself as he reached for the handle of the door but it was instead opened by someone else.

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    Re: A New Life, New Adjustments, New Lessons (Pigeon + Smolcat)

    Nox had spent the past few days preparing for the new prince's arrival. The palace had to be perfect, every servant had to be on their best behavior, the perfect meal had to be planned. He wanted the boy to have a good impression of his new home, his rightful home. It would no doubt be stressful for the prince, probably overwhelming too. So it was Nox's duty to help the boy adjust as quickly and painlessly as possible.

    A servant came running up to Nox to tell him that the prince's carriage was arriving so Nox rushed outside to greet his new master. He smoothed down his hair and clothes as the carriage came to a stop. He took a deep breath and opened the door, lowering his head in a deep bow.

    "Welcome home your highness." He straightened up after a moment, a calm smile on his lips. "We have been anxiously awaiting your return." He offered a gloved hand to help the prince out. "Please watch your step your highness."

    He took in the appearance of his new master, noting the boy's clothing and posture. Eventually Nox would have to teach the prince proper etiquette. But for now he needed to help the prince settle in.

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    Re: A New Life, New Adjustments, New Lessons (Pigeon + Smolcat)

    (ooc: sorry for the wait! My computer wanted to update last night and it took way longer than I thought it would, and then I fell asleep on accident ;-; )

    Alaric froze when he saw the butler open the door for him, greeting him kindly and welcoming him graciously to his new home. The boy grew awkward for but a moment, unsure of how to respond or what to do. It would be rude to decline the offer of his hand, wouldn't it be? Even though he really didn't need help. Regardless, Alaric would take the butler's hand and step out of the carriage. "Er, thank you," he said quietly. "You can call me Paige--er, I mean, Alaric..." he added. Being called "your highness" was really weird to him.

    He certainly wasn't used to it.

    Alaric retrieved his hand from the other man, awkwardly scratching his cheek as he looked away and scanned the area. He wanted to take in every detail that he could. Really, this place was magnificent. And strange. And all so... new. Especially to the young man clad in a common tunic, a somewhat tattered cloak hanging on his shoulders, and his platinum blonde hair was somewhat unkempt. A leather belt was around his waist, with a sheathed knife hanging from it and resting on his hip. He wore leather boots that went up to his knees, and had dark trousers.

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    Re: A New Life, New Adjustments, New Lessons (Pigeon + Smolcat)

    "I appreciate the offer your highness but I must decline. To have a servant calling you by your first name would be bad for your image. I can not allow my actions to do such a thing." Nox kept his head lowered in respect. "Ah, please excuse my rudeness, I nearly forgot to introduce myself. I am Nox Osseus, I will be your tutor, butler, and bodyguard. Please come to me with any questions or requests you might have."

    He slowly straightened up, his gaze landing on the boy's clothing. "I mean no offense your highness but I believe that such clothing does not reflect your status. If you would follow me I can show you to your quarters and have bath drawn for you."

    He bowed again before turning to climb the palace stairs. He opened the front door and held it for the prince, waiting for his master to enter.

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    Re: A New Life, New Adjustments, New Lessons (Pigeon + Smolcat)

    Alaric was quiet when the other man declined very politely. So, it seemed he was going to be firm with politeness and formality. Something, Alaric assumed, he was going to have to get very used to... whether he liked it or not. "Ah, okay," he said quietly in response. The white-haired man then introduced himself, before quickly listing all of the roles he would serve as to the young prince. A tutor, body guard, and a butler? He was the whole package, wasn't he?

    Although Alaric believed he could defend himself just fine. He used to be a bit of a hunter in his... not-regal days. "Well, Nox Osseus, it's nice to meet you. I'm--" he paused, deciding there wasn't really a point in giving his name. He already knew his name, most likely. Prince Alaric Lance Whelan II. "Well I guess you already know who I am..." he mumbled softly.

    Finally, Nox stood upright, though his gaze still remained on Alaric's clothing. Something the young man knew was going to be an issue. "No offense taken," he said softly. He knew very well that his attire wasn't anything a royal person would wear... Silently and without another word, the young man followed Nox up the stairs and gave a small nod of thanks when he opened the door.

    Walking inside, Alaric remained silent still, though he quickly came to a halt, gawking at the interior of the building. He didn't even know where to begin. It was all so... well, frankly he'd never seen anything like it before. Not even in dreams. He would only continue walking again when Nox lead the way, since he would obviously have no idea where to go. Admittedly, he was walking slower than normally. Still trying as he might to walk at a normal pace as well as notice every detail of the castle along the way...

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    Re: A New Life, New Adjustments, New Lessons (Pigeon + Smolcat)

    Nox walked just a few paces ahead of the prince, careful not to leave his master behind. It wasn't hard to imagine that the boy was overwhelmed by the grandeur of his new life. "Please take care not to get lost your highness. The palace is very large so it may take you some time to get used to it."

    He led Alaric upstairs and to a huge door, stopping for just a moment to tell a servant to start preparing the prince's bath. "This is your bedroom your highness." Nox said as he pushed open the door to reveal an extravagant bedroom. The room was beautiful and as large as a peasant's entire home. It even had an amazing view of the palace grounds as well as the city that lay beyond. "Of course you may decorate it as you see fit. We have prepared some clothing for you but tomorrow you will meet with the royal tailor so that he can make clothing to your measurements."

    "Now..." Nox gestured towards a door in the wall. "That is a walk in closet..." He gestured to another. "This is your private toilet." Finally he walked to the last door in the wall and opened it to reveal a huge bathing room. "This is your personal bathing room." The bath was the size of a large pond and made out of carved marble. The room was filled with steam from the hot bath and smelled of flowers. "It seems that your bath is ready, if you would step into the room I can assist you in your bathing."

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    Re: A New Life, New Adjustments, New Lessons (Pigeon + Smolcat)

    "That's fine," Alaric said softly when Nox warned him not to get lost, and that it would take him some time to get used to the castle. "Discovering new places is always a fun sort of adventure," he said, more to himself than anyone else.

    He followed Nox around the room as he gave a tour just to Alaric's new bedroom alone. He tried not to gawk too much at its enormous size, or how big his closet was. How much clothing did a prince need? He was so used to only having four different outfits and just having to wash them all the time. And the size of his bed, too--it was huge! Five people could probably sleep comfortably on it. And the whole back wall was lined with windows--something Alaric had to admit he liked.

    The young man rather enjoyed the beautiful scenic view.

    He followed Nox into the bathing room, and his eyes widened at how big it was. "Wow... it's more like a small lake," he jested. He began to take off his cloak when Nox suggested that he could help him in the bath. "Er, well, I don't think that's necessary. I mean, er, I know how to bathe myself and I don't think I'd need help..." His expression suddenly lit up. "But! Perhaps you could put these in a safe place for me? My cloak, and my dagger and my hairpin," he said. "I mean, it'd be a pity if all of my clothing was disposed of, but I guess I can understand since they're not fitting for royalty much and I guess that's what I am now. But those three things--they're very, very important to me. And I'd rather, even if I can't wear my cloak, if it wasn't disposed of. Would that be okay?" he asked, taking off his boots and disrobing. He also took out his hairpin, letting his shaggy platinum locks fall in his face.

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    Re: A New Life, New Adjustments, New Lessons (Pigeon + Smolcat)

    "Ah, if you are sure you do not want my assistance..." Nox' brow furrowed slightly in worry. "However if you just call for me I will be by your side within a moment."

    He lowered his head in a deep bow as he took the items from his prince. "Of course your highness, I will personally clean and store them. No damage will come to them." He raised his head and left the bathing room, closing the door behind himself so he could give Alaric some privacy.

    A soft sigh escaped his lips. This might be difficult... He busied himself carefully cleaning the hairpin, cloak, and dagger. Then put the cloak away in a drawer, carefully folded. He set out the hairpin and dagger on the prince's bed, along with a fully coordinated outfit for him. Once he had finished, the demon told a servant to prepare a meal for the boy and waited just outside the bedroom.

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    Re: A New Life, New Adjustments, New Lessons (Pigeon + Smolcat)

    "Thank you," Alaric said after his butler agreed to his conditions and let him be. The young man was a little surprised when Nox was so accommodating to his requests. He was beginning to fear that the other man would be too firm and strict with the normal customs to allow him to keep his things or to bathe alone. But he was genuinely glad when he turned out to be wrong. Those items truly were dear to him, and he truly was awkward around other people while in the nude. Something other guys didn't seem to mind so much, but he did.

    He was unsure if it was due to a few of the scars he'd received, or if he just genuinely felt awkward being seen by other people.

    Once Nox was gone, Alaric slipped into the water, enjoying its warmth. He used soaps to wash the dirt from his face and body, and washed out his hair with shampoo as well. It'd been a long time since he'd cleaned himself this well, and he'd probably never really had all of these same things, anyway. The water smelled like flowers, which was definitely different. And nice. And all of the soaps and body washes smelled fragrant as well. The boy smirked a little to himself, thinking how he'd probably smell like a garden of fruits and flowers once he was done.

    Eventually, once he deemed himself cleaner than he'd ever been before in his life, the young man got out of the bath and took one of the towels, wrapping it around his body after drying his hair. "Hey again," Alaric greeted softly to Nox once he'd finished and left the bathing room.

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    Re: A New Life, New Adjustments, New Lessons (Pigeon + Smolcat)

    Nox bowed deeply as the prince entered the room again. "Hello your highness, I hope that you found your bath relaxing." He picked up a pair of clean underwear that he had put on the bed. "May I help you get dressed your highness? A meal is being prepared for you. Once you eat I will bond myself to you, then you will be free to take the rest of the day to yourself."

    The process of 'bonding' was extremely rare and could only be done by those with powerful magic. To most citizens it was considered to be nothing but a legend. It was a process which created a permanent one way mental link between two people. A servant would be bonded to their master so that they could always know where their master was, what he wanted, and even be given orders without speaking.

    A master could have many servants, but a servant could only have one master. The only way to break the bond was through death, which made it a huge commitment. But Nox spoke of it as if it was as unremarkable as preparing a meal for Alaric. The demon had always known that he would be bonded to the prince once he returned to his rightful place.

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