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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed saw advertisements for the exhibit all through the day while he was at work, driving the streets and collecting trash off curbs. At lunch, he texted Trick to arrange a date! He ran straight home after work to shower and dress himself up pretty, then ran to Wayside to help Trick get dressed too.



Unfortunately, Ed did not understand the art at all. His only remark was that it was "all very pretty." The deeper meanings were completely lost on him. He fidgeted a lot and made a habit of keeping his hands either jammed in his pockets or latched around Trick's arm. He was afraid of touching anything and struggled even to partake of the hor d'oeuvres. "Everything's so fancy," he may have been heard to whisper in awe, more to himself than anyone. He was also heard commenting that he thought the idea of a nationwide picnic was "romantic" and couldn't at all understand why it would be prohibited to anyone.

As soon as there was an opportunity, he swooped in to congratulate Layla on her exhibit and tell her, excitedly, "This is amazing!" Never mind the fact that he doesn't really understand it all. Everything's pretty! Before leaving, he of course found one of the complimentary eggs to write a wish on. He did so shyly, trying to keep his egg hidden from view, though Trick might have caught a glimpse of the words "Happily Ever After" as he slipped it in the basket on their way out.
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Having grown up in Rhydin, the concept of such an oppressive place was almost too hard to even visualize. Though he read every plaque and informational piece description, Trick did not understand a thing about how the art was meant to portray... anything other than what he saw: pretty blue circles and vases. Art was more Spencer's thing, not his; he was here for Ed. Trick was quiet throughout their whole visit, even as he ate his weight in hors d’oeuvres.

He offered a kind, shadow of a smile to Layla when Ed swooped in to congratulate her, and thanked her again for the book she'd given him in the previous week.

When it came time to scribble their wishes on eggs before leaving, Patrick went to great lengths to keep anyone from being able to read any of the four words he jotted down: love, marriage, family, him.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a long, sleek, red Cadillac convertible that brought Benjamin and Lirenel to the show. Lirenel was, always, the deadly handsome gentleman in a dark and sleek suit, crimson shirt and a mottled black, red, and gold tie. He had an eye for fine art, and prowled the exhibit with a slight curve of smile and approval shining in his eyes.

Benjamin was as ever sunny and untamed, not a sign of a shirt at all under the elegant black suit and vest. He'd let his hair grow long once more, pulled back in a neat tail. His attention was captured by the 'Triumph of the Skies' vase, and continually returned to it, often towing Lirenel along. He had no words for it, but now and then murmured to his One in quiet Welsh.

They found Layla soon enough to congratulate her on the beautiful exhibition and work, Benjamin's eyes lighting bright green to speak of the chained power the pieces spoke of. And inquired if she would accept an offer for the 'Triumph of the Skies'.

The pair caught up with Lucy, as well, and cheerfully harassed and teased her, though thankfully, neither had a banjo on them. There were plenty of photos of the kids, horses, and pets, to share.

Before they left, they took up a few eggs to write upon and hang. Neither wrote in English, but they both knew what they had written.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Duci loved themed outfits, and was always keen to partake in activity that allowed her to do so. It also so happened that she loved art and Lucy, so of course she would be there at the opening of Egypt in Exile to admire the works and congratulate Lucy and the artists while simultaneously eavesdropping on assorted gossip and exchanging hellos with other attendants.

While waiting for an opportune moment to speak with Lucy and Layla, she enjoyed several rose & saffron cream kunafa nests. "Mmm," she declared sensuously, surprised by how delectable she found them. After washing them down with another surprise, the delicious aseer asab drink, she cornered Lucy to offer a hug and congrats. "This is so amazing! I love all of the exhibitions you hold, they're always so grand!" Cheek kisses and another hug amid short pleasantries before she moved on to give Layla her congrats.

"I don't believe we've met, I'm Duci," she introduced herself with a broad smile. "Your artwork is truly magnificent, Layla. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all.. It is an honest privilege to be able to lay my eyes on this." The blonde exchanges several other words with the artist, including her admiration on her plight and determination. The artist has made a lasting impression on Duci and she hopes to see her again in the future.

Before leaving, she writes a word for the gods (though hers may be different, gods were still gods) in Hungarian on a bright pink egg. Hugging the parting gift, a beautiful necklace, to her chest, she blew kisses to Lucy and any other familiar faces before heading out.
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Jewell and Sapphire attended the opening of Egypt in Exile together. The faerie introduced her young charge to Lucy before they wandered around the gallery.

They talked quietly together as they observed the different pieces. Both women loved the use of blue in the different ceramic pieces (big surprise), and Jewell spent quite some time studying the Triumph of the Skies piece.

They took turns reading the information placards about Sham el-Nessim.

"It's kind of like Beltane, isn't it?" Jewell noted with a smile.

"It is. It's sad that they don't want people celebrating it," she shook her head. "Are we going to do the egg thing?"

The faerie nodded. "I think we should."

The girls enjoyed some of the hors d’oeuvres first and sought out Layla to introduce themselves and congratulate her. Then they wrote their wishes on the eggs. Jewell stared at the one in her hand for a very long time before sighing and writing something down.

They waved goodbye to Lucy (who was speaking to someone else) and took their leave.
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One of the things Lucy enjoyed about having an event at the gallery was having a night to reconnect with people she hadn't seen in too long. It was a pleasure for her to shine a spotlight on art that spoke to her. But it was also nice to see old friends.

Whatever anxiety she had felt about wanting the event to go well disappeared when she saw Benjamin and Lirenel. Exchanging cheek-kisses with the pair of them, she thrilled over the shared photos, and promised to come for a visit to the homestead too. And before Benjamin could slip away, she took hold of his hand, pulling him close so she could whisper to his ear that he should visit Fin when he had a chance.

She was grateful to exchange hugs with Duci, murmuring appreciation for her constant support of the gallery. And of course complimenting her on outfit, admiring her necklace and earrings in particular. And she was thrilled to meet young Sapphire, commenting on how much she and Jewell looked alike.

If and when Fin arrived, she made sure to greet him as soon as she spotted him. While she couldn't stick by his side, she tried to keep an eye on him throughout the event.

She tried to greet everyone who attended, whether she knew them personally or not, while also making herself available to her friends. She offered smiles to Ed and Trick, and made sure the staff circulated hors d'oeuvres especially in their direction.

And whenever anyone started to compliment her on the showing, she deflected offering all credit to Layla.
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Although Yasmin wasn’t certain of her exact heritage since her adoptive gypsy family was wrapped up in as much secrecy as they were fae magic, she had traveled over most of Europe and even down into Northern Africa, including Egypt. In all of her travels, she was never quite in awe of a culture as much as she had been with Egypt’s. There was no place like it, and part of her heart would always be there. When she heard about Layla’s gallery, the shapeshifting changeling knew she had to go. No theatrics for the diva this time. She was just honored to be given a glimpse into a small part of her history once again.
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He knew the sort of work Layla did. He knew some of the stories and he knew some of the feelings that came with it. Half of them were tears and he wasn't always sure if those tears were nostalgia or pain. Egypt was complicated for her. In some ways he understood it. In some ways, he could grasp feeling at odds with the very culture you grew up in, even though his experience was a shadow compared to hers.

The time leading up to the show he had seen her creating many of the pieces, but it wasn't until they were on neat displays that he understood it better. The presentation of it as a group made the blue so striking that he felt idiotic for not having noticed it before. The flat, powerful color reminded him of his own home. Not because of pottery or paintings, but from the eyes of everyone he had ever known. His cobalt eyes, lacking little if any variability in color had the same hit of blue he saw in her pottery.

He wondered if some small part of that was why she had felt at home with him-- that she had seen a piece of home she was proud of in a stranger when they met. Was it egotistical or stupidly romantic to think that? He wasn't sure he could ask her and risk the embarrassment of holding up one of her beautiful pieces near his face while judging with some hand held mirror if the idea was true. In the end, it didn't matter as much as all the work she'd done. She had practically smoothed her fingerprints into nothing over the spinning wheel of clay.

Weren't fingerprints what people used to identify themselves? He wondered if fingerprints could grow back differently, but... he doubted it. Even so, he liked the idea that hers were no longer the same.

During the show, in a simple black attire, he managed to steal a moment discreet enough to kiss her on the cheek, congratulate her, and whisper a piece of something else into the curl of her ear. It must have been good, the two of them broke into simultaneous smiles before he had finished his sentence.
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Always happy to support Lucy and her gallery, as well as discovering new and emerging artists in the community, Josette made sure to make an appearance at the Egypt in Exile exhibition. Though she was eager to see the art, the petite ballerina appeared a bit thinner than usual, with painstakingly applied makeup that artfully hid some dark circles that cast shadows under the dancer's eyes. They were more apparent in certain lighting, which she carefully made an effort to avoid wherever possible. Some things her mother taught her around light upon the angles of the face never left her memory.

Impressed with Layla's brave work, she lingered by the sculptures, a few of the patterns speaking to her on a deeper level that had her standing in front of a few of the pieces for longer than she intended. Triumph of the Skies drew her eye and made her smile, though when she stopped in front of a piece with the translation My body is mine and isn't anyone's honor, she touched her throat delicately to smooth away an uncomfortable tightness, lashes lowering for a few beats to halt any moisture from welling.

A moment later she was moving to congratulate Layla on an extraordinary exhibition and then waited to see if she could find a moment to approach Lucy when the redhead was not too overwhelmed. When she did, she congratulated her on another wonderful opening and asked her if she might accompany her to lunch and then to Finn's forge sometime soon, for a project she had put off due to all the chaos happening around the city. She could not remember if Lucy had her number, so she gave her a card with her cell number on it, as well as a parting hug with murmured words to call her when it was a good time and if she was open to it.
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She may have abandoned the world she'd been born on a decade ago, but the redneck hadn't been ignorant of the turmoil that had afflicted the plane in the intervening years.

Thorn wandered the gallery, stopping her and there to see, to feel, to listen. To experience.

The blonde offered her congratulations and quiet praise to Layla with a warm smile and expressed her thanks to the woman for sharing her gift, her culture.

Then she tracked Lucy down to spend a few moments catching up. Ben and Lirenel were offered hugs in there too, because it's been a very long time since she'd seen either of them. Flagging chiming waves for Ducii and Jewell and Sapphire, she'd pause now and again to chat with people she knew.

For the most part however her attention was on the art and the stories the pieces told. "Not Yours" had her smiling in a conspiratorial fashion, her chin dipping once in a decisive, agreeing nod.
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Saila didn't know much of anything about Egypt, and the only spring festival or ritual she had any kind of a handle on (which wasn't much of one, admittedly) was Beltane. But she liked Lucy, she liked learning about new things, and she wanted to show the gallery support just the way that Lucy was always showing support for the theater.

She had no idea that the artist in question was Jeremy's girlfriend. A happy surprise that made her even more glad she'd come.

The teen mingled among the other attendees, trading hellos and pleasant conversation with everyone she knew and probably a few she didn't as she admired the art. More than once, her hands would curl into loose fists at her sides, reminding herself not to touch anything no matter how strong the impulse. She didn't partake of the refreshments, but she did write something on one of the beautifully decorated eggs.

After exchanging a few words of congratulations with Lucy, Saila spent the rest of her time at the gallery talking with Jeremy and Layla, probably asking a million questions about how it was done and what it was like in Egypt. Adding the destination to her list of places to see, she collected one of the pendants on offer with promises to come visit Layla's shop on her way out.
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