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Cole ([personal profile] killedwithlove) wrote2015-12-31 11:07 pm
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Cole had said he would go to Val Royeaux when they next went there.

It happened sooner than anticipated. Cadash returned from her expedition in Valammar and, as Cole had predicted, Varric was heart broken, the betrayal a step beyond what he could take, even from his beloved, elusive Bianca.

Cadash promptly announced they were going as a group to Val Royeaux. Not just her and Varric, but anyone and everyone who wanted to come and sort out business. Uniforms needed making for this ridiculous ball, Varric needed a cheer up which meant new bow components, Solas was complaining about a lack of the pigments he wanted, and in the end Cadash had just yelled a lot and bundled up everyone who might want to go or be needed.

They made a long, straggling caravan trail of horses, nugalopes, dracolisks and foot soldiers. Cole, still unable to ride on his own, had hopped up onto Dorian's horse for most of the trip, wandering away and back as he was called to help.

But as they drew closer, he went quiet, cuddling into Dorian's back and watching the great, White Spire with an apprehensive gaze. He wanted to make new, better memories to wipe away the fear of his last trip to this place, but that didn't make facing it now any easier.
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-12-31 01:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Dorian himself suffered on the ocean voyage - Maker did he hate traveling by sea - but now that they were riding towards Val Royeaux he seemed to have lost the green tint to his skin. He adored the ocean, just that his stomach just couldn't seem to take the waves...

Cole gripped him tighter again, and Dorian looked away from where he was cheerfully bantering at Varric, because honestly the man needed to be poked at (and gotten completely trashed, if Dorian had any say about it.). He looked before him, then up, to the White Spire.

His grey eyes narrowed, and his fingers closed around Cole's, squeezing before he stated blandly to Varric, "Did you know that Cole is going to let me get him a new hat? I am still working on him for the feather. You should come along, I know that coat has seen better days and I for one would love to see you in green, Cole in blue ..."

And on he nattered about clothes, just to distract the two of them.
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-12-31 08:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Which of course, Dorian found fascinating because he was fascinated by everything, asking Varric a few questions here and there behind the alchemy of dyes. He could feel Cole loosening behind him, just pressing his cheek against Dorian's back, a nice, lean line of warmth.

... of course now he was equally warm, faintly out of embarrassment. He sighed, heavily, before looking over his shoulder, "Have I ever told you that you have the subtlety of an amorous bogfisher?"
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2016-01-01 05:40 am (UTC)(link)
"Ye-es, which is fitting, since neither are you." Dorian's reply was wry, but had that fond exasperation that simply stated 'you're adorable.' Varric, he could hear, was laughing besides him.

"Oh, don't get any ideas, Master Tethras. Else I'll let him continue on why I wanted him to wear snug pants."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2016-01-03 03:20 pm (UTC)(link)
"Tut, you do not smell like a Bogfisher at all." Dorian reached back so he could stroke the young man's cheek. "I would not say you smelled of flowers and sunshine ... but you do not smell as bad as that."

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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2016-01-04 01:08 am (UTC)(link)
"Mmm. You make an excellent point, Master Tethras. And no Cole, sluicing off with water is not bathing. We shall get our rooms in Val Royeaux, and you are going to have a nice hot bath. Then I shall put you in all manner of clothing until we find something we both like." He glanced over at Varric, "You are welcome to join us - I plan on finding a tavern afterwards and getting gloriously drunk."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2016-01-26 05:40 am (UTC)(link)
"Scrubbing is not bathing." Dorian stated firmly, arching an elegant eyebrow behind him. "And I will absolutely wash your hair - only to make sure it was done properly."

Now, they both seemed more like themselves, before Dorian sniffed. "You should - we could get you new shirts. Better cut across the shoulders, show off more of that manly chest hair."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2016-01-26 07:49 am (UTC)(link)
"Clean is relative - and I need to find you relatively cleaner." Was Dorian's reply, before it melted into a faint smirk. He looked over at Varric, who looked, dear Maker, almost blushing?

"Well then clearly we'll need to see you in some purple there, Varric."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2016-01-26 02:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Dorian's eyebrows rose, as he glanced sideways at Varric and his, 'Well shit I really don't want to ... ' and firmly interrupted.

"Varric, honestly. Don't be ridiculous. Looking handsome is not something you should avoid because you're a confirmed bachelor. Besides - having a woman admire you would quell some rumors in some corners, yes? Why not just take tea with her a few times. You can hardly say she's hard on the eyes."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2016-01-27 04:07 am (UTC)(link)
"Which to me sounds like someone who might enjoy you in purple ... so what do you say? We meet after we bathe?" Dorian asked with a purring note, as he squeezed Cole's leg.
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2016-01-28 01:38 am (UTC)(link)
Dorian smirked with pleasure, before he winked over his shoulder at Cole. Oh well done, sweet boy. They had him exactly where they wanted him.

And now he got to dress two people. Could today honestly be any better?
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2016-01-28 02:05 am (UTC)(link)
"The most dashing hat I can find. It will even have a feather in it." For who didn't like hats with feathers? No one.
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2016-01-28 02:22 am (UTC)(link)
"... may I ask why a feather would be something in which you would try to attract a female with?" Dorian asked dryly, even as he squeezed Cole's hand reassuringly as they rode by.
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2016-01-28 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
"I see ... well no worries, you have enough plummage for me without you needing anymore." He murmured with comforting words, as they headed down the main road of Val Royeaux. He did think to call out, "Oh Inquisitor? I trust we are not staying at a hovel where the fleas have fleas?"

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