Feb 22, 2020 1:37 PM
Osirian Isama
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"Some of them. They want to attend because it's a royal wedding! They'll be able to tell everyone they were invited to a royal wedding. They know they're one of the thousand most important people around. That sort of thing."

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"But aren't there plenty of these? The pharaoh's averaged more than one a year, I think."

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"First wife's much more of a big deal."

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"Well. Hopefully they get what they came for."

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"Seems nearly guaranteed, unless you've changed your mind."

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"Oh, I just don't know if they have unrealistic expectations, maybe they'll be appalled at my hair."

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"One imagines they'll have the good sense not to say so, if they do."

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"I'd imagine. Let me show you how these clasps work so you don't muff it in front of a thousand people."

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That sounds like a good idea. They can practice with the jewelry.

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She practices her vows, too, so as not to muff it in front of a thousand people. What are those?

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She will be faithful to her husband, and take guidance from him, and obey him and use his money wisely and raise his children to honor him, and be good to him and greet him with love.

(He will honor his wife, and protect her and provide for her and for her children, and be good to her and greet her with love.)

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She goes over the wordings till she's sure she isn't going to suddenly panic and start whispering.

And when the time comes out they go to get married.

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There's a speech about Abadar's will in marriage and his will for the royal family. There's music, and fireworks.

He adorns her with jewelry. They say their vows. 

 

Then there is a feast, which will go all night but not all of which they're obliged to stay for.

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Her jewelry is exquisite. She glitters in the light of the fireworks like she is one herself, dangling chains of gold and gems twisting and swaying when she moves. There's a lot of it and it upstages the dress like she engineered the dress selection to be upstaged (she did). The pieces most suitable for everyday wear are the magic ones; the big impractical stuff is just for show and manages its job ably.

She assigns one of her friends in attendance Khalil's looking-after, when she and Merenre have had all the feast they want, so they can be on their way.

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To his rooms, because he has gotten the marital advice that you should leave your wives theirs, and summon them when you want them. "I can't actually think why but it seems cheap enough to attempt to follow."

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"I suppose it puts a limit on how badly things could curdle?"

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"Oh, hmm, maybe that's it. - I am presently feeling optimistic that it will not go badly at all."

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"I am too, but the advice isn't for people who are right when they think that, s'pose."

She kisses him.

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That sounds lovely.

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And all of this jewelry can be taken off very carefully so it doesn't tangle up with itself.

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"I think it's the loveliest you've made."

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"That's exactly what I was aiming for. Didn't have to market it to anyone's badly informed taste, see."

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"And now you'll set the fashions for the whole city and people will want pieces like it."

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"And they will know just where to find them!"

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He kisses her again, and then tries to determine how this dress comes off.

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