Monthly Archives: December 2013

December Wedding

1. Church Altar Decorated for Christmas“There is nothing like a wedding at Christmas time,” Vivienne thought to herself. She entered the Roxeter Abbey church and made herself comfortable in her usual place. Today was the day that the baker from Tanninhold, Paua, married Cowan McAlistar. They had been a little presumptuous in inviting the Countess to their wedding, but it pleased her at this time of year to be kind and generous.

2. Barnard Returns“So here I am,” she thought. Her mind turned to her own upcoming wedding, wondering what was taking Bryantt so long on his trip to France. She frowned, wondering if it would ever really happen.

“Greetings Countess,” a familiar voice said. She turned. It was Barnard. Of course he would have to come, no matter what the risk was to him. Paua, the bride, was his daughter. She nodded and returned his greeting curtly. On this day of all days, his banning would be ignored. It was the Christian thing to do.

The groom entered from the side door and took his place to wait for his bride, followed by the Priest. Guests arrived and took their places. Finally, it was time. She sat back and watched the wedding, forgetting herself and her troubles for a while. Occasionally she had to wipe a tear that was threatening to spill over and run down her cheek. Weddings were so beautiful.

3. Barnard and Desire

6. Wedding Karissa in Church

4. Sister Sara 2

12. Waiting

11. Groom Waiting

7. Cowan McAlistar

9. Father Franceso Agafiia

10. Cowan Waits with the Priest

14. Salome Sirbu

15. Here Comes the Bride

18. Wedding Vows

16. Beautiful Bride Paua

17. Handsome Groom Cowan

19. You May Kiss the Bride

20. Married

21. Cown and Paua McAlistar Wedding Portrait

Border Marches Christmas Dance

Gus and his Christmas Hats2013 Christmas 6Thanks to everyone who attended our Christmas dance and made it a fabulous evening for all! The Christmas outfits were amazing! The ladies were all after Gus to remove his hats! At the end of the evening he did, but sadly, there was nothing underneath! We assume the grinch stole whatever was there.

Gus won first prize among in the Best Male Christmas Outfit category!

Here is a full prize breakdown:

Best Male Christmas Outfit:

  1. August Bovarro 2500L
  2. Arealius Barbosa 1666L
  3. Bman830 833 L

Best Female Christmas Outfit: A three way tie!

  1. Desire Night 1666L
  2. Karissa Leimes 1666L
  3. Brandi McAuley 1666L

On behalf of all of us who enjoyed the night, I would like to thank Desire Night for hosting the event, DJing, and decorating! Here are some random photos from the evening.

2013 Christmas 5

2013 Christmas 4

Nice Viv

Naughty DJ Desire

2013 Christmas Karissa

2013 Christmas 9 2013 Christmas 8 2013 Christmas 7 2013 Christmas 3 2013 Christmas 2 2013 Christmas 1 Contest Winner Bim 2013 Christmas Templar 2013 Christmas Naughty Desire 2013 Christmas Nathan 2013 Christmas Ar 2013 Christmas 11 2013 Christmas 12 2013 Christmas 10 Drunken Snowman 2013 Christmas Santa

A Moment of Reflection

Wrapped tightly in her cloak against the chill in the air, Karissa walked through the woods and took the ferry over to the island. She climbed to the top of the rocks and sat down, looking over the docks at Roxeter.

It had been several weeks since Bryantt and Baylee had set sail for France on the Queen’s business. She missed them both terribly, but knew it must be important.

Karissa Sitting on Rocks

She loved coming up here. It was peaceful, quiet, and a good place to meditate. The town had been quiet recently. After questioning everyone he was suddenly absent. Jark, a traveling musician, had made himself a steady fixture in the town and the tavern. He had been most helpful, especially after the mysterious fire. Closing her eyes, she could still see the bright flash and the flames that took over. Jark, Desire, and many of the town people came to the aid to put out the flames. Desire helped poor Sally who was badly burned. Jark took over the repairs and completed them with the help of Will the blacksmith. Gregor took on the task of investigating the cause of the fire, but sometimes she thought he looked like he already knew. He had been busy with other things, but she was not sure what.

Karissa was grateful that he did. Her mind was far away these days. All she seemed to do was to drink herself into a deeper depression. Jark had shown an interest in her, but saw that her heart was aching for another.

The Countess had become somewhat of a recluse. She was not sure what she might be up to. She stayed locked in the castle most of the time since Bryantt left.

Karissa hoped that one day in the future the town would be the buzzing place it had once been. She thought of all the money coming in from Bryantt’s various businesses, and how much he would like that. “More money for the Countess to spend,” she thought, sighing softly. She knew she would have to do something to protect Bryantt’s interests, and that probably meant a trip to the castle to speak to Viv.

In Bryantt’s absence, the Castle Guardsman Roger had been taking on some of the duties of the Warden under Vivienne’s instructions. He had made short work of the warrant for Desire’s arrest to be questioned by Father Matthew. He captured her and threw her into the castle jail.

Karissa reached inside her pocket and took out the ring Bryantt had given her on the night of their handfasting. It was always with her. She twirled it around on her finger before sliding it firmly into place. She looked out over the water, took a deep breath, and closed her eyes. She exhaled slowly, trying to release the tension of the last few weeks. She stood and then made her carefully down the rocks. As she headed home, she said a silent prayer for Bryantt and Baylee’s safe return.

Border Marches Christmas Dance 2013

2013 Christmas Dance Sign