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Fern-hunting parties became popular, allowing young women to get outside in a seemingly innocuous pursuit with less rigid oversight and chaperoning than they saw in parlors and drawing rooms. They may have even had the occasional romantic meetup with a similarly fern-impassioned beau. — Bree


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November 5th, 1887 - Lucy's Birthday Party
Leon may or may not have known that Mrs. Pettigrew- the one that liked him, Thom's mother, was having a little gathering today. Her birthday was imminent (or he'd missed it) and Leon was really here to see Thom, but again, in true Leon fashion, hadn't bothered to owl ahead of his arrival. It seemed the festivities were winding down and Leon, with a present tucked into his pocket, sought out the birthday girl with a boyish smile on his face. Thom's mom had always been good to him int he years that the two had been friends, may as well keep her happy!

"Ah there's the birthday girl," He smiled as he managed to catch her just after she'd said goodbye to a party guest. "Not looking a day over twenty-five still, you must share you secrets." Leon swooped in and planted a kiss on both cheeks, cheeky grin firmly in place. He knew it was a sore spot for Thom when Leon flirted with his mother, but it was far too much fun!

"I trust everything has been to your liking on your special day?" He inquired as he fished about his pockets to find her present. The brooch was rather lovely if he could say so himself. Leon always had been good at giving gifts. "And how was your party? I would hate to intrude, was just stopping by to see if Thom was home while I was in town." Leon located the jewelry box on the inside pocket of his jacket and produced it with a small flourish for his favorite mother.  



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The odd guest aside Lucy considered this to have been a fairly successful, if slightly dull affair, which she morosely accepted was probably part and parcel of now being old. Merlin, she was fifty. It was such a large, round number. Half a century. She was closer to death than ever before and if that hadn’t put a dampener on her mood then the party winding down and her actually feeling tired certainly would. Perhaps it was the company? Over the years her friends had become old before her very eyes and a few more young people might have livened the mood – if only she could have called upon her sons to bring their friends, or her daughter-in-law to actually be present then things might have been different.

Feeling more dejected than ever about her fifty-ness Lucy was in no mood for being charming and gay anymore and it was something of a relief that she would soon have her solitude. She was not expecting any more guests so when another was announced she felt more irritation than elation…until, that was, Leon Lupin was shown into the room and her face broke out into a wide smile. Of Thom’s closest friends he was her favourite. Oh, August was not without his charms, but he was such a well-behaved young man, at least as far as she knew, and Leon made the small part of her heart that would always be a girl of eighteen waiting to be thrilled come alive.

“You terrible boy,” she said fondly, accepting the kisses gladly. “My day has improved considerably now. I was not aware you had been admitted into the Lady Morgana though,” she said with a playful smirk, gesturing to her other guests who consisted mostly of other ladies. “Oh my dear, you shouldn’t have,” she demurred even as she opened the box greedily and beheld the sparkly brooch inside. He really was too good sometimes. “It’s perfect!”


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Leon raised an eyebrow, smirking at Mrs. Pettigrew's assumptions. "Ah, it's all about who you know." Leon chuckled. The ladies' society, for him, would be like a fox in the hen house but hey, he was not one to put an age limit on his shenanigans. He could schmooze and flirt his want into and out of anything if he so chose. It was a gift, it could say so himself.

"I couldn't help myself, it's in my nature to spoil my favorite ladies." He didn't see his own mother often, though Lulu made herself hard to forget. Also, it bothered Thom just enough for it to be amusing to Leon. Okay, so he was a little sentimental, it was a thing and he wasn't ashamed. Of course he didn't go broadcasting it either, but it was there in theory. "I'm so pleased you like it, for I would have had to whisk it away for something better should you have proven otherwise." He had a reputation to uphold!



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we rise and we fall.”

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Though she had long since trained herself not to blush at the slightest compliment from a handsome man Lucy still felt the flutter she had in her youth and couldn’t resist the wide smile that broke across her face. Her sons were wonderful of course but it wasn’t quite the same as getting a gift from a handsome young man for no other reason than he wanted to give it, and Mr Lupin was a particularly handsome young man!

“I do hope you don’t compliment quite so many ladies in front of your wife?” She asked coyly, not even bothering to look around the room for the woman in question. Mrs Lupin had most emphatically not been invited. Quite why she was Mrs Lupin at all beggared belief – why were Thom and his friends incapable of choosing a single worthy woman between them? Perhaps August would have better luck?

“Nothing could be better than your company my dear. Will you fetch me a drink? I seem to have run dry of champagne.”


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Leon nearly laughed aloud when Lucy mentioned Elsbeth. Though technically his wife, Leon gave little regard to her in most things. Honestly, this major favor to August was more than a little inconvenient, but Leon really didn't let it deter him from flirting. Though, he had to say, being coy and secretive about who he managed to seduce did make the game all that much more fun. Anything to make it more interesting, really.

"I wouldn't worry about that." He chuckled. Elsbeth was not welcome in most polite society, which was fine by him. Leon himself wasn't welcome in certain places himself, but he didn't let it get to him. He found company whenever and wherever he wanted it, he wasn't exactly lacking in friends.

At her request of another glass of champagne, Leon nodded, bending into a little bow. "At your service, madam." He winked at her as he straightened up and turned to find out where they kept the booze in this place. Somehow he highly doubted he'd be able to get a decent glass of rum, but he would do his best. Fortunately finding champagne was easy- as soon as he turned one of the staff walked by and he gently snagged her by the elbow and with his best charming smile, whispered in her ear a request for a bottle of champagne on ice with two flutes. That was easy. She left with a flustered nod and Leon returned to Lucy's company.

"On it's way. I do hope Thom has something special planned for tonight, dinner or a show?" Leon wouldn't be too surprised if his friend didn't, but it would just give him something to rag on his friend about later.



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we rise and we fall.”

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Chance would have been a fine thing! In fact she was quite sure that Thom was going out of his way to avoid her tonight so it felt like a triumph to instead have the attention of another young man and one that seemed more concerned with her whims and pleasures than his was about his wife: which was precisely the sort of young gentleman Lucy wanted for her birthday. On her birthday. She blushed as she sipped her wine, glad it was warm in the room.

“Thom is not half as good to me as you are,” she replied playfully, though it was quite an honest assessment. True, there was always the chance, however slim, that Leon was simply buttering her up to later ask her to help his unfortunate wife but she had faith that he was merely a true flirt. Certainly he seemed to have one of the serving staff in a fluster.

“You are terrible. I do hope you don’t flirt with the younger ladies quite so much,” she sipped her drink as her eyes sparkled up at him. “They wouldn’t know what to do with you.”


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"Shame on him. He should know better." Leon only had a few ladies in his life worth spoiling. His own mother, Lucy and his sister, though his sister was perfectly capable of taking care of herself in that respect. Whatever poor sap ended up saddled with her best be on top of his game in that respect. Lulu wouldn't have anything less.

Leon chuckled heartily as she called him terrible. "I am an equal opportunity flirt thank you very much. Though I do say, I only flirt with the most beautiful of ladies." He was selective. Unless he was going to get something out of it, then he used whatever angle he needed to in order to get what he wanted. It worked well for him.

Speaking of, the lass returned with their drinks and Leon passed her a charming smile and passed Lucy her champagne. . "Thank you darling, keep it coming." He pressed a hand her her hip and slipped a generous tip in her pocket all in one fluid, well-rehearsed move.  "Cheers to the birthday girl, here's to many more." He raised his glass to hers before taking a long sip. "And I'm free tonight if you need a dinner date." He assured her with a bit of a smirk.



“Like ships in a squall,
we rise and we fall.”

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Were it not for the fact that Thom would never forgive her Lucy might have taken him up on the offer, jokingly make though it undoubtedly was. Leon surely had any number of women he could call upon for such entertainments of an evening and Lucy did not begrudge him in the way she might have done her son: if Mr Lupin was a tiny bit scandalous then it was nothing to her but a second-hand thrill!

“You’re incorrigible,” she trilled with a shake of her head, eyes piercing into the young lady with the drinks until the girl took the hint and vanished. Lucy was not so vain she thought Leon genuine, but she was vain enough to want to be the centre of attention and that girl was far too distracting to the eye. Lucy watched as several other young men turned their heads towards her and resolved to never have her serve at one of their parties again.

“Where would you take me? People will talk so we’ll need to be discreet.” She replied playfully, looking up through her lashes as she sipped her champagne.


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A roguish grin curled his lips upward watching Mrs. Pettigrew fixed what could only be described as a glare on the lass who'd brought the drinks. Whoops. "Ah, but it's more fun that way." He retorted after a sip of his drink.

Leaning in for the sake of conspiracy, Leon let out a little hum of thought. "A cozy little dinner, maybe a show. I haven't been to a good show in a while." Then again Leon's typical choice in show was not appropriate for a lady of Lucy's station. "Anything you'd like really." It was a pity it would likely kill Thom if Leon pursued his mother, even just for a little fun. What a shame. Of course he'd already slept with Thom's last mistress too, so really what were morals?



“Like ships in a squall,
we rise and we fall.”

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