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Oil and Water
September 11, 1889 - Flint Mansion

For Lucille the Lecuyer name had become synonymous with dread. Her intended more so than his daughters, but in the past month her interactions with the Lecuyer sisters had not been pleasant. She had tried at first, she’d tried to be polite, friendly either, but it was clear their distain for herm, or perhaps for the situation in general, would not allow for amicable relations between them. The dread had only become worse with the plans that Lucy had built that soon would be played out. Less than a week more of this. But her mother did not know that, and in an attempt to smooth out any unpleasantness for Lucy in her upcoming marriage had strongly suggested that Lucy host a tea for them.

Now, seated in her parlor Lucy felt that it was going even worse than expected. They had run out of pleasantries and each topic Lucy broached was sunk by one of the sisters, leaving them with little to talk about. It did not help that Lucy felt there were very few safe subjects to steer them toward, especially after her last conversation with their father.

Her light blue gown, the latest fashion of course, seemed to pale as her very personage did next to the Lecuyer sisters, much as she remembered it had in school. Then it had been best to steer away from them, now she could not. Only five more days, she reminded herself. Only five.

Steeling herself Lucy set her teacup down and smiled at them. “I heard that the famed Ms. Valentine will be around for the holiday season.” When all else failed Lucy tended to lean toward gossip. “I heard much about her last Season but did not have the opportunity to meet her. What are your thoughts on her?” Perhaps matchmakers was too touchy a subject, but if she didn’t take a risk at all Lucy would have a very silent and very disastrous tea on her hands, she had to at least make it look like she was trying.

@Odette Lécuyer
@Mireille Lécuyer
@Naeva Lécuyer

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Mireille felt bad for the girl sitting across from her. She really did. Not only was she to be married to Durant Lécuyer, but she also had to deal with her future step-daughters.

She really hoped something dreadful happened so the wedding was canceled. If there was one their she and her sisters fully agreed upon, it was that Miss Flint would, in no way, being referred to as mum or mother. They already had one, and she could never be replaced.

"Miss Valentine is a fake." Mireille took another sip of her tea. Matchmakers just liked to meddle, and some people seemed to take what the woman said way to seriously.

Plus, she didn't know much about the women's success rate. How many people had gotten married and were actually happy with their choice?

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This child would never replace their mother. What would make things worse were if the woman made an heir. A male to take away her rightful fortune. She had earned inheriting from their father. It was her true birth right. While she indeed missed her mother with all of her heart, the loss of her first brother had not been one that she had felt deeply.

Small talk was a very sad attempt at getting to know each of them, that was for sure. This was something that Odette did not appreciate. It was certain that Miss Flint was indeed a Hufflepuff. Not a bone of Slytherin in her body. Disappointing, in a way.

"Indeed, Mireille. I don't trust many self proclaimed seers that use their gift for profit. Most are fakes, which is a shame. Gives any honest seer a bad name. While I only take rumors with a grain of salt, I heard she ruined a marriage once." Not every rumor was to be believed, but one could never be too careful. She liked her name to stay clear from the rumor mill. Unless it was due to a big act of charity or any other such positive light.

Elaine made pretties

A silent sigh of relief escaped Lucille's lips as she took another sip of tea. While Miss Mireille Lecuyer had outright dismissed Miss Valentine's talents, she had not yet taken it upon herself to comment on other ill arranged marriages. Given her recent dealings with the sisters, Lucille strongly suspected they were not in favor of the current arranged marriage between herself and their father.

While Lucille tended toward the romantic, however, she did not agree with the younger twin on this subject. She liked to think that such business persons were honest and not selling a fake good. Or in this case a fake marriage. Would it be worse, she wondered, if she were to be an ill matched marriage because a seer had mistakenly put them together and they believed themselves capable of a very deep love, or to be arranged by ones parents for a match that most certainly would not be a good match and had no hope of any happiness? Given present circumstances Lucille was inclined to believe happiness easier found in the first option than the latter.

Lucille, might have, perhaps, defended Miss Valentine further, until the elder Miss Lecuyer's tidbit of gossip. "Oh! How horrible." Lucille's eyes widened, wondering how this might not have come to light the last season. "I had not heard such a thing. How did it happen?" She leaned forward in her seat, concern clear in her eyes, her cup poised daintly halfway to her mouth for a sip, half forgotten at such a sad thought.

Had it simply been a mismatch from the matchmaker? Simply two people that should never have been together in the first place? Or something more scandalous? Lucille's mind was quick to summon thoughts of an affair forming through an attachment the seer made. Two star crossed lovers much like Tristan and Isolde.

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