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 Dining Room, North Wing, 1st floor
Kieran Mckenzie
 Posted: Aug 23 2017, 07:17 AM
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The Dining Room, used for family meals. It has a second table, in case its needed.

Residents usually eat lunch and dinner here.

Breakfasts are taken in another area.

- Head Housekeeper Catherine Reid
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Bellaluna Mckenzie
 Posted: Aug 29 2017, 06:19 AM
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Bella arrived in the Dining Room 15 minutes before the menu card had specified, out of habit mostly.

She knew her grandfather expected promptness and shows of punctuality.

"Good evening, Mother. Father. Grandfather." she said, lowering her head slightly in a dignified sign of respect.

Her dress, carefully chosen for the occasion, reflected the purity of her virtues (as her grandfather had wanted) and marked her as the host of honor.

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It was intricate and made of luxurious white material. Ursula had spent many hours working on it and it made Bella proud.

Her long mane of raven hair was pulled back from her face in a sophisticated chignon, with some of her hair braided.

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Her Riordan heirloom pendant adorned her neck and she had accessorized it with emerald earrings her father had gifted her when she was 5.

She had refused to part with the charm bracelet Enoch had given her and so wore it, along with a golden bangle.

"You look rather pleasing and elegant, Bellaluna. I am very satisfied with your dressing choices. Very appropriate for a girl of your station."

The compliment from her grandfather startled her but she didn't let it show. She simply nodded at him and sat down opposite him and her parents.

"I can only hope your guests have even a modicum of good taste."

There it was. William's true nature, piercing through.

Sighing inwardly, she remained quiet.

Her mother, however...

"William, please. I am sure they will all act appropriate."

Dressed in a dark purple elegant cocktail dress with her hair pulled in a French chignon, Esme looked every bit the Lady of the House, which she was.

"None of them have given me any reason to believe they are nothing but paupers..."

"Father. That will be quite enough! This is Bella's dinner. Let's not ruin it with pettiness and biases."

To say Bella was surprised her father had spoken up was an understatement. Still, she kept her face neutral.

William glared at his son but said no more. He did snap his fingers though and his house elf, Scree, brought him a new glass of brandy.

Esme smiled at Ciaran and linked her fingers with him momentarily, silently thanking him for his intervention. It was rare that he did so.

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Enoch Thaxter
Larissa Opali
Rory Bennett
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Kieran Mckenzie
 Posted: Aug 29 2017, 11:59 PM
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Jane helped wheel Larissa into the Dining Room.

Once she had released the wheelchair, she walked around the girl and stood in front of her, dropping in a low curtsy.

"Miss Larissa Opali, your graces." she said, her head downcast.

"Thank you, Miss Dewan. Back to your duties."

After Ciaran had dismissed her, she rose and left.

Larissa Opali
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Rory Bennett
 Posted: Aug 30 2017, 03:27 AM
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Rory entered the dining room with Darren in toe. He was wearing the new gray suit that had been laid out for him and was amazed at how well it fit. Seeing also that it seemed to be a special occasion Rory also decided to leave his glasses behind and was wearing his contacts. Taking a quick look around Rory noticed he wasn't the first to arrive but it seemed he was still early. Larissa was there already along with Bella of course, Mrs McKenzie, and a man that if Rory remembered correctly was Bella's grandfather.

Heat rose to Rory's cheeks when he noticed the older man he seemed stern and Rory had a sence that he shouldn't be crossed.

"Um..Hello guys." He gave a small wave to Larissa then turned back to Bella's parents and Grandfather. "Good evening Mr. McKenzie..Mrs. McKenzie. Thank you for having us." Rory's heart was racing, did he greet them correctly? There was always so many rules for people that had money.

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Avalon Glass
 Posted: Aug 30 2017, 03:48 AM
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Ava was relieved that her hair finally stayed in place as she reached the dining room with Miguel. She thanked him and tried to calm the lump in her throat before saying calmly, eyeing Bells' grandfather first, then Esme and Ciaran : "It is a pleasure to be here, thank you for allowing me to be here and get to know you all, Lord Mckenzie, Mr. and Mrs Mckenzie." She curtsied and sat down as elegantly as she could. She placed the napkin on her lap and waited, clutching to her dress.She felt uneasy with the old man and felt shivers down her spine. He seemed like a true patriarch, who got everyone to do as he said or something like that...

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Enoch Thaxter
 Posted: Aug 30 2017, 04:16 AM
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Enoch was escorted to the dining room by Greenlee in the suit he was given and was oblivious to the attention she was giving him. He nodded in the direction of William then Ciaran and Esme, slowly making his way to the nearest seat, asking Greenlee to put his crutches out of the way so people wouldn't trip on them. He then adressed William and also Bells' parents: "It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance, Lord Mckenzie. Pleasure to make your acquaintance as well, Mr. and Mrs Mckenzie." He bowed, then gave them a smile and looked at the other guests greeting them as well, hoping dinner would be served soon, he was hungry. He neatly placed a napkin on his lap and waited.

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Bellaluna Mckenzie
 Posted: Aug 30 2017, 04:20 AM
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Catalina Ermarcora glanced inside the Dining Room and turned to Vanessa.

"We shall wait a moment. Housekeeper Lavery is not quite done introducing Mr. Thaxter."

So, they did. When the younger girl exited, Catalina motioned for her temporary charge to follow her in.

"Miss Vanessa Green, your graces." she announced, coming to a stop and dropping into a low curtsy, which she held until Esme dismissed her.

"Thank you, Ms. Ermacora. You may rise and return to your duties."

Vanessa Green
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Larissa Opali
 Posted: Aug 30 2017, 04:49 AM
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When introduced, Larissa bowed her head, as Jane had said, then said "Thank you for having me, Lord Mckenzie, Mr. Mckenzie, Mrs. Mckenzie." she flashed her friend a small smile "Bellaluna."

She felt a bit nervous, hoping that she'd remembered what to do correctly. She wasn't supposed to take her spot at the table yet, was that right? She saw Rory enter and waved at him, he was a familiar face. Wait, was that bad etiquette? She hoped not. She smiled at Ava and Enoch as they came into the room, glad for the company. Were they allowed to speak to each other? Larissa took a calming breath.

Vanessa entered, and Larissa knew that she and Bella were very close. She had forgotten how many people were supposed to show up, and so simply smiled at everyone.

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Bellaluna Mckenzie
 Posted: Aug 30 2017, 05:26 AM
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From her seat, Bella was starting to feel knots form in the pit of her stomach.

She had a feeling tonight was going to be...well...probably a disaster if her grandfather somehow decided to be a jerk...which was very likely.

She still held hope her mother and father could somehow smother the flames though.

Larissa was the first to arrive, with Jane introducing her.

"Thank you for having me, Lord McKenzie, Mr. McKenzie, Mrs. McKenzie. Bellaluna."

She was extremely satisfied by her friend's impeccable acknowledgments.

Apparently, so were her parents...and even William.

"Thank you for joining us, Miss Opali. Please, be seated where you want."

The mere fact her grandfather had actually acknowledged her was a small victory in itself.

She motioned for Larissa to come next to her.

Then, Rory arrived with Darren...and completely forgot to bow or even acknowledge William...

Bella inwardly cringed and saw her grandfather glare at her friend from the corner of her eye.

Thankfully, her mother came to the rescue.

"Hello, Rory. You may take a seat."

Butler DeSantos entered next, with Ava, and introduced her.

"It is a pleasure to be here, thank you for allowing me to be here and get to know you all, Lord Mckenzie, Mr. and Mrs Mckenzie."

This time, her father acknowledged her.

"It is an honor to meet you as well, Miss. You may be seated."

Enoch followed and acted perfectly.

"We feel the same, Mr. Thaxter. Take a seat."

"Miss Vanessa Green, your graces."

Bella turned her head to her friend and smiled in encouragement.

Only Fabian to go after Van...

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Vanessa Green
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Vanessa entered the dining room when she was told with all the grace of a lady like Miss Ives. Her shoulders were pulled back and her head up high, though not pretentiously; her dress the color of royalty flowed behind. She curtsied and tilted her head forward slightly as she addressed her hosts like she had been taught, her nervousness masked expertly though her mind was just a blur of social graces.

"Lord Mckenzie," she began softly without looking at anyone,"Mr. Mckenzie, Mrs. Mckenzie."

She paused looking up at her friend with a somber grace.

"Bellaluna."

"I believe this is right, right?"

Her intense eyes lowered once more, her heart beating like terrible drum.

"Thank you for having me."

"Rory, Ava, Enoch, Larissa."

The smallest of smiles briefly crossed her lips at the thought that this was quite new for them too.

"It's lovely to see you."

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 Posted: Aug 31 2017, 12:47 AM
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Rory could tell by the expressions on the adults faces that he had screwed up and potentially royally. He went to go take his seat, afraid to say anything else. However, Vanessa then walked in. His eyes widened, she looked stunning. Heat rushed to his cheeks. Was that really her?

He took his seat quickly and quietly, hoping dinner would be brought out soon and then no one spoke to him.

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Kieran Mckenzie
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Solenna was bored.

She had planned on spending the evening with Ethan on the luxurious Crane yacht but before she could actually leave, her mother had asked her to cancel.

Her little sister was having friends visit for a few days and their grandfather had insisted on having a formal dinner to meet them.

Therefore, here she was, waiting for some girl to be introduced by Bella's Governess so she could make her grand entrance.

She had selected her dress carefully, wanting to impress. After all, she had heard that one of her sister's guests was 17 and quite handsome.

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Flirting would definitely make the humdrum affair less annoying, if anything.

She had also opted for a semi-dark makeup and pulled her silky smooth black hair out of her face, trying it in a simple chignon.

She heard her grandfather acknowledge a dark-haired girl.

"Thank you for joining us, Miss Green. Please, be seated where you want."

Approval was clear in his tone.

I'll be damned. Some of them do have some manners. I'm impressed!

Tired of waiting, she walked into the Dining Room with grace and stopped beside Vanessa.

"You may go now." she pointed out, looking at her with annoyance.

She didn't even wait for the girl to move and dropped into a shallow curtsy.

"Grandfather. Father. Mother."

She turned to her younger sister

"Dearest Bellaluna."

With that, she walked to the other side of William, taking a seat to his right.

Her brown eyes shone mischievously as she observed the oldest of Bella's guests. He was cute alright.

This dinner might be a little fun, after all...

Vanessa Green
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Bellaluna Mckenzie
 Posted: Aug 31 2017, 02:33 AM
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Bella knew she should pretend she hadn't seen Rory's embarrassment at realizing he had messed up or her sister's deliberate condescendence towards Vanessa...

She knew etiquette commanded her to disregard that and keep her composure dignified.

Her grandfather would otherwise be very displeased.

But...she couldn't help it.

She turned her head to her left to look at Rory and gave him a reassuring smile, nodding very slightly to let him know it would be okay.

Then, she brought her head back to the right and locked eyes with Vanessa.

Don't mind my sister. Just come and sit down. she thought, hoping her friend would be able to read it in her eyes.

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Fabian peered discretely into the dimly lit dining room and nervously pushed dark hair out of his face with a deep breath. He smoothed his clean cut suit once more before entering after a dark haired girl who could have only been Bellaluna's sister took her seat.

Sinking into a handsome bow, he greeted them properly with his French tongue; he met each face as he addressed them,"Lord Mckenzie," he nodded to the austere older man.

"Mr. Mckenzie, Mrs. Mckenzie, Bellaluna."

"Miss Mckenzie. It is a pleasure to be here. Thank you for having me."

He turned his gazes to his classmates, each of them looking stunning in their own right.

"Rory, Ava, Enoch, Larissa...."

Then Vanessa. He paused looking at the radiant beauty, who sat staring with wide eyes similar to his. They both smiled realizing what they were doing.

"Vanessa."

He had to force himself to look away.

"It is ah, wonderful to see you all."
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Admittedly, William was impressed by most of the guests, save Jackson Bennett's ignorant little prick of a son and that coiled-haired black girl.

Beside him, Esmeralda smiled.

"Fabian." she greeted "You may take a seat."

Once the young man had taken his seat, William expected the butlers and house elves waiters to bring the entrees but several minutes passed without any movement.

"Where is that defying son of yours? He needs to get his behind seated at this table to we can start eating. It is enough of a loss of time already."

Bella inwardly cringed but still kept her face passive.

Esme and Ciaran exchanged a look before the latter responded.

"I do believe we are missing one guest. Surely, Kieran is waiting for that person to arrive somewhere on the grounds."

William scowled.

Beside him, Esmeralda smiled.

"Fabian." she greeted "You may take a seat."

Once the young man had taken his seat, William expected the butlers and house elves waiters to bring the entrees but several minutes passed without any movement.

"How many more of those pau... he stopped and cleared his throat, noticing the glare his son sent his way ...people did you invite, Bellaluna?"

"None, Grandfather. All my guests are here." the young girl replied, keeping her voice unnaturally calm.

Esme snapped her fingers and one of her two personal house elves apparated next to her.

"Kiya, would you be so kind to go find Kieran and let him know we are waiting on him?"

The female elf curtied.

“Right away, Mistress.”

She disapparated.

Beside her grandfather, Solenna rolled her eyes.

"Really, Mother? Must you always be so kind to the hired help? They are just elves..."

Beneath the table, Bella balled her hands into fists.

Why did Solenna feel the need to spew such an asinine comment?

Again, to her surprise, their father spoke.

”Need I remind you, daughter, that those elves make sure all your needs are catered to, no questions asked? No task is demeaning in their eyes so I would watch what you say. They are invaluable, same as any member of our staff.”
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