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Jan. 5th, 2017 11:19 pm
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It’s taken a great deal of effort and no small subterfuge to obtain the right co-ordinates. But at long last it’s done, and when Felix and Jim appear it’s beneath the clear blue skies and on the gentle green grass of central Cyrodiil. They’re in a low hollow, surrounded by hillocks that block them from view, though atop one is a small circular structure of worn white columns. The air is cool, but much milder than in Skyrim this time of year. Felix draws a deep breath and turns to Jim with a smile, gesturing toward one of the hills. He’s out of uniform and wearing his own leathers for this trip - it simplifies things.

From the top, he already knows, there’s an excellent view of the grassy slopes stretching down to the shores of Lake Nibenay, its vast waters stretching out to the horizon both left and right… and beyond that, seeming equally vast, the towering white walls of the Imperial City, shadowing the tiny isles and the full-masted ships that ply the waters around it. Only one building rises above those walls: the shining spindle of the White-Gold Tower, impossibly tall from this angle. There’s a road below, following the general line of the shore, and even from a distance the sound of horses and carts and chatting travelers can be heard. It takes a lot of traffic to keep the heart of an Empire beating.

“Welcome to the Imperial City,” Felix says softly.

Date: 2017-01-06 12:48 pm (UTC)
smartass_captain: (Wondering)
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Jim's let his hair grow out since Halloween. It had been for the costume before but after Felix's invitation Jim wanted to better fit in among the rest of Felix's peers. He's wearing his usual dress for visiting Felix, though the shoulder of his armor has long since been patched up.

The captain nods along to Felix's lead, but does reach forward and take Felix's hand in his own as he's brought up the hill. The weather carries none of the bite that Skyrim's winter carries and Jim's unable to stifle the grin that crosses his face once they reach the top. He's spoiled for a view, trying to take in everything at once and scarcely knowing where to give his attention first.

"Home sweet home, huh?" There may be chatter and activity below them, but there's only one person who hold's Jim's attention. He leans toward Felix, brushing against the Imperial's shoulder with his own. "Lead the way."

Date: 2017-01-08 05:14 am (UTC)
smartass_captain: (Orly)
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"There's a right way to catch a crab other than 'avoid the pinchy bits'? You'd think--hang on. Holy shit..."

The captain has seen Argonians before but this flood of different species all around them has caught the very xeno-friendly Jim Kirk a bit off guard. A couple of them even look familiar to races he's met within his time at Starfleet. To see them all coexisting so peacefully here reminds Jim of his own home in a way that makes his smile all the more bright. He wants to ask about each and every one of them, but is well aware of the formalities and rudeness of such a line of questioning and keeps it to himself for now.

Best not to get them into trouble before they've arrived, after all.


The city itself is quite grand for the world they're on and Jim recognizes that it must be London or Paris of its world. More importantly to Jim, however, is that he believes this is Felix's home. And he's getting it shared with him. Felix's family introduced to him. Jim's unsure what to say if they ask about him, but he'll think of something. Or leave it up to Felix to explain.

"Does your family gather here every year?"

Date: 2017-01-08 04:36 pm (UTC)
smartass_captain: (Well this is new)
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Jim's far more interested in speculating on the pros and cons of working with each varied species he's seeing wandering about than he is the grade of technology in this world. What he could learn from them. What their cultures are. If Felix has ever spent quality time with any of their kind.

A line of thought he snaps out of when Felix starts speaking again.

"Just us and your cousin? That's..." A huge relief, actually. Far less people he has to worry about impressing. Or somehow letting slip that he's not from around here. "Now I see why you wanted me to come along."

He bumps Felix's hip with his own playfully.

Date: 2017-01-09 07:56 pm (UTC)
smartass_captain: (Yeah?)
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"Seriously? No need...for you to hang back, just because I'm no fun around this time of year."

Jim relishes the warmth in his arm and in their clasped hands as they walk along the very well maintained road heading toward the Imperial City. His gaze flits to the lake and he imagines children crowding their father while he teaches them to fish. Couples swimming and picnicking along the water's edge.

It had been easier to play along with the crew's Christmas wishes this year. He'd even attended the party briefly this time to give a toast and get the party started. He's still reminded of dark things, but they don't leave him nearly as empty as they once did.

Someone else has begun filling the holes left in his heart.

"Oh really? That eccentric or that judgmental?"

Date: 2017-01-09 11:10 pm (UTC)
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"Well, I'm happy to give an excuse then. Especially if it gets you off duty for a few days."

The only pity of being on a busy thoroughfare is that Jim needs to more or less behave lest they attract all the wrong sorts of attention for fooling around in public. He'd made sure his shifts would be covered. In a way he's glad Bones knows about Felix now, because it makes this sort of thing so much easier. And it's not as though he's shirking his work--Jim made sure to pick up as many extra shifts as he could physically take on to make sure as many of his crew as possible got to have their holiday time off.

"Does she...did you warn her I wasn't a woman? Am I to act as your friend or...?"

The mistrust of new people Jim understands. It took him many years to get over a similar thing for himself after...after the things he's been through. Jim tries to keep the mood light though, and turns to give a light kiss to Felix's neck.

"Should I get it out of my system now..?"

Date: 2017-01-10 10:26 pm (UTC)
smartass_captain: (Orly)
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"Why's that? For liking a shower now and again?"

Felix doesn't seem to have gotten concerned so Jim must be doing a decent job at trying to be his 'normal' self. In truth, the meeting with Khan in the Nexus and everything else that's been going on has left Jim nearly at his wits end and using the work that came with the aftermath of that run in (along with prescription sleep aids from Bones) to deal with his own issues to the best of his ability.

But he's trying, legitimately trying, to enjoy himself for a few days here with Felix. With Felix not on edge and obviously worrying over him, Jim at least feels relief in knowing he's not ruining his significant other's holiday.

"I like the idea of being the guest of honor for such a party though." His chuckle is only slightly forced though the joke comes easily. The captain takes a moment again to glance across all of the different faces passing by and hope that no one would seek to take this cultural melting pot away. Not through war nor racism nor any other means. Coexistence is the first step toward building a better world for everyone.

"So what is it we do on the New Year anyway?"

Date: 2017-01-11 10:19 pm (UTC)
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"That sounds all kinds of boring. The eve's tonight, right? So I need to be on my best behavior? Talk about a killjoy."

Three days? That's an awfully long party but Jim finds himself wishing it was longer. An excuse not to be alone on that fourth...Granted Jim always shuts himself away for a few days around this time of year unless there's an emergency so to be trying to...live..really live. This time of year...it's definitely a change of pace.

"I'll do my best not to get us into trouble before the partying starts. No promises though." The name Akatosh seems very familiar to Jim, but his knowledge of Felix's world and customs are still so basic. He wonders if he'd even be able to read any tomes if he found them to get a basic idea of what the Divines and Daedra were. All he knows is that one's 'better' than the other and Felix apparently likes the other side.

"Is kite flying a sport? Are you trying to knock the others out of the sky or what?"

Date: 2017-01-13 07:58 pm (UTC)
smartass_captain: (Yeah?)
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"You...you think you could teach me your language? Or at least, how to read it. We seem to have no trouble speaking to each other, but it's occurred to me that just because you can read the books I gave you doesn't necessarily mean I'll be able to read the tomes of your world."

The Nexus is a strange and magical place. For all Jim knows, the books could be charmed to appear in whatever language the reader understands. Jim hardly expects things to be so easy for him. But he's hopeful. He wants to learn more about this world and Felix's people. Hopefully he won't put his foot in his mouth during conversations then.

"You know I'm always up for a challenge. Of course I'll fly kites with you if you want to."

Date: 2017-01-15 05:15 pm (UTC)
smartass_captain: (Wondering)
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"Yeah I'm not so big on looking like your village idiot."

Jim chuckles a bit to himself under his breath at that thought, because really, in this world he may as well be. He can't do magic, doesn't understand alchemy or enchanting. Hell, he can't even tan his own leather. The most Jim would be able to do for himself is fish and start a campfire, and that's hardly impressive.

He always considered himself an avid outdoorsman who knew how to survive. And part of that was by necessity. He's certain he'd learn if he had to how to survive here, but he'd rather it not be because he was trapped somewhere alone. That's happened enough to him thanks.

"...You can indeed. I'm not known for understanding when to quit." His grip on Felix's hand tightens slightly, though it's out of emotion rather than tension. Even now, Felix is so very understanding. He nods slightly at the offer. Felix needn't say more about it--Jim understands. The fact that Felix does too is what makes his stomach flutter and a bit of warmth come to his face.

He doesn't say anything for a long while as they approach the Imperial Capital, content to stay in an easy silence while his mind flits from one thing to another. Finally though, he glances to his side again.

"I think...I'd prefer it if I were as busy as possible. The less time I have to dwell....the better off I'll be, and the better company."

Date: 2017-01-17 05:04 pm (UTC)
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"Is she a blacksmith? A ferrier, armor maker, weaponsmith? I know there are all sorts of specialties. Do they blow and shape glass here too? They'd have to for all the vials and bottles you use for your alchemy. I feel so out of my depth here."

Jim lets out a laugh at his own lack of a trade skill and shakes his head. By now the sun is high in the sky and the street has widened and become if anything even more busy with people making there way to and from the main gate.

He may as well be a vagrant in this world, for all the skill he has to live in it. Luckily he has a quite capable guide in Felix.

Date: 2017-01-18 10:10 pm (UTC)
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"So like...she makes armor and then casts spells on it?"

He's not sure what good armor that is also on fire would do for whoever is wearing it at a given time, but there's probably plenty about it that's worthwhile to have.

"Or do you mean she uses special materials that make it like..easier to use magic or what."

Just because Jim doesn't understand magic doesn't mean he's ever going to stop trying to. His thought process is jarred when the crowds get thick and he has to keep an eye on Felix not to get separated. Jim gives a thoughtful frown to the men on horseback as he follows Feliz up the road.

"Different outfits than yours. Clearly important...?"

Date: 2017-01-24 05:16 pm (UTC)
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"How strong of a magic user do you have to be to make something stick around for good like that? I thought you had to concentrate pretty actively to keep your magic around."

Not that Jim wants to imply Felix is not great and awesome at his job, because Jim would never do that. He is a biased man and more importantly loyal to those he likes. Clearly they must be different schools of magic is all.

"Does she have to put a piece of herself into the things she makes? Like, what does she have to give up for something like that?" The laws of science demand that both sides of any chemical equation be equal but it doesn't occur to Jim until after he's asked that it may not be so when it comes to magic. His frown is thoughtful and intense as he puts the brunt of his attention toward trying to figure this out. It's unlikely Jim will ever get tired of trying to wrap his head around Felix and his world.

"Oh, a paper. That makes sense." He doesn't dare say he didn't expect them to have something like that out here. Though he probably should have. They're rather progressive in a number of ways.

Date: 2017-01-26 04:56 pm (UTC)
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"Would she be offended if I asked her about it? I have to admit I'm really curious."

Though lets be honest here Jim is naturally curious and determined to figure out all sorts of things he does and doesn't need to know to get by. The quieter side road winds to a collection of houses that makes both of Jim's eyebrows raise a bit. Lakeside property is kind of exclusive back on Earth. Felix's cousin must do quite well for herself.

Actually, considering she makes magical armors, this makes complete sense to the captain. Corner the market and all that.

"It's just her that lives here?" Jim gives the conjurer a sideways glance and a smile. "Nice place."

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