"Arnold.. what are you doing with this woman?" Genevieve asked in an irritated tone. Arnold turned to her, surprised. The neighbor girl, terrified of Genevieve, ran off, desperately trying to avoid conflict.
"OH...! Dearest Genevieve... I was merely asking her not to disarrange my hair. You see, it takes quite a bit of work to get it to look just right, and a gentleman simply must have his appearance in check for his lady." He answered without missing a beat.
"For his lady indeed my dearest Arnold... I would not want my fiance involved in anything scandilous... And I doubt you would want that either... would you?" She asked, crossing her arms and tapping her foot. Arnold smiled and bowed slowly.
"Of course not my love. I would never be involved in such a situation." he said taking her hand and kissing it softly. "You are my fiance, and I stand by my pledge to remain faithful to you, dearest." Genevieve raised an eyebrow, watching the display with contentment but nothing more.
"See that you do. Aloysious would not be pleased to hear of any trouble you might cause between you and I." She warned with a slight smirk. Arnold, still smiling, straightened up and nodded.
"But of course, fair maiden. I wouldn't dream of doing anything to upset you or that atrocious brother of yours." He chuckled slightly, in a somewhat nervous tone. With that single statement Genevieve became aggravated.
"Atrocious is he? I will be most pleased to tell him that you think so much of him." Panicking slightly, Arnold stepped forward and gently put his hand to her chin to turn her face up to his.
"Genevieve my sweet, my deepest apologies. I meant no disrespect towards you or your brother. I use the term lightly, merely because of the way he sometimes treats you. A lady, especially a lovely one such as yourself, should be treated properly, and I sometimes find he doesn't fulfill his brotherly duties to you." he explained with a sad smile. She brought out her fan, striking his hand away from her face.
"How dare you touch me and speak such poisonous filth about my dearest brother. He was nothing but supportive when you came to my family and asked for my hand, and yet you speak of him so lowly! Aloysious fulfills his brotherly duties fine... perhaps you just fail to understand him." She argued, turning away. Arnold backed off, realizing he'd greatly over-stepped his boundaries.
"Do understand, I only want whats best for you. But... I apologize my love, it won't happen again. I'll hold my tongue." he said. Genevieve paused, studying the man before her. He was so strange.
"It's alright Arnold... I apologize for yelling." she sighed. Arnold was surprised by the sudden change. Then a smile quickly spread across his face.
"Genevieve... thank you for apologizing. And your apology is accepted."
"Well... I came wondering if you were ready to go to the garden party, but you are not even dressed yet. Honestly, I have no idea why my parents want me to marry someone as aloof and chaotic as you, sir!" she said, shaking her head. Arnold looked at her in shock.
"GOODNESS i don't know WHERE my head is today!" he exclaimed, rubbing his forehead. "I completely forgot. Changing won't take but a moment dear!" he added, quickly running off to change. Genevieve shook her head and began wondering around, looking at the various items in his home with fascination, but touching nothing. She walked into the main room, looking at the fine furniture. Casually, she thought to herself 'Not as good as ours.' -an unfortunate teaching from her family. She immediately shook the thought out of her mind, angry for thinking it. Just then, Arnold came downstairs, still putting his jacket on and huffing from hurrying. "S-shall... shall we be on our way?" he asked, desperately trying to catch his breath. She sighed and approached him, pulling him down to her level to fix his ascot.
"It would never do if you were to look like a ruffian in front of everyone." she said, irritated. Arnold chuckled and rubbed the back of his neck.
"Sorry... I never was good at getting that to look right." he said. He touched her hand gently. "Lucky I have you here to keep me in line." Genevieve looked up into his eyes, caught off guard. Blushing, she quickly averted her eyes back down to his ascot. "O-Oh- well.. Someone has to keep you in line Sir Bentley. If not, you would be in shambles." she said, finishing the quick fix. She then grabbed her parasol and brought her hands behind her back. Arnold looked down at her, almost sadly.
"Indeed I would..." he said, lost in thought. There was a moment of silence before he suddenly snapped out of it and held his arm out. "NOW! Lets be off, shall we? If we are much later people will begin to wonder where we are." he said, chuckling. Genevieve took his arm, walking with him awkwardly from the height difference. She sighed, directing him down the dirt path to the gardens where suddenly her demeanor changed as she smiled and laughed, acting like a woman of the VanCourthandt house should act.
Arnold's eyes grew wide at the sight of the beautiful garden. Trees towered above them, blocking most of the sun's rays from the garden. They were completely surrounded by a rainbow of flowers, which sparkled slightly, having recently been watered. Ladybugs, butterflies and birds flew back and forth, making the party seem almost magical. In the back of the garden, relatives and friends of the VanCourthandt family were sitting at delicately decorated tables, carefully set up with freshly prepared desserts and tea.
"This is magnificent... how simply splendid." Arnold said in astonishment. "Although, nothing here can compare to the beauty that stands beside me." he continued, turning to Genevieve. She looked up at him, having a sudden lapse in manners.
"Oh please..." She yelled, shaking her head. "I am certainly not that beautiful! I am sure, if not positive that a primrose is far more beautiful than I, Sir Bentley." Arnold smiled.
"You're so pretty when you pout." he said cheerfully. Suddenly a sour look came over his face as he pointed to a man standing at a distant table. "Oh look... there's your brother." he said, forcing himself not to groan disapprovingly. Immediately Genevieve's face brightened.
"Aloysious!" She exclaimed excitedly, standing on her tiptoes and waving. Aloysious turned, slightly nodding his head to acknowledge his sister, then immediately ignored her, turning his attention back to a particularly snobbish looking woman he was conversing with. Genevieve paused, growing sad. Her smiled slowly faded as her eyes lowered themselves to the ground. Arnold watched as Aloysious turned away from her rudely.
"Unfit brotherly behavior..." he grumbled to himself. Then, noticing her disappointment, picked a rose and handed it to her. "A beautiful flower, for a beautiful woman." he cooed, smiling "Don't look so glum, you're far too pretty for that."
She examined him up and down and slowly took the rose. "Arnold... you are just about the strangest man I have ever met... but it seems you certainly know how to make a lady feel better." She said, smiling gently.
"I aim to please." he said taking her hand. "Hmmmm? The strangest man you've ever met, you say? And how's that?" he asked as a goofy grin spread across his face. Genevieve couldn't stifle the laugh that had brought itself from her now lightened heart. Her laugh was light and rather melodious to hear. Across the garden, Aloysious looked over, annoyed to see this man whom he'd agreed to allow marry Genevieve, only because he had figured he would make his sister miserable... was now making her LAUGH of all things. Joy? How could that be?
"Idiot..." he mumbled under his breath. He continued watching the two from a sideway gaze. Arnold began to laugh lightly, happy to see his fiance actually happy.
"What a wonderful laugh you have... you glow when you laugh, did you know?" he asked with a gleam in his eye. Genevieve blushed slightly.
"Uh... no. No one ever laughed in my house." she sighed. Arnold turned to her in amazement.
"A silent house?" he asked in surprise. "What kind of a house is that to live in? Laughter makes a house... magic." he said slowly, watching a butterfly flutter by. "Its the simple things in life..." He was losing himself in his thoughts again. Suddenly, he took her hands. "When we marry, we must be sure to have a happy home, with plenty of fun and laughter!" he exclaimed. Genevieve could see a far away look in his eyes. It seemed he was off in his own little world again...
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i drew this a LONG time ago. right after i drew arnold [link]
drew genevieve [link]
:3 believe it or not, i drew this picture BEFORE we rp'd as them and it worked out so perfectly with this picture! i was so happy!!! X3 i couldn't believe how well it matched! XD i went through and changed the rp to work as a story so i makes more sense XP but it was late and nianna had to go to bed so it just sorta ends XD we'll continue some time :3
anyway, i scanned it and lined the whole damn thing so i could colour it. and then i accidently messed up the layers and lost all the line art. after such a disappointment i didn't feel like working on it so i never got around to redoing it.
maybe in time i'll pick it up again, but right now i have a lot of different art things on my mind and when that happens i have a lot of trouble focusing on one thing. so right now i'm working on multiple things and nothings getting done.
eventually i will colour this...! hopefully... >3>;
BY THE WAY ignore the ugly background :1 it was a lame effort and i was gonna try to colour it, so i didn't take much time with detail. XD the detail would have come in during the colouring process but i never got to that point ;3; so its crap, but its better than nothing.
story, arnold and art (c)
story, and genevieve (c)