Seira was glad that they had all decided to have their dresses sent up to the ball rather than wearing them to the ball. Between the rain that was falling and the ride in the carriage, it would be awfully difficult to avoid messing something up had they chosen the latter. The ride to the ball was a short one, and that was a good thing for Seira's nerves. Although she was used to the more causal parties and get togethers that her friends were always getting involved in, formal parties such as this one were a very different story. The twins had never been to one before, and the last thing that Seira wanted to do was to do something that would embarrass her mother. Seri felt much the same way. A life on the streets of Rynmere before they had been adopted wasn't exactly good practice for something like this. And even though that had been arcs ago, catching up with the school that they had missed while fending for themselves, and joining the Lightning Knights as initiates were also not the types of experiences that would prepare them for something like this. Despite all of that, the chance to see a play was appealing, and Seira thought that she and her sister would have fun tonight...provided that they didn't do something to screw things up and embarrass themselves and their mother horribly.
"Is there anything we should know about tonight?" Seira asked her mother, wanting to get an idea of what to expect.
"Things we should do, or not do that we need to know about?" she added a few trills later.
"Are we going to mess things up if we don't curtsy properly, or something?" Seri asked nervously.
"Because I don't know how to do any of that sort of thing..."
Neither of them did. They weren't nobles, after all. What if they were expected to act like the nobles did back in Rynmere while they were at this party?
When they arrived, the twins got dressed up as quickly as they could. Neither of the girls were comfortable wearing fancy clothes, but the dresses they had gotten were far easier to manage than they had feared they would be. And the shoes they had chosen were comfortable ones. Nothing like the high heeled monstrosities they saw some of the other guests wearing. How anyone could manage to balance while wearing such things, Seira would never understand. Still...to each their own. It wasn't her feet that would be suffering. Seira and Seri both politely refused the offer of face painting. They hadn't worn any such thing in the past, and to do so now would make them feel even more out of place and uncomfortable than they did now.
Seira and Seri paid close attention to everything that Betsy said. You had to leave if you couldn't find a dance partner in the first round? What if you didn't know how to dance at all? Or if you didn't want to dance? Was dancing really mandatory? And if so...why? People danced at balls, sure, but this was more than just that. It was a play, and getting together to socialize...
The twins exchanged glances. Neither Seira nor Seri had high hopes of finding a partner. But Seira supposed that it wasn't completely impossible. Betsy had mentioned that some of the students who were attending the school were willing to serve as dance partners to those that couldn't find any on their own. Seira hoped that they wouldn't mind dancing with someone who didn't have the first clue how to dance. Proper etiquette was mentioned again, and Seira once again found herself wondering what proper etiquette for a party like this was. Men bowed, she was pretty sure. And women had to curtsy? Or was that only to the king? To nobles of a greater rank? Rharne didn't even have a king or any nobles. Did that mean that men didn't have to bow to anyone? More than ever, Seira hoped that she and Seri would somehow manage not to embarrass themselves.
The rule about finding a group of four or five to eat with seemed strange to Seira too. But as she glanced at her sister, and her mother, she was relieved in the fact that they would only need to find one more person to have the group they needed. The instructions seemed clear enough even if they did seem strange, so neither Seira nor Seri asked Betsy any questions.
Seira watched as her mother told the person who was announcing people to the other guests to announce her as Constable Vivian Shiryu. Then it was her turn...and she had no idea what to tell the announcer. Was she supposed to use the title of Knight Initiate since that what she and Seri were? Or would that sound like they were bragging since they weren't really Lightning Knights yet. Maybe it would be better to go with the title of "Miss?"
By the time she could decide what to do, her mother had moved into the ballroom, and two others had moved past them, one of which looked vaguely familiar. Seira was pretty sure she had seen one of the woman at Storm's Edge, but they had never met. They couldn't stay where they were forever, so Seira and Seri approached the announcer.
"I'm Miss Seira Shiryu, and this is my sister Miss Seriel Shiryu." Seira said quietly.
"Miss Seira Shiryu, and Miss Seriel Shiryu." the announcer called out.
Seira and Seri hurried after their mother. She told them that they could mingle if they wanted to, but Seira was out of her depth enough that she wasn't comfortable enough to go off on her own. She would likely say the wrong thing to the wrong person, or not curtsy properly, or something, and offend someone horribly. A quick glance at Seri told her that Seri was even more reluctant to go and mingle than she was. They weren't little kids anymore, but at least for now, they were more comfortable sticking with someone that they knew.
"Do you think we should dance with each other?" Seira asked her sister quietly.
Seri shook her head.
"No, that would probably look weird. Besides...neither of us can dance, remember? If we have to dance, then we're going to need someone who knows what they're doing to show us what to do."