The Mummer's Ball: Madame Leona's Pageant
When Vega responded to Betsy's abuse of Yeva, she screwed up her face really tight, and huffed. The girls around her giggled, but they didn't do so at Betsy's expense. They appeared far more amused at the way Vega spoke than at any particular thing she said. "Gob? What's a gob?"
"Anyway, we won't need a mop, when the skirt of that... interesting dress you're wearing will do to mop up the excess. Good evening, Miss Vega."
So saying, Betsy excused herself to the dance floor, where she'd be coordinating the evenings events, and more or less out of everyone's hair.
The portion of the crowd that rumbled at the mention of redheads visibly quieted as Vega chastised them. They didn't want any trouble, apparently! Especially when Varlum backed her up moments later, threatening them quite openly. Their faces paled at that, and they went about trying to make themselves as small as possible, examining the wall panels and not disturbing anyone else for the rest of the evening.
As Vega's song began with Killi's instruction, everyone would notice that they had suddenly reached a level of competence with dance. There would be no stepping on of toes for the rest of the evening, and everyone would find they were perfectly adequate dancers, especially at the moves that Killi showed them.
The beautiful music continued apace, as the rest of the party-goers got to mingling.
And as Yeva tried dealing with her upset at the words of Betsy, and then following along with the dancing lessons of Killi, Doran had words with Vega, and they hashed out their Emean escapades and shared experiences with Xiur. When they began to talk of Xiur, and Vega responded with what she had learned from Xiur himself, Richard's head picked up at the mention, and he began coaxing his companion closer to the pair as they too began taking advantage of the dancing lessons Killi was giving.
When their exchange ended, and Doran began getting closer to Vega as her playing of the fiddle commenced, Richard excused himself from the company of Celise. He stood a few feet from Doran, and without looking at him listened to what he said. As he did so, he paid rapt attention to Vega's playing, and smiled giving her some silent applause. Celise also walked up toward the stage that Vega performed on, and rested a hand on Richard's shoulder as they both enjoyed the music together.
A fair number of people continued to take advantage of the impromptu dancing lessons from Killi, including Seira and her sister.
A good bit of conversation occurred within the grouping of Doran, Yeva, and Balthazar, which went on for a good few moments about various subjects of interest to all of them.
When Elisabeth approached Elmo, he didn't seem to notice that she'd spoken his name at first. Then, he turned one way, then the other, "Someone call me?"
He asked, After lifting his head for even a moment, then he noticed Elisa. "Oh... You're that girl from the dress store... Uhh... Nice dress."
His mouth dropped and then shut, and then dropped again. He seemed to be a bit tongue tied. Then he shook off the discomfort, and commiserated with her as he did during their trip to the store, "Argh, I'm glad we're not REALLY expected to dance for this. How about we just eat and wait for all of this to end? Help me hide from Tasha... She'll probably be busy looking for someone anyways..."
That said, Elmo began to lead Elisabeth, whether she followed, to the appetizer table, with the punch. He took a plate, and began piling on food. He almost sampled the first treat on his plate, before he remembered what manners he had, and looked at Elisa. "Some food? Not sure what these bits are called..."
He referred to some scallops wrapped in bacon, stuck with a small splinter.
A few eyebrows rose at the late arrival and announcement of 'Eroim, of the Andresmarie'. Yet he was permitted to enter all the same.
When he approached to make an introduction to Leona herself, she would smile graciously on him, "It's a pleasure, Eroim. I'm so pleased that you made it."
Her eyes did drift toward the trinket he wore on his neck, and her eyes flashed with a golden glint, although it may have just been the way the light played on their shine.
"Perhaps you'll grant me the pleasure of a dance, Eroim?"
Leona said, grinning at the man, "That is, if you haven't got your eyes set on anyone else?"
She shrugged lightly, not the least bit disappointed if he answered in the negative.
When Gennadiya arrived through the ballroom, and approached Lesley, who looked distracted as if he was looking for someone specific. When she spoke to him, he smiled in return to her, "Yes, and you look lovely now in your ballroom dress! I did think white was definitely your color..."
Lesley's eyes wandered for a moment, before finding Gennadiya's gaze again. "If you'd allow me, I'd appreciate a dance with you when that all starts, my lady Gennadiya?"
When Eroim began speaking with Gennadiya, Leona did not excuse herself nor move away, but coalesced with this grouping of Lesley, Gennadiya, and Eroim, happy to be in their company as much as any of the others at the Ball.
Leona would smile at Gennadiya, "Perhaps we can trade partners midway through the dance?"
Lesley seemed shy at this suggestion, yet intrigued enough by Leona to allow the humoring of it. It would've been rude to refuse the hostess of the evening, afterall. "I'm sure we'll have a chance to, later on Madam."
Richard and Celise looked a bit at a loss, when the grouping of Doran and Vega parted way for the reunion of the wedded couple of Arlo and Vega. Yet they adjusted well enough as Celise excused herself from Richard's arm, allowing him to hover near Doran's grouping, while Celise hovered at the edge of hearing, allowing the wedded couple some time to their selves before she would introduce herself.
After everyone had an adequate opportunity to greet each other, the band began to play and the first round of dancing would commence in earnest.