They went to an exotic tavern, that was quite well decorated and beautiful, with spacious balcony at a side overlooking the ocean. Melody, Svarik, Xia, Erdel and Sage sat down at a free table with good view, but little at a side so it would be free from looks (or any arrows or anything such, Erdel thought to himself) and Tide, after considering it for a moment, agreed to leave for that short moment till his hand is taken care of, and after he gave meaningful look to Sage to look after their guests, he left with Hans, to bandage it and to tell him about possible incident of the morning.
Tide and Hans returned soon. Tide seemed to feel better, as new bandage and balm was doing him good, and prospect of cheerfully colorful drink as reward for his troubles seemed to make him jolly. With excitement of a child, he waited with anticipation for it, and then he sipped from it slowly and contentedly, like a kid, and he let Xia in her disguised form take a sip from his drink, too, which had given her adorable hiccups.
Melody and Erdel, having grown to one another, seemed to be whispering something conspiratorially for a while, like little birbs. Girl was sleepy and still weak, but since better from yesterday and refreshed by the wonderful trip, she seemed taken by excitement.
" Mister Sunshine... " she bid innocently once they left tavern. " Since you're going to take a while in the instrument shop, would you please borrow me and wonderful Eden lots of moneyses? " she glanced at vampire lovingly, it apparently being her endearing nickname for him. " It'll be alright - he can carry me, do not worry, Master Sunshine. We would just like to go to the marketplace to explore some more cool shops to see if we can find some more lovely things! Could we, please, Mister Sunshine? "
" It would have been nice, but I think I will save this one pleasure for when we drug and smuggle in Birdie in our travel bag in order to get him to come with us here, heh! " Girl beamed with little innocent smile. " I will rather look forward to his smug face as he asks me do I like every single thing on every shelf and tries to see cues on my face on what I liked. " she winked. " I want to be well rested for that one, though, so I can properly enjoy myself - but as of today, I'd rather enjoy some calm time with a friend at more regular shops... " she embraced Erdel around waist goofily. ".. And be even more excited to see what you'll get from that special one. Please, do see if you can find some cute little instrument for Nammy - for he is very busy these days, and I'm sure some lovely instrument will delight him. "
"Okay, I think five storeys can really be a bit to much of walking for you right now. Have fun woth Erdel, and I will get something for Nammy, and I guess anyone else who comes to my mind when I see a fitting instrument. "
( OOC: mail notifications still don't work, so it might take me longer to reply, since I got used to getting a note anout new post instead of reloading the site)
" Thank you so much, Mister Sunshine! " girl giggled, and she leaned on him and hugged him, and kissed him lovably and warmly to bid him goodbye for now.
Tide had bits of doubt, not quite liking separating, but after he assured they're safe and Erdel will keep good watch over the girl, he gave him one of hair from his head, and told him to swallow it in case of anything unexpected, just in case, he said kindly. That seemed to make Tide content, and he gave his blessing and they parted - Svarik and others to the instrument shop, and Erdel grinned at Melody and gently raised her up from the ground, and carried her out on his shoulders like a little girl she was in this form, threading timidly as confident bright girl boldly would point to him where to go.
( OOC: I usually refresh the page, so I didn't notice the error, I don't know why it's happening, hope it'll be fixed soon - but none the less, no worries, it's okay, reply when you have time and notice a message, dear! <3 )
They soon reached an impressive building, as big as his hosts described it - and it was even more impressive on the inside. The shopkeeper was a lovely, jolly old man, with great love for music, and well familiar with Sage and his two best friends. He let them look around to his heart's content, through what appeared to be mountains and mountains of delightful instruments put across countless luxurious shelves, from common to rare and exotic ones, from new to antique ones - it most certainly was a biggest shop of this kind in Lowlands, and perhaps in the whole world!
Svarik spent a long time just admiring the various intruments, and figuring out how they are used. He took a few nice flutes, not for himsef but for others, as he already had the best flute that he wouldn't get in any shop. He just took a little jaw harp or drumbľa, as the shopkeeper called it in the dialect from the mountains where it came from, since the sound and way of making it caught his interest and it was small. He admired the bigger instruments as well, but did not want to take space in their baggage that they could use to bring food to Cernunnos.
Seeing Svarik avoided bigger things, Sage comented to him gently.
" You know.." he told." Nobody said you have to bring everything with you now. Yiu can just buy and have it sent to you and Come later. Come on, I really wish to treat you.." he tempted him." I trade with Falcon a lot. Pick out all you like, no matter the size, and I will shipp it to you through next trading caravan. "
Sage grinned at him, seeing his concealed delight, and he bowed very lightly to him, in comical theatrical gesture he seemed to have picked up from Conrad.
" Yes, I am completely sure. " he winked at him. " Next caravan for capital goes in three weeks. I will make sure it's packed up right in time, and that it reached you safely through Falcon. Pick out anything, anything you like, sweet Nightingale. "
"But I don't even know who would play it..." Svarik murmured. "If Lipka or Melody wouldn't want it, I would just put it in my room and admire it, and try to figure out how it's played, since I haven't seen anyone do it before..."
" I know how to play it! " Tide beamed. " I could. um.. Explain you how it's done. " he said, as he couldn't quite play it to him with his one hand not working. " Sometimes, if luck serves us to meet again, I could teach you some more... " he said shyly, giving him meaningful glance, as he didn't want to discuss out loud that if Svarik doesn't call him to capital, two weeks at most from now, he and Hans would have to leave. " Or I could send you a book on harps together with it, so you can figure it out from the manual. They have a good bookstore here, so I could make sure a book with instructions is shipped to you, together with instrument. We can take it on boat with us now, though, to your room, and I could give you some basic lessons there tonight, after dinner, perhaps? "
It was clear that Svarik liked the harp very much, but could not rationally excuse its buying to himself, for money he could use for more gifts. "I think I shouldn't..." he said. "I probably won't have time to learn playing it back home, with all the duties... It will be a distraction..."
Tide glanced at Sage with timid and warm desire, and when Sage nodded to him, he beamed, his aura bright like a star.
" It doesn't matter how often you play it - it is indeed a beauty, and I want you to have it to admire it, even just so! " demon said, with clear excitement and joy. " That is why I will buy it for you! " he proclaimed proudly, and he picked it up carefully with one hand, it being but a feather to his supernatural strength. " I like you much and you are polite and wonderful, and since it is a gift, you can not refuse it, ha! " he said triumphantly, as if that was some kind of rule in the world, a natural order, and there was no way Svarik could just decline it now, because it would be impolite, and king was not impolite... it was definitely an unique Tide's logic.
Seeing Tide's joy, Svarik indeed couldn't refuse. "But if I neglect some duties because of playing it, I will tell Falcon it's your fault," he joked. "No, I wouldn't... Thank you for such a great gift..."
" No, thank you for the hand, and for playing games with me, and for caling me pretty..." demon beamed as he was walking toward checkout, apparently keeping track of all nicest things somebody would do for him, treasuring even smaller acts of kindness that touched him. " Thank you! "
" Thank you for the fun, then!" Critter bemused softly and shyly. They reached the shopkeeper, and after Sage pair in Tide's name, demon excitedly laid it down there, so they can pick it up on the way down. " I would like to pick up one thing for myself too before we leave." He explained to king shyly." Would you like to perchance help me pick out a new lute before we go?"