: 9:30am → 11amLocation:
: The Park of Sorian → The Tough Tavern → The Castle
Although Ruby had been enjoying herself with the waffle fiasco, she suddenly realized the severity of the situation when she saw John brandishing a knife. This was no longer a simple debate about who could eat the most waffles. She ran back home to the tavern, pushing through the patrons at the tavern to go back up to the attic. There she returned into fetal position and rocked back and forth for a few moments. After she calmed down, she decided to try to shake off that awful nightmare of a pancake party.
It took some deep breathing exercises and meditation, but she was ready to refocus her day. She didn’t want to stay here in the attic alone with the ravenous thoughts of her mind, so she pulled over the newspaper once again. After reading through it, she pointed aggressively at the line detailing the Prince’s Court. Yes. This is where I can refocus myself on my true goal. I need a beautiful wealthy man.
Ruby nodded firmly to herself, satisfied with her decision. She had one nice dress that she saved for occasions like these. She had been waiting for this moment.
As for how she got the lavish dress
, that was a story for another time. She brushed her hair and actually put on shoes. Once she felt ready, she made her way down the stairs. This was her time to SHINE.
Olga was more than confused, however, she kept her composure as always as she wiped down the bar, glancing over, as she coolly asked, “Ruby.. Vat are you doing? Second time you bolt through my tavern like a crazed bull and now you come down the stairs in gown? Should I be worried?” “Olga, Olga, settle down! This is no time to worry. I am doing what I have meant to do for so long now.”
She paused and saw the lingering concern on Olga’s face. “I will ensnare a man that can take care of me like he should–I mean… Take care of us.”
Ruby smirked and performed a curtsy. “What?”
She was not making any sense. Olga wondered if the girl had accidentally taken a drug or perhaps had drank something she shouldn’t have. However, this was Ruby after all. She had not been all there even as a child. Her brother, who was sitting on a stool at the bar, was also confused, but more so amused. “Explain more. You know I have no idea vat you mean!”
Jack looked ready to laugh as he smugly commented, “Ruby, don’t tell me you’re going to the Prince’s Court. You know they aren’t going to marry a poor girl who lives in a tavern across from a whor-”
” “Shut ya mouth and get back to work!”
Olga snapped, interrupting him.”Yea, get back to work Jack. That is precisely what I will be doing as well, because I am going to the Prince’s Court to work some magic. You’ll see!”
Ruby attempted to scurt off before Olga could stop her. Won’t marry a poor girl who lives in a tavern… pshh, like you thought I was going to tell them.
Olga did a double take. ”Ruby you’ve lost mind! The only thing you’ll be working is the broom across floor. Gah!”
She put her hands on her hips as Ruby left. “Ruby steal some of their stuff!”
Jack called after with a chuckle.
Now that was an idea that Ruby could get behind. She continued to walk off with a newfound sense of confidence. As she walked toward the road, she felt that she was stunning enough to get someone to escort her to the castle. Ruby attempted to wave down a horse and carriage, to no avail. They must not see me through all of this fog!
There was no fog.
She walked the rest of the way and even though it took some time to get there, she did end up getting there before the line got long. As the first ten girls were invited in, she found herself next in line, waiting in the entrance hall. Ruby silently judged some of the other girls’ attire. Although she envied the high-class dress that she saw, she convinced herself that they did not wear them as well as she could. She was prepared and eager to finally find her Mr. Coinbag.