I'm Andrea and fairly new to Chorrol, so hey!
I wasn't going to post anything too soon, but Jessika insisted I at least give a teaser of her story, so i've decided to post an Introduction. But first, I shall introduce you all to Jessika.
Jessika is a 21 year old nord who was born and raised in Cheydinhal, Cyrodill. She excells in Blade, Heavy armour and Light armour (which she is convinced makes her 'unique')
Five yeare before our story starts her parents died, leaving her to raise her little sister, Mya, on her own.
Now, that's enough of that
Here is the introduction to our tale:INTRODUCTION
“Jessika, where are we going?” My baby sister, Mya, asked me. Her youthful eyes delicate. So innocent. She had no idea what had happened. No idea at all.
I wasn’t sure whether to tell her the truth or not, so I decided to lie.
“The basement has been infested with mudcrabs, baby, so we had to leave. Don’t worry, though. We will find somewhere else to live.”
What I told her was partially true. Our house did have an invasion of mudcrabs, although those mudcrabs could also be called ‘debt collectors’.
Money was tight. Too tight. Not enough was coming in and what money was coming in was spent quicker than you could say septim. Our gorgeous home in Cheydinhal had soon become another broken memoryThat was the last thing Mother and Father left to us… now it’s gone.
I didn’t know where we were going to go. Ever since our parents died that house was the only thing we had to our name. We managed to stay there for five years; now we had nothing.
As we headed out of the city we were stopped. My good friend Shelley shouted my name and beckoned me over as she stood outside the Bridge Inn.
“Wait here.” I instructed Mya as I kissed her on the forehead. I walked over to Shelley, a forced smile etched across my lips.
“Are you okay?” She asked. A sheet of concern covering her face.
“Yeah…” I lied. A lie that was given away instantly as my eyes began to flood with tears. I wouldn’t let Shelly hug me, as Mya would know something was wrong, so I shook my head gently at Shelly to halt her advance.
“We got thrown out of our house. I just couldn’t keep up with the payments.”
“Oh, honey…” Shelley replied, genuine care in her voice.
“I just don’t know what I’m going to do…” I sobbed. “It’s Mya’s tenth birthday in two days and we have nowhere to go.”
“Why don’t you come stay with me in the inn?” She invited. “I’m sure Mariana will understand-“
I immediately cut her off. Her offer was generous, but preposterous. I simply couldn’t bear to have anyone in the city know I was broke; even though chances were that the news of my eviction would spread like wildfire anyway.
Despite that inevitability, I couldn’t let it happen. I had my pride and my family name to respect. If I was to be the source of embarrassment in my city, I at least wanted to hold my head high.
“Thank you for the offer, Shelley, but I really can’t.”
I didn’t have to say another word as Shelley’s expression seemed to suggest she knew what I was thinking.
“Well at least let me give you-“she started as she reached into her coin purse.
“Shelley, please.” I said, rejecting her offer.
“Okay,” she said softly. “You do what you have to do. But you HAVE to promise me that you will let me know when you find somewhere to go okay? If you don’t I will have no choice but to hunt you down and kick your behind for making me worry, okay?”
I laughed, wiping my tears away. “I promise.”
Shelley looked at me for another second before forcing me into a gentle embrace- an embrace in which I reciprocated. Once we let go I smiled at Shelley, nodded and then headed back to Mya. My eyes met hers and she smiled. I grabbed her hand gently and squeezed it as we headed to the city exit. The large gate signifying the end of an era for us.
I knew we weren’t going to be back for a while, but I also knew that I wasn’t about to let me and my baby sister go homeless.
I was willing to do whatever it took. Mya needed me and I wasn’t going to let her down.
As the guards opened the gate I turned my head to Mya, smiled and did a small hand gesture, a hand gesture that she repeated back to me. A hand gesture that my sister and I had invented.
It meant ‘I love you.’
*This post has been edited by Andrea: Apr 12 2012, 12:38 AM