Wanting to relax a bit, Odette went to the Quicksand where she met Ferroux Quilmont, a fellow Ishgardian Highborn. While skeptical at first, his genuine and adorable nature won her over easily and they sat together at a table, soon joined by a Lalafell named Pishrero Junerero. They learned that he was a businessman and owner of June's Crafts & Arms. Odette introduced herself to both but left out her family name. The Elezen man also introduced himself, adding that he worked for the Garlond Ironworks back in Ishgard, assisting with the rebuilding of the city. The businessman immediately saw an opportunity there and offered to work together with the man, offering to write a letter to his superiors as a business venture. They all went to his company's headquarters in the Goblet where Pishrero Junerero filled out the paperwork and then handed it to the young lad. After business came pleasure and he gave the two Elezen a tour of the establishment. Their interest biggest at the top floor as it seemed to be an extravagant dinning area. Odette was truly amazed at the looks of it and the Lalafell was pleased at the feedback, explaining that the credit went to his employee Rorosa Rosa. Both Elezen took their leave however as they had other items to tend to, but both willing and intent on returning to make use of the place. As Odette returned to her company in the Goblet, she ran into some shenanigans before the household. She chose to ignore it, hearing some Miqo'te calling her a hot blonde but Corvinoix Heinsrich immediately snapped back at the person, threatening to skewer them with his sword if they were to call his kinsman as such. Not wanting to get involved in the talk, she retreated silently to her apartment for the evening.
With All Saints' Wake around the corner, Odette found advertisements about a costume party at the Coeurl Consortium located in the Mists. While far, she knew that Malrinn Nures and Reyza Blackwater were planning to go, and wanting to meet with her friends, she decided to go too. She assembled a simply costume of an angel, which she believed suited her best. Arriving at the location, she ran into Valentin Vulaire who was dressed as the total opposite, a devil. The two of them laughed at the polar opposites and entered the establishment together. The place was packed but Odette did get to meet a few people, among them Miraenne Nineux, a fellow Ishgardian. She did meet her friends and the entire evening was spent with them. As the costume contest was announced, Odette started to debate whether to participate or not and taking into account Valentin Vulaire 's costume, she was willing to even enter as a duet. She asked him and he seemed to have no issues in joining her. Onstage she made the speech for them while he stood beside her looking intimidating but the prize went to another man. The Elezen man did not seem too content with it but Odette managed to soften it up and they all went back to mingling. While she enjoyed a chat with her friends, he seemed intent on drawing Malrinn Nures who was dressed as an appealing succubus. It did not sit with Odette too well especially when she remembered a few nights prior when they had kissed. While it wasn't jealousy, it was just a feeling of uncertainty towards the man. Once he left the place, Odette talked to Malrinn Nures and she offered her some good advice as well as comfort. The Au Ra would tease and flirt with Odette for the entire evening, playing up on her succubus costume. At first Odette had no idea how to react to it but eventually as she relaxed she played along, discovering tht the girl seemed to enjoy when she spoke Old Elezen so she allowed her to indulge in it. The rest of the evening was spent in good company before she returned to the Goblet for a good night's sleep, left to ponder about the future of her relations.
The next day while browsing books back at Raven's Heart, she ran into Hayase Daiuzu who as always was her timid and reserved self, although the girl expressed interest in Ishgard. She asked Odette if she could tell her about it and she most gladly obliged. The two sat down and Odette immediately got bombarded by the questions, struggling to answer any of them due to the speed at which they were thrown at her. The girl clearly had not a single idea of the place or even the Dragonsong War but Odette did not mind, explaining calmly whatever the girl desired. The Au Ra explained that she had something she wanted fixed and asked her if anyone in Ishgard could and that was when she recalled the Skysteel Factory. The girl showed her a weapon, looking alike to a gun but also a blade. She had never seen anything of the like but inspecting the mechanism, it did look alike to something that the Skysteel Factory could assist with. However, Odette warned the girl that Ishgard would most probably not even let her in considering her looks and how similar she was to a dragon. The reason seemed to completely fly over her head and Odette didn't delve into the topic further, but then Hayase Daiuzu seemed to want to have Odette take care of the matter. Odette immediately protested, telling her that she could not return to Ishgard but didn't explain why. That was when the Au Ra spotted Vildola Fyth by the stairs and immediately branded her food, wanting to eat some rabbit. Odette panicked and immediately picked the Au Ra up, using her height as an advantage, stopping her from eating her friend. The girl protested and kicked until Haru Rumei appeared and demanded an explanation. The Au Ra gave in and just left the group while Odette was left alone to explain what had happened with Vildola Fyth remaining on edge and clearly panicked. Corvinoix Heinsrich came down the stairs and stopped as he spotted the Viera, demanding that she handed in her staff but it only put the woman more on edge, refusing to give in while seeming to look like a trapped animal. Haru Rumei joined the talk but Odette decided to remain put, not wanting to add more pressure but when she heard her friend sob, she immediately ran to her side, asking her fellow Highborn man for allowance to handle the matter on her own. He allowed it and retreated together with the Au Ra, settling on the couches downstairs. Odette did her best to calm down her friend but the Viera had none of it, immediately running outside, leaving Odette speechless and guessing. Confused, she joined the other two downstairs, sitting down silently until Corvinoix Heinsrich approached her and would start to touch her face, clearly interested in her. While in the past she brushed it off, this time she did understand perfectly the intentions behind his words and she wanted to just get swallowed by the couch. He was intimidating and at the same time she did fear him at a certain level as he was pro-Ishgardian. Myr'sa Zemtarii saw this and she just wanted to die of embarrassment, however she jumped up when he mentioned passing a Viera on the streets. Knowing in what direction she went, Odette was intent on finding her friend. The Highborn immediately granted her the leave, however he did say he was wounded that he did not get to spend as much time with her as he wanted, requesting them to spend some time together soon. She did not deny him this and agreed before venturing out. She was unable to find Vildola Fyth despite going the path that the Miqo'te had told her where he had seen the Viera. Still searching but to no avail, she was soon united again with the Miqo'te, as it seemed he had followed her to help her in the search. While skeptical and not generally enjoying his company, she did take his offer and they would search together. Thanks to his acute sense of smell, they soon found the Viera hiding away in a tunnel in the Goblet. Myr'sa Zemtarii decided to go around and block off the other exit to prevent the woman from escaping. Taking a few breaths, Odette stepped into the tunnel, deciding not to sneak up on her friend as it would only startle her further and make her run away, heels clicking with each step she took while she called her name carried by the echo. Vildola Fyth definitely heard her and was about to take off running but hearing Odette's calm tone she did remain and broke down crying on the ground. Odette sat beside her, arms around the poor thing as she sobbed. The Viera proceeded to explain that she was struggling in adapting to the new place, unable to interact with people, especially when they were like Hayase Daiuzu. Odette tried her best to calm her down, speaking kind and gentle words while she'd stroke her hairs but the Viera then said that she felt like a burden to her. She only had her and felt like she had no one to turn to, while at the same time only causing her issues. Odette quickly countered her words, stating that they were best friends and that she gladly would dedicate all her time to her. After some more talking, Vildola Fyth did calm down although she admitted she had nowhere to go, and then Odette told her that she could move in with her into her small apartment. The offer shocked the Viera but she took it and the two became roommates. After the long day, the woman decided to retire to the apartment for some much needed rest and Odette told her she'd join her soon after a small trip to the market to get some food for them to pass the evening together by the fireplace. As the Viera left, Myr'sa Zemtarii came out of hiding, handing her the woman's staff as she seemed to had forgotten it. Odette took it, thanking him for his help. He immediately told her that he was amazed at her good heart and truly impressed by what she had done for her friend. It was a bit offending to know that he thought otherwise but she responded in kind, and the two reconciled with a handshake. He agreed not to speak of what was mentioned in the tunnel as well as her drunken state back when they had first met. She did appreciate it and would exchange a few more words before leaving towards the markets.
While at the markets, Odette made certain to pick out the freshest produce to share with her friend. Content to get a nice hefty bag-full, she started to make her way towards the Goblet but ended up smashing into a lamppost at a turn and she dropped everything while at the same time almost breaking her nose. Annoyed and disoriented, she quickly went about picking up all the fruit when suddenly another hand came into view. Looking up she recognized the man to be Varriz Relanah. He startled her and she fell back on her rear blushing, aware that he saw the entire incident. He chuckled, helping her out and inspecting any injuries she might have sustained. Noticing that the hit would leave a mark, he proposed to take her back to his shop where he had some healing balm which would help her. Although flustered, she gladly took him up on the offer. At the main square, he took to to his medium sized cart. She was truly amazed as she never got to see one up close and she was like a child set lose in a candy shop. Inside she inspected absolutely every single item, truly amazed and wanting to know everything about the origins of each of the trinkets. He sat her down before they got overly distracted and applied the balm to her forehead. Odette wanted to repay him but he refuse the money, instead wanting to have that walk with her which he had promised her a week prior. While a bit confused at the simple exchange, she did not mind and agreed; the two leaving the cart after she left her groceries there, not wanting to carry them around. He took her to the hill where the Coffin & Coffer we nestled into, wanting to present to her the gorgeous view from above. Despite the breathtaking view, it was clear that she had a much bigger interest in the man's wares back in his cart and he gladly guided her back to it where she proceeded to explore openly everything. As she would pick out something, he would tell her the story behind each item. Despite all the riches and luxurious, she was mostly attracted to the simple things like seashells which she had never seen in her life; it seemed to appeal to him. She inspected a kimono, as well as some shiny rocks, including dried leaves but what caught her eye the most was a musketoon which lay against a shelving unit. She inspected it, quickly remembering her lessons to learn to wield such a weapon. Varriz Relanah was quite surprised to see her adept at it and he did offer her the chance to polish up her skills, but only if she were willing to pay for the bullets. While tempting, she had another offer, wanting to buy the gun fully from the man. He was gladly willing to sell her the weapon and made her an offer, but she came up one gil short, and pleaded for a deal while laughing at how cliche it seemed. However, much to her surprise, he offered her a game and the winner could ask the other person anything. They had to describe two constellations each and the one to guess both, won. Odette did not inform him that she studied astromancy and so she won easily and as a prize, she requested her money back for the firearm. He was absolutely distraught at how shrewd she was.
Odette brought back the weapon to the company where she ran into Corvinoix Heinsrich, who immediately expressed interest in the wooden box she held. She opened it and presented him the weapon and he questioned her how come such a gentle and docile person had such a weapon. She explained to him that she was taught to use one when younger and that she managed to get it at a very good deal, free. He seemed genuinely interested in seeing her use it and he requested that she tests it. Seeing no harm in it, she loaded the cartridges in and prepped herself, until he commented that it felt nostalgic to him. Upon asking further, he explained that his mother too was a healer and thta her weapon of choice for self-defense was a gun. The conversation took a turn when he asked her if she would be willing to exchange their expertise, him teaching her melee combat, specializing as a dragoon, while she would teach him how to use a firearm. Odette saw no harm at all in teaching him but he warned her that on his side with the dragoon ways, she would be taught to kill an enemy without reservations for the best of the others. That notion did not sit well with her at all and she kindly rejected his offer; but she up-kept her side of wanting to teach him to use a gun. He commented that she was truly a light in the dark, her kind and soft nature always shinning through. She laughed and promised that despite not being an offence person, she'd make certain not to be a burden on the company, wanting to assist in any way possible. That was when he reminded her that she owed him a check up. Flustered that she had forgotten, she immediately offered to give him the check up immediately and he agreed. At the infirmary, she had him unclothe and that was when she was made aware of the sorry state of his body as it was littered in scars and burns. She checked him over carefully, using her magicks to make certain he was in good health but it was evident that his body was starting to feel the pressure and was worn out. She recommended him to take it easy, which he laughed at, stating she wasn't the only one to say so. Odette knew very well she wasn't the first to say so, and neither would she be the last. He got dressed and thanked her for her time, adding that he would try to take it easy.
The same evening, there was a meet-up at the Desert Carbuncle, a locale in the Goblet. Having nothing better to do she attended alone, but there she ran into Pishrero Junerero and then Ferroux Quilmont who joined much later. The trio stood by the bar as they engaged in conversation, the Lalafell and the man immediately touching base with business matters, but it seemed those got delayed due to usual business constraints. The Ishgardian then explained that is was his birthday a few days ago and that everything was going well on his side and he felt generous that evening, inviting his two friends to share a bottle of wine with him as he paid. The businessman refused the offer but Odette, not wanting to seem rude despite her weak head when it came to alcohol, accepted the offer with a smile. This pleased her friend and he immediately ordered an entire bottle for them to share while she prayed to the Fury for her safety and soberness. The two Elezen started drinking away and it was clear that Odette still had issues pacing herself as the men looked on at her with concern but she managed to keep it undercover quite well. Pishrero Junerero at some point left them to make some business connections and that was when the two Ishgardians spoke more openly. Odette told him of her newly acquired musketoon, explaining that it actually reminded of him since he worked for the Skysteel Manufactory. The notion made him really happy, but he then got curious and asked her if she actually knew how to use a firearm. She explained to him that she was taught to use it as a young girl as it was the only weapon with class that did not require brute force in her family's eyes. As the conversation kept going, she challenged her to a shooting, wanting to see who was the better shot between them as he deemed himself a specialist. She gladly took him up on the challenge, alcohol slowly starting to affect them both and making them much less shy and more charismatic. He said that he had a shooting range in the basement of his mansion back in Ishgard but that made her mood sadden as she reminded him that she could not really visit Ishgard whenever she wanted. That is when he came up with an idea to smuggle her in, literally. On a weekly basis, the Skysteel Manufactory got a shipment of parts from Eorzea and since he was such a workaholic working late hours, he was the only one who took care of opening the crates and ordering the ordered parts. If she were to sneak into one of the crates, or the ship itself, he would then be the one to get her out once she would arrive in Ishgard. The plan seemed perfect and she couldn't even express how happy she was to get such an offer and help from him, jumping up happily. He seemed just as happy and it also would provide him much needed company in his lonesome life. In exchange for his help and hospitality, she did offer him to stay over at her apartment anytime he needed or whenever he visited, however, she underlined that she could only offer him the couch as she was sharing the place with Vildola Fyth. He went red at the offer but he gladly took it up. A few more people appeared who talked to them but as the evening came to a close, Odette then asked him if he actually had time now for the challenge. He seemed just as hyped and said he had plenty of time so they decided to go test each others' skills immediately, leaving the Desert Carbuncle. He had hidden his gun in some bushes beside the house which made her laugh at how 'professional' it looked. They returned to her apartment in the Goblet where she quickly changed into something more comfortable and she fetched her revolver.
The two made their way to the high steps overlooking the Brimming Heart, from where they had the person view over the area as well as potential targets. They agree that the opponent would select the target for the shooter, and first one to get three points would win. She selected his target first and for the first two rounds, they got a perfect tie. Ferroux Quilmont then proposed that they could actually make some deal for the winner to make the game more interesting and she saw no harm in it, although she had no idea what potentially to even ask for. he quickly cancelled the entire prize thing, finding it silly. Odette immediately figured him out and said that if all he wanted was her company, he did not need to win a bet to get it, but simply ask her and he would receive. He was amazed at her divination skills, thinking that it had to be some astrologian magic to read minds. She just laughed it off and they continued their game, for the last round selecting much smaller targets. He was up first and much to his dismay, but her glee, he missed the target. Luck was on Odette's side as she hit a perfect bull's eye on the target he selected for her, making her the winner. In the heat of the moment, she threw herself on him with a hug. While he stiffened at first from his nerves, he swiftly returned it, thanking her for everything. Despite his loss, he felt like a winner as he had met her and gained her friendship, including getting a hug from her. His words were extremely flattering and she smiled, explaining that if he ever wanted a hug he only needed to ask, as it wasn't anything taboo or forbidden. Bashfully, he requested for one more. She immediately embraced him and he indulged in the hug, telling her how grateful and happy he was to meet her back at the Quicksand, and she reciprocated the feeling, truly glad to have met him. She added that deep down, she wished that she had met him sooner, even while she resided in Ishgard, as she was certain his friendship would have changed her path. He understood her perfectly, and he too had a similar impression, explaining that he spent six years alone ever since his parents passed and that his loneliness would not have existed if they had crossed paths. His eyes started to water and she immediately went about cleaning his face should the tears start to fall and she comforted him. She told him that she'd visit him as much as possible, not wanting him to be alone, and now that he found a way to get her into Ishgard undetected, she could do it much more often. Ferroux Quilmont then said that he did wish for more than to just spend time with her, which threw her for a loop. She did not know what else she could offer him apart from visiting him more often but he quickly clarified, confessing to her and asking her to be romantically involved with him. While it hit her hard, she definitely did not dislike the man. He was kind and gentle with her, and he clearly had his own hardships too, but he managed; just like her. It was evident that he cared and that he was desperate for affections; much like her too. She agreed. The two of them sobbed tears of joy and relief, noting that both were crybabies. She promised to try and tone down the crying, aware that if it kept on going they would never finish it. It was then that the two shared their first kiss, warm, tender and innocent. Both were knew to this but the feelings they shared were undeniable as they shared the embrace. He asked her after what they were to do after. Confused, she replied that they would just keep going and do things like normal couples did; going out, spending time together... He laughed, as he meant what they were to do that evening overall, not the dating part. She blushed embarrassed at the faux-pas and they returned to her apartment as he was anyway meant to spend the night there. Once back at the apartment, he expressed interest in meeting her flatmate Vildola Fyth but she was nowhere to be found. Odette explained to him her friend's situation, stating that the woman was also a foreigner but that she struggled with socializing and anxiety would hit her each time. She was lonely and had nowhere to go, thus, she took her in. Ferroux Quilmont immediately related with the unknown Viera, fully understanding how bad loneliness was. She explained to him that she would gladly introduce them to one another but that for the time being it was best not to force it, fearing her friend would just freak out anew as she remembered the incident from a few days prior. The couple sat together by the fire, talking into the late night until Odette started to slowly fall asleep over his shoulder. He noticed her passing out and debated whether to take her to her bedroom but he couldn't bring himself to it and the two of them drifted to sleep together on the couch.
The following evening there was a costume party at Raven's Heart to celebrate All Saints Wake, and so Odette invited Sini'to Shadar as well as Ferroux Quilmont. The priest came dressed as a grey pig which was definitely disturbing and even the Elezen man was left speechless when he met him. Odette dressed up as a very casual witch while Ferroux Quilmont, being in a rush and having not much of a selection, dressed up on the fancy side with a simple moogle hat to top it off. The three headed over to the company house and were immediately greeted by many people. Some even seemed to know already of the relationship which made Ferroux Quilmont embarrassed and he spent the entire evening at Odette's side. At some point there has been a contest to locate four stuffed toys; the lights went off and panic ensued. The Elezen was so excited and wanting to win that he was dragging Odette all over the place and they did very well together however the win went to another. They did receive consolation prizes consisting of a few cookies and a bottle of wine each. The evening came to an early end and everyone went their way while the couple decided to retreat back to Odette's apartment to try out the wine they had won. Ferroux Quilmont tended to the wine and as he got it open, they would talk on many different topics, among them him asking her of her hobbies as well as favourite things. Odette learned that he was to return to Ishgard the following day and it saddened her, however she understood very well that it was for work and that it could not be avoided. She did promise that she would visit him no matter what, despite the risks. He appreciated it but did explain that he was planning on changing positions, wanting something more mobile or closer to her but she insisted that he did as his heart desired, not wanting him to change anything only for her sake. With the wine and the great company, the two got more intimate. Both being new at it, it was either awkward but the wine helped there with that. Ferroux Quilmont got worked up as did Odette as the two got heated and would explore a bit more of each others' bodies, however, Odette remained sane and stopped it before it got too far, stating that it was a bit too soon and that she did not want to do it without the necessary precautions. He agreed and after a moment they did calm down from the moment of fervor, deciding to retreat to bed. As they undressed, Odette noticed the amount of scars covering his left torso and it worried her. He told her the tale of an explosion of a gas tank which almost killed him but instead left him the large scar. His line of work definitely did not seem to be the safest but since it was something he adored to do, she did not voice any further concerns and the two went to sleep.
Morning came and Ferroux Quilmont departed for Ishgard. Odette, left alone, definitely felt the loneliness hit her immediately and her motivation and mood just dropped. She did not want to go out or anything, struggling to manage without him after such amazing two days. That was when Varriz Relanah paid her a visit and to get her out, he took her to another All Saint’s Wake costume party. Despite not feeling up for it, she did go and dressed up the same way as at the previous party while he got dressed as a creepy doctor. The event was at the Goblet which was convenient and once inside they ran into Sini’to Shadar, dressed as a grey pig. Everyone was dumbfounded by this development and he definitely did everything to channel a pig in his costume, as far as making sound effects and pig noises. Varriz Relanah definitely questioned her choice of friends but both men did get along as they found common ground with the mercantile business. Simeon Sibaruse also happened to be at the event and he too began to question the people Odette attracted, but he did find it amusing. Everyone relaxed and mingled in peace, Odette definitely feeling much better and perked up in the presence of her friends when suddenly Valentin Vulaire made an appearance and immediately set his sights on her. Varriz Relanah immediately stepped in, taking up a protective posture, which I turn, made Valentin Vulaire believe that he was her partner and it triggered new talks. He would touch her and try to sweet-talk her, and then he asked her to join him on a trip. She was left shocked and started to ask questions, wanting the reasons for the trip and when it was meant to be; to which he replied immediately. Odette refused and told him they would talk tomorrow as she could not leave right now out of nowhere. He did not seem too pleased but he agreed and then took his leave. The encounter exhausted her but she managed to enjoy the event regardless, including witnessing Sini’to Shadar winning the costume contest.
Odette was woken up by a knock on her door at an obnoxious hour, rolling out still in her nightgown to rush to the door. As she opened it, it was Valentin Vulaire. While she knew they were to meet, she did not expect it to be even before sunrise. He invited himself in while she tried to wake up, quickly brushing through her hairs with her fingers to make herself look a bit more presentable. Wasting no time, she asked him what was going on yesterday, wanting to know why he needed to go to Ishgard immediately, and why with her. He then explained that it need not be Ishgard and that he simply desired to go away somewhere with her. The news shocked her and she found herself struggling to accept such an offer due to her current status. Seeing it as an amicable outing, she began to pack her things until he then told her it would be a date. She immediately stopped her packing and told him up front that she could not go with him as she was seeing someone. It was evident that he did not appreciate the news and even tried to coerce her into coming along with him regardless, trying to kiss her in the process but she refused him and he left her alone, leaving the apartment. Distraught and confused, feeling lonely, Odette remembered that Ferroux Quilmont had left her his linkpearl. Despite the early hours of the morning, she called him and caught him in the middle of work. He immediately took a break to be able to speak with her, clearly extremely happy to hear her. She refused to tell him of what had happened but she admitted to missing him and asked if she could actually try out his plan of smuggling her in. Surprised but definitely not against it he informed her that a shipment to Ishgard was due in a few hours and she agreed to be on it. They exchanged a few tenders words and Odette prepped for the journey. In Ul’dah at the airship landing she immediately was able to locate the airship bound for Ishgard and she hid herself in one of the crates without anyone noticing her. To keep herself occupied she had taken with herself a small book and nothing else, the crate much too tight to take anything else with herself. The journey wasn’t bad at all as most of it was relatively quiet but as the ship would approach Ishgard, the freezing cold was undeniable and she had forgotten to take her jacket with herself, especially when living in Thanalan. It got a bit warmer once it seemed the crates were finally deposited somewhere and she was able to discern voices and footsteps. She was sweating bullets, worried that someone other than Ferroux Quilmont would find her, which would definitely end her. To her relief, she then heard his voice called for her and she knocked on her crate to let him know where she was. He immediately got her out and the two shared an embrace, overjoyed to reunite even if they hadn’t seen each other for only two days. Seeing her shaking from the cold he immediately gave her his coat, taking her to the employee room where they shared a quick meal he had prepared for them. While eating, Odette gently told him of what had happened and it definitely did not sit well with him but he did not want to alarm her and so he kept his cool. Among the talks, he asked her why she couldn’t enter and leave Ishgard at ease. While she did not want to speak of it, especially to him, she understood that it was something which he deserved to know. Odette proceeded to explain her betrothal to another from another House and how she escaped. He did not expect such a tale, and while he understood her, he felt sorry for her family who missed her. She too understood his point of view but she wasn’t about to throw away her hard work for them nor her freedom. However, the matter did get him thinking, debating as far as even having her marry him so the family would be unable to wed her to another. The idea definitely was not a bad one but both of them agreed that it was much too early to even debate such things, leaving them flustered and embarrassed. Once they finished the meal, Ferroux Quilmont quickly cleaned up and they went for a walk in the city. He decided to take her towards the Brume, which she never had the occasion to explore thoroughly. During the walk they talked of many things, and their affections would merely strengthen each time, each one supporting the other. At the Forgotten Knight they shared some tea by the fire as more talks started, this time about family and the state of House Quilmont. Odette always reinforced that she did not care of his status and that she accepted him fully no matter what. While he knew the words were heartfelt, it still pained him that he could not give her what he wanted. Once finished, they then went back to his place.
The house was definitely rundown and struck with poverty, but it was clear to see that it used to be a grand mansion. Ferroux Quilmont was definitely ashamed of the fact but Odette was well aware of the reasons and did not blame him in the least. Quite the contrary, she found the place cozy. He gave her a tour of the entire place, her attention definitely on his small office where she asked him if he ever slept there. He nodded. Odette knew very well that he neglected himself and she did not approve, hoping to perhaps change that during her stay with him. She inspected his bookcase while he wrapped his arms around her waist, asking if she was into engineering books. Alas, chuckling, she replied that she was much more into poetry and romance novels but she proposed that she’d gladly read to him sometime in the evenings. He seemed to enjoy the idea and agreed. Next room was his workshop. It was a different world for her as she inspected all the machines and his contraptions, immediately complimenting him on his talents. Modestly he appreciated her words but he did not see it as talent. Odette quickly clarified and explained to him why she saw it as amazing, leaving him blushing and flattered. He too then proceeded to compliment her, learning that she was a talented piano player. After a long exchange, he proposed that they move back upstairs and have some wine, or sit on the couch. Unable to choose, she decided they have some wine by the fireplace. Amused he agreed and he went to fetch one of the best bottles of wine his father had kept, wanting to share it with her. Odette still struggled with drinking alcohol but she did not want it to be a problem when spending time with him, so she pushed her boundaries a bit. As they drank the wine and enjoyed each other’s company, she asked him about his parents, genuinely wanting to know more. While he seemed at peace with it all, it was clear that he still pained him at times. Odette gladly listened as he described his parents to her, adding that for certain they would have liked it. It definitely made her smile, the talk and the wine calming her down. As the evening carried on, they drank more and more and it relaxed both introverts to the point them beginning to make out fervently, shyness dimmed and other senses heightened. As they got more and more into it, Ferroux Quilmont proposed they move to the bedroom. She agreed and he took her there, where both of them froze up completely. The reality loomed over both and neither were capable to initiate anything. Odette took a deep breath, genuinely wanting this with him and refusing for her shyness to be the barrier from them consummating their relationship. Reaching deep for some much needed courage, she took the lead, having him sit at the edge of the beg and cradling herself over his lap. He was left speechless but seeing her take the lead, he too tried to push past his timid side. The two of them slowly relax as they would slowly shed pieces of clothing, revealing themselves more and more to each other, no barriers or secrets left. A most tender and intimate night followed as the two finally consummated their relationship, Odette having her very first experience with him, and she did not regret it one bit.
In the afterglow, Ferroux Quilmont, out of nowhere, asked her to move in with him. It left Odette speechless and he immediately thought that perhaps his words were too soon but she countered him in seconds, expressing her joy and fully willing to move in with him in a heartbeat. He was overjoyed to hear this and cried together with her in glee. However, this brought up an entire new conversation as Odette started to debate how she could return to Ishgard but still remain unfound by her family, but still be able to function freely around the city. While discussing the options, she came up with the brilliant idea to become a private tutor to other Houses, aiming to teach the children etiquette as well as everything necessary to be worthy Highborn to a noble house. Ferroux Quilmont was surprised but he definitely could see her succeeding, as she took went through such strict upbringing and she knew it through and through. But, it would expose her even more by becoming known around the Houses. It was still a smart move to be in plain sight and yet hidden. Odette felt excited about being able to find some form of employment in Ishgard to be able to assist with the finances, but she needed a new identity. She then asked him if she could use House Quilmont as her cover up. This shocked him, but he was flattered that she wanted to carry his family name. Then the debate on whom she would be within the household began, and jokingly he stated that she could be simply Odette Quilmont. The two of them got flustered immediately and they just panicked, understanding that he meant her posing as his wife. Odette was the first to calm down and decided that she would simply be a tutor from House Quilmont, offering her services to other Houses. Ferroux Quilmont agreed. He then asked her about her life back in Thanalan, about her apartment and also her allegiance towards her company. She explained that she would leave her keys to Malrinn Nures, allowing her to tend to her place, or simply give it away fully to Vildola Fyth as she did need a place to stay at. As for her loyalty towards Raven’s Heart, she had partaken in a meeting where Corvinoix Heinsrich had informed everyone that he was leaving them for a prolonged period of time, leaving the company in the hands of his second in command. No one appeared to trust the woman and Odette was there solely due to her agreement with Corvinoix Heinsrich, thus, she had nothing holding her there anymore. Ferroux Quilmont didn’t feel too comfortable with her abandoning her life in Thanalan but he was overjoyed to have her move in with him. It appeared that everything was settled and Odette had a lot to plan in the coming days to set it all in motion.