1st October, 2022
Osfjord International Airport, Norgsveldet
(Joint post with Luna/Cowlass)
The airport as always was in constant activity. Where people from around the world landed to see one of the most important cities of Concord, a city filled with life, wealth, diversity and power. Since Osfjord status was not just capital of Norgsveldet, it was the financial center of the NCEF and one of the most important cities for trade and influence in the entire North Concordian Ocean…
And Johanna Sverdrup could not be happier to leave it all behind.
Indeed for the ex-prime minister it now was just a memory of a political career she had spent 15 years being involved in. 9 years of which she spent doing back room deals, political maneuvering and series of political favors to gain the seat of the most powerful civilian office of the land. Only to spend last 6 keeping her divided party and government in check, dealing with one conflict or crisis after another, dealing with Franklin fucking Barvata and most annoying of all, the bane of her political career. His Majesty, King Olav I.
She simply let out a sigh as she was escorted by two security guards to her private jet. One she would be taking to Vakrestrender to live in her new mansion. She had originally planned for it just to be a vacation getaway but now was going to be her new home. If there is anything she is happy with, it is that her otherwise unwise decision to take a bribe, led her to at least gaining a large net worth and large mansion in one of the most picturesque places in the world.
Though that did not change the general attitude of people around her, at least the people who weren’t too afraid of her security guards to voice their distaste for her. Though a quick cold glare from her would be quick to make them quiet down. One she had years to master. Likely helped that the way she walked with her guards was less that of someone being escorted and more a captain taking charge.
Seeing her private jet in the distance she could let out a sigh of relief knowing she would soon be far away from her place of birth. Though that idea was interrupted by a yell of a familiar voice.
“Johanna!” A feminine voice yelled out behind her, making her turn around to see a shorter woman with similar white hair and blue eyes to herself. Very much looking like a younger version of Johanna.
“Eve?” She said quietly, a bit surprised, though a small warm smile formed on her lips. Though turning to a small frown as her security guards stepped in front of her and the younger woman. In which she was quick to place hand on their shoulders.
“Ma’am?” They said confused as they looked at her.
“Let me talk with my little sister in peace, please.” Both Johanna’s voice and eyes were cold as she stared into their eyes.
The security guards simply gave a nod at that, though one of them did slightly flinch from her look. Taking hold of her baggage they were quick to put it onboard into the jet. Allowing the two sisters to talk.
Johanna saw her little sister approach her with a wide smile while dragging a piece of baggage. She couldn’t help but have a genuine smile at seeing her little sister again. With Eve wearing her typical designer clothing from the latest fashion trend. The little sister was wearing a stylish white trench coat paired with a black skirt and a top with several stylish flower symbols coloured in light pink. Quite a heavy contrast to Johanna’s signature outfit. One which was in one end high class with its design, but one that gives a hint of militarism with its uniformity and coldness. One that Johanna had chosen because it reminded her of her days doing fencing in high school and college. In which she had also picked up hobbies for other martial arts.
“How is my favorite ex-prime minister?” Eve said in a teasing tone.
Johanna just rolled her eyes. “Nice to see you as well, Eve.” She said while ruffling Eve’s hair, much to the annoyance of the little sister.
“Hey, now stop that!” She said with a pout. “I’ve recently been to the hairdresser to have my hair stylised!”
Johanna just chuckled as she stopped messing with her little sister’s hair. “Sorry, sorry.” Though her apologies weren’t that sincere.
“Paid a lot of money on it too…” Eve mumbled as she continued to pout.
“Now did you come here to taunt me for my political fall, or did you come here to say goodbye?” Johanna asked, crossing her arms, a warm teasing smile on her lips.
“Neither actually.” Eve said, rolling her eyes before smiling wildly. “I’ve come to join you on your flight to Vakrestrender.”
This caused the older woman to stay silent for a moment before speaking up, though only to say. “What.”
“Yep!” Eve said excitedly with a wide smile on her face.
“Did you just… suddenly decide to take a vacation or something?” Johanna asked, confused.
“Nope! I recently got hired to be a fashion designer for Cirivel’s Designs! They gotten new headquarters in Vakrestrender so i’m being sent there.” Eve’s excitement was quite apparent with her not being available to stand still.
“Oh that’s amazing, Eve!” Johanna said, giving her little sister a quick hug. “Wait, how did you know I was even taking a private jet?”
Eve just rolled her eyes. “Oh please, you really think I’d thought you’d take a public plane where there be crying children after having been bribed with so much money that you’d be the wealthiest woman in our own home town?” She said with a small smirk on her face as she placed hand on her hip in which her black designer handbag was hanging from.
“You know, you might be right. But you should still shut up.” Johanna said, crossing her arms giving a non-threatening glare towards her little sister.
“Love you too.” Eve said with a shit eating smirk.
The older woman pushed her little sister forward. “Get on board then you fashion freak.” She said, earning a giggle from the younger Sverdrup.
Jørgen was waiting, while it wasn’t officially his duty to welcome important and of notable influence. It was somewhat of a tradition with his family to welcome them. He was out of touch with modern political news, well he actively avoided it like the plague. He wasn’t tutored in the art like his brothers were. He had some training with public appearances from his mother and some work with his royal duties before the attack but that was it.
He didn’t quite know why Johanna was removed from office or why Olav hated her, being the apolitical man he is. Though when he heard that she was moving to Vakrestrender after her work in Norgsveldet. He, of course, had to give a personal greeting and welcome them to his home of Vakrestrender. She was a notable enough person to warrant a Jarl’s personal welcome though not a parade or anything of the sort. Though saved for royals and heads of state, instead she just be given a personal welcoming and ride with the Jarl.
Vakrestrender of course, have banned personal use vehicles as such only a handful of people are ever allowed to have them. The good Jarl being one of them, though he rarely drove, often having his massive bodyguard Yuri drive for him. He had to special order a car just to fit on Vakrestrender roads and Yuri’s size in the driver’s seat. Though it never even flinched, money was just a number to him.
He waited patiently as Johanna’s private plane landed and the final disembarking took place. Taking a small sip of his coffee on the bench.
Johanna took a sip from her champagne glass letting out a sigh of relaxation.
“Isn’t it a bit too early to drink?” Eve asked, raising an eyebrow at her older sister. “It’s like 1pm.”
“We are going to an Akuan nation, sis.” Johanna said with a small smirk forming. “I’m simply preparing myself for their customs.”
In which the younger Sverdrup simply rolled her eyes at. Causing the older one to chuckle.
“It’s also just one glass, calm down.” Johanna said in a warm tone, causing Eve to let out a sigh of relief. “…for now.”
“What was that?” Eve raised an eyebrow at Johanna.
“Nothing.” The older sister said quickly as she finished her glass. “So you’ve gotten an apartment yet?”
“Actually I heard you got an house in Vakrestrender, so I thought I could live with you.” Eve said, smiling sweetly.
“Well, mansion not house.” Johanna said with a small smirk before replacing it with a warm smile. “I’d love to have you there.”
Eve’s eyes lit up in excitement. “A mansion!?” In which her older sister simply chuckled at and nodded her head. “Does it have like a big pool as well?”
“Yep, though I haven’t brought a swimsuit with me. So I won’t be using it that much.” Johanna said, shrugging her shoulders.
“Well you know what that means?” Eve said, smiling teasingly at Johanna. The older sister just raised an eyebrow at that.
“Shopping trip!” The little sister cheered, raising her arms in the air. Earning a sigh from Johanna.
“Fiiine.” The older sister said knowing how much her little sister loved going on shopping trips with her. “Though nothing too revealing!”
“Oh that was one time!” Eve whined as she crossed her arms. “And you looked good in it!”
Johanna simply sighed before letting out a small chuckle and poured herself another glass.
“D-Do you think we get to meet Jørgen?” Eve stuttered out nervously. Her older sister raised an eyebrow at her. Eve’s cheeks were flushed and she nervously played with her white hair that had been tied up into a ponytail.
Her older sister let out a sigh. “He is a jarl, dear.” Taking a sip from her glass. “He is likely a busy man, he has a lot on his shoulders. Plus do you really think a man like him would try to even get close to a politician who recently had a corruption scandal?”
Eve looked down at the floor. “Oh…”
“Why do you even want to meet him?”
Which made the little sister immediately look towards Johanna, her eyes wide in surprise and almost as if she was offended. “Are you serious?”
The older sister just looked confused at Eve, not sure why she was reacting in that way. “Um, yes?” She said not fully certain.
Eve took a heavy breath in, before a tsunami of words streamed out. “He is one of the most important people in the entire fashion industry, not just in Valkyr or Norgsveldet, but the entire Ulvrikian sphere! He had worn outfits so expensive they topple the GDP of entire nations! Extremely good fashion designer and artist! A single positive word on an outfit is enough to triple the market value of it! And-”
“You done?” Johanna asked, placing a hand over her little sister’s mouth, only uncovering once she got a weak nod from her.
“H-He also j-just very very c-cute.” Eve said, looking away, blushing deeply, in which her big sister couldn’t help but smile.
“I’ll see what I can do to get a meeting with him, can’t promise anything.” Johanna said, placing a hand on her little sister’s shoulder.
Eve smiled nervously at that. “T-Thanks.”
Jørgen saw two people step out of the private plane, he double checked his plane number to make sure he had the right plane. It is a busy airport after all. His large security team surrounding him was easy to notice even in the private section of the airport. Yuri gave a grunt, opening the door so he could exit the building and greet the two on the tarmac.
At distance Johanna looked familiar enough to Jørgen to recognize though he didn’t know who the person she was walking down the stairs with. The security team flood outside alongside Jørgen, forming a meat shield around him the the path between the two.
He clapped his hands, then out stretching them in a welcoming fashion towards the two. “Welcome to Vakrestrender, Sverdrup well. I hope you’re Sverdrup, otherwise this will be quite awkward!” He gives a hardy laugh, resting his arms at his side.
Johanna looked surprised at seeing Jørgen, simply giving him a respective bow. “Your highness, I did not expect to see you here.” She said smiling respectfully towards the slightly taller elf. “And yes we are both Sverdrups, I am one you likely heard too much about.” She let out a small chuckle before gesturing to Eve. “This is my little siste-”
Though the older sister was about to introduce her, Eve found it better to interrupt so she could introduce herself. “H-Hi! I’m Eve Sverdrup, I’m going to be a fashion d-designer at the Cirivel’s Designs h-headquarters here. I-I h-have s-some design ideas if you want to see them, Sir Bjø- I mean your highness.” She nervously stuttered as she fickle with her designer bag to find the designs she had for a new dress.
“Ah, don’t worry about it. I’m sure your designs will come across my desk at some point if your outfit is anything to go by.” He gives Eve a charming smile, he approaches the two and gives the traditional Akuan greeting of a kiss on the cheek. “May your new life here be enchanting and grand as your stewardship was of Norgsveldet.” He gives a smile to Johanna, offering to shake her hand.
Eve was smiling wildly and blushed deep from Jørgen’s compliment, seeing his charming cute smile and the kiss he gave. “T-T-Thanks!” She said in a daze, placing hand on the cheek Jørgen kissed in which Johanna couldn’t but slightly giggle at that.
The older woman raised an eyebrow at Jørgen, confused as to why he was talking so positively about her leadership. Though she internally shrugged it off that he might have been a fan of some of her policies. She gives his hand a firm handshake. “Thank you, I feel my new life has already started off grand and enchanting by getting to meet the handsome Jarl everyone has been talking about.” She said, a small smile on her lips.
“Ah everyone is talking about me? Well, I guess my PR department really does need a raise.” He warmly smiles, “While personal cars are banned here, I pull a few strings and give you two a ride to that mansion of yours. Afterall what are good neighbors for?” He got a curious look from Yuri after while he was giving him a warm welcome. Yuri being more in touch with political news than Jørgen ever was.
“Shall I lead us to the car?” His charming face never drops.
“Lead the way, your highness.” Johanna said giving Jørgen a respectful nod. While Eve was still in Cloud Nine.
“Well you heard them, Yuri.” He clapped his hands, “Lead the way.” He says with a charming smile, “So, why did you move to Vakrestrender you two? Eve, I remember you saying you got a job here correct?”
Eve stuttered a bit, having to drag herself down to reality. “Um, um yes. One of Norgsveldet biggest fashion brands, Cirivel’s Designs, recently opened a headquarters here. I-I’m going to be a fashion designer for it.” She said nervously trying to calm herself.
“Ah, I think that’s one of the companies my family owns or at least partly owns.” He gives a polite chuckle. “How about yourself Johanna?”
The older woman raised an eyebrow at the owning of companies, making her… more curious about the jarl. “Well, I just wanted to find a place to relax after this year’s politics. Far away from Norgsveldet, far away from Osfjord.” She said with a sigh. “Start a new life, finding people to spend time with.”
“Well you certainly find plenty of people to rub shoulders with here.” He gives a wink towards the older sister. “I’m hosting a small gathering at my castle if you two are interested.”
Eve almost jumped up in excitement. “Yes, we are!” She yelled out before looking towards Johanna. “Right?”
“Sure, I see no reason not to.” Her older sister said in a chuckle, in which immediately the younger one’s head was placed in the clouds once again. Johanna turned her attention to Jørgen, placing her hand gently on his shoulder. “Hopefully there will be many handsome people to rub shoulders with over there~” She gave Jørgen a small, almost seductive smile.
Jørgen’s face blush slightly, “Ah, um. Yes, there will be…” He said awkwardly, while not completely unused to being flirted with. It’s usually not with people he wanted to flirt with first. They trio made it to the armored car outside, Yuri opening the door, letting Jørgen enter in the car first before the other two.
As the two entered Eve found herself unfortunately sitting next to the window, while Johanna was between the elven jarl and her little sister. “So what could you tell us about yourself? You said your family might partially own the company Eve works at?” She said curiously.
“I thought the Bjørn Trust only had shares in Cirivel’s Designs?” Eve spoke up being a bit curious as well.
“In all honesty, I have lost track of what companies my family’s trust has in its portfolio.” He shrugs, “I just figured if it’s one of the larger fashion companies my family would have bought it or at least have shares in it.” The car moved, driving past the various high-end neighbors and commercial districts. Crowds of people waved at the Jarl’s car as it went past.
Johanna let out a chuckle. “Must be quite a large fund.” She said and looked out the window. “The people are lucky to have you as a jarl.”
Eve stuttered out a “y-yeah!” and nodded vigorously.
“I like to think, I’m lucky to be their jarl.” Trying to act somewhat humble. Flowers start being thrown at the car. “I thought I asked them to stop doing that…” He quietly mumbles to himself. It was a moderately annoying habit by his people that started happening last year after an incredibly successful movie in Vakrestrender that featured throwing flowers at people for good luck. Then his people decide to make it a literal thing, throwing flowers at each other and at him. He used his Pigeon account to ask them to stop but that only encouraged them further.
“Well, I guess we are extra lucky then to spend a moment with you.” Johanna smiled kindly as she looked at Jørgen, while Eve, too nervous and too shy to speak, popped her head up beside her older sister to make sure the jarl saw her nodding frantically in agreement.
“It is my family’s tradition of personally welcoming important people such as yourselves to their new lives here.” He turned his head towards Eve, “Is everything alright?” He asked in a concerned tone.
“Y-Y-Yes! E-Everything is okay!” Eve stuttered out and leaned back into her seat covering her blushing face with her hands. Earning a small cute giggle from Johanna.
He gave her a warm smile, “Is it alright if I pat your head? It has a habit of calming people down. Well at least that’s what I was told before.” He speaks in a reassuring tone.
“U-U-Um s-s-sure!” Eve placed her hands on her lap, her face being of deep red as she looked downwards, embarrassed to look at the Jarl, though trying to calm her breathing, leaning forward to allow Jørgen an easier ability to pat her. In which Johanna leaned back in her seat to help as well.
He leans forward, giving the younger Sverdrup sister a pat on the head and ruffles her hair a little bit. “Is that better?” He leans back into his seat, giving a charming smile. “Kemonomimi tend to find it quite soothing.” He places his hands back onto his lap.
Eve just gave a weak nod, still embarrassed but is more calm now, fickling a bit nervously with her skirt. Her older sister let out a warm almost motherly chuckle, as she as well ruffled a bit with Eve’s hair. Causing her to pout.
Jørgen gave a small laugh, “Well, I take that as a yes then.” He looks outside of his window again, the car nearing the residence of the sisters. He turns back to face them, “We should be having delightful weather all week.” He claps his hands, “Oh the party I almost forgot. It will be tonight at sunset, hosted at my castle of course.”
“We will be there, I will assure you of that.” Johanna said with a very slight flirtatious smile.
“It is a pleasure that you’re inviting us, sir, um your highness.” Eve said calmly her cheeks only a little bit pink, trying her best to not freak out about going to his castle.
“I think you can figure out the way to the castle.” He gave a smile as the car came to a stop in front of their mansion. Yuri opened the door for the sisters, the mansion having a clear and beautiful view of the giant castle of the Bjørn family.
Eve’s eyes widened in excitement to finally seeing the famous Bjørn castle, her eyes almost gleaming when seeing it. While Johanna’s eyes widen only slightly in surprise, never having done much research about the Bjørn Family beforehand. “Well it will be a pleasure seeing you there, handsome.” She said and gave Jørgen a peck on the cheek, having a small smirk on her lips.
Eve got off from her trance and gave a respectful bow to the Jarl. “S-See you l-later.” She stuttered out as she and her older sister left the car.
While he didn’t take the kiss as anything more than a Akuan greeting. Her calling him handsome was… Flirtatious to say the least. Usually he just gets called ‘cute’ rather than handsome by most people he has somewhat of an attraction for. It caused him to blush slightly, but he gave a respectful bow as they left. “I see you two at the party now.” He flashes them a charming smile as Yuri closes the car door.
As the sister pair watched his car in silence as it drove further and further away so far that they did not see it any longer, only then did one of them speak. Though it was less speaking, and more screeching.
“Aaah!” Eve yelled out excitedly jumping up and down covering her mouth as she was blushing. “By. The. Gods! We got to see the Jørgen Bjørn, the Jarl of Vakrestrender!! N-not only that but he picked us up and invited us to a big event tonight. And did you see how cute he was?? Like he is super cute right?” Eve looked up at her older sister just not avaible to keep herself quiet and constantly moved around. Which only caused Johanna to chuckle.
“Come now, let me show you where you will be sleeping.” The older sister said as she gently pushed her sister to the direction of their new home.