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Alfie Solomons ([personal profile] devoutish) wrote in [community profile] wickedchouette2017-05-27 10:58 am

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[Peaky Blinders AU Alfie/Lady-Royce stuff goes here.]
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[personal profile] melborn 2017-05-27 03:00 pm (UTC)(link)
[ She's heard of the Solomons family. Of course she has, everybody in the city knows them, especially her family and all of the families her family knows. If you're lucky, you're with them. If you're even luckier still, you work for them.

Since she was a little girl, she's wanted to work for them. And while she's not allowed to be out on the streets with the rest of the boys, it doesn't mean she doesn't worm her way in. Her father nearly has a heart attack when he finds her in the bathroom, hacking off her long hair with a knife. She wears clothing not fit for young girls, and gets caught a few times pretending to be a boy to tag along. Despite how much trouble she gets in every time, it doesn't do much to deter her. Never made sense to her, the fact that she wasn't allowed to do the same sorts of things the boys did. Royce sticks to her guns, and as a result, doesn't have many friends. All she's got is her father, a man she's never gotten along with.

She grows up, and she scores a job in Camden Town (with her father's reference, because for as much grief as she gives him, she's good at what she does) when the boys go off to war. Once they come back, she refuses to let go of it. Either she continues to take care of the smuggling efforts, or nobody does, and she tells them that, stubborn, fists clenched. You can take care of bookkeeping, they tell her, and she protests, but. It's better than nothing. She gets damn good at her job, indispensable, makes sure nobody ever figures out what's going on behind the scenes in her branch. She doesn't get the credit, of course, but. It doesn't much matter to her.

She gets older. Learns how to blend in when she needs to. Men want nothing to do with her, and she's fine with that. She stays away from them (except for when they have something she wants). Her father dies during smuggling job gone wrong and she gets one of the Solomons boys themselves coming to tell her personally. It doesn't hurt very much, she finds. Royce moves on the second she's allowed to - and bit by bit, she claws her way to a moderately respectable position.

And then one day, they have her deliver something to Alfie Solomons' main bakery. At first, she protests - deliveries are for the bottom rung. But listen, Royce, we have nobody else, and you're not doing anything important, so it has to be you, they say, sitting around a table passing out cards. Royce fumes, but she can't say no. She knows how far she can push.

So she goes, papers in hand, expression cool and calm, despite how furious she is. ]
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[personal profile] melborn 2017-05-28 07:13 am (UTC)(link)
[ Royce watches him coolly, expression flat. She's pissed, but she can turn that into something terrifying if she needs to. She's weird, but she's not a pushover. Never has been. And while she won't hurt anybody here, it doesn't mean she's delicate. Violence is the answer sometimes, especially when men think they're going to push her down a rung. ]

No. I offered to bring it here since they were low on resources. [ She's not going to say she was sent on a delivery. It's mostly a proposal, something asking for more money for the operation they've got going. ] I have a meeting in town. Wasn't out of my way.

[ And she lies pretty damn well. Straight faced. She rests one hand on her waist, the other lifted so she can examine her fingernails. ] Should you have anything to send them in return, I'll make sure it gets to them safely.
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[personal profile] melborn 2017-05-30 02:18 am (UTC)(link)
[ Oh hey sup, Alfie. Royce isn't expecting to see him, but she doesn't outwardly react. Instead, she stands up a little straighter, and inclines her head in respect. She's in clothes fit for her position - a neat, decently expensive dress with shoes that look nice and also are good for running. ]

Royce Melborn. [ She offers a hand. ]
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[personal profile] melborn 2017-05-30 04:11 am (UTC)(link)
[ She shakes his hand firmly, no nonsense. ]

No, I offered to bring it along. I have other business to attend to, so if you don't have any questions, I'll be going. [ She doesn't much seem in awe or afraid of Alfie. Respectful, sure, but she's not falling all over herself, even if he is... well, the boss. ]
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[personal profile] melborn 2017-05-30 04:27 am (UTC)(link)
[ Oops. That flat look cracks a bit into something a bit annoyed. ]

Good, then I've completely wasted my time. [ She says, shortly. She takes the folder. ] I'll be sure to let them know your decision. Have a nice day, Mr. Solomons.

[ Ohhh, she is so pissed. She had things she was working on, important things, and she drove all the way here so that she could get a two second no. She's going to dock pay, she swears to god. ]
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[personal profile] melborn 2017-05-30 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
[ Ugh. ]

Joseph. Kessler. [ A pause, and then she scowls. ] I'll be truthful with you, Mr. Solomons. I was working on something important when Mr. Kessler insisted I bring this to you. I imagine he thought that not only was my work not vital to the branch, but that you may also be swayed because I'm a woman.

Both you and I know you're not a drooling moron, so that isn't the case.
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[personal profile] melborn 2017-05-30 04:48 am (UTC)(link)
[ That seems to mollify her a little. Her expression eases into something a little bit more like a smirk. ]

I'll tell him. [ She is absolutely looking forward to that. ] I'm sure he'll be thrilled to hear it.

[ A pause, and she tucks a loose strand of hair behind her ear. ] Is there anything else you'd like while I'm here? Long drive.

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[personal profile] melborn 2017-06-27 10:35 pm (UTC)(link)
[ A month or two passes.

It's hard to take as the truth for a while, but Royce finally figures out that Alfie really, actually is into Royce. She gets more comfortable, and eases into being together. It's a nice change. She's not nearly as lonely as before, and as the news gets out, she finds she's better treated by both Kessler and the rest of his men. Royce makes no mention of it, and doesn't even really take advantage of it. Yet.

After a week of Royce pestering Alfie about his baking skill, they finally decide that they can use the warehouse for a lesson. Royce thinks about asking him to her flat, but she's still not entirely sure what is too forward and what isn't. She lets him take the lead on it, and pretty much dances on the line of appropriate and not appropriate. She's getting bolder and bolder, which is why when she shows up in the afternoon at Alfie's office, she doesn't hesitate in heading to his desk to press a kiss to his cheek.

It's probably pretty lame that her heartbeat thuds like crazy when she does anything even remotely related to romance, but hey. At least she's excited. ]
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[personal profile] melborn 2017-06-28 08:24 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Alfie would probably not be at all surprised to know how much she likes the longer, lingering goodnight kisses. ]

Good. I like having you all to myself. [ Royce hums, brushing her dress down. ] Let's see how long the quiet lasts.
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[personal profile] melborn 2017-06-28 08:32 pm (UTC)(link)
[ She takes it! And she follows him along to wherever he's got everything set up. It's nice, after these few weeks; she's gotten used to casual touch from him in particular and doesn't jump at it anymore. ]
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[personal profile] melborn 2017-06-28 08:43 pm (UTC)(link)
[ She's completely oblivious to the little bit of showing off, which is probably a good thing since she's only just figured out how to not go pink every time he does anything like that. She gives little head nods to people as they walk.

And when Alfie speaks, Royce grins. ]


I'm ready to at the very least get flour everywhere. Be prepared to be finding baking dust all over you for the next few weeks.
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[ She laughs, letting go of him to go inspect what she's working with here. ]

Maybe several.
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[personal profile] melborn 2017-06-28 10:17 pm (UTC)(link)
[ She gives Alfie an eyebrow raise. ] Well in that case, I'll clean it myself.

And it looks like whatever this is has apples in it, so at least I know that much. [ Royce tells him, nudging him with her hip gently when he's close enough. She's not an accomplished cook by any means, but hey, she'll try. ] Alright, so what first? Mixing of... some sort, I imagine.

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