Had she not been wearing a mask, Salacia's appreciation of Midnight's beautifully spoken elucidation, which was more like verse than prose, would have been obvious on her face. "The sea never slumbers," she pointed out amiably, "but she does look all the more lovely when reflected against the night skies." Which might or might not have been a comment on how well they looked together; her meaning was ambiguous.
As Midnight provided her with an explanation she had not thought of for her particular troubles, Salacia grinned inwardly, controlling her expression despite the masque. What a ninny she was not to have thought of such a deception! Why, it was far from foolproof, but it would certainly be enough to pull a blanket over the eyes of those she was not acquainted with. Oh, if only she had thought to speak another language when she entered… Ah well, that would be a trick for her next masque. Yes, already she was anticipating many such events in her future. Now that she was here at court, she thought she would never grow tired of all the different events and persons and places to explore!
''I will gladly offer myself as a temporary barrier should you wish to sneak a drink or a bite," the lady in blue said, again using as much German as she could manage. She was pleased to have a chance to practise, even if she knew that her vocabulary was limited. "Excuse me, but how would one express 'to sneak or 'to steal'' something in that context in German?" she asked in English, hoping he would not mind her question. The lady did not like to be a burden, but neither did she care to pass up a chance to improve her knowledge.
While Salacia was sorry to see the amiable Zephyrus and the quiet Iris leave, she was pleased to be dealing with one figure rather than a growing crowd. It was a bit overwhelming with so many masked faces and disguised voices flitting around!
When the German gentleman asked about her family, an invisible smile appeared. "We do not ourselves wrestle with the waves," she revealed in English, pleased that the reason behind her choice of theme was not immediately apparent. "Yet the sea is omnipresent in our lives. Indeed, the ever changing sights, sounds and smells would make a fitting crest, if only such a complex creature could be adequately captured in art." To Salacia, the sea was a living being, yet also teeming with other lives, the remains of some clinging even now to her gown.
"And you, my lord?" she inquired curiously, tipping her head. "Have you an especial love of the night, perhaps a fond memory from childhood or adulthood? Or perhaps you simply prefer the calm, replenishing blanket of the evening and the peace it brings?" She was uncertain as to why he had chosen his outfit and wondered what the answer might reveal about him...