"…Oh." Not much in terms of a verbose answer but beneath the succinct filler was relief. There were things that stayed the same and what most comforted her was that it seemed her newfound favorite hobby was one of them. Cecilia wondered if she still coveted being catered to in stores. Did she still appreciate every crisp box and tissue paper carefully wrapping her new, precious things? The feel of clothes tailored exactly to fit and flatter, cloaking her in new fabric sewn with such care?
Wine swirled in the crystal glass, the woman sipped as she surveyed the living room once more. Curtains taken into account, every chair, the wood of the furniture, the new seeming things she couldn’t even begin to name, the knick knacks that at first glance she could tell were accented with real jewels although minimalist for her tastes. She was still prosperous, that much was painted throughout every nook and cranny of the room. Everything, every absurd idea was worth it.
"Is it a crime to drink my own wine in my own house now?" Looking up to Erik, framed photograph in her spare hand even her spotty look at his judgement was tainted with a smile. "My citizens are doing well." Not a question, a statement as she lazily sipped at the glass. That is until she saw him leave again which simply wouldn’t do despite her still unpleasant regard for the man.
Setting the picture down on the mantle, Cecilia followed him into the kitchen under the guise of peeking inside a pantry.
"Not at all, glad the wine I chose is to your tastes," he winked at her, "That they are…" he shrugged before disappearing into the kitchen. Her people were doing very well and probably would be doing so for another few years in not centuries.
Erik hummed to himself as he made another cup of coffee, briefly checking the cupboards for something edible. He could cook something, take his mind of stuff.
"Hmmmm," he bit his lip and regarded the contents of the fridge.
"Soup or pasta?" he mumbled to himself, figuring there was definitely enough of something to make a decent meal out of.