Dear Gentle Reader,
My name is Lady Appledown. You do not know me, and rest assured, you never shall. But be forewarned, Dear JET, I certainly know you.
The season’s Block Leader Changeover at Kencho House is a most highly sought-after invitation, indeed. For every darling Block Leader from Ogawa Village to Ina City will be on display.
As we all know, there is nothing more this author loves more than a scandal, and today’s soiree promises more than its fair share. I would caution any young Block Leader from getting caught up in the in-person nature of this fete. For a wayward brush of skis, or, heaven forbid, a shared oyaki would banish any young Block Leader from society in a trail of ruin.
Scandalous Hokushin West Block Leaders Replaced By Sensible JETs
Any young Block Leader of good and pure repute would know the appropriate number of dances to grant any one potential co-Block Leader. However, it seems that Miss Lexi Harrison decided to forgo her manners and danced a daring three times with the same co-BL at Lady Greenbear’s most recent ball on Sunday. Paying no mind to the more discerning members of the prefecture unsubtlely side-eyeing the audacious duo, they were about to embark on a fourth dance when one of Lady Greenbear’s footmen ushered them out of the ballroom. This author has it on good authority that after this most indecorous display no respectable house has extended any additional invitations to the Harrisons. Perhaps this explains why a carriage was seen hastily departing Harrison House for the countryside early this morning, packed with trunks.
There are some who believe that birds of a feather flock together, and this author counts herself among them. It should be no surprise, then, that Miss Brigitta Kaiser is enduring her own fall from grace. The young lady was seen speaking to the young Lord Azalea while simply standing outside of the modiste on Tuesday afternoon. Despite Lord Azalea’s best attempts to engage Miss Brigitta in pleasant conversation and a promenade, she expressed her disdain for the practice. If that were not ghastly enough, an outburst of laughter and, some suspect, a snort, were heard shortly thereafter. Such unseemly behaviour from a supposedly well-bred lady from a respectable family was nothing short of disgraceful; some would say it was outrageous. It should be no surprise to anyone, then, that the young miss has not been seen since, likely sent off to the countryside until the prefecture has forgotten her transgressions.
It is often said that those who become Block Leaders in haste must repent at leisure, a sentiment that is clearly shared by Miss Sarah Warso who has apparently waited not one, not two, but three months for a suitable co-Block Leader. Some believe she was showing admirable forethought in her deliberations, but I would venture a different conjecture, that she was waiting for pandemic border restrictions to ease.
It is therefore my great pleasure to announce the news others questioned but I never doubted: Miss Tracy Lavizzo has made her match, officially partnered with Miss Warso. While Miss Lavizzo is yet a greenhorn, she is certainly capable, a quality that will no doubt serve her well this season. Let us hope that her surrounding peers are of only the sharpest wit, lest their dry musings leave the young lady wilting like a parched nanohana.
Nanshin Narrowly Avoids Scandal, New Jewel Emerges in Ina
While much occurred at the block meeting, this author feels not all is fit to print. But if you thought we would reach the end of this journey without this trusted author finding a truly delectable apple slice of gossip, then you are sorely mistaken. Lord Elliot Fowlks has made his match and found his countess. The groom is undoubtedly giddy with anticipation over the upcoming nuptials… an event that will apparently take place sooner rather than later. Of course, there are only two reasons to procure a special license and race to the altar: love, or concealing a mysterious mushroom contract. It seems the Count and Countess of Coltroot shall be spending the rest of the season in the country, where the lord may continue his research on fruits and flora.
Dearest Reader, this author finds herself compelled to share the most curious of news. An even rarer character of only the most remarkable brilliance, fire, and lustre has been unearthed. Her name, unknown to most, yet soon known to all, is Viscountess Leila Nicholson. A new exhibit at Ina History Museum has opened where several attractions will be displayed… like the lovely Lady Nicholson, newly recovered from her mysterious illness and expected to finally join the season. As spotted pumpkins and poetry stir the passions and move the spirits, this author hopes they also inspire more newsworthy pursuits.
Toshin Triumphs, Saku Surprises
Of course, there is today’s royal announcement as well, the timely demise of a distant relative of the Ogawa family making the heir, Miss Satoe Ogawa, the new Queen of the Northern Alps. Her apprehension in taking the throne is understandable, of course, yet is anything more exhilarating than taking a gamble? For it is often the highest risk that carries the greatest reward. More details on her glorious coronation follow at the bottom of the page.
There will forever be just two words that come to this author’s mind the morning after any good party: “shock” and “delight”. Well, dear reader, the stunning accounts from Tuesday’s soiree at Saku AEON Mall are quite shocking and delightful indeed. Emerging, phoenix-like from the fallen petals of cherry blossoms, is one Miss Natalia Orshanskaya. The illustrious debutante was seen dancing not once, but twice with the season’s most secretive and most uncatchable candidate, Miss Amy Zau.
If Miss Orshanskaya’s triumph is to be the match of the season, perhaps the accomplishments of Miss Amy Zau must also be inspected. These days, the modern young lady must display a miscellany of talents in her quest for a co-Block Leader. She must be a witty presenter, an accomplished gourmet, and an expert in the art of the swoon. For managing to faint with nary a petticoat nor PowerPoint animation out of place is a most coveted talent indeed, a talent that Miss Zau indeed possesses.