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Celia

 

"Yay, we're going!" I bounced up and sprinted for the cave entrance, skidding to a halt only long enough to call back, "No, but if you want to help anyway you won't have much time before you miss your chance!" Outside I began readying the horses with hyperactive fervor. Hey, I've been stuck in a cave all night, ok? It's not exactly fun waking up and picking millipedes out of your hair. Not that there actually were millipedes... it was pretty clean for a cave. Still, it's a cave! Right!?

 

 

Gerald

 

I really think I must be the most boring character to become involved in this little party. My son is a knife-fighter, already with two zaddok soldiers slain in the dirt behind him, and my daughter seems to be involved in some sort of complicated relationship with Brother Alric, not to mention that she is at the heart of what started this situation. Mentioning Brother Alric, I've learned that he is a powerful warrior and ressistance fighter who has been secretly sneaking mages out to Hayote.

 

Willaem and Jacob are Zaddok dissenters, a state of being which carries grave risk in and of itself. Allaphym appears to be some kind of sorceress, and a very attractive on at that. Kyrus and the Princess are most likely mages in their own right, not to mention having their entire lives ahead of them to discover their places in life. Celia, while probably not all that she claims to be, seems to at least have some skill with the crossbow and explosives.

 

Myself? I'm a copyist. Not only do I spend all my days bent over a sheet of paper, I never actually create any great work of my own on that paper. I simply copy the works of others. Neccesary, yes, but hardly exciting. *sigh* Sometimes, looking at all these energetic and interesting people, I wish for some heroic or dangerous deed of my own I can point to with pride. Perhaps that's just not meant to be.

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((aww. poor Gerald. Well, I'm sure we can find him some excitement. XD Copyists in the American Revolution sure had excitement. ;)))

Willaem chuckled and tousseled Jacob's hair before packing up his stuff, "Your normal color's back so why don't you start packing things up. You can wear one of the extra coat along with your normal cloak and jacket."

Jacob grunted but moved cooperatively nonetheless, "Anyone need help with theirs?" Never thought I'd say this... but I can't wait to get back to base.

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With Celia's reply of needing no help, Alric returned his thoughts to Allaphym. The perils ahead for the woman and her charge were many. Their odds of making it to the capital would be greatly increased if he were to offer assistance. Willaem was well capable of escorting Allisa and her family over the pass. It was clear she needed time to think things through. Perhaps he did as well. As much as he didn't want to leave her, he also wanted to escape her rejection. His heart weighed heavy and he was loathe to gaze at her like some sopping puppy. Nor was he about to dance on a string like a puppet. It was best to extricate himself for the time being. It was said, absence makes the heart, either grow fonder or wander. Time would answer either outcome.

 

"Allaphym, it has occurred to me that you might well do with an escort for the remainder of your journey. I am well acquainted with the capital and have many contacts between here and your destination. A supposed family of three traveling would draw much less suspicion, than a lone woman and her charge."

 

He could sense her strong mind and deep intelligence, yet probed anyway to gauge the extent and make his ability known to her. He cast his will at her, It is reasonable for me to travel with you and you could use the company.

A grin spread across his face. Was that laughter her heard from her?

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"I believe young Lord Kyrus made the same generous offer to escort us into the dragon's lair, and I appreciate it." Allaphym sensed his attempt to influence her and was amused at his suggestion that they disguise themselves as family.

 

"I'm surprised you didn't make full use of that magnetic persuasion of yours on the young maiden who has caught your eye...and that you are willing to part her company so soon, but the choice is yours." Her smile softened, "If it's any consolation, she'll be perfectly safe in Hayote, and I admit to one serious concern I have about our continued journey to the capitol. There are rumors of certain mages who are contributing to the hunt and execution of others with magic talent....the untalented are suseptible, and easy to influence, however, I worry about encountering another magicuser who might turn out to be an enemy. My abilities are not attuned to combat and aggression, just the opposite in fact, although I can drain a foe's will toward violence, and reduce it dramatically." She said the last in a very quiet tone for his ears only, unwilling to advertise her strengths and weakness too openly.

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Willaem gave the two a sideways look before speaking, "What is it you plan to do once there? I must have missed it..." he gave Alric a pointed eyebrow raise, "if you said in present company. I have... much experience there."

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Twerza's large golden eyes turned to Willaem, and her light high voice answered before her ward opened her mouth to speak. "We want to make friends with the Prince, so he will order Arashin Joszi to stop hurting magic users." She rubbed her tiny nose a bit as though trying to stifle a sneeze.

 

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Frohaver finally got up with the blanket wrapped around him as the frost began to form on the inside of the window, and dragging it behind him, stuffed another log into the round metal stove, getting the fire going again. Then he put a small kettle of water on the top, and draped in the blanket cape, he climbed back up into the bed, waiting for it to begin to simmer and steam.

In a while he would have some tea, lunch, and adeptly steam open the purloined letters to read the contents...after which he would reseal and prepare to return them all to their destinations so nothing would be missed. The frost melted, and shiny droplets slid slowly down the panes, leaving wavering streaks on the rustic green tinted glass.

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"What would be the point in charming a lady by unnatural means? It would totally disqualify the love. If I am to be loved in this life I prefer it to be pure and true, and I expect to give nothing less. I am a romantic at heart. If I am meant to be with Allisa, it will come in it's own due course."

 

When she admitted her fears to him, he nodded, whispering back. "Never fear, not even Willaem can best me with a sword. I will see you arrive at your destination."

 

He turned to search out Allisa. It would be wrong to leave without saying anything to her. She was with her father. Good he could let them both know. "Allisa, Gerald. I am going to have to leave you in Willaem's capable hands for the remainder of your journey. I will be escorting Allaphym to the capitol with Twerza. Traveling through the mountains safely is one thing but I fear for their lives once they reach civilization. I can't in good conscience allow them to go without protection. You should have no problem finding her house, the people are very helpful of new comers in Hayote. If all goes well I should see you in a few months time. Allisa, I would be grateful if you could keep an eye on Lord Kyrus. Now, I need to go see Celia about some horses... My lady, be well."

 

He bowed, tipping his hat to her, and turned to leave.

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Willaem shook his head in astonishment, "You're going to see the Prince? How do you even expect to speak with him? I've never heard your name in conjunction with the Courts and if you have hidden your name, it's for a reason that won't be looked over. The idea that nobility associates with no one outside of nobility and that no one goes out of their place until ample opportunity is driven into your mind from as early as you can try to listen to elders speak. The only way you're gonna get close and get him to listen is to have someone who knows their way around and knows all the protocol."

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Bellyndra had already had a busy morning. Checking on her parents, she had found them feeling better. She had also set up the sparing matches with Travist for day after tomorrow.

 

She still needed to set up a council meeting with the Elders and finish her lesson plans for tomorrow. With every day that went by there seemed to be more that needed to be done.

 

Pushing those thoughts out of her head, Bellyndra headed over to the Lucky J to have lunch with Travist. As she was opening the door she noticed Wafer across the street and waved hello to her. And Jax was on his way out the door as Bellyndra walked in.

 

"We've got some good specials today for lunch," Jax said to Bellyndra. "Enjoy your lunch."

 

"I will," Bellyndra said to Jax, "and you enjoy yours!"

 

Bellyndra walked over and sat next to Travist at a cozy table near the window. The warm noon sun shone through and warmed her.

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Allisa

 

"..." Should she have bade him farewell? She wasn't sure. It felt like he was leaving just because she didn't... and added on to that, the fact that he was leaving with such a gorgeous woman?

 

She scowled. There was little doubt for her what the only thing on Alric's mind was. She'd been foolish to think he saved her for any other reason. "Come, father, let us see if Willaem is ready to depart." She said, turning sharply away from the priest.

 

 

Celia

 

"Yay! It's Mr. Priest!" I bounced up and down excitedly as I saw him exiting the cave. Not that I was particularly happy to see him, but it meant we'd finally be on our way. "Everything's ready to go. Seven horses here mean some people are gonna have to share. I kinda assume Ally's gonna be riding with Twerza, but we need one more pair to ride double."

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Allaphym nodded at Willaem. "Yes, we will not only see the Prince, we intend to live with him. I know how to obtain employment, and in spite of protocol, no one sees more of royalty than their servants." She put her hands on Twerza's shoulders, "I have more concern about how much he might eventually see of us, royalty is notorius for abusing and taking unfair advantage of lesser classes."

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Willaem scowled, "The problem is whether he'll listen to you. Some things go farther than," he practically spat the word, "enchantments." Shaking his head, but still in a sour disposition, Willaem muttered, just barely audible, "You need someone who knows how to speak with nobility. Your enchantments will get you nowhere."

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As Alric left the cavern, the temperature change was dramatic. The remaining snow crunched underfoot. The wind whistling, with the promise of a frigid day, had his coat flapping and his hat ready to fly from his head. He strode briskly to the horses, his breath frosting the air. Celia had them nicely prepared and ready to go.

 

"Thank you, Celia. You have a way with the animals. I'll be needing, two of the horses to go with me. The dappled mare is still for Allisa."

 

It was likely to get colder yet, he thought. In his concern he pulled Allisa's mare aside, and reaching into his pack pulled out his blanket and added it to her pack, along with extra food. She would probably never know, but he did it all the same.

 

"Celia, perhaps you can ride with Willaem? Or the young Lord Kyrus? Thank you for all you've done to help." Pulling the horse he had used earlier, and another mare from the group, to the side, he headed to see if Allaphym was ready to leave.

 

She seemed to be giving Willaem a hard time. He smiled and decided a timely rescue was in order. "Willaem, the horses are ready and we should all get a move on. I trust you remember your way there?" In a hushed tone he added, "Please watch Allisa. See to it that she comes to no harm."

 

"Allaphym, are you ready to go?"

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Willaem nodded and grabbed Alric's arm, "Be careful. The fool woman has it in her head that she'll be able to use that stupid enchantment I know she has to sway the prince. It'll get you into trouble if you stay with her. Send a message if you need me or think she's going too quickly." Letting Alric's hand go, he stormed out to join Celia- not really a place he wanted to be either.

Jacob rose and watched his master go before whispering to Alric, "Have you ever caught his last name?"

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Jacob frowned, whispering intensely now, "No one knows it... back at base, all people know of him is his name and how he started in the Zaddock- He started younger than me but never went through training... and yet no one knows a last name or an origin."

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Celia

 

"Alric, you're not coming with us?" I could have stopped two words earlier, but somehow saying suggestive things seemed to have lost all appeal for the moment. Alric retreated to within the cave, and Willaem came out shortly. "Hey, I guess we'll be travelling together after all! Fate works in mysterious ways, huh?"

 

 

Allisa

 

Allisa and her family exited the cave to find Willaem and Celia with the horses. "Willaem... or Will, as Celia calls you?" She glanced at the mercenary, then smiled at Willaem. "Don't worry, you won't be alone." With her, the last two words of her sentence, were left unsaid but heavily implied.

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Willaem chuckled and smiled back, "Looks like we'll need to double up. Jacob and I are both comfortable leading doubled up... as well as taking back. What do you prefer?" He glanced back in the cave and frowned at Jacob talking to Alric so... almost secretively.

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Alric clapped the boy on the shoulder. "Is that all? Nobody knows my last name either, boy. Let's get a move on shall we." Still, his mind stored away the knowledge.

 

He followed the boy part way to the horses, then stood undecided for a moment. He should help Allaphym and Twerza, turning in their direction, he got but a few paces. What are you doing? You don't want to leave. He cursed, and spun back toward Allisa.

 

In several long strides he reached her. Steering her away from the others a few steps, he drank in her face. "Allisa, I don't want to go, I have to. There is no one else to do it. I meant every word I spoke to you in there. Either you believe me or you don't, but I'd take it kindly if you wait for me. The Zaddok's hell hounds couldn't keep me from coming back." With a nod, he turned and walked away, headed for Allaphym. How he had longed to kiss her, but knew she would probably have knocked him in the snow for trying.

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Allisa

 

"Oh, Alric..." She felt that he spoke from the heart, and regretted having thought so badly of him. It was just so hard to trust men after what had happened with Dredrick! She stepped forward and called after him, "Alric, Farewell! And good luck!"

 

Brock sidled up beside her and mumbled in her ear with a teasing grin, "So are you gonna wait for him?"

 

Allisa flushed, then adopted a serious tone. "I've no interest in men for the moment, so it seems it'll turn out that way regardless."

 

Brock shook his head. "Uh huh. I'm sure that's all."

 

 

Celia

 

"Ok, that's good." Let's see... which guy? I'm pretty sure the Zaddok kid'd just freak the heck out again if I teased him at all, which wouldn't be much fun. I guess that left Will, though he'd said something about going to the sea with his boys. Guys with kids... that was really too much of a serious situation for me. Seemed I couldn't have much fun with either. How boring! Still, perhaps I can mix up some trouble. "Jacob, why don't you let Allisa ride behind you? She seems to be the least experienced rider here, so I'm sure it'll be a great relief to her."

 

I glanced at her and she nodded. "That's true, though the mare Alric selected for me is very gentle."

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Jacob sent Celia a glare but spoke cooly, "Whatever's best..." he looked to the old man of the bunch, "Have you any experience, sir? Or do you need a lead? If your daughter is comfortable, then she doesn't really need one of us."

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He had walked but a few strides when her voice floated like a healing balm to his ears. "Alric, Farewell! And good luck!" The band that had clamped around his heart, at her earlier rejection, eased then snapped.

 

He turned back for a moment, "You too, Allisa, be well." Forcing himself to continue toward Allaphym. He felt if her looked at Allisa once more his resolve would falter.

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