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Aug 01, 2021 10:12 PM
Owls and Blues in Heritage
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"He didn't even tell his guards that he was -" she shakes her head, annoyed. "Someone might check on this place on account of the shrieking, then. Window?"

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"He did not. I was surprised and alarmed when I heard you--I have two sisters, and..." he shakes his head. "Window it is."

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"The prick," she sniffs. She opens the window, then a golden light flares at her back and she casually hops out. The princess floats in mid-air and offers him her hands.

"You are not actually relying on my upper body strength here," she asserts, "there's a safety glide built in for passengers, if I drop you, you'll gently float to the ground safely."

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"Good to know!" he says, and takes her hands.

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She gently pulls him out into the air. Part of his weight seems to be held aloft by magic, but clearly she's carrying some of it, because she grits her teeth and makes a very polite face that probably implies that he's a bit too heavy for her to easily lift. Luckily she doesn't have to do it for very long, because she gently lowers him (and then herself) safely to the ground.

"Gliding's actually pretty fun, just. Now's not really the time."

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"Later when we're less likely to be effectively pursued for murder," he agrees. "The village is this way," he adds, gesturing.

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"Yep." She goes the gestured direction! "Are either of your sisters approximately my size, so I could change into something less, uh. Princessly?"

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"Ah--Larassa's a bit shorter than you, but not too much, I don't think."

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"Ah, okay. That should be fine, then. And then we can sell my dress along the way, along with all of my jewelry. Or just dump it, I suppose, but that seems like a bit of a waste."

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"Yes--we won't have much time to pack our things but prioritizing things with sentimental value that can't be replaced and things that can be sold on the road seems sensible."

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She nods.

"And you're sure that the rest of your family will be all right with packing up and leaving immediately? I will definitely see to a place to put you all once we're in Kivenne, but."

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"--I really don't trust the guards he brought with him not to go after my family when they realize I'm the one who killed him."

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"Ah. Yes, fair enough. I will try very hard to make it up to them, and you."

Nice pleasant house somewhere, where none of them have to worry too much about money again; she's a princess, she can make that happen.

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"--Also my little sister has musical ambitions that would be much easier to achieve in a city."

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"I can arrange her a tutor if she'd like one," she says. "And a house in a city. I could do a bigger one in the country somewhere, but somewhere nice in a city's definitely possible."

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"A tutor would be amazing. She's very good for the amount of training she's had but it's not much."

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"What instrument does she play? Or is it singing?"

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She smiles and nods. "Yeah, I could find her a tutor for that."

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"She'll be so happy."

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"I want to make it a good idea to help me when I've been kidnapped by a creep! And also it sounds like it'd be a waste if I didn't arrange lessons for her."

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"Well, I think so, but I don't know what a princess's standards are. You'll have plenty of time to find out for yourself on the trip."

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"Even just liking it enough to want to do it for her whole life would probably be enough to make it worth it, really? I'm not a musician myself, but a lot of it's dedication, not just raw talent. If she has that I think she'll do fine, and if it's the first thing you bring up when a princess owes you a favor, I think she does."

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"She very much does. She practices as much as she can." His voice is full of fond fraternal pride.

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"Yep. Waste if I didn't. Lessons she shall have."

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