Oct 21, 2018 7:48 PM
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Emma and Ivan in Chronicle
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"It was a sneaker rescue, so I won't award myself full marks, but thank you."

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"Fine. I deduct 5 points for sneaking and award 10 for not being sent by my parents."

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Jann laughs. "Thank you, Princess, that's very generous."

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"I do my best."

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"If I were still in school I'd want it in writing so I could bring it back for extra credit, but I think my relatives will take my bare word on the subject."

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"What was school like?"

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"It was great! Learned all your standard knight stuff, made friends - only it was a pity my cousin couldn't go, he's under this curse that would make it very dangerous for him to even try. Wicked fairy."

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"That's awful. What does he do instead? Can he learn at home?"

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"Not knight stuff. Well, he can ride a horse. But he's very good at chess and he'll make a good duke-or-king-whatever-depending-on-crown-opinions."

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"Oh, one of the dukes is your cousin? I must have missed that. No wonder you think the relationship is cute."

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"Oh, yeah, my dad was the duke's brother, so my cousin'll be duke next."

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"Well, tell him good luck with the crown thing? It sounds like they have a shot, anyway."

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"I'll pass it on."

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"How's life after school? Is there, I don't know, a knightly letter that goes out with quests on it? I don't know much about knighting."

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"I bodyguard m'cousin occasionally - Milo, his name's Milo - and I'm qualified to rescue princesses from dragons while I'm in the neighborhood and if something else in Raxwell or possibly Ferdinandia came up I'd be the go-to."

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"I do appreciate the rescue, truly." The trail narrows and Emmalina focuses on picking her way rather more carefully before resuming the conversation. "Do you enjoy it, then? Being the go-to?"

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"It's all right. I didn't have anything else I wanted to do and I like knight stuff."

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That's not the most enthusiastic endorsement Emmalina's ever heard, but it's a fair step above her opinions on princessing, so she lets it pass. She considers asking if he's excited to meet his father, but drops the idea instantly; she doesn't want to talk about her father, it's hardly fair to interrogate him on his. Instead, she looks up at the sun, and winces. "We're not making the best of time... I'm sorry, I know it's really rather my fault."

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"It's all right. I might get to the entrance faster without you but then I'd only fumble around for a week looking for the water, mm?"

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"I'm sure you wouldn't take nearly that long. I mean... you said you had a map, didn't you?"

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"It's not a very good map. And I don't see very well in the dark."

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"Well, my advice for the dark patches is just to stay put, so I think it'll work out somehow."

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"Okay. I can stay put, that is one of my knightly skills."

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"I'm very impressed! What about sitting down, that one too?"

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"I can sit! On, or off, of horses!"

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