Oct 25, 2020 7:05 AM
Karl, Masque, Rae and Nova return to Kirkwall
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Ilska slinks after them, tense and uneasy.

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Once they're away from the others, Anders smiles comfortingly at them. "It's all right, there's no trouble. I just thought we should be alone for this."

Anders takes a breath. "Ilska, have you ever...affected something without touching it?"

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Ilska goes still, then shrugs. "-no?" She doesn't sound very certain.

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"Never made a flame burn brighter? Or sense someone in trouble without hearing them say it?"

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"-You knew what our- parents. Were going to do. To me."

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"I do. And I know exactly why you did what you did. Better to keep a mage safe than let someone cruel live."

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"No. Ilska. Ilska knew. Before they- she knew."

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Anders looks at Ilska, a little bit shocked. "Ilska, precognition is an incredibly rare skill, even amongst trained mages."

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Ilska jerks back slightly. "I- No, I'm- I'm not-"

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"Hey, hey, it's all right. It's okay, nothing is going to happen. You're still the same person you were."

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She shakes her head, because that isn't the problem-

"I'd know? Wouldn't I?"

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“Not always. Sometimes mages have to hide themselves so deep they forget what they are.”

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She closes in on herself, wrapping her arms around herself. "I-" She doesn't know what to do.

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“We’ll train you. Teach you to shape your power. You’ll not have to worry ever again that you’ll be taken away, or that Cia will.”

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"I-" She can't figure out what to say.

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Cia tucks emself against her side. "You'll be fine. We've got Anders. And Karl. And Rae and Blaise."

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“All of us will work together to keep you safe. You will never know the inside of a Circle, I swear.”

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That wasn't her concern, but she doesn't know how to say it. She leans, a little heavily on Cia, feeling like a puppet with all its strings cut.

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He joins in the hug, wrapping himself as tightly around them as he can. “I love you both. So much.”

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Both of them lean into him.

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"We love you too," Cia says.

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“You will forever be protected. You will never fear the Templars. I swear it.”

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Cia smiles, and pushes up onto eir tiptoes to kiss Anders cheek, regardless of the lines of blue energy. "We love you too, Justice."

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