Oct 26, 2020 2:14 AM
Anders trains Cia and Ilska, not knowing what is to come
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Karl steps into Talia's line of sight and waves. "Hey, Talia."

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She twitches slightly, a little startled, but smiles up at him. "Good morning, Karl."

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"I had a favour to ask."

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"Well, we do appear to be the ones to come to for favours, by all means: ask away."

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"I want to propose to Anders, and then also marry him. At the same time. And your gardens I thought would be both the safest and nicest place to do that."

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"Oh. We'd be delighted to host your wedding! Of course you can use our garden!"

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Karl seems to tear up at that, and swipes at his eyes. The weird sense of 'relief' and also 'belonging' is near overwhelming. 

"Talia, I can't begin to tell you how much this means to me."

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"You guys are pretty much family. Never mind the bonds formed with Anders from surviving the Deep Roads together."

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"I won't lie to you, that is what I was banking on, should all else fail."

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"Well. You don't have to rely on it. Henri will be thoroughly eager to decorate the garden."

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"Redecorate? Looking that shabby, is it?"

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"No. My brother just likes an excuse to mess around with things."

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Karl laughs. “That sounds far too much like Anders. No wonder they get along.”

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"I'd worry about setting them loose on the world, but we kind of already have."

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"Thank goodness they've got us to keep them in line, hey?"

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"To try at least. They don't always listen to us."

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"Well, I can somewhat understand that. I don't like being told what to do any more than he does."

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"Does anyone, really?"

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"I think people like us feel it most strongly."

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"I'm not sure we'd have it any other way..."

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"Freedom is worth the cost." 

Karl laughs a little awkwardly. "Well, this conversation has gotten melancholy."

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"Ah the perils of talking with me. I'm afraid I have a tendency towards melancholy first thing on a morning."

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"No wonder you and Anders get along."

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"Like attracts like and all that. Care to come and look at the garden, or did you have other plans?"

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"Please. Then I at least know what I'm in for with Henri."

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