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Nov 17, 2019 2:16 AM
another azan au. now with bonus ziari for added disaster.
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"Naturally. I hope Azan kills you slowly."

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"I hope they don't kill you."

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"I do too."

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And that's about when some Azani soldiers notice them.

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Valan waves.

"Hey, over here! This guy probably killed his mother or something and I'm surrendering."

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It's probably too late to get up and run again, and he's not sure how far he'd make it anyway. It's also not a good idea to punch knife guy. 

Instead, he confines himself to saying, "I heard Azan offers refuge to runaway slaves." 

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"You heard right."

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"I'm a runaway slave. I'd like refuge, or sanctuary, or whatever word you want to use. What do I have to do?" 

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"Just come with us, we'll get you to someone who can get you set up. Is he with you?"

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He looks at Valan.

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Valan is a little too busy curling up small to come up with any response to that.

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Alright then.

"No, not really." 

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Then they can take the captive soldier and the refugee with them towards the capitol.

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The refugee is thinking about names.

Slaves don't have them. He used to have a name before he was a slave—his mind flinches away from remembering that time in any more detail—but he doesn't really feel like that person anymore. He thinks maybe that person died, at some point in the years since he last heard his name spoken. 

Maybe he needs a new name. 

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If they'll listen to him at all Valan will try to tell them the slave is a criminal, not someone born into it or taken in war, you can tell by the marks.

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They'll listen but they don't really get it. He's alive, isn't he? So whatever he did can't have been that bad.

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"...No, slavery's for the people execution would be too good for, the marks say he killed someone in his family - not the father - but you don't get a sentence like that just for murder, not even if it's your family, which means at best it was matricide and at worst it means he disemboweled a five-year-old or something. I'm being nice and assuming it's closer to the first thing than the second."

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...Wow, Sesat sucks.

"Hey, uh, what's-your-name, what did you do?"

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He flinches, looks over.

"I didn't do anything." Not that anyone's ever believed that before.

 

 

"And. Zaira." 

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"Fuckin' Sesati."

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He snorts. "You're telling me." 

 

...he sneaks a glance at knife guy. How's he taking this? 

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Thinking about the implications of all of this.

"...If Azan thinks slavery is better than death does that mean enslaving the soldiers is supposed to be mercy? For our sake?"

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"Well, we certainly don't do that," he says, pointing at Zaira's face. "And it isn't about you, it's about absorbing the civilian population. We need to make sure you can't reorganize and rebel before things have settled down, and death's a lot more permanent than slavery."

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"It's what?"

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"It's a couple years is what it is."

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