Dec 16, 2019 7:38 AM
ellie in heartless
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"I think I'm too reckless for suspicion, honestly. And I like you, anyways."

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"You like me," she repeats.

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"I like you!" she echoes, gleefully. "You're stubborn and clever and determined and a certain kind of vicious, and you're a wonderful student, and you're smart in a way the people I'm around rarely are. You seem like someone who can keep up with me."

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She laughs. "Thank you! I rather like being around delightful people!"

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Shade does not quite know what to do with this information.

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The Yew Queen doesn't seem to need a response, and just smiles fondly at Shade.

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"...I... would have thought you would have accumulated other 'delightful' people before now."

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"People don't tend to think I'm very delightful, oddly enough! And there's been someone here or there, over the centuries, but, well, people have a way of drifting apart."

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"Over such times, I suppose so."

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She nods, humming. "It's often a bit faster than that, but - I don't begrudge people for deciding they're happier elsewhere. This is a hard life."

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"Yet you still choose it."

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"It's one I enjoy."

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"...I suppose I'll see if I feel the same."

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"I'd be glad if you do."

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"So should we go back to the others now?"

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"If you wish."

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That gets her another slightly strange look.

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She just grins. "Do you so wish? I can whisk us back quite quickly, or we can practice flying on the way."

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"Very well." And she rises smoothly into the air.

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Flying back.

The Yew Queen is quite good at flying. Shade spends some time observing her form.

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She doesn't apparently need to look where she's going, either, and catches some of Shade's observance. It's actually hard to talk mid-flight, though, so she just stays silent for now.

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...Probably for the best.

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When they've slowed, and are landing nearby the loose encampment: "Do you like what you see?"

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