Apr 07, 2020 9:44 PM
further adventures of belmarniss
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"Haven't got anything better to do. I guess you should feed me."

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"What, no hazard pay? You have to look the part, you don't have to get that deep into character."

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"Fine, toss me a thousand, but 's not really a lot of hazard. Know a guy who'll raise me."

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"You could get captured and sold into actual slavery, if it goes pear shaped enough."

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"If this is not an improvement on getting my guy to raise me it seems likely to be possible to turn into that."

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"...I mean, you'd probably manage eventually but it the struggle over whether you are permitted to thus ruin your purchaser's investment wouldn't be the most fun time you've ever had. I think I can navigate the situation but unless you have actual practice biting through your tongue as an emergency measure I wouldn't count out some nasty midgames altogether."

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"Are you trying to talk me into demanding more money? I will also take two thousand."

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"I don't actually have a strong opinion on how much money you should charge but I want us to be mutually clear on what you're charging it for!"

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"I do a lot of stupid shit for only moderately good reasons and I don't really have an endgame, now that Fazil and Mahdi are talking about retiring. Can't exactly settle down uptown with a girl, a housekeeper and a cook."

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"If you say so.

You ever think about settling down overseas, would that work?"

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"Dunno. I'd - I don't know for sure Abadar wouldn't pick my kids."

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"You could probably find a way to not have any. I can just see you married to a strix or something wacky like that."

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"Maybe? It feels like it'd be a bit of a sham but maybe I'd feel differently about it if I met the perfect strix."

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"Why would it be a sham? I mean, assuming for the sake of argument they have acceptable marital practices, I only met one briefly."

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"Like - you were talking about how part of what a marriage is, for you, is the buying thing, and it'd just be a bit sad to get married but only a little bit - I think I kinda feel that way about a marriage without my family's permission or any plans to have my own family - it'd be shaped so much by all the things it was dodging being that I don't know if it'd have the things I'd want."

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"Oh, I guess that makes sense. Leaves you kind of squished in the negative space."

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"Yeah. If I don't have kids for some good reason, that's one thing, if I end up defying my parents, that's one thing, but I don't like having it shaped that much from the get-go."

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"I will screen any strixes I meet so they're recommended for more than just laying eggs, then."

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"'s not the end of the world. I'll probably run ruins for a while, die eventually, meet someone after that."

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"Worse ways to end up."

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"So I hear. It's annoying, though, because I think I'd be quite a catch if not for - stuff."

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"You, what, no, good looking adventurers with mysterious pasts and senses of humor are a copper for the hundredweight. I pick six of them out of my porridge every morning."

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"Adventurers in your porridge? At an upscale place like this?"

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"They're an acquired taste. Fancy people like them. Me, I'll take raisins."

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"Fancy people have dreadful taste."

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