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Jul 05, 2020 6:17 AM
leareth and maitimo 5 years after the events of no promise
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Leareth follows him in and shuts the door and then stands by it, smiling. 

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Vanyel works in silence for a minute or so and finally glances up. "Are you going to– All right, what? Are you going to explain that smirk?" 

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"I am not smirking!" Leareth leans against the wall. "I am going to tell you. I..." This is surprisingly hard to phrase! 

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Vanyel watches him patiently. "Yes, go on?" he says finally. 

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Leareth gives up on finding exactly the right phrasing. "Maitimo and I are - in a relationship now." 

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Vanyel jumps to his feet. "What? Really?" 

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Leareth laughs. "Yes, really - I know it is very surprising–"

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"That is such an understatement." Vanyel grins. "Also that's wonderful. Since when? Is that why you disappeared all day yesterday?" Pause. Vanyel is trying for a suspicious look but he can't stop smiling. "Come to think of it, is that why you've been distracted for weeks?" 

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"Maybe. I - guessed that he had feelings about me a few weeks ago. Then I was not sure what to do about it for quite a long time." He feels sort of silly about that now, the answer turned out to be quite obvious really. "Yesterday he sat me down and said I needed to tell someone what was on my mind, so I told him, and we talked about it, and then..." 

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Eyebrow waggle. 

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Leareth chuckles. "Anyway. You need to keep it a secret, all right? You know how Quendi feel about - this kind of relationship." 

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Sigh. "Yes. I do." 

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"I would understand if you wish to tell Stef, but you need to communicate to him that he absolutely cannot tell anyone." 

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"Maitimo would be furious if he did. Stef may be - very himself - but he does have self-preservation as an instinct. I think he can keep it to himself." 

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Leareth nods. And then smiles some more. 

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"Are you bouncing right now? You are." 

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"I am not." Leareth had in fact failed to notice that he was bouncing. He stops. The happiness needs somewhere to overflow to so it goes into grinning instead. 

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Vanyel isn't sure he's ever seen Leareth make that expression. It's adorable. It's very tempting to tease him about it but that risks making him feel self-conscious and then he'll stop

"...Gates?" 

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"All right, Gates." He can definitely focus. Certainly that's a thing he can do.

...For a while, anyway. 

They make some progress on it and then break for lunch and Leareth hunts around for Maitimo's mind. :I have caught up with Vanyel on our current projects; I could go to Vinyamar whenever is next a good moment for it: 

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Sounds good! Do you want me to go too?

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:I think I would appreciate that, if it is all right with you: Going up and starting that conversation with Findekáno on his own feels weirdly unapproachable. 

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Sure. I bet he'll have more to say if I'm not there but I can introduce you.

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:That makes sense: Leareth agrees that the conversation will be more informative if it's in private, it's just starting it that seems hard. 

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:Sure - in about ten minutes?: 

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