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Aug 05, 2020 8:35 PM
tiny leareth comes back and is very sad
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:Thanks. What's up? I'm surprised to see you here:

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:Well, I went home to my ma and I thought she’d be happier in Haven so I convinced her to move. She’s - not quite all there, but she can clean, there’s work for her here. I was thinking I’d take you up on the scholarship Leareth promised, maybe go study in Rethwellan, but...:

She looks down at her clasped hands. :But whatever just happened to you and Leareth is a really big deal. And - I think I want to help, if I can. If you’ll have me: Brief flicker of a smile. :I know I’m young, but I’m good at lots of things, I’m sure I could find somewhere to be useful:

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:I bet he'd be happy to hire you, though I don't know what he has open right now and he might not either because it takes him a while to get recombobulated:

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:Mmm. That must be really stressful for him!:

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:It is, yeah, on top of having to travel alone for a week with a broken lifebond before he got Heralds to pick him up and grab me for him and now it's still broken till he's older, so, like, don't assume whatever he does in the next month to threeish years is him at his best:

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:Gods! I’m so sorry - I didn’t realize... That’s awful. Three-ish years! Is that how long you think it’ll be until he’s old enough to get lifebonded again properly?:

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:It's probably the upper bound, we don't know exactly:

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:Well, I hope for both your sake that it ends up being less than that. Anyway. I’ m guessing there isn’t, but - if there’s anything I can do to help right now, let me know?: She scrunches up her face. :I’m not really at my best right now either. Being repudiated wasn’t as bad as I thought based on how horrified everyone is about it, but it’s still not great:

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:I bet, yeah. Uh, how much do you know about what happened after you left?:

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:Um, when I got back to Haven - that was only a couple weeks ago, I spent a while being useless at my ma's place and then helping her clean nobles' houses because at least it was distracting - anyway, Savil said there was a diplomatic team here from Leareth but that you'd left. I had a suspicion there was more. Then yesterday there was a commotion and I figured it was related, so I went and found Yfandes and asked her, and after a bit of convincing she was willing to just tell me. You and Leareth almost got murdered? Well, I guess Leareth did get murdered: A worried look at his sleeping form. :And you thought a god did it. That's honestly extremely terrifying! Although if it was the Star-Eyed Goddess I can't say I'm surprised, She seems very dubious: 

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:I think it might have been a team-up with Vkandis based on the location. Uh, also I have a Companion now:

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:What?: Dara stares at her. :Er, all right, I think I'm missing a lot here actually, maybe I should've asked Yfandes for more of the background. You seem like the last person who'd want a Companion! Even leaving aside the, um, problem, with Rolan, that I had...: 

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:So, yeah, I didn't want one, but - nobody was listening to me, they were all really freaked out about how, uh, listening to me had gotten you repudiated? And I was afraid if they didn't listen to me there'd be a war so I talked to Amshalan about it and she Chose me and it turns out Companions who are not Groveborn can stop having that problem by actually not having it instead of the way Rolan handled it:

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:Whoa! That...explains a lot, actually. How you managed to get the negotiations to work at all, it'd seemed so stuck and that wasn't all Rolan's fault: 

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:Yeah, it worked pretty well. And Amshalan is great and I was not exactly working with a zero mind control starting point at the time and also she got me away when the wyrsa murdered Leareth:

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:That part is definitely really good!: Dara winces. :It would've been so awful if you'd died too, he would've come back - like this - and without you even there to find...: Shudder. 

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:Yeah, I'm not immortal yet, it's complicated:

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A crooked smile. :Is he working on that for you?: 

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:Not at this moment. It was on the to-do list before but it is actually very complicated:

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Nod. :I guess that makes sense that it would be. Good luck, I guess: 

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:Thank you:

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Dara fidgets for a minute before standing up. :All right, I guess I can - send you a message via the diplomats, at some point, to check in if Leareth is hiring people in the future? I guess if he's not sure right now then maybe I should go to Rethwellan and learn something useful. I'm honestly really bored right now: 

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:That makes sense to me. Do you want a letter of recommendation to the school I went to when I was your age?:

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:Sure! That would be very kind of you. Could you leave it with Savil? I ought to head back and fix some supper for my ma:

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:Sure, I can do that:

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