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Aug 05, 2020 9:09 PM
tiny leareth comes back and is very sad
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"Pretty sure it stuck." 

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"Okay. I've been keeping everything in boxes except the eggs and I can come back for them later -" She waves vaguely at an assistant and the assistant nods. "My stuff is at my mother's house." She shuffles out of the lab, mentally calling for Amshalan.

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:I'm so happy for you!: Amshalan sends, delighted. :I wasn't expecting him to head for Valdemar either, but, well, the north really is quite inconvenient - it's not like he could've gone through Iftel, he would've had to cut through Valdemar to get there anyway: 

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Savil hauls herself up onto Kellan's back, and they can ride ahead to Rana's house and get everything loaded out while Leareth's people who Gated Savil here catch up. 

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Belrun assembles all her boxes and leaves a note for her mother and is ready in about eight minutes.

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Which is around how long it takes for their ride to catch up, assisted by Savil sending Kellan back to give the two a lift. Leareth's people are trained in a particularly efficient concert Gates, making the five hundred mile distance a lot easier. 

And then they're in Haven. 

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Shavri meets them at the Gate, along with some Palace servants who can help carry boxes across so they can take down the Gate. "Guessing you'd like to see him right away?" she says. 

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"Yes please. Is he okay -"

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Shavri starts leading her at a brisk walk, switches to Mindspeech. :Mostly just exhausted, he was on the road for a week - sleeping rough, outside, he didn't have any money and I guess was reluctant to steal from the Hardornen locals, the area's pretty poor. He nearly gave himself pneumonia but we've nipped it in the bud, he'll be fine in a few days: 

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:Thank you:

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:I should, er, warn you, so you're not too startled, he's really young. I wasn't sure how his whole thing worked but I wasn't expecting this: 

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:...I don't actually know how young he usually is when he comes back:

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:Well, he says his, um, new body is thirteen, but he's very tiny even for that: Glance back. :I'm sorry, if I were in your position that'd probably feel pretty weird - but at least he's alive, right...: 

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:Yeah:

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And then they reach the House of Healing, and Shavri knocks on a door. "Leareth, Belrun's here, may we–"

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"Come in," a very young, slightly hoarse voice interrupts. When Shavri opens the door, Leareth - well, a very small-looking boy with a mop of curly dark hair, who is presumably Leareth - is scrambling to sit up. "Belrun, I am sorry...I came as fast as I could..." He smothers a cough into his sleeve. 

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She shuffles over to the side of the bed and sits and takes his hand. "It's all right. I was - expecting you to go north, I left a letter, but this was probably faster.

- do you know how long it's likely to - take to -"

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He squeezes her hand. "I have no idea, this has not exactly come up in the past. Possibly this exact situation has never happened before. ...I hope it is not too long, but - I think it helps just to see you. I - sort of had to believe that you were all right, to manage, but I was not sure." 

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"I coped. I went home to my mother and I had Amshalan. I knew you'd be back."

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"What happened? After I...died...?" 

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"Amshalan and I got away clean. Some of your people picked us up and brought us north. I wrote you a letter and went to Petras. I haven't been keeping up with diplomatic stuff here in detail."

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"It's been fine," Shavri says quickly. "Not much to report. Overall we agreed with your take that this occurrence looks very suspicious and also difficult for a human to pull off, and - any gods that would do something like that aren't very friendly to human welfare. That got people thinking a bit. But - nothing urgent that needs to be addressed. Leareth, you need to rest. Belrun, you look like you haven't been sleeping the best either. Should I get a cot brought in so you can stay near each other?" 

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"Yes please. I assume there's still room for Amshalan in the Companions' stables -"

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"Of course, there's generally plenty of room - just a moment..." Her eyes go unfocused. "Yes, someone's on it. If it was going to help a lot, we do have a room for Heralds here that fits a Companion, we didn't put him there initially because it's occupied, but the patient there is mostly recovered and we could free it up if having Amshalan nearby would help for you." 

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"You don't need to kick anyone out, I'll be all right."

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