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Jun 21, 2021 1:22 PM
volare AU where leareth comes back without a broken lifebond
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"Thank you." She opens it, trying not to get her hopes up.

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Dear Belrun,

I have thought about it more and I want to bring you north. I miss you and I have found myself desperately wishing that reuniting would be the correct move, which is at least evidence of what I want, and I also think your research is of great value and you will presumably be more effective if you are not suffering a broken lifebond. I do intend for both of us to be very, very careful, at least until we have more information on the various Powers at work here and Their goals; I want to relocate all of your research to the north, and plan on neither of us leaving the secure facilities there. 

If you do not have any counter-considerations that you think I should consider, I instructed the mage who brought you to Haven to stay there in order to Gate you directly back. 

Love,

Leareth

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:Amshalan we're going north:

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:- Oh! I didn't want to get my hopes up, but - gods - I'm so glad to hear that. Do you want to leave right now? I can say goodbye to everyone quickly, they knew I might head out on short notice: 

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:Yeah, right now, I didn't pack much to begin with:

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Savil is still watching her expectantly. "Good news...?" 

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"He wants me up north."

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"Oh! That's a relief to hear. Are you going now?" 

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"Right away, yeah, there should be one of his mages around somewhere?"

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"Just a moment, I'll ask Kellan– He's coming, he'll meet you out front of the building." 

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:I'm still saddled up, ready to go: 

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Belrun joins Amshalan and waits, shifting her weight from foot to foot in readiness to walk through a Gate that isn't there yet.

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The mage catches up at a run, looks around, and then just uses the doorway for a Gate. 

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And Leareth is running to meet her, not yet in sight but he's in Mindspeech range. :Belrun!: 

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And she's through the gate and it still hurts and that's very unfair that it would keep hurting even another second but she does not want to cry - :I'm here:

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He reaches her at a run. He's very small and looks very different and his head only comes up to her mid-chest. 

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Oh no.

She hugs him anyway.

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He hugs her tightly. :I missed you so much - I am so sorry...: 

Pause. 

:...I do not think I feel anything lifebond-related yet? I am not sure if I remember fully what it was like, but...: 

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:Nothing on this end either. As far as the lifebond's concerned you're still dead:

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:Oh no: 

He doesn't know what else to say so he just hugs her more. 

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She fails not to cry. Rubbing her sleeve over her eyes would require unhugging so his hair will get a little wet.

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"We should go sit down or something." Leareth sighs a little. It's very Leareth-like and also seems incredibly weird when he's a tiny preteen. 

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"Yeah, that's a good idea." She remembers her way around. They can go sit.

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Leareth sits and leans on her. His weight is so much less than before. 

"This seems very unfair that it is not working." 

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Nod nod.

"You're so small," she murmurs.

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