Jun 23, 2021 7:36 PM
All around the gloomy shadows of the failures gone before; while the leafless branches whispered, we should do no less, no more.
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"Scry is - what, fifth? And I can only cast up to fourth tier for cleric spells, sorry hun. We can stay in touch with him, if he's not too busy to keep trying."

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"Of course."

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...not great, but if it's the best she can do... "thank you, sir."

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"Anything else?"

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"No ma'am."

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"Good. All right. Raafi, if you're not too busy, show her around and I'll get started on setting that up - backyard's booked and warn her about the basement, too."

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"Yes ma'am. Oh, can we stash my font in your office while we're here? I don't want to lose track of it."

    "Sure." Katri gives him one last squeeze and gets up to go.

He shows her around; the top floor of the temple, where they're starting, has the classroom, plus an art room - currently in use by a pottery class - and a music room, stocked with instruments that she's welcome to ask for lessons in. The second floor, just below, is all bedrooms, in the style of an inn, and the ground floor has offices (including Katri's, which he stops at to stash the font behind the desk), the kitchens, a smaller cooking classroom, a dining room where a group of men with the same sprig-of-flowers pendants they saw earlier are just beginning to set out the lunch buffet, and the worship hall, decorated with an elaborate stained-glass pastoral scene. He shows her the doors to the back garden and the basement, too, explaining that the garden is usually available but it's in use by a private group right now. The basement gives him more of a pause: "-do droids go with humans, ah, romantically, at all?"

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"My line doesn't, sir."

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"All right. You probably won't be interested in the basement at all, then, it's - something like a workshop, for that sort of thing. If someone does invite you down - I recommend you don't go, and if they get pushy about it, tell one of the clerics, all right? It shouldn't happen but they'll want to know if it does."

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"Yes sir."

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He nods. "Katri or one of the other clerics won't mind showing you around later, if you're curious. Anyway, that's it for the temple - the nearest library isn't very close but there's a book shop a few blocks away, do you want to go see it? Or anything else, there's plenty of interesting things in the neighborhood."

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"If you'd like, sir."

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"Well I don't want to drag you along if you don't want to go. Would it help if I told you about it first?"

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"I don't know, sir?"

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"Let's go back to Kat's office and see if we can figure it out."

They do that.

"So, I guess... if you don't have opinions, what are you doing when I ask you that kind of thing?"

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"If it's obvious what you want I'll just do that, sir, or if I have a reason to want one of the things you're offering and don't have a reason not to. Otherwise I don't know."

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"All right, that's somewhere to start at least. Did you like the library? Or - this is about the cost, again, isn't it. Would you know the answer if it was free?"

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"Yes sir, I want to know more about this world."

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"That's good. But you don't like... people spending money on you, or something? I really don't mind."

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"I'm not meant to be an expense, sir."

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"...that makes sense. Does it change things if I tell you this is exactly the sort of thing I'm supposed to be spending my money on?"

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"Yes sir."

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"All right, good. It is, and with clerics that's usually the case - our whole lives are about our callings so you're not likely to catch us outside of them, even if it's not obvious how something's related. And I think - Kat and I both, and the other clerics of Lastai too, we're going to be pretty interested in doing things for you and helping you do things, your situation is exactly the kind of one we're supposed to help people out in."

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"Yes sir. But I'm- Do you know how to find out if someone is really a person, sir?"

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"Uh, I don't feel like there's much doubt about it at this point if that's what you mean? - is that what you mean?"

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