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Feb 03, 2023 8:19 AM
the children of hurin, but gayer
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...She notices she's being followed, by the end of her first day (when she's starting to realize she doesn't know how to do this 'camp' thing or this 'travel' thing what with having been never allowed to leave her mother's halls before).

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Well, that's what she's got this shiny knife for. She will hop up into a tree and wait for the pursuer to show themself.

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...Seems to be Sador. He's weirdly quiet on those crutches, actually. 

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Oh. She hops back down.

"What are you doing here?"

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He stops and leans on one crutch. "It isn't safe for you to travel alone like this," is all he says. 

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"D'you want to come with me?"

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Smile. "Yes. These old bones won't be much use in a fight - but I know these woods, and I can help you find your way."

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"Great! That'd be really helpful, thanks."

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Another smile. Then: "Come, child. Let's make camp."

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Hopefully Sador has a better idea of how to do this than Danallin.

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Significantly so! He can't really do much about it being cold and damp, nor about a fire being unwise, but he can find them a dry, sheltered nook, and he can make a small bed for Danallin, and he can identify which plants can be eaten raw and where the water is drinkable. 

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Hmmm yep this is going to be a lot better than traveling alone.

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He's slower at traveling than her, but, his knowledge is probably saving her time anyways.

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And... Does he know the way to Doriath?

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...As much as any Man does - but Doriath is veiled, and none may find it except by leave of its Queen.

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It's the best lead on Lalaith she has, so. That's where she's headed. She can deal with problems getting there as they arise.

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She's like her sister in that, then. 

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Really?

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Yes - Lalaith was always one to think on her feet, for better or for worse. 

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Mostly for the better, Danallin bets. Her sister is great.

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That gets her a chuckle - "She wasn't always wise as a child."

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"Do you have stories?"

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Many, actually - Lalaith was a gregarious, joyous child before the plague that stole her older brother, and even after that she seemed to crave adventure and people to talk to, stories of other times, and she grew attached to Sador - he suspects because he answered her questions. (It was safer to, in those days.)

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Danallin enjoys the stories a lot!!

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He has enough to stretch over quite a long journey, especially if Danallin doesn't mind repeats...

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