mistressmaryquitecontrary: (exploringmary)
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Tomorrow Mary turns thirteen.

The cook is going to make a cake and she is to be let off lessons. Other than that she's not really sure what to make of this; despite the cold weather, she's sitting outside by her tree (now bare) in her garden, trying to decide.

Date: 2008-10-31 03:47 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (ironic)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"I had heard occasions such as this were meant to be more festive."

Galadan's voice is very dry, and pitched just loud enough to be heard from where Mary is sitting.

"Though I suppose I might assign more translations, if you wish."

Date: 2008-10-31 03:55 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (GIDEON WOLFE)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"You might consider it an anthropological study, seeing as I'm hardly human."

That dryness isn't going anywhere.

"But as to that, if I am forced to cancel lessons, I daresay I can hardly fail to note the occasion that requires such a great sacrifice on my part."

Date: 2008-10-31 04:07 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
One corner of Galadan's mouth twitches upward. Fractionally.

"I am of the andain. It is nothing at all like being human--or so evidence suggests. Though you have little basis for comparison at this juncture--fortunately for us both."

Date: 2008-10-31 04:16 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (small smile)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"Strange yet explicable."

His lip twitches again.

"Disheartening as that may be for you to hear."
Edited Date: 2008-10-31 04:16 am (UTC)

Date: 2008-10-31 04:20 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (small smile)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"Provided one allows for the definition of sensible to be infinitely variable--I'm quite sure I cannot disagree with your assertion."

Galadan's sense of humor may be less explicable than Mary, so far as that goes.

Date: 2008-10-31 04:25 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"When one is planning ten moves ahead, Mary, sensible tends to take on a different meaning."

Not that he expects her to understand this. Yet.

But one day--

Date: 2008-10-31 04:30 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"Then how, if I may be so bold, should you choose to differentiate them?"

This may or may not be intended to be a lesson. It hardly makes much of a difference, now does it?

Date: 2008-10-31 04:37 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"And recognizing that, of course, is yet another facet of strategy. You might take care to remember that, Mary. It's far too easy a factor to overlook."

Galadan speaks from experience, here.

Just don't try getting him to admit that.

Date: 2008-10-31 04:42 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (ironic)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
Galadan's eyebrow arches fair to hit his hairline.

"And do you truly imagine that there is a moment in which a man or woman is not looking to win something?"

Date: 2008-10-31 04:50 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"Do go on. I'm curious to hear at which point you believe such events might come to pass."

Date: 2008-10-31 04:57 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
Were Galadan another man he might ruffle Mary's hair. She is very young. He has never had cause to forget that.

"I may, I suppose, hope that such a belief serves you well. I find it doubtful, as your world is not so very different from my own."

Date: 2008-10-31 05:04 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"And do you suppose you shall ever have a guarantee that your--conversational partner, as it were--has no agenda of his or her own?"

Date: 2008-11-01 03:58 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"Perhaps not sinister agendas--that I'll grant you freely."

Is he still teasing? The arch of his eyebrows suggests he may well be.

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