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It's been a fairly pleasant evening in the bar with her book, and Mary is trotting back to the greenhouse in the dark, the remnants of a milkshake moustache on her upper lip and her complete Shakespeare tucked under her arm.

She's hurrying, a little - it's cold - but only a little; the stars are reflecting off the lake, and it really is all awfully pretty.

Date: 2007-01-14 04:22 am (UTC)
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There are wolf tracks in the snow, out by the forest.

It really is a pity Mary cannot see them, not from where she stands.

Nor can she see where they turn to bootprints, abrupt and sudden and startling.

But she might catch sight of Galadan, moonlight glinting off the silver of dagger and sword at his hip as he stands almost directly between the girl and her destination.

Date: 2007-01-14 04:36 am (UTC)
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Galadan looks down at her, one corner of his mouth lifting slightly.

"You might be warier of being the first to throw accusations, Mary. Particularly when you were guilty of much the same, a bare moment ago."

He sounds faintly amused, which might be a good sign.

Date: 2007-01-14 04:57 am (UTC)
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"I had not been planning on it this evening."

Winter-grey eyes gleam in the dark.

"You are right, the lake is very lovely."

Date: 2007-01-14 05:04 am (UTC)
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"Exploration rarely has a destination, would you not agree?"

His smile is sardonic, now, and his teeth flash unexpectedly white.

"I had not yet been outside before today."

Date: 2007-01-14 05:14 am (UTC)
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"You are not one who comes by the front door?"

Galadan's eyebrow is faintly raised, and his focus on Mary now is very nearly total.

"How do you come here, then?"

Date: 2007-01-14 05:28 am (UTC)
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"And you are a very lucky child, I begin to suspect."

He is still smiling.

"Your door is inside the greenhouse, then? I confess I've not been there yet."

There is a half-beat of silence.

"Is it so often used?"

Date: 2007-01-14 05:40 am (UTC)
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Galadan's smile broadens to one that is genuinely amused.

"I have no interest in your world, little one. My own is more than enough trouble for me."

Date: 2007-01-14 06:05 am (UTC)
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"Evil people?"

Now both Galadan's eyebrows are up.

"Now what, I wonder, are you inclined to classify as evil?"

He studies her carefully as he speaks, a weighing sort of look.

"I have heard that such definitions differ greatly from place to place."

Date: 2007-01-14 06:19 am (UTC)
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"The Dark? Here?"

He goes still for a moment, almost as if he's sniffing the air.

It is--not an entirely accurate description, on the whole, but it will serve.

"And is there Light to oppose them, then, this Mr. Aphelise and the--the witch, I believe you said?"

Date: 2007-01-14 06:29 am (UTC)
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"Ah, Moiraine."

Galadan smiles, seeming genuinely pleased.

"I've already made that lady's acquaintance."

He studies Mary carefully, not quite frowning.

"You were bespelled, you say? And they gave you aid? Might you tell me the story behind this?"

Date: 2007-01-14 06:56 am (UTC)
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The look in Galadan's eyes is frankly speculative.

"They fixed you, this Will and--Merriman Lyon, did you say? Well, that must be a very useful sort of talent to have. And, as I said, you would appear to be quite lucky, in the long run."

He tilts his head a little, pausing for breath, perhaps.

"And this Witch? She is someone I ought to be wary of?"

Date: 2007-01-14 07:20 am (UTC)
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"No magic, and yet still she is dangerous? How, I begin to wonder, might that be the case?"

He is silent for a moment, weighing options.

"Though I also wonder how I should recognize her, so that she and I might not cross paths with me all unawares."

Date: 2007-01-14 07:42 am (UTC)
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"Ah. Clever. How could I forget."

And again his smile is more sardonic than amused.

But only just.

"And shall you put me in a room with other men, is there no way you might distinguish me from those others? For example."

Date: 2007-01-14 07:55 am (UTC)
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And now Galadan laughs--not a short, sharp bark of sound, either, but something infinitely richer and almost warm.

"You would seem to have an interesting way of looking at the world, Mary."

Another man might almost call it refreshing.

Date: 2007-01-18 03:18 am (UTC)
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"Would that more were like you."

He does mean that.

"Too often people slip to spinning tales that have little to do with what is real."

Date: 2007-01-18 03:27 am (UTC)
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"And what shall you do with that sort of people, then?"

He sounds honestly curious.

Date: 2007-01-18 04:05 am (UTC)
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Galadan smiles.

"We have, I believe, spoken of this before. Your points stands now much as it did then."

He appreciates her point, to be certain.

Then, as if it is a detail he had forgotten--

"Ah, I had meant to tell you, also, that I have made the acquaintance of at least one of those you mentioned to me. He is an interesting boy, to be sure, the young not-prince."

He takes a bare moment to study Mary and her reactions.

"Bran, was it?"

Date: 2007-01-18 04:32 am (UTC)
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"Is he? I would count you both lucky, then."

He smiles, just slightly.

"If you will permit me to use the term, of course. Bran seemed to have some objection to it."

Date: 2007-01-18 04:42 am (UTC)
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Galadan nods.

"It does seem an odd thing for a King's son to object to. Though he might, I suppose, have been one of the sort that feels all men should start life equal in station and worthy, without inherent advantages."

Beat.

"You did say, after all, that he had chosen not to be a prince, did you not?"

Date: 2007-01-18 04:49 am (UTC)
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Galadan's eyebrows go up, but only briefly.

"Raised a shepherd, but secretly a prince. It does sound much like a fairy story, you must admit."

He does not quite sound disbelieving.

Not quite.

This is in no way deliberate.

Date: 2007-01-18 05:16 am (UTC)
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One of Galadan's eyebrows goes up a little farther.

"And why would Merlin have an interest in Bran, I wonder?"

Not, of course, that Galadan can't guess.

Merlin was only ever interested in one man, after all. And it would explain, perhaps, why Bran is not in any of the stories that Galadan has heard.

Date: 2007-01-18 05:39 am (UTC)
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"Ah. That would explain it, right enough."

Galadan is, at this moment, regarding Mary very speculatively indeed.

"And should you mind showing me these books someday? I have quite an interest in collecting permutations of various stories. We do, you see, tell of Arthur in my own world. I don't think I had imagined the tale spreading so far as this, however."

Date: 2007-01-18 05:54 am (UTC)
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"I would, I believe, appreciate even the bad one."

One corner of his mouth curves in a smile.

He does like this child, if only for her usefulness as a font of information.

"Though if you might have the time to show me the others, even if you take them back with you again, I would appreciate that, as well."

Date: 2007-01-18 06:07 am (UTC)
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Galadan nods, glancing down at the book, as well.

"No, but his stories are entertaining, all the same. Perhaps you will share those with me sometime, as well."

He bows, then, stepping out of Mary's path.

"I should not keep you out in the snow much longer, Mary. But I do thank you for the offer of the books. I'll look forward to our next meeting."

Oh, he will. Very much so.

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