Nov 27, 2020 12:59 PM
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"Your baby?"

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Nod.

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"Fairy's?"

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Headshake. "From before."

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"Were you married, then, or - "

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Headshake. "Concubine. Didn't - didn't want to be. I was given to - I don't know where you're from, whether you've heard of Scandinavia there, but - it's the most powerful nation on the continent, they've taken over everything - their emperor has at least a dozen women at any given time, and he - so when I met the fairy I thought - I didn't know if it'd be worse but I had to - had to try something, right, for her sake if for no one else - "

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Nodnod. Hug.

 

"Is it? Worse?"

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She looks down and shakes her head.

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"Well, that's something."

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Nodnod. "Shouldn't be sad about it. It's better, really, it is, it's just - I'm an idiot, is all - "

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"Why's that?"

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"I thought he loved me. The fairy. I thought - he was so kind, sometimes, and I thought - but he doesn't. I'm a slave, really, and of course he wouldn't, I just - I thought - "

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"Oh, poor thing, lots of people are nice for a while. I guess maybe you wouldn't know, locked in some king's harem. It doesn't mean much."

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She sobs and nods.

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"Did he leave, or did he get mean?"

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"No, not that, no. I - he moved on. But I can't, I - belong to him."

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"Well. Only if you expect him to find you here. - do we expect anyone to find us here?"

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"Yes," he says quickly, and then a little quieter. "Yeah. Mahdi'll scry and if that doesn't work he'll ask some other people because he'll figure it was the cultists - I don't really think so, though -"

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Nod. "No reason they'd want just the two of us. And this one."

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"If we get rescued and you want to come back with us you can."

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"I - 

" - some of my children are still with their father, I couldn't leave. The fairy's going to help me get them back. - I think. He said he meant to. And there's a little one studying languages with the fairy's father, he wouldn't have anyone."

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Nod. 

"'m sorry. Just - don't let the cruelties of this life take your sights off the next one, right, someday it'll be okay -"

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Fervent nodding. Sniffle. "I hope so. 'm not sure I've been a very good Christian lately."

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"Going back, for your kids, that's Good."

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Nodnod. She snuggles her baby.

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