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A Conversation with Delframber [18 Thory 4262]

Delframber was kind enough to seek me out at lunch (at Quelldrie House) the next day.

Delframber:"They say ... you were looking for ... me on .. Morleyfuck Street."

Me:"Yes ... I didn't get a very kind reception."

Delframber:"No ... they say ... that they drove you off ... and that thus ... I must pay ... for their protection. ... Fortunately ... the fee ... was modest."

(For the curious: I'm transcribing Delframber's words correctly and the other Khtsoyis' without the breaths. This is because Delframber's choice of words is not very Khtsoyis.)

Me:"Protection against me?"

Delframber:"They see you ... as a sorcerer ... of the city guard. With a tame ... nendrai ... as backup. ... And the duke's ... left ear ... and the secret master's ... right ear. Visiting the ghetto ... on official business ... and of course ... official business ... is not well-loved ... in the ghetto. "

Me:"Secret master?"

Delframber:"Your half sibling ... Hezimik .. kinen"

Zemi isn't the Secret Master of Vheshrame. Zie's pretty important, but the Duke's really in charge.

Me:"That's a very strange way to see me.

Delframber:"How should ... my thuggish neighbors ... see you?"

Me:"Well, I see me as a small and unmenacing lizard surrounded by very large mammals."

Delframber:"And, maybe ... transaffectionate ... and thus exposed ... to assorted dangers?"

Me:"Definitely."

Delframber:"And ... from what I hear ... in the tug of war ... between the duke and .. Hezimik .. kinen ... you play ... the rope?"

Me:"What a horrid way to think about it."

Delframber:"An ... unenviable ... position ... though my streetmates ... might not ... find it so. "

Me:"And, oh, I'm more the nendrai's favorite toy than she's my backup. And certainly she's not allowed in the city."

Delframber:"Khtsoyis often ... have reason ... to leave the city. "

Me:"Vae mostly fights with Gormoror, I think. Or, rather, mostly Gormoror fight with Vae. She's not very aggressive exactly."

Delframber:"A fine point ... that may elude ... many thugs."

Me:"Anyways -- thanks so much for coming here. Would you like some lunch?""

Delframber:"I should be grateful ... of a few mouthfuls ... but I do not ... wish to impose ... if, indeed, it will be ... an imposition."

Me:"Jarmiet usually has plenty of food around; we would not let a guest go hungry!"

So we flew into the Lightly Scaled Refectory. Jarmiet didn't seem all that surprised -- oh, of course she's not, she let him in and it's lunchtime. She served beetle soup, and some nice seed bread from Floosh's bakery, and mixed pickles, and, because there was an extra person of substantial appetite eating, she made some cheese and herb pancakes for everyone but me. Everyone being Anoof and Dustweed, and Narngi after a while.

Delframber:(On the way in)"Is the topic you sought ... me for, a topic ... that can be discussed ... in company?"

Me:"Oh, absolutely. Just a minor favor I'd like to ask."

Delframber:"We have asked ... more substantial ... favors of you ... in the past."

Me:"This should take you much longer! But fewer cley. I'd like you to wear this cloak for a full day, without taking it off."

Delframber:"Is it safe?"

Me:"There's no magic on it now, I'm just using it for an enchantment. Later on it will be expensive and powerful."

Delframber:"It is delightful ... to watch a ... blooming enchanter .. at work."

Anoof:"More of a blooming idiot, some people say."

Me:"Mainly in matters of love..."

Anoof:"Which is to say, constantly..."

Me:"And mainly when I follow your advice."

Which reminded me of something for some reason...

Me:"Oh, Delframber? How is Ysgwyd doing?"

Delframber:"She is pregnant ... by her husband ... and generally happy. "

Me:"Generally?"

Delframber:"We have ... to move."

Me:"Oh, why?"

Delframber:"The Khtsoyis ghetto ... is not suitable ... for raising ... a young Orren ... or anyone ... who does not ... levitate ... or self-heal."

Anoof:"Where will you live?"

Delframber:"We are still ... seeking a place ... for a Khtsoyis ... and an Orren ... outside the ghetto."

Anoof:"That sounds rather hard."

Delframber:"Ilottat has ... offered to help ... even at ... a certain sacrifice. ... He may ... co-sign the lease ... with his wife ... and her ... adulterous lover. ... though not of course ... move in. ... A count's child ... is a better ... sort of rentor ... than I am."

Me:"That's very nice of him, indeed."

Delframber:"He is capable ... of surprising ... acts of decency ... considering what ... we are doing to him ... "

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