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Casa Belweldie, part 4 [26 Thory 4261]

Ysgwyd:“Anyway, you dragged me back here from
Daukrhame for dinner and asskissing, so let’s get on with
it, O my mother and stepmother.”

Me:“… kissing? …”

Ysgwyd:“Yeah. Mother, what were your
instructions, again? Make Hezimikkinen’s sibling feel
welcome and part of the family, since you’re a high-class
and very influential contact indeed? Oh, and we’re not
supposed to mention that we’re traff. But we are
supposed to futter zir if zie asks. We’re not high-class
whores, though, just whores who want to be in the upper

I am fairly sure that every strand of fur on each of her
mothers tied itself in four separate and impossible knots
when Ysgwyd said that. I rather wished that my scales could
tie themselves in knots, for that matter.

Everyone else started talking:

Ilottat:“Ah, Hispis, you have schliesslich,
finally, discovered that I am not my father’s first
Delframber:“O Zi Ri, I must … apologize for
… Ysgwyd’s parents. I do … not know them very well
… but … they raised a … very wonderful daughter … so
I must presume … they are not so dreadful.”

Hispis:“That is not what I said and
you know it. I do want you to be pleasant to the
honored Zi Ri, as to any guest. Nothing more!”

Thaura:“Sythyry, I must apologize for my
daughter’s behavior. What she is saying is entirely
without basis in fact, and due exactly to a bickerish
fight we have been having for some years now, from which she
wishes to ruin our reputation.”

I hardly knew what to say. Fortunately, Ilottat knew what
to say for me. He scooped me up and put me on his shoulder
and told Thaura, “I’m sure that’s entirely quite all right.”
While Thaura and I were trying to figure out what Ilottat
meant, he turned and walked out the parlor door, bringing me
and Ysgwyd. Ysgwyd grabbed Delframber by a tentacle and
dragged him along as well.

Me:“This is proving a memorable

Delframber:“I treasure … to my core …
even the more awkwards … memories of such times.”

I realized that I had just, more or less voluntarily, made
an alliance with a Khtsoyis against my banker. And, worse,
against my mother’s banker.

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