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A Very Strange Orren [18 Lage 4261]

Sorry I haven’t written in a while. The last three days of
Yylhauntra’s visit were very busy, and then classes got very
busy. In any case, my favorite great-grandparent has gone
off to Pshent, and my boyfriend has finished given his
lecture and been duly celebrated and relaxed
afterwards, and I’ve caught up on sleep even.

So Seeks-A-Peaceful-Solution and I went out riding this
afternoon, like

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<p style="border: 1px solid black; padding: 3px;"><strong>Originally published at <a href="http://sythyry.com/2005/05/403/">Sythyry</a>. Please leave any <a href="http://sythyry.com/2005/05/403/#comments">comments</a> there.</strong></p><h2>A Very Strange Orren [18 Lage 4261]</h2> <p> Sorry I haven&#8217;t written in a while. The last three days of<br /> Yylhauntra&#8217;s visit were very busy, and then classes got very<br /> busy. In any case, my favorite great-grandparent has gone<br /> off to Pshent, and my boyfriend has finished given his<br /> lecture <b>and</b> been duly celebrated and relaxed<br /> afterwards, and I&#8217;ve caught up on sleep even. </p> <p> So Seeks-A-Peaceful-Solution and I went out riding this<br /> afternoon, like <a<br /> href="http://www.world-tree-rpg.com/sythyry/art/lynx-SythyryStrenata-75dpi.gif">this</a>.<br /> We haven&#8217;t done this since we broke up, and it was good to<br /> have a chance to chat with her and such as that. </p> <p> As if by chance, we took the Cyarr Road out to Crosstown,<br /> where the Greystark crosses the Alamme. It&#8217;s a very nice<br /> little town, with a very nice and very strong little fort<br /> next to it. Something had agitated the fort, though; there<br /> were ivory birds flying this way and that all over<br /> Crosstown. </p> <p> As if by chance, Seeks-A-Peaceful-Solution recommended that<br /> we stop at The Tavern Beneath the Ballistas, a very pleasant<br /> country home sort of tavern. In summer (viz. now) the<br /> taverners set out tables in their rose garden. Four of the<br /> six of For Anastrense&#8217;s ballistas can be seen from the<br /> garden. Usually there is only one or two guards on the<br /> roof, reading or chatting or whatever, and nominally manning<br /> the ballistas. Today each ballista had two guards, with an<br /> officer of the guard poking them awake. </p> <p> Seeks-A-Peaceful-Solution and I were enjoying a large plate<br /> of small triangular sweet eel pastries, and Shadowfrog was<br /> enjoying a bushel of bruised apples sprinkled with leftover<br /> umbles. </p> <p> I&#8217;ve never seen a teleport spell in action. Most people<br /> don&#8217;t use them very often, for a number of practical<br /> reasons. This one appeared in the garden next to us: to the<br /> magic sense it looks like a terrible flower whose petals are<br /> long straight claws and long curved claws, opening. It was<br /> a pretty potent spell, too: Mutoc Locador with complexity at<br /> least 30, if my ~mother~ is getting any value out of her<br /> paying for my magic theory classes. </p> <p> And out steps this very unexceptional and nervous-looking<br /> Orren woman. </p> <p> I suppose that you don&#8217;t really need manners, if you&#8217;re good<br /> enough to cast strong teleport spells. She looked around,<br /> saw Seeks-A-Peaceful-Solution, and sort of trotted over to<br /> us without waiting for the maitre d&#8217;Tavern to seat her. </p> <p><b>Her:</b><i>&#8220;Hiio, um, Seeks-A-Peaceful-Solution. Is<br /> that Hezimikkinen? Or Yylhauntra?&#8221;</i></p> <p><b>Seeks-A-Peaceful-Solution:</b><i>&#8220;No. Sythyry, meet<br /> Vae; she&#8217;s a Very Strange Orren.&#8221;</i> She pretty much pronounced<br /> the capital letters. <i>&#8220;Vae, meet Sythyry, who is just a<br /> friend of mine. And Hezimikkinen&#8217;s half-sibling, by the<br /> way.&#8221;</i></p> <p> My clue about how strange: &#8220;Vae&#8221; means &#8220;Woe!&#8221; or &#8220;Alas!&#8221; in<br /> an old language. I know this because my boyfriend sometimes<br /> says it. </p> <p> My excuse: my boyfriend has a name like that, and he&#8217;s<br /> a very strange Orren too. </p> <p><b>Me:</b><i>&#8220;Hello, Vae! I&#8217;m very glad to meet<br /> you!&#8221;</i> I sort of spread my wings and hissed very nicely<br /> at her.</p> <p> She sort of hissed very nicely back. Most Orren won&#8217;t do<br /> that. She even had the right Zi Ri style accent. I grinned<br /> a lot. A slightly annoyed maitre d&#8217;Tavern brought her a menu<br /> and a plate of little biscuits sprinkled with dried shredded<br /> fish. </p> <p> I <b>have</b> been paying particular attention to Orren<br /> reactions to various forms of excitement and pleasure.<br /> Well, to Ilottat&#8217;s, at least. Speaking as an expert &#8212; or<br /> expert-wannabe &#8212; on this topic, I noted by the sudden quick<br /> breath and various other signs that my greeting (I presumed)<br /> had moved her to excitement and perhaps even a low degree of<br /> actual pleasure. </p> <p> Well, that was exceptional. Even Ilottat isn&#8217;t <b>that</b><br /> easy. I usually have to touch him or something. </p> <p><b>Me:</b><i>&#8220;I am truly glad to make your acquaintance,<br /> O Vae. If I may be so bold, perhaps we might take luncheon<br /> together sometime &#8230; perhaps at, say, Across Saga, in<br /> Vheshrame?&#8221;</i></p> <p> Vae flattened her ears and whiskers, and mumbled, &#8220;I don&#8217;t<br /> go to into Vheshrame.&#8221; </p> <p> Strenata jumped up and slapped the table. Speaking as an<br /> expert &#8212; or expert-wannabe &#8212; on this topic, I would say<br /> that she was enjoying a Wild Rush. &#8220;No-no-no-no-no!<br /> Not that kind of Very Strange Orren!&#8221; </p> <p><b>Me:</b><i>&#8220;Um &#8230; what?&#8221;</i></p> <p> Vae cast a very peculiar Mutoc Locador Illusidor Spiridor<br /> spell all around our table. Without speaking a word, which<br /> is a bit unusual but not that exceptional. A<br /> <b>very</b> strong one. A <b>very</b> complicated one. And<br /> obviously improvised on the spot. </p> <p> Maybe my famous grandparent could do that, and maybe not.<br /> I&#8217;m sure nobody in Vheshrame could. </p> <p> When Seeks-A-Peaceful-Solution said &#8220;Very Strange Orren&#8221;,<br /> she wasn&#8217;t being <b>nearly</b> emphatic enough. </p> <p> I had, it seems, just made a pass at a nendrai.</p> <p><script type="text/javascript">SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "", url: "" });</script></p>
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