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The New Baron [19 Lage 4261]

Seeks-Balance came around this morning, where my true love
and I were sitting in the Lightly Scaled Refectory refecting
on confections. Well, poptaloops.

Seeks-Balance:“Sythyry, I do think I owe
you an apology or something for dragging you this nendrai

Me:“I would not be nearly so bold or so
quarrelsome as to disagree with you on this topic, Baron

Seeks-Balance:“Please don’t call me

Me:“Please continue your apology.”

Seeks-Balance:“I’m trying. You do realize that
I didn’t have much choice in the matter. Vae’s not very
easy to please with abstract promises.”

Me:“Your sense of when to please horrible enemy
monsters is quite acute. Perhaps your sense of when to
please your friends will catch up with it some day.”

Seeks-Balance:“It wasn’t about (Quiet,
Ilottat, please) this wasn’t about pleasing you. It was
about saving Vheshrame’s countryside.”

Me:“From a monster who was very threateningly
turned into a kitten curled up in your lap.”

Seeks-Balance:“That was only for a

Me:“And who was very threateningly begging you
for whatever crumbs of prime attention and prime toys you
could toss her. Well, this Zi Ri prime toy was quite
thoroughly tossed!”

Seeks-Balance:“You’ve enjoyed noble privelege
all your life. It’s high time you acted like it.”

Me:“Ah. You set me up against Gnarn’s newest
and mightiest creation because … (quiet, Ilottat, please)
… you thought I have been too heavily gifted by getting a
modest stipend from my ~mother~ and the social privelege to
cut in lines and get slightly acknowledged by the likes of
Prince Nestrune.”

Seeks-Balance:“You’re not fighting Vae.
You’re herding her.”

Me:“I am, on one wing, constantly presenting
myself to her as an easy target of her wrath. I am, on the
other wing, constantly presenting myself to every prime in
Vheshrame as the friend and ally of a true and awful

Seeks-Balance:“As the shield between Vheshrame
and Vaisessasilmin! As a hero and worthy noble! (Quiet,
Ilottat, please.) I know the Duke thinks of you that

Me:“And my half-sibling thinks of me as an
novice enchanter who really ought to be in school and not
facing nendrai. Zie’s right, too, y’know.”

Seeks-Balance:“You’ve barely had a dozen words
with Hezimikkinen in the last year, I know for a fact, and
you’d spent many’s the week trying to get into my pants.
(Quiet, Ilottat, please.) And didn’t annoy me much, despite
that I don’t do such things.”

Me:“And that’s just the other point. Everyone
thinks I’m all indecent and perverted ’cause I’m
traff. (Sorry, sweetie, I know, but it’s true and everyone
knows it.) Friendly with a nendrai
will turn that from ‘fairly questionable but zie’s noble’ to
‘wholly improper’.”

Seeks-Balance:“Well, that’s your own fault for
panting after every Orren who smiles at you, isn’t it?
(Quiet, Ilottat, please.) But you won’t be going to the
theatre and Darraden’s with her. You’ll just be

Me:“I’ll be giving her presents, in some view,
and she’ll be warbling her pleasure like a lover.”

Seeks-Balance:“Oh, that’s ridiculous. (Quiet,
Ilottat, please.) “

Me:“Your new title is certainly going to your
head! Do you know you just shushed a count’s son?”

Seeks-Balance:“It is not! And I did nothing of
the sort!”

Me:“Well, and you did exactly something of the
sort. Did she not, Ilottat?”

Ilottat:[inducing me to nuzzle into the half-circle of
his left arm] “Well, J’ai peur, I’m afraid you did,
Strenata. More often than Sythyry did, too.”
He smiled a

She half-shouted some very insincere apologies to both of
us, and cast that spell of hers, and flew out the window.
Ilottat gathered me in his arms.

Me:“Did I really shush you, Ilottat?”

Ilottat:“Well, yes. Je pardonne, I forgive
you, though, quite a lot.”

So I curled up in his arms and got forgiven at for a while.
Jarmiet carefully didn’t watch.

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