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[15 Chirreb 4261]

Me:“I don’t think it’s very free in Vheshrame,
or anywhere in Ketheria. Not for you, not for me, not for
Glikkonen or the Duke or anyone.”

Vae:“Why is that?”

Me:“I haven’t any quick words for it. Let me
bring you a book about it, when I find one.”

Vae:“Well, easy let the book be. It’s trouble
I’m having with learning to read.”

Me:“I’ll see what I can find.”

Vae:“Good right!”

Which, I think, avoided The Conversation, at least this

Me:“But there’s a specific example of
non-freedom around. You remember that you agreed to do some
extravagant act of public magic on Vheshrame’s

Vae:“I remember me that, and an attack of sorts
against your enemies! So you’ve decided what it’s to be,

Me:“We have … we’re going to make a huge
supply of very nice pastry breakfast boxes, and you’ll
teleport them to all the people in Oorah Thrassen Mene that
you can.”

Vae:[Turning back into her true and monstrous
self.] “What sort of attack is that?”

Me:“It’s not an attack.”

Vae:“It’s inordinately not an attack!”

Me:“It’s properly not an attack. We’re not at
war with Oorah Thrassen.”

Vae:“What is this Oorah Thrassen?”

Me:“Around the main trunk of the World Tree
over there, we built a wide sort of skybridge or balcony.
Oorah Thrassen is one of the cities along the balcony.
They’re not very big, but they’re exceedingly good at
magic. We declared war against ‘em a couple years ago, and
they won.”

Vae:“And now the need is on me to fight them
for you??”

Me:“Well, no. This is simply a display of
power — showing what sort of an ally we picked up,
is what it is.”

Vae:“Oh … is that an ordinary thing, among

Me:“No. I gather that the Duke is trying
unusual methods, after getting stung so hard. Also we’re
trying to make you look less scary to our own people.”

Vae:“The two of those at the same

Me:“It’s a brilliantly inspired and calculated
move. Or, perhaps, not.”

Vae:“Ridiculous will it make me look?”

Me:“… erk …”

Vae:“Ridiculous not will I look for the sake of
Vheshrame’s pride!”

Me:“No, that wouldn’t be a good idea, would

Vae:“Will you declare to me that it is more of
a mighty thing to do, and less of a silly one?”

I imagine that in a few weeks my Nendrai Ethology class will
get to the point of covering just what such declarations
mean, and just what they are committing their declarer to.
It sounded awfully serious to me.

Me:“Well … make the magic that did it
obvious, and it will impress anyone who thinks about

Vae:“How will we make sure they think of

Me:“Magically appearing things suggest

Vae:“Not but half-satisfied I am.”

So we argued a bit, and now I have to tell Strenata and the
Duke and whatever that we’re going do some special magical
supports or other for the pastry boxes. Special
presentation, it is.

I am so sick of nendrai.

But of course after that, I had to go to the first session
of Nendrai Ethology.

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