L'Apres-Sexe I [13 Thory 4261]
Anoof:"Well, you certainly look smug, Sythyry."
Me:"Oh, do I? That's probably a mistake."
Anoof:"I take it you had a good evening with Ilottat, then?"
Me:"Your hat suggestion worked wonders!"
Anoof:"And your frequent complaint of the last while? Are you still loverless and solitary and whiny?"
Me:"I really shouldn't answer that question, for I have been impressed with the considerable need for privacy, even secrecy. Was I that bad before?"
Anoof:"You will have to work harder on secrecy!"
Me:"I didn't tell you anything!"
Anoof:"You told me a great deal! The very word "before" tells many a story, just by itself."
Anoof:"Do not worry! I am the go-between."
Me:"Well, then, you have gone between very cogently and mightily! I will no longer complain about excessive virginity."
Anoof:"Tell me more!"
So I told him what I have already told you. He was impressed with Ilottat's choice of venue, though he did point out that Darraden's was probably getting pre-dawn spellcasts (using cley which would go to waste otherwise), not retail prices. Still, it must have cost some hundreds of lozens.
He was less impressed with Ilottat sending me home naked afterwards.
Me:"Oh, it's all right. He just didn't think quite that far ahead."
Anoof:"Or that far behind. Anyone paying enough attention to see who leaves the room, might be paying enough attention to see who goes into the room."
Me:"Do you think he's being watched?"
Anoof:"By Darraden's waitstaff and such, yes, at the very least. I doubt they'd do anything; I know for a fact they don't care who does what, and that they break seven bones of any staff who tries blackmail. More famous people than that have assignations there!"
Me:"It seemed well set up for assignations. Speaking as an assignatee."
Anoof:"Oh, it's usually for political or business assignations."
Me:"That end up in bed?"
Anoof:"The bed's usually in a closet on the third floor."
Me:"How do you know that?"
Anoof:"My sister's mate's cousin works there."
Me:"And of course you attend to everything your sister's mate's cousin says."
Anoof:"In this case I do! Havune vetoed her, or she might be a fiancee of mine."
Me:"I suppose I would pay attention in that case."
And so forth.