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Annabelline Merry Swan | "Annie" ([personal profile] keep_busy) wrote2015-01-13 02:14 pm

virtuous gossip

Annie is sitting with Ice and Phix in the Belfry. (Phix has determined that neither she nor Max knows near enough about runecasting to hope to approach Aya's little problem in the next, like, year at least, but she's taking notes to deliver to Iobel, who has not yet abandoned so much hope yet cannot be at this meeting for queen reasons.)

"If you could just say more about the subjectivity of it, it might give me an idea of something new to ask the alethiometer," says Ice. "Obviously having it look directly at Aya is an option, if it just can't get enough information off the necklace, but ideally we'd exhaust the possibilities first."

"Or Prime would just give her what she wants," mutters Phix.

"Let's not be weird and pressure-y about that," says Ice. "Annie?"

"...Sorry," says Annie. "I just had a mental image of Aya holding a soul bird and the soul bird looking at Prime and wanting to be petted and him refusing to do it. I think I would sooner let the alethiometer look at me than give her another - thing to pine about. I should work just as well, shouldn't I?"

"You might," says Ice, "unless reciprocated necklace arrangements look different or are different forms of breakable than one-sided ones, in which case you might not."

"Poor hypothetical soul-bird," murmurs Phix, scribbling.
prodigal_miser: (o. Vernaia)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2015-01-13 10:26 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yeah," winces Vernaia. "That would be pretty awful."

Cypress pets her.
castmyown: (l. Quiet time)

[personal profile] castmyown 2015-01-13 10:28 pm (UTC)(link)
"... I'm pretty sure Prime's trying? I don't - he's weird. I don't quite get him."
Edited 2015-01-13 22:29 (UTC)
shesepankh: (Default)

[personal profile] shesepankh 2015-01-13 10:30 pm (UTC)(link)
"You've got a better shot at getting him than us. One hopes," says Phix, stretching a wing and then unhaving the set thereof. "Like, if being Aya right now were not staggeringly unpleasant we could be a lot more leisurely about getting her the hell fixed, that would be nice."
castmyown: (k. So much to do)

[personal profile] castmyown 2015-01-13 10:32 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yeah. It's - not like he's some weird freakish zombie version of me, or anything. But he's kind of hard for me to relate to because there's - he's really depressing."
prodigal_miser: (k. Not the way I'd planned)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2015-01-13 10:33 pm (UTC)(link)
"So, so depressing," sighs Cypress.
dark_light: (l ~ pensive)

[personal profile] dark_light 2015-01-13 10:33 pm (UTC)(link)
"Which would also be nice to fix but is even theoretically probably less amenable to magical breakage."
castmyown: (j. I'll consider it)

[personal profile] castmyown 2015-01-13 10:35 pm (UTC)(link)
"I don't suppose we can find a therapist to talk to him?"
prodigal_miser: (i. Paranoia is necessary for survival)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2015-01-13 10:35 pm (UTC)(link)
"He'd refuse. Because of course he would."
prodigal_miser: (g. Think about this more)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2015-01-13 10:39 pm (UTC)(link)
"... I'd say she's in a better position to read him, rather than being better at reading him," muses Cypress. "If I'm honest, I'm probably the one best to analyze him. Hooray for that."
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prodigal_miser: (l. Are you certain)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2015-01-13 10:45 pm (UTC)(link)
"Right, okay. Mmm. It's pretty obvious he's spent a very large amount of time being self sacrificing and - er, noble. And I believe that at some point he realized that he, personally, could not take any more self-inflicted punishment. So he's sort of. Doing whatever he likes, keeping people at arm's length, subtly lashing out, being really bitter about everything..."
castmyown: (i. Unexpected)

[personal profile] castmyown 2015-01-13 10:46 pm (UTC)(link)
"Don't forget the way he hates everything, I'm pretty sure he just secretly hates everyone now."
prodigal_miser: (g. Think about this more)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2015-01-13 10:46 pm (UTC)(link)
"Right. Yes. And he probably hates everyone now."
prodigal_miser: (h. Absolutely serious)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2015-01-13 10:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Cypress shakes his head.

"If he hated Aya I think he would have just dropped her then and there. So he doesn't."
prodigal_miser: (f. Forgive the confusion)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2015-01-13 10:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Cypress and Max look at each other.
castmyown: (j. I'll consider it)

[personal profile] castmyown 2015-01-13 10:51 pm (UTC)(link)




"Does he even know?"
prodigal_miser: (g. Think about this more)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2015-01-13 10:53 pm (UTC)(link)
"... Right, okay, step by step. If I hated everyone, was bitter and alone and hiding behind a wall of sarcasm, how would I feel if then met my wife?"
castmyown: (h. Might want to reconsider)

[personal profile] castmyown 2015-01-13 10:54 pm (UTC)(link)



At the same time, Max and Cypress say, "Ask myself, 'Why now?'"
prodigal_miser: (g. Think about this more)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2015-01-13 10:55 pm (UTC)(link)
"No, I mean - I would be pissed that I didn't meet her - four hundred years ago."
shesepankh: (g ~ quadrupedal)

[personal profile] shesepankh 2015-01-13 10:57 pm (UTC)(link)
"She's old but I think not that old," snorts Phix.
castmyown: (d. Did you come up with that yourself)

[personal profile] castmyown 2015-01-13 10:57 pm (UTC)(link)
"Not the point," snickers Max.

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