calescent: (i ~ power)
Kiribel Miar Swan Ardelay # "Kiri" ([personal profile] calescent) wrote2014-03-11 03:20 pm

travel

Jayce turns up some interesting information.

Kiri leaves him in charge of everything and takes Aleko with her. She's closer with Aleko, but Jayce has initiative that Aleko doesn't and is less averse to the idea of running Ardelay business in her absence. Aleko can also draw; he has sketches of the missing prince and can make more.

They cross Soche-Tas, in their own carriage but as part of a merchant convoy that knows the way.

On the far side of Soche-Tas is the little country of Thiyec. Thiyec usually has improbably good weather. People who are less wedded to the culture of Welce than most talk about retiring there.

Thiyec has been getting plenty of rain.

They break off from the convoy and start showing the missing prince's picture to people. People in Thiyec consider nudity no more a remarkable fashion decision than hat-wearing, and it's not a terribly comfortable trip - it doesn't help that only about forty percent of Thiyec's population speaks any Soechin, Kiri's the only one who ever learned Soechin, and nobody in their party knows a lick of Thiyecine.

But eventually, there is a knock on a particular door.
free_flowing: (⑥ I don't mind)

[personal profile] free_flowing 2014-03-11 10:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Someone opens it. His smile is friendly but puzzled. He says something, reasonably likely to be a polite greeting, in Thiyecine.

He is wearing a short kilt with a belt of twisted cloth - perfectly reasonable Thiyecine attire. And nothing else, also perfectly reasonable by Thiyecine standards. And, making allowances for the difference in age, he looks exactly like the missing prince.
free_flowing: (⑭ through real eyes)

[personal profile] free_flowing 2014-03-11 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
"...What," he says, in Welchin this time, "the fuck."
free_flowing: (③ every time)

[personal profile] free_flowing 2014-03-11 10:53 pm (UTC)(link)
"Kiri. Can I hug you? Is there some horrible emergency, are you here to tell me the king finally caught up to me and he's going to have me dragged back home in chains, can I hug you anyway?"
free_flowing: (② good idea)

[personal profile] free_flowing 2014-03-11 10:55 pm (UTC)(link)
He hugs her. He hugs her hard enough to lift her right off the ground. (Among other changes, he's gotten taller while he's been gone.) Emergencies notwithstanding, he is really happy to see her.
free_flowing: (Default)

[personal profile] free_flowing 2014-03-11 10:59 pm (UTC)(link)
He puts her down. And then hugs her again, minus the lifting. And thinks of something while he's at it.

"—It's Loel, by the way, I have a name I actually like these days, why Lalindar?"

(The name is Thiyecine, an old one fallen out of common usage, and it means something like - luck, chance, the unexpected. He is very fond of it. It is very him.)
free_flowing: (⑥ I don't mind)

[personal profile] free_flowing 2014-03-11 11:01 pm (UTC)(link)
"I have no idea how you - wait, yes I do," he says, because Lalindar, because it's been raining for weeks in central Thiyec.

Apparently he's the coru prime.

He wonders if he can breathe water.
Edited 2014-03-11 23:02 (UTC)
free_flowing: (⑤ what can you do)

[personal profile] free_flowing 2014-03-11 11:07 pm (UTC)(link)
"Can you convince me to go back to Welce?" he counters. She said the king doesn't know where he is; therefore the king is still alive, the relevant one, the one he crossed two countries to get away from. He does not think the odds are high that he will be going anywhere near the Marisi River until that is no longer true.
free_flowing: (⑬ all right stand clear)

[personal profile] free_flowing 2014-03-11 11:14 pm (UTC)(link)
"Tell you what," he says. "If it turns out I can breathe water, we can talk about me going back."

And if it turns out he can't, well, then someone else will be the new Lalindar prime and it's a good bet that person will be living in Welce. He considers that arguably a better outcome for him than going back to a country ruled by King Hector.
free_flowing: (⑫ little by little)

[personal profile] free_flowing 2014-03-11 11:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"I don't want to touch the Marisi," he says. He does not want a river in Welce to be special to him. If the water in Welce would spare him where Thiyecine water would kill him, all the more reason to try it in Thiyec.
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free_flowing: (⑩ sink deeper)

[personal profile] free_flowing 2014-03-11 11:27 pm (UTC)(link)
"Then I don't want fully functional powers, and if you want a coru prime in Welce, me killing myself is how you're going to get one," he says.
free_flowing: (⑪ who's to blame)

[personal profile] free_flowing 2014-03-11 11:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Loel sighs.

"Sorry," he says, and he is, sort of, but being sorry doesn't make it less true. He would rather die than go back.

Can he hug her again or has he put her off too badly?
free_flowing: (⑫ little by little)

[personal profile] free_flowing 2014-03-11 11:43 pm (UTC)(link)
He hugs her again when it looks like she wouldn't mind.

"Yeah, I bet," he sighs. He misses his little brother. It's just not worth going back. He's not sure anything would be worth going back. He definitely can't think of any such thing.

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