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The Failings of Time

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11 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:25 am

"It doesn't matter," I frown, waving a hand dismissively. "There are thousands of people like us here. They weren't born here, they came here or they were brought here. Most of them don't speak the native tongue. You might even see people from Pallhagan within the Circles."

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12 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:27 am

"Wait-" I frown at that thought, "They'd have come willingly from Pallhagan, right? This hasn't reached there yet, has it?"

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13 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:36 am

"Yes, they would have been willing," I sigh as I look around the small town beyond the walls. "There are missionaries that travel to places like that, but they're no more sinister than the missionaries from any other faith."

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14 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:51 am

I nod vaguely as I look out the windows. Though it's much less crowded than Reach's End or Skycrest, it's more akin to them than the towns we've passed getting to this point. The streets are cleaner, and more people seem to meander through. 

"That's good, then." I say softly, his response putting my mind slightly more at ease as I shift uncomfortably in my seat. "I don't want to sound ungrateful or impatient, though, but uhm-" I clear my throat, "Will we be getting those our things soon?"

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15 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:03 am

"Ah," I frown slightly as I cast a side eyed glance at her. "About that... these are small towns out here on the outskirts. The Circles here are barely big enough to house a healer, much less anyone with any real power.

"So, we might need to go a little deeper into Chantry territory," I say, trying to sound as casual as I can. "Like... say, to the Capital... six days from here."

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16 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:13 am

"Six days!?" I practically yelp, just the thought of it threatening to close my throat as I nearly rise out of my seat anxiously.

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17 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:42 am

"Shh!" I hiss as I reach over to grab her arm, my touch stopping just shy of her as I glance out the opened window worriedly. Shaking my head at her, I bring my hand back to the steering wheel so I can roll the window back up.

"It's not that bad!" I say earnestly, as much to convince myself as her. "Six days is better than gods know when, or, heavens forbid, never. We just have to make it through for one week. Less than a week!"

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18 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:47 am

"Spirits," I whine as I look out the window, my hands gripping at the edge of the seat as I bounce. "It'll be over in a week!"

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19 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:55 am

"Perhaps we can get you something else for now?" I offer, knowing there isn't anything that will compare.

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20 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:58 am

"No," I respond a little harshly, sinking back into the chair as I rub at my forehead. "Just drive, I'll be fine."

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21 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:04 am

"On the upside," I shrug as I return my gaze to the road, our speed barely faster than the pedestrians surrounding us. "A lot of new witches who come here had... habits. Withdrawals will lend to our cover."

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22 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:06 am

"That's lucky," I laugh weakly, looking over at him as I nod. "It'll draw less attention tomorrow when I'm puking on the side of the road."

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23 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:16 am

"It really will," I say with a laugh as I glance at her sympathetically. "Honestly, it won't be at all out of place... one of the few bunk mates I had growing up was this nine year old girl who looked like death. I learned later that she'd been taking opiates since she was seven to try to stop the voices in her head. It took a Guardian finding her to finally stop them, and bring her in from the streets.

"It wasn't unusual to see people like her after that," I say lightly. "Something about witches and addiction go hand in hand."

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24 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:22 am

"I never used until I needed it," I remark, my eyes closing as my forehead rests against the cool window. "Hardly drank until after Bea was born and I realized I wasn't cut out to be a mother."

Sighing, I pick my head up just enough so I can draw in the fog on the window. "I can relate to wanting to drown things out, though. It wasn't long before I was doubling or tripling doses just to stop the dreams. Not that it worked for long."

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25 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:29 am

"I had a drinking problem for a long time," I admit quietly, my gloved fingers drumming absently on the steering wheel. "And an anger problem... the drinking really didn't help the anger issues..."

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26 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:38 pm

"It never does, does it?" I sigh softly, still staring out the window listlessly. "You come out the other end worse than you went in, if you come out at all." I add a bit thickly. 

"I spent a long time wishing they'd have just killed me, it'd have been the more merciful punishment."

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27 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:46 pm

"Life is pain," I offer with a lame shrug. "I wish I had better answers for you, but in all the decades I've lived, I've only found that things really don't get better. You just find new ways to adapt, new distractions and lies to tell yourself to keep going. And that's about all you can do - find more good things than bad to convince yourself it's all worth it.

"So far, you're off to a lousy start," I say with a teasing smile. "But you're in good company."

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28 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:52 pm

"You're lucky the urge to hit you pales compared to the fear of what might happen if I do." I retort as I glance his way with a slight smirk.

"So! Six days?" I continue with a heavy exhale, sitting up in my seat stiffly as I curl my legs back underneath me again. "Six days of driving? Or six days of stopping in little towns for proper food and leg stretching and... I don't know, not driving."

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29 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:56 pm

"We'll be doing the latter," I respond dryly as I glance at her, shaking my head. "Not for the sake of comfort, though. We need information if we're going to sneak into the Grand Circle. And you need to brush up on your skills because I'm certain they'll be needed if we're going to get out again."

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30 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:58 pm

"You want me to use my magic on people here?" I groan as I twist in my seat to face him. "That sounds like a really stupid plan."

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31 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:04 pm

"Not just the people here," I say as I raise an eyebrow at her. "I want you to use your magic on the most powerful witches and wizards and magicians in the entire kingdom. All at once."

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32 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:05 pm

"You think you're funny, you're not." I chide as I look at him seriously, the skin on the back of my neck feeling tight as I get a sick feeling in my gut. 

"You're serious."

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33 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:11 pm

"You have six days to prepare," I say as I set a serious gaze on her. "And, no pressure, but if you fail... you'll be forced into servitude, and I'll be killed."

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34 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:13 pm

"What..?" My chest deflates as I look at him dumbstruck, "What am I supposed to do?"

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35 Re: The Failings of Time on Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:16 pm

"You're a weaver," I frown. "You make people see things, or, more importantly, not see them. We need to get in and get out again without anyone remembering we were ever there."

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