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1 Reluctant Passengers on Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:42 pm

The sun is still new to the sky as the jostling of the van stirs me awake, and for the first time since Skycrest, my body doesn't ache as I twist awkwardly in the front seat. Shifting to sit up, I can't help but groan at the comfortable way my limbs stretch before settling in to look out the window tiredly.

"Morning." I hum quietly, rubbing at my face as I look over to Lavellan.

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2 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:46 pm

"Morning," I respond, glancing at Ljuba hesitantly. I know my face looks haggard and worn from the long night, my only reprieve from driving coming when I'd stopped for gas and food as we passed through a town nearly two hours ago.

"How are you feeling?" I ask carefully.

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3 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:48 pm

"Hmm, better," I say through a yawn, my brow pinching as I consider it. "Wait," I frown, twisting to look over my shoulder at the two sleeping figures in the rear of the van. "Why do I feel better..? And when did I get up here..?"

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4 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:52 pm

"You don't remember?" I ask before sighing as I turn my attention to the road whose lines have long since begun to blur with the threat of exhaustion. "You had a seizure. The guardian had some moppy on her."

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5 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:03 am

I deflate at the news, sinking against the seat.

"I had a seizure..?" I ask, sighing as I look at Lavellan apologetically, "Was it bad?"

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6 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:24 pm

I can't help the way my gaze flickers over to the scarred flesh on her arm, my throat bobbing as I swallow heavily. Returning my eyes to the road, I shrug nonchalantly.

"You were nauseous and nearly fell out the back door when you opened it to be sick," I say blandly. "But I caught you, and you were fine..."

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7 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:07 pm

I follow his gaze as he talks, my eyes widening at the peculiar marking on my arm.

"What?" I breathe, reaching over to rub at it anxiously. "What is this?!"

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8 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:22 pm

"I don't know," I admit a little reluctantly, my eyes remaining fixed on the road. "I grabbed you, and you lived. I may have taken my blessings as I got them, and failed to ask questions beyond, is she still breathing?"

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9 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:48 pm

"I'm trying to piece this together," I shake my head as my hand drops from the scar, my nails dragging across my skin as I try to think.

"You grabbed me, but weren't you driving?" I frown, twisting in the seat to face him better, "They're not sleeping back there, are they?"

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10 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:52 pm

"Define sleeping," I say flatly.

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11 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:58 pm

"Of their own volition?" I grind out, my jaw set tensely as I wait for an answer.

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12 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:11 pm

I remain quiet for a moment as I consider that qualifier. "Well," I start slowly. "I imagine it would be if they knew the other option."

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13 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:20 pm

"Shit," I hiss, "So what are we doing? Just dropping them in the next town?"

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14 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:29 pm

"Where they'll report us to the first authority figure they see?" I scoff as I glance at her before shaking my head. "No, that'd put the entire Capital on the look out for us."

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15 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:34 pm

"He's just a kid!" I say roughly, "And she's gonna wake up, and then what?"

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16 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:54 pm

"Then I hope she's a better guardian than mine was and she thinks about the kid before making any important decisions," I shrug before glancing at her out of the corner of my eye. Her face is cross with disapproval. Sighing, I return my eyes to the road and shake my head. "I'm not going to do anything if I can avoid it, Lju. But we didn't come all this way just to be ousted now."

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17 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:00 pm

"How soon is our next stop?" I ask abruptly, looking back out my window.

"I can't even process this," I add in exasperation, "What the fuck is this life? What twisted series of events put us here? That child back there is scared enough without this shit..."

Groaning, I rub a hand across my face and look back at Lavellan. "How'd she react, at least?" I ask, my tone a mixture of defeat and tired. "To... whatever outed us?"

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18 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:07 pm

"Not... bad, per se," I admit as I glance back at the two unconscious figures in the back of the van. "She was actually rather patient... tried to help you. But then she wanted us to leave, and we came to something of an impasse."

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19 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:17 pm

"Leave?" I frown vaguely, twisting to look back at them. "She didn't want to... I don't know- Arrest us or something?"

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20 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:52 pm

"Well, that's the concern, isn't it?" I frown. "Call me paranoid, but I don't exactly trust someone who makes a living abducting magical children so they can be enslaved by a fanatical church

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21 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:55 pm

"Abduct is a strong word." I sigh, "He seemed really comfortable with her, which given how shy he was, seems like a good sign."

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22 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:09 pm

I can't help but scoff at that as I give her a disapproving look. "Yeah," I say dryly. "Because who wouldn't jump at the opportunity to not be living on the streets, scared and alone and likely hunted? That's the charm of these people, Lju. They can't be trusted. I mean, maybe she's good, maybe she genuinely thinks she's helping. But if she is, she's misguided. She has no idea what she's condemning that poor kid to."

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23 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:28 pm

Despite wanting to, I know I have no grounds to argue. I haven't had any experience with this part of the world, or this Chantry. I don't know any more than Lavellan's already told me. Still, I can't help but wonder if his distrust is well-founded.

"So, what is your plan once she's awake?" I ask nonchalantly, "Are we bringing them with us to the Capital?"

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24 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:35 pm

I don't respond at first, instead swallowing as I focus thoughtfully on the road. The truth is, I don't have a plan. I'm not used to having a companion with me that I have to consider when I find myself in situations such as this. It's more problematic than I would have imagined.

"Would it worry you terribly if I said I intended to make it up as we go along?" I ask hesitantly.

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25 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:18 pm

"I don't know anymore." I respond, sitting back in my seat. "Honestly, Lavellan, I don't know how the fuck we got here. Have we even been out of Skycrest for a week? Have we stopped even once to catch our breath?"

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