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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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26 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:21 pm

"Skycrest was our breath," I say quietly as I look over at her a little sadly. "Try not to think about it," I say a little more casually as I let out a sigh and make a note of the signs passing as we drive. "We'll find our rest soon enough."

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27 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:30 pm

I only sigh as my arms cross and I sit back, staring out the window listlessly. 

"No," I say simply, "we won't."

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28 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:34 pm

"No, we won't," I concede with a sigh. "And even if we do, it will only be temporary."

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29 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Wed May 03, 2017 12:31 pm

Exhaling roughly, I continue to look out the window in annoyance. 

"Well, we need to stop somewhere, I gotta pee." I say simply, glancing over my shoulder towards the two in the back. "And we need to do something about them. Having them wake up while we're driving is stupid, it's dangerous. I'd rather be pulled over and in control of the situation, not driving with our backs to them."

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30 Re: Reluctant Passengers on Fri May 05, 2017 3:30 pm

"There should be a rest stop in a few miles, I think," I sigh as I look around at the scenery uncertainly. It's all changed so much, I can't be sure the rest stop will even still be there. "Can you pee in a cup..?" I ask evasively.

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