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26Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:30 am

“Ah, yeah-“ I smile a bit awkwardly, his concern both endearing and a little odd. “I don’t really get too cold, much. My place stays pretty comfortable.”

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27Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:43 pm

"That's good, " I nod vaguely as I return to the workbench to admire the piece that had previously caught my eye. "May I?" I ask as I gesture toward it, waiting for her nod of approval before picking it up to look closer, the rich blues and gold standing out against the black hue of my fingers.

"Is it true, what you told those men?" I ask curiously as I cast a glance her way. "That you're not allowed to sell the things you create with your magic?"

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28Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:56 pm

“Not within the city,” I nod without looking up, continuing with the stones, “Colossal stones are heavily regulated, and hybrid stones aren’t even allowed on the market.”

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29Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:02 pm

"Hmph, " I grunt my disapproval, frowning as I let my nails drag along the edge of the stone in my hands before returning it to the bench. "That's a real shame. Are you hybrid, then?"

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30Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:07 pm

I hesitate as I glance up at him, my eyebrows pinched slightly as I try to determine if he was serious or not.

"You're not one of those who call us mutts, are you..?" I ask, a sense of awkwardness in my tone.

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31Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:09 pm

My eyes wide a bit at that before my expression softens into a bit of a mischievous smile. "It would be terribly hypocritical of me, if I did, " I confess, tucking my hair behind my ear and tilting my head just enough to reveal my own "impurities."

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32Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:22 pm

I can't help but smile a bit, relieved that I'd misinterpreted his initial query.

"I was about to question my new hire," I laugh vaguely, returning my attention to the stones as I set aside several more to start inspecting. "But, no - My stones aren't for sale in the shop. Anywhere, truthfully-" I add, shrugging as I work through the gems.

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33Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:26 pm

"How are yours different than normal?" I ask as I pull a stool up to sit at the the end of the workbench. "I've heard a little bit about the different stones, but we don't exactly get a lot of colossus where I'm from."

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34Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:32 pm

"Ah-" I chuckle, shaking my head as I grab the last handful of stones to lay out on the table, glancing at him over my glasses, "that might be a topic for another day."

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35Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:36 pm

"Perhaps it is," I concede as I look her over carefully, another question pressing against my tongue. "It doesn't-, " I hesitate before plowing on, eager to ask even if the answer isn't forthcoming. "It doesn't affect your vitality, does it?"

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36Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:44 pm

"Excuse me..?" I ask, my hands frozen as I look at him in confusion. "My... vitality?"

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37Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:48 pm

"Being mixed, I mean, " I say quickly, frowning a bit as I try to frame the question better. "Colossus, they live a long time, don't they? And being mixed, that- it's not changed, has it? You're not...?"

I let the question trail off, suddenly unsure if I want to elaborate any further on the source of my curiosity.

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38Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:01 pm

"Oh!" I sigh quickly with relief again, shaking my head. "Uhm- no, I don't really know what to expect, but I'm not much different than my parents, I suppose."

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39Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:07 pm

"Ah, " I respond a little deflated by, my gaze dropping to the bench as I pick at a deep gouge in the wood with a long nail. "Well, that's good, I suppose. You never know what you're gonna get, being mixed."

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40Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:26 pm

I frown slightly, the dip in his demeanor palpable as I set my glasses on the table and look at him.

"No, you don't, do you?" I say, watching him curiously. In the familiar and relatively calm setting of my workshop, I'm able to suss out vague details in his scent. Wild, but not as severely as some I've encountered before. The soft scent of elven blood, mingling with witch. It's obvious once I know what to look for, though I'd be lying if I'd said I could've picked it out before. And, what probably stood out the most, was the conflicting hints of youth and wariness. A mixture that only gets more muddled the longer I try to make sense of it.

"It's not something I'm usually comfortable discussing, I'm sorry," I add after a brief moment, "I can't say I've encountered many others."

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41Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:37 pm

"Nor I, " I smile vaguely as I settle back in my seat, my attention wandering around the room. "It's not a subject we're even permitted to discuss in my coven. My father's indiscretions, as they've come to call them, brought shame to our line. I'm an abhorrent reminder of our fallen status, of his failures. Bit funny, really. This is the same coven that voted to have him try to make a magic baby to begin with.

"But, as we've just said, " I chuckle tiredly. "You never know what you're gonna get, playing god like that."

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42Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:48 pm

“Hmm,” I hum in response, “I’m sorry you’ve gone through that. I don’t know that I’ve encountered anyone other than the mixed that have to carry the weight of their parents’ guilt quite like we do.”

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43Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:56 pm

"Mmm, " I nod, picking at my nails as I glance at her. "It can't be easy for you, either. I've only been to this city a few times, but it's not the most tolerant of even the pureblood races, much less those like us.

"I, at least, have the luxury of looking human, for the most part, " I frown. "You have to put up with men like that one tonight. And then grimace and bear it when he disrespects you because the law protects him, but not you."

I hesitate for a moment. "Do you ever crave the justice that lawlessness would bring?

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44Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:00 pm

“Of course, I do,” I laugh softly, absently going through the last of the gemstones. “But there aren’t many cities where someone like me can run a business, and of those, I’m allowed in less.

“I’ve tried the lawless approach, it’s never as satisfying as imagined.”

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45Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:09 pm

"Maybe lawless is the wrong sentiment, " I nod absently. "More like, a place where you are the law. Not that any such place exists outside of the wilds. And sadly, there just isn't a market for pretty things out there, " I laugh, the tinkling of said pretty things catching my attention as Button pulls down a string of delicate quartz from its place on the wall.

"Hey!" I scowl at the familiar, snapping my fingers before holding a hand out, waiting for him to bring it to me so I can hand it to Sylviane. "Sorry, he has no manners."

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46Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:22 pm

I do what I can to hide the tension at the sound of the cat getting into things, offering Aoifa a quick smile at his remark.

"It's nothing, he's fine." I shrug, sighing as I push back from the table. "I think I'm done for the night, anyway. We can head out, if you like?"

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47Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:30 pm

"Sure, " I reply as I get up to return the string of crystals to where they were hung. The moment I do, Button goes after them again, and I find myself hesitating as I look at them more closely. Black quartz. Perfect for the spell I'd planned ro cast this evening.

"You think you're so helpful, " I accuse the cat as I grab the string and pull a coin purse from my pocket. "Actually, I think I'll buy these, if I may?"

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48Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:34 pm

I wave off his gesture as I move about the workshop, gathering what I need to shove into my bag before leaving.

"Take it, it's old." I say as I look over at him, narrowing my eyes slightly at the necklace. "I think I made it ten years ago, or more. Never found a market for it, it's why it's back here." I shrug, pulling my heels out from under my desk so I can slip them on.

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49Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:38 pm

"Oh, " I frown a little at the generosity before pocketing the crystals and scooping up the cat before he can get into anything else. "Well, may I at least make you dinner? Or buy it..? Or give you a ride home, something?"

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50Diddlin' Doodles - Page 2 Empty Re: Diddlin' Doodles on Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:00 pm

"You don't owe me anything for the necklace," I dismiss it without looking his way, my pace slowing as I finally glance up at the awkward look on his face. Even his posture seems to be holding nervous energy, and it dawns on me for the first time what he was offering.

"But if you want to come by for tea?" I ask, grabbing my coat from the hook near the door into the front. "Or- if you like, there's a small place on the way, they have this really great little cake - a sacher torte? I usually stop in for a cup of coffee and slice at the end of the week."

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