|Lalin (lalin) wrote in thebattleage,|
@ 2012-03-05 00:15:00
|Entry tags:||! complete, ! incomplete, (thread), black matthew, conlan delaine, lalin adain|
Who: Lalin Adain, Conlan Delain, and Black Matthew
When: Afternoon, 19 Solis
Where: Vigil's Keep's Courtyard
Rating: E for Everyone, V for Very Sad
Summary: Lalin receives bad news.
Almost Home. And isn’t that a funny thought. Home had meant a lot of things to Lalin over the years. Currently, it apparently meant the walls of Vigil’s Keep and the hope of seeing friends too long parted from. That was all she could think as she approached the Keep with her companions. Home, Faer, Azabeth, home. Maker, did she miss them. It felt like eons since she had last hugged Azabeth or kissed Faer's cheek to watch him blush. Soon, she thought, and moved faster towards the doors of the keep. Soon! She was so focused on getting inside the buildings and tracking down the people she had left behind that she nearly ran over a young man with a letter in his hand. “Excuse me!” she laughed and would have taken off again, had he not darted out to grab her arm.
“Are you Warden Lalin?” he asked quickly, as though she was going to dart away at any moment.
“Yes,” she said, confused as to why someone should be looking for her. “I’m Lalin.”
“I have a letter for you, ser. I’ve been told to watch for your coming and give it to you right away. It’s very important he said.”
“Who is ‘he’?”
“Korris Tael, ser. He’s been a companion for a while, I believe. He left for Denerim a few days ago, but left this letter for you. Very, very important he said,” the young man repeated. As though he believed she should rip into the letter at this very moment.
Instead, Lalin took the letter from him and thanked him. She had no idea who this Korris Tael was. She had never heard of him before in her life. Very odd... Lalin looked down at the letter in her hands. It was simply a single sheet of paper folded in on itself and sealed with wax. There was writing on the back that she didn’t understand. She looked up at the Keep and sighed. Her reunions were going to have to wait if the letter was so important. Unfortunately, reading hadn’t exactly been high on the list of Talin’s things to teach her. Lalin could write labels for her potions and poisons and knew what they all said, but that was memorization and not understanding.
It wasn’t exactly an embarrassment. There were plenty of people, especially in the Alienage, that couldn’t read. But her illiteracy wasn’t something that she went around advertising. She was sure Matt and Azabeth knew only because she had been with them for so long. Not because she had told them. Still, it was a little embarrassing to have to ask for help. She glanced back at her group. Matt and Lillie were talking quietly to each other, nothing new there. She was absolutely happy for them. Matt deserved all the happiness in the world and she rather liked Lillie. However, that did leave Conlan as the only other in her group that she would trust with something important or secret, whatever it was that was in the letter.
“Hey Conlan!” she called, running over to grab his arm and pull him off to the side. “Would you do me a favor?” She pushed on without waiting for an answer. If worst came to worst, she could aways beg, but she was pretty sure Conlan wouldn’t deny her. “Can you read this? The messenger said it was urgent but... I was never... exactly taught to read.”