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Stories from the Verse
In Verse Proportion
Chapter 66: Kondor 194
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Upon returning to their room, Leah changed into a robe that looked perhaps a bit more formal, ran a brush through her hair, and pinned an ornament into it that he realized marked her status as an Amira. Then she left, leaving him alone in the room for several hours.
He wondered whether he should have gone with her--but then, she hadn’t asked, and he didn’t want to impose. He guessed she was going to go speak with one of the wise men of the palace about his suggestion that the gods didn’t exist, and his presence would probably only complicate that discussion.
He stared out his window for a few minutes, trying to remember what he did with himself before he was married. It was only a week ago--but in reality, it was as if longer than that, because a week ago he was involved in preparations for the wedding.
He use to hang out with Zeke.
They would practice weapon skills in the courtyard.
He didn’t particularly want to practice weapon skills, or be in the courtyard. He wanted to be here when Leah returned. He wanted her to know that he was waiting for her.
He didn’t really have much to occupy himself. Lauren was always reading her book; she must have read it a hundred times by now, but she kept reading it again. Slade was frequently honing his blades and polishing his leathers; there must be something about scriff that kept them from wearing out completely. Even Zeke had his deck of cards and could be seen playing solitaire during his solitary times.
He pulled out his electronic textbooks and looked for something to read with which he was not already familiar.
Eventually Leah returned. She seemed in much brighter spirits. “Dinner?” she said.
“Is it that time already?”
“What have you been doing, that you lost track of time?”
“Oh, just reading.”
She looked around, perhaps trying to spot the scroll, but quickly went back to her question.
“Absolutely,” he replied, packed the reader back in his luggage, and joined her.
There is a behind-the-writings look at the thoughts, influences, and ideas of this chapter, along with twenty other sequential chapters of this novel, in mark Joseph "young" web log entry #443: Versers Acclimate. Given a moment, this link should take you directly to the section relevant to this chapter. It may contain spoilers of upcoming chapters.
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