Nathan Squeak! Squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak!
Cullen You are not a wheel, Nathan. Squeaky or otherwise.
Catherine A whiney wheel, perhaps. But not a squeaky one.
Jahx What’s the distinction?
Arinda A whiney wheel is a lot more annoying than a squeaky one.
Nathan You lot can just shut up now!
Arinda Besides, Nathan, what would we do without you?
Nathan I think the relevant question is what would I do without you lot? The answer to which is any damn thing I want to.
Arinda Besides, Nathan, why don’t you want to be king? Lots of people would love to be king.
Jahx Which is exactly why they shouldn’t be, and exactly why we need Nathan.
Nathan Oh, do tell. I SOOOOOO love being lectured on this.
Jahx Really? Because I have a whole lesson plan I’d love to try out on you!
Arinda ***snerk*** Jahx! Don’t be mean!
Catherine All right you two! Fun’s fun, but it’s been raining for the last four days, and my garden is waterlogged.
Nathan I had nothing to do with that! Why do you always blame me every time it rains!
Catherine I don’t! But when you’ve been in a crabby mood for four days and it has coincidentally been raining for the same for days, a girl can get an inkling.
Nathan Here’s an inkling for you, Kitty…
Catherine ***gasp*** Nathan! Don’t be rude. Stop it! I said stop it! You bad man!
Cullen Oh gawd. Every time you turn around. They’re as bad as Rinda and Jahx.
Jahx Don’t be jealous, Cullen.
Cristov And live, and live and live. Lord, I certainly hope we’re learning something from this.
Nathan Why the long face, you old goat?
Cristov Nathan. Oh, joyful day. Just the thing to cheer me up.
Nathan Well, you don’t have to be rude about it.
Cristov Sorry. Just the newer boys getting up to mischief and making me feel my age.
Nathan Look on the bright side – if we were the least bit mortal, you’d knock their blocks off and then I’d have to have you executed for intentional mischief.
Cristov Oh, as if you’ve ever executed anyone for intentional mischief.
Nathan Have so!
Nathan Just last week. Ooh, it was awful. Yes. Did it myself, in fact. First I skewered his feet and then I put him on the rack. That lasted through tea, then he spent the rest of the afternoon in an iron maiden – yeah! Nasty that! And then I had him beheaded! I didn’t want to watch because it was icky, all guts falling out and stuff. So I had Catherine do it!
Catherine I did no such thing!
Nathan Don’t interrupt! Then for good measure, I had him drawn and quartered.
Catherine And his guts didn't fall out then?
Nathan He'd already been beheaded! How many guts do you think he has?
Cristov Really. And what was this mischief that deserved such a brutal punishment?
Nathan Brutal! No such thing! I ask you. You're much too soft. Oh, right... he… um… he was rude. Yes, yes, very rude.
Cristov How was he rude?
Nathan Well, I don’t know! He, uh… he stuck his tongue out at my statue in the square. Can’t have that, now can we? Before you know it, everyone would go round sticking their tongue out and then where would we be? You couldn’t have a conversation without someone spitting all over you. Ew! Just disgusting! Best to nip it in the bud. That’s the best thing, I think.
Cristov Go away, Nathan.
Nathan Well, I say! How rude.
Cullen Maybe you should have him drawn and quartered.
Nathan Yes, well... I'll let it pass this time. Gotta give a fellow a chance to do right once in a while, don't you know? Besides, can't have two drawing and quarterings in a week or I'll get a reputation!
Nathan On the other hand, have I invited you down to the dungeon lately? I have something I'd like to show you.
Cullen Oooh! I'm so scared.
Nathan You should be!
Catherine How many times do I have to tell you, Nathan? The dungeon is in a tower! It isn't down anywhere! You've never even been up there, have you?
Nathan Quiet, woman! I'm trying to be intimidating.
Catherine Oh, you are, darling. ***snerk***
Nathan Shut up....
What sort of stuff?
Cullen Mage stuff.
Care to elaborate?
Cullen Secret mage stuff.
Nathan BIG secret mage stuff.
Cullen As in, none-of-your-business, BIG secret mage stuff.
Nathan Like, if I thought you might have any idea about this stuff, I’d have to bash you in the head with a tree and make you stupid.
Cullen What do you mean ‘make’ her stupid, Nath? You can’t get much more stupid than she is now.
Nathan Fair point.
I thought Sebastien has the gold standard for being a jerk. I’m really starting to not like you two.
Cullen FINALLY!!! Congratulations, Nathan! Good job!
Nathan Back atcha, pal! But jeez, it took her long enough!
Cullen I know, right? I thought she was never going to b#$%&^r off.
Cristov I see. So you’ll be in your work clothes and prepared to shovel out the stables in five minutes then?
Nathan Excuse me?
Cristov If you’ve got time to be rude, you have time to do some chores around the Keep. As I said, five minutes. Be prepared to work off some of that attitude.
Nathan Awwww! Do we have to?
Nathan We have the cleanest damn stables in the known history of the world.
Cristov And we have you to thank for it.
Cristov Cullen, how kind of you to volunteer to scrub the rubbish bins in the scullery! Thank you!
Cullen What? Wait just a minute! That job is reserved for the disgraced!
Cristov You’re heading there faster than I can keep up with.
Nathan Okay, I would have left off that last comment, Cullen.
Cullen Shut up, Nathan!
Cristov Good idea, or you can count on joining him, Nathan.
Nathan Always gotta have the last word, don’t you, you old goat?
Cristov Sooooo… two for stables and scullery duty. Thanks lads. Very kind of you to volunteer.
So, got any more clever quips for me, boys?... … … Anything? ***Gasp*** That was a very rude gesture where I come from!
Nathan It’s a rude gesture where I come from, too!
Hello Alech. How are you today?
Alech Busy. If I don’t get back to the forge soon, the boys’ll be getting up to no good, lazy louts. So I hope this won’t take long.
Well, we’ll do our best. How long have you been with the Circle of Mages?
Alech I was here in fairly early days. It was just a wee settlement then… a few cottages and a main house. I built the first forge here. So, round about nine hundred years ago or so.
That’s an impressive amount of time. How has it changed since then?
Alech Well, it’s bigger, more organized. In the early days, we were more like a settlement of school boys, with Cristov as our Headmaster. That’s basically what he was, anyway. A good man, Cris is, but year after year of dealing with us would wear anyone out. He tired of us and left.
Cristov left the Circle of Mages?
Alech Oh yeah. For ‘bout a month, and it was hell, let me tell you. No one cooperated with anyone else. Some were just doing whatever they wanted, wreaking havoc, tearing the place up. The rest of us were just trying to keep the place together. Then Jasper went out to find him and begged him to come back. After that, we created the Council of Mages to rule the settlement and take some of the pressure off of Cris.
Did it help?
Alech Yeah, but Cris has never been one to sit back and stay silent. He was still our leader and always has been, but it helped. At least after that, we relied more on consensus than just holding Cristov responsible for every decision. That way, no one could complain that Cris was being unfair because it was the way we all wanted it.
Have you served on the Council all this time?
Alech No, not the whole time. This is my third go at it. We elect Council members every twenty years or so, rotating so that only one is replaced at a time.
Have you ever had a really bad council?
Alech No, not really. First of all, Cristov wouldn’t put up with it. We’ve had really bad councilors, but Cris can poll the Circle and have them ousted if we don’t like what they’re doing.
Poll the Circle? I’ve heard that before. What does it mean?
Alech It’s when the Circle votes on an issue. The truthsayers set it up, we each get a vote, and the majority wins. Simple as that.
Even if Cristov disagrees?
Alech Cris is nothing if not fair. Majority rules – period.
So, you’re what they call a spark, aren’t you? What does that mean?
Alech A spark is the most common kind of fire magicker. We all have different things we specialize in – some fire magickers have more practical skills, like heating and such. Others are more artistic – those that work for forge, for instance. But we all have one thing in common – and that’s the secret of the sparks.
And what is that?
Alech I can’t tell you that. You have to be a spark to know.
Aw, c’mon! You can’t tell me there’s this big secret and then refuse to tell me what it is!
Alech Of course I can. I just did.
So you’re seriously not going to tell me?
Alech I just said that.
Is this the famous weird spark sense of humor?
Alech Don’t know what you’re talking about.
Everyone says the sparks have a strange sense of humor.
Alech Such as?
Well, I don’t know, do I? That’s why I’m asking you!
Alech Get lippy with me and I’ve got lots of other stuff I could be doing. Ye’ll keep a civil tongue in your head.
***SIGH*** Alright. I’m just referring to what I’ve heard.
Alech The boys think it’s fun to set themselves on fire and get a rise out of other folks. When they’re young, you have to get ‘em real early to teach them that, while they can set themselves on fire, they can’t set other folks on fire. They don’t understand that fire burns.
What does fire feel like to sparks?
Alech It varies. Sometimes it tickles. Sometimes it pounds. Sometimes it feels very nice.
But not hot?
Alech It can feel warm if you want it to, but sparks don’t get cold very easily.
Do you ever get burned?
Alech If you’re foolish enough not to pay attention, of course. Fire can easily get out of control… another reason sparks are required to be in training almost from birth. Of all of the magickers, they’re one of the most dangerous.
You rule the forge with an iron hand. Why is that?
Alech Even though many of the sparks are several hundred years old, they don’t age much from the day they were maged. So they can be pretty pesky if you don’t keep a close eye on them. They tend to forget themselves, and when a group of them get together, things can get out of hand quickly.
Have there ever been any big accidents at the forge?
Alech Oh aye. One day, the lads thought it’d be funny to start flinging hot metal round at each other. Didn’t pay attention to where the stuff was going, and damn near burned half the Keep down before I got to ‘em. We were knee deep in hair that day in the Council Chamber.
You mean they got sheared for it?
Alech You bet they did. I won’t put up with such nonsense in my forge. It might not affect us, but it affects those around us quite a lot. I was the only one in the forge with any length of hair to speak of for quite some time. Also, the instigator was stripped of rank and had to serve the Keep for awhile.
That seems a bit harsh.
Alech The Council was tough on him for a reason. It wasn’t his first offense. The others, well, hair grows back, doesn’t it? They were embarrassed for a while, but so they should have been. This lad just wasn’t listening and doing whatever he pleased. In a spark, that’s a dangerous, dangerous…
What was that?
Alech Rrrrghh! There’s gonna be a shearin’ tonight if I get my hands on those louts! Gotta go…
Um… bye… he’s gone!
Nathan Sparks are like that. Pay him no mind. They can be talking nice to you one moment and snarling at you the next, then playing a joke on you five minutes later. They’re not really aware of social graces.
Cullen You should talk.
Nathan Well, who asked you, Mr. You’ll-Take-This-Potion-and-Like-It-Or-I’ll-Kill-You-In-Your-Sleep.
Cullen Why would I bother to wait until someone was asleep if I wanted to kill them?
Nathan I don’t know. Why?
Seems to me mages are like that... period.
Nathan I beg your pardon?!?
Cullen I know! How rude.
Nathan Indeed. I don’t think we should talk to her anymore. She’s not very respectable.
Cullen I agree. We really shouldn’t be seen with reprobates, the likes of her. It could damage our reputation.
And what reputation would that be? The one where everyone knows what pills you two are?
Cullen Did you hear something? Sounded like a shrill whine?
Nathan I heard that, too! I think we need an exterminator.
Cullen Oh, no need for that. I have a great atomized solution that should do the trick. It’ll knock… whatever the whiney thing is… flat in seconds. Dead as a door nail.
Nathan Good idea.
You can leave now.
Obtain from yourself all that makes complaining useless. No longer implore from others what you yourself can obtain.
Cullen Nathan's head would explode if he tried that. I really don't recommend it.
Nathan Are you implying that I'm always complaining, Cullen?
Cullen I'm not implying anythhing. I believe I said it outright.
Nathan I do not complain all the time!
Cullen You don't?
Nathan No! I don't! You guys are always moaning and picking on me! Nobody appreciates me, and the *%)%$%(&(*& I have to put up with! I'm fed up with it, I tell you! Nobody else has to put up with it! Why am I so special? Why do I get singled out? It's not fair!
Cullen Clearly I was mistaken. I stand corrected. ***snerk***
Catherine ***giggle*** Really, Cullen. Where would you get such an idea?
Nathan Are you making fun of me?
Cullen Of course not, Nathan! Why would we do that?
Catherine Perish the thought!
Hello, Thor! Thank you for talking with us today. How are you?
Thor I’m in the very pink, thank you. And yourself?
I’m well, thanks! So how long have you been with the Circle of Mages?
Thor Been here ‘bout… hmmm, I remember Cullen and Nathan crossing not too long after I did, so it’d be a bit more‘n… six hundred years or so, I reckon.
That’s a very long time. How long have you been married to Hilien?
Thor Ah, me litt’l angel! We’ve been happily married for round about two hundred year.
The other fella’s wonder how you’ve made such a successful marriage.
Thor Well, I know they don’t appreciate my Hili the way I do, but they don’t know her the way I do either. She’s just feisty, is all, and they don’t get her sense of humor.
She’s trying to be funny?
Thor What else? To assume otherwise would be uncharitable.
Sure. Okay. What is your role in the Circle?
Thor I’m a knower.
Is that like a seer?
Thor If you like. It’s sort of a combination of seeing and truth-saying. Not the most powerful of them, me, and I don’t really like doin’ it to be honest. Knowing is a terrible burden sometimes. So mostly, I do heavy liftin’ around the Keep, building and whatnot. They don’t often have a call for my skill, seeing as how there’s plenty of knowers better than I am.
Well, it’s good that you have something to keep you busy.
Thor Right! There’s always something to do around the Keep, so I don’t much get bored. And then, they do take me on quests and such like, because I can see ahead and know if there’s trouble coming, and warn them. Plus, I’m pretty good in a scrap.
I’ll bet you are! You’re quite impressive in stature.
I didn’t mean to insult you.
Thor S’alright. I know I’m a big oaf. But where I come from, we’re all big like me.
Tell me about your life before the Circle. Where do you come from?
Thor A place called Riyh. It’s a small village up in the western end of the Betreachen Mountain range, where my people settled. I don’t know if we was always big, or if we just grew that way, but there’s few shorter than three and a half arm lengths, and that’d be the petite girls.
Wow! How did that happen?
Thor Dunno. But we’re all that way. Cullen says it’s likely in the bloodline, but we always says it’s somethin’ in the water. Anyways, it’s a good place.
You were happy there?
Thor Oh sure! Had me a big ol’ family. Brothers all! Me mum and dad were good folk, and the village is very close knit. I still go there from time to time, and they always remember me, even though all my kin I knew are gone. ***sniff***
That makes you sad, doesn’t it?
Thor Nothin’ I can do about it. ***snuffle***
Nathan Thor, you big girl! Quit crying!
Thor I’m not cryin’. It’s me allergies!
Nathan, shush and go away. So anyway, you must have a lot of happy memories. Was your family upset when you were maged?
Thor Yeah, they were pretty tore up about it. My brothers wanted to find the critter and pound it flat, but I’d already done it.
So why did they send you to the Circle of Mages?
Thor The village decided it would be best. Tore me mum’s heart out, but they thought the Circle’d be able to teach me how to deal with meself. And they did.
Your family must have missed you terribly.
Thor They did, but I was let to visit them as much as I wanted. I could’a gone home, but in the end, I realized it was for the best to stay with the Circle.
Why was that?
Thor I missed my family more and more, even when I was with them. They grew old, as I stayed young. We grew farther and farther apart, so I was pleased enough with just visits. ‘Course, the Circle became my new family, so I couldn’t be happier, really.
Being so enormous, how do you function in a world designed for smaller folk.
What is your experience with your size versus the size of everything else?
Thor Sorry, what?
Nathan What’s it like being a big oaf surrounded by little people and little people stuff?
Nathan! Don’t be rude!
Nathan I’m sorry, but you have to be a lot more direct with him.
Just… shoo! Go away!
Thor He’s right you know. I’m not the most brilliant of the lot here. Not stupid, mind, but I’m made of simpler stuff. I don’t mind! It’s just the way I am. Like or lump it.
That’s a very good attitude to have. Back to my question, do you find it hard to be so big?
Thor Well, mages tend to be taller than a lot of folk in the first place – has to do with the magickers blood in them. Cullen could explain that to you better, I don’t begin to understand it all. But here at the Keep, it’s not really that hard.
Thor Mage craft is good strong stuff to begin with, so it’s rare that I actually break anything here. Out in the world, though, it can be a bit rough. Doors can be hard to get through, I sit and sleep on the floor because I tend to break furnishings, I have to just tip food into me mouth because spoons are so tiny I’d starve before I could eat a meal with one. So folks think I got no manners, but in truth, I find it well nigh impossible to use their tiny dishes. They’re like the toys like me nieces used to play with. I like Rowan Castle, though, because it’s made big! And Nathan’s not a littl’un, so his furnishings are nice and sturdy. I never have to sit on the floor there.
That’s good! I think Catherine would be mortified if you did.
Thor She'sa good lady, is our Catherine. She knows what bein’ a queen’s about.
Well, thanks again for talking with us today, Thor! It’s been a pleasure!
Thor Many thanks to you!
Arinda I don’t know that it’s particularly early, but we're having a lovely Spring, as well. It’s been beautiful outside.
Jahx Yes, I’m having a devil of time keeping the boys focused on their studies. They all want to be outside.
Arinda I’ve been taking mine outside to begin our work on the botanical life cycles.
Jahx How are they doing?
Arinda Not as well as I’d like. They keep collecting stuff and making crude potions trying to do silly things like turn each other purple, or grow bat wings, or something.
Jahx You don’t encourage this behavior, do you?
Arinda Of course I don’t! What’s that supposed to mean?
Jahx Nothing. Just want to make sure that you’re keeping control over your class. Don’t want them to get the better of you.
Arinda And why would you leap to that conclusion? Do I look like I can’t keep control of my class?
Jahx I didn’t mean anything by it, Arinda, I was just saying…
Arinda What? Saying what? That I’m too big an ignorant weakling to know what I’m doing? I’d like to remind you, buddy, that I scored higher on my Master exam than you did!
Jahx Well, you’re exam board was a bit prejudice, but be that as it may…
Nathan Oh, Jahx… no. You’re in for it now.
Arinda My exam board… my exam board gave me hell! They were tougher on me, if anything, and I’d like to see you score perfect marks with Cristov glaring you down!
Jahx My exams where just as tough as yours… probably more so because I was going to be a real Master.
Nathan Are you trying to commit suicide?
Arinda Yeah? How’d you like nice pair of bat wings, you big buffoon?
Jahx I think they’d fit better on you. Ow! Hey!!! Stop it, you crazy woman!!!
Arinda You can sleep in your study!
Nathan Are you ever going to learn to zip it, Jahx?
Jahx How am I supposed to deal with such an unreasonable wench?
Arinda WHAT?!?I’m unreasonable?
Nathan Jahx, I despair of you I truly do.
Jahx Well, she is!
Nathan SHUT UP, Jahx, before she turns you into something.
Jahx Don’t give her any … ***squeak*** ***squeak squeak squak******squeak squeak*** ***squeak squeak squak squak squak squawk ***
Nathan Turn him back, Rinda.
Arinda Don’t want to. He was insolent.
Nathan Turn him back, or I’m telling Cristov.
Arinda Fine! Telltale!
Jahx DON’T DO THAT AGAIN, YOU EVIL ***squak***!
Nathan OK, not that I blame you, but cut that out!
Arinda He asked for it.
Nathan ***sigh*** Fair enough.
The Mage Sister So… stormy in places, would you say?
Nathan You might say that.
Hello Simon! How are you today?
Simon Do you have to talk so loud? And what ungodly hour do you call this?
Hmmm, afternoon? Most folks are up well before this.
Simon Yeah, well, I’m more of a nocturnal creature.
Nathan You’re more of a big, fat liar. He did exactly what Kitty told him not to do and went out and got plowed last night.
Simon Shut up, Nathan! This is my thing, not yours!
Nathan Just sayin’.
All right, boys. Nathan, Simon is right. This is his turn to speak. So Simon, tell me – what is your favorite thing to do.
Nathan Crawling round pubs, getting plowed and trying to kiss the pretty girls.
Simon Yeah, Nathan! Shut up! Actually, he’s right. That is my favorite thing to do.
Generally, pretty girls aren’t fond of that.
So you like annoying them?
Simon That’s what they’re there for, isn’t it?
Catherine Simon, you’re hopeless.
Simon Yeah, butcha love me anyways.
Catherine Do I have a choice?
Simon Aws, is ‘oo smudgie!
Catherine Gah!! Stop it!!!
Nathan Oh, dear lord. Must we continue with this? He’s embarrassing.
OK, everyone who isn’t Simon – GO AWAY!
Now… surely there is more to Simon than pints, pubs and pretty girls.
Simon Well, I’m an earth mage – basically, I talk to animals. Unfortunately, it isn’t a very useful skill, so there’s not a lot for me to do that’s very interesting.
What do you use it for?
Simon The animals know a lot about what’s going on that people don’t sense at all. They tell me what the weather is going to do, unless it’s one of Nathan’s tantrums. They don’t hold him in high regard because he’s always springing storms on them.
Nathan That is a bold-faced falsehood! I haven’t thrown….
OUT NATHAN! Go on, Simon.
Simon So I can warn the Keep about bad weather coming. If we’re in danger, I can usually ask for help, but that’s so infrequently it’s not even worth mentioning. When I was young, my father and the other village folks wanted me to tell them where the fishing and hunting was best, but I don’t like using it for that sort of thing. It’s a cruel advantage, and I won’t do it.
I’ll bet that got you into a lot of trouble.
Simon Yes, it did. Kitty pointed out to me that I didn’t have to tell them the truth, or even the whole truth. So, I’d send them in the wrong direction, and then tell them, “Well, they were there before.” They didn’t buy that for long, so I ended up getting whipped a lot. Seems to me that if they’d been better hunters and fishermen, they wouldn’t have needed me.
You and Catherine had a pretty brutal upbringing, didn’t you?
Simon Maybe. I dunno.
In fact, it seems like a lot of the mages had difficult childhoods. Would you say that’s correct?
Simon No, not at all. Jahx, for instance, had great parents. Thor came from a close community, and a very close family. Jasper’s father cared enough about him to bring him out here before the Keep was even here, because he didn’t want to his son to get hurt. I suppose a handful of us had a difficult time, and for whatever reason we sort of drifted together. But we’re not the usual.
Now, I understand that your village is somewhat unique in that they shun magic and magickers. Is that correct?
But not your magic.
Simon They didn’t consider it magic; they called it ‘intuition’. It was okay if I knew where the best hunting or fishing was, but if they caught me talking to the animals, I got in trouble for ‘acting mad’. It was worse for Catherine.
Simon She got cooped up in the house a lot, but plants love her, you see? So if she didn’t come outside, they’d go inside, and she’d get into trouble for it. But she didn’t know how to stop it. She tried talking to them, but they didn’t take much notice. Seems like we were constantly tripping over vines and pulling leaves out of our clothes.
I understand you sit on the Council of Mages and serve as the Greeter. What exactly does that mean?
Simon Being the Greeter for the Circle means that I welcome every new mage when they arrive and later present them to the Council of Mages and give them the mage-mark. I also act as sort of a guide until they are presented to the Council and have a representative and mentor appointed. They usually arrive in pretty rough shape, so it takes them a while for all that to happen.
How does that work exactly? I mean, how do they even get to the Circle?
Simon We’ve got it down to a fine science. The seers tell us when and where there is likely to be a maging, and someone is appointed to go and retrieve the poor kid. I don’t really get into all that – there’s a lot of ethics involved, and I don’t agree with most of it.
Simon Sometimes, they find both the kid and the coubirigh alive. Then they have to decide whether to let the kid die and the coubirigh live, or kill the coubirigh and let the kid mage. Honestly, I don’t feel equipped to make that sort of decision. I don’t think I ever could.
I can understand that. So where do you come into it?
Simon Once they're coming in with the kid, they inform me and I take up my post at the hospice and wait for the first waking. I tell the kid what’s happened to them and what’s going to happen, most of which goes in one ear and out the other, and then they go back to sleep. Then I’m off duty until Cullen or one of his minions lets me know the kid has really wakened, and I go and do the whole spiel over again.
If they don’t remember it, why bother the first time?
Simon It helps to settle them. Even if they don’t remember it, they know they’re in a safe place, so they can relax and start mending. The maging process is long and painful – we’ve found that being terrified and vulnerable on top of that slows the process and makes for a more aggressive mage. Then that has to be trained out of them, so even if they don’t know it or remember, the first Greeting is a very important part of the process. But I’ve been told by some that they do remember and appreciate it.
That must make you feel good.
Simon Eh. It’s what I do. Are we almost done? It’s just about opening time at the Buck. You wanna join me? It’d be fun!
Nathan Yeah, for him. He’ll stick you with the tab.
Simon Shut up, Nathan!
Thanks Simon, I’ll have to pass. Thanks for talking to us today.
Simon Aw, come on!
Simon Just one pint!