|The Mage Sister||
Nathan Which rather sounds like a nice idea, but for the unfortunate fact that it’s probably overcrowded, as all the people I know avoid obstacles like the plague.
Arinda What’s so nice a about a path that doesn’t lead anywhere?
Nathan I didn’t say it is a nice idea. I said it sounds a nice idea. Sometimes a fellow just wants a nice, quiet stroll. It doesn’t have to be going anywhere.
Cullen Which says a great deal about your character…
Arinda Cullen, must you pick a fight?
Nathan Oh, let him – I don’t care. He so loves scrapping it out. How do you think he gets most of his patients? He damages them and then charges them enormous fees to fix them up.
Cullen That’s not true.
Nathan Simon’s broken nose?
Cullen He said I was a lovely girl and tried to kiss me, the drunken git! Besides, Circle folk don’t pay for healers.
Jahx You poisoned me.
Cullen I did not poison you, for the thousandth time! It was an allergic reaction.
Nathan Oh, I’ve heard that more than once! You used to do that to my Dad all the time. AND there was that time you pushed him down the stairs.
Cullen First of all, no one ever proved I did a thing to your dad. Second of all, he had it coming.
Nathan There was Thomas and the splinter from hell…
Nathan You put a tree through his foot.
Cullen Allegedly! I can’t be held accountable for the whims of trees.
Nathan I suppose he annoyed the tree and it just shot through his foot on its own?
Cullen Maybe! He was being pompous, and no one objected at the time.
Nathan Thomas objected quite loudly, if I remember.
Cullen Yes, well, Thomas is always objecting about something, isn’t he.
Nathan He really is, I’ll give you that.
Arinda Has he ever done anything like that to you, Nathan?
Nathan Oh, he wouldn’t dare.
Cullen Oh, wouldn’t I?
Jahx Those two are always fighting about something. Cullen has no need to be subtle about it. I can’t imagine why Nathan chose him for the Royal High Healer.
Nathan Better than the Rowan Guild, the self-important @#$%&*!s.
Cullen Now that’s about the truest thing you’ve said!
Nathan Are you saying everything else I’ve said is a lie?
Cullen I didn’t say it, you did.
Nathan Why you!
Jahx Great. There they go again.
Arinda How about a walk, Jahx? I could use some fresh air about now.
Jahx Excellent idea.
Nathan Where are they going? Fighting’s no fun if no one is around to be shocked and outraged.
Cullen I KNOW! Rude and inconsiderate, I call it!
Nathan We can always go with…
Cullen Works for me…
Arinda Oh no you don’t, you ten-year-old reprobates! You stay right there!
Nathan Hey! Lemme go!
Cullen Now that was uncalled for!
Jahx You pack quite a punch there, slugger. Excellent work!
Arinda Why, thank you!
Nathan I’ll have you know I’m going to need a healer’s assistance from this, missy!