|The Mage Sister||
Arinda I like to gossip about Nathan's secret virtues.
Nathan Alright, now your just trying to get attention. There's no such thing, and you know it.
Cullen If he has any AT ALL, they'd be secret.
Nathan Hey! That was uncalled for!
Cullen But true enough...
Jahx Nathan is actually a very kind and decent, upstanding sort of chap!
Nathan Lies and rumors, Jahx! How dare you impune my lack of integrity! I am a scoundrel and everyone knows it.
Jahx Which is why you've been unchallenged as a monarch for over five centuries?
Nathan Yes, because they are terrified of me.
Arinda Right. He might throw them into the stocks that he doesn't have.
Nathan Nonsense. I don't have stocks because they're... too easy a punishment. Yes, much too easy. Why, a day in the stocks is like a picnic in the park! No, I want punishments that strike terror in the hearts of men! Bwah-ha-ha!
Cullen Such as the rack or the iron maiden?
Nathan Ew!!! Those are really messy! Have you ever seen one? Great poky things on 'em, like. Stuff goes all over and it's icky! No, no... those are NOT tools I'd ever want to use.
Arinda Red hot pokers, then?
Nathan Have you no decency, woman?!? That could hurt somebody! It's only fun till someone loses an eye.
Cullen Well, just how is it you instill terror in the miscreants of the realm?
Nathan Public service, of course. Nothing like it to turn a grown man to quivering jelly and show him the error of his ways.
Arinda Public service, huh?
Nathan Of course! How would you like to spend a day reshelving books in the library or sweeping the gutters?
Cullen Goodness. You ARE a fierce one, aren't you. My, I certainly wouldn't want to run afoul of your temper.
Nathan You'd do well to remember it, too, mister!
Arinda Nathan, what're you like? You make me giggle!
Nathan Are you disrespecting your monarch, young woman? That carries a sentence of a thousand days as a school teacher.
Jahx She's already a school teacher.
Nathan You see there? She was SO saucy when I first met her that I had to sentence her to a life of teaching school. I bet she knows better than to trifle with me again. Hey, stop that giggling. I mean it, Arinda, stop it now! QUIT LAUGHING!!!