|The Mage Sister||
Nathan Hello Jahx. What’s wrong? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.
Jahx I’m not sure what I saw.
Cullen Oh? What did it look like?
Jahx (shaking head) Uh, it looked like Rinda and Catherine and some of the other girls… sort of. I don’t know; they had sticks in their hair and this… this gook all over them. And they screeched at me like harpies when they saw me and drove me out with sticks and rocks!
Nathan Oh, that. Yes, best not to venture too close to those goings on. A man could get damaged.
Jahx What are they doing?
Nathan Trust me, you don’t want to know.
Jahx I think I do! I’m not sure if I approve of Arinda participating in such activities.
Cullen Like you have a say in the matter… HA!
Jahx I beg your pardon?
Nathan Cullen is right – you don’t have a say. They’ll beat you till you’re unrecognizable if you try to interfere.
Cullen Or worse – they’ll do it to you.
Jahx But what are they doing?
Nathan Honestly, Jahx! Why do you insist on knowing? Let the girls be.
Cullen Yes, that’s girl stuff. You stick to guy stuff like… oh, I don’t know… digging holes and building stuff with stones and beating sticks on the ground, and the like.
Nathan Really? Moron. Jahx, all they’re doing is beauty stuff, like it makes any difference.
Cullen As if any of them have aged a day since their crossing anyway…
Nathan I know, right? But the weirder it is, the more they swear it takes years off of ‘em, and makes them irresistible.
Cullen Funny, I have no problem whatsoever resisting a woman covered in mud.
Jahx You should mention that to Gwenn. She was there.
Cullen She already knows. Believe me.
Nathan Kinda makes you wish you had plenty of mud on hand, huh?
Cullen You can say that again, brother!