After

Feb. 27th, 2012 09:59 pm
makesthings: (had enough)
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The days after the fight at the Lightning Farm and Milliways pass by quickly as there's much to do. Sameth must be a prince to get the promised land to the refugee Southerlings, he must be Wallmaker in terms of helping to rebuild all that's been broken and he has to figure out how to be Wallmaker.

His first major project is Lirael's hand, which takes a couple of months and lots of adjusting to get right. In between working on the hand, he reads all that he can about Wallmakers and talks with his father about the Great Charter Stones so he can take over mending them.

He knows that he needs to travel the Old Kingdom to see the damage to Charter Stones and go over every part of the Wall to understand what he needs to do. Milliways is always at the back of his thoughts as he wonders if Kait was there for the final battle, if she's well, but there's so much to do that he doesn't have time to look for a door.

One night after working far too late, which seems to be what he does of late, he ends up asleep in a comfortable chair in the family study.

Date: 2012-03-02 08:44 pm (UTC)
walksindeath: (Cool)
From: [personal profile] walksindeath
Sabriel has been busy too, mopping up Dead activity across the Kingdom, and working with Lirael to bring her up to speed on the job. She gets back late, well into the early hours, and a cool hand smooths over Sameth's hair to wake him.

Comfortable or not, sleeping like that cannot be good for him.

(She could have gone straight to bed, but... well, Sameth isn't the only night owl in the family.)

Date: 2012-03-02 09:00 pm (UTC)
walksindeath: (Knowing)
From: [personal profile] walksindeath
She smiles down at him.

"A little while ago, yes. I thought I would save you an aching neck in the morning."

Date: 2012-03-02 09:17 pm (UTC)
walksindeath: (Dark and serious)
From: [personal profile] walksindeath
"Often the way," she says, amused.

"Lirael's gone straight to bed. She's still tiring fast."

Losing a hand... will do that.

Date: 2012-03-02 09:34 pm (UTC)
walksindeath: (Sidelong gaze)
From: [personal profile] walksindeath
Sabriel tsks at him, despite the fact that she frequently comes back bleeding copiously and occasionally with exciting new infections.

"Don't run yourself into the ground, Sam. There's so much to do, but it's not worth your exhausting yourself."

Date: 2012-03-02 09:40 pm (UTC)
walksindeath: (Queen of the Old Kingdom)
From: [personal profile] walksindeath
"Hmm."

Well, she can almost understand.

After all, she derives a certain satisfaction from banishing Dead spirits.

"Do I need to look at that, or will it be all right?"

Date: 2012-03-02 09:46 pm (UTC)
walksindeath: (Profile)
From: [personal profile] walksindeath
Sabriel peers over with professional interest.

"Looks all right. Still, I may as well..."

It's not as though she isn't going to sleep like the dead - pardon the pun - tonight anyway.

She sketches a Charter Mark onto the skin of his hand near the bleeding, and it sinks in slowly, warming and soothing.

Date: 2012-03-02 10:03 pm (UTC)
walksindeath: (Questioning)
From: [personal profile] walksindeath
Sabriel nods in satisfaction as the Charter Mark takes hold, then pauses.

Still leaning over the back of his chair, she carefully wraps her arms round his shoulders for a moment, a little awkward.

She missed her family so much, all the time.

Date: 2012-03-02 11:14 pm (UTC)
walksindeath: (Looking up)
From: [personal profile] walksindeath
Nor does Sabriel.

Family is hard.

"I missed you," she says quietly. "How are you? And the others?"

Date: 2012-03-02 11:53 pm (UTC)
walksindeath: (Searching)
From: [personal profile] walksindeath
Sabriel nods.

Still against his shoulder.

It's late.

"That's good," she says softly. "I shall have to speak to her tomorrow."

...Odds are good that Touchstone will wake as soon as she goes into their room. Some instincts have never left him.

Date: 2012-03-03 12:22 am (UTC)
walksindeath: (Knowing)
From: [personal profile] walksindeath
"Hm."

She finally stands up again, a little embarrassed.

"We should go up. Lest we both fall asleep here."

Date: 2012-03-03 12:59 am (UTC)
walksindeath: (Almost laughing)
From: [personal profile] walksindeath
Sabriel smiles, tired but genuine.

"I will be here," she promises.

Date: 2012-03-03 01:18 am (UTC)
walksindeath: (Searching)
From: [personal profile] walksindeath
"Goodnight, Sameth."

Date: 2012-04-17 05:42 pm (UTC)
walksindeath: (Sidelong gaze)
From: [personal profile] walksindeath
"Please," she says, getting up, and ignoring Touchstone's amused look at her haste.

It's not a crime to make up for lost time while she's home.

(She'll get him back for teasing her later.)

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