December 28, 2012 by Lyn
Saturday, December 20, 2012
“Almost there, kiddos.” The kiddos were, of course, asleep. This part of the ride went a lot quicker that way, for one thing, and for another thing, it was five in the morning. Jaya swallowed a yawn, and braced herself against the school wards. They seemed to be getting tougher…
“Idu Frodleikr.” She was supposed to be here on business, which meant working on this problem Regine was having. Working on business meant a lot more visits to see Arna, of course, and a lot more money in the bank accounts for the kids.
The wards around the school weren’t the problem. Regine knew every inch of them, every line, every twined Working. But the wards that she was concerned about had been built with these as their model, and so Jaya, with one eye on the road, tried to learn more about them as she drove through them.
Some day, she thought, she might take these wards down. She knew what to do, in theory, although in practice it would take a lot more power than she currently wielded. Right there, there was the weak spot, the feedback loop. “Idu Frodleikr delta.”
Ooh, that was interesting. She pulled over and started scribbling notes. Kai would be so proud of her. Writing stuff down. Studying her magic, like a real student.
She should write Kai a letter, or send her an e-mail or something. See how they were doing, wherever they’d ended up.
“Idu Frodleikr toíchos epsilon.” And if she kept pushing like this, she’d pass out in the car. She finished her notes and started driving again.
The sun was rising by the time she got the kids settled in their cottage; by the time she let herself into the school – not without a little shudder; there was always a little twitch that she could neither hide nor stop, every time she had to go back into this place – people were out and about, even on a Saturday morning. Frowning. Lots of frowning. It looked like Regine’s little problem was getting bigger.
Regine could wait. She knocked on Arna’s door first – it wasn’t for nothing that she’d come in the door closest to the dorms, after all – then straightened her skirt, made sure her Mask was proper, and checked the size of her boobs.
She was totally not prepared for the way of consternation that washed over her when Arnbjörg opened the door. “Oh… Jaya. I didn’t know you were coming already this week.”
Already? When had her visits gone from Are you here yet to already? And why was Arna flooding the room with guilt? “Can I come in?”
“Uh, yeah. Sure, come in. It’s just…”
“Is this about your other girlfriend?”
“Shh, keep your voice down!”
“Keep my… Arna, what the hell?” Jaya closed the door and glared at her – girlfriend, probably? The mother of her children, certainly. “It’s not like it’s not obvious you have a girlfriend.”
“No, it’s not. And I don’t. And why don’t you care?”
Jaya sat down on the bed with a thump. “I’ve known for the last three visits. And I’m a Daeva, Arna.”
“You said…” She sat down, too, with a thump.
“Yeah. I mean, I can feel jealousy. But I didn’t expect to leave you here and you not find someone. This is Addergoole.”
“Do you…?” She kept shutting herself up, with waves of frustrated anger washing over the room.
Jaya hated it when she got like this. Her Arna was a strong, defiant woman. Not like this, not doubting and miserable.
She laughed, intentionally a bit harshly. “Arna, I’ve got four young kids. I don’t date. I don’t even exist to the other students at school as a dating possibility.”
“Do you mind? Does it bother you?”
“I miss you.” Jaya took Arna’s hand. Whatever was eating her, they could work it out. “I’ve never been a player, and I don’t plan to start now.” She counted in her head, waiting for that moment when her lover’s shoulders un-tensed. “Now. About your other girlfriend…”
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