A long time ago
“Don’t mind them.”
The fur-taker looked up to see a man filling her doorway, wings spread, carrying something on a tray. Bowls, mugs – whatever it was, it smelled good.
“Come in,” she offered weakly. The threshold here was so much less than her swamp, so thin she was fairly certain it held only out of courtesy. Even in her little house in the Village, Regine’s magic weighed heavily. In here, in her office…
It was nice of him to pretend, anyway.
“You’re Luca, aren’t you? The Hunting Hawk.”
“And you’re the pelt-taker. Regine said you’re using the name ‘Shira’ here?” He stepped inside and closed the door with his foot.
“It’s close enough.” The Fur-taker wondered if she ought to be worried, but he was not giving off any sense of menace or danger, spread wings or no.
“The others…” He sat down and put the tray between them on a small table. Stew. And tea. “Don’t mind them.”
“You said that already.” Which meant he had more meaning in mind than the words themselves held.
“They’re…” He shrugged. “… Fancy.”
The fur-taker smirked. “And I am not.” She plucked at the hem of her sleeve, a loaned outfit – from Luca here, not from one of the women – and comfortable.
“I’m not, either. But it suits us. They’re not sure about seers. The pure-bloods, they don’t like what they don’t understand.”
The fur-taker smiled her sharp smile, the one that said life is hard. “And they understand so little. But you.” She looked at him, Looked at him, and nodded. “You understand too much. Be ware, Hawk, or it will cripple you.”
It would, she already saw it. But there were paths in which it would free him, too.
The meme is here: Give me the names of two characters and I will tell you why character A loves character B.
Here is chanter_greenie‘s first prompt.
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