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Sept. 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

   Gawain glanced at Lorica. She seemed genuinely sympathetic, so he continued.
    "Well... my father isn't a tyrant or anything, don't get me wrong. But he is a strong law-abider. He puts the law first, everywhere. And he's pretty stern. So, when I, er, told him how I felt about the king, he wanted to ground me. I disobeyed, and the king's men got wind of my words. My father chose not to intervene, because he said I deserved punishment for treason against a sovereign. He just doesn't get that this sovereign needs to go!"
   Gawain sighed. "I mean, obeying laws is great. But my father puts law and king before justice and family. The king exiled me, and when I.... um... shouted some nasty stuff at the king before they dragged me off, my father disowned me."
  

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Sept. 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Lorica winced. "That seems... pretty harsh. I guess that at least you know that you're in the right here. Your father was completely out of line to do that. He really doesn't deserve someone as brave as you for a son." She felt angry towards Gawain's father, even though he hadn't done anything to her.

She chewed nervously on a piece of straw. "Do you have any other relatives who might... you know... be sympathetic or something?"

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Sept. 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

((I'm so sorry it's taken me forever! =( ))
    Gawain flushed at Lorica's comment about him being brave. That would be the first time that a girl told him that, and wasn't just coddling up.
    "I have an uncle who disappeared around the same time I did. My dad never liked him much... said he was a 'rule-breaker'." Gawain allowed himself a grin.
   "I've always told myself that someday I'd try and find him, but I don't know where to start. I don't even know if he'd be on my side. "

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Sept. 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

((Bumpies))

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Sept. 11, 2012 at 11:11 am

((Haha, I was just thinking to bump this so it didn't get lost and then you posted. Are you psychic?))

"I suppose it could be worth a try," she said thoughtfully. "I've been thinking for a while that the only way to defeat the king - if we can even call him that - is numbers. There are people who are opposed to him but are too scared to speak up. If they saw that many others felt the same way, they might be persuaded to help."

Lorica brushed back the hay until the soil underneath was exposed. She drew a rough shape with her finger and pointed to a spot near the edge. "Say that this is the kingdom," she explained. "We're here. And and we want to get here." She pointed to another spot. "We have two problems. One, how do we get there without getting caught. And two, what do we do once we get there?"

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Sept. 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

((Grrr, I keep forgetting who's turn it is to post. =P Sorry! ))
   "Well, if you think it's a good idea, then, it's settled." Gawain sighed. "Disguise is a possibility, but it can't be a disguise that can't be instantly taken away. I mean... my uncle needs to know it's me, when we find him. Know what I mean?" He tapped his fingers on the map Lorica had drawn.
   "Hmm," he mused. "We could disguise ourselves as traveling musicians or something. Can you sing or play an instrument?"

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Sept. 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Lorica grinned ruefully. "Sorry, I never really had time for either of them," she smirked. "I know it's proper for a lady to learn music, but I thought it was much more important to spend my time rolling in mud and chasing after escaped pigs. Although I suppose if you could teach me to act like a boy I could go around with a collecting pot when you do an act."

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Sept. 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Gawain laughed, imagining what Lorica must have been like as a child. "I'm starting to pity your parents," he said with a wink.
   Becoming serious again, he pondered. "That's an idea... If we work on your voice a little, you could continue to pass as a boy. I can play the dulcimer, and I have a decent voice, I think. Problem is, I need a dulcimer! Also, do you know how to sound poor, honest, and pitiful?"
 

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Sept. 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Lorica raised an eyebrow. "Gawain, I grew up among the poor, honest and pitiful." She winked. "It's lucky for you that I'm also a brilliant actress." She stood up on her feet and hobbled around a bit, pretending she had a limp. Then knelt down in front of him, widening her eyes and attempting to look the picture of innocence. "Please sir, can you spare a copper?" She dropped the act, laughing and returned to where she had sat before. "What do you think?"

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Sept. 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm

(( *growl* I hate it when I accidentally press the 'back' key in the middle of a post. =P ))
Gawain laughed. "Okay, you'll do. Nice job!" He jumped up in turn, brushing the straw off of his pants. "How's this, for my part?"
He began to sing, quietly:
"It's a rosebud in June and the violets in full bloom,

And the small birds are singing love songs on each spray.







"We'll pipe and we'll sing love,

We'll dance in a ring love,

When each lad takes his lass

All on the green grass,

And it's oh to plough where the fat oxen graze low

And the lads and the lasses do sheep shearing go.



"When we have all sheared our jolly, jolly sheep,

What joy can be greater than to talk of their increase.





"Their fles.h it is good, it's the best of all food,

And their wool it will cloth us and keep our backs from the cold.



"Here's the ewes and the lambs, here's the hogs and the rams,

And the fat wethers too they will make a fine show."
Gawain finished, and sat down again. "An old folk song from the peasants in the hamlets near my family's castle."

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Sept. 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

((Sorry for the incredibly long post! ))

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Sept. 17, 2012 at 11:26 am

Lorica had goosebumps up her arms. She smiled softly at him, wishing he hadn't stopped singing. "You have a lovely voice," she said. It brought back memories of being safe, of days inside the homes of her friends, listening to their mothers sing as they worked. Their singing was the happiest sound she heard growing up, but Gawain had a remarkable way of - probably unintentionally - reminding her of when she was younger and things were easier.

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Sept. 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

   Gawain flushed at Lorica's praise. He absolutely loved singing, (though he wasn't about to admit to to anyone,) and it was nice to have heard a genuine compliment about it. "Thank you," he said, looking at the rafters of the stable. "I- er, used to sing a lot, and it's been a while."
   He shot an embarrased, side-long look at Lorica. "I didn't mean to show off. Sorry if it looked that way!"  Lorica had loosened him up a bit, and he felt a lot more relaxed then he had in an awfully long time.

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Sept. 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Lorica smirked. He was actually quite adorable when he was acting embarrased. "Of course not. I say, if you have the gift, use it. At least, that's what I'll be doing horse riding tomorrow," she teased. "I hope you won't be jealous of my incredible skills. Although I must say, it would be hard not to be!" She poked her tongue out at him, enjoying not really having to worry about anything.

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Sept. 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Gawain laughed, and raised an eyebrow. "Oh, reeeally?" he commented, stretching the word out as much as it was worth. "And how long have you been riding for? I've been riding since I was four. I had my first horse then." Feeling incredibly immature, he stuck his tongue back out at her, in payback.  "But, then again, I'm better at speed riding then manuevering. What's your specialty?"

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Sept. 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm

"Well," Lorica announced. "I am particularly excellent at doing things on horseback which will most likely kill me. I always used to get dared to do stuoid things, and I never, ever let myself not try something that someone assumes I can't do." She felt for a scar on her ankle. "When I was eight, I decided to jump my dad's horse - which he hadn't properly broken in yet - over a fallen oak in the woods. I was chucked and broke my leg and couldn't get out of bed for three months because I was too restless to let the bone set. That was the last time I've ever fallen off."

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Sept. 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

"Well," Lorica announced. "I am particularly excellent at doing things on horseback which will most likely kill me. I always used to get dared to do stuoid things, and I never, ever let myself not try something that someone assumes I can't do." She felt for a scar on her ankle. "When I was eight, I decided to jump my dad's horse - which he hadn't properly broken in yet - over a fallen oak in the woods. I was chucked and broke my leg and couldn't get out of bed for three months because I was too restless to let the bone set. That was the last time I've ever fallen off."

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Sept. 19, 2012 at 11:18 am

   Gawain smiled. "I like that kind of spirit. But it might get you into even more trouble, someday, if you're not careful."
   Suddenly, he realized that it was late. Very late. "Oh, my word." Gawain jumped up. "It's probably 3 o'clock in the morning! We sure talked for a long time..." 
   He grinned. "Well, at least I found a friend. I mean... we are friends now, right?"

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Sept. 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Lorica laughed. "Sure, friends," she agreed. "It beats mortal enemies anyway, I doubt I could take you in a fight." She started to settle herself in the straw, curling up into it and wrapping her cloak around herself.

She had a sudden thought. "If we are travelling together, you won't leave without me in the morning while I'm still asleep will you? You promise you'll wake me up so I can come with you?"

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Sept. 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

   Gawain knelt down again, for a moment, looking straight into Lorica's face.
    "We've just risked a lot, telling each other everything we did. We're in this together now, okay?"
He raised his hand, and swore: "I swear that I will wake you tomorrow, so you can come with me. I also promise that I won't desert you in danger, unless you ask me to."
 
   Gawain lowered his hand, and stood up. "How's that? And do you want to swear the same thing? You don't have to."

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