When he stepped closer and cupped her chin, she felt her face flush slightly before his words made her pout more. "I am not adorable," she replied, again becoming more childish.
Hearing the options he gave her, she furrowed her brow thoughtfully. Neither was something she wanted to do. "I am not calling you lord," she told him before sighing, "Fine... I'll try to forget." To note was the try, because she wasn't sure she could forget this.
Naturally, she was not thrilled about staying here and the thought of being in a magic circle was even worse. Her arms wrapped around herself, trying to figure out what to do. Still, hearing he would be there made her smile softly. "Really?" she asked softly before looking around, "So I suppose we should find a place to sleep?" She had no idea when they would need her next.
He shook his head a bit at her pouting, and since they were alone, cupped her chin in his hand, "How adorable."He teased, moving his hand back down now. Hearing what she said he still disagreed. "I know what you would rather do, then I suppose you can repay me by forgetting you were ever indebted to me in the first place. Or..you can walk around calling me 'My lord'."He figured he could tease her all he wanted about this current thing.
Her last question though he did nod his head towards her, "We will..and you'll probably be..put through some magical circle and such after the wait..I dunno I'm not a mage."He informed her, though that was obvious. "I'll be with you though, for every step of the way."
She had never seen it as necessary to ask him how much money he had and how long he had been gone. Truthfully, it felt like he hadn't wanted to talk about it and hadn't pressed the matter. Perhaps though she had simply misunderstood his demeanor. It wouldn't have been the first time.
Him crossing his arms she was prepared to argue with him when he smiled. What he said made her pout. "I never asked you to save my life," she pointed out, crossing her arms in front of her, clearly becoming a little child again.
What he said made her tilt her head. She clearly didn't understand and shook her head. "No, I owe you," she repeated stubbornly, "I would rather be indebted to you than them." Now the question was what they would do. "So... I guess we are stuck here for a bit?" she inquired softly. She clearly didn't want to stay here.
He looked at her curiously and shook his head a little bit. It wasn't hard for him, she never asked how long he'd been gone, nor could he have answered, however it was long enough he knew that he had accrued a bit of money. After all, his expenses weren't very many and he did often do a job to help or more, in a lot of places. He crossed his arms as she continued to go on, though when her final line left her mouth, his mouth cracked into a smile and he began to chuckle a bit. "Oh? Oh really? You'd be in my debt for this but..not for your life?" After all, he had certainly saved her, but it wasn't like he held that against her either. "I would do it for you simply because, you can accept that. And I don't expect you to owe me anything."He looked at her curiously, "I would rather you have your freedom."He scratched the back of his head a little bit. "I won't have you indebted to people you don't want to be..much less myself."
How was she supposed to see that kind of money for her as justified? After all, that amount was huge and she was but a drow. No one would miss her, if she did disappear. "It's a lot of money," she replied firmly, knowing at least that much, even if not the exact amount.
What he said though made her pause. No one in their right mind would spend that kind of money on her. "Are you saying that you have that kind of money?" she inquired slowly before look to him, "Why would you spend that kind of money on me?" If that was the case, she had not realized how wealthy he was. Sure, he had said he was somehow royal, but that didn't have to mean anything. Even more so, if he did have it, why spend it on her.
There was a long, very long pause as she tried to figure out what to say and do. Slowly she seemed to come to a decision. "If you do that, then I am in your debt," she told him. She didn't want to receive that money for free nor make him feel like she was using him.
"It's not too bad.."He stated, not enjoying that she found money pointless for her but also knew the value. He didn't really know what to say about it either. "This is your freedom we are speaking of."He shook his head slightly, "What better could I use my money on?" Sure the gesture may have been lost on him on just what he said, but he really seemed to mean it. After all, wasn't he showing her that not all humans were bad, not all evil was to be sought after, that there was more to life than being indebted to people. He never had asked her to fully integrate into the world he chose, but he did want to at least give her the option to seek what she wanted to do herself..even if she had stated it would probably be solitary existence.
She wasn't sure if she was relieved or not that the enchanter could see them almost immediately. Staying out here wasn't any good, but being touched by them wasn't better. So she simply followed them.
He was right in assuming that she wouldn't have wanted him to leave. While she simply sat there in an almost catatonic state as she was being examined, her fists balled together, him being there was the only thing that kept her sane enough not to run. It wasn't as bad as she thought, but their touching of the tattoos wasn't comforting.
There weren't a lot of things that she understood about this world, but one of them was money. Naturally, never having had a lot of it, she had always been careful about it. The sum required left her in shock. There was no way they could pay that. When the enchanter left to get something, she turned to him. "We can't pay that. It's too expensive," she told him. There was no way she could ask him to pay that for her and she would never have that kind of money. Lastly, she didn't trust the mages enough to work for them to stutter it off.
He made them aware that they came on a good day and that she could be brought to one of their senior enchanters almost immediately. After the process was over they'd have their cost, however he was almost certain when he observed that the process she was expecting was nowhere near the level she was expecting for invasive, mostly they just looked at the enchantment and asked her if they could touch it, possibly to find out it's origins and nature.
He remained there for her though, not leaving her side, knowing that she wouldn't be very happy if he did. After all was said and done the cost was evaluated, it seemed a strong enough enchantment, that it was a pretty penny. They summed up around 2000 gold. He didn't know if she knew it or not, nor would he make her aware of the fact that it was expensive.
As a reply to his need to be right, she gave him a small pout as a reply. She genuinely didn't have a response to that so she kept quiet. That and he seemed to like it when she pouted. Either way, she doubted, if she would be sleeping out there or in there so they may as well present their case.
The buildings were impressive. She had to give them that. Curiously, though never lowering her guard, she looked around. She had never seen a place like this before. Meeting the man at the reception, she silently listened to the exchange, not saying a word. It seemed best to let him do the talking, because he actually had some sort of idea how to handle this situation.
Still, she couldn't deny the thought of being studied by mages left her blood cold. Naturally, the cost question couldn't be answered, but she could think of one that they might be able to. "How long until they can... look at me?" she inquired, disliking the word study. She was not some lab rat to be poked and prodded, though she had a feeling that was exactly what would be happening.
"I am rather certain they don't know why we'd be camping, but if you say so." He chuckled a bit to himself with a small shake of his head, following beside her. Her stubborn attitude somehow must have grown on him. As they did approach the building that was open to them would be the library and the admission building attached to it, they were kind of ahead of their time really. A desk with a normal enough man sitting at it greeted them, though how he would word what they needed he would never really know. "We are seeking aid, a spell has been placed upon my companion and we need it removed." Sure, easy enough. The man didn't know really how to just up and respond to such a thing of course, making them aware that it would need to be studied and looked at, testing, things of that nature, it would take time. "And for the usage of..the resources what would that cost us?" The question hadn't been entirely lost on him. Such a thing would depend on how deeply her tattoo was enchanted. So they'd have to find that out first.
She really didn't understand why he was doing so much for her. If she looked deep enough within herself, she would probably realize the answer, but as it stood right now, she was confused slightly.
Still, right now she was more focused on the college. Sure, it was probably completely harmless to most, but to her it was the personification of evil and she wanted nothing to do with it. She had been taught to stay away from these people, not to trust them and seek their aid.
Hearing the suggestion of staying another night outside, she squared her shoulder, put on her stubborn face and shook her head. "And have them believe I'm scared of them? No way. Let's go," she retorted stubbornly as she began to move towards the castle, though the only thing that actually made her walk was her stubbornness and refusal to show weakness.
It was clear it was something she couldn't just live with, having to be paranoid, even if he once had made the argument that if she got far enough no one would bother to come. Now though, it was different, he wanted a weight lifted from her shoulders. Watching her it was clear that she wanted nothing to do with this place, less so now that they were here. Sure, the tower was intimidating enough, but it was mostly a college campus, food building, library, teaching building, sleeping quarters, then the tower.
He shook his head a bit at her statement, "You sure you don't want to wait until it is morning?"It was an option of course, they could camp out here for the night, have a whole day to deal with whatever they had to, instead of just going right into this place.
Truth be told, she did not imagine that they could help her. After all, if these tattoos were as easy to break as asking a mage to do it, then probably a lot more have gotten rid of them by now. There had been so much disappointment in her life. She didn't want to get her hopes up only to be let down. It just took too much energy to get back up afterwards.
She looked to him when he took her hand to squeeze it. She was surprised by the gesture, but did squeeze back ever so slightly. "It's not that. I'm worried they will make this a lot more difficult for something that I could just live with," she replied, not realizing the option to change the tone he had been hoping for.
Soon they could see the castle looming in front of them and unknowingly she found herself slowing slightly. Her entire skin crawled and her main instinct was to run as far away from here as possible. Her focus had mostly shifted to the gates of the castle while disregarding everything else around her. She might have even stepped slightly behind him, not trusting these people one bit. Seeing his gaze on her, she tried to pretend nothing was wrong, which obviously wasn't working with the way she was acting. "Shall we?" she asked, a hand at her side to draw a weapon on instinct.
"Well, I think it's the nature and origin of such things they find interesting."He supposed she was just going to be stubborn and didn't want to be too hopeful for something that may or may not be able to help them. He did take her hand for a moment to give it a squeeze, hopefully to reassure her, before returning to their normal walking. "I'm not worried about any tasks usually, don't think I can stand up to it?" Maybe he could just switch it around to a sort of playful tone that she might find challenging or something like that. Though the fact that she found her 'freedom' not worth it, made him wonder about a few things. She'd be so much better off without the thought of someone tracking her looming over her head and she must know that as well. At this point though, maybe he'd be willing to fight off whoever dared anyway.
It wasn't too long before it was late afternoon and they were approaching the college and tower of these mages. It was clearly in view, and he looked to her, wondering what she'd want to do.
Her brow arched slightly in disbelief. "I don't know. I'm sure there are plenty of others that have similar things. Drow can't be the only ones that want people to obey," she pointed out, not being able to imagine that, especially, if they were a loose collection of people like he said.
Listening to him list to all the things that mages could be, she gave a nod. "I get it. You are saying that they are all different and that I shouldn't brand them all to be drow haters," she said in a tone that could well be accompanied by eye rolling, "I just don't trust that they will not give us a very hard task to do in return. If that is the case, we will not accept the bargain. It won't be worth it." She would not risk his life for her possibly being freed from her master. It was strange that she was so worried that he came out of this alive. It was the first time that had happened.
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