Thorn doesn’t necessarily think Sønheim left the bug…but he knows the eavesdropper will be able to find someone who can translate, and he wants to scold them without Magical Thorn understanding.
…I’m just calling the kid “MThorn” in the transcript for now. Readers, let me know if that works!
Meanwhile, this month’s Patron-exclusive wallpaper: something cute with the “Magical Thorn AU Leif, Thorn, and Kale/Kudzu” trio:
MThorn: Uh, I was still holding up fine, really . . .
Thorn: Good, because I need you to stop here for one more scan.
MThorn: What’s this one for?
Thorn: Checking for anything that I wouldn’t want to bring home.
MThorn: What’s that? . . . Is it stealing my energy?
Thorn: Sort of. Hi, yes, we will give the lost and scared teenager some privacy.