Leif (thinking): One of Thån’s knights . . . is going to that mine . . .
Leif considers his options.
Leif (imagined): Can you rent Elisa long-term, and send her up there with him? Or, if it takes as long as they’re saying, maybe just buy her?
Leif (imagined): I’ll do anything you want to make this deal worthwhile. Anything.
Leif (imagined): Now, of course, stealing would be wrong, so I would never suggest such a thing . . .
Leif: Thån, if —
Thorn: Are you okay? Do you want to come sit down?
Leif: N-no! I — I had something in my throat that wasn’t supposed to be there. It’s gone now.
Raise your hand if you hate Sonheim’s indentured servitude.
*Raises both hands*
Poor Leif. Those compulsions suck, huh?
*Raises hands, feet, arms, legs, head, and ears*
On the one hand… it’s good to know that WRONGTHOUGHT isn’t zapped… it’s action that gets the volts.
On the other… situation 1 was the least subversive. 2 is wildly inappropriate, even if he wasn’t owned by the embassy. and 3 is the sort of thing that, even said in jest, gets you a talking-to in my workplace.
Is the compulsion so complete that he cannot even mention Elisa’s situation, sans request?
He can mention it! What he can’t do is incite conspiracy against the Embassy.
Wait… Wasn’t Uncle Thorn being posted on Sundays?
Only when it doesn’t get pre-empted, by something like plot or backstory.
Ah, I see now! Thanks!