Thorn: Listen, Laurel can be a guest of mine who changed her RSVP at the last minute. And Goldenrod can be Kale’s plus-one. Anything goes bad, you whisk him away. And if nothing goes bad? We get a room full of witnesses who can say Kale was a delightful guest all night.
— if that’s okay with you, I mean.
Kale (thinking): They gave Thorn the shield gem . . . If he didn’t trust me, it would’ve blocked my psychic message. But he got it. He let me in.
Maggie Persil: Well . . . You’re his handler. Keep a close watch on his emotional state, and be ready to pull him at the first sign of instability.
Goldenrod: Can do, Minister.
Persil: Oh, and — deal with the mystery observer I left restrained at that window.
Thorn: The what?