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A Dice Roll Away - Chapter 74
Leo walked down to the refectory and took a beaker of milk, a bread roll and two sausages and sat down to eat near the end of one of the tables. Suddenly, he realised that Faith, Hope, and Charity – his sisters, though he barely knew any of them – had sat down around him. He hadn’t noticed them approach, they were so quiet. He was nervous as they sat down near to him – Charity to his left and Hope to his right, with Faith taking the seat directly opposite where he sat.  He waited for one of them to speak.
It was Faith who did speak. “We are sorry about what happened last week, Leo. Especially me. It was my idea and the others went along with it. We wanted Mistress Marta to expel us straight away and I thought that stripping you would make that happen. It didn’t. It won’t. It’s pretty clear right now that she’s no intention of letting any of us escape from this school. So we won’t be trying that again.”
Leo answered.
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The Mistress looked around at Blinda. “Have you completed your teaching for this morning, Blinda?”
“Yes, Mistress. As you asked me to.”
“Excellent. I would like you to take all the girls into the upper classroom and follow the instructions of the ladies you will find there.” Leo watched as Blinda lead all the girls out of the room, and then watched as a group of boys – boys he recognised as coming from the upper classroom entered this room, followed by three women and a girl he recognised – first by their dress and then he realised he had seen these particular women before – as Oblates of the Order of Saint Ashanax. Members of Perfidy’s convent. The girl was Lucille, but he was not sure of the older women’s name. Mistress Marta spoke to the assembled boys.
“These ladies are healers – physicians – Doctors. They have made representations to the city that each year, each child in any school in Ongus should
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Leo followed Mistress Marta to the front door of the school. “Now, Leo, I know you know where the List Field is, because you were there on Freyasdae. There’s a small church quite near there – just before you get there coming from this direction. Saint Emanel’s, It is in the care of Father Rosas’ – you know the Church I mean?”
“Yes, I go there sometimes.”
“Good – so I do not need to give you directions. I want you to hurry there and collect a parcel from Father Rosas and bring it back to the school. I don’t want you to dawdle, but nor do you need to run as fast as you can.”
“Yes, Mistress. What’s in the parcel?”
Mistress Marta looked at Leo. “I am not going to tell you, Leo. I will show you when you get it back to school, but it is better you do not know what it is while you are carrying it. I promise I will show you when you get it here and I think you will understand the reason why. F
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When he arrived home, he was not at all surprised that Perfidy was annoyed at him.”Where have you been, Leo? You said you were only going to buy some Minj Candy in Cushion Street, but you’ve been gone hours. I hope you had something to eat because the others have eaten everything I got for lunch.” The others weren’t there – why waste a fine afternoon inside?
“I had lunch with Sidley Mancaster and his sisters. I ran into him in Cushion Street. I didn’t think you’d mind.”
“I don’t really mind except for not knowing where you are.”
“Used to be, I’d be off all day with you having no idea.”
“That was out of necessity – and it wasn’t as dangerous then.”
“Wasn’t as dangerous? I was picking pockets. I could have been arrested any time. I could have wound up hanged. What do you mean it wasn’t as dangerous?”
Perfidy seemed to regret having said that, and Leo d
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He visited a few other shops looking for somewhere that sold Minj Candy and was surprised at how expensive a jar was when he finally found them for sale in a spice merchants. But he bought a jar anyway – he liked them and it was also his excuse for visiting Cushion Street.
The smell in the spice merchants was difficult to deal with and when Leo left he felt dizzy, lightheaded, and with a headache just beginning. As he stepped into the street again, he saw Sidley Mancaster walking down the other side of the street. And just a little behind him, was the Earl Mancaster who was looking into the window of a shop accompanied by a lady.
Leo raised a hand and attracted Sidley’s attention. The older boy stepped quickly across the road to him.
“How is Kellar?”
“He’s all right. His arm is in a sling, but it’s only bruises.”
“Thank God. I was worried I’d broken his arm. Leo – you’ll see him tomorrow at your school?”
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He left the latrina and ran home to the nearly identical, though more dilapidated, building he lived in. The door was locked and so he was not surprised to find nobody inside when he opened it. He stood looking at the space on the ceiling where he was sure there was a trapdoor into the ceiling space. He could not see any sign of it from here. How could he get up there? There was no ladder.
If he climbed up on top of the bunk beds, he’d be closer in height, but nowhere near the right part of the ceiling. He went over to the walls and looked at the rough brick work. It was probably nearly one thousand years old he realised and still very solid. But it was rough, and there were crevices where the mortar joined the bricks. Could he climb this wall? He was sure there were Rooks who could and he wished he had been given some lessons in that this day.
He went over to his bed, and pulled the pallet off the bed and put it near the wall he was planning to climb. Then he did the same with P
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Leo had found learning about Chaubrette relatively interesting, but it was not a nation of powerful witches. Still, at least the rest of the day did not drag and when they were dismissed, Leo stepped outside the doors and saw Perfidy standing there waiting for Nodar – they had an appointment to see the executions at Holder’s Creek. She gestured to him and he ran over.
“Leo, I had a visit from Amity earlier today. She told me you’re allowed to go into the area between here and the walls now. I’m not sure I like that idea but – well, that’s between me and her, I think. She’s also offered to… teach you certain skills that I think you should know. These are Rooks skills and I’m assured there is no trap involved and Amity gives me her word on that. I want you to go to where you’ve been having your sword fighting lessons – which will resume soon – and meet her there. You have my permission to learn what she wants t
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Leo ran. He considered not visiting the bath house as instructed but as he ran he decided that Mistress Marta must have felt like an hour really was enough time for him to get the information he needed and to visit the bathhouse as well – he did not think she would have deliberately set him up to fail. He didn’t waste any time though. And he was panting when he finally got to the library. Eadweard – Mistress Marta’s fifteen year old apprentice who Leo knew was only still her apprentice because he wanted to be – was standing on the steps. “This way, Leo. The Mistress sent a note on ahead of you.”
Eadweard lead Leo into a room full of books – he had been in here before. It was where the books on nobles were kept and that is what he was after. A footstool stood next to a shelf pulled out from the bookshelves and there was a book on top of it. He climbed up onto the footstool and looked at the cover of the leather bound book. At the top of th
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They did hurry.  They ran through the streets. The book was heavy, even with the bag, carrying it was not easy. By the time he got to Docksides, he was out of breath and he had a stitch in his side. And he really had not run all that fast or all that far. The door was unlocked, and he pushed his way inside.
Perfidy was not there, nor was Nodar. The way the others looked in as he came inside, made it clear they were waiting for something and he knew that look well enough to know they were waiting for dinner. None of them ever went hungry anymore but in the times before Leo’s luck had changed, that had not been uncommon and he wondered if he would ever lose the memories of hunger, true hunger. He looked at his foster brothers – no… he did not want to think of them that way, if Mistress Marta could make her apprentices brothers and sisters without a link of blood, then surely he could think of all of these as his brothers as well. He realised they had changed and he
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He was still pondering the question when he left the College of Arms late in the afternoon. He had been told that Pol would use what he had said to put together a proper proposal for a coat of arms for ‘Lord Leofrick Docket of the Court of Ongus’ for when and if he might need it. He had more than enough time to walk back to the school to collect his book without needing to rush. But he saw Kellar almost immediately he began to cross the List Field. It wasn’t difficult. The boy was on horseback and galloping towards Leo shouting.
“Where did you get a horse?” asked Leo. He knew they were very expensive.
“It’s Sidley’s – I ran into him while I was wating for you. I’ve been out here for a while.”
Sidley Mancaster was running up behind Kellar. “All right. You’ve proven your point, Kellar. You do know how to ride. Now give me back my horse!”
“A bet is a bet. You said if I could ride, I could have the ho
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Leo walked across the List Field. When it was not set up for a tournament – which was the case right now – it was one of the larger open spaces of the city.  It would be a wonderful place to play football. He wondered if that was allowed. This was one of the wealthier parts of the city and there were quite a lot of very small children walking around the edges of the field accompanied by women who seemed to be servants by their dress. The children were dressed in quite expensive clothes and Leo found himself wondering what it was like to grow up in comfort. He paused for a moment and looked at one small boy in a deep green outfit and for a moment, he felt like… had he ever worn something similar?
The College of Arms was a three story building on the edge of the list field. It was built in three layers – the ground floor was stone, the second floor was brick, and the third floor was mostly wood – but had large glass windows in it that must have cost a f
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Finally the lesson was over. Mistress Marta dismissed them with a firm injunction to all head straight home. She seemed to stare specifically at Leo as she said that. He supposed that was fair. He was the last to the door. Mistress Marta was obviously waiting to close it.
“That book is rather big for you, Leo.”
“Yes. Perfidy said she would find some sort of bag for me to carry it in.”
“Would you like to leave it here with me tonight, then? It will be too late by the time you are home for further study. At least it should be. Are you sleeping well, Leo?”
“Yes, Mistress.”
“Are you sure? With all that has happened to you, it would be entirely normal if you were not.”
“I have had some dreams… I think… I do not remember them… but I remember having them. Does that make sense?”
“Absolutely. It’s common place with dreams. But Leo I would like you to try to remember your dreams if you can. To w
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The time between lunch and the end of the school day seemed to drag on for twice as long as normal. Blinda kept going to the window and looking out of it. He wondered what she was looking at. She had told each of them to write down everything they knew about the city of Ongus and Leo found this easy enough to do but he did not really see the point of it. It’s not like they were learning anything new. But with the two minuses he already had, he decided not to even ask what the point of the lesson was because that type of question was one he didn’t seem to get right sometimes. And Blinda seemed to sometimes think he was being cheeky when he really wasn’t trying to be.
But, finally after looking out of the window again, Blinda told them to pack up their work and prepare to go home. And then released the class. Leo went and used the Latrina, and then went back to the classroom to get his book. Then he walked to the room which was used for the special lessons, the classroo
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When school ended, Leo retrieved his sword or his dagger or whatever it really was – he decided that when he had a chance to ask somebody who knew about such things, he should find out exactly what to call it and immediately headed home. He had a message for Perfidy and he also wanted to read everything he could again about the Moonglow and the Lesser Healing spell in preparation for his lesson the following night. He ran as fast as he could through the streets and beat the others home.
“Perfidy, I have a message for you from Mistress Marta?” She looked better. Stronger.
“Yes.”
“This Mistress has spoken to Sister Carida and you can go to your lesson tonight if you feel you are well enough but you don’t need to go if you don’t.”
“I’m going. I’m sick of being stuck in bed and then stuck here. I don’t feel sick anymore, Leo. I don’t even feel tired. And I’ve been using our nice new stove to cook up a
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The door was closed. Would he be able to hear anything? He dropped to the floor and noted the gap – it should be enough, but he would have to lie flat and that would make it hard to escape in a hurry. But he truly wanted to know what was going on inside the room.
“Please sit down, Amity. Or should I refer to you as Amethyst?” Mistress Marta’s voice was courteous but also cool.
“I would prefer Amity. I would prefer you think of me that way.”
“Are you here as my former pupil, the girl I knew? Or as a Jewel of the Rooks?”
“I am both. And I am here as both. You came to me… you came to me looking for a Rook, remember.”
“I came looking for a Rook. I might have hoped not to find you among them.”
“You knew what I was. You threw me out of your school because of what I was. Any chance I… please, Mistress. I do not wish this meeting to be…” Amity’s voice cracked and she sounded younger, you
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Shoe9 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Waiting, waiting, for the next chapter! :)
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It will come - hopefully in the next day or so. I've been overwhelmed with a number of other tasks, I have not been able to find any real spare time.
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Shoe9 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
It happens.  No worries.

I'm totally overwhelmed with life at the moment, but I still click on your site at least once a day...always looking for the next chapter. :)
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