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After Bran hangs up the phone, he puts the kettle on. Cordelia and Margaret, he expects, will be downstairs presently.

In the event, Margaret decides she would rather go to sleep early.

Date: 2007-10-10 04:32 am (UTC)
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So it's Cordelia alone who comes down the stairs, slow and careful, floating a little in her borrowed flannel dressing gown.

She enters the kitchen just as the kettle's starting to whistle.

Date: 2007-10-10 04:45 am (UTC)
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And oh, that hurts to watch.

She opens her hand in assent, and follows him.

Date: 2007-10-10 05:10 am (UTC)
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"How long has it been, Bran?" she asks quietly.

Date: 2007-10-10 05:23 am (UTC)
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It's several seconds before she can speak. She reaches for the second cup of tea in the meantime, and stirs sugar into it, for something to do with her hands.

"Less," she says finally, muffled. "Less than two years since I saw you last."

Date: 2007-10-11 04:02 am (UTC)
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"Not at all," she agrees weakly, and lowers her head to take a sip of tea.

And raises her head again, lowering the cup with the tea untasted. "2035," she repeats, and the panic she's been suppressing for hours starts to well up again. "Wales. Bran, I don't know how I got here."

Date: 2007-10-11 04:39 am (UTC)
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"I was -- at Milliways. The last I remember." She raises the cup again, and this time she drinks.

"Will says he'll come?"

Date: 2007-10-11 04:51 am (UTC)
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Cordelia gives a short, wry laugh.

"That works pretty neatly."

Date: 2007-10-11 05:18 am (UTC)
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Oh.

"That was ... a while ago," she says. "Aral's a lot better now."

A lot better than he was the last time she saw Bran, lying unconscious from a bad fall. Not really in the best of health, but ... not that bad, for a man his age.

Which is not that far from Bran's age.

Date: 2007-10-24 03:18 am (UTC)
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"Five days." She takes a deep breath, and another sip of tea. "No, that's not so bad."

A beat.

"And it isn't as though I could go home in any case. I've been Bound for some time."

Date: 2007-10-24 03:56 am (UTC)
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"Unexpected," Cordelia repeats, with that same wry laugh.

"It's good to be here, though. Your family's been so kind, even before they knew anything about me." She shakes her head. "They never even asked my name."

Date: 2007-10-24 04:27 am (UTC)
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"...Seriously?"

Cordelia is not at all sure whether or not Bran is joking.

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