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The house in the hills is full of noise and light and people; three generations of the Davies family, with Will and Jane and Cordelia, not to mention the tree standing in the parlor, are more than enough to crowd Bran's comfortable home. It is a happy crowd, in any case. Children are everywhere, chattering peacefully, and adults are making small talk in the corners. A Yule log burns in the hearth, and mistletoe and holly hang over the windows.

Two children, both about ten, are nudging each other and laughing. Their conversation is in Welsh, but can be translated to, "You ask!" "No, you!" "Your turn!"

A few minutes later, both of these children approach Cordelia Vorkosigan. They smile at her in an alarmingly innocent fashion.

Date: 2007-10-24 04:58 am (UTC)
veryvorkosigan: (direct)
From: [personal profile] veryvorkosigan
She smiles back, cheerful and friendly and not fooled for a moment.

"Let me see, it's ... Elen and Gwyn, isn't it?"

There are what seem like dozens of grandchildren, but after over thirty years of working the Vor social scene, Cordelia is that good with names.

Date: 2007-10-24 05:20 am (UTC)
veryvorkosigan: (portrait)
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They're both still trying to restrain giggles, of the nervous we-know-we-shouldn't-be-doing-this variety. It's enough to make Cordelia's own laugh genuine.

"Do I look like a great queen to you? Or one of the -- I'm not even sure I can pronounce that."

Date: 2007-10-24 05:34 am (UTC)
veryvorkosigan: (direct)
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"Really? I don't think I know that story."

She leans forward in the soft chair, arms resting lightly on knees, and looks from one young face to the other in curiosity as frank as theirs.

Date: 2007-10-25 03:26 am (UTC)
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Cordelia keeps her eyes on the children, after one amused flicker at Bran.

When Elen finishes, she smiles warmly. "That's a lovely story. Does it tell what became of Branwen after she went home?"

Date: 2007-10-25 03:45 am (UTC)
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Her face has gone sober, but before she can respond -- that's what wars do is what's in her mind to say -- Gwyn speaks first.

So she turns to him. "How does that story go, then?"

Date: 2007-10-25 04:27 am (UTC)
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Cordelia's eyebrows rise, and she looks duly impressed by the horribleness of it all.

"And were they believed?"

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Date: 2007-11-05 06:39 am (UTC)
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Jane glances into the study before knocking lightly on the door frame. She doesn't want to intrude if Margaret doesn't want her to be there.

Date: 2007-11-06 05:43 am (UTC)
jane_drew: (elderly but still smiling)
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"I heard part of it told, once," Jane says softly. Long ago, now.

She doesn't move forward into the room, yet, remaining in the doorway.

Date: 2007-11-07 05:13 am (UTC)
jane_drew: (elderly but still smiling)
From: [personal profile] jane_drew
She enters the study and moves over towards the armchair to sit.

"I'd imagine that it's not the sort of topic that comes up in everyday conversation," she says, gently. "Understandably so."

Date: 2007-11-07 05:40 am (UTC)
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"It doesn't give the comfortable distance of 'Once upon a time', as the other stories do," she says, nodding faintly, a look of understanding on her face.

Date: 2007-11-07 06:24 am (UTC)
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"I know what you mean, though," Jane says.

That is the exact reason why Jane didn't like Bran when she first met him.

Special.

How long ago that was.

"Belonging to stories, or even being close to those who are, isn't easy. It only serves to throw into relief the gap between those who are of the stories, and those who are not."

And yes, it does hurt, sometimes.

Date: 2007-12-11 06:42 am (UTC)
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Jane hesitates, watching her with a solemn, slightly sad look on her face.

"If you were in his place, would you?"

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