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AM 184Lil hadn't come over yet. Shameful as it was, I was a little relieved, and I felt guilty for it. It might have helped to talk to someone, but the only company really drifting my way were more and more politicians. In an hour, I learned more about this empire than I knew about half of my subjects in school. And I wasn't exactly a slacker there.This didn't do much to lift my mood, though. It would have made Lil happy, seeing me try, and succeed a little. I wished I could just get over myself and go talk to her.After a while, I excused myself from my current batch of lords and ladies and made my way to a clear bit of floor so I could just stand around and think. It didn't last, of course. A young lady with a towering brown hairstyle and a dress you could conquer small hamlets with approached me almost immediately, all smiles and fan-waving. I had no idea what she may have been hinting at w
AM 182Dammit. He was already heading for Aulma and her fiancé, Eric. He didn't look happy about it, so I guessed he'd been told to go straight to them, no detours. "Shit. We're headed the same way, I was kinda hoping for a ride.""Oh, you know him?""Yeah, he's
something." Definitely something. "Kind of a friend.""A cute friend.""
You caught me blushing, didn't you?"She winked and leaned her head on her own shoulder, smiling broadly. "Yes. It's adorable, when he was walking over you went sorta lumpy."Okay, what the hell. "Lumpy?""Like a hackysack with a hole in it. Saggy and hopeless and cute in a bizarre way."
I didn't know whether I should be flattered or pissed. "Right. Well, let's forget that, it's too complicated right now." A page passed along the line like a flight attendant going down the aisle, carrying d