“Why didn’t you stop her?”
The words touched the dread clawing at Sean’s throat. He couldn’t stop the tide of angry, panicky words. “I couldn’t! She clubbed Sir Nathan in the head! She’s helping them and she’s refusing to leave – she’s so deeply enmeshed in this that there is no talking to her, no reasoning with her.”
“Because you insist on using reason.” Dubh grabbed him by the shoulders. “This is not a reasonable war. These men and women are full of emotion and passion. They sing about martyrs and blood sacrifice. This is danger and love and Maureen is throwing all that she has at it. Use it; speak to her. You are stronger than this, boy.”
Sean spread his hands out in front of him, wishing they held some answer. Emotion? He had that, but Maureen was past listening. He’d lost his chance.
“No, you haven’t. You haven’t even begun to fight for her. I can’t do this, Sean. None of us belong here.”
Sean felt a finger of foreboding slide down his neck. All the questions he wanted to ask, like where Dubh had been the last two months, dried in his throat. Dubh was scared; even amidst Bingham’s men, Dubh had not shown fear.
D: 2 months? You let 2 months go by?
A: I let? You’re the one calling the shots, D.
D: I know, but 2 months?! No wonder.
A: They’re 15 – well, Sean is 16 now, but still, what did you expect?
D: (Bloody teenagers). Okay, so I may have allowed things to get out of hand, but how do you reckon it was 2 months?
A: Simple math that made my head kind of hurt because I took it too far. Did you know that because you spent a generation away from the hill that you spent 60 days in Tír na nÓg?
D: Wait, A. Slow down. You used math?
A: Yes. It hurt.
D: I can see that. Back to the two months . . . ?
A: Oh, yeah. 24 hours in Tír na nÓg equals about 6 months for us. I’d say you spent about six hours chatting and travelling when you visited Niamh. That puts you at 1.5 months, but then you still had to integrate yourself with the uprising and get your bearings. It’s an approximation.
D: I did not spend that much time chatting.
A: Then what were you up to, D?
D: You’ll find out.
A: I am not going to like this at all, am I?
D: You might. You seem to have an appreciation for the epic. You may even enjoy yourself.
A: That’s pushing it, Druid, and you know it.
D: Yes, but I can always hope, A.
A: You keep hoping and I’ll keep writing, how about that?
D: Can’t argue with you.
A&D: For once.
A’s telling the tale today, baby!
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D: Thunder stealer.
A: Do you have anything better, Druid?
D: No. I’m going to go mope in my corner.
A: You could always lurk back to your corner.
D: I refuse to dignify that with a response.
A: Cheer up, D. There’s always tomorrow.