None May Challenge the Brotherhood

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“I need the Keep bugged.”

“I’m surprised you’re asking me,” Edwin says, though not a flicker of the surprise he claims shows on his face or in his voice. He’s leaning on the doorframe, arms crossed loosely; a deliberately casual posture to match the plain workman’s clothes he’s wearing. If Edwin’s fingers fall a bit too low, too close to the imagined hilts of the swords he’s not wearing, well – he hasn’t worn them publicly for a while and most likely only he and Baros would recognize the stance from days past.

He might have made a spy after all, Mathias thinks, but says instead: “Are you really?”

“I am unless it’s worse than you’re letting on,” Edwin says. “Have you lost half your stable, or only half your mind?”

“Half my trust,” Mathias says. “I can’t let this get out.”

“No? And you don’t trust your own people for the job, and you’re calling in a very interesting old favor. If I didn’t know you better, Matty, I might start to suspect you of treason.”

It’s a dangerous, double-edged joke between the pair of them. “Then it’s a good thing we do know each other,” he returns blandly. “And it’s a good thing I have that favor to hold.”

Fluff: ++

Angst: ++++

Smut: ++++

Overall Rating: ++++

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