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Silk and Steel

And here’s what The Doctor and Fey have been up to all this while… (sorry for all the jumping around, I hope all the threads are still making sense! XD They’ll tie up again in the next post I promise!  )


“He’s not here.” The Doctor said. Not looking up from the book he was reading.
Fey pulled another chair to the table and seated herself opposite him. “Who?” she asked, tucking her long, greying hair behind one ear. She had already marked the patrons of the records office on her way in and could see no likely threat to her friend the alchemist, but she remained alert nonetheless.
“Mendicci.” he muttered, turning a page and scanning down it with his forefinger before closing the tome with a loud thud. “The man literally does not exist.”
Fey looked at him with concern. “But we know he does Doc, we both know him, hell, everyone knows him he’s as real as you or I.” She sighed heavily. “Why don’t you go home and get some sleep?”
Thd Doctor shook his head. “This has implications that go beyond your understanding. And that is not an insult,” he added, seeing Fey begin to smirk, “merely an observation.”
“There it is.” Fey said, shaking her head in amusement, “The reason I solicit your company, Doc. You always know how to flatter a girl.”
The doctor smiled grimly. “An intelligent girl knows that flattery is nothing and truth is everything.” He said, inclining his own head respectfully to indicate that he intended a compliment.
Fey snorted.
“The point is, I have been through all the possible city records – the man was never born. There is no record of him.”
Fey shrugged, “so his birth wasn’t registered. I’m sure there are hundreds of brats born in slums and gutters who don’t get an official birth certificate.”
The Doctor waved a finger in the air at that “You’re absolutely right. Which is why I have also been through the annual census records which recorded every citizen present in the city over the age of twelve – nothing – the workhouse records – nothing – the documentation of immigrants – nothing. I am telling you Fey this man does not exist.”
“And yet he does.” Fey said gently, laying a gloved hand over the doctor’s arm.
“But how?” the doctor asked. “Who is he? What is he? Where did he come from? Why does he bleed?”
Fey shook her head. “Look I don’t know Doc, maybe he snuck here on a ship from Pav’shma? Maybe he.. maybe he changed his name! Did you think of that?” The doctor looked at her sceptically and Fey threw her hands up in the air “Well, hell Doc maybe he just slipped down a rope from the moon, I have no idea. What I do know is that you are becoming obsessed, and that ain’t healthy.” She looked at him gently and smiled, “Come on, lets take your talk if the mysterious Mendicci to The Cross Keys, where I can get get a drink,” she said, cracking a quick drumroll on the table and rising from her seat.

3 responses

  1. I love this conversation, tis the perfect illustration of how wonderfully you write dialogue and why your characters are so very vivid.❤️The flow of their conversation feels so ‘effortless’, natural, off the cuff; rendering it real…rather than scripted or contrived to further the plot. I’ve been meaning to mention that for a wee while but could scarce have picked a finer example than this masterful snippet of wordsmithery.🥰 Thank you, as always, for sharing it with us my scrumptious🌹❤️🌹

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    May 18, 2020 at 2:38 am

    • Penny Blake

      Aw thankyou from the bottom of my heart my treasure for your ineffably kind and generous words – not a one of which I deserve I’m sure! XD I would echo them right back about your own dialogue writing too – it is something which strikes me in all your books how well you capture every magical marvelous thing about your characters in the way they speak and interact – I always feel as if I am right there in the room with them you marvellous magic weaver! xxxxxx

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      May 18, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      • Aw…you’re so very welcome…and you absolutely do deserve them❤️Every one and more XD Oh, how lovely of you, thank you so much my scrumptious one🥰 You’ve just described exactly what you do y’self and its effect on me🌹 xxxxxx


        May 18, 2020 at 2:38 pm

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