OOC: Wow, Dream. Just wow. As always, your eloquence is indomitable.
As to the cards - I'm just working off the top of my nut, with a little help from some random website I Googled... I had never even seen
a Tarot deck before that.
But thanks for the compliment...
IC: Trotting to keep up with Rory's gait, Smeed wondered how best to approach the subject of his card reading. What he had found - if it were correct - might cause them a good deal of trouble before the end.
"Er..." he began, keeping his gaze on the ground ahead, "While you were asleep, I took the liberty of, well, reading my cards, and... I don't know if you'll want to hear this, but..." the old man swallowed and forged ahead. Thirty minutes' puzzling over little painted cards couldn't be wasted simply because he didn't want to break the news.
"The first one I turned over was Death. Now, even in ordinary circumstances, that's not good - but this time it was different - that Yas' brother touched it without realizing, and it suddenly felt... odd." Smeed hardly realized that Rory might not have any idea of what he was talking about; he just wanted to say it all, and quickly.
"So the first was Death, which I thought at first meant that someone was going to die soon. I hoped it wasn't the boy who touched it... but these things work in odd ways. The other ones were clearerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬? Smeed went over them again in his head. The Six of Masks - deceit - the Serf of Sabres - speed and diligence, which must have meant RoryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s time spell back there ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ the Deuce of Towers ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ strength in numbers. The Leper ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ corruption and revulsion ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ the Seven of Vaults ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ secrets best left undisturbed ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ the Seer ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ magikal espionage ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ the Queen of Masks ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ beauty hiding danger. The Ace of Stars ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ nobility or dominance ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ and the Ten of Sabres ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ military force. Together, they formed a picture he wished they hadnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWell, to put it shortly, I fear weÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re being followed by a good deal more people than we thought ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ and somewhere out there, there are plenty more. Not only that, but someone among those people has been tracking us ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ but not using normal methods ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ some form of deception, I believe.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬? He lowered his voice, hoping that the children would not hear. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAnd also ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ as if that werenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t bad enough ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ the cards are hinting
[ at something. I hate it when they do that ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ it means that even they
are afraid. TheyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re hinting at something repulsive, deceptive, controlling, corrupt ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ everything weÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢d rather not have following us. The sooner we reach Palaten, the better ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Lord willing theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ll be able to stem the tide ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ before whatever it is makes itself knownÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬? He shivered. It is a terrible feeling, that the very tools of oneÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s trade refuse to speak for fear of what they might disclose. All of a sudden, the forest looked much less tranquil.