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Aiko raises an eyebrow at Liesel-Marie's words about her 'witch sight'. The arael’sheaen is not some party trick to be performed for the amusement of others. The way she says it brings to mind one who has been admonished for doing just that.
With unusual clarity, Liesel-Marie meets the samurai's eyes and says, "Maybe not, but if you wish us to travel with you, you and the doubting one need to know who you are traveling with."
As the faint whispers tickler the back of her mind, Liesel-Marie abruptly stands, instinctively reaching for her greataxe as she looks around the room, eyes a little wild, before they return to the tableau of her associates old and new around the table. She watches, still tensed herself, as Aodhan stalks over to Aiko. As she hears the words of the samurai and the bouncer's response, a terrible realization dawns on her.
The whispers return as Aodhan struggles, but this time, the Erutaki has focus and they flow off like water from a duck's back. She gently steps up behind the Chelish man, keeping her voice low and unthreatening. "None of us knew, Aodhan, what that was in the cave. We thought we had defeated the monster. I am ashamed that I fled from my own axe, afraid of what I saw and did not understand. You were the stronger, you leapt forward to wrest it free, and you gave us the time we needed to destroy it as best we could. That it lives on somehow in you, I did not know, and for that I am ashamed once more. If anyone should be fighting this battle, it should be me. I should have stood fast, my friend, and I did not. It should be me."
And she tries to gently, but very firmly, take the man by the shoulders and turn him toward her where she can envelop him in a crushing bear hug while he gets it together or falls apart, whichever he needs. She looks at Kytynna, pain in her eyes, and whispers, "I'm so sorry. It should be me."
Bare d20 awaiting its bonus: 1d20 ⇒ 18
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