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Valorn Aenethal

Valorn volunteered to slowly break down the barrier. He was a craftsman, and he knew how to tear down things, even if they weren't plate. The dwarves are especially good at breaking things without collateral damage. And Valorn, apparently, was very talented at breaking hearts, too. In between the first couple pryings, he takes a look at Erys, who looks like she is going to stay in the room as the others begin to walk away. "Awesome," he thinks to himself. "Just what I needed while I work. Well, maybe it won't be so bad. I thought she would be avoiding me.

Erys Moongem

For a few moments, she just watched him work. Dwarves. She closed her eyes and listened to the sounds of effort. Sure, he was tearing something down… but it was still building, in a way. Still upward. And then they'd be beset by some fucking skeletons or Goddess knew what else. With the way everyone was milling about, especially with Edric's loud negotiations with Yannock… now was probably a good time. She makes sure the coast is as clear as it's going to be and begins again in Dwarven. "I'm sorry to interrupt, I don't… I don't want you to um, get distracted. Can we talk while you work?"

Valorn Aenethal

Valorn, finishing a pry, glances to Erys. He gives her a good smile, trying to… clear the air. Give her a symbol that everything's okay. Something. "Yeah, that would be no problem." Valorn looks directly into her eyes as he talks, not avoiding her gaze. "I suppose we have a couple a' things to talk about." He goes back to prying, thoughts racing through his head.

Erys Moongem

She moves closely enough to him so that she can actually be helping with the work. When he pulls a board free, she takes it from him and tosses it to the side. "So, first, I want to apologize to you, again, for kissing you, without your direct consent. You just can't force a connection. I could make my excuses, but in reality, I just really wanted to and I should have asked first." She smiles up at him. "If it makes you feel any better, I made a more concrete and proper appeal to someone else that same night and was turned down too, so… I just don't want you to feel like you did anything to upset me. That was totally my fault."

Valorn Aenethal

Valorn continues with the boards. "I'll be honest, lass. Last night really gave me a fright. There are certain boundaries I place, I think most people place, especially when it comes to those they are doing a job with." He realizes he might be putting his foot in his mouth. He stumbles over his next couple of words. "BUT, erm, I-eh, I certainly accept your apology. I'm sorry, too, for any part I had in it. I didn't want to give you any impression-" He's doing it again. "Well, I just found it very sudden. Dwarves try not to be… so sudden." Valorn realizes he's been talking so… intently that he had paused from the work. He continues to pry.

Erys Moongem

Erys nods along with the explanation, hearing him fully. "Sudden was bad. There are certain… social conventions. I understand that. Dwarves are slow to trust and… and I got ahead of myself." She places another board into the pile and rubs her hands together waiting for the next. It felt good to work with her hands. "That said, though… I don't know how Moradin takes to this sort of thing but, for what it's worth to you…" Edric's rejection of last night fresh in her mind, for the first time in her life Erys decides to pull back. "Actually, nevermind. What I mean to say is, I want you to know that while I'm obviously attracted to you, and I've made no secret of that, I'm not going to let it impact our ability to work together. There's no call for any more awkwardness between us." Erys nods with finality, under tha apparent impression that that obviously settled the issue entirely.

Valorn Aenethal

Valorn's eyes open tall as he looks at Erys, his conscious eased by this showing of respect for him. "I really appreciate that," he says as he takes a step towards her. "I certainly find you… unique, but also very dedicated to your cause, and I admire that." He puts a hand on her shoulder. "I think the two of us have a lot of learning to do about each other. But we'll get there."

Erys Moongem

"Again, Lady Kiirnodel?" Avara standing over her, hand on her shoulder. Yet another angry letter from a commoner about what their children had been up to together. Bitter tears in her eyes. But not with this, not now, not with the dwarf. "Thank you. I agree." She managed, pushing down the memory. "Alright, let's get this shit over with."

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