[Atlantis. Or Something Like it.]

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[Atlantis. Or Something Like it.]

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Madelline put the bought gadgets right into a deep paper bag with wirey handles on prime. “Unsure how a brand new pair of shoes helps together with your map expertise if I am trustworthy right here.”

“They do not,” Lilah answered. She threw her arm out and grabbed the handles of the bag earlier than Reynard did. She had an itch that was directing her actions, including velocity and aggressiveness that seemingly would not be happy till they had been out on the water taking a look at regardless of the hell the rumors had been about.

The girl behind the counter had a glance on her face. It was a glance that often amused Lilah, reminding her of the identical ideas that ran via her head. A silent Minimize-The-Bullshit sort of look that each of them knew when to maintain to themselves.

“Can you retain a secret?” Lilah requested as soon as the load settled on the finish of her arm.

“Depends upon what it’s,” Madelline mentioned, leaning a hip in opposition to the sting of the counter.

“Lilah,” Reynard mentioned with an edge in his voice.

Lilah checked out him sideways earlier than deciding to disregard his interjection, hoping he would forgive her rudeness as soon as they had been alone once more. “I wanna go see the water for myself.”

“Oh,” Madelline mentioned. She smirked. “You wanna see the metallic island.” She threw a wink and leaned deeper into the counter. “I get it.”

Lilah tilted her head. “Metallic island?” The phrasing threw her off the course of the dialog. Reynard hadn’t described what the sailors had discovered, however he definitely hadn’t talked about it was a complete island.

“That is what the lads are calling it. They are saying most of it’s underwater, however it’s undoubtedly not natural.”

“You hear them discuss?” Reynard requested.

Lilah tried to cover her amusement. If it had been as much as him, they most likely would have run out of the store reasonably than have the dialog, regardless that it wasn’t like nobody else knew. The vital bit to her was that her father and the royal courtroom did not know earlier than she received an opportunity to see it. Nobody else actually mattered — nobody else would attempt to cease her.

It did not matter if she received locked away when she completed. It will simply imply extra time to attract.

“In fact. If you happen to reside or work within the moist quarter, you hear the lads discuss. I do each, so I hear rather a lot.” A beat handed earlier than Madeline completed her thought. “Whether or not I wish to or not more often than not.”

She straightened up and received a extra severe look on her face. “How do you intend on discovering it?”

“I suppose that is a part of the shock,” Lilah mentioned and gave a slight shrug of her shoulders. “I am considering we’re going to attempt to keep at Marnie’s for the night time.”

“With no cash?”

“Yet one more favor.”

Madelline laughed — a hearty chuckle from deep in her chest at an previous joke between associates.

“Are these not disguises?” Reynard requested with a raised eyebrow.

“They’re,” Lilah mentioned, lastly turning her consideration towards her closest buddy. “However extra for the drunkards than the proprietor of the very high quality institution.

Madelline laughed once more.

“Talking of which, I suppose we higher get going earlier than she will get busy for the night time.”

Lilah gave a half-sarcastic salute earlier than pulling on Reynard’s arm so they might stroll again in direction of the entrance door. She knew if she waited too lengthy, the dockworkers would journey in for drinks, and any rambunctious vacationers would fall into the empty beds. She knew that she would not be the one need wanting to take a look at the rumors, and the naval guard would not take lengthy earlier than making methods of retaining the general public out.

It must be formally investigated, and she or he supposed on getting a marker accomplished earlier than that occurred.

Her father’s map maker would have a match when she completed the brand new design first, and she or he could not wait.


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