"So, I've been thinking about things since we got out."
"What kind of things?"
She started walking around the room. "I don't want to go back to being a proxy. After all, I never wanted to be one in the first place, and Tall Dark and Faceless made it clear that I wasn't exactly welcome. On top of that, I owe you for saving me back on the Path."
"You owe me nothing, Melody. I told you I would help you out of there, and I did."
"You said you'd help me out of the loop. You could have ditched me the minute the denizens showed up. Instead, you got yourself cut up protecting me." She came to stop by the wall, leaning against it and folding her arms. "At the very least, I owe you an eye."
I knew that debating with her on this would get us nowhere, so I moved back to the topic at hand. "You were talking of your plans?"
She nodded, walking over and sitting across from me. "I want to stay here, be part of your Resistance thing."
"Very well. I'd be more than happy to let you stay."
"I also want you to teach me this magic stuff you do."
I shook my head. "I've already taken Brett on as an apprentice."
"So? It can't be that hard to train someone, why not take on a second one? I won't be a hindrance, I swear."
I thought for a moment. Magic is tricky to grasp, and teaching it to someone isn't easy, unless you have someone that is a natural at it. Still, I could tell she was determined to learn, and if I told her no now, she'd only continue pushing me on it until I finished training Brett, or said yes. In the end I sighed, and agreed to teach her.
She got out of her char and hugged me. "Thank you. I promise, I'll be the best student you ever have. And if it's okay, I'd prefer to keep my mask." I nodded, seeing no harm in it. We had several ex-servants turned runners staying with us, one of whom also preferred to keep his old mask on. With that, she walked out of the room, and I personally informed everyone of Melody's decision to join at dinner that night.
As of now, there's about twenty seven people at the estate who are part of the Resistance, and another thirty one who are here for protection from the Fears. As for our next move, I'll get to that in the next post.