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16 June 2007 @ 09:24 pm
The morning after (so to speak)  
It is the next morning -- not that that means much, in this continuing darkness. Jonathan Strange, however, has gotten very good at estimating the time of day without the guidance of sunlight, or, indeed, any sort of light, and when he judges it to be roughly seven o'clock in the morning, he rises from his bed (upon which he has lain, all night, on top of the covers, still fully clothed and still fully awake) and automatically goes to the table to light a candle.
 
 
 
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on June 17th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
Not long after, Arabella comes from the hallway, clearly taking great pains to step as silently as she can.

"Why, what time is it?" she asks upon seeing Jonathan.
Mr Jonathan Strangeironicalsmile on June 17th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
'Some time around seven o'clock, I should think,' he says, lighting a second candle. '...in the morning.' He turns to face her, lifting the candle up by his face. 'Where have you been?'
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on June 17th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
"In the hall," she says. "I didn't wish to wake you."
Mr Jonathan Strangeironicalsmile on June 17th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
'What time did you wake?'
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on June 17th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
"Oh, I could hardly say. I did not look."
Mr Jonathan Strangeironicalsmile on June 17th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC)
'Did you sleep well?'
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on June 17th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
A small smile. "Not very, I'm afraid. And you, my dear?"
Mr Jonathan Strange: ironical expressionironicalsmile on June 17th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
His wry smile matches hers. 'Not at all.'
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on June 17th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
She nearly laughs. "Have you a mind for breakfast?"
Mr Jonathan Strange: tophatironicalsmile on June 17th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
He puts on a brighter face, lifting his energy for her sake, and says 'More than a mind, I have an appetite as well.'
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on June 17th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
"I shan't keep you from your books, if you must attend to them," she adds quickly, but lightly.
Mr Jonathan Strange: tophatironicalsmile on June 17th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
'No, no,' he quickly reassures her. 'This morning, I am entirely at your disposal, my dear.' -and he punctuates it with a silly little bow.
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on June 17th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
She laughs. "How good of you, my dear. Shall we?"
Mr Jonathan Strangeironicalsmile on June 17th, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)
'Just let me get my coat,' he says, but when he turns to the rack by the door, he realises it is empty. '...I must have left it in the library. No matter.' He holds out his arm for her to take.
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on June 17th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
"Shall we stop by and fetch it?" she asks, taking the offered arm.
Mr Jonathan Strangeironicalsmile on June 17th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
'No need,' he says as they leave the room. 'I can do very well without a coat. But I fear you may grow cold. Perhaps we should fetch it for you to wear.'
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on June 17th, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
"Well, if that is all, then we needn't bother."
Mr Jonathan Strangeironicalsmile on June 17th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
'So long as you are not too cold.'
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on June 17th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
"Not at all."
Mr Jonathan Strangeironicalsmile on June 17th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
'Good, then.' He throws her a quick, 'am I not an attentive husband?' sort of smile as they walk.
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on June 17th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
She laughs. "I hope I was not the cause of your disrupted sleep?" she asks, her tone all politeness.
Mr Jonathan Strangeironicalsmile on June 17th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
'No,' and his smile does fall very, very slightly. 'It was not you. I...do not sleep well, these days.'
Arabella Strangecolored_gowns on June 17th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
"Why?" she asks suddenly. "Do you--" She stops short, as if she did not mean to go even that far in asking.
Mr Jonathan Strangeironicalsmile on June 17th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
'Well! I daresay magicians do not need as much sleep as other persons,' he says with forced lightness. 'How else could we spend so many hours studying?'
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