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Ivan Xav Vorpatril ([personal profile] middlingalong) wrote in [community profile] alicornutopia2014-11-18 09:55 am

end in tears

Ivan is asleep when it happens, but the captain knocking on his door gets him up quick enough. "What? Where's the fire?" Ivan asks. This was supposed to be a quiet posting. Well, the posting on Earth was supposed to be quiet too, cultural, etcetera, but Xerxes is supposed to be downright boring. Ivan is not supposed to be awakened from his eight hours unexpectedly.

"Murder, not a fire. You're cousin to Lord Mark Vorkosigan, aren't you?" says the captain.

Ivan has to think for a second. "...Yes?"

"Security vid picked him up within radius of a murder. This is the first we knew of him being on the planet, but the locals want us to bring him in so they don't have to it themselves and risk mishandling a Vor lord. Seemed worth consulting you on him - the file on him's really something."

Ivan blinks. "You need to arrest Mark."

"Yes."

"...Sir. Uh, give me a while to try doing it myself. He's... I'm not positive I can succeed but I am pretty sure I can survive trying, and unless he's in a cooperative mood I'm very uncertain anybody else can say the same thing."

"He may have just killed a man."

"I'm aware. He likes me. He doesn't know you from a hole in the ground, or anybody else within fetching distance, sir. Give me his last location and a few hours? Please?"

"By yourself?"

"He wouldn't know anybody you could send with me from a hole in the ground."

The captain chews his lip. "None of your shenanigans, all right?"

"Sir, I'm not the shenanigans one, it's just contagious when m'co- my other cousin's around. I'll see if I can find him, if I find him I'll try to bring him back."

The captain eventually acquiesces. And that is why Ivan is tromping around downtown, debating whether or not to call "Mark? Mark?" like he's looking for a lost dog.
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[personal profile] unmarred 2014-11-18 06:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Naturally, Mark chooses to make his appearance when Ivan is walking down an otherwise deserted side street.

"To what do I owe the pleasure?" he inquires, stepping out of an alley a little ways ahead.
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[personal profile] unmarred 2014-11-18 06:05 pm (UTC)(link)
...Mark starts laughing.
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[personal profile] unmarred 2014-11-18 06:07 pm (UTC)(link)
"Sorry," he says, between giggles. "It's just—this isn't about the used groundcar salesman, is it?"
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[personal profile] unmarred 2014-11-18 06:12 pm (UTC)(link)
"I did not, in fact, kill the used groundcar salesman," says Mark. "I came very close to seeing it happen, but didn't quite. If I had killed the used groundcar salesman, I would have done a better job of it, and you would not currently know I was on the planet. How, though, am I meant to prove that I did not kill the used groundcar salesman?"
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[personal profile] unmarred 2014-11-18 06:18 pm (UTC)(link)
"If their best suspect is me, they're not going to find the man who did it," he says with a slight shrug. "And I am not eager to subject myself to a fast-penta interview. Although I might, on... conditions."
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[personal profile] unmarred 2014-11-18 06:23 pm (UTC)(link)
"Unrecorded. No one in the room but you and me. I... value my privacy highly."
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[personal profile] unmarred 2014-11-18 06:41 pm (UTC)(link)
"Then you might be able to convince me to come along," he says. "Good thinking not letting them send anyone else, by the way."
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[personal profile] unmarred 2014-11-18 06:43 pm (UTC)(link)
"That would depend on how much force they came after me with and how far away I saw them coming."
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[personal profile] unmarred 2014-11-18 06:45 pm (UTC)(link)
"That depends on how hard you try to stop me from rabbiting into the untraceable yonder."
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[personal profile] unmarred 2014-11-18 06:55 pm (UTC)(link)
"I'll tell you what I know about the person who actually did it," he says. "And I will stay as long as I am comfortable staying. A few days, if no one does anything to make me uncomfortable."
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[personal profile] unmarred 2014-11-18 06:59 pm (UTC)(link)
"I sure as hell won't bunk with anyone else."
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[personal profile] unmarred 2014-11-18 07:02 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yes," says Mark. "It did."
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[personal profile] unmarred 2014-11-18 07:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Follow, follow.

"Can't say much for the circumstances, but it's nice to see you," he mentions.

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