Whispers of Fire Ch9 bit – Magi

Standing by the magi’s bed as Aladdin’s breathing slowed, Alibaba wondered. How thick did the rukh have to be for him to see it, like he had in Amon’s Dungeon? Right now he felt a pressure, and he thought he saw flickers out of the corner of his eye – but both of those could have been his imagination. He didn’t know anything about magic, not really-

Morgiana’s hand brushed his arm. “He’ll be fine.”

“We don’t know that.” Alibaba swallowed dryly. “We don’t know magic, all we’ve got is stories. And I know Aladdin trusts Ugo, but he said this was going to be dangerous, and… I just wish I could get him away from here!”

“I doubt he’d go.” Sinbad lounged in the doorway, eyeing the still form on the bed. “Magi tend to either drop you in the middle of trouble and vanish, or find someone they like and just keep showing up. Whether or not they’re wanted,” he added, half to himself. “Aladdin likes your company. And frankly, he could do much worse. I wonder how old magi have to be before they start raising Dungeons?”

Alibaba tried not to freeze. He can’t know. No way. “Oh no,” he said out loud. “Not a chance. The last thing Balbadd needs is a tower of death and destruction in the middle of it.” He shrugged. “Besides, the Kou Empire has Dungeon Capturers, right? They’d know what a Dungeon showing up might lead to. If I were them, and I were trying to take over Balbadd – if someone raised a Dungeon, I’d call it an act of war.”

Which was a thought that had hit him about two months into his fight for Balbadd’s trade, waking him up in a pure cold sweat of fear. It was one thing for agents of the Kou Empire to know they were fighting bandits and smugglers with Magic Tools. If they realized someone fighting them had a Djinn-

They wouldn’t have any reason to hold back, Alibaba thought, chilled. They could just flatten us all, and as long as they left Abhmad alive, they could look innocent and say they were taking out a challenge to his throne. Because everyone knows Dungeon Capturers become kings.

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4 thoughts on “Whispers of Fire Ch9 bit – Magi

  1. but both of those could have been his imagination.

    I won’t bet on that, if I were you.

    “Magi tend to either drop you in the middle of trouble and vanish, or find someone they like and just keep showing up. Whether or not they’re wanted,”

    Speaking from experience there Sinbad.

    Through it probably can be argued that Jubal doesn’t like Sinbad so much as he likes messing with Sinbad. Through given how contrary Jubal is, he might also genuinely like Sinbad. Let’s all remember that he wasn’t exactly (or at all) raised with normal standards of behavior. Like treating people you like nicely. Or appropriate ways of garnering attention – and appropriate expressions thereof.

    He can’t know. No way.

    Probably not yet. He was probably thinking out loud.

    Through if you keep getting stiff and weird every time someone mentions dungeons, djinn, metal vessels, and especially the one that used to stand near Qishan – they and others are going to figure it out.

    They wouldn’t have any reason to hold back, Alibaba thought, chilled. They could just flatten us all, and as long as they left Abhmad alive, they could look innocent and say they were taking out a challenge to his throne. Because everyone knows Dungeon Capturers become kings.

    A distinct possibility. *winces* And hard to argue with since most of them do. Now granted many of those we know of were royalty already. But some are like Sinbad and it just ended up happening.

    And some of the people if they knew who Alibaba was would be trying to put him on the throne. Depending on how wide-spread knowledge of Alibaba being King Rashid’s heir was, there might even be some that consider Abhmad to be a usurper.

    This could get very ugly, very quickly.

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    1. Judar messes with people he likes, given Hakuryuu and Kougyoku, so yes, I think he does like Sinbad. In a strange way.

      Alibaba’s poker face needs work, yes. 😉

      And yeah; the whole “who should really be on the throne” mess is one of the reasons Alibaba’s tried to keep a low profile. Tried.

      …It’s not going to work much longer….

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      1. In a strange way.

        Fitting as Judar is a strange guy. Not that he had much chance to be what passes for normal in this world.

        …It’s not going to work much longer….

        Well, someone had to put two and two together and get four sometime.

        Especially since Aladdin did use Alibaba’s real name in front of several of the merchants. Some of whom might have been harboring suspicions about who he was already.

        And as you said, he needs to work on his poker face. 😉

        (Alibaba: “It’s on the list. I’ll get it. It’s not like I have anything else I have to do and learn right now.”)

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      2. Well, there’s a certain caveman element to the whole Magi scenario. Sooner or later someone’s going to try and peg a rock at your head. And then… well. If you duck, they know something. If you don’t duck….

        Alibaba’s good at ducking. 😉

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