Whispers of Fire Ch11 bit – If Violence Isn’t Your Last Resort….

A/N: …They definitely didn’t resort to enough of it the first time.


“Judar’s probably at the palace with the rest of their delegation.” Alibaba took a deep breath. “And so is Cassim.”

Hassan tensed, swearing; Zainab put a hand on his arm before he could try to pulverize anyone. “We don’t know that.”

“Right. That’s why I think he’s there.” Alibaba ran a hand through his hair, absently realizing his hat had been lost somewhere between Vinea’s wave and here. Drat. He could almost feel Morgiana’s eager twitch, as she contemplated pouncing that betraying lock of hair. “Look, we know Cassim. If he could get loose on his own, nothing would keep him away from the Troupe. So he can’t.”

Hassan scowled, but subsided as Zainab kept a grip on him. “Go on,” she said, voice hard.

“If he can’t get loose, someone’s got to be holding him,” Alibaba obliged. “He’s not exactly unknown. If he were locked up anywhere normal in Balbadd, either he’d get free or we’d hear about it.”

“So he has to be somewhere we don’t have ears listening.” Hassan scowled harder.

Alibaba couldn’t blame him; the Fog Troupe had invested a lot of time and money into making sure they had people to talk to across the city. It was half the reason they’d stayed free this long. “More than that. They took Cassim and his Fogblade. So they can handle magic. That’s got to be either someone else in the Kou party, or Judar still has him. My money’s on Judar.” He shivered.

Warm fingers touched his shoulder. “Magi can bleed,” Morgiana said quietly. And if it bleeds, that scarlet gaze said, I can kill it.

Alibaba gave her a shaky smile, and wished he had half that confidence. It had to be nice, knowing a lot of your problems really could be solved by hitting them hard enough.

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10 thoughts on “Whispers of Fire Ch11 bit – If Violence Isn’t Your Last Resort….

  1. Well reasoned there Alibaba.

    Besides the sheer difficulty of getting into the palace and the fact that Cassim is probably going do his usual leap at conclusions (“No, Zainab is in charge. She decided that the Fog Troupe was rescuing you. I’m just helping her do it” . . . “Boss, I’m a little insulted you think I’d let this punk be in charge of us.”) and arggh . . . , I think another reason Alibaba is dreading going near the palace is (1) there are going to be people there who would recognize him if they saw him. Some of them, even if he had his hat. And they could run into any one of them during this rescue mission (2) memories.

    But hey, potential reunion with a certain former teacher . . . possibly eventually with his less stupid half-brother . . .

    It had to be nice, knowing a lot of your problems really could be solved by hitting them hard enough.

    Probably.

    Not so good when your problem isn’t something that can be solved just by hitting it a lot. To which there is no shortage of. After all, no amount of hitting is going to solve some of Balbadd’s or your problems. (Trust me, if Morgiana thought giving you a good thumping would solve this crippling self-confidence problem, she’d do it.)

    Besides she is volunteering to pulverize anything that needs pulverizing. And having a Fanalis willing to do some pulverizing on your behalf is nothing to sneeze at.

    Future prediction: Aladdin displays typical Magi timing at getting the Plan to start working.

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    1. Bad memories are definitely a factor in Alibaba not wanting to go near the place. Whoof.

      And yes. Having Morgiana on his side makes Alibaba feel like he just might survive. 😉

      As for Aladdin’s timing… I suspect he’ll be cutting things a bit close!

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      1. As for Aladdin’s timing… I suspect he’ll be cutting things a bit close!

        For sure . . . just meant it will happen at the exact moment someone thinks they know exactly what is going to happen, they have the upper hand, nothing can stop me now / it cannot possibly get any worse or crazier. And then this Magi suddenly throw everything up in the air and makes at least one person’s world go tilt.

        Judar did it earlier. Soon (?) it will be Aladdin’s turn.

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      2. >As for Aladdin’s timing… I suspect he’ll be cutting things a bit close!>
        To misquote the movie line, altering the nature of a Djinn’s power and their interaction with their chosen king ain’t like dusting crops boy. Without precise calculation you’ll be lucky if you only turn everybody inside out.

        Ergo Aladdin is not going to be able to rush this process.
        >And yes. Having Morgiana on his side makes Alibaba feel like he just might survive.😉 >
        Well having a teenage version of Wonder Woman with cat-like traits and future thermokinetic capabilities (at least when Amon gets around to finishing that familiar) as an ally tends to increase one’s survival chances.

        And on a related note, in a completely-out-of-left-field, nobody-could-see-it-coming, surprise-OMGWTFSQUEEE-event (have I added enough sarcasm yet? *G*) in the recent canon manga chapters:
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        Alibaba proposed to Morgiana and she accepted wholeheartedly. Much fluffiness resulted.

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  2. Huh. Wonder if Alibaba’s tunnel ever got plugged. Or even discovered in the chaos of the fire and Rashid’s death.

    Also, Alibaba: /this/ is why Zainab wanted your help on this.

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