Friday, March 20, 2009

Baffu's First Story: Part Eight

“You mean whore’s paisley,” Baffu said. “I’ve heard that after a time it turns women into men.”

“Not so, not so,” Doctors said. “But it does have certain… unfortunate cosmetic effects. Thusly, it is only used on the lowest grade of prostitute, one whose employer intends to use and discard them. Now if I may return to the story – and I trust you’re paying attention?”

Baffu nodded.


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Sean Craven said...

“You mean whore’s paisley,” Baffu said. “I’ve heard that after a time it turns women into men.”

“Not so, not so,” Doctors said. “But it does have certain… unfortunate cosmetic effects. Thusly, it is only used on the lowest grade of prostitute, one whose employer intends to use and discard them. Now if I may return to the story – and I trust you’re paying attention?”

Baffu nodded.

“The Justice knew he had done well by Father Law and Brother Vengeance, but in his ears he heard the chiding sighs of Mother Justice and Sister Mercy. A struggling family whose hope to enter a son in the bureaucracy had been cut short with sorrow, then shame heaped upon them through a connection to the liquid world of the Flower Boats, their daughter lost as well.

“So he found her on the docks, waiting for the Flower Boats, and against the wishes of his family and the ways of courtly life he married her. That was the beginning of his downfall, which as I recall was not written of in that stupid book, but any social losses were more than compensated for by the gift of his marriage. In what he thought was an act of self-sacrifice he gained…” His voice trailed off and for a moment he was lost in contemplation. Then he gestured sharply at Baffu with his cup; liquor slopped on the boards of the porch. “So. What advice have I just given you?”

Baffu, feeling the drink, took a moment to frame his thoughts. “That one needs to look at one’s decisions clearly and reach a conclusion that will produce the desired result when it goes out into the world. That one should be wise rather than clever and not make judgments for the pleasure of judging finely. That when you find your judgment in a state of imbalance consult with those four —” he jerked a thumb at the plaque “— for your guidance. And that there are times when you should just hitch up your kilt and do the right thing, consequences be damned.”

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