>>27669213 >>27668966 "I trust you won't fall on me." I say, then add. "And would it make any difference if I jumped? You are huge?" He pauses for a moment, "Look, I am flattered. But I am also old and falling piece by piece. You," His gaze changes on Sarim. "You wanted to be a writer, right?" "Yes." He manages to say. He's still uncomfortable near Biggs after so long, for some reason. "And what are you bad at?" "Math, sir." "Don't call me sir," He looks back at me. "He's your brother, and two would do anything for each other. Would you trust him with the maths behind a complex, dangerous spell?" "I could do them better." I say flatly, knowing Sarim won't take offence in it. "Does it bother you that she said that?" He asks Sarim. "She's right." He manages to make a shrug of all things tense. "See? You must know what to trust to whom. I need you to promise that you'll be ready to get out of the way if I fall. Can you do that?"