"Your dad is dead." What came across as a flat remark was intended as a sympathetic question for confirmation. "Do you want a book." Marigold offered. "Books help when I am sad." She wondered what book they would like. Probably a zoology one. They were all little animals after all.
Arlana offered Lindsey a sincere look of gratitude as she tried to joke around to break that tense silence. “Geez, I wish I was” Arlana chuckled as she pointed at Sun with her thumb “He eats a crapton of delicious stuff without having to worry about getting fat, I’d kill to have something like that” she added, playfully. “Shut up, fat-ass. You stuff so much shit on your mouth you could get fatter even if you were one of us” Sun replied rudely and Arlana turned her back to him, pretending to be offended. “Hum! Birdbrained twat!” she exclaimed and Sun threw it right back at her “Greasy cow!” he muttered and much to his regret, the ghost of a smile creeped on the corner of his beak. Arlana, on the other side, as she was giving her back to her friend, didn´t have to hide her smile.
“Nah, the other one is…” she explained, as she searched inside her pants and pulled a card similar to the one Marigold had found when she searched her outside Gateway. As the other one, it looked extremely old and worn out, but it was labeled as ‘The Fool´. “You could say this was the first one I got…” she said, showing Lindsey the card with a meditative look on her face “But I never managed to get any reactions out of it and it never barfed any flaming douchebag like the other one”.
The Magician had remained silent, staring blankly at the wood beneath his feet as he processed what he had just heard. When Marigold walked towards him, he stared at the girl with glassy eyes as he tried to stop the tears from filling his big green eyes. “Oh… thank you, dear” he said with a trembling voice, cracked by an emotion that broke Arlana’s heart, who cursed herself internally because she felt like she couldn´t find a way to comfort the poor mouse “That… that would be lovely indeed.
Lindsey looked on with amusement as Arlana and the bird traded insults with each other, but still laughed at the end of the exchange. It was nice to see that neither of them actually meant the insults being tossed their way. She tilted her head slightly to stare at the card Arlana produced, curious as to why no small animal appeared out of this one. "You sure this one is actually a card you're looking for, then? I mean, it is labeled 'The Fool', so I wouldn't be surprised if someone is trying to mess with you here." Lindsey actually had no idea if the card was legitimate or not, but it was probably good to at least float the idea across. Hearing Magician begin to tear up, Lindsey thought for a moment on how to cheer up this mouse. She had little idea about his personality, so she wouldn't know how he would take a joke or sympathy at this point. She would wait until he got his book and decide a course of action from there.
Marigold nodded and began looking for the right book. There were so many options she was paralyzed. Which to pick? Which would a mouse like best? She rummaged through the shelves. Anatomy, beekeeping, alchemy, shadow taming, demon summoning, historical figures of all stripes, encyclopedias that spoke briefly of them all. The summoning drew her in. It was knowledge, and dangerous knowledge at that. Was it even supposed to be in this section? Perhaps somebody took it from the restricted section and absentmindedly left it here. "Here." She took the pentagram marked book from the shelf and held it up to Cian. "I can carry it for you." She offered when she realized the heavy tome was much larger than the mouse himself.