There’s not many ways left this can end well.
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(Lysander shoulders hunched, looking very low)
Lysander: (thinking) Say no. This is a bad idea. It’s not right, it’s not healthy. I can’t keep doing this. Even if I really, really want to.
Lysander: (aloud, small text) … yes.
Malinque: (laying down, pulling him back down with her) Now come back down here and talk to me.
Lysander: (dejectedly) What do you want me to say?
Malinque: I don’t know… anything! You’re next in line for the throne, what are your plans for your empire?
Lysander: I’m not even sure I’m going to take the throne. I certainly don’t want to. Neither does my father. I have no reason to ever go back there. What do I care what happens to it?
Malinque: If not king, then what do you want to do?
Lysander: I don’t know, really. I think I might like to be a blacksmith.
Malinque: A blacksmith?
Lysander:(smiling) Why not? I like smithing.