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(Malinque leading Sancho somewhere)
Malinque: This is my private apartments. No one will interrupt us here. So…
What do you want to say to me that’s so important?
Sancho: Listen, my girlfriend is this close tae breakin’ the thumb screws out on yer. She thinks yer hiding something. So why don’t you save yersel’ a lot o’ bother an’ show me who you really are, aye?
(Listen, my girlfriend is this close to breaking the thumbscrews out on you. She thinks you’re hiding something. So why don’t you save yourself a lot of bother and show me who you really are, huh?)
Malinque:(looks sad.) She’s right. I am hiding my true shape. But I have a good reason.
(shadow across Sancho and far wall. He raises eyebrows)
(A halfling girl sits there with a badly burned face, missing one ear)
Malinque: My real name is Annie Cotton. I’m from Brimmick, not far from Feh’den.
(Malinque really crying now)
Malinque: My ma was raped and mordered by Romans. I never knew my da. The Romans took me when I wouldn’t stop crying and pressed me aggin’ the stove. Then they took me with them.
(My mother was raped and murdered by ROmans. I never knew my father. The Romans took me when I wouldn’t stop crying and pressed me against the stove. Then they took me with them.)
Malinque: After a few years I escaped the brothel they sold me to. I ran here, hoping they wouldn’t find me. I was taken in by a Kodar family, but they couldn’t fix my face. They taught me shapeshifting instead. So I could hide it.
Malinque: (takes Malinque shape again) There. Now that you know, will you call her off? Please?