Lady Ivy “Xantara” Swift ~ Gia Panta // Alleyway
Ivy’s eyebrows faintly arched in surprise when Jace turned the joke about jealousy back on her. "Well if you were feeling left out dear, you should've said so," she said, smirking slightly herself.
However she soon lost interest in what he said next.
Ha ha, oh here we go. The whole ‘we know all about you’ thing. Hah. Oldest trick in the book. And I can already spot several faults with that ‘guesswork’, Ivy thought, her expression bored as she took out Chris’ note to read it, only half-paying attention to what Jace was saying.
Funny how apparently my enemies knew I’d be turning up today, when it was completely on a whim. Ha, imagine if I actually planned out things like that! Their inside ‘spies’ are terrible. They know nothing about the spontaneous way I operate, that much is obvious. Oh, and that’s if there were any spies - which there aren’t. Shame it’s not true. That would have been exciting. Imagine that Tallis! Spies in the Indolentia. Oooh the drama…
Would make things more interesting, Tallis agreed. But huh, very sloppy lies there. It’s almost as if they think, you think like every other ordinary person.
Unless they’re still playing.
But why would they do that?
Well that’s the fun part, isn’t it? The only thing that doesn’t add up, from their rational perspective, is why they’d waste their time like that. So I think they probably really are just that stupid. The Empire thinks too rationally and takes things far too seriously to waste time in playing my complicated games…so yes, they are lying. And failing at it terribly.
But then Ivy heard the name ‘Xantara’. Her hand lost its grip on the note and slipped. Immediately she tried to disguise the action by moving her hands to fold up the paper and put it away. She looked up at Jace in surprise.
How the hell does he know your Demi-God name? Tallis hissed telepathically.
I don’t know. Ivy was stunned. I really don’t know. But it doesn’t add up with the rest of his story.
“I’m sorry?” She asked Jace, making it appear as if she had perhaps misheard. Her expression was of someone who didn’t know what the hell he was talking about.
But inside her mind was racing. How could he have got that information? It wasn’t the idea that he was telling the truth that was worrying her. She had already worked out there was no possible way it could be true. But that name…he’d said her name, and she couldn’t think of any other way he would have gotten hold of it. I can’t believe I of all people am saying this, but this really doesn’t make any sense…
Xantara, we’ve got more problems. Mune isn’t just taking a nap. She’s unconscious. She’s alive and well, but I can’t get through to her to wake her up. Mune’s been compromised. And the Commander…
Meanwhile, Ivy outwardly kept herself calm. The only inclination to her panic was a small twitch of the ears, barely noticeable. She burst out laughing. “Oh, that’s a good one. How long did it take you to think up that?” she smiled. “I can’t believe how desperate you are, that you would come up with a story like that. It’s a very good story, though, full marks for effort. But I’m afraid you’re barking up the wrong tree. A Demi-God? Jace you’ve known me for years, you know who I am, so stop making up stories. And why are you calling me ‘Xantara’?” She shook her head, shrugging, “What you’ve said makes no sense to me.”
Wait wait hold on a second the Demi God was saying to Tallis, at the same time this was going on. The young woman was trying to recall a memory of something. It was the mention of Mune that had done it. That overheard conversation…
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~"But while we're at it, did I ever tell you that I actually learned a great deal about Demi-Gods…The thing about Gatos, they keep excellent notes.~
~ Xantara…are you getting all this? H-how much do you think he knows about us?~
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Ivy thought about it for a moment.
Oh, I think I know what’s going on. Just a hunch, but it’s the only thing that adds up. If the Commander somehow found out the name…
He could’ve told Jace, you think?
Bingo. Haha, that was clever, he almost had me going for a moment there. But clearly he didn’t take that into account. He probably doesn’t know what I overheard...I’d almost forgotten. And now, it all makes sense. Good thing I kept playing. But he almost slipped me up there…I hope he didn’t notice my reaction to the name.
Who cares, when we’re just messing around with them anyway?
I know, but that would take all the fun out it.
And what are we going to do about the Commander hiding a few floors up behind you?
Oh yeah…guess we might have to do something about that, I suppose. That’s a shame. I wanted to continue this game a little longer…
Ivy casually scooped up the dove, popping the bird into her bag. Don’t eat him, Tallis She told the cat sternly. She then turned her attention back to Jace.
“Anyway, as lovely as it is to stop and chat, I really have better things to do with my time than listen to made-up stories and lies. Nice to meet you again Jace, but if this is all you’ve got to say to me, I think I’ll be going.” She put a hand to her head to adjust Chris’ hat, beginning to walk away in the opposite direction that Chris and Ashley had gone. She knew that Jace (or the Commander) would probably try to stop her. She was prepared for that.