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For once, Lichtenstein isn't sitting with a book in hand.… 
4th-Dec-2011 06:16 pm
Contemplation of the Facts
For once, Lichtenstein isn't sitting with a book in hand. It's placed open on a table a little way from him, German shorthand scribbled across it. The doctor himself is standing a palm out in front of him, observing the flame he creates and extinguishes in an endless loop. Every so often he alters one of its characteristics. Shape, heat, light, how hungrily it burns, or how eagerly it sparks up. It's when he pauses to make a note about heat that he asks his question.

"How much would you risk to eradicate your greatest fear? Or how much would you offer to get your greatest wish?"
5th-Dec-2011 02:24 am (UTC)
As much as I have to and as little as possible. But it's very important to destroy your fears before they destroy you.
5th-Dec-2011 08:17 am (UTC)
"A vicious bargainer," Lichtenstein pauses his writing to grunt with amusement. "Presumably, if you destroy your greatest fear another will take its place. How many fears should you destroy?"
6th-Dec-2011 06:13 am (UTC)
I have a long time's experience dealing with vicious and deceptive bargainers.

Hopefully enough that my "greatest" fear by then is rather silly!
6th-Dec-2011 12:33 pm (UTC)
He gives a nod as if to say 'ah yes, of course'. Lichtenstein stands away from the table again and crooks an eyebrow at him. "And you would prefer a silly fear to a justified one?"
7th-Dec-2011 08:35 am (UTC)
Small and silly is preferable. Easier to laugh off your fear that way. If it's silly and surmountable it's more of a quirk than a fear, and I believe quirks make people interesting.

Edited at 2011-12-07 08:36 am (UTC)
6th-Dec-2011 05:29 am (UTC)
"Everything." It's said without any hesitation. "Seeing as they are one and the same, I would not offer any less to protect myself and my kinsmen."

Meanwhile, Eradan watches the fire with fascination. A sorcerer? No, this is not Elven magic, it more resembles the darker (or, in the worlds of others, perverted) arts of Goblins and the Enemy.
6th-Dec-2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
As far as Lichtenstein is concerned, these are primal arts (or so he calls them). Basic and fluent for most magic users, he suspects. After all, he wouldn't dare try anything dark. Not here. Not in the Nexus where anyone could walk by. Flaunting that would just be begging for trouble, and being so arrogant would definitely undermine the intellect he prides himself on.

The doctor thins the flame to a wobbling strand of light and heat while he talks. "That seems somewhat counterproductive. If you risk everything, you would certainly risk others. Unless you have no one or nothing at all to lose in which case you would only risk your own health."
6th-Dec-2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
Well, the flames does not have the same fell feeling as one conjured by the Enemy, even if it appears to be the same. Eradan ceases actively watching it, but still glances at it when it flashes or shifts suddenly.

"I would risk no one who does not wish to risk themselves. But among my kind, there are few indeed who would choose to stand aside as the Shadow overtakes us." And a pause. "If you speak of leaving others behind in my death, I am not afraid. I have been facing such dangers since I was a small boy. Never so great, perhaps, but the death of comrades is nothing new to me and my friends likely feel the same. Nothing less than everything we can muster will defeat that which threatens us."

6th-Dec-2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
"There are fates worse than death, and plenty of creatures who take advantage of the fact." He looks away from the flame to meet the man's eyes. "In my world, at least. Would you risk the safety, comfort or lives of others without their permission to get what you wanted?"
6th-Dec-2011 09:46 pm (UTC) - ugh, typo
"There are indeed fates worse than death, and being under Shadow while yet living is one of them." He looks down, that point being a little tender after he and his companions had been forced to strike down Kilarin. "And yet the only way to drive these threats back from those unprepared is to take the battle to them."

"As for the latter, you ask a broad question. Do you speak of my fellows or those we protect? While it is the role of all my kind to give a great deal in secret, taking nothing in return, the same cannot be said of the Shirefolk. But if a general answer must be given, safety and comfort I would forsake while lives I would not."
11th-Jan-2012 06:34 am (UTC)
"I risked a lot. And she's been dead for years now." Simple and to the point, right?

"And I'm not sure what my greatest wish would be, so I really don't know how much I should offer to get it."
11th-Jan-2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
"And you don't regret it? Would you do it again if you needed to?"
11th-Jan-2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Tilting her head back, staring up at what passes as sky here, she contemplates his question.

"You know, I used to wonder if there was something wrong with me. All that regret and would I do it over differently and all that stuff." She closes her eyes, shrugs, and lowers her head to blink open her eyes in his direction.

"But you know, when it comes to Raina? I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. Just to make sure she was dead and gone for real. And so would my friends and family, because they were the ones who finally ended her." Now there's a look in those blue eyes, something colder. "I only shot her, and not enough times as it turned out."
11th-Jan-2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
He watches quietly, then nods. "Are you prone to regretting your actions?"
13th-Jan-2012 01:49 am (UTC)
"Not very often." Comes her response. "There are times I regret more that I didn't do something when I had the chance, more than I ever regretted anything I did."

"But life is really short for a lot of regrets, isn't it? What about you? Do you regret the things you do, or the things you don't?"
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