“You! What are you doing here?”
“I’m walking to Shawford.”
“Why?”
“It’s where I’m from.”
“But what are you doing here?”
“I’m walking to Shawford. Is there a problem?”
“This area and the bay is protected land. You can’t come here.”
“It’s protected land inside the fence. I’m outside.”
“But you’re near the fence!”
“But not inside it.”
“You’re looking inside!”
“I’m not walking inside.”
People have seen you and complained!”
“I don’t think I can do anything about that.”
The two guards hesitated. Technically this was true; Theo could not stop people of looking, if looking was what they choose to do. Then the woman exclaimed, struck by a bright idea, “We’ll walk with you!”
84k by Claire North (page 216 and 217)
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