Jul. 13th, 2013 09:16 pm
blue_ajah: (lady in blue)
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She has kept her silence for quite some while, knowing that the pace of time that passes between Twin Peaks and Milliways, and between Milliways and the world of her birth, is slowed and slowed again by factors she cannot explain. Still, it is no small gift, in that it grants her space in which to think and plan.

The Aes Sedai has used that time to study her options and the prophecies of the Karatheon Cycle, to dwell on the sound of the wind at night and her restless unease with every dawn. She has mulled over what Nynaeve had told her, and all the possibilities that the apocalypse at the bar at the end of all worlds may now have brought upon them.

("I cannot go back without undoing what was done. Can I?"

"That, I think, is mostly a question of how far back, yes? Or possibly it is a different kind of forward.")




There are other considerations to be taken into account, as it happens.

Dinner has become a habit for them, now, at least once or twice every week. It is her turn to host tonight, in the little house that she had begun to call her own. Moiraine has come to believe that she will always prefer tea, but she has developed something of a fondness for coffee all the same, and has been trying her hand at new ways of brewing it for these occasions.

The French press stands before her now on the countertop, and she slants a sideways look at him as she reaches for the canister that holds the coffee.

Date: 2013-07-14 03:31 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (o rly?)
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"Arabica?" Cooper asks, over by the sink.

He's scrubbing dishes, sleeves rolled up.

Date: 2013-07-14 03:41 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (o rly?)
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"Robusta tends to be rougher on the palate -- I'd recommend asking for samples of the finished product before you make a final decision."

One plate finished; carefully Cooper positions it on the drying rack and moves to the next.

Date: 2013-07-14 03:59 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (in need of answers)
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Cooper glances at her, hands stilling for a moment.

"What types might those be?"

Date: 2013-07-14 04:09 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (o rly?)
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"I haven't, no." Cooper goes back to work. "Have you?"

Date: 2013-07-14 04:25 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (odd man out)
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The silence for a yes-or-no question isn't something Cooper likes very much.

But he also knows that if there's a reason for that silence -- and there likely is -- Moiraine will speak of it when she's ready, and not before.

So for the time being, his job is to finish scrubbing that plate.

Date: 2013-07-14 04:46 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (in need of answers)
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First Cooper looks up at the coffee, then at Moiraine.

"Of course I'm willing," he says, and reaches for the dish towel to dry his hands.

Date: 2013-07-16 03:29 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (odd man out)
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If Cooper were to make an educated guess, knowing Milliways and Moiraine as he does, whatever is on her mind is not likely to be wholly positive. Still: one must not theorize in advance of one's data (or one's dreams).

Hands dried, he picks up his coffee, samples -- and nods. "Your technique is flawless, Moiraine."

Date: 2013-07-16 04:01 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (o rly?)
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Cooper takes his coffee and sits, perching on the edge of the sofa; without thinking he's adopted the listening posture common in his professional life.

He does, however, take another sip of coffee.

Date: 2013-07-16 04:50 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (odd man out)
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Cooper, looking at her sidelong, nods seriously.

"It's why you're here, and not there." It's not a question.

Date: 2013-07-21 03:39 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (o rly?)
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Another nod; it isn't especially news to Cooper.

Except for the part about the uneven turning of a wheel. While Cooper is a city dweller, and not an expert, he is under the impression that if a wheel is turning unevenly, the car should probably go to the mechanic.

...that would make Moiraine the mechanic. Right?

Date: 2013-07-21 03:58 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (fidelity -- bravery -- integrity)
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"Quite clearly, yes."

Cooper's expression is as serenely opaque as Moiraine's customary expression.

Date: 2013-07-21 04:11 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (this is me being very very patient)
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...and Moiraine is a mechanic.

Cooper keeps resignation off of his face.

"To what point?"

Date: 2013-07-21 04:36 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (rumpled in body and spirit)
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It was over. Or it was supposed to be over. First -- as per that scary evening (and it was scary) that she already spoke of -- she took too much of the Pattern within herself. Then she removed herself from her world altogether.

And then, finally, at the park, where Windom Earle made his (frankly most ridiculous) move and where he and Annie navigated a great many things in a rowboat, Moiraine told him that the battle was over.

But it's not over. Apparently.

All of this passes in the moment in which Cooper's gaze slides from Moiraine's face to somewhere in the vicinity of Moiraine's hands, gaze abstracting.

And then Dale Cooper drinks his coffee, and says, "Moiraine, is time linear?"

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