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January 20, 1996
The office is
bright, outside light coming in through the window to reflect off whitewashed
walls and ceiling. A pattern mimicking musical notation in colors runs along the
tops of the walls, shelf upon shelf rising from the floor to meet it. Desks and
filing drawers are arranged about the room, workplaces for those whose job it is
to keep the harpers and hall in order. The air is fresh, tangy with sea and
hides and well-seasoned woods. The glows are lit, illuminating the work of the
harpers as they go about their daily tasks.
It is a summer midmorning. The sky is a pastel blue, clear of clouds. Watching
from a high shelf is Rhymert. You see Staff Tackboard, a sandtable, and Sign-up
Sheet for B'var's Orchestra here. Shinnai, Fletcher, Seamus, and Crom are here.
Shinnai smiles. "Nope, not at
all, you're just in time for class."
Fletcher all but snatches Seamus by his shirt to pull the Apprentice into the
Seamus grins merrily, "A class?
Great! What's the topic of today?" he asks.
Shinnai says, "Early, in fact.
Good thing I've already decided what to teach you. We'll be working on
Shinnai smiles. "Of course, you're both doing law, but it'll be of use to
you anyway, I think."
Seamus nods with satisfaction.
Fletcher nods general agreement,
reciting, "Harpers must wear many hats."
Shinnai glances around, as if trying
to decide. "Well, I don't think any of the others are coming, so we might
as well stay in here, I suppose." She glances at Fletcher with an
expression that accuses, 'smart-alec'. "And don't you forget it,
Fletcher." She grins.
Fletcher beams brightly back to his
Master. What, me forget?
Shinnai says, "Alright." She sighs. "Well, forgive me if I'm a
little slow starting, I had just decided on the subject a moment ago, so I've no
real lesson plan today.""
Seamus grins, chuckling, "No problem," he says.
Fletcher nods slowly in understanding, his hands folded neatly and attentively
in his lap as he regards the Hold Harper.
Shinnai smiles. "Alright, I have it now," she grins, almost
mischievous. "You've both had the basic composition classes, I'm sure, and
that's not half as interesting as what I'm going to teach you now. Instead of
going the traditional route today," she raises an eyebrow, tantalizing,
"we're going to do some experimentation."
Fletcher is clearly intrigued.
Seamus grins his amusement, obviously liking that idea.
Shinnai rises from her chair and walks to the cabinet, from which she extracts a
plain gut string, a long board with a single peg stuck in the end, and a bridge
that should go on a a gitar.
Fletcher cocks his head to the side in a gesture of bewilderment and curiosity,
then slowly nods acceptance of the Master's words.
Seamus takes his seat upon the floor, watching with much interest.
Shinnai says, "First of all," she grins, "let's make our
instrument, and tune it."
Shinnai hands the things to Seamus. "Put it together, will you?"
Seamus takes hold of the various pieces and looks at them quizzically at first.
Fletcher chuckles ever so softly at the plight of the Apprentice, watching him
to see how he'll manage THIS one."
Shinnai shrugs, leaving him to do as he will. "Any which way, it really
doesn't matter how."
Seamus hmms for a moment, before winding the string around the peg and attaching
the other end to the bridge. He looks wonderingly at Fletcher, "How to
attach this?" he asks.
Shinnai turns then, back to the
cabinet, and takes out a small, very curved bow strung with runnerbeast hair, as
well as a pick made of horn, and a comb made of bone.
Shinnai walks back over to Seamus and Fletcher, sitting herself on the edge of
the desk and placing the things beside her. "Alright," she smiles,
briefly examining the 'instrument', "We're going to compose a piece for
Seamus' instrument, here."
Shinnai says, "So, what's our
Seamus smiles as he regards the Master with mischief, "Check its
tune?" he asks, grinning.
Shinnai grins. "Well, that's the first step when you're about to play it. Although,
in order to compose for it, we do need to know what it's tuned to, you're
Seamus chuckles as he hands the
instrument to Fletcher, "You can do that," he says, slowly plugging
Shinnai leans over the desk backwards to open the drawer from the wrong side,
pulling a tuning fork out of it while carefully balancing so as not to topple
over. "Here we have an A," she says, righting herself once more.
Fletcher hmms contemplatively at the instrument, presently content to see how
all this is going about, looking just the slightest bit unknowledgeable about
what's happening. He rolls his eyes at Seamus and takes the makeshift instrument
in hand, eyeing it as he checks the sound against the tuning fork.
Shinnai hits the fork against her knee, causing it to vibrate, then places it
against the desk's surface to project the tone of the clear A.
Shinnai says, "So, what's it pitched to?" Shinnai refers to the
Seamus thinks, ponders, and wonders,
Crom strides spookily in from the
Shinnai considers. "Almost, but
close enough for our purposes. I think it's between e flat and e, actually,
which makes it interesting."
Fletcher furrows his eyebrows and
asks, "Is it?" He plucks the instrument a few more times, checking its
tune against the fork.
Shinnai smiles. "Ah, welcome,
Crom. We're about to compose a piece for this instrument that Seamus has just
put together," she explains briefly.
Seamus smiles as he regards the new Apprentice, "Greetings and
welcome!" he says, grinning.
Crom nods to all as he walks in,
"What is it?"
Seamus says, "I've no idea; a single-string gitar?" Seamus chuckles.
Shinnai gestures to a funny-looking
thing made of a long, thin, board with a short bridge and a single strig
attached to a big tuning peg. Shinnai says, "It doesn't really matter what
it is, we haven't named it yet." Shinnai grins.
Fletcher holds the odd instrument up
for inspection, then looks back to Shinnai as he passes the thing back to Seamus
as if it'd burned him.
Shinnai says, "We've just determined that the string should be tuned
between an e and an e flat."
Seamus grins, sighing at the few
pieces he had to work with, "The Abomination..."
Crom smiles, "I see. And how do
you play it?"
Shinnai grins. "Aha! Crom has the next question."
Seamus smiles at Crom, "I was thinking the comb would produce a rather
Seamus says, "If not saw through the string..."
Shinnai nods to Seamus and Fletcher. "How do we play it? We have
here.." she holds up the bone comb that Seamus referred to, along with a
horn pick and a runner-hair bow.
Crom grins at Seamus.
Fletcher chuckles softly to Seamus and nods. "I daresay the latter is more
probably with that thing, though the pick has promise..."
Shinnai says, "Or perhaps, we can use all three?"
Crom looks at the bow and rubs his
Seamus nods at the Journeyman, "Yes, but the pick works best on a normal
gitar; this, obviously, is not..." he says, chuckling.
Shinnai chuckles at Fletcher's aversion to the unusual thing. "There is
more than one way to skin a wherry, you know."
Shinnai reaches for the instrument for a moment. "May I?" she requests
Seamus nods, "Of course!" he says, playfully cringing at the
Seamus says, "Fletcher?"
Fletcher hmmms? "Hello, yes?"
Shinnai takes the comb in one hand,
the instrument in the other. She hesitates for a moment before placing it
standing on one knee, peg up in the air. She draws the comb softly across the
string, causing a sound rather similar to a fast 'whapwhapwhapwhapwhapbuzzzzz'.
Shinnai chuckles at the cringes she gets. "So, that's the comb."
Seamus winces, "Interesting, yet
oddly terrifying," he says, sighing with amusement.
Crom watches Shinnai carefully,
watching her experiment with the instrument.
Shinnai puts the comb down. "Then, there's the bow." She draws it
across, creating a wispy, wind-like sound with strange overtones to it as the
string, somewhere between an e and e flat, vibrates freely.
Fletcher still keeps this amazingly amused expression on his face as the watches
all of this going on.
Seamus nods his appreciation, "Much better..."
Crom raises an eyebrow at the sound,
"I like that."
Shinnai puts the bow down on the desk. "And, there's the pick." She
takes the horn pick and plucks the string, giving a sharp 'twang' sound.
Seamus says, "I think it'd break
the string if used repeatedly." Seamus smiles.
Crom shrugs, "The bow is better."
Shinnai grins. "And, there's the
fingers." She puts the pick down, then plucks it with the flesh of her
The sound is softer than the pick sound, clearer than the wind sound, but it
still sounds unusual, somewhere between an e and an e flat.
Seamus thinks that would work for hollow notes.
Fletcher watches the variety of
devices put to the poor string, idly wondering if they should ask the string if
it really likes this treatment? Does it get satisfaction more from the bow or
the pick? Exactly why does it like being a string, for that matter? He shrugs
all of these off and comes back down to reality.
Shinnai nods. "Indeed. I think they'll all have their uses."
Shinnai can't help but grin at poor
Fletcher's tortured expression. "So now, we're going to use these
techniques in our composition."
Seamus hmms thoughtfully, "Never
know 'til you try, I s'pose."
Crom shrugs and looks on,
Shinnai nods. "This is a
composition class, Crom." She grins. "We're going to jump you ahead
today, but tomorrow I think you'll likely go back to the traditional theory
Crom nods, "So what is the
definition of Composition?" Crom hopes he isn't asking old information.
Shinnai says, "Composition... well, it's putting together sounds, as far as
music goes, that is... sounds and silences, in order to convey an idea."
Shinnai says, "So, the question
at hand. What idea do we want to convey?"
Shinnai grins. "What idea *can* we convey?"
Fletcher supplies, "Help, help, I'm in pain?"
Shinnai chuckles. "We can do
that easily, I think. Too easily. Something else."
Shinnai looks to Seamus or Crom.
Seamus smiles, "With that bow I think we can get something good." He
turns and makes a face at Fletcher, "Making fun of my instrument?!? Hrmph!"
Crom thinks a bit, "Contentment, Excitement?"
Seamus shakes his head, "birth..."
Shinnai grins. "Excitement.
That's a good one. "
Shinnai says, "Birth is also a good one. "
Shinnai smiles. "In fact," she gestures with the bow toward Seamus and
Crom. "There's excitement in birth, don't you think?"
Crom raises an eyebrow in question, "Birth?"
Seamus grins, "Wonder would be easy to convey, just look at the
Shinnai chuckles again. "There's also pain, for Fletcher."
Fletcher chuckles to Shinnai and nods
Shinnai says, "So, there's our topic. The next thing is," she
proceeds, "How? How do we put that concept into sound?""
Seamus says, "So, we have: The Painful Birth of Excitement or The
Excitement of Painful Birth..."
Crom shrugs, "That instrument reminds me of torture. Or maybe
Fletcher likes the latter but fails to say so as he puts forward to the Master,
"Mmm, find tones that match the emotions evoked?"
Seamus grins, full of mischief, "We use the bow for the wispy aspects of
the notes, plucking the string with our fingers later, then smash it to pieces
for its pain!"
Shinnai turns to Fletcher.
"Rather, I'd say, find tones that evoke those emotions. The idea is to
Crom looks at Seamus questioningly.
Shinnai gives Seamus a quieting look. "Enough, you," she grins.
Seamus says, "The comb made that ominous sound too. Sorry, Master
Shinnai." Seamus grins.
Fletcher tosses a side glance to
Seamus, starting to wonder what sort of Apprentice he's gathered here. He turns
back to Shinnai and nods agreement slowly.
Crom leans back against the wall,
looking tired (or possibly bored).
Seamus smiles, regarding his instrument, "I think the bow would work the
best with this, in all seriousness."
Shinnai says, "So." she goes through each 'technique' again. Comb,
bow, pick, fingers. "What do these techniques express? What do they
Crom nods in agreement with Seamus.
Seamus ponders a moment, "The
comb was definitely pain, the bow was excitement, pick and fingers were rather
Shinnai considers, "Do you agree, Fletcher?"
Crom nods in agreement with Seamus.
Fletcher mmmms thoughtfully and
suggests, "I think the wider range of sounds we can produce, the better.
That may mean using all four in not exactly formatted areas. The comb may be
ideal for creating a certain tone during the excitement stage, for
Shinnai nods. "I agree, that's the kind of thinking we need," she
Seamus grins at the Journeyman,
"What of the others?" he asks, smiling.
Fletcher looks a bit uncomfortable
and stirs in his seat, he didn't REALLY expect to be agreed with. He leans
forward a bit towards the instrument, eyeing it thoughtfully.
Shinnai says, "We have a full
range of sounds that we can produce. We can also," she notes, "change
the pitch of the note by shortening the string..." Shinnai puts a finger
down, pinning the string to the board and playing again, a higher pitch.
Seamus smiles at Fletcher as he looks ready to pounce... "No, I've
questions, Fletch, I'm just waiting to hear the rest of your
Fletcher hmms at Seamus.
"Pardon? I don't see what you're saying, Apprentice."
Shinnai says, "And now,"
she smiles, "Let us not limit ourselves to just this string, shall
we?" Shinnai gestures to Seamus. "How else can we play this
instrument, given the tools that we have?"
Seamus says, "Well, the comb for
example, how did you see the excitement?"
Fletcher nods to Shinnai. "I was thinking hitting the wood itself for a
sound might work..."
Shinnai nods. "Very good, Fletcher."
Seamus is just wondering.
Seamus nods with Fletcher, "That's something I've not thought of." he
Shinnai notes that the comb can definitely be exciting. She places a finger on
the string, for example, and pulls the comb quickly across the string in a
series of ascending slides, each starting and ending higher than the last in a
way to build tension.
Fletcher scowls at Seamus for a
moment before explaining, "I hadn't thought that any one tool might be used
in any area of the composition. I didn't think where it might be used, but I
didn't limit myself to that thinking. Apply what I've taught you to your
every-day thinking, including music."
Seamus ahs, nodding, "I see," he grins, then looks at Fletcher,
smiling, "Of course!"
Shinnai says, "Back to our
composition itself. What's our structure?"
Crom noticeably shivers at the sound Shinnai makes with the comb.
Fletcher nods to Shinnai's
demonstration and then grimaces at THAT question, trying to look small.
Shinnai continues. "A common structure is, of course, A, B, A."
Seamus is unfamiliar with composition, "Structure?"
Crom says, "How the music is put
Shinnai nods to Seamus. "How the
piece is put together. Songs, for instance, are often based on a 'verse, chorus,
Seamus nods his understanding.
Fletcher ahhs and nods slowly.
Shinnai says, "A and B refer to two different sections in the music,
defined by theme, or key, or emotion, or all."
Crom nods. Crom says, "I knew that."
Fletcher is starting to look excited now, learning something completely new.
Shinnai says, "A-B-A is often
used, as I've said. It introduces a theme, then departs from it to introduce a
new theme, then returns in what we call a recapitulation."
Seamus watches on, remembering everything that's happening for future reference.
Shinnai says, "The recapitulation, or returning A section, serves to return
the listener's memory to something which was familiar."
Fletcher nods to the wisdom of it. So musical Harpers aren't all airy-heads.
Crom says, "Like a trend in the
Shinnai raises a discerning eyebrow at Fletcher dubiously.
Fletcher smiles disarmingly back.
Shinnai nods. "Rather so," she answers Crom. "It's something
which the listener can latch onto, can say, "Yes, I know this." It's
Seamus nods too Master Shinnai, "I begin to see..."
Crom notes that people are scared of
what is unfamiliar.
Shinnai says, "Often, the
recapitulation is changed in some significant way to reflect progress. Both the
familiarity and the contrast are then used. Perhaps
the subject of the song has changed in the B section, or perhaps simply our way
of looking at it has changed."
Fletcher hmmms thoughtfully, nodding at the information.
Shinnai says, "So, our subject
is birth. What's our structure? What are the emotions, and what order to we want
to present them in?"
Seamus sits back, thinking.
Shinnai looks to Fletcher, and to
Crom thinks a bit, "Well, you
need pain, joy and fear."
Fletcher hmmms, then suggests: "The excitement of the impending birth, the
actual birth itself with all of its components, and then a return to the warm
fuzziness of the post-birth excitement?"
Seamus nods to Crom, "And
wonder, if we were to start at the beginning."
Shinnai nods.. "What's our scope, in that case? Are we dealing with the
whole process, or only the event itself?"
Seamus says, "The exploration of concepts and ideas..."
Crom says, "And it should all climax at the end, then go into like a smooth
fuzziness like Fletcher was talkin gabout.""
Seamus looks at Crom and Fletcher.
Fletcher hmms and proposes, "I
think covering the time slightly before and after the birth is good to
Crom shrugs, "It just depends."
Shinnai looks to Crom. "But what is the ending? A 'smooth fuzziness'
implies a finish. But rather, birth is just the beginning, is it not?"
Seamus nods to Fletcher, "Maybe after the concept... The beginnings of the
birth so to speak."
Crom says, "Well, I think you really have to examine the definition of
Shinnai suggests, "The beginnings - the first stirrings of life, the pain
of the gestation and birth, and the joy of the outcome?"
Seamus smiles at Crom.
Fletcher mmms and replies, "I
hadn't thought of that. I think, if we're talking about the actual birth, it
should end after the end of the birth, and not start up again."
Shinnai grins. "And you're going
to end making people think it was a miscarriage?"
Seamus nods at Shinnai,
"Exactly, I believe the conceptualization of ideas would go too far
Fletcher hmmms at the point and nods, lapsing into thoughtful silence.
Crom says, "Well, I think you really need to look at the OVERALL birth and
not dwell on single parts of it.""
Shinnai nods to Crom. "Alright. What's your structure based on, then?"
Seamus nods to Crom, "Is that
our scope then? The entire process of birth: from concept to work to
Fletcher points out, "Having a child is a life-time commitment. How long
are we going to be writing this, again?"
Crom sighs, "The overall. The
emotions over a period of time before and after the birth."
Shinnai chuckles. "Just today, Fletcher."
Seamus smiles at Fletcher, "We could always compose for the 'childs'
highlights, so to speak."
Shinnai nods to Crom. "Yes, but
this work is inherently based in time, Crom." Shinnai says, "Music
isn't one or two-dimensional, as a painting is." Shinnai thinks, cocking
her head slightly as she leans against the edge of her desk, the instrument
beside her. Shinnai says, "It's more the *process* of creating a painting,
if we're going to make an analogy to art."
Crom agrees with Fletch, "If you
truly want to capture the overall, you need to express the whole life of the
child until its death. Then you have to show everyone else's life that child
effected...It goes on forever."
Fletcher grins and suggests, "Within the scope of the music, I think a
pre-birth, during-birth, and after-birth setup would be fine."
Shinnai grins. "Although, Crom has an idea. Another often-used structure is
a cyclical one. The music will make a complete circle before it's through - and
that is what, I believe, you're talking about here. The whole birth-death cycle.
Shinnai says, "Again, we need to decide on our scope."
Crom grins, "That's what life is about."
Shinnai pushes to get this part decided on. "We're not creating a
masterpiece, here," she grins. "We're experimenting on an
Fletcher smiles in agreement and nods.
Shinnai says, "So, let's do a
cycle. nothing to birth, birth to life, life to death, death to nothing. Sound
Seamus nods his appreciation.
Fletcher nods agreement. "Indeed, Master."
Crom nods with the rest.
Shinnai says, "Ok, structure and
scope decided. Large scope, cyclical structure."
Seamus nods vigorously, enjoying
Shinnai says, "Now comes the
how. " She turns to Fletcher. "Fletcher. How would you evoke the
concept of 'nothing', on this instrument?""
Crom grins, turning to Fletcher.
Shinnai passes the instrument to Fletcher, giving him his choice of tools.
Seamus watches Fletcher, smiling,
"I like his music," he says grinning.
Shinnai chuckles. Shinnai
says, "Actually, what I'm feeling right now is 'uncertainty',
wondering if he's going to play anything yet."
Seamus grins at the Master, "He's conceptualizing; bringing the nothingness
Fletcher takes the instrument in
hand, eyeing it all over as if gauging what could be used. He answers
eventually, "I prefer an even, unchangingly deep tone for nothing,
Master..." He demonstrates with the bow, sliding it across the string
slowly, drawing out a smooth, even tone that begins to fade off into the
background of the room so that it seems like it's not even there.
Shinnai raises an amused eyebrow at
Seamus nods with eager satisfaction.
Fletcher rolls his eyes at the two
after the demonstration.
Shinnai nods. "That's not bad at
all. Ok, Seamus, you're next. 'birth'."
Shinnai gestures that Fletcher should
hand the instrument to Seamus.
Fletcher merrily passes The Instrument off to Seamus, as if giving the friendly
Apprentice a life sentence.
Seamus takes hold of the instrument and the bow, closing his eyes in thought.
Shinnai reminds Seamus, "Use anything you like on it."
Crom looks nervously at Shinnai . o O
(I hope I don't have to do that.)
Seamus's smile is evident as he pulls
a slow, raspy note from the instrument, slowly, it builds in tempo. The soft
rasp turns to an energetic melody that surges through the room.
Shinnai captures the melody in her
mind for future reference. "Good."
Seamus continues, drawing the melody
forth. The haunting rasp echoing the fear and uncertainty of a new world.
Softly, abruptly it comes to a halt, finished.
Fletcher has to smile proudly at his
Apprentice for the approval from the Master.
Crom smiles at Seamus, "Good job."
Seamus opens his eyes, regarding everyone present, "Fascinating."
Shinnai considers. "That's a bit
long for a single gestures - considering the limitations of our instrument, we
can't rely on traditional techniques. "
Seamus nods at Master Shinnai.
Shinnai says, "I might shorten
it to something like... " she reaches for the instrument. "If I
Fletcher nods general agreement with the Master.
Seamus hands the instrument to the Harper.
Shinnai accepts instrument and bow, and, placing it on her knee, pulls for the
raspy note. That grows into a portion of Seamus' melody, then halts; starts the
melody again, in a similar gesture, raspier, as he made it echo the fear.
"Something like that. If we were creating a longer piece, we'd embellish
and develop it further, you understand."
Shinnai looks to Crom. "I know it's your first lesson, Crom, but how about
giving it a go for 'life'?"
Crom shrugs, "I'm not a very good musician. But, I'll try."
Shinnai grins, eyeing The Instrument.
"I don't think it matters, considering." Shinnai hands over the instrument.
Shinnai says, "What would you like, bow, pick, comb?"
Seamus chuckles under his breath, "No, I'd think not..."
Crom tests the instruments notes, experimenting, "I'll take the bow."
Shinnai hands him the bow.
Crom takes a deep breath and starts playing...
Seamus watches Crom intently, smiling
Shinnai waits for Crom to do
something interesting. :)
Crom plucks the string delicately,
arousing a playful but still raspy note. He goes on with the playful notes, then
melts the bow onto the string, replacing the playfulness with long sorrowful
Shinnai nods. "I like that gesture, Crom, that's good."
Seamus smiles at Crom, "Excellent!"
Crom finishes up and hands the
instrument back to Shinnai, "Thank you."
Shinnai accepts the Instrument again,
and thinks for a moment. "Ok, my turn... 'death'. How cheery," she
quips lightly, taking both bow and pick in her hand, readying them to use
alternately, it seems.
Fletcher seems to perk up. You tend to remember most of the Journeyman's songs
do have a death note to them.
Seamus smiles at the anticipated
display of dexterity...
Shinnai pauses, then takes Crom's
'sorrowful' gesture with the bow. As she pulls it across the string, though, she
speeds it up, making the sound at once gradually louder and rougher. As the bow
pulls off the string, it leaves it vibrating violently. With the pick, she gives
it another go, a loud *whang* sound followed by another bowed note, similar to
Again, she plucks the string after,
then plucks it again! Three, gradually louder knocks on the back board, then a
finger pluck, another... softer.. Shinnai stops, then takes the bow again,
reproducing Fletcher's 'nothing'. Shinnai raises an eyebrow. "And there's
Fletcher grins and soundlessly puts
his hands together a few times.
Seamus is obviously overwhelmed by the Master's tune and sits there, speechless.
Shinnai chuckles. "Ok, you guys'll have to give a recital on this
Fletcher's eyebrows shoot up in mock amazement.
Shinnai says, "So, do you have any questions left, or has this creation
startled them all out of you?"
Fletcher chuckles and shakes his head
negatively. "No, ma'am, not for me."
Shinnai raises an eyebrow at Fletcher. "Not a one??"
Fletcher rolls his eyes and points out, "Not about the lesson, then."
Shinnai chuckles. "Oh, alright. Crom? Seamus?"
Crom shrugs, "I can't think of any."
Shinnai nods. "Alright, so you now completely understand everything that
we've done here today?"
Crom says, "What is going to
happen to this thing?" Crom motions to the instrument.
Shinnai grins. "Aha! Well, that's easy. It'll come apart, same as it went
together. Unless you really want to give a recital on it tomorrow..."
Fletcher slowly nods. "I believe so, Master. I'm not as good about
memorizing musical things as with others, but I know I've learned from the
Crom raises his eyebrows, "No no
no. I was just curious."
Shinnai smiles. "That's the point of a lesson, is it not?" she replies
to Fletcher. She smiles to Crom, then, as well. "I'll just take it apart
and put it back in the cabinet where it came from."
Crom looks at the instrument,
"It seems a shame..."
Shinnai grins, holding in her laughter. "Oh, it's easy enough put together
again, if we care to torture ourselves again."
Crom grins, "I personal like the Instrument."
Shinnai gathers up the various things - comb, pick, bow, and tuning fork, and
gets up from the desk to put them back into the cabinet or drawer from which
each came. "Well, it's not exactly what I'd use every day - it wouldn't
carry too well in a crowd, for one thing." She notes the absence of a
sounding chamber, thereby making the sound rather dull.
Crom nods and smiles, "I guess you're
right. Thank you for the lesson, Master."
Shinnai unwinds the string from the
tuning peg, taking the other end from the notch that Seamus had fastened it
with, removes the bridge from the flat board, and puts the pieces away. "If
we want to, we can make it again."
Crom nods, then bows humbly to the Master, "I don't mean to be rude, but is
the lesson over with?"
Shinnai closes the cabinet door. "I think so, unless you've got any other
Fletcher smiles about from his
position on his chair, looking as though he isn't too motivated to go very far
Crom shakes his head, "Not at all. Thank you again." He turns to
leave, nodding to Fletcher on his was out. Crom strides spookily out into the
Fletcher nods back to Crom politely.