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    He sees the lute first. Would recognise it anywhere, that beautiful, infernal thing. Knows all of its quirks and scars; the chips from the crossfire at the banquet, the scent of the catgut strings, the delicate wildflower carvings from boring winter nights around a campfire, hands steady and tongue sticking out in concentration. There’s a sword lodged in it, now, just above the sound hole – a little below it, an arrow. A fair chunk is missing from the side, an ugly splintered hole. It was used to defend by hands not made for fighting, never for fighting.

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    ‘If Geralt played his cards right, he could move just behind the songs as they worked their ways through the villages and would find a steady amount of work open to him.’

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    5 times Geralt saw how Jaskier’s songs changed how people treated him and 1 time he was surprised by how Jaskier’s songs made someone treat Jaskier.

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    Jaskier shudders as Death hums once again. YOU ARE QUITE THE ENTERTAINER LITTLE BARD, and beneath the echoing screams and cries in that voice Jaskier could swear he could catch a hint of humor. BUT ARE YOU NOT TIRED? I SEE YOUR SOUL LITTLE ONE. SPENDING EACH DAY BESIDE A MAN WHO CASTS YOU ASIDE SO EASILY. DON’T YOU WISH TO REST?

    Jaskier swallows past the lump in his throat, breathes through the painful twist of his heart. “That is one of the reasons I wish to live, Your Greatness,” Jaskier explains, fiddling with the lute’s strings. “He needs me.”

    In which Jaskier dies and attempts to barter for his life. He didn't expect Death to accept his proposal.

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    Sure, emotions tended to fall to the wayside in the business of hunting monsters, but that didn’t mean that they didn’t exist at all. Certain Witchers had a penchant for being stoic and pretending that he didn’t feel anything most of the time; only those who knew him well could read between his grunts and gruff exterior.

    Unless, of course, it came to his bard.

    Or, five times Geralt had to keep people from touching/flirting with his bard, and the one time it was Jaskier's turn.

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    “You know,” the old man says with a knowing smile, “if ever there was a place where you could recite and sing of Kaer Morhen, it is within her walls. Perhaps your stay will bring some lightness to all of us and not only the child and Geralt.”

    Jaskier hides the stab of pain at the implication that Geralt might be glad to see him, instead he offers another simple bow and thanks Vesemir for his hospitality before fleeing into the room.

    “Oh, you fool,” he whispers to himself as he falls into a nearby seat, “you bloody heartsick fool, you should have run. Why don’t you ever run?”

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    After a year of training Ciri in monster-hunting and Chaos, Vesemir and Yennefer agree that her education needs a boost of court politics and wordplay, which means bringing an angry heartbroken master of the seven liberal arts to Kaer Morhen.

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