Christopher sits facing a glum-looking dwarf, fingering his belt. There are a few braids in his beard.
Christopher: (studying the braids) That’s a new look.
Quartz: (He shrugs, but his nose turns red) Nimmie Not’s idea. Fool kobold decided to braid my beard.
Christopher: (raising his eyebrows) And you let him?
Quartz: Welll, special circumstances and all that.
Christopher: What special circumstances?
Quartz: We’re bored, all right! (glowers at Christopher) The scribbler hasn’t spent any time with us since she aside the first draft for Of Cuckoo Clocks and Crystal Coffins! It’s been nothing but blogs!
Me: (my voice floating on the mist) Blog, blog, bloggy blog…
Quartz: (now glowering in the direction of my voice) Thinks she’s being so clever, imitating the troll in Elizabeth Bear’s Ink and Steel. She could spare some of that cleverness for us!
Christopher: There, there, she felt there was something off in Of Cuckoo Clocks and Crystal Coffins, something she needed some distance to spot in the draft.
Quartz: (giving Christopher a pointed look) Notice she’s been putting some distance between herself and Stealing Myself From Shadows as well.
Christopher: (looking down at his hands) She was inserting Waiting for Rebirth along with Unwilling to Be Yours and Be My Valentine…Snack as part of Stealing Myself From Shadows.
Quartz: Only she hasn’t been doing that, not lately. Just what has she been doing lately?
Me: (voice still distant) Blog, blog, bloggy blog…
Christopher: She’s been expanding At Her Service since she got the rights back. Along with two of the fanfics she’s writing as rhodrymavlyne; More Than a Jinrou and A Hopeless Situation, although she’s been working more on More Than a Jinrou lately.
Me: (my voice coming closer) Blog, blog, bloggy blog…
Christopher: She wrote up her monthly Flights of Fanciful Fandom for rhodrymavelyne.dreamwidth.org and realized it contained a huge spoiler for More Than a Jinrou. She raced to write the next parts of that story which revealed this plot detail, so she could post her blog.
Me: (right in Christopher’s ear, although I’m still invisible) Blog, blog, bloggy, blog!
Christopher: (starting at the sound) Yes, and she working on Blogging From AZ April Project: Character Poems. She’s managed to get the Formerly Forbidden Cauldron at inspirationcauldron.blogspot.com flowing again just for April.
Quartz: Right. Blog this, I’m being banished to the Formerly Forbidden Cauldron again.
Christopher: It’s only for April. You’ll be here for Secondary Characters Speak Out in March. You’ll come back here, to the Cauldron of Eternal Inspiration for another Secondary Characters Speak Out in May.
Quartz: Right. I want you in the chair for Secondary Characters Speak Out on Monday; March 29, 2021. Be there.
Christopher: This is a surprise. You never fail to remind me that I’m not a secondary character, although I am in The Hand and the Eye of the Tower.
Quartz: And we need to remind Cauldron readers that you’re going to be gone in April.
Christopher: I won’t be gone. April 3rd’s poem is C is for Christopher.
Quartz: Right, a poem our scribbler has written to you. That’s not the same as being here. There will be no Conversations with Christopher in April.
Christopher: That’s true.
Quartz: What’s more, I won’t be here at all.
Christopher: There will be a Q is for Quartz on Tuesday; April 20, 2021 at the Formerly Forbidden Cauldron at inspirationcauldron.blogspot.com, although our scribbler hasn’t written it yet.
Quartz: Meaning the scribbler will be writing a poem to me. She maybe thinking it’s a chance for settling a few scores. (shudders)
Christopher: I didn’t realize you were afraid of our scribbler. Not the way you talk back to her.
Quartz: I talk back to her because I am afraid of her! She’s still my creatrix, not to mention she enjoys making me squirm…or getting Nimmie Not to make me squirm. Or she uses Oriana to torment me through my Fairest.
Christopher: You seem to get retribution by banging on the sides of her imagination, not allowing her to think of anyone else.
Quartz: Sometimes that’s the only way to get her attention. Anyway you’re a fool if you’re not afraid of her. She’s more than ready to use Duessa or Dyvian against you. Or to torment Damian, Danyel, or Tayel.
Christopher: Did I say I wasn’t afraid of her?
Me: (very far away, yet with a sinister spectral echo) Blog, blog, bloggy blog…